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A New Endeavor

Good morning friends! You know how I mentioned that I started a new endeavor? Well, today’s the day, I’m going to tell you all about it!

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know that one of my biggest passions (aside from the babes) is my love for health and fitness. If you’re new to EGBG and want to know more behind that passion, check out this post HERE, which explains my journey to a healthier lifestyle.

After I had the babies and got the all clear from the doctor to work out again, I knew I wanted to dabble in a new workout program to get back into shape. I connected with Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow and joined her Insanity Max:30 challenge group. Well, after being part of the challenge group and regularly talking to Sarah over the past several months, she posed to me an opportunity to become a Beachbody Coach. I pondered the idea for a while and finally accepted the opportunity! I am SO excited to be a coach and to work with Sarah (she’s seriously awesome!)!

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If you don’t already know Beachbody is the company behind the makers of Insanity, P90X, TurboFire and many other fitness programs. They are also the makers of Shakeology – a serious dose of dense nutrition in a glass (more on this at a later date). BUT, most importantly, through these amazing products, Beachbody’s ultimate mission is to end the age of obesity in this country and beyond, AND this is why I decided to join the team. I want to be part of that movement, help people and provide the encouragement and support an individual needs to reach their health and fitness goals. I’ve done the programs and I drink Shakeology, so I know what these products can do for me and I know what it can do for YOU.

If you’re ever interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me.

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What’s Your Power Phrase?

Happy Friday and happy May 1st friends!

So yesterday, I was introduced to an awesome podcast by Chalene Johnson (a fitness guru and the face behind TurboFire and Piyo) centered around Anxiety in Social Settings and Overcoming Shyness. She made some great points, but the one that stood out to me and had the most impact is the idea of creating a power phrase.

What is a power phrase? Well, per Chalene, it’s a powerful, uplifting phrase that you tell yourself when you’re in social situations that make you uncomfortable, cause fear or give you anxiety. For instance, “everything will be okay!” or “no fear!” or “you got this!” It’s meant to be that reminder that YOU CAN DO IT!

That power phrase is definitely useful to get you through those uncomfortable social situations, but lets take it a step further and use that power phrase for situations where you’re being asked to step out of your comfort zone or when you’re starting a new endeavor or when you’re standing at the starting line of your first marathon. Whatever the situation is that gives you those butterflies and causes self-doubt, those few simple words can be the catalyst that will inspire you to succeed and overcome any of those fears and anxieties. Life is too short to let fear and anxiety hold you back!Remember your phrase, be confident and push through!

So, what’s your power phrase?  

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Totally Random Bits of Info #19

Wow, I haven’t been Thinking Out Loud with Amanda in…well, it seems like forever, so today I’m going to do just that. Let the randomness begin!

1. Thanks for your warm welcome back to the blogging world!!! I really am SO glad to be back! The break was nice, but honestly, I didn’t realize how much I missed it during this past 6 months until I started writing posts again.

2. How in the world is it the last day of April already!?! I blinked my eyes and all of a sudden it was April 30th. Scary!!!

3. I picked these snack bars up on whim the other day and I was pleasantly surprised. They’re actually pretty awesome! I will totally be buying them again!

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4. So this past week, Gianna has decided she doesn’t like sleep anymore. We can’t figure out what her issue is – maybe a sleep regression, maybe teething…who knows! Isaac on the other hand is sleeping pretty well. If it’s not one it’s the other! Anyway, I just hope this issue resolves itself soon rather than later because this is one tired mama over here!

5. I’m so glad that the weather is FINALLY turning warm. Its been great getting the babes out for some family walks on the weekends, and I’ve also been enjoying getting out during my breaks at work and walking around the block. That fresh air is much needed when you’re cooped up inside all day!

Family Walk6. It’s no secret that I love shopping! Well, recently I discovered White Plum, an online clothing boutique. Oh gosh, I’m obsessed! The clothes are so unique, reasonably priced, good quality and they have awesome sales. I seriously want it all! Ha!

7. A few months back Gianna had this awful red, dry cracked skin on her face. It almost looked like wind burn, but we never had her out in the wind. Anyway, we asked her pediatrician about it and he recommended Baby Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Turns out this stuff is amazing! It healed her face up in a matter of days. I was so impressed that I started using it as my nightly moisturizer.

Aquaphor9. Just a reminder, I’ve got an awesome fitness and nutrition challenge starting May 18th. Anyone up for a challenge, let me know!

10. Well, friends my bedtime is fast approaching, so I’m going to end this post here. Got to go to bed early because who knows what the night will bring. Cross your fingers the babes actually sleep!

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What’s your favorite online clothing store?
What do you use as your nightly moisturizer?

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Looking for a Challenge

Want to get healthy, lose those few extra pounds or tone up? Then now is your opportunity to take action and join my Facebook challenge group – awesome fitness programs, nutrition, amazing support and accountability! It’s 21 days and it will be SO worth it!

You CAN achieve your health and fitness goals! Let me help you get there! The path to a stronger, healthier YOU starts May 18th!

For more details, comment below if you’re interested, shoot me an email or hit me up on Facebook!

