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BBG Week 1

Hi Friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m so excited to share with y’all a new journey I started last week, Bikini Body Guide (BBG). I started BBG after seeing a few other bloggers talk about BBG and I was like “What the heck is BBG?” THEN, I saw there transformations and I was like yup, I’m totally starting this.

Now some of you will say I look great, and I totally thank you for that, but I only had Ava 6 months ago, and I’ll be honest, there is some loose skin I want to tighten and want at least some baby abs back. Plus, my love with Chick-Fil-A is no where close to ending, so I figured I could at least work out a little.

Another reason I choose to try BBG was the fact that I didn’t like going to a gym after work. Ava was already at daycare all day and I have serious mom guilt about going to the gym and putting her in daycare again.

I wanted to answer a few questions just in case you have them about BBG:

1.What is BBG?
– 3x a week: resistance training for ~30 minutes
– 2-3x a week: low intensity steady state (LISS) cardio for 30-45 minutes (so for me it’s strolling the neighborhood with Ava)
I worked out Monday-Saturday and took Sunday off. *Rest days are super important for BBG.

2. How does BBG work?
It’s two circuits that you complete in approx. 7 minutes. The circuits repeat twice and then you have a 30 second break.

Ex. Time Circuit One for 7 minutes (if you finish before the timer is up, repeat circuit 1 from the beginning until the timer goes off)
Rest 30-90 seconds before moving on to Circuit Two
Time Circuit Two for 7 minutes (if you finish before the timer is up, repeat circuit 2 from the beginning until the timer goes off)
Rest 30 seconds
Repeat steps 1-3 so that you’ve completed each circuit twice!

3. How long is BBG?
It’s as 12 week program, but I see people often doing it over and over again.

I’m not going to lie, I was EXTREMELY sore after the first day (I took a few days off #guilty) but I picked back and and so excited I did. I’m excited to start Week 2 today and see my journey. I love the program so far and I’m going to do a full review with before and after progress pictures when I finish. If any of y’all have completed BBG, I’d love to see your transformations!

Lifestyle

15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

  1. I eat Chick-Fil-a at least 4 times a week. Those french fries are too good to pass up.
  2. I was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years and played around with gymnastics before. I’ve come to accept I’ll never have little legs as muscle just stays on them.
  3. I have two pugs – Wayne and Mille. They make random appearances in my Instastory but are still kinda bitter about Ava.
  4. I totally love a good DIY and have great visions in my head…that never turn out great. All you DIY’ers, I’m happy to buy your wonderful products
  5. I eat oatmeal and drink Starbucks every single day. I actually have a weird “thing” were my morning gets thrown off if I don’t have it. On the weekend, my husband will want to have brunch, so I always eat before and then have something small with him.
  6. I strongly believe that vanilla ice cream and vanilla cupcakes are underrated.
  7. When we travel, we must be near a spot to get Celcius drinks.
  8. I will choose the beach over snow all day, every day.
  9. The only shows I watch are Shark Tank, The Profit and Billion Dollar Buyer.
  10. I started a blog about a year ago, but never got into it. This time around, it’s totally different.
  11. I started wearing glasses in first grade. I should wear contacts/glasses now, but I don’t. I have to side peek when reading the lines at the DMV because nothing shows up on the left side.
  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel. I wish I had all the money in the world to simply just travel. Top 5 on my bucket list are Fiji, Australia, Paris, Rome, and South Africa,. My absolute favorite place to visit is New York. I’ve literally gone 7-8 times and never get tired of it. I keep telling my husband, but one day, I want to go to the airport and get on the next flight out. There is something just too exhilarating about it.
  13. I wish I knew how to do my hair and make up better than I do.
  14. I was really proud of my perfect attendance from Elementary to 6th grade. I had to leave 15 MINUTES early for an eye doctor appointment, and I didn’t get a certificate that year. #stillbitter. From then on, I was over it and persuaded my mom to go on extended trips when cheer took us out of town.
  15. I truly feel like I was put on this Earth to be a mom. I struggle with working every single day, but I know at this stage of my life, it’s where I’m meant to be. Also, I will probably be that over obsessed mom that my kids are going to be annoyed with. PS: I have a total goal to be a room mom.

Lifestyle

JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

Happy Friday Eve, Friends! If you know Sean, you know he loves watches! When he saw JORD’s watches, he knew he needed to add one to his collection. JORD makes hand crafted wood watches that are super unique and such a talking piece! The first time he wore it, he had so many compliments and questions about where they could purchase one. The watch seen in today’s post is from their Frankie collection. The best part about their watches is they’re custom fitted to your size and can be engraved.

If you’re loving Sean’s JORD watch as much as I am, then today’s GIVEAWAY is for you! One lucky winner will be chosen at the end of the contest to receive a $100.00 off gift code to spend on a JORD watch of your choice, which is a pretty amazing if you ask me! Though there can only be one winner, every person that enters the giveaway will receive a 10% off gift code to apply towards a purchase of choice, so really entering is a win win.

JORD WOOD WATCH GIVEAWAY

ENTER HERE

 In addition to entering, be sure to check out JORD’s website to see more of their cool hand crafted watch designs for both men and women. They’re made from sustainable resources, make for timeless gift options, and offer an element of unique style to anyone that wears them.

 Please feel free to comment below with any questions you might have. Also be sweet and share this with a friend! Hope you all have a great Friday and start to your weekend!

Good luck! Giveaway ends 2/25/18 at 11:59 PM

I received this product compliments of JORD. All content and opinions are that of my own!

Family Lifestyle

To The Mom That Needs To Be Reminded How Awesome She Is

Last night it was 9:30 PM. My daughter and husband were both sound asleep [he didn’t feel good]. I woke up at 5:00 AM, worked all day, came home and went on a cleaning frenzy, hadn’t sat down once, TV on in the background yet hadn’t watched a single bit of it. I stood in my living room looking around at things that still needed to be cleaning & that’s when it hit me.

“I’m only one person. I’ve accomplished A LOT today. Who does laundry on a Monday? Who got their child to fall asleep (and stay asleep) after moving them to their bassinet? THIS MAMA DID.”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel like superwomen everyday. But when I do, it feels pretty damn good. Motherhood can be hard some days. Mom guilt plays into this and can sometimes make it worse. I’m affected by it more than I’d like to admit. However, it was in that moment that I started to realize that I am being hard on myself. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably being hard on yourself too!

In fact, my house is never as clean as I want it to be, I have no idea what we’re having for dinner tonight, and I still have one string of Christmas lights [that I decided to wrap my tree with, but there are little twigs that scratched me when I was putting it up and I’m just not ready to fight that battle again]. Tangent: Can you cut Christmas lights with tree clippers?

BUT, the second I see my sweet girls face, that’s all that matters. Whether you’re a working mama, SAHM or WAHM (working at home mama), motherhood is more than diapers, cleaning, and laundry. Motherhood is endless snuggles, someone that loves you unconditionally, someone who can make you excited about poop if they’ve been constipated….yes, that’s a real thing for all of you that aren’t moms yet.

It’s time to stop being so hard on ourselves.

Here are a few quotes in case you are needing a little reminder that you are an awesome mama.

When it doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work – Anna Quindlen

We may not be perfect mothers, but we are perfect mothers for our children. 

If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who have ever lived. – Jeffrey R. Holland

The days are long but the years are short.

Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for. – Neil L. Anderson

Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is, and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong. – Donna Ball