Summer Blast Circuit

by Ellie Betzen | from scratch, mostly in


Hey guys!  How's your week starting off? 

We have an EXTREMELY busy day ahead of us and will be in Orange County pretty much all day, but hopefully Selah will go with the flow and help us out a bit? :)  I also have this AMAZING workout that I've been performing once/twice a week when I can actually make it out to the park, and in my opinion it is fantastic for fat burning, muscle firming, and core strengthening--particularly if you have only 30 minutes to exercise and cool down.  I guess I could even call it the "Mommy with Stroller Circuit" if I really wanted to, hah!  But in all seriousness, this kind of routine is the best for when you're short on time and want to get fit FAST.

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As always, make sure to give it your all with the little amount you have in order to get a full cardiovascular and strength training session!  And in case you aren't familiar with tricep pushups, there's a link that might help you out.  I highly recommend that you do it with your knees off the floor if you can.  Enjoy and I hope you give this workout a go!

Have a blessed day and let's bless others along the way.


What are some of the best workouts you've done lately?  Please share the links if you have them!


Wedding, Running, and Selah's First Cake in Kansas

by Ellie Betzen | from scratch, mostly in


Sorry for the lazy title, but I had no creativity in me when I was trying to come up with one!  And if you happened to check in on Fit for the Soul the past week, I have to say, oops, I kind of disappeared for almost the whole week!  But I have a good reason for it and it's because we got to visit somewhere really fun.

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Errrr okay, so...Kansas isn't necessarily known to be the most exciting place in the world by general consensus (even Greg agrees), but every time I go there to visit Greg's family, that notion is proven wrong. 

The reason for it this time around? Ohhhh I don't know... :)

I guess you could say that we got to jet ski on Greg's parents' lake, played with Selah in the water for the first time ever, attended our beautiful cousin's wedding, met some amazing people, and had some great laughs watching Selah indulge in her first cake ever.  This little girl knows how to eat and I can definitely tell she's my daughter by the way she enjoys her cake, hah!  In short, we were so blessed to have this opportunity to wind down and enjoy life little by little with our loved ones.

Selah playing on grampa's dock!

The day we discovered how much she loves water. 

I am still thinking of how I can get even with Greg.  He dunked me in the water while going 30mph, but I still made sure to take him down with me! 

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Exploring gramma+grampa's beautiful and spacious home--going up the stairs is apparently her new obsession, but unfortunately we don't have stairs in our house.  And this brings me to a whole new topic which I will try to keep brief.  During this trip we realized just how much a baby needs to be let loose!  What a concept, huh?  It is essential to let baby roam around so that she'll have more freedom and incentive to sharpen her gross motor skills.  Even if it means that you have to clean every single day.  And if you live in a space that is rather small like ours, you might be tempted to confine her to one small section of the house...but I now realize that opening up the place for baby is that much more important to encourage exploring, standing, and even walking. Our plan is to somehow gate the cat food+litter area and leave the rest for Selah to crawl and walk in.  I would love any feedback on this topic if you're a cat owner, by the way!  I really could use the help, hah!

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A sweet 1st birthday party (yes, again on top of the Dohljanchi) because gramma wanted to celebrate with her too. :)

She dove straight into that cake!  It was love at first sight and her game face was definitelly ON...too cute!  Also, check out the first picture.  She looks like she's blessing somebody, hahaha.

You may have already seen one of my only 2 updates on Instagram that week, but let me refresh your memory.  Our beautiful cousin got married and had the wedding reception at a Catholic church. It was probably one of the coolest party rooms I have ever seen because it is built to look like Venice, Italy.  Or at least, that's the idea I got.  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church is located in Andover, in case you Kansans (?) need it for reference.

I tried to keep fitness to a minimum and stay as balanced as I could--juggling family time, attending events like the wedding, etc., and I knew I didn't want to be robbed of precious time with my in-laws just to suit my lifestyle of working out.  So I only ran 2 times out of the 4.5 days we were there, and each time it only took me 15 minutes to feel completely WIPED OUT!  It was extremely humid in Wichita and although I love humidity, running in it is a whole different story.  It almost felt as if I was running on the mountains or something.

They aren't kidding when they say that Kansas weather is crazy spontaneous!  This was taken just a few hours after we got done jet skiing on the lake.  Crazy, right?

