September 29, 2016

Did weightlifting make me bulky?!

As a woman who LOVES lifting weights, clients often tell me that they aren't interested in looking 'bulky'. A few weeks ago I even had a client tell me she was concerned about her friend who had been lifting weights at the gym and looked like she was gaining weight from it (insert HUGE eyeroll). 

Let me be very clear when I tell you that unless your plan is to bulk up -

In fact, lifting weights helps your bone strength through something called the Mechanostat Theory. It tells us that our bones are always adapting to what we are exerting daily, so if you aren't active and using your muscles often then your bone density slowly gets weaker because they don't have much that they are working to do. The more you lift weights and add muscle to your body, the more your bones are working and supporting and the bone mass will adapt.

We all know that as you age, your body will lose muscle mass (1-2% a year after 30 if you aren't keeping up on it!). 

It is SO vital to our bodies to stay active and lift weights or be moving SOMETHING around at least 5 days a week! The more and more I study the human body and how it is affected by things the more passionate I become to help people understand why living a healthy life doesn't just mean eating salad instead of bread, it means moving - doing what God created our bodies to do! 

Me- 30 years old. I lift weights 3-5 days a week. 
An EXTREMELY classy bathroom selfie --- not bulky!


September 22, 2016

the problem with loving being at the gym is..

..that it has caused a MAJOR obsession with workout gear.

I'm not joking. I buy WAY too much crap for the gym.

I currently own at least 10 sports bras, 7 pairs of shorts, 6 pairs of gym shoes and 15 pairs of workout pants.

That's a problem.

These are just a few of my favorite pieces from my clothing collection -

Found on sale at Eastbay right now!

Also on sale on Eastbay!

These photos make it seem like I have a Nike addiction. Well. I guess I probably do.

I've promised myself that I wouldn't buy any more workout clothes for the next few months. I'm going until November!  Its been almost 3 weeks, GO ME!!


September 06, 2016

Birthday Shoes.

Every year since Mark and I have been together, he has purchased me a pair of shoes for my birthday. I'm not sure if I just started assuming I would be getting shoes, or if HE started assuming I would be getting shoes, but here we are 6 years later - and I got some new birthday shoes!

These shoes are pink and cozy and perfect for my coaching job and also for working out in. They are NO BULL trainers and I love them so much that I don't want to wear them because they might get dirty.

Last year it was the Nike Metcon 1's in black and white. Which I love. Because I do CrossFit.

The year before that it was Reebok Trainer 1's in gray and pink.

2013 was a pair of yellow Reebok Nano 2's.

2012 was some pink polka dot Nike's so that I would start working out because I had become a bit fluffy and apparently I needed new shoes to lose the fluff.

2011 were some sort of flats that I can't remember for the life of me if they were the black sparkly ones or the cheetah print ones and in 2010, the year we started dating, Mark bought me my first pair of Toms that I still wear all the time.

That's a long list of birthday shoes people. Crossing my fingers that this tradition lives on forever because its my favorite thing about September.

PS. I'm going to be 30 in a few weeks. THIRTY YEARS OLD.


September 05, 2016

#momlife thoughts.

A few months ago our family had a sit in front of the tv and binge on food movie night. We decided on Inside Out because we heard it was adorable-what I didn't know was how touching it would be- and how much it would make me cry!

The movie does such a great job explaining emotions and our need for - and the importance of - our emotions working together to understand the things we feel so deeply.

One part of the movie that really resonated with me was the huge impact that your 'core memories' have on you emotionally. The girl Riley had 5 core memories, Silliness, Hockey, Friendship, Honesty and Family.  Honestly I cried a WHOLE BUNCH during this movie, but even this simple part explaining these core memories made me sad. My little girl doesn't get to keep her core memories. Her life is SO much different than when she was born. Does she still have these old core memories? Are we rebuilding them or is she holding on to the old ones? Will we be able to build these in time for her to understand how much we love her, how important she is, and what will be a huge part of her future?

It was such a sad movie to be a child's movie, but she wasn't upset by it. The first thing Peanut said after it ended was that it was good that Sadness was there to help her at the end. My heart! This little girl has come such a long way in the last 2 years since her big transition to having a full-time mommy and daddy, and I am reminded that we still have a very long way to go. 

This morning I was reading Hebrews 10:36 - 'For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise'.

We are all just chugging along, not so patiently sometimes, but knowing this is not a short sprint, it is a marathon.