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Can this really be a thing?? It sure can be!
I totally get it. I had the same mindset a long time ago. I thought to be fit and healthy I had to spend a huge amount of money. And let’s be honest. When we are raising a family (or living on our own period) money goes towards our bills. At least that is the situation here. So there were many times that I just felt that I didn’t have the money to spend and therefore used that as my excuse to continue to live with my bad health habits.
Well as I have learned, you can still get in an amazing workout, still lose weight, still gain muscle, all while working out at home, and not having to break the bank in order to do so.
Let’s talk about this little piece fitness equipment.
This piece of fitness equipment is a great way to get an awesome workout in right from your home! And you don’t need a ton of time to get a good total body workout in either. You can get a quick, 20 minute, total body workout that is super effective and will have you nice and sweaty in no time!
What is it? A Kettlebell!
This is a sand filled one. I had purchased a set of them at Aldi last January. I paid $20 for the set that came with 3 Kettlebells; a 5 lb, 10 lb, and 15 lb. You can also purchase some that are made of iron (which is what most gyms carry).
So, If you are looking for a quick way to workout, and are short on time, this is a great piece of equipment, that won’t break the bank!
Once you get your Kettlebell (if you don’t already own one) then give this quick total body workout a try!
Make sure to warm up for at least 5 minutes prior (dancing to your favorite song at home is a great warm-up!)
BUDGET FRIENDLY AT HOME TOTAL BODY WORKOUT!
Do 3-5 rounds based on your time available
Do 5-10 reps for each exercise with as little rest as possible between exercises.
*Kneeling Overhead Press Each Side
*2 Arm Swing
Things have been pretty busy my way here lately! I’m working on some big things and I am super excited to be so close to my dreams!
I’m looking forward to sharing them with each and every single one of you! ❤️❤️
In the mean time, enjoy this shake recipe! If you do not use Shakeology like I do no sweat! You can use a good chocolate flavored protein powder.
It was September 2014. We had taken a family vacation to Avon, North Carolina to spend a week in the Outer Banks. It was the very first time I had ever seen the ocean, and yet, it was as if I had finally come home.
It will be a moment I will never forget. We had just arrived and got into the beach house. The first thing we did was check the place out and then walked down to the beach. It was the most breathtaking view I had ever seen. All at once I felt calm, centered, and completely and immediately at peace. And you must understand that this was not something I was use to feeling. I was still so unsure of myself at this time as I had only been on my health and fitness journey for 9 months and self love was still something that was super new to me. Right before we left for our vacation I was having some serious doubts of the path I was wanting to go down, as well as the way I had been approaching my health and fitness journey. I just felt really out of sorts and confused. I wasn’t sure which way I was going and struggled to find the reasoning in it. And yet, it all led up right to that very moment.
It was as if I had never really known who I was until that very moment. I walked out to where the sand meets the ocean, toes in the sand, salt water rolling up on my feet, and I felt peace. Pure peace & Pure MAGIC.
And freedom. So long I had been holding my true self as a prisoner because I was constantly trying to appease every single person around me. I wanted them to like me and accept me so I constantly hustled for my worthiness. And the person that I was I felt didn’t deserve to be set free because no one would like her. Why?
Because I didn’t.
But that moment that all changed. Something called out to me that day. It told me it was time to stop this hustling and just be yourself. Be proud of how far I had come, how much weight I had lost, how strong I had become after all the struggles I had been through to date. Just BE ME. Just LOVE ME. Just SHARE MY LIGHT WITH THE WORLD.
That was the beginning of self love, and the end of self hate.
The rest of the week I spent time with my family, playing in the sand, watching and listening to the beauty of the ocean, and just feeling that sweet peace and freedom. There were many firsts that I did that week.
I chose to just be myself. If I didn’t feel like wearing make up out to dinner I didn’t. And I didn’t worry about if anyone would judge me because of it. I walked on the beach in my bathing suit without a cover up. It was the first time I had ever been so comfortable and confident in my own skin that I walked on the beach, in front of others, in my swimsuit and didn’t worry about if anyone was judging my body.
Why? BECAUSE IF WAS NOT JUDGING MYSELF AND BERATING MYSELF OVER THESE CHOICES.
