Fitness


I Think We Should Take a Break Fitness

This post is honestly mostly for me to sort out my thoughts, but I know I’m not the only one who’s going through what I’m going through so I thought I’d make it a blog post.

If you’ve been following me on my other social media accounts, you know that my weight loss isn’t exactly going well. Not from my lack of trying, either. I ate at a calorie goal and did well, then it stalled. Then I switched it up and started eating a more plant based diet. GAINED weight. Gave the plant based thing some more time since it can be a big adjustment for your body. Nope. Still a gain. The other day, I mentioned eating based on the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) method and I started logging yesterday and today. Epic failure.

I know what you’re thinking. I couldn’t have possibly seen results from 2 days of IIFYM. You’re right! The reason it was an epic failure was because of how time consuming figuring all that out was. On top of being time consuming, I was started to get irritated at the lack of flexibility there was. Sure, you can eat to fit your macros, but if you don’t have a ton of calories to work with, there is very little flexibility.

That’s when I realized: why the fluff am I trying to go through all of this trouble? What is the point? What is my end-game and what is the long term plan?

To answer those fairly quickly:

  • I want to look good.
  • The point is to look good after having a baby.
  • The end game is to look good.
  • The long term plan is to look good.

 

See the problem?

I am so focused on wanting to look good that I am completely ignoring all of the OTHER things (and frankly, more important things) my body can do.

Before I get a bunch of  “I told you so’s” hear me out.

It is ingrained in us to like what we see. We want people to like what they see when they look at us. And that’s not a bad thing some times. What IS a bad thing is when the focus and the priority of your day is looking good. I will be the first to admit that, over the past few weeks, that has been my focus. I still go through my daily routine and I completed the tasks I need to complete. I’m a good wife and a good mom. Outside of those priorities, though, my brain was 100% focused on what I could do to look better. I hated my body.

In church today, I was thinking about the past couple weeks and how I’ve just been bummed out and depressed because of my lack of progress. That’s when I got hit like a ton of bricks.

wonderfullymade

Me hating my body is telling God that I hate the body he gave me. It’s me saying the work he did to create me before I was even a thought is worthless and garbage. I am made in His image and hating my own body is like hating Him. Let that kick you in the gut for a minute.

It would be like someone painting a piece of art specifically for you just for you to focus all day on the fact that you hate it. In reality, it’s a piece of art that was wonderfully made. It’s made up of all the same things as other paintings- paint, canvas, brush strokes- but it has a different look that is totally it’s own and it is beautiful.

Truth be told, the body I have is NOT garbage. My body can do amazing things. I can run, jump, squat, press, and climb. It carried, grew, and kept a baby alive before it brought that baby into the world. It can run on no sleep efficiently and it can recharge when it needs to. Does it look the way I would like it to? No. And I don’t think it ever will. But I am learning that that’s ok. I am NOT an elite athlete or a physique or bikini competitor. I don’t model. I don’t have a job that requires me to look a certain way so I don’t need to look the way the way people who have those jobs do.

All of this being said, being happy with my body is not an excuse to not take care of it. I was given this body for a reason, so I need to take care of it the best I can. In my case, that does mean I need to lose a few pounds. Those pounds don’t have to be gone overnight, however. I don’t need to do anything crazy to lose that weight. I don’t need to spend hours at the gym or count my calories or be strict on my macros. Those things will make me look good, but how long can I actually keep that up? 1 month? 6 months? 1 year? Certainly not forever. All I need to do is find balance. Make healthy choices. Stay active. Go back to basics. Those things can be made into lifelong habits.

 

I have been counting calories/macros for 5 years. 5 YEARS. I know what’s good for me and what isn’t. I know healthy habits. I just need to put them into practice. That’s why, macros and calorie counting, I think we need a break.


Fitness

 

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. A lot of times, we want to live a healthy lifestyle, but we aren’t sure where to start or how to keep that momentum up on a day to day basis. In this video, I talk about easy ways you can make healthy living a part of your day to day lifestyle!

 

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Losing baby weight is a struggle for a lot of women. We are told how to lose it and shown who lost baby weight quickly, but that isn’t reality for a lot of us! Here’s why.


2016 Fitness Goals Fitness

Like any lifestyle blogger, I’ve set goals for myself for 2016. Aside from my resolution to be happy, there are certain fitness goals I have set for myself this year.

Unlike other years, my goals aren’t aesthetic. They’re hardly even body weight related. Aside from losing my pregnancy weight, I don’t have a goal weight. For the first year in 5 years, I’m not telling myself, “I will weigh [insert weight here]” by the end of the year. I’m not even telling myself “2016, I’ll be the fittest me ever!”

Nope.

This year, I’m focusing on performance. This year, I want to be able to improve in how heavy I’m lifting and how well I perform. I don’t want to go into the gym focused on how many calories I’m burning or how long I need to do [insert workout here] to burn off [insert food item here]. I’m focusing on how much I can squat or bench.

