June Recap

I know I’ve been totally MIA but things have just been busy over here. I don’t “think” to actually blog about life as much and some days I’m okay with it and other days I do miss this community. I’m going to attempt to get back in to the swing of things and if I still feel the same after making a conscious effort to blog then I may just have to say ‘goodbye’. But I just won’t go there yet – this is my ‘trial period’. ha ha ha

So here’s what we’ve been doing:

the momma birdThese munchins are just too much. They are obsessed with their Incredivites vitamins. lol

the momma birdI have been on a mission to get FIT! Seriously though. I want to be so happy in my skin and I can honestly say I’m “mostly” there. This picture does make me look very fit but when I lean forward or do push ups – that nice toned stomach comes flopping down. The joys of having my skin stretched so much by my little twins. So I’m just going to stand like this from now on – no more sitting or leaning forward. Sound good??

Anyway, as far as what I’ve been doing:
I’m still using my Shaklee180 shakes for a meal replacement probably 4-5 times a week. Then I have just been cutting out the crap. I try to just eat WHOLE foods and less processed. I’ve also cut out my caffeine habit – I did a Liver Detox and it totally knocked it out for me. I still like having a cup of coffee or tea now and again but it’s definitely not a habit like it was now.
And for working out I’ve been doing at least 10k a day (that’s my goal) and then I’ve been doing T25 work outs. I LOVE them! They are perfect for me since I don’t have much time to go to the gym and be there for hours so it’s a win-win for me. I have a couple friends who sell it if you’re interested.

the momma birdIt wasn’t until I watched these girls do this that I really SAW the “twin bond”. Most twins I see are first borns so they don’t have any other distractions and are totally connected to one another, but it hasn’t been until recently that these girls have been doing more ‘bonding’ things like:
– they HAVE to see the other sister when waking up from a nap, they ask, “see sissy”.
– when one twin is crying the other will try to console them
– when one twin is in trouble, the other will give us a nasty look for causing the discipline

the momma birdI mean look at them all. Love.

the momma birdThese two are something else. I swear it’s either fighting or being best buds. Love ‘em.

the momma birdWe went strawberry picking one weekend and it was AWESOME! And look at that view!!! It was really breathtaking. Oh, and we totally went with our neighbors so we had lots of help with the kids. The girls pretty much just ate every strawberry they came in contact with. lol

the momma birdThese two are serious snugglers. I love it.

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So that pretty much sums it up. I’ve been working really hard with Shaklee and have now held the title of Director for 4 months!!!! Super exciting :) I’m so happy just seeing people FEEL better once they give their bodies what it needs.

I’ve also started taking courses to get my certification in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness & Fitness. I know. I’m totally crazy but I’m super excited. I’m almost finished with my first course and I’ve been learning a TON of information! maybe I’ll start writing about the different things I learn. What do you think??

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11 months later.

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I still can’t believe my journey has been over a year long now!! If I would have known that it would have taken this long, I would have probably been really discouraged, but honestly this year flew by and I feel like I didn’t deprive myself of things that I still loved.

Yes I am good about what I eat…MOST of the time! My friends can attest that I still indulge. I still eat ‘normal’ with my family and I still have things that are “not good for me”. But my motto is to just make small changes that make a big impact.

I still enjoy popcorn with my kids, ice cream every now and then, I bought lots of girl scout cookies this year & I even still eat carbs! All you paleo people can freak out now. ;) But I know my limits. I can get into a ‘bad eating’ mode and really start to go down, but then I just know I need to snap out of it and I’ll do a meal bar/shake for two of my meals for a few days to just reset my mind. The thing is, I actually enjoy it! It’s not something I dread doing because it’s just part of my life and I FEEL so much better when I do it.

With having to get all kids out of the door and walk my boys to school during the week, I’ve actually started having a meal bar or smoothee on the school drop off walk. What’s crazy, is that days I do this & take my vitamins with it I have LOADS of energy and the days I start my mornings with coffee after I’ve been up a few hours, I tend to not eat a breakfast then eat lunch and then want to eat everything in sight from 3pm-8pm. So, note to self: eat breakfast within the hour I wake up!

