Typing during nap time

You know you are a mommy when you plan out how much you hope to accomplish during nap times.  My list is always longer then what M will allow but it’s there.  Usually on there is working out, showering, brushing teeth, picking up the house, starting laundry, putting away dishes, etc.  Somehow updating my blog has never made it on this list.  I have warned you before that I am a bad blogger.  You can see that it’s been a month since my last post!  I am really working on getting better and to be able to blog at least 1 time per week.

I think writing things down is essential to our health and well being.  Journaling or blogging can be a way to get out things that are bottling up inside.  They can help you step away from a situation so that you can see it from another angle.  They are essential when you do not feel there is someone else to talk to.  I do really recommend doing some writing in some way at least once a week.  As I said I am working on this myself.  As a mommy it is so easy to put everything into your family and little ones and forget about yourself.  We see it as a badge of honor but in reality I think it can actually hurt us.  We need time to ourselves.  To be able to step away from everything, even if it is for 30 minutes.  The sad things is we feel so darn guilty when we do.  So if you can’t get physically way then journaling can be it.

My life has changed a bit since the last time I wrote anything down.  I went from being a stay at home mommy to a working woman again.  I am so lucky that they have worked with me so that I work once my hubby gets home and only part time.  This way M doesn’t need to go to daycare and gets individual attention from both of us.  I can tell you I never expected to feel so guilty being away from him.  I really am not missing much since I work nights and my hubby can handle dinner, getting into jammies, reading to him and putting him to bed.  But I can tell you that I completely miss not being able to be a part of that 5 days out of the week.

I do love being able to chat with adults again, and getting away for 4-6 hours is nice when things get stressful.  The funny part is I hate working nights.  I am more of a morning person naturally but you do what you have to when it comes to being there for your kiddos.  Do I plan on working out of the home forever?  I can’t say right now as I do not know what they future will hold for me.  I don’t mind being away but I would rather only have to work 1-3 days a week out of the home and the rest at home.

This is where the beauty of Beachbody and Young Living come in.  They are supplementing my income in a way that this can be a reality for me in the near future.  I love that even though it is hard to do and yet another thing in my schedule.  It is completely rewarding and helping me get to where we want to be.  And with that I will end this so that I might be able to go to the bathroom with the door shut since little man is still sleeping.  Ah, the life as a parent.

In health and wellness,

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Meal Planning

Are you a planner or a go with the flow kind of person.  I am more of a go with the flow type of person except when it comes to cooking.  We try to plan out our meals each week so that we can keep our food budget low.  We don’t eat many if at all any processed foods so it takes time to plan everything out so that I am not in the kitchen all day.  M wouldn’t let me be in the kitchen anyways.  We have tried a few ways of planning but a great one I found to get started is called the No Plan Menu Plan.  It is pretty healthy, set up easily to follow, and includes over 20 weeks of meals.  They are bit too animal protein and dairy based for me but you can very easily make some changes to the recipes to make them work for you and your family.

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This week I tried my own hand at planning in this same style and so far we are 2 for 2 in delicious meals.  Saturday we had crunchy orange cauliflower over rice and today we had red beans and rice.  Both were vegan and delicious and what I needed.  Last week I said I had to get back on the plan that is best for me and look at that one step in the right direction.  High five me!!!

Now this week it’s all about getting back into the work out phase.  I am not sure what program to go with right now.  I have so many that I love.  I could do Piyo again, 21 Day Fix, T25, Les Mills Combat… really the list goes on and on.  Maybe I should just go with the flow and go with what makes sense that day.  I dunno.  My intuition is saying Piyo and I have yet to finish that program from start to finish so maybe I should start that one over.  Hmmm, thoughts anyone?  Well here’s to staying on the path of being the best, healthiest me I can be!

Slacker Extraordinaire

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Oh my goodness guys, I am on the bad blogger train and I need to jump off of it.  I had every intention of blogging at least once a week but as we can all see that hasn’t happened, lol.  I wish I had some excellent excuse on why, but in reality I just was a slacker.  I don’t know if you are like me but once winter hits I just get so unmotivated to do anything! Maybe it’s the cold, the dark, the lack of vitamin D but I find everything hard to do.  It doesn’t help that I have been a bad eater lately.  I know what things make me feel good and what make me feel bad and I have not been listening to my body like I should.

Sometimes in life you have to go away from the popular opinion.  You have to stand up for yourself, your body, your life without the support of others.  I am lucky that I have people in my life that are completely supportive but that doesn’t mean that sometimes things get hard.  I know that animal protein, dairy, and gluten are pretty much on the no fly list for me yet there are times I find myself consuming at least one of the three.  I am not perfect.  I have never claimed to be and can find myself struggling even though I know what steps I need to take.

It’s time to be a grow up (even though I am in my 30’s) and stand up for myself and my health.  I do not want my son to learn that slacking off is the way to go.  That being healthy means only doing it in January.  I can’t let stupid excuses like “oh, it’s winter”… or “oh, it’s the holidays” allow me to treat myself badly.  I know that a plant based diet without gluten is the best for me and darn it I deserve to feel my best!  Time to get back on the health wagon, making delicious food that will make me feel amazing.  And while I am at it, it’s time to get back to working out consistently!  I am not going to wait until January…the slacking stops now!

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Challenge Group!

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I am looking for 8 ladies who want to tone their butt, hips, thighs and make a total body transformation. This group will be limited so I can devote a lot of time helping you achieve your goals. Exercises are low impact with a dance-like feel and upbeat music. Contact me for more information.