I arrived that day expecting to see magnificent beauty, but I didn’t anticipate for it to have such an impact that I would never be the same Stacy ever again. It was a moment that I needed to have an experience. It was time for me to come full circle and realize my own worth. I shed my old skin that day. I emerged as a brand new being and I have never turned back.
Please know that we are all worthy, all capable, and all enough. We are meant for great and wonderful things. We need to look in the mirror and see the beauty that resides in our hearts and our souls. And shine that bright light with the entire world. We are doing the world a huge disservice otherwise.
Shine bright my friends.
Ah the 8 lbs dumbbell. I remember when this used to feel super heavy to me! This was, at one time, to be consider my heavy weight to use in my workouts. Sound a bit crazy? Maybe, but that is just how it was and where I was at during that time in my journey. And I know I am not the only one.
Let’s take it back a moment.
When I first began working out I started with body weight. I had been working on my nutrition for 3 months before I added in movement. I chose to utilize online streaming through daily burn at first. They offered a 30 day free trial so I chose to give it a shot. I was really embarrassed of my body still and just didn’t have the courage to step foot in a gym so I felt that working out at home would be best for me and my comfort level.
Once I worked through that, I began to use some workout dvds I had here in the house. Some of them were focused on strength training where I needed to have a light and a medium weight. Because I was still a beginner, my light weight was 3 lbs and my medium weight was 5 lbs. I certainly got a good workout in as I was building up my strength. This was just where I was at during the moment.
Of course, the more I worked out the easier it got and I had to increase my weight. Of course back when I first started I could never imagine lifting a 10 lb dumbbell or even a 15 lb dumbbell. I just wasn’t in that mindset and wasn’t even sure at that time when that would be a reality, if ever. But during that time I just wanted to focus on the here and make an effort to just show up each day.
Of course now, over 2 years later, I have been able to really increase my strength and my overall fitness. 8 lbs is now a light weight for me and I hardly ever pick them up unless I am doing a high rep, lower weight workout. This shows me now where I am in my fitness and just how far I have come during it all. Back when I began I had a hard time just being able to do 10 minutes; now I am capable of working harder for longer. I can do push ups on my toes, and can really kill some squats and lunges during my body pump release.
Did I believe that I could do this back when I first began? Hell no I didn’t. I wasn’t sure where I was going to be headed when I began; all I knew is that I had to start and soon. I was tired of feeling so tired and lifeless. I was having a hard time keeping up with every day tasks as well as daughter. I was constantly sick, having a hard time just getting up off of the couch, and I was sick of not being able to see my toes when I was standing (yes, my stomach was that large). All I did was choose to show up and make a change. Each and every single day. I may not have given myself full credit, but dammit I was willing to try.
We all do this no matter what we may be focusing on. We don’t always believe we are capable of doing certain things; Growing our strength, losing that weight, finishing that degree, being a parent, owning our own business. So many times we just get in our own way and truly believe that we may not have what it takes to reach those goals or make those changes.
But we are totally capable. Each and every single one of us.
Will it be easy? You bet your ass it won’t. Nothing amazing in our life ever comes without a little hard work and elbow grease behind it, but as long as we take our time, show up every day, and stay consistent, we will get there.
And when we do, oh man the sweet feeling we get from the success is amazing and worth all that stress, hard work, sweat, and tears.
Each day I had to choose to show up and keep working, or just sit back and remain the same. But I was tired of being 245 lbs. And I wanted something better. I wanted to be healthier for my family and for myself. So every day I woke up and made a choice to continue working hard and just seeing what I was able to accomplish. I didn’t always believe in myself, but I wanted something way more than my current situation.
So I made a choice and made shit happen. 😉
We are more capable than what we think. So don’t give up. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and just believe that you have what it takes. Because you certainly do!!
I have included a nice little body weight workout to get your heart pumping. Add some weight if you are feeling beasty! 😉
Body Weight At Home Workout!
Do 2-3 rounds; do each exercise continuously without a break, and then take 2-3 minutes in between your rounds. Have Fun!
10 Push Ups
10 Mountain Climbers
10 Alternating Lunges
Listen Peanut Butter is my THING. I can be found often grabbing a spoon out the drawer and spoon out some peanut butter and eat it as a snack. It is so bad that my own daughter will even ask me if she can have a “peanut butter on a spoon” for a snack. 🙂
What goes really well with peanut? Why CHOCOLATE of course!