And surprisingly I completely forgot to take photos of what I ate in Kansas, oops.  Also, don't worry.  We will be back to our fitness and recipe posts soon.  The past 2 weeks have been rather special with all these events going on. :)


Have you jet skiied before? Were you traumatized like me?

Where do you normally travel if you need to take a break?

-We don't have a set destination, but Kansas and Arizona is where our family is at.  We would love to go back to Kauai, though!


Run, Shop, and Be Efficient

by fitforthesoul in


It’s been sooooo long since I’ve run or even stepped into a gym—almost exactly 5 months actually!  But as most of you know, I’ve been doing my best to squeeze in some great short workouts here and there in the meantime. Even though I never considered myself a “true runner”, meaning that I wasn’t necessarily living and breathing in the sport, running found its way into my life the past few years and I actually enjoy it.  This morning I was itching to get out in nature and just blast through a park or something!  You know that runner’s itch you experience when your muscles and heart chambers are just asking for a heart pumping workout?  Yeah, that’s exactly how I felt today.

Then I remembered that the farmer’s market comes to Torrance on Saturdays.  I’ve been meaning to visit the farmer’s market more often to purchase fruits and veggies because Target, where I do my weekly grocery shopping now, is an awesome choice for us since we always end up saving some money, but the downside is that they barely have anything to offer in the produce department.

I love my vegetables and Greg loves his fruit!  And pretty much 80% of his diet is composed of the latter, so why not spoil him with something healthy that he truly enjoys?  Heh!

So through my little “dilemma” this morning I came to the conclusion that all of these things can be done in one single location.  Why not feed Selah, drive to Wilson Park, start running till my lungs give out, and shop for produce?  It was a brilliant idea, let me tell you! Not only was it a great way to release stress, but also my way to recharge by being around lots of people and being surrounded by nature.

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Fortunately Selah enjoyed our run together and didn’t even fuss.  I can’t say how how far we got, but from the way that the course felt, we probably ran about 3/4 of a mile with some hills along the way.  I know that 3/4 of a mile is pretty short, but I can assure you my heart was about to burst since I’ve been out of running shape and pushing a stroller uphill is a lot harder than I thought.  I was planning on doing this boot camp running circuit but when we got there, all I wanted to do was sprint.  Well, it turned out to be more like a quick job but it felt gloriously liberating!

Right after our little adventure, we got some delicious food at the farmer’s stands.  I certainly didn’t mind being welcomed with all these amazing samples either!  I mean, it was Mediterranean dips galore!  And of course, my taste buds got the best of me and I ended up buying said dips/spreads.  Teeeheee.

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The strawberries were so sweet!  Only in California can you find sweet berries during this time of year.  I also got a big ol’ squash that I can’t wait to roast, some organic apples, a cheesy garlic dip, roasted pepper tapenade, and a mixture of mozzarella and red peppers to pair up with noodles—according to the gentleman at the stand.

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For lunch I had a piece of toast with 2 of the spreads and a runny egg, with a side of spinach salad.  Mediterranean cuisine is one of my favorites and I’ve missed it quite a bit!

So there you have it.  I got to exercise outdoors and shop for produce simultaneously, all while saving some money at Target.  We’ll see how long I can keep this up though.

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Also, I can’t believe that the time for Selah to eat solids has come!   I was hoping to start at 6 months but after talking to some women it seems like between 4.5-5 months is a good time to start.  I guess that the whole process of feeding the baby one single food each week, and then finding what she likes with hopes of no allergic reactions can be a pretty long one.

It is obvious now that Selah is ready to start on solids, as she’s been showing an undeniable interest since months ago.  It’s so fun to see her laugh and smile really big whenever I eat something, and if I put food in front of her she starts smacking her lips.  Too cute to handle!  So please send a blessing my way so that the first day goes smoothly, which will most likely be this Monday! Eeeeek!

Have a beautiful rest of the weekend and enjoy!

What are your favorite Mediterranean dishes?

-I love stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and any strong tasting dip.

How do you like to recharge yourself?  Through nature walks, being around other people…?

