Life with Boys

Life with boys is……..

Wrestling anywhere and everywhere

Forts in every room

Pee all over the toilet and other places

Constant talk about their wee wee’s

Nerf guns…..and more Nerf Guns

Jumping off the furniture

More energy than I know what to do with x 2

Wanting to be big like Daddy because he is GOD

“Tooting” and lots of it…..I really hate the other word so we will just call it tooting :-)

In the midst of all the craziness and madness there is one thing that is constant and that is love.  I never thought I could be a good mother to boys because they always intimated me and I just knew I would be better suited with a girl.  I can honestly say now that being a mom to boys is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced in my entire life.  They keep me on my toes and most days there’s little to no work that gets done and my house is always a mess.  BUT it’s FUN…never boring and they are happy.

So, just remember if you’re stressing about how little you get done throughout the day, if you kids are happy then that’s all that really matters.  Those are the memories they will remember :-)

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HOW PORTIONING GOT ME BACK ON TRACK

I follow the 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plan because it’s what has worked best for me.  I like REAL food and I like to eat A LOT of food.  I tried this meal plan back in March of this year and for the most part, I have stuck with it.  I was hesitant about the meal plan when I heard the word “portioning”  because to me, that meant “a lot of work.”  I can MAKE myself exercise but eating right or healthy is a struggle for me especially with 2 little boys who eat everything.  I needed some structure, I needed to be TOLD what to eat and how much.  I had so many friends who tried it, loved it and were actually seeing results.  They weren’t miserable or HANGRY so it couldn’t be THAT hard.  I bought the package and even after it arrived I thought about just doing the exercises and NOT doing the portioning thing again..lol.  I thought – I am REALLY not into doing extra work to portion food before I eat it and how can this really make a difference in my results. I left everything on the counter and took my “before” pics….totally disgusted, I went back to the kitchen and decided to give it my all.  I gave into trying this whole portioning thing.  Surprisingly, it was really easy and even after the 2nd week I had my portions down to a science.  I was seeing GREAT results so that kept me motivated and even did a 2nd round.  My pics are down below.  21 days of work and it totally paid off for me. I enjoyed it so much I stuck with the food list.

Here are the list of foods on my meal plan:

Green Container

Kale, peppers, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, beans, asparagus, collard greens, brusel sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, jicama, snow peas, cabbage, radishes, sprouts, beets, artichokes and squash

Purple Container

Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, orange, apple, cherries, grapes, mango, peaches, nectarines, figs, grapefruit, apricots, tangerine, kiwifruit, papaya, melon, pears, bananas, pineapple, salsa-pico de gallo, tomato sauce

Red Container

Boneless chicken, ground chicken or turkey, fish (tilapia, salmon, cod and catfish), tuna, game (bison, ostrich, venison), eggs, egg whites, greek yogurt, plain yogurt, shellfish, clams, red meat, Shakeology, temp, tofu, pork tenderloin, canned tuna, protein powder

Yellow Container

sweet potato, yams, quinoa, beans, lentils, edamame, peas, retired beans, brown rice, wild rice, potato, corn on the cob, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, barley, bulgur, oatmeal, pasta, couscous, bread, tortilla

Blue Container

avocado, raw nuts, hummus, coconut milk, feta cheese, goat cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan

Orange Container

raw nuts, raw seeds, flaxseed and dressings

coffee and tea

spices are “free” foods

**This plan also comes with recipes for meals and your dressings

I follow portion amounts and workout for 21 days straight.  My workouts are 30 minutes long and are easy to do exercises.  I like short exercises and getting results.

If you think this would be a plan that would work for you then please message me and I can guide you.  You will have more than enough food to be satisfied and some days it might be too much food.  It is a good variety of exercise moves so there’s no chance of getting bored.

my email is mgauthier28@gmail.com or you can sign up for my challenge starting August 24th.  Fill out the form and submit-link up top under JOIN MY CHALLENGE :-) I will review it and see if you are a good candidate to join.