With all of that said, the next step is to get some strength training in my routine and to start running a few times a week. I’m really good about getting my 10k steps now that the constant rain has stopped, but I want to ‘up’ it a bit.

So yeah! That’s my update! I’m actually so very proud of how far I’ve come. Weight was such a massive contributor to my mood and well-being, so I’m very thankful to have more confidence than I did last year.

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If you have any questions about my weight loss journey & how you can get started, I am happy to help you!

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i worked out…days ago

So I did this video the day 2 days before getting the plague.
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but seriously, yesterday was awful. I didn’t leave my bed or bathroom floor all but 2 times. Absolutely miserable. Today I’m better but I’m still having hot flashes, but have relocated to the couch….where I’ve been watching far too many episodes of Hart of Dixie…and very thankful hubby was able to get off of work so I could recoup.

Stay tuned…more to come later this week.

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Momma Bird reviews the FitBit® Flex

I was given a FitBit® Flex in exchange for an honest review of the product. I was not paid for this review.

I have to say, there is so much to say about the FitBit® Flex! This little gadget is able to track my sleep, food intake, steps & my weight loss progress. It’s really small and comfortable so I really don’t even notice that I’m wearing it most days. This is what the FitBit website says about it: “This slim, stylish device is with you all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal. It’s the motivation you need to get out and be more active.

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Instead of just rambling on and on about how much I love it, I’m going to break it down into sections for you. You are welcome. ;)

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This is how I received it. I really wanted to rip it open right away but snapped this picture first. It’s a rubber type material and fit my small wrist perfectly on the smallest setting. It  took a little getting used to since I don’t typically wear anything on my wrists but now I feel naked without it. Most of the time you can’t even tell I’m wearing it because I have on long sleeves because of the cold winter months.

I synced it up with my ipod so I can check my progress throughout the day so I didn’t have to worry about tapping the device to try and remember how many dots meant what. I also put the bluetooth device in the usb port on my mac so when I’m near my mac it will automatically sync up as well!

Now on to the various features it has:

Sleep Tracker – this is probably one of my favorite features aside from the actual step tracker. I used to be SO tired and didn’t understand why when I had a full 8 hrs. Once I got this and was able to start tracking my sleep I was seeing how often I would wake up or be restless in the middle of the night! In order to get the adequate amount of sleep needed I’ve found I need to go to bed a bit earlier so I can still get my proper sleep.

Here are some sleep tips from FitBit:

One of the other features on the FitBit is the ability to track your meals. I don’t use this one as often as I should. I really should implement it more but I was already using an app that I really liked to track my food so I felt like I was having to double track things. Maybe if I started doing it more often I’d like it better, or if you are someone that doesn’t use a food tracker this would be absolutely PERFECT for you!

Here are some helpful eating tips from FitBit:

And of course the most important feature, the step tracker! It’s pretty amazing to me how I’m able to track my steps each day now. Before I had this, I thought for SURE I was getting way more steps in than I actually am chasing around after my kids. But in reality I don’t do much stepping, it’s more steps here and there with lots of standing/rests in between. So this feature really helps me stay motivated to reach my goal of 10k a day.

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I’m not going to lie, when it starts flashing and vibrating to let me know I’ve met my goal I get pretty darn excited about it. lol Then when I open up my email I get a notification like the picture I posted above!

Here are a few exercise tips from FitBit:

There are loads of other features that I honestly didn’t even cover because I feel like this review could be a mile long! lol One of the other things I really love is my weekly review of how my week went. Here’s an example of what they send you through your email:

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As you can see, this was over the holidays and I did VERY poorly! Naughty Michelle. BUT, I’m excited to start seeing those “down” arrows go back UP!

Do you have a FitBit?
What is a feature you love about it?