Love,

Ellie <33


The Evolution of My Fitness Journey

by fitforthesoul in


For many of us fitness is basically a fad.  It comes and goes in waves for us, only to find the next “hot” workout regimen or DVD that everyone and their mother swears by…and then we give up on it as the DVDs collect dust on the shelf (I’m guilty of this), or we just don’t have the extra 30 minutes in our day to even make the effort to pop in that DVD into the computer. Simply put, this was ME back in the day.

Nowadays I go with whatever suits my preference depending on my current lifestyle and schedule.

1.  Cross country team in high school

Growing up I was always an active girl, but when it came to being involved in organized sports of any kind, fuhhgettttt about it.  Smile  That was until high school, though.

When I was a sophomore in high school my friends brought up the idea of joining the cross country team together.  Uhhh say what?!  That was my response.  It’s pretty sad actually, because I had no idea what cross country consisted of, and the name suggested that we pack our bags and travel across the US…at least in MY mind.  Haha!

So what did I do next?  I ended up joining the team with my friends and learned to love the sport.  Never did I realize how fun and liberating running could be, and although I was probably one of the slower members at the time, the constant family-like support and strong bonds kept me going for almost two years.  I practiced really hard and in the end it all paid off, as I never imagined to win the award for the “Most Improved Runner”.  Now, that may not be a huge deal to most of you, but to me that was one of the greatest honors I could receive as a high school student!

2.  Lengthening with yoga

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Towards the end of my high school year--otherwise known as the days when I struggled with self image issues—I devoted a great deal of my time and energy to yoga.  Yoga obviously made me feel refreshed and healthy when I was doing it exclusively; however, the main underlying reasons were mostly for lengthening my body.  I honestly believed that if I stretched my muscles to death  I would end up looking like some Korean celebrities who were popular at the time.

I still enjoy yoga and I’m a firm believer that it provides many health benefits (I'm not a fan of the meditation kind, however), but now I do it solely for the benefits of stretching and warming/cooling my muscles because it is that invigorating!  Nowadays if I perform yoga at all, I do it as a short supplement to all my other workout routines and think of it as simple stretching.

3.  Turbo Jam for cardio and strength

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As I approached a level of great flexibility I started to crave something more challenging, and I wanted a program that would make my heart pump just as much as running did--oh and don't forget, it had to be fun and different from everything I was used to. Hence, I stumbled upon Turbo Jam after doing some research.

At this point I finally got hooked on DVDs and instruction based programs.  Despite my incredible lack of coordination I managed to complete it with no problem!  Well no…that would be a lie because now that I think about it, I often found myself tripping over my own feet!  Of course, after a few months my body eventually became so accustomed to the moves that I decided to take it to the next level.

4.  Low weights-high reps with Jari Love

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And so came Jari Love to the rescue!  I had never had experience with weight training and Jari definitely did a number on me. Every time I popped in the DVD my heart fluttered with excitement, because I knew the thought of my muscles burning and seeing the buckets of sweat in the aftermath would be worth the pain!  I loved the feeling of soaring endorphins from all the repetitions Jari put me through.

I also have to admit that during this season I definitely felt my physique and health changing for the better.  Just between you and me, I certainly didn't mind the muscles that started to pop out here and there! In my opinion I wasn't very bulked up, but I had the right amount of musculature, and high reps/low weights resulted in pretty good physical strength especially considering that I’m only 5’1”.   And hey, who says small people can’t be strong?! Smile with tongue out

Yes I admit…those are somewhat vain observations that I just made--but come on--don't tell me that you wouldn’t mind looking fit as a result of exercising Open-mouthed smile.  At least, I think that's one of the motivating factors for the majority of us when it comes to working out!  Errrr am I wrong?

5.  Body weight HIIT circuits

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Before i came across YouTube clips featuring body weight exercises, I had no idea that using only my body weight could provide so many benefits!  Since I wanted to transition into efficient but shorter workouts, I quickly changed it up and did 15-20 minute routines with a little bit of running here and there.

Not only did I have more time to do other things throughout the day, but I learned to appreciate my body's ability to push itself in such a short amount of time! Through all this I was able to build my cardiovascular capacity as an addition to increased strength. I truly started to feel more BALANCED physically and mentally thanks to high intensity interval training.

6.  Cardio machines

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I was still living with my parents at this time and in fact, I lived with them until I got married in 2012.  Since my parents decided to downsize at the end of 2011 we moved into an apartment on the 2nd floor. This meant that I needed to be very quiet and as much as I tried to do my burpees, jumping lunges, and all that good stuff as stealthily as possible, the nature of the workouts didn’t allow that to happen.

