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Family / Fitness / Life

It’s been a couple of months since my last blog post! That’s because I’m focusing a lot of my attention on my YouTube channel. The growth of my channel has been incredible and I am so thankful to everyone who has watched, thumbs up’d, and subscribed! I started the month of June with around 200 subscribers. Now, at the end of July, I have nearly 7,000! It’s been amazing and I am having so much fun with it!

A little life update and summer recap for you guys:

We took a trip to Miami to see family which was a ton of fun. While we were there, my husband and I got to leave Maddie with my in-laws and Mike and I had a couple of date nights. We were given tickets to see Justin Bieber and it was a blast! I’m not a huge Bieber fan  but I also don’t dislike him so it was exciting to be able to go. We had amazing seats! The production was fantastic and it was just a fun night out.

We also decided to start Crossfit! It’s been so much fun so far and we’re really enjoying it. It’s perfect for me because it’s quick, it’s a great mix of cardio and strength training, and there isn’t a lot of thinking involved. I also like that I have a goal I’m working towards each WOD.

Maddie is almost 10 months old and I can’t believe how fast time is flying. She is growing so fast and learning new things every day. She is such a joy!

Other than that, I’ve really just been working on my YouTube channel and creating new things for you guys to watch and see on there. I’ll check in here once in awhile, but if you want to stay up to date with what I’m doing, definitely check it out! You can find it by clicking here.

I’m going to do a huge giveaway when I hit 10k subscribers, so keep an eye out for that! Love you all!

 

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Life

Be Yourself.

How many times have you heard those two words? “Just be yourself!” “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

It seems like such an easy sentiment, but how many of us struggle with being ourselves? You don’t have to raise your hand, but I’ll go ahead and admit that it’s hard!

Whether you’re in school and being influenced by what is popular or you’re at work trying to be what your job needs you to be or you’re on social media trying to be what’s most viewed, it can be really hard to be yourself. So much so that those words have almost lost their meaning. What does it mean to be yourself?

For me, being myself is allowing myself to do what I like to do without thinking about what people think. Obviously, there are some limitations (I’m not going to do crack and not care what others think because crack is whack and it’s illegal), but I need to care more about the things that matter to me and less about how other people will think about the things I do.

In the social media sense, you may have noticed that I really don’t blog as much as I used to. I’m not the best writer and I feel like I can’t express myself well in writing. I’ve switched over to YouTube as my main platform and I LOVE it, but it is a TOTALLY different world from blogging. I notice that a lot of my favorite channels have a very common set up: bright lighting, white backgrounds, glitter backdrops- the works. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely NOT. I love the content of these channels. I did notice, however, that, when I started making videos, I would pull so much inspiration from these channels that I was accidentally trying to imitate them. I thought that if I acted like those people that the rest of my channel would follow suit. That didn’t happen. Glittery backdrops didn’t appear and my subscriber count didn’t shoot to a million. When I look back at those videos, it’s actually kind of cringeworthy. I look stiff and uncomfortable. It wasn’t until I said, “wait, this isn’t me” and rebranded everything that I really got comfortable. When I changed Keeping Carrie Fit to Carrie Crista, I was much more comfortable and confident in my content. Even further, I cut out the DIY stuff and decided to focus more on just health and beauty and I feel even BETTER about my content.

If you don’t like doing something, don’t do it. If you have a blog and you don’t want to make a million images for pinterest or headers or footers or whatever, don’t do it. If you want to focus on JUST old school Nintendo, do it. Don’t feel like you have to do what other people do to reach a larger audience because you’ll look back and realize that the content you hate doesn’t really do well anyways.

The point is, things got easier and things are going better now that I’m able to really be myself.

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I’ve had to put this into practice in my real life as well. There have been some changes in my life and I’m really learning that I can’t be happy until I am who I want to be. Not who someone at church or work or a friend wants me to be. I heard the other day, ” You can’t be all things to all people,” and that really resonated with me. My life is for ME to live. I need to decide what is important to me and be THOSE things. What’s important to me?

  • Being the best wife I can be to my husband- which, admittedly, I need to work on in some aspects.
  • Being the best mother I can be to my daughter.
  • Being a hard worker
  • Enjoying art and music
  • Strengthening my faith in God and really practicing what I believe on days that aren’t Sunday
  • Being healthy and fit so I can be energized and healthy enough to be the first two things on this list.

There are other things that are important to me, of course, but those are just a few.

Bottom line, when it comes to my life, I’m working on putting stock into the things that matter to me. I’m working on being myself.