Why?

I started my fitness journey in 2011 and by October of that year was the smallest I’d been in my life. I gained a little weight over the holiday season and I vowed that I would get back to that size and be the “fittest me ever” in 2012. I vowed the same thing in 2013. And 2014. And 2015. What happened? I never got back down to my smallest size. Now, there are a couple of reasons for that. One, I honestly think I was too small. My body’s homeostatis was not at that weight. Two, I put so much focus in what I wanted to weigh and what I wanted to look like that I never stuck with one routine. If something didn’t work for a week or a month, I’d try something new. You can only try new things so many times before you’ve gone months without any progress.

This year, I’m going to see progress because I’m working on performance. If my body changes, then great, but that won’t be my focus. When a specific body type is your goal, it’s often easy to never truly reach your goal because there is always going to be something that needs work. That can be a very dangerous path. With performance based goals, there are no subjective standards. You either deadlift your body weight or you don’t. If you don’t, you can work your way to that until you can deadlift your body weight.

Am I saying aesthetic goals are bad? Not at all! If your goal is to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount, that’s great! Goals are good! Just remember that there is so much more to being fit than aesthetics.

I’m looking forward to seeing what my body can do this year!

What are your fitness goals for 2016?

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Christmas Recap! Family / Fitness / Life

I haven’t updated recently because we went on vacation to visit my family for Christmas! We drove up on Tuesday morning and stayed until yesterday morning.

The drive to Atlanta was long and boring. I made sure to pack some healthy snacks, though! I packed some Powercrunch bars, chocolate rice cakes, and peanut butter. It’s really easy to eat poorly while on the road so it’s important to plan ahead!

Once we got settled at my parents house, we went to Atlantic Station to go ice skating. I didn’t skate because I had M in her wrap, but it was still so fun watching my dad and sisters skate! After skating, we went to a restaurant called Yard House and it was amazing! I loved all the different food options. There were so many different combinations of flavors that I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to try one of everything! We all split a few appetizers and I got a pastrami benedict burger (yes, that is as good as it sounds!).

christmas in atlanta

Wednesday morning I went to the gym with my mom and we worked shoulders and back with her trainer. After the gym, we spent Wednesday lounging around and taking family photos. I also went to Target to pick up a last minute Christmas Eve dress for M. The one I brought was too small. She’s getting so big! On Thursday, Mike and I went to the YMCA and played racquetball and it was so much fun! We were there for an hour and had such a great time! Racquetball is a great workout.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing before going to Waffle House for dinner- a tradition- and going to the 11pm Christmas Eve service at my parents church.

christmas in atlanta

Christmas Day was a blast as well! We opened presents and had a delicious meal. I got a lot of great gifts! One of my favorite gifts was from my sister. She knows that I’ve really been enjoying cooking lately so she got me some cookbooks with a bunch of healthy, simple recipes. I can’t wait to start trying some of them this week! Side note: how cute is M!?!

christmas in atlanta

We spent Friday and Saturday lounging around the house (are you sensing a theme here?). Mike and I went to the YMCA again on Saturday to play racquetball again and had a ton of fun. I also worked legs that day. We also met up with my friend Becca for brunch and my friend Meghan for dinner! I hadn’t seen either of them in almost a year so it was awesome to catch up!

On Sunday, we relaxed, went to Trader Joe’s, went to a family friends house for an engagement party, then Monday we drove home!

We had such a good trip. I don’t see my family very often usually, so it was nice to spend some time with them. I’ve seen them more this year than the past few years combined, mostly due to M being born. Now that everything has settled down, I’m not sure when I’ll see them next. Life is kind of starting back up again with me going back to work next week (more on that at another time) so it will be interesting to see how and where things fall into place.

What did you do during the holiday vacation?

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Pre-Christmas Workouts and Fruit Water Fitness

I can’t believe Christmas is next week! One on hand, I’m excited! I love Christmas time. It’s my favorite time of year, handsdown. On the other hand, I’m dreading it. Christmas means my maternity leave is coming to an end and I have to go back to work. I have been leaving Maddie at daycare for half days a few days this week to “wean” myself off of her, but I’m still really anxious about being away from her all day.

Anyways, this week I’ve made sure to get in some good workouts since Christmas always brings yummy treats!

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I’ve added weights back into my workouts and I have been SO sore! I’m a little weakling right now because I haven’t lifted in so long, but I’m looking forward to seeing progress (and being less sore)!

I’ve also been on Pinterest a lot more lately and I was inspired to try making my own fruit infused water! It looks so pretty so I thought I’d try it out with what I had on hand!

fruit infused water The first one is made with sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and some cinnamon honey I got from Savannah Bee Company. I wasn’t sure how it would taste since I didn’t know how much the apples would flavor the water, but it’s surprisingly good! Very smooth with some sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. It’s also very festive!