For the first time in my life I joined a local gym and let me tell you, it was super intimidating and weird at first!

That obviously didn’t stop me because after the first week of being there I felt right at home.  The bright side to joining a gym (and coughing up monthly payments, ahem) was that I rediscovered my love for running and heavy lifting.  There were so many options like my beloved stepmill (I explain its benefits here), treadmill, and elliptical machine.  Using all this equipment showed me that I don’t have to stick to just one thing and that we should all find what works for us.

If you want to practice every sport known to mankind, then go for it and don’t let anything stop you!  If you want to stick with pilates because you like how it makes you feel poised, then I couldn’t support you more in your decision.

7.  Ballet+barre inspired routines

And like most of you already know, I do enjoy Leah Sarago’s Ballet Body workouts so much that I’ve been sticking to it since I began my pregnancy journey.  I feel refreshed whenever I perform her workouts and the results of streamlined muscle tone is an added bonus.  Since I don’t have much time to exercise now, I alternate them with 15 minutes-ish HIIT circuits found here, which provide a little more cardio oomph.

If you’ve made it this far then you’re super patient, hah!  I know that was a lengthy summary of my fitness journey, but I hope you’re motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle and find what you enjoy.  I think the great misconception in the circle of healthy living is that we have to do fill in the blank to get so and so results.  But as long as we’re doing what we enjoy and know that we’ll stick to those plans even if it takes time and patience, then we’ll eventually reach those goals.

Don’t give up and have fun, guys!

Tell me about YOUR fitness journey!  If you’d like, you may email me about it and you can share it here on the blog.

Who inspires or motivates you to pursue your health goals?

Did you grow up playing sports?  If so, how did that affect your mentality in your adulthood?

Love,

Ellie <33


Brunch Celebration at Las Brisas

by fitforthesoul in


Hi there!  I hope you’re having a marvelous weekend, and hopefully this confusing weather isn’t driving you batty seeing as how So Cal is still in the 90’s and can’t distinguish between summer and fall!  Surprisingly I’ve been on pretty good terms with the scorching heat this year, but alas, I am more than ready to welcome some cool autumn breeze and everything that this season has to offer. One good thing about this time of the year, though?  A bunch of birthdays lined up for the month of October including mine, and it all starts with my close friend Susan’s birthday which is on the 9th.  In lieu of celebrating it next week she decided to get a bunch of girls together for a breakfast celebration yesterday (Saturday)!  It was such a fun and welcome change since I’ve never experienced a brunch date with my girlfriends, let alone a birthday party at such an early time in the day.

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Birthday girl—HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN, love you to pieces!!  (All photos taken with the iPhone)

We met up at Las Brisas which is beautiful seaside restaurant located in Laguna Beach.  They specialize in their breakfast buffet and even offer personalized made-to-order omelets with your favorite ingredients.  Their amazing food can be enjoyed while overlooking the ocean and watching people pass by.  Since it is a beach town, it is extremely common to see people running with their dogs, and I have to admit that seeing that sight made me miss running like crazy!

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Obviously Selah joined us in this brunch celebration and had a blast, or so I think?  Thankfully she was rather well behaved and was kind enough to let me eat in peace. Yay for Selah being cooperative! Open-mouthed smile

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I definitely could have eaten more than this, but since I had to feed Selah at the same time, I just ended up with this delicious plate and a portion of freshly made waffles.  I asked the man who made my omelet to include spinach, bell pepper, tomatoes, onions, mushroom, and cheese.  It was fluffy and perfectly seasoned!  The two dumpling looking items were basically crepes topped with fruity sauces and filled with ricotta cheese.  They almost reminded me of a lightened up ricotta cheesecake but weren’t quite as sweet—perfect for “dessert” at 9am.

And last but not least, eggs benedict was devoured consumed by me as I got a little too excited since I’ve been craving it for about, oh…I don’t know…almost a year?!  Eggs benedict is one of those dishes that I’ve always wanted to take a stab at making but never came close to even searching for a recipe.  I don’t know what it is about the dish that makes me intimidated to make at home.  I assume it’s the fanciness of its name?