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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New Year’s Resolutions //  2016 Life

2016 is almost here, resolutions are about to be made, and shortly after they’ll be broken. Maybe that’s cynical, but it’s true. Last year, my resolution was to hand letter something every day. That didn’t happen (though, I did hand letter some throughout the year). I wanted to stress less and I don’t think that happened either, though I did learn how to relinquish control in some situations thanks to a completely unpredictable pregnancy.

This year, I have a one resolution: be happy.

There are a few ways to make this happen, but the main one I want to focus on is loving myself.

I can’t tell you how I’m going to do that yet, to be honest, but that’s part of my resolution. I have been so hard on myself about a lot of things and I think I’m finally ready to learn what it means to be happy with myself as I am today. That’s not an easy thing to do, but I plan on using this year as time to really learn how to love myself and make myself happy.

This isn’t to say that I’m not happy with my life now. I am! I have a wonderful family, a home, a job…I have everything I want and need but I am sometimes unable to enjoy that and cherish it because I stress out over a lot of things. I am always anxious about something and that is such a burden on me. By the end of the year, I want to learn how to not be anxious about everything.

As you make your New Year’s resolutions this year, I challenge you to come up with things that are attainable and worth while. Make resolutions that will impact your life past 2016. If you want to travel, make sure you’re making lifelong memories. Let those trips change you. If you want to lose weight, make that journey one of learning. Make sure your resolutions are impactful. Make the time you put into them worth it. Make 2016 the year your life changes for the better.

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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.

 

 

 


Back to the Basics Fitness

After being cleared to exercise last Monday, I was so excited to get back to a consistent workout routine! I told my husband that he needed to be ready to watch M when he got home because I was going to the gym. He came home, I got ready to go, hopped onto the treadmill and… walked. I seriously underestimated how hard exercise would be. I ran a little bit but most of my workout was a walk. I did 2 miles in 35 minutes- by far my slowest time ever.

On Thanksgiving, I went to the park to meet up with my running buddy! We hadn’t run together since March. We ran (mostly walked) a 5k and finished in 50 minutes- my slowest 5k to date.

On Sunday, I went back to the gym and ran another 2 miles. I finished in 31 minutes. An improvement from my first run, but still slow.

At first, I was incredibly let down by my times. I ran half marathons! I have a 25 minute 5k PR. The only reason I walk during runs is if I’m cramped. Being slow is uncharacteristic of me. On top of all that, I felt self conscious because of the way I look. I was exercising in a big baggy shirt because all my shirts are either too tight or they don’t conceal the acne that has taken over my shoulders and back (thanks, Post Partum hormones!). I won’t lie, it reminded me of when I first started to get healthy and that made me feel horrible. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I’m out of shape. It’s frustrating! After throwing myself a pity party, I snapped back to reality. I just had a baby. I had a hard pregnancy. For months, I wasn’t able to be on my feet for more than 10 minutes, much less workout. Of course my body won’t be able to perform the way it did when I was in my best shape! What I needed to do was get back to the basics. I need to rebuild my endurance the same way I did before: one baby step at a time.

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Am I super excited about basically starting over? No. But I know so much more now that I can apply my knowledge to this weight loss “season” and come back in even better shape! There are still times that I feel terrible about how I look and how I feel, but I’m doing my best to make sure to keep that negative self-talk to a minimum. The fact that I’m working on getting back into shape is a win!


Weekends and Walks Life

This weekend was a good one for me. Since having M home, I’ve had one trip out of the house without her. Other than that one trip, I’ve spent every day either at home with her or out running errands with her and Mike. It’s not a bad thing and it has become a [very welcome] new normal, but have a baby doesn’t mean I don’t need some time to myself. This weekend, Mike watched M while I went to a baby shower for a friend. It was the first time I’d picked out a cute outfit, put on makeup, and did my hair since my baby shower the week before M was born!

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I bought this shirt at Burlington in the maternity section (no shame! It was cute!), the pants are yoga pants from Target, and the shoes are from Burlington as well. The scarf I’ve had for years and probably got at Target. The purse is Michael Kors and the sunglasses are Moscot. Mike bought the glasses for me when he was out of town and I am in LOVE with them. They’re extra special because they’re a limited edition line made by Myles Kennedy- the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Alter Bridge.