Start Date: Monday, August 18

Registration Closes: Monday, August 8.

Contact: oneleafwellness@gmail.com or message me here!

 

Internship Opportunity

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I’m opening up 3 new apprentice spots (cannot already be a coach) for people that want to learn from me to do what I do as a Beachbody Coach. You do NOT already have to be in shape. 3 people ONLY so the first people to respond and complete the requirements will be accepted into this internship program.

You need to be willing to commit to a professional growth program. Internship for the first 3-6 months where you will learn from me and what I do with my business & understand how to do it yourself. Then pay can be around $500-$1,000 -weekly- (over $50,000 annually) for the next 6-12 months. You can expect that number will double or even triple >IF YOU FOLLOW< the to do list I give you and are consistent with your work. You have absolute control over income based off of your ability to follow my simple 3 step road map.

-Must want a big crazy family that will support you and love you NO MATTER WHAT(this is a non-negotiable)
-Must be a self starter with a positive attitude
-Do NOT already have to be in shape but must be willing to lead by example and begin your journey to health
-Must be a TEAM player
-Must be teachable

Our 8 week new coach training kick-off begins SOON so comment below  or go here and fill out the form for more information.

Differences and Challenges

I am a true believer that we are our own worst enemy’s, especially when it comes to weight loss and getting healthy.  It is so hard to see the small changes that happen week to week and if that scale isn’t moving we sometimes feel like a failure.  I am proof that even small changes will equal to big and long lasting changes in the end!  I am just into day 2 of week 3 of Hip Hop Abs.  One of the best things I decided to do was take progress pictures from week to week.  This really helps you step back from yourself and see the small changes happening.
HHA week 3I mean I don’t feel like I have changed much, but when I look at these photos next to each other I am proud of the progress I have made!  I have had a few people ask what my secrets are to staying on track and accountable.  There are two things really that have helped me tremendously.

  1. Drinking Shakeology:  This meal replacement drink has been my savior really.  I am a busy mama who has a 4 month old that is going through a don’t put me down and I don’t really want to nap phase.  This was leading me to either miss meals or just grab something convenient (which was usually tortilla chips).  Now I am getting tons of nutrients and vitamins in a simple shake.  I have been replacing 1 meal a day since I started Hip Hop with shakeology and some days even 2 meals a day.
  2. Becoming a Beachbody Coach:  To be a coach you do not have to have a degree, perfect body, or be a personal trainer.  Instead you just have to be a person who is working on themselves, believe in the Beachbody products, and want to help others do the same.  I do have a certificate in health coaching, but since adding Beachbody coaching to my practice I have been so much better at keeping myself healthy.  The reason is because I post everything I am doing on lots of social media sites.  If I were to skip a day I know I have people who would be wondering what is going on.  This has helped me workout on those days I would rather sit on the couch.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities (workouts, shakeology, or coaching) do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Now on to the challenge.  Since I am seeing such awesome results at getting rid of the excess baby weight and toning my body back up I wanted to help support others wanting to do the same.  I am hosting a Fit Mama Challenge through Facebook and couldn’t be more excited. As of right now only have 9 spots left in my challenge!!!  Here is the flyer:

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If you are interested at entering my challenge group please contact me ASAP so that we can get you in.  You can contact me either through here or my email: oneleafwellness@gmail.com

 

Life With A Baby

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Life for me has changed dramatically since little M has entered the world.  I knew life would change but you can’t really prepare for how much when you really don’t know.  I mean I should get a gold star for the few times baby M let’s me go to the bathroom without screaming at me!  I also a new stay at home mom and I can tell you it’s one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs I have ever had!  With all these changes I am slowly learning how to take care of me.  Yes first time moms to be you need to relearn how to take care of yourself and not feel guilty about it.  What that means is it’s time for me to get back into shape, start brushing my hair, and just maybe putting on real clothes and not sweats all day.

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I recently became a BeachBody Coach not only to make my family some money but to start working out.  In the past I have loved all their products and I know how well they work.  I recently signed up with a challenge pack which is a workout series plus shakeology.  I was skeptical of shakeology but after doing a lot of research and talking with others I have found it to be an awesome tool in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  My goal is to lose the last 20 pounds I gained with my son.  I gained over 40 total but the first 20 pretty much fell off.  I also want to tone up my body, since it has become one jiggly mess.

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I am also working more on my business.  I am a holistic health coach that prior to M being born was working on setting up so that I could do it from home.  This is another reason why I am excited about BeachBody.  It is going to be a great addition to helping others through their wellness journey.  So this Mamma is putting her going out in public pants and starting to figure out this whole working at home, having a baby, and living life.

What is your goal?

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Life has a way of changing your priorities, wants and needs.  Life has definitely changed mine!  3 months ago I welcomed a beautiful wonderful little boy into this world and with that amazing experience life certainly changed!  I went from working full time to becoming a stay at home mom!  I love it but I can tell you it can be stressful going down to one income.

Right before he was born I had graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition with a certificate in Health Coaching.  I love helping people, I always have and I can say that I am very excited to be a small business owner.  I call myself a holistic health coach.  This means I look for natural, healthy ways to improve your wellness goals.  I utilize essential oils from Young Living, nutritional health (I studied over 200 dietary theories at IIN), and recently BeachBody.

I believe that I now have a well rounded group of tools to help people work on not only their physical wellness but their spiritual, mental, and emotional wellness too!  So what is my goal?  To be able to help other reach and achieve their wellness goals.  It’s something I love to do and I cannot wait to help people.  This blog will not only have tidbits, recipes, and articles for people but also my wellness journey.