I personally had an amazing time, and the girls will never understand how much I enjoyed our get together, not only because it was Susan’s special day, but also because sisterhood is so beautiful and irreplaceable by any other relationship out there.

And if you're reading this Susan, I am so proud of the woman of God you're becoming and I'm beyond excited to see where He'll take you next!  Enjoy the ride and let Him reveal everything He has in store for you in His perfect timing.

I’m definitely looking forward to going back to Las Brisas for the next special occasion, and I also can’t wait for the surprise (which is really not a surprise anymore) that Greg has for my 26th birthday!  He enrolled us in an Indian cooking class at The Gourmandise in Santa Monica, the same school where I took the cupcake class last year.

Eeeek, I can’t wait!  I apologize if I sound overjoyed, haha.  I’m just not really looking forward to turning 26 though…

What particular dish intimidates you?  Have you attempted to make that dish?

What’s your favorite time to celebrate special occasions?

-I used to think dinner was the best, but now brunch time is a close competitor since I love me some good ol’ breakfast as well.  Dinner is great for the atmosphere while breakfast/brunch is great because of the food. Smile

What are you looking forward to this month?

Love,

Ellie <33


My Experience with Post-Partum Weight Loss

by fitforthesoul in


Hi there, lovelies!  And gentlemen, assuming you’re a male currently reading this. Smile Today I would like to talk a little bit about my experience with weight loss after giving birth roughly 2.5 months ago.  The reason for the topic being about “my experience” is simply that.  My experience!  It is not about what I think you should do in order to get back in shape.  Also, the following pointers are not scientifically proven absolutes that if you follow x, y, and z, you will be able to whip your body back into your pre-pregnancy shape.

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No, what I’m about to share is simply the things that have worked for my body and my schedule, and all I want is for you to be inspired by my journey and do what works best for you!  I know that it sounds rather cliché of me to say that, but my hope is that you will glean a little bit from me and others around you to make wise choices in order to lose weight.

Obviously all of these things have contributed to my weight loss post pregnancy, and I do believe that they will be helpful for anybody!  Yes, I’m looking at you guys too, male readers (just don’t breast-feed, see below).  However, do yourself the biggest favor and find the things that you enjoy to do when it comes to your diet, exercise, and all that good stuff.  This is one of those topics that have no absolutes in my opinion. Smile

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{3rd trimester} Oh my goodness, is that really me?!  That seems like a lifetime ago, hah!

Now with all that in mind…Let’s move on, shall we?! Open-mouthed smile

1.  Staying active during pregnancy

If you guys kept up with my pregnancy posts, then you might recall the fact that I was physically active throughout my whole pregnancy.  In order to keep up my cardiovascular health and stay in reasonable shape without overdoing it, I went to my local gym about 3 times a week on average because I alternated my cardio days with Ballet Body DVDs at home, which I kept up until the very end of the 3rd trimester.  During the 1st trimester I still ran and performed HIIT workouts that entailed quite a bit of jumping and strength training, but most exercises were done with my own body weight.

As my journey progressed I took it down a notch in the strength training department and challenged myself to elliptical intervals and the stepmill on most days.  The verdict in using those?  I loved them like crazy which I didn’t think was possible!  In my honest opinion, I would have to attribute my healthy weight gain of about 35 lbs. to those two machines and my muscle maintenance to the DVD workouts.

It’s obvious that if you are reading this after after having given birth already you can’t consider this tip.  But!  If you are contemplating pregnancy in the near future then I recommend that you give those a try just to see if they work for you!  It’s important to remember that maintaining a certain level of fitness is a lot easier than starting from square one.

2.  Breast-feeding

I definitely have to give breast-feeding some credit for helping me make my way to pre-pregnancy weight because it is known to burn approximately 500 calories extra per day.  I think I have 8-ish lbs. to go? I don’t have a scale but I checked the last time I was at my parents’ house.

Fortunately I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to nurse Selah and it has been wonderful!  I like the fact that breast-feeding is good for my body, hormones, prevention of post-partum depression and all that jazz as a result of bonding with my daughter.

But moms!  Pay attention to this slight tangent.  DO NOT FEEL DISCOURAGED IF YOU CAN’T BREAST-FEED YOUR CHILD!  Remember that there are numerous ways to bond with them so don’t let that guilt consume you. (I also love what this lovely fellow blogger had to say about her experience)  Also, there are plenty of other ways to burn up your calories and breast-feeding isn’t the be-all and end-all of fat burning.

