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Pushing past the clouds

Pushing past the clouds

Hello?

Is anyone still out there?

If so, thanks for still checking in every once in a while! It has been too long. There’s been a lot happening, but I think maybe, just maybe, I might be able to resurface now. *Ducks before life throws yet another curveball at me.*

By May this year, I knew my postpartum depression wasn’t going to go away on its own, and I had done everything in my power to make it better. It was time to get reinforcements.  I went to the doctor… and I am back on a new medication.

I know there is no shame in this, but I really wanted to give it my all before resorting to medication. Especially because the last time I was on medication, while it helped with the lows, I really struggled to feel any highs, as well. I think this new medication has done a good job of finding a balance, for which I am grateful.

The last several months have been devoted to the basics. Taking care of my family. Taking care of ME. My goal for last year was to be the best me possible, and I have been working hard on it this year.

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Physically, I have significantly improved my health. Literally, I have lost 1/3 of my weight from where I was just before JD was born last year. ONE THIRD! That is pretty amazing. I am so very proud of that.

One of the biggest benefits is that when I went to the doctor for help, I knew the first two things they would ask me would be 1) How often do you exercise? and 2) What are your eating habits like? I could answer, very truthfully, that I have been ROCKING those out in the healthiest way possible. When the doctor looked me in the eyes, and told me, “You have done everything we would have asked you to do on your own. You have done your best.” …while I was sad that I still had to resort to medication now, I could be proud of myself for doing everything in my power to take care of myself mentally and physically.

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I am still constantly trying my best to be happy. I try to focus on the positive. I continue my healthy habits. I, for the most part, eat a well balanced diet with good portion control. I work out nearly every single day. I drink my Shakeology.  Several people who know me in person were surprised when I mentioned that I was still fighting this particular demon… and I guess I should take it is a mild success. That I am doing a good job of trying to be a source of positivity instead of a negative one. Now adding the medication, hopefully continuing all of this will help me truly find the balance I need.

I do have so much I want to share with you all. My babies are growing up so quickly!

This handsome little guy just recently turned ONE!

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This darling girl just turned THREE!

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(We also had an awesome Pirate Fairy themed party for the two of them to celebrate…. I will have to devote a post to that preparation soon, too!)

We got to visit Utah and had a lovely vacation, but we weren’t sure if that was going to happen after our Bonnie developed a very serious autoimmune disease. (I’m happy to report she continues to do amazingly well.)

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One of my new goals is to devote more time to blogging again, and trying to enjoy some of those things I used to do before the depression got too much for me to bear. I will be updating here on more of these topics above soon, so keep checking back for more updates!

With love,

Elisabeth

 

 

What is Shakeology?

What is Shakeology?

I have mentioned in the past in passing how part of my success in getting healthier has been through using Shakeology.

Since I started mentioning it, I have had a lot of people ask me about exactly what IS this Shakeology? Is it a protein shake? A meal replacement? What makes it so special or different?

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 5.43.57 PM(My personal favorite recipe to date with Shakeology… no feeling deprived here!)

I have a hard time answering, not because I don’t know what to say, but because there is so MUCH I to say about all the benefits of Shakeology! Shakeology does have a lot of protein in it, but there is so much more. Here are some of the highlights!

There are protein and essential amino acids to help build muscle and reduce food cravings*

  • These help build and repair muscles, reduce hunger and food craving, and promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. So, it does have a good amount of protein in it, but for straight up muscle building, there are actually other products Beachbody has that focus primarily on that.

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Shakeology contains prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes, which aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption*

  • Prebiotics, natural components of certain plants, help support the “friendly” bacteria in your digestive tract.
  • Probiotics are strains of live good bacteria that help with the digestive process. They assist the body in absorbing nutrients and minerals, bring an overall balance to the digestive tract, and help support the immune system.
  • Digestive enzymes, from sources such as pineapples and papayas, help your body break down food into its individual components, making the nutrients easier to absorb.

Shakeology has a total of 9 adaptogens

  • Adaptogens help promote a strong immune system, increase energy, protect the body from stress, and balance endocrine hormones and the immune system
  • Adaptogens are special herbs that grow in harsh climates and conditions, at high elevations, atop mountains where the soil is rocky and oxygen in the air is thin. Because these plants have to adapt to harsh conditions, they have highly concentrated nutrients that can help your body cope with stress, provide energy, and maintain a strong immune system.

Shakeology contains antioxidants and phytonutrients (plant-sourced ingredients) may help maintain health*

  • These help neutralize harmful free radicals, decrease inflammation, maintain the immune system, and potentially decrease the risk of degenerative diseases
  • Many of Shakeology’s fruit and vegetable sources have been chosen for their high concentration of healthy natural substances known as phytonutrients.

Shakeology contains 23 Vitamins and Minerals
Most of us don’t get the complete range of essential vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, meaning they’re flushed out of your body after a short time and need to be replenished regularly. Others, like vitamin E, can be difficult to get enough of in food. (Tropical Strawberry and Vegan Chocolate do not have the vitamin and mineral ingredients added.)

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So, when the ads talk about Shakeology being your “Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition”, aside from my appreciation for that alliteration, they really mean it. There’s a lot of great things packed into that scoop to make your body happy!

All of those don’t cover that all these superfoods mixed together actually taste pretty good (especially chocolate mixed with vanilla almond milk and a banana… yum!) and manage to keep me full like an actual meal would when I have it for breakfast, unlike many of the products I have tried in the past. It’s also doesn’t have a lot of controversial ingredients that you can find in some products out there, which means I feel comfortable drinking it while breastfeeding my baby, or letting Evie take a sip when she begs for some of my special “chocolate milk”.

