Sunday, August 13, 2017

Postpartum Journey Part 2

Week One Recap- Core De Force Journey 

-11 weeks postpartum -

Little recap for you all before I dive into my summary from week one of our new program. First things first I will explain what program we picked and why. It is called Core De Force. I am streaming it thru my Beachbody On Demand library. (AKA my netflix for workouts). It is an MMA/ kickboxing style program. I picked it because it is going to really work my problem area and help me to tone up. I can't expect abs just yet, but I can work to lean out and get a little closer to getting rid of the rest of my postpartum belly. This program should do just that for me. 

My hubby and I committed to doing this program together. It is only a 30 day program and most all of the workouts are between 30 and 40 minutes long -no weights needed. I am a morning workout girl and he prefers nights. He was struggling to stay committed lately and needed a buddy, so I agreed to do them with him at night for now. I have to be honest - it's killing my mojo for the start to the day. Girlfriend likes to cross that chore off her to-do list first thing each day. I may have to start doing them on my own soon,  but I am giving him another week of doing it together. 

Last week was hard and I anticipate the coming weeks will be equally hard for us. We are in the process of getting ready to move into temporary housing until our house is ready, our son starts kindergarten and we will be learning our new area. We have spent countless hours packing, cleaning and gearing up for our next adventure. As exciting as it is, it is also exhausting both physically and even emotionally.

We missed two out of the seven days last week due to "life" happening. Hoping to make this week better. 
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Our day one sweat session - we challenged each other to a calorie burn competition. He beat me by 10 but we had a blast doing it. 
One of the nights this week I found myself exhausted and frustrated. It was a long day with the kids and I had SO much work I needed to do. I wanted to say forget this, we have far too much going on to be worrying about exercise right now. It was after 10 pm and I still had not worked out. As much as I wanted to say forget it, I pushed aside the excuses and showed up anyways. I felt really great afterwards and it did help me to sleep better I think. 
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Last week my nutrition wasn't bad but I didn't follow an "official" meal plan. I just went day by day. I did OKAY but was far from perfect. I for sure had a few treats here and there. This weekend I took some time to plan out what we will be having this week. I tried to make the most of what we already had on hand since we move next weekend and I don't want to have a lot of food waste. 

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Below is one of my many meals from last week. I have been on a balsamic kick lately and really enjoyed this homemade dressing I put together. One thing I can tell you for sure is that I feel SO great when I make an effort to eat clean! It is worth all of the effort that it takes to be able to do it. 
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Stay tuned for a recap next week as we take on week two of core de force.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beachbody Coaching... What does it take?

Curious About Beachobody Coaching? 


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3 1/2 years ago I took a chance on a business opportunity that I thought would be a little side hobby to earn a tiny bit of income. I was just looking for a little bit more. My income as a teacher afforded me a comfortable life, but it didn't leave much room for extras. 

As I began my own transformation I loved how great I was feeling and wanted to help other people feel the same way. The teacher in me enjoyed the groups that I was in and I got excited about the opportunity to use my teaching skills in a different way. 

When my own coach invited me to the opportunity I couldn't help but want to give it a try. 

Little by little I grew the business far beyond my wildest dreams. It was hard work in the beginning and truthfuly still is now but man do I ever love it. After 2 1/2 years as a coach I had a hard decision to make. I needed to either slow down the growth of my business or take a step back and leave my day job as a teacher. I was burning the candle at both ends and I found that my heart was in coaching more than it was in teaching. The rewards were there. The pay was there and the freedom was there too. We weighted the decision and felt it was best for me to work from home.

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I promise you this was not what I had envisioned for my life. I assumed I would be a teacher or principal for the next 30 years. I never ever imagined the financial posibility that I have now as a coach or that I would be able to be "retired" and home with my kids all before turning 30 years old. (You can read all about that here.) 

I cannot express how wonderful it feels to still be able to make an income for my family while getting to spend more time with my husband and kids. 

Just a few months ago I had to slow things down with my business because we welcomed our miracle baby Grace into the world. As much as I wanted to go go go and keep up with the fast pace I was working at before I had her, I knew I needed to slow down and soak up the time with her as a newborn. I am finally feeling like I can give more of myself to my team and new coaches again and will be taking applications for new coaches.

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The group of coaches who I train in August will be getting the best of me. I mentioned I was a teacher but I didn't say what kind. Well - I should tell you I was a business teacher before. I taught marketing, social media, advertising and many other business subjects. All topics that I teach to my coaches. My job as your coach is to help you get a good start. Why not learn to build a successful business by being taught by someone who really understands and loves business. 