On Monday, I finally made it out of the house to the park! I had been itching to take M on walks but never was able to get out of the house due to rain. I was so happy that Monday was such a gorgeous day! I went to a local park and walked around the lake. It’s a 1.4 mile loop. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little sore. It’s kind of pathetic, but I walked pretty quickly and haven’t moved that much in a long time!

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When I got home, I threw together a chicken Caesar salad for lunch and called it a day.

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I’m hoping to be able to get another walk in this week! I have my 6 week post-partum check up on Monday and I’m hoping I’ll be cleared to exercise after that. Thanksgiving is next week and I’d love to get started back running!


Half Marathons and Memories Life

It’s been almost 2 weeks since Maddie came home from the NICU. It hasn’t been easy, but we’re definitely getting into a groove! I’m not getting too comfortable, though, because I’m going to have to get into a new routine when I get closer to going back to work. I have no idea what that schedule is going to look like, but I’m sure we’ll figure it out!

This past weekend was the Rock and Roll Half Marathon and Marathon and I didn’t run it. It’s bittersweet. The bitter part: I miss running. I was signed up for the marathon and I was really looking forward to becoming a “marathoner.” The sweet part: I didn’t end up running it because I have a baby! I’m technically still supposed to be pregnant and I would have been 38 weeks and 1 day pregnant the day of the race. I wouldn’t have been running it in that scenario either.

Last year, I ran the RnR with my friend Gen. We trained for months together! It was great to run with someone who not only ran the same pace as I did but who had the same sense of humor as I did. Runs were never dull
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It was FREEZING that morning. I was so cold, but I was so pumped up! After the first half mile, you could tell people were warming up because there were jackets, gloves, and hats scattered in the street. People will buy outerwear from Goodwill or wear an older jacket and throw it to the side. Those clothes are then gathered, washed, and donated. I thought that was pretty cool.

The Savannah route is AMAZING for a couple of reasons. First, downtown Savannah is just as residential as it is commercial which meant there were tons of people lined up on the route to cheer on runners. We saw some pretty hilarious signs! It was great to hear cheering during those harder miles. Second, because downtown Savannah is a bunch of squares, the route really didn’t span a ton of space which meant friends and family could see you at multiple points on the route without walking a ton. My husband saw me 3 times on the route: at the beginning, at mile 3, and at mile 7. He only walked about 3 miles that day and that included his walk from the car to the start (about 3/4 of a mile).

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For me, miles 8-10 were the toughest. You get to mile 8 and you’re tired because you’ve run 8 miles already, but you still have 5 more to go. Just thinking about that many more miles is exhausting at that point. Once we got to mile 10, we just told ourselves we had a 5k left and it made the last few miles go by quickly. Some genius decided to have the route go over a hill at mile 12, though. That was just cruel.

After 2 and a half hours of running, we finished! It was such a great accomplishment.

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Once I’m cleared to exercise again, I’m going to get back into running. It’s very therapeutic. I’m going to look for a 5k to sign up for and start from there. I want to run maybe 2 half marathons next year- definitely the Rock N Roll- but I’m going to take it one distance at a time. It’s going to be hard not to be hard on myself at first. I’ve run a couple halves and about a zillion 5ks, but I need to remember that I’m starting over. Muscle memory is a great thing, but I haven’t run in over 9 months and I need to be careful. After the Rock N Roll, I had an injury to my IT band and I definitely don’t want to agitate it!

The fun part about getting back into a workout routine: new workout clothes :)


Life Update // Baby is Here! Family / Life

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. Last time I posted, I was 24 weeks pregnant. I was nervous about my glucose test, I had gained 20 lbs in 24 weeks, and my blood pressure was great.

So much changed very shortly after that post.

If you don’t want to read the full story, here’s the cliff notes of my life update: I have a baby! Madalena Anne (Maddie) was born on October 11, 2015 at 35 weeks, 2 days gestation after an induction due to severe PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension)/ pre-eclampsia.

If you want to read the full story, keep reading!

My blood pressure stayed steady until 28 weeks almost to the day. I went in for an appointment one morning and my blood pressure was 150s/90s after multiple readings. My OB sent me to Labor and Delivery (L&D) triage to be monitored. My BP lowered a bit after a couple of hours so I was sent home with a medication to keep it low. I was also told to take it easy- no exercise.

A week later, I was back in L&D for contractions. I was released soon after since they were non-labor inducing contractions.

Around 30 weeks, I woke up incredibly nauseous. I could barely walk, I was vomiting, and even sitting made my BP spike. I called my OB and she decided to admit me to the hospital for overnight observation. Overnight observation turned into 3 nights of observation because no medication they tried would help lower it without making me incredibly ill. Instead, she increased the dosage of my original medication and discharged me with instructions to be on bed rest.