There’s a reason my heart is so happy when I see these boxes delivered every month to my door. It’s totally worth the investment in myself. I love it even more that my husband, who has been super skeptical and loves to research everything, actually now requests me to make him Shakeology every morning that he can have on his way to work. His support means the world to me.

 

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So, in summary, Shakeology is pretty dang awesome, and I love this stuff. There’s a good reason I am making the changes in my life necessary to continue using this to be as healthy as I can be!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

That time I lost a toddler from my body

That time I lost a toddler from my body

Confession time: I have lost 30 pounds in the last four months.

THIRTY. FLIPPING. POUNDS. No joke you guys.

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Do you see that sweet girl with me? Yeah. I apparently was carrying all THAT on my frame, because that is just about what she weighs right now.

Thirty pounds. That sounds like a high number. That was kind of my original goal. At least be back to my pre-kid weight. That was almost too good to hope to be true. I didn’t know if I worked, even for a year, if I could make that happen.

But I did, in a third of the time.

Thirty pounds… The size of my toddler. That just blows my mind. How was that even on my body?!

It’s pretty fitting that those numbers line up right now, because I now weigh what I was pre-kiddos. I am starting to pull shirts out that I haven’t seen in over 3 years because I just couldn’t fit in them. It’s almost better than going shopping outside the house for new clothes! I seriously pulled out a few shirts today that I had hidden away (including the one I am wearing in this picture!) because every time I saw it, I was sad. It reminded me of a body I didn’t think I could ever see again.

All of this doesn’t even compare to how much better I feel. Despite the fact I haven’t touched a caffeinated beverage for four months, and my baby loves to wake up during the night multiple times, I have more energy than ever. We are all eating better, doing more activities outside the house. And when I get frustrated with my own weaknesses, I know I am working harder than ever at overcoming them. This has changed my life, my perspective. Everything I have put in, I have gotten back.

I used primarily 21 Day Fix (based on the research that it takes 21 days to break those bad habits and reinstate healthy ones for eating and working out) and Shakeology for December and January. The second half of February, I played around with a lot of different programs that were available for Beachbody On Demand. Now I working on 21 Day Fix Extreme, which has more difficult workouts, but the eating plan is about the same, just no cheat days. It’s been tough, but I am so proud of myself for being able to keep up!

I’m gearing up for my challenge group for April. If you are ready for change, ready to feel better about yourself, wanting support, motivation, a friend to cheer you on, let me know.

More than anything, know this: You are worth the investment.

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My Weightloss Journey

My Weightloss Journey
My Weightloss Journey

About 3 months ago, I was absolutely miserable with myself.

I hated everything I saw in the mirror. It was all terrible, and I was really failing at my 2014 New Years Resolution of loving myself, for myself, and for my family’s sake as well.

Yes, I had a baby this summer. Yes, it took 9 months to put on the weight, and so you could justify 9 months to lose that weight. But that wasn’t all of it. I was suffering from a myriad of symptoms. No energy. Postpartum depression. Migraines. I was drinking 2-3 cans of my favorite soda, Dr. Pepper, just to make it through the day. (A good day was just one Dr. P. And with a crazy -cute, but crazy- toddler and and infant, I found a lot of excuses on why I needed more than just one.)

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Me… Mid July. Highest weight I have ever been!!!

Enter Beachbody.

Through an online mom group, I met my beachbody coach, who was inviting people into her clean eating group. That was something I most certainly needed work on, so I thought, “Why the heck not?”

Though I only half-heartedly paid attention to the clean eating group, I kept watching her posts, which lead me to try Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix challenge pack with Shakeology.

And you know the crazy part? IT WORKS.

I started December first, and have been working hard since. With JD’s sleep regression for most of December and the first half of January, it was tough to work out every day. I didn’t always make it. But I did work out a lot more than I had… in years? Now that I think of it.

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Me December 1st in the pink shorts. Around Dec 20th for the blue shirt.

I also tried to stick to the 21 Day Fix meal plan. Honestly, the meal plan is 80% of the results. So even though I couldn’t always get the workouts in, (or I got sick, and knew it wasn’t the day to push myself), I still got some awesome results. I haven’t had a soda since December 1st. I have had lots more salads, ancient grains, and whole foods. It was great, in some ways though. I still had a lot of my recipes I could use if I just made small adjustments and remembered that it wasn’t an all-you-can-eat buffet!

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Down 15 lbs from my start weight, wearing a new shirt that didn’t have a chance of fitting pre-challenge!

And now? As of yesterday? I am TWO lbs away from my pre-JD weight, almost exactly 6 months after his arrival. With Evelyn, I never lost the last 10 lbs, even after 15 months.

I felt like I was trapped in a fat suit that wasn’t really who I was. Besides the weight, I felt horrible all the time. I felt like I couldn’t start to workout even, because it was hopeless. I couldn’t change, and I had a lot of reasons why I couldn’t make it work.

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No more.

Besides weight, I am feeling better in a lot of ways. I have years of bad habits I’m working on breaking, but the results have been awesome. And my WHOLE family is benefitting from it, from the baby I breastfeed, to the husband and toddler who likes to work out with me and eat the healthier food I make.

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I loved it so much I am now a Beachbody coach, or distributor, and have my own site with more information on the individual products and workouts you can try. They work.

I’m no longer feeling so inclined to sit on the sidelines of my own life. I take pictures with my kids. SOMETIMES WITHOUT EVEN WORRYING ABOUT MAKEUP! Because I feel better about myself as a whole.

I will be posting more about individual things I have been doing, but I wanted a more general overview, or introduction, on this awesome journey I have started, and how I hope to keep going down this path! Please feel free to ask me questions! 🙂