Hey, I am ALLLLLL about eating in moderation and enjoying some super delicious and indulgent goodies! BUT, I also have goals I am looking to accomplish, and not to mention that my body functions better when I eat in alignment to what makes me FEEL good. Feeling bloated and having low energy is not the way I actually choose to feel.
That said, there are so MANY recipes that allow us to get that taste we seek, and yet are in alignment with our goals and how we like to feel!
So here is a little sweet treat that is BIG on taste and fits perfectly into any nutrition plan that you may be following.
High-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars
What You Need:
4 scoops Chocolate Shakeology**
2 cups quick-cooking old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup chopped raw peanuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
What You Gotta Do:
1. Combine Shakeology, oats, peanuts, and raisins
2. Add almond milk and peanut butter; mix well
3. Press mixture into 8×8- inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
4. Cut into 24 bars.
**Don’t have Shakeology? You can use any chocolate protein powder that you prefer. If you are interested in learning more about Shakeology, shoot me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Such a heavy topic.
Such a beautiful topic.
Such an IMPORTANT one that we all need to implement in our own lives.
This is one of those things that I have worked really hard to instill in my own life. For so many years I absolutely hated who I was as a person. I never felt good enough, worth anything, or deserving of anything. I would always hustle for acceptance and worthiness by constantly seeking the approval from others. It was a vicious circle and one that I truly hated to be in, and yet, I couldn’t seem to believe that there was any other way. I just cared way too much about what others thought of me.
Of course, this also didn’t come with a good amount of body shaming that I did to myself. I would just sit in front of the mirror and just look at myself, constantly picking apart every single bit of my body. It wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t pretty enough, I wasn’t thin enough. Not to mention that I felt like I wasn’t smart enough, or I just wasn’t a good person, blah blah blah.
It just went on and on and on.
My goodness did EVER say the nastiest things to myself. Things that I would never, EVER say to another human being, and yet, here I was saying them to myself.
As if this was ok to do.
And it isn’t. It isn’t ok to speak to ourselves in this manner whatsoever.
In fact, this is one of the worst things we can do.
First of all, we should never give our power of worthiness over to others. That feeling of worth and happiness comes from within. Sure people make us feel happy and make us feel as though we are worthy, however, that true feeling comes from inside. If we don’t believe it and don’t feel this way about ourselves, then we will always be hustling for our worth and happiness and never actually believe those people who feel this way about us.
So as easy as it is to say that this is not how we deserve to treat ourselves (and let’s be real here, we all know deep down that it isn’t right anyways), then how do we even try and change the way that we think and look at ourselves and learn to love who we are from the inside out?
That’s right. Pure practice. Sprinkled with some compassion for ourselves, with a dash of patience.
Lots and Lots of patience and compassion actually.
Here is what I did. I chose to put this into practice just like I do my physical workouts. It is really important for us to work in as much as we work out. So this is where personal development came into play for me.
I knew that there was no way that this journey was going to succeed unless I also changed my mindset and what I felt about myself. I could not make these changes and start to be healthy while coming from a place of hate. I knew that this time it had to be different.
So I spent some time reading books, blogs written by some of the most inspiring women, journaling, and just getting really up close and personal with myself. I had never really known or understood the person I was so I needed to figure that part out.
I would sit in front of the mirror and just look at myself. Not judge, not pick myself apart. I would just sit and look. Get a nice and good look. I would then practice saying things like “good morning gorgeous”, or “good morning beautiful.”
It totally felt weird at first. I mean, it felt weird to be talking to myself. BUT it was necessary. I had to learn to talk to myself differently. I spoke so nasty to myself that I honestly needed to learn how to really talk kindly and basically say sweet nothings in my own ear. 😉
So I recommend just taking your time, but most importantly, find a way to fit this into your every day. Take just 10 minutes each day and read some personal development; journal, write a love letter to yourself, or just sit and look at yourself in the mirror and just get curious.
If you need a good place to start with personal development books, here is a list of my 3 favorite books. These books have changed my life for the better and I refer back to them quite often.
You Have Always Been Enough Lovelies!
Stacy’s Favorite Personal Development Books!
Warrior Goddess Training By Heatherash Amara Get It Here
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown Click here to Get your copy!
Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Get Your Copy Here