Staying in good spirits while admitted for observation.

Staying in good spirits while admitted for observation.

Around 33 weeks, I was back in L&D with yet another BP spike. My OB increased my medication one more time with the hopes that it would help at least prolong an induction. At this point, I was visiting the perinatologist 2x a week to make sure my blood pressure wasn’t inhibiting blood flow to the baby and I was also visiting my doctor 2x a week to make sure I was ok. My doctor was keeping a very close eye on me because I had all the symptoms of pre-eclampsia without proteinuria (when you spill protein into your urine indicating kidney issues). It was important to catch proteinuria if/when it happened because it could have turned a bad situation into something much worse.

At 34 weeks, 6 days I went to my perinatologist appointment and he was very unhappy with my blood pressure. When I went to my OB appointment immediately after, my blood pressure was 160s/90s and I was admitted into the hospital until I delivered. At that point, I didn’t know how long my admission would be. At the very most, it would have been 2 weeks since my OB would have delivered me at 37 weeks.

I taught myself how to crochet!

I taught myself how to crochet!

I was admitted on a Thursday. My BP stayed relatively under control for a day but I had a very high reading (174/90-something) on Friday night. My OB said that if I got another high reading, she would induce me. Sure enough, early Sunday morning (around 4am), my BP read as 180/90-something. 10 minutes later, it was 188/100. My nurse called my doctor and I was moved to a delivery room. My husband arrived shortly after and pitocin was started. After 30 minutes on pitocin, my IV fell out. I was bleeding everywhere (who knew so much blood could come out of your hand?) and the nurse had to- obviously- re-start my IV. She let me take a shower before starting the induction over, which was nice.

The last bump picture I took! Right before I was re-started on the pitocin.

The last bump picture I took! Right before I was re-started on the pitocin.

After re-starting the pitocin at 7:00am, I waited around for contractions to start. I had a lot of back labor, which sucked. I got an epidural around 10:30 when I was about 3cm dilated. The epi only took on one side so I had to be re-dosed around 12:30. Those two hours were incredibly uncomfortable. At 12:30, I was checked again and had progressed to 4cm dilated. I was preparing myself for a long labor so I tried to close my eyes for a little bit. At 1:45 I was checked again. The nurse said, “Oh, woah,” which prompted me to get nervous. She said, “You’re 8-9cm.” I couldn’t believe how fast I had progressed! My OB came in at 2:00 and said it was time to push. At 2:41pm, Maddie was born!

I wish the story stopped there, but it doesn’t. Maddie was quickly taken from me for breathing issues. I was assured that it was normal for a preemie and was told she would probably only be in the NICU for a couple of days. A couple of days turned into a week which turned into two weeks. To top it off, I wasn’t able to see her for over a day because I was put on a magnesium drip to make sure I didn’t have any seizures as a result of my blood pressure post-delivery. Not only was I physically ill, I was literally bedridden to the point of having these things put on my legs to keep blood flowing. I was released after a few days, but I had to leave Maddie in the hospital. Let me just say, leaving your baby in the NICU day after day is such a taxing and emotional experience.   For a week, I sat and cried (sobbed) uncontrollably. I wanted my baby home so badly. I felt so lonely. I was so used to her being with me and kicking me at night. I felt like I lost everything. I was so empty without her. After a week and a half, I was asked to room in with her in the NICU to help with her feedings and 3 days later she came home!

On top of ALL that, we had a pipe burst in our home right after I was admitted for the first time. We had to vacate our home for nearly a month while it underwent renovations. The only reason Maddie came home to our house is because she was in the NICU. They finished renovations 1 week before she was discharged. To say this past month has been a roller coaster is the understatement of the year!

We’ve been home for a few days now and we’re finding our rhythm. I am so happy to have her home with us! She is almost back up to her birth weight- very exciting since she lost almost half a pound after being born.

As for me, I am still restricted from physical activity. I am being weaned off BP medications since my pressure looked good at my last appointment. My next appointment is my 6 week post-partum appointment and I should be cleared to exercise then. I can’t wait to start running again!

Some other pretty cool news: I ended up only gaining about 30 lbs during pregnancy and I’ve already lost 15 of it! I’ll be back in shape in no time!

Now, if you made it through all of that, here’s a picture!

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Obviously, I’m biased, but I think she’s the prettiest baby in the whole world!

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