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Life Lately

Hey friends!!!! How are you all doing? Boy, have I missed you! It’s been a seriously long time since I’ve blogged, I know! After the birth of the babies, life got crazy (in a good way!) and blogging was put on the back burner. Taking care of two babies is no easy task; however, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Our lives have completely changed for the better. I love being a mom and although it’s hard work, it’s totally worth it when you see those adorable smiling faces looking back at you.

Gianna and IsaacThe Babes

Well, if you can believe it, Gianna and Isaac turned 6 months old this past Thursday! Wow, has the time flown by! They’re both doing amazingly well and growing fast so fast. Their little personalities are certainly making themselves known and it’s fun to watch them reach certain milestones.

Isaac is definitely our laid back baby. He loves cuddling and being held. He’s our happy little man – easy to please and smiling often. He loves playing with his toys, eating rice cereal, playing in his exersaucer, studying his hands, giggling and loves when daddy sings to him.

IsaacGianna is our little spitfire. She has quite the attitude and is very inquisitive, always observing and curious about her surroundings. She loves grabbing her feet, covering her face with her blanket, talking, playing on her play mat, bath time and going for walks in the stroller.

GiannaThese two are the light of my life – definitely the best thing that has happened to me! I can’t get enough! Just too darn cute!

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I’m doing great…FINALLY! Recovery from a c-section is no joke! I definitely underestimated how I’d be feeling, and with a few added complications, I had a rough recovery. BUT, I’m happy to put that all behind me because now I’m feeling back to my old self. At 6 weeks postpartum, I was able to resume all normal activity. It was such a great day when I walked out of the doctor’s office with a clean bill of health.

Since then, I’ve started to incorporate physical activity back into my routine again. Although, I worked out through the majority of my pregnancy, I was quite limited in what I could do, so getting back into my usual exercise routine has been amazing. Boy, how I missed it!

With the start of the New Year, I was looking for a way to challenge myself psychically and get back into shape, so I joined a challenge group with Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow (a fellow twin mom!) as our coach. I started the Insanity Max:30 program at the beginning of January, finished it 60 days later and successfully shed the baby weight (more about the program at a later date). This connection with Sarah, the challenge group and the program led me to take part in a new endeavor, which I’m excited to share with you in the very near future, so stay tuned. :-)

Max30In addition, I’m back to work and have been for exactly a month today. After being on maternity leave for 6 months and being with the babes for so long, going back to work was SO hard. It was definitely a difficult transition – lets just say, they took it better than mommy did. They’re doing well at daycare; although, picking up every germ known to mankind, but I keep tell myself that that will just build their immune system for when they start school. Anyway, it’s still super difficult to be away from them all day, but I’m taking it day by day. I know they’re in good hands, so that certainly eases my mind. So, that’s where I’m at these days. Life is good!

AND, I’m going to end it hear in the interest of not writing a book, so I’ll see you all later!

Ahhhh…I’m so pumped to be back!

So, update me on your life – what’s new? – what have I missed?

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They’re HERE!

Justin and I are pleased to announce the birth of Gianna Rose (5 lbs 5 oz) and Isaac Julian (4 lbs 13 oz) born October 23rd at 9:31 p.m. and 9:32 p.m.!!! Mom and babies are doing great! 

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Week 37 – An End in Sight

Well, the babies must be awfully comfy in there because I’m still pregnant! Craziness! I know I said this before, but I have to say it again, never did I think I’d make it this far, and the fact that I did, means the babies should be in pretty decent shape when they make their debut, which is all I can ask for at this point.

Also, I had another ultrasound and doctor appointment yesterday and everything continues to be wonderful. They didn’t do measurements, but did check their breathing, movements and fluid levels and I’m pleased to report, the doctor was again, very happy with their progress. AND the big news is that their is an official end in sight! If the babies don’t come on their own within the next week, I have a c-section scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th. One more week!!! Eeeeeek!

37 WeeksBabies’ size? A winter melon (6.2 lbs to 9.2 lbs and about 18.9 to 20.9 in).

Stretch marks? Just a few.

Sleep? Ugh, not so great! I wake up about a million times at night to go to the bathroom and then as a result, it’s hard to get back to sleep and get in a position that is somewhat comfortable.

Best moment this week? Getting a date for the c-section! It feels so nice to have end date to focus on and know that our babies will be here soon.

Miss anything? Anything that I miss at this point doesn’t even matter because it’ll all be over within a week. The one thing I’ll miss about being pregnant though is feeling the babies move around in my belly. I love that aspect of pregnancy!

Movement? Yup, still moving like crazy!

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? At this point, food does not sit well no matter what I eat. The nausea, sour stomach and heart burn continues.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? The period-like cramping and back pain continues as well as some Braxton Hicks contractions. It definitely gets uncomfortable sometimes, but there isn’t any pattern yet. It just happens at random times during the day and night.

Symptoms? I won’t go over the symptoms again because they’re the same as last week.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody? Happy!

Looking Forward To? Meeting our new little additions! So soon! :-)

Mamas, what’s one thing you missed about your pregnancy?

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