Think you might be interested? Fill out the application below. I will be in touch about the opportunity and getting you a spot in the training group. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back To School - Brown Bag Challenge

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Are you the one who gets stuck packing lunches in your house? Yeah... me too. By June I often find myself bored to death with what I am putting in the lunch boxes.

Since school is starting up soon,  I wanted to create a free group where I share some fun healthy new ideas to make your lunch box packing a little easier as you send your children back to school this fall.

In addition to the fun ideas, I will also be doing some "lunch box goodies" giveaways.

Want to join us? Simply click here and request to join. (You would need to add me on Facebook so that I can add you into the group. Please send me a friend request.)

The event will take place August 7th - 11th.


Postpartum Wrap Up

I have no idea where the last two months went. Somehow I blinked and she is already smiling at me and starting to coo. Our family now feels complete and we are finally starting to adjust to all of the "newness" of life with a newborn. She still gets up several times during the night as most breastfed babies do, so we are sleepy but we sure are happy. 

I am proud of myself for my dedication I put into my postpartum journey. Although I wasn't working out, I was committed to taking care of myself and trying my best to eat clean. There were certainly days when that didn't go according to plan, but I really was happy with the results I got from the effort I put in. I entered the labor and delivery floor weighting 167 lbs. Today I am sitting pretty at 130 lbs. I have ten to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy size. 

I rocked it at getting enough water. I aimed for over half of my weight in ounces each day. It helped to keep up with my milk supply and to keep me feeling hydrated. I noticed a huge difference in my skin the more I was able to drink. When I was slacking I saw it show up in the form of dry skin and dullness. Each Sunday I would meal plan. Some days I would find myself so busy I forgot to eat some of my meals but I tried my best and that's what matters most. 

I did incorporate Shakeology into my diet. I stuck with vegan. Gracie goes not have any dairy issues but I wanted to be sure so I stayed away from the whey that is in the regular version of Shakeology. Since I am drinking this, I have stopped taking my prenatal vitamins and am only using this. 

The doctor cleared me for exercise on a few short weeks ago. This week I just stared a 21 day rapid burn program called Shift Shop to kick my butt back into shape. The meal plan is high protein and fat with low carb. It is different than the one I am used to following so I am excited about this new challenge.  I plan to modify if I need to which is fine because the program has a modifier. After only doing light workouts for almost a year I am finding myself rather out of shape.

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Strength is something that develops with time. 
At first the early morning workouts seem awful, the cookies seem more attractive than the veggies and the voice inside your head tries to convince you to quit. 
If you can keep showing up it gets a little easier each day, but you first have to struggle thru the transition. 

So for now I'll groan when the early morning alarm goes off, I'll settle for the lighter weights and I'll convince myself the veggies taste delicious. 
I'll fight thru the beginning because I know what's in store if I refuse to quit. Challenge yourself to get uncomfortable and push a little harder today.

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My week one meal plan. This week is rather similar to what I am used to when it comes to meal planning but each week as the program progresses I will have more carb elimination take place. 
I will continue to share my journey with you as I take on the Shift Shop program. I have exactly ten pounds to drop and I plan to do it in the next month or two. Come back each week for a recap of my progress and a meal plan. If you would like to join me - fill out the application below and I will get you a spot in my next support group so you can get results similar to mine. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Grace Elizabeth - Our Rainbow Baby Birth Story

After Every Storm Comes A Rainbow.... 

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It's only fair to share the birth story of our sweet rainbow baby girl with our followers. You followed our journey thru infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy. It's fitting that we share the best part with you all as our way of saying thanks for the support the love and the oodles and oodles of prayers that have been prayed to get her here to us. 

Tuesday May 16th - My scheduled induction date. I was instructed to call at 6:00 am to see if we could come in for the induction. We were ready, excited and anxious about this part. Everyone had a "plan" for that day. We planned out who was watching our son, my hubby was off work, our family was on standby ready to come and visit,  the house was clean, bags were in the car - we were ready. That was until I called and they told me that the night before was super busy and unfortunately they didn't have room that day. Since I was an elected induction, I would have to wait until tomorrow as long as there was room. At first I was crushed. Like lots of tears and a little grumpy that I had to WAIT ANOTHER DAY!!! After accepting the fact that I would have to wait I changed my attitude and reminded myself maybe it was for a reason. 

Some asked why induce? The answer was my recovery. My son came in RECORD time and made me have a terrible recovery because of how uncontrolled it was. My body labored so quickly and they assumed it would do the same again so they thought this was the way to go. 

I went to bed that night knowing that MAY 17th may be the date we got to meet her but it also may not be. I had to prep myself for the possible let down in the morning. 