*****For the 1st 3 people who join my challenge I am sending out a recipe book with 101 recipes that go with this list of foods.*****

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Working out with my crew

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will notice that I always workout with my kids around.  Most people think I’m crazy but I actually enjoy it.  I always feel like I get a BETTER workout with them around.  Maybe its the energy they bring-my 1 one year old running in the room when he hears the music start on my workout DVD. My 3 1/2 year old immediately running over to pretend he is doing pull-ups on the pull-up bar. It’s just fun with them around.  They love watching me and I love watching them. Here are some tips to make it fun-

*Always make sure they have full bellies!  If they are hungry they will be super grumpy and that makes for a LONG workout

*Make sure you have plenty of toys for them to play with

*TALK to them during your workouts.  I always count when doing reps which my 3 1/2 loves!  If you are talking to them then they feel like you are interacting with them.

* Get them involved.  So-my 3 1/2 year old loves to get on my back when I do push ups.  He just thinks its so fun and it cracks me up because I usually can’t even lift him! I can get 1 or 2 in but then Im down on the floor laughing with him!

Those are just a few quick tips to make it easier to workout with little ones around.  While they nap is when I like to work so saving that quiet time to make calls or return emails is important to me. It’s all about BALANCE.  Doing what works for you.  Don’t let kids be your reason for not getting a good sweat mesh on!!!! :-)

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Day 4 of 21 Day Fix EXTREME

AHHHH……I made it to Day 4!!

I love this program more and more everyday.  One reason could be because my gym shorts felt looser today ;-) but also because I’m never hungry.  Energy levels are on point all day.  I haven’t felt that afternoon crash or fatigue that I usually feel when I try to cut out certain foods.  I made the turkey chili for dinner last per recipe in the book and it was very good-my husband actually likes it too.  Of course, he adds srirachi to it but he puts srirachi on EVERYTHING.

Today’s workout is Cardio Fix….I’m sure this one will be tough considering cardio is my least favorite form of exercise.  The good thing is that she uses weights in every workout which I LOVE so maybe it will be fun.

Couple of things to know about this program and who it’s good for…

*Looking to lose weight quickly

*Likes having a meal plan-all day, everyday

*Can workout 21 days straight

*Has 30 mins to workout

*Likes incorporating light weights into their workouts

*Likes doing a variety of exercises

*Loves a food list

*Easy to follow along with

Next post will be Day 7..now I just have to stay on track through V Day! No wine, no chocolate for me!  17 more days to go!!

I will be running a test group March 2nd and I’m only taking 5 people along with me. I will be doing another round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme and if you would like to join me please email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com

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21 Day Fix EXTREME Journal

Today is Day 2 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme workout.  Day 1 is complete but here are my thoughts…….

Yesterday, I portioned out all my food in the containers provided and did my 1st workout.  The workout was PLYO Fix Extreme.  Definitely challenging but I found that as soon as I felt like I couldn’t do another second of the exercise we were onto the next.  It was perfect…..30 second intervals with breaks in between each block.

My overall energy level was high all day.  The size of the containers are little deceiving because it turns out they hold a lot more food than I thought. I wasn’t hungry at all throughout the day.  I have never been a fan of food containers and measuring out food for weight loss because I always felt I was eating the right amount for me.  There are times though, when I know I overeat because I feel overly full afterwards and just want to crash on the couch.  I am 8 months post baby and getting the weight off after a second baby is tough.  Real tough.  I have noticed that it all comes down to eating and how much I’m eating.  I can exercise all day long but the weight isn’t going anywhere.  I took my before photos and I was completely disgusted.  Now, looking at me on a normal day some might say – “oh, you look great after having 2 kids” and I appreciate that but we all have a goal we want to meet.  We all have areas we want to work on. Maybe it’s a goal weight, maybe it’s the way we want to fit into our clothes, etc.  Dressed, you would never know that my mid section is out of control – I hide it well.  :-) But I have a closet full of clothes that I cannot fit into and I’m tired of wearing stretching clothes all the time.  My goal is to fit into those clothes again and feel confident in a swimsuit this year.  I do live in the sunshine state after all so I can’t wear the big bulky cold weather clothes anymore to keep it hidden.