3.  At-home workouts

Way back before I was pregnant I thrived on solely doing short workouts at home and then switched it up with a gym membership.  After about 3-4 weeks of giving birth I took it easy and started up really slow (and gentle because um, I was scared of hurting “somewhere” if you know what I mean Smile with tongue out).  I mainly did light routines that included exercises like burpees, mountain climbers, and reintroduced Ballet Body DVDs—really slowly.

I tried my best not to overexert myself and listened to my body because after a 3 week hiatus I felt a definite decrease in strength and endurance.  Not to mention, it is not wise to go full out from the beginning because we need to let our bodies heal from all the labor and all the sleepless nights.

Now I am extremely comfortable performing whatever my muscles crave and mainly stick to intervals like this one and the following one for cardio, and most of my own routines roughly take me anywhere between 14-20 minutes.

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And of course, in addition to all of that I’m still loving my Ballet Body DVDs.  I’m so so so sorry if I sound like a broken record but I can’t help it!  I am truly passionate about barre/ballet inspired workouts and can’t stop raving about them.  And don’t you worry about honesty from me, because I am in no way compensated to write this stuff.

For more exercise ideas that are super quick and efficient you may click on this link.

4.  Eating everything in moderation

Basically, I eat everything and anything I want in moderation.  Some days are better than others and I try to not let over indulgence give me a guilt trip, although honestly some days are pretty tough to win that battle.  I would say that about 80% of my meals are rather wholesome and filled with protein, veggies, and some carbs.

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The other 20% is made up of whatever is there and I see myself being a lot less pickier when Greg buys something like really oily pizza (ahem Pizza Hut), burgers, pastries galore, etc.

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I’ve been enjoying this way of eating because it helps me stay balanced!  Plus, if you’re a busy new mom you can’t be too picky about your food because you’re lucky if you can actually eat at a good hour, haha!

In order to keep my veggie intake manageable I try to purchase vegetables that have been washed and peeled already.  When Selah is being patient and watches me cooking, I take advantage of those times to wash and cut all my veggies and store them ahead of time.  I know that it’s a no-brainer tip but that step alone can cut down several minutes when Selah gets fussy while I’m preparing our meals!

5.  Enjoying life

Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in my little bubble that is my home and think that I have to get a,b, and c done all within one day.  Thankfully I am often reminded to take it easy and enjoy the simplicity of life!  Instead of stressing out and being cooped up inside the house, I try to take daily walks with Selah and enjoy the great outdoors.  As I’m doing that I also get a chance to think about life, talk to God in nature, and pray for the people I see as I’m taking a stroll.

This small habit alone makes a world of a difference for a new mom as it keeps us stress free and much more balanced!  Stress free also means more satisfaction in non-food related things and less unnecessary weight gain.  I mention that last bit because believe me—it is a lot easier to walk up to the Lazy Susan and bust out Greg’s Doritos just because it’s there—a lot easier than if I were working outside of home!

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And last but not least, do not forget that weight loss after pregnancy will come in due time according to your own body’s chemistry. As much as you want to make it happen right now, it might just take several months or up to a year…But keep at it and don’t give up!

It is easy to think that we are supposed to drop the pounds within 2 weeks just because Hollywood deems that as normal. Word to the wise? That is not normal! Take your time and focus on becoming restored in your mind, body, and spirit.  The most important thing of all is, however, enjoying this precious time with your little one because you only get to live it once.

Let us remind each other to be thankful for what our bodies can do, and that no matter what size we may be we are still beautiful because we are uniquely and fearfully made.  I have to admit that it is not always a walk in the park when it comes to accepting myself for the way I look, feel, etc., but I realize more and more that it’s just a symptom of my own issues in not knowing my true worth.  And I am darn worthy in God’s eyes!  That’s all that matters in the end.

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Selah when we visited The Huntington

What other strategies would you add to this list?

Have you lost a significant amount of weight around a special time in your life?  If so, were you able to maintain that lifestyle?  How did you do it?

Do you prefer longer workouts or shorter ones?  Which ones have you seen rend the best results?

Love,

Ellie <33