What story are you telling yourself today?
Today I opted to listen to my body and did Yoga instead of weights. My wellness journey has fluctuated just like my body has over the years. The only thing that hasn't changed is my drive to persevere, and to listen to what my life is telling me. There is a certain mindset that comes with not giving up, and it includes SELF-REFLECTION. What you feed your mind pours over into every area of your life. So what story are you telling yourself today?
Do you need to get something done around the house? Is your little one clingy? I vowed to get my workout in early and she was not having it, but I was 😂. Step1. Drop the guilt.
Step2. Tape construction paper onto the highchair.
Step3. Add jumbo crayons.
This might have only bought me 10 minutes out of my 30 minute workout before she wanted to get up but it definitely helped us get through it. The other 20 minutes wasn't perfect but it did get done. When it comes to what you need to do for you and your mindset you gotta find a way. I don't know about you but I'm a better mommy when I take care of myself.
How many of my workouts go right now and I've learned to let go of the need for it to be perfect. I'm her example and the older she gets the more she imitates...so I'll keep leading by example no matter how challenging it may be.
I swear time is flying. She turned 17 months last week and I feel like she just got here! She is so smart. She is more than what we imagined she would be.
Favorite things: books, cars, shoes, Sampson the dog, pretending to spell, counting, and gardening.
Our meal prep this week is bomb! Fresh herbs, pesto, greens, vegetarian breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, salads.... AND MY HUBBY DID IT ALL! 😍"He learned from me doughhhhh" 😂😂😂 Do you meal prep, or want to learn how?
Once a month my photographer now friend decided to start a monthly "Ladies Night In" and I absolutely LOVE IT! It's one night a month and the only requirement is to dress comfy, put your phones away(give your hubbys the hosts land line in case of emergency), have a beverage (wine for me), eat, chat and chill(no kids). To those in my city and surrounding area...If I were to host one at my home would you join us,too?
We can do hard things! This post is not about recognition or self-serving BS. This journey and post is about helping the next momma know that YOU can do what you put your mind to.
I haven't shared this publicly! But I wanted to share in private groups first. The picture on the left I took for MYSELF without the intention of EVER sharing it!! This was me at my highest weight postpartum, and my lowest point in mind and spirit. I felt like I just couldn't get myself together after having Amaya, and when I tried to get it together I suffered a leg injury for pushing myself too soon. My leg injury felt like icing on the cake. I've never been the type to give up, but I was seriously contemplating it. My thoughts were "Who am I now that I'm a mom?", "Will I Ever get back to who I was?" I lost 100 pounds...now look at me. “How can my husband still be attracted to me like he says? “I was exhausted, depressed and had anxiety like crazy. Everyone kept telling me how happy I looked. When actuality I literally felt broken. I hid it well in public, but my family knew the real deal!
The thing is...I know deep down that I'll never give up!! I need to be who my daughter needs. Hell...I need me too! So I fight...every day in my own way! I work through EVERY self-defeating thought, and every panic attack. I do it through meditation, I do it through working out, and eating well, and I do it through personal development books, and most of all I lean on a REAL TEAM of other women. I am not freaking kidding when I say ACCOUNTABILITY is EVERYTHING!!! We literally keep each other floating and thriving and I thank them every day for helping save my life, so I can do the same for others. This post is not about recognition or self-serving BS. This journey and post is about helping the next momma know that YOU can do what you put your mind to. For me this is about how many people will be better off because I existed.
That lasted 10 minutes. These short naps are killin' me smalls. 😂She still doesn't sleep through the night. I know this is a short period in her life. Do any of you mommies follow "wonder weeks"? It tells you when they go through a mental leap.
THANK YOU so much for all of the amazing birthday messages. I've enjoyed my country bumpkin🤠🤡 family who let's everyone be themselves, I've enjoyed getting back into the swing of what I love doing with a new free group starting💃💃, and tonight I get to go see my favorite band Bonobo❣ with my husband. So I'd say it's been pretty amazing! Thank you!
