You don’t know who’s watching

Working out is apart of my daily routine. I’ll go train clients at my boot camp (click here for info on that) then 3-4 days a week I drive towards my other job with Fox Sports Southwest.  I’ll go to a boot camp out by Fox or hit up the gym.  But I always go to the gym to shower.  There’s never been a time where I just shower. My workout is so set in my daily lifestyle I’d be off without it.

When you create a lifestyle with fitness and eating healthy as priorities it becomes hard to NOT live that way.

This has been my schedule for over two years but before I was living in Texas, I would wake up early to beat the terrible traffic from Maryland to Virginia and workout and shower at the gym near work.

So in August when I found out I was pregnant, nothing changed, at least with my schedule. My workouts certainly have lessened in intensity.  Sometimes i have to take a 15 minute nap whenever I get to where I’m going. But I still pack up my healthy lunch and my clothes to shower at the gym after boot camp or a workout.

Some days I can’t do much but walk on the treadmill but it’s still something. There was no option to skip really, it was just apart of my life as much as eating or sleeping.

One minute of exercise is more than zero.

I’ve had a relatively easy pregnancy but every once in a while I get a little discouraged because I get tired faster than normal and have to continually dial back. Mainly because I’m super competitive with myself, but don’t worry I’m being smart!

Today someone came up to me and said you are so inspiring.  Watching you makes me feel like I can keep going.

WOW!  What an amazing complement! That hit me right in the heart!

The point of this is to keep going despite your struggles, whatever they may be, keep going!

You never know who is watching, who you are impacting just by doing what you normally do.

I want this little baby to be proud of their mom and my work ethic and my lifestyle.  I want to live as long as I can to see them have kids and their kids have kids! So I take care of myself, eat well, sleep enough and have fun.

If you’ve kept reading my message for you is to keep working, keep pushing. This lady may be inspired by me but she’s truly the one who left a lasting impression.

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Eating Right at Restaurants

I like to believe that many people struggle with this and it’s not just me! I go out for lunch or dinner, absentmindedly eat the bread and butter or the chips and salsa and open my menu and think “hmmm what do I want to order?”
Then I get shot with guilt and limit myself to the “Lighter Fare” portions of the menu that more and more places seem to have.  Most people are aware some salads can be just as bad for you as a burger so sometimes it’s hard to narrow down a meal that works with your lifestyle and diet choices. This is what I do and I’m not a licensed nutritionist but I like to think I know enough about what I’m putting into my body.

So what to order: I almost always stick with fish and grilled chicken. I LOVE salmon and scallops so those are personal favorites and I also throw in some Ahi tuna if I’m feeling adventurous. I ALWAYS order the seasonal vegetables instead of the fries, potatoes or rice that comes with the meal. This makes a HUGE difference. If it’s not on your plate you won’t eat it  – plain and simple. If you are feeling really strong and want to go for it, you can even ask for them to not use butter on your vegetables – it’s a game changer for sure. You can always add some yourself if you want to or just eat the butterless veggies and keep it moving! (I’ve done this at Outback and the broccoli was still really good!)

Now this next tip is something I have tried and every time I do it I am so happy I did. I order my meal with vegetables on the side and then politely ask the server – “Is there any way you could bring out half the meal and box up the other half?”

9 out of 10 times they say yes. Some restaurants like their food to be presented in a certain way and dont like to change it up with halving a meal. In those cases I have the server bring a box out with the meal and I box up half before I start eating.

It helps me from over eating and absentmindedly cleaning my plate and having to deal with the fullness that hits about 10 minutes later. I promise sometimes it doesn’t look like much food but it’s better to eat half at dinner and then okay an hour or so later have a little something extra and not overeat without thinking about it!

So next time you head out to a date night, birthday dinner or whatever the case my be; whatever you order – ask for the restaurant to box half before you even get the food and I hope you are a happy as I am when after I eat. I’m full and content  with what I had. A little will power goes a long way!

Another major BONUS you get ANOTHER portioned meal for the next day!