On to Day 2 of the Fix – I’m excited.  So far today, feeling great.  A little sore but ready for the next workout.

Keep an eye out for my next post after Day 3 to see if I still feel this good :-)

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FREE CLEAN EATING GROUP

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Do you struggle with clean eating? Or knowing WHAT to eat? 
I am putting together a 5-day **FREE** clean eating group starting Monday February 16th … and I am giving you a complete menu and a shopping list to take the guess work out of nutrition. Plus, some bonus information.
Is this something you would be interested in being apart of? If so, comment below.

What will I require from you for the 5 DAYS?

*COMMITMENT

*PARTICIPATION IN OUR PRIVATE GROUP PAGE

*SOME FORM OF EXERCISE DAILY

*POSITIVE ATTITUDE

I run this group twice a month for free and have had nothing but positive feedback and great results.

Please email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com and put in the subject “I’M IN!”

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Exercising While Pregnant and Postpartum

 

Today I am 6 weeks postpartum and have a healthy baby boy named Austin.  He was born June 3rd weighing 8 lbs 3 oz via csection. He was my second scheduled csection and my second boy.  My first experience with pregnancy was different from this last one.  For starters, I ate anything and everything I wanted.  I exercised here and there but was not consistent with my workouts.  This led to a lot of weight gain and tons of body aches and pains.  I know most people think the more you eat the healthier the baby or that you are somehow being selfish if you do workout and eat healthy while pregnant.  I think that is a little ignorant.  For one, I think you should do whatever is best for you and baby.  Exercising (as long as doctor approves) and eating healthy is so good for you and your baby.  I don’t think that is selfish at all.  These are just my thoughts and I’m sure some will not agree and that’s OK.  Plus, you can pick up every magazine or book on health and exercising has been proven over and over to be beneficial whether you’re pregnant or not.

1st pregnancy I gained 60 lbs….yes, 60lbs.  I was very happy throughout my pregnancy but had very little energy and my body just hurt.  After I delivered my 1st boy I was absolutely miserable.  I started breastfeeding and thought the majority of the weight would fall off.  It didn’t.  Now, I only breastfed for 3 months because of other issues but nothing FELL off.  It took me 8 months to get that weight off and start feeling good about myself.  Postpartum for me was not fun. I was very depressed and just really down on myself.  I cried when my baby cried and sometimes I cried for no reason.  I was sad and very depressed.  I kept thinking that I needed to be happy because I had this healthy baby boy but I couldn’t.  I felt like I didn’t really enjoy the 1st few months of his life.  That is sad to me.

Fast forward to my second pregnancy…..I decided to do things differently this time around.  I talked to my doctor and got the ok to workout and worked out all throughout my pregnancy.  I didn’t listen to what anyone else had to say about it.  I had less aches and pains except for little one kicking my pelvic bone constantly – OUCH! Had more energy this time to chase my toddler around the house.  I gained around 34 lbs. and all my weight fell off.  I am breastfeeding and it’s going great this time around.   I have some toning to do and 7 or 8 lbs to drop that I have gained from this crazy appetite you get while nursing.  My postpartum is so much better this time around. Actually its a 100 times better compared to my last.   I’m happy. I am enjoying this time around with my little one.  Mentally, I feel like I’m in a better place.

Women put their bodies through so much during pregnancy and it’s worth every ounce of it…but there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself.  I truly believe that taking care of myself physically helped me mentally.  Just doing 20 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 times a week is so beneficial during pregnancy.  Even if you think you don’t have the energy, try to squeeze in a little workout and you will feel 100 times better afterwards.  You don’t have to put yourself on the back burner just because you created another life.  I am such a better mom and wife for that matter when I’m happy and when I feel good about myself.

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