Yup she got caught! 😂🤣The one drawer in the kitchen that's not child proof holds our good dish towels. I turn around for less than 30 seconds and the dish towels made it to the dog water bowl then BACK into the drawer with the other clean dish towels. 😐I'm so grossed out!! Those dish towels are now converted to dog towels. 😂😂
CONFESSION: As one of the co -founders of Women Empowering Total Wellness. I've been doing the opppsite of what I preach...and pouring from an empty cup. Everytime I said I would rest someone needed help (still do). That's okay. No regrets, but I have failed to take care of me the past few weeks. I'm exhausted, mentally and physically drained, not sleeping and sick. I NEVER get sick but it's been a week now and I'm not better. I want to save the world "literally" and the lack of settings boundaries the last month has caught up to me. It is my fault and I take FULL responsibility. Self-care is essential I KNOW THIS!! Soooo now I rest. FOR REAL for real!! 😍😍😍 You've got to slie down to speed up sometimes. I will also be working alongside my girl Jocelyn A Santiago REVAMPING our self-care groups with added devotionals. It's going to be epic. So be on the lookout. Have you read "Crash The Chatterbox?"
Yo Instafriends. I forgot to share this here due to hurricane craziness...but my results are in from our 3 week plan ya'll! Yasssss 😍😍 @_wonderfullymade_ and I say this all the time. It's NOT all about the scale.
How much weight do you think I lost here? Look closely. Buns lifted, arms toning, shrinking waist, and tummy going down etc.
This was 5 pounds but a WHOLEEEE LOTTA INCHES! THIS is why taking before photos and measurements are key my ladies😍
We've been conditioned to think that number on the scale matters which in actuality the things that matter most on your journey is your health, how you feel, if your getting stronger, faster, increased mood, less anxiety, increased sex drive?🙊 Ummm...whatever matters to YOU outside of the number ...LOL etc. So what are YOU focused on outside of the scale?
Also I'm starting another round of this program. Who wants to join me for fun and accountability? Message me we are better together folks.
Such a beautiful image and message by @petatuckbrisbanedoula
Well done Mumma's who fed for 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 12 months, 2 years & beyond.
Bravo for feeding through cracked nipples, pain, engorment, blocked ducts & mastitis. You are a champion.
Feeding in public covered or uncovered. Through aversion, nipple tweaking, finger scratching and foot in face upside down feeding!
To the days when you couldn't bare to be touched again by a little human and the days where you couldn't get enough of it.
Well done 👏🏻 Whatever your breastfeeding journey be, for how ever long, you my sister are amazing.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week.
#nationalbreastfeedingmonth (was in august but I was in the mommy vortex and didn't pay attention to anything but the babe 😍) oh wait that's what I still do all day is stare at her 😳😊❤️ love her to death 😌 it doesn't matter how you feed your baby as long as you are feeding them . Motherhood is hard enough ! Keep up the good work moms
How would YOU spend your days if you had more time freedom? Seriously, what would you do? 💚
Never in a million years did I think starting my health and fitness journey would lead to all of THIS 👇🙏... and YOU can do it too, Boo! Several years ago I was working at a night job that was not my passion, over 300 pounds, and going to school for something that I knew would not give me the life I loved. I was sooo tired of the rat race. I decided that I wanted to be in the best shape possible, and I wanted to live my life based on empowering others to live the life of their dreams. I wanted to show everyone what was possible. I started sharing my journey on social media for accountability and to inspire others to love their bodies from the inside out. I shared my ups, downs, and struggles. I still do 💕. Fast forward 3 years and my passion for living this lifestyle has turned into a thriving business and fulfilling life! I am living my dream of helping others, I am now a work at home mommy with my own business.
Best part about my "job"?! I get to make my health and happiness a priority while helping others do the same and become their very BEST. Never have I had a job that makes ME the first priority and is vital to my success.