Wednesday May 17th - I set my alarm for 5:30 am that day. When the alarm went off I spent an entire half an hour praying. For the first 15 minutes I prayed for peace and patience in the event that I was going to be told I had to wait another day. The last 15 minutes I prayed for her safety and mine. I prayed that we could enjoy the moment and that we could see the beauty in today. We waited years for it and I knew it would be such an emotional time. I just wanted to be able to soak it all up. At six am I picked up the phone and called the hospital. Sure enough they said yep we are ready and waiting for you - come on in. I ran thru the house yelling wake up, wake up - it's baby day!! 

My son and husband were so excited!!! We quickly dressed my son and took him to preschool and headed over to the hospital. My hubby was so anxious on the way to the hospital. For some reason I wasn't. I felt a sense of peace over me. I think it must have been all the praying. 
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We got to the hospital and were greeted by the most WONDERFUL nurse. She was so happy and excited to spend the day with us. She will forever be someone special to me now after sharing that day with her. She made us feel welcome and at ease. It was such a different labor experience than the first time around. Nothing was rushed like it was with Carter. 

They admitted me and then checked me. I was 4 cm dilated which I had been in the office on Monday. I was started on pitocin with hopes that it would start active labor patterns. At that point I wasn't sure if I wanted an epidural or not. For some reason I was wanting to try it without one this time. We spent the morning just waiting. I was having some contractions but nothing too crazy. I spent most of the morning bouncing on what they called a peanut ball. My hubby and I watched a lot of morning television and I kept insisting I would have the baby by lunch time. The doctor ended up needing my nurse and had to do a C section, so she assigned me to someone else for a bit and said to sit tight. Around noon they all came back. The doctor checked again and sadly no progress had been made with the pitocin. They asked me to rethink the epidural again. If I wanted it, they suggested I do that first then they were going to break my water. I agreed to just do it and shorty after they came in to administer that to me. I don't know why, but this time around I was really afraid of it. I think because I knew it would hurt. As expected, it did but honestly I am so glad I got it. 

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This was in the room when we arrived. That tiny hat with the bow on it became my focal point for the day. We kept reminding each other someone would soon be wearing that pink bow hat. It helped me keep pushing when I didn't feel like it. 
Once my epidural was in they quickly broke my water and then said to "rest" while I could and that they would be back in two hours. I was like REST? Are you kidding, how can I rest when I know what excitement is coming. Needless to said I "rested" for about 45 minutes before telling Kevin I was progressing and needed a nurse. I was starting to feel a TON of pressure so I knew something was happening. My nurse came back and checked me and was surprised that I had made it to 8 cm in those 45 minutes. She stepped out for a few minutes and while she was gone the pressure got stronger. I had her check me again and was already to 9 cm in those few minutes. She said it was going to be baby time a lot quicker than we thought. The room started to transform very quickly. 

Lights came on, instruments were counted, blue drapes were starting to appear and a team started to arrive. My nurse and Kevin helped coach me thru the pushing. I kept my eyes shut to focus but I could tell by Kevin's expressions she was almost here. The doctor came in just as it was time to push her out. She didn't cry or scream until they suctioned her mouth and it was by far one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard. My crying got stronger too once I locked eyes with Kevin. We both felt such a relief that she was here and safe and healthy. There is no words to describe the emotion that hits you when they place that baby on your chest. Kevin got to cut the cord and we got to spend many hours just holding her. They didn't give a bath or anything they just let us enjoy her.


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A few hours later they weighed her and did a physical exam. She was 7 lbs 11 ounces and 21 inches long. She was born at 3:56 pm. Labor was really only an hour and 56 minutes. 

Around 6 pm our family started to roll in to meet her. Carter's reaction was adorable. He came with his present he made for her, flowers for me and also balloons. He loved her the moment he met her. 
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Around 9 pm after everyone left we got to go to our room. We snuggled with her and admired what a miracle she was. Around midnight she got her first bath in the nursery. We tagged along to watch. Before we ended the day, we read the same book to her that we read to Carter - On The Night You Were Born. Just as I did with her brother, I cried as I read the final lines - "Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful marvelous night you were born." I am sure they did baby girl, I am sure they did. 

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Someday, I will tell her how special she is. I will tell her how many people prayed for her and how special my pregnancy with her was. She was a light for others. She gave hope to those longing for a baby and reminded many others how special their own little miracles really are. She is our gift and our reminder that life can only give you so many storms before the rainbow shows up. 

Thank you for loving her and praying for her. 