The second one is made with pineapple, honeydew, honey, and a little lime juice. It is much sweeter than the apple cinnamon one but it’s really good! I can’t wait to try more flavor combinations! I really want to do something with cucumber, raspberry, and mint.

 

 

 


Feeling Good + Fish Tacos with Citrus Pico de Gallo and Spicy Cream Sauce Fitness / Life

This week has been a good week so far! I’ve had the chance to do my hair and makeup and spend some time out of the house which has made a world of difference in my confidence.

M had a scary episode last week where she spit up a little bit of blood. After a lot of crying (on my part) and a trip to the pediatrician, we found that she has bad reflux. I suspected reflux, but didn’t realize it was so bad that it was making her esophagus bleed! Poor baby. Monday we had a follow up appointment so I had an opportunity to get dressed and go out into the world! Moms of infants, you know how important and exciting this is! I’m still living in yoga pants, but I’ve come up with ways to dress them up to make them cuter.

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I got the vest from Kroger- yes, the grocery store. There is a Kroger near us that is so insane! It has a clothing sections, shoes, and even a jewelry store! The shirt is from JC Penny and the yoga pants are from, of course, Target.

Yesterday was my friends birthday and I was able to get dressed up again! I didn’t get a picture of my whole outfit, but I did my makeup and I felt great! Bonus points: I did my makeup while holding a fussy baby. Mom win!

Monday night I wanted to make a healthy dinner. We’ve started using MyFitnessPal to track our food again, so I wanted to make something low calorie and protein packed! My husband loves fish tacos so I decided to whip up my own pico for some yummy fish tacos!

fish tacos mango pineapple pico

Fish Tacos with Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo and Spicy Cream Sauce

Servings: 4
Amount per serving: 297 calories- 37g carbs- 8g fat- 26g protein

Ingredients

For Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo

  • 1 1/2 c chopped tomato
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 2 tbs diced jalapeno
  • 1 c. diced pinapple
  • juice of 1 mango
  • 1 tbs lime juice

For Spicy Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 c light sour cream (you could also use plain Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tbs jalapenos
  • dash cayenne pepper

For Tacos

  • 4 tilapia filets
  • salt, pepper, and cumin to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray

mango pineapple pico de gallo

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine all pico ingredients. Cover and refrigerate ideally for 4 hours or longer before serving.
  2. In a blender, combine sour cream, jalapenos, and cayenne. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium high heat, spray your skillet and add tilapia filets. add salt, pepper, and cumin to taste and let cook 3-4 minutes per side or until fish flakes when cut into.
  4. Put fish into tortillas, spoon some spicy cream sauce on the fish, then top with pico de gallo.

These were such a hit! I love love LOVE how the pico turned out as well. It may be winter, but summer flavors are still winners in my book!

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2015 Keeping Carrie Fit Holiday Gift Guide Fitness

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These are a few of my favorite things!

The holiday season is here and you may be scrambling to get someone a last minute gift. My holiday gift guide is here to help! Help your loved ones kick off the new year in style with these fun gifts that will make fitness in 2016 a blast!

holiday fitness gift guide

Fitbit
Fitbits have been at the forefront of fitness tracking over the past few years.
The Fitbit Charge HR is one of the more popular Fitbits out there. It has a display that shows steps, flights of stairs, heart rate, and other outputs that make tracking daily fitness easy.

The Fitbit Surge is a larger Fitbit that has a bigger face. It also tracks steps, flights of stairs, and heart rate.

The Fitbit Flex is a smaller Fitbit that shows dots that indicate the steps you’ve taken.

Any of them are sure to be helpful to any friend or family member that is looking to track their fitness!

holiday fitness gift guide

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Get that sweat off your face with these cleansing wipes! I use these every day for make up removal and I LOVE them. They’re great for sensitive skin and they don’t leave your skin dry or greasy. These are perfect for a stocking stuffer!

holiday fitness gift guide

EOS Organic Lip Balm
This lip balm is fantastic! There are so many different flavors and the packaging makes it easy to apply. Another great stocking stuffer!

holiday fitness gift guide

Asics GT 2000
These are the shoes I’ve been wearing this year. I’ve loved them! Asics are my shoe of choice by far.

holiday fitness gift guide

Adult Coloring Book
Not in the naughty sense, but in the complicated sense. Adult coloring books have taken off this year, and for good reason! I loved these when I was in the hospital. It passes the time and it is great for stress relief! I know people who will color for 15 minutes before bed to wind down. They come in all kinds of themes! I love this particular book because there is a lot of variety, but there are tons of others! They even have a Game of Thrones one!

holiday fitness gift guide

Stabilo 88 25ct colored pens
These are my favorite pens for hand lettering and for coloring in my coloring book. They are inexpensive, good quality, and come in tons of colors! If you opt for a coloring book as a stocking stuffer, these pens are the perfect addition!

Bonus: All of these items are available through Amazon prime. 2 day shipping for the win!

What are some of your favorite things?

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