So I'm just curious... If you got paid every week to workout 💪 , fuel your body with whole foods 🍴, and feed your mind 💭 with positive growth material 📚 but the catch was you had to share about your journey on social media 📲... Would you do it?! Would the extra income and your health and happiness be worth it?
Joining this community was by far one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. I am thankful every single day for this opportunity. So why not YOU?! DM me or write "more info" below 👇
Helping mommy sort donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Hey SAN ANTONIO have you been wondering how you can help with hurricane relief efforts? I have an answer for you! Not only can you come down to Shop Rare Marketplace tonight and celebrate one year of amazing shopping, art, fashion, and live music ... but you can ALSO take a peek at this list, grab an item or 2, and bring it down with you!
Tonight's event is an official drop off site to benefit hurricane relief and will benefit Counter Balance ATX - an organization providing DIRECT relief to those affected.
*list in comments or check earlier posts.
Amaya turned 16 months this week. She still loves books, collard greens, balls, animals, shoes, dancing, and her new favorite... cars. She is putting some sentences together, learning spanish words, and has a silly sense of humour. She's stubborn, determined, sweet, throws tantrums, and knows how to get her way with Papa!
As a mommy, as an entrepreneur, as an empath, and as a woman who wants to save the world... It can all be so incredibly overwhelming. Today I'll take some time (for real this time) to just be silent. Today is the day for spiritual maintenance and realignment. Oh...and to deep condition my hair! 😂 I urge you to do the same. Take time before you burn out.
Watching, listening and dealing with EVERYTHING going on in the world does something to you. Take care of yourselves my loves❣
there are times when we get tired, when we feel like we are losing our minds. & then there are moments like these...when we hold our babies close, & just BREATHE, remembering that although life is far from perfect, it is extraordinarily BEAUTIFUL. Nicole, single breastfeeding mama of twins, Jax & Gia is giving us a strong dose of inspiration today, & a gentle reminder of the beauty that lies in every day of motherhood! ✨ #singlemomtravel
Link to my breastfeeding piece on @livinglyofficial in my bio! It's funny, I really struggled for the right words for this. There's so much that can be said and most importantly, I just want women who read it to not feel guilty if they went a different route. We do what we need to do for ourselves and families. Every story is different. But for me, the combination of asking for help and receiving support was enough to keep us going. .
A few days late, but wanted to share a photo to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is such a beautiful bonding experience; it's really a marvel that womens' bodies are capable of nourishing their babies in this way. It has been such a gift and I am so grateful that it has overall been a smooth journey for us (aside from having to supplement via a feeding tube for 10 grueling days early on... postpartum can be brutal & that needs to be talked about more). I know it has made some people uncomfortable that I don't cover up but I ain't got time to make sure I'm not offending anyone (nor do I care tbh), and it's nice to be able to look at my baby while I'm feeding him. I am lucky to live in a city that is generally not weird about it, as it should be. #normalizebreastfeeding#itsnatural#nationalbreastfeedingmonth | Photo by @kellyiswilde
@thebeautybattalion's #August Issue: Check out this powerful message from @stefanie_mae_i_be, our #TrueBeautyAwardWinner . Plus, #truthbombmom , @kristinakuzmic is back with her take on #nationalbreastfeedingmonth . Singer, actress, #MandyMoore shares her advice with us on pursuing #lifegoals
This issue is a #mustread . Don't forget to subscribe and share! www.thebbmag.com
@beauty.by.becca @dawn_mccarthy @shaun_anders_photography
@jnnfrwvr @cliffgull @stewartpalmersalonspa
I've been super busy + my mother and brother are based in Houston (safely) 🙏🏾 BUT I have not forgotten about Black Breastfeeding Week! My new blog post on #BlackBreastfeedingWeek is live on @medela_us. Link in bio! 👆🏾
