Renew, Daily.

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“Renew” it was the word on the paper tab of my tea bag this morning.  I don’t normally read those little bits of paper.  I’m not sure what made me turn it over to take a look but I did.  “Renew”.  That is exactly what I need to do.  I need to renew in many ways.  My morning, afternoon and evening routines, my headspace, my heart, my body, my marriage, my relationship with family, with friends, my health, my time out doors, my yoga practice, my time at the gym, my time talking with God. All these things and many others need some renewing.  It’s a good word.  When something is renewed, it seems fresher than it did before.  I imagine that this word will stick with me for sometime, if not for all time.  I’m a scatter brain on the best of days.  Anyone ever been a server?  You’re handling all your tables and their orders.  Timing everything just right so the drinks, appys and mains all get to the table in a timely fashion.  At the same time you’re working in amongst the dynamic personalities of your co-workers in an environment that is every changing. You’ve got a rhythm to this madness.  You’re doing about 30 things at once.  You’ve mastered small talk with customers, and that list of 30 things you need to take care of never really ends.  Just as one thing gets crossed off there is another “to-do” added on:)  This is life with 2 kids.  Ever changing, ever evolving.  There is always someone who needs something and the momma bear (aka the server) will have to wait.  I’ve recently had a little breathing space when both kiddies nap at the same time.  In that time I reflect on how I’m feeling in that moment and in the space.  I observe and I renew.  Silence and stillness are followed by a foam roll, a cool cup of water, fresh air, sunshine or what ever my soul might need that day.  When I don’t take a moment to stop and breath, I begin to not enjoy what I’m doing.  I need and want to enjoy it.  Ha!  For Petes sake, I’m influencing my kids everyday and if my energy, soul, head space and spark is suffering than so is my relationship with them.  Looking forward I pledge to bring a sense of renewal into my life each day.  Its a new mom protocol – Renew, Daily.

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Bikini Bound = a daily sweat!

kettle bell picI’m a health conscious gal who slips up in the health department at the best of times to enjoy a good ol’ slice of cheese cake, a helping of fries or a plate of pasta.  Ugh!  This food makes my brain instantly “happy” and then 30 minutes later it makes my GI system “unhappy”.  My unhappy gut is my 1st reminder of why I can’t eat like I used to and my body composition (lean mass to fat ratio) is my 2nd reminder.  As of right now I have a 3rd reminder of my I can’t eat that way and it’s the fact I’m going to be sporting a bikini in 5 week from now for a month!   “Yeahhhhh” and “uh-oh” were my two initial thoughts!  So I got my butt moving, literally, and got my sweat on!

I’ve mentioned that we live in a condo, so space isn’t bountiful.  I do have an enormous closet and this is where I roll out my yoga mat and get my daily sweat while my little one naps.  I hybrid my workouts with routines from my coach (aka my husband), videos from you tube as well as yoga.  I’m SWEATING in a matter of minutes, I’m not board and I’m getting results and I’m done in about 20 minutes!  I really just wish that my mommy blubber would melt off on its own buuuuut it turns out it doesn’t work that way!

Let’s talk food!  I’m doing intermittent fasting.  Don’t trust me to explain it well, instead check out David Asprey‘s post on it.  The just of it that we only eat between 2pm-8pm.  Yup we only eat for 6 hours a day and it will always be a caveman diet.  My husband and I do a lot of what Dave writes about and we think it’s pretty awesome.   This is where we got the crazy idea of blending butter in our coffee!  Yummmmm so GOOD!

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The No-Equipment Workout self.com

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Here it is!  A lil fitness for parents that won’t cost them a dime!  Funds are tight for many families and paying for fitness isn’t something worth sweating over.  Buddy up to a near by wall and give these moves a try:)  I’ll be doing it too.  Cheers to summer coming soon, feeling great and keeping money in the bank.

Julie