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xoxo 
The Griffith Family 



The Beginner's Challenge

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After being a coach for 3 1/2 years I have to say I wasn't a "beginner" anymore when it came to eating clean and exercising. Before getting pregnant I was the fittest I had ever been. I had clean eating down and I felt awesome. Then I spent the last 10 months being pregnant and lost a lot of muscle and quite honestly willpower to eat clean all of the time.

Now that I have been cleared for exercise again after being 6 weeks postpartum, I am feeling like a beginner once again. I am about 14 lbs away from what I was when I started and I swear all 14 lbs are resting in my back. For some reason all of my weight went there. Anyways, I am really excited and motivated to get started with my new transformation.

I am looking for some friends to join me in what I am calling the beginners challenge. This challenge group is for people who are at the BEGINNING of a transformation / weight loss journey. I want this group to be a safe space for those who are just learning. Sometimes I think the other challenge groups  that I run can be overwhelming for those who are just starting because often there are clients in the group who have already "been at it for awhile" and it makes them feel like they have so far to go. This group will not be that way. Because we will all be beginners, I think we are going to not only get some great results but also form some really special friendships.

During the challenge we will be following a meal plan and practicing clean eating all the while starting an exercise program and drinking Shakeology daily. Once you fill out the application below if you are interested, I will be in touch and we can work to find a program that best suites you and the goals you have for yourself.

Remember, your journey starts with you and a decision to not stay where you are anymore. Will it be easy? Nope, nothing worth having ever is but you will be so glad you started now and not six months from now.

Looking forward to getting to know you better and helping you along the journey. The challenge group will begin pre-season week on Monday July 10th.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Postpartum Journey Week 5 Update

Postpartum Journey Update - Week 5

If your following the postpartum journey you may have wondered where last weeks "update" was. Here's the thing there wasn't one. We traveled home to visit family and by the time I got back home Monday night I was more worried with making a meal plan and shopping than I was with blogging. Last week was more of a survival week. Needless to say it was a good week. I find myself getting more and more adventurous with going place with her. I remember with my first I was afraid to GO ANYWHERE with him until 8 weeks. This time around I have enjoyed more outings and I swear it's helping to keep me sane. 
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Enjoying my little love and admiring the body that helped to grow her. Instead of hiding the imperfections that postpartum brings along with it, I am trying my best to embrace it and see beauty in it. 
I did a video about this on Monday on my Facebook page which you can check out by clicking here but this past week I got brave and did ONE workout with my hubby. Why you ask? Because I am planning to use the new  Beachbody workout that is coming out called Shift Shop to be my postpartum bootcamp. They were having a one day screening of the workouts and I wanted to see what I was getting myself into. Boy did I ever discover how out of shape I am right now. It was humbling and both exciting to know I have my work cut out for me in the coming weeks. 
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Post workout - sweaty but proud! 
All in all my nutrition was pretty good this past week. I made a blueberry coffee cake for my hubby on Friday that was way too tasty looking not to try so that set me back a little, but I have been pretty intentional with what I have been eating. This picture below is one of my many meals I had this past week. Some have asked me if I feel like I have enough food using the meal plans that I am. My answer is yes absolutely. If anything I am struggling to actually have the time to eat it all. I may find that once I add in daily exercise I might need more to keep up with my supply. I will adapt if needed, but for now all is well in the nursing department. She's an awesome breastfeeder and terrible at taking the bottle. This was so not the case with my son when he was little. She HATES the bottle and almost refuses to take it. I think I am going to have to try a few different types of bottles in the coming weeks. Otherwise mom is going to struggle getting to go anywhere alone in the coming months.

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One of the many clean eating benefits I have been enjoying is easing back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. The tops all fit again. It's the bottoms that I am struggling with. I was a size zero ALL my life and even went back to that size after having my son. I stopped to try on clothes and see what size I am right now the other day. 4's were fitting nicely and I am planning to go back and do a little shopping because I can't keep wearing the same pair of shorts each day.

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New respect for high waisted "mom" pants. They make my postpartum belly not look so postpartum. 
As for my little one, she is an awesome baby. Only cries when she is hungry or needs a diaper change. She is growing like crazy. Her newborn outfits are getting snug. She is starting to wear 3 month stuff. She adores being worn in my Solly wrap and I love the snuggles while having my hands free to multitask. 

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This Thursday is my six week postpartum appointment. Anxious to go and be cleared foe exercise again. This clean eating has been fun but I am ready to take it up a notch in the coming weeks. Anxious for my transformation. 

Below you will find this weeks meal plan. As usual, it is gluten free (I have Hashimoto's disease and feel a million times better without gluten in my diet.) It is also pretty low carb. I use the portion control system and am still drinking Shakeology each day. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my meal plans. 

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