It's the last day of August and Charlie is officially ten months old today! I didn't get a chance to take his monthly photo yet, but I was reminded that it's also the last day of #nationalbreastfeedingmonth ! My mom snapped these at the coast earlier this week and I had to share them because they so perfectly capture what breastfeeding has been like this time around. Overall, nursing Charlie has been an awesome experience and I feel incredibly grateful that we are still going strong at 10 months! We were able to identify and treat his tongue tie super early on which helped get nursing on the right track from the get go and it has been smooth sailing since then. I remember with Henry, I felt much more more tied down with nursing and so I tried to pump bottles more often so I could go out and do things. But with Charlie, I feel like I had a lot more perspective on just how short this baby season is (not to mention it was much more challenging to find time to pump) and nursing overall has felt much less restrictive. (So I think Charlie has had like 3 pumped bottles in his life and the rest has been straight from the source!) I'm so glad that exclusively breastfeeding has worked so well the second time around because it's definitely the most convenient thing for our lifestyle with me at home and the fact that we do travel quite a bit. (And seriously, hats off to all you pumping/formula mamas for washing bottles because I can barely keep up with our dishes so I can't even imagine dealing with bottles daily too!) My biggest concern this time around was how to entertain a toddler while nursing, but Henry has done so, SO well. He does always want to be right in my space and touching me and/or Charlie when he's nursing and so I used to always say to him "Charlie needs to focus on nursing, why don't you focus on playing?" Except now whenever I go to feed Charlie, he always says "Want to HELP brother focus on nursing!" 😂 And while it's amazing to know that the nourishment that my body has produced these past ten months has helped Charlie grow into this giant baby, I know that our nursing journey is nearing the end as we'll likely start weaning after his first birthday 💙
In honor of the last day of #nationalbreastfeedingmonth here's a tbt to when it was still relatively easy to tandem nurse these guys. The twins and I are still going strong EBFing at 4 months, but now that they're becoming more independent and vocal, there's a lot of wiggling and flailing arms if I try to feed them at the same time. I love these moments and the incredible bond that nursing fosters, so it'll be a very sad day for Mama when these guys decide they're done. Cherishing the cuddles while they last❤️ If you've got a nursing lady in your life, give her a pat on the back (and a bottle of water, because nursing makes you thirsty ALL. THE. TIME.) Mad love to @rawrjond for being the support and baby juggler I've needed through nursing our five babes.
#breastfeeding month (for a few more hours anyway so I thought I'd share a bit about our journey.
I don't talk about it much but I also don't hide the fact that i believe in nursing beyond infancy. Rilynn is 32 months old and nurses several times a day (and night), we are gradually limiting feeds for my own sanity, shed nurse 24/7 if I let her.
I occasionally get asked when I'm going to wean her which truthfully I'm not sure, by May I guess when I will be gone for a week, but I'm in no hurry.
I took this picture just before leaving on a five day trip without her just in case she decided not to nurse when I got back. I don't have many pictures of her nursing.
At 2 months old she started refusing to nurse (severe reflux issues), I worked hard to continue nursing her. For months I had to get her to sleep and then nurse her, or eventually she would accept nursing awake if I walked around while nursing her. It was hard but so worth it when around 5 months she started nursing more normally.
Nursing provides her with nourishment, immunity, comfort and connection (which really helps with toddler big emotions.
Today was the last day of #nationalbreastfeedingmonth and for the first time in my adult life, I decided to public announce my opinion on a controversial topic. I was seriously so nervous as I pushed the publish button on my blog. However I stand behind my words and adore the images I took of my dear friend to commemorate 20 months (with many more left to go) of breastfeeding! Click the link in my bio, and feel free to voice YOUR opinion! I want to know how you feel about this! #dsphotographyva
I'm squeezing it in under the wire but happy #nationalbreastfeedingmonth . I have a love/hate relationship with it. It's been so rewarding to watch Rubes grow and know my body did that. I love the closeness we share because of it. However, it was so hard for the first few months and sometimes it still is. Working a full time job & pumping is draining too. I still contemplate throwing in the towel. However, for now, we are still going strong. I'm proud of us for sticking with it and making it work! #normalizebreastfeeding#strongmoms#womenpower#breastfeeding#rubyruerono