One Step at a Time…

I feel so blessed to be able to get back into blogging:)  I took a little bit of a break when my first little one arrived since it was quite an adjustment!

For all of you moms out there… I didn’t realize how emotionally difficult this journey would be.  I was excited to become a mom and knew that it would be hard, but it is unlike anything I could have imagined!  It is a different type of love than I ever thought it would be.  It’s amazing to me how God has created this amazing adventure called parenthood!

Since I have been so wrapped up in my son the last 2 months and recovering from birth, I haven’t been working out as much as I used to!  I thought for sure I would be one of those moms who starts back the week after birth, but that wasn’t me.

One reason is my birth didn’t go the way I planned so it was a difficult recovery.  Another reason is he takes up so much time during the day that it is difficult to fit working out into the schedule!  I used to love working out in the morning, but now it is spent taking care of the little one:)

I just have to keep reminding myself (and I wanted to remind you guys as well) that life is always going to make working out and eating healthy difficult.  It doesn’t mean we just give up though.  We need to make the time for the important things in life and being healthy for our loved ones is extremely important.  We just need to take one step at a time to get us back towards our wellness goals:)

We don’t need to be a size 2 pant size or have the perfect hair, but we need to make sure we are using and challenging our bodies the way it was designed to be.

I have committed to at least 30 minutes of working out 4 times a week to start back into it.  For my life that is a very doable goal if I just schedule the time and make it happen!  To start back into a workout routine try a schedule that will be achievable for you so that you can remember the amazing “workout high” you get after it:)  It will make it easier on you!

What is your goal going to be?  Even if it is just getting out for a walk once a day please make sure to schedule it in!  It isn’t as likely to get done if we don’t take the time and actually schedule it into our planners:)

If your goal has been to get into a healthy lifestyle, but you keep getting sidetracked I can help!  Contact me!  I would love to help you with your health goals and be your accountability partner:)

Check out the You + Me page in the menu to check out the NEW services I am offering starting this month!

God Bless,

Reeni~

** This is a great book to get you back on track as well:)  It will help encourage you on all of your daily goals! **

Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda

5 Ways to Succeed in Fitness- 2015!

There is no better time than now to start working on those goals that you have pushed off for far too long!  A New Year is always a chance to start new:)  I am always so excited to see what the year is going to hold.  How your year turns out is completely up to you!  That is why I wanted to give you 5 Ways to Succeed in Fitness in 2015:)  I hope they help keep you motivated on the days when all you want to do is give up!

1. Show up everyday

Make it one of your goals for 2015 to add some movement into every single day.  You don’t have to work out for 60 minutes a day in order to see improved fitness levels.  Take a step each day and build on the previous ones.  Start small and you will be more likely to stick with it!  Eventually you will get to where you want to be if you don’t stop!

2. Set yourself up for success

Buy healthy foods instead of the processed foods you are used to eating.  If you don’t have it in the house, then you are less likely to eat it!

3. Keep it simple

Eating healthy foods and working out doesn’t have to be difficult or complex.  Just keep it simple.  One of my favorite go-to healthy meals is chicken and veggies.  You can even add a simple salad.  You are eating healthy without spending hours on finding a healthy recipe, going to the store, and making it.  In order to stick with a goal, it needs to be easy.  Make it as easy as you can.  Another idea is creating some healthy meals on Sunday that you can eat throughout the week.  Make sure you aren’t making anything too difficult.

4. Get rid of the word “CAN’T”

I know that most of us live crazy busy lives.  I am not trying to ignore the fact that our society goes at a fast pace.  Even though we all feel like we don’t have another second in our days, we need to get away from the word, “can’t.”  You can do anything you set your mind to.  Even if you are the busiest person on the planet, you have time to work out and eat healthy each day.  It might look like someone else’s workout, but you can be creative.  We have gotten so used to excuses that we need to stop!  I like the saying, “If something is important to you, then you will make time for it.”  This is the same way with working out.  I know you might not want to, but it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.  It should be at the top of your priority list every day.

Think of it this way:  If you don’t make the time to eat healthy and workout now, then you will most likely spend a lot of time in your life being sick.  You might not see the symptoms now, but your bad habits will catch up with you.

5. Do something you love

Everyone is different, and the same is true about your workout style.  If you are new to working out, then try a lot of different types of “workouts” until you find one you love!  I personally like a mixture, so I don’t get bored; however, I know a lot of people who strictly are yoga oriented or like HIIT workouts.  Find what works for you, and stick with it!  You will be more likely to want to work out if you find something you love.

All these ideas will help keep you on track to meet your goals for the year.  Remember that fitness is NOT a destination… it is a way of life.  So let’s start making a healthier life together!

Reeni~

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Motivation- Why We Can’t Find It!

I have been reading a lot of personal development books lately.  It is one of the ways I challenge myself to be a better person, and continue to strive for my goals in life!  It is so easy to get caught up in, “It’s too hard,” or “I can’t do it.”  That is why it is so important to be growing each and every day!

One of the things that a lot of the books say is that you aren’t going to get this “aha” moment!  I think some of us feel like we have no motivation to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.  We say to ourselves, “If I could only get motivated, then I would start doing it.”

The reason we feel like we have no motivation is because it is true… we don’t have motivation!  You aren’t just going to stumble across motivation one day and everything will change.  You just start losing weight and doing it seamlessly.  You have to create your own motivation and JUST DO IT!

I know this might seem harsh to some of you, but my goals and dreams in life are to help change people’s lives!  This means sometimes having to tell you like it is.  If you are sad or depressed that you aren’t where you want to be in your fitness level, then CHANGE IT!  You have to believe in yourself that you can do it.

You aren’t going to want to do it.  You aren’t going to like it at first.  Everything will be difficult, and I can assure you that you will have PLENTY of excuses.  Let me tell you a secret… everyone has excuses!

I know some of you have had very difficult circumstances that I could never even comprehend.  The trick is to grow and learn from it.  Don’t let those experiences or circumstances hold you back.  There are so many inspiring stories out there about people making the best out of bad situations.  Will you be one of those?  Or will you be the one or sits back and whines about how difficult your life has been?

We all go through experiences in life.  These experiences (no matter how hard) are shaping you into the person that God wants you to be.  We only get one chance at this life, and I am confident that He has AMAZING things in store for you if you follow Him and His will for your life.

So let’s stop making EXCUSES.  Let’s stop waiting until “the right time” when the motivation hits us.  Let’s create our own motivation.  Put on your success gear and get to work!

YOU are the only person that can change your destiny.  No one else can do that for you!

I want to be able to look back on the last 5 years of my life, and be able to say that I lived those years well and doing what God has designed me to do:)  I hope you will be able to feel the same way:)

Here’s to changing your circumstances!

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Reeni~

Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone!

For those of you who don’t know me that well, I am pretty shy. Creating this fitness website was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Not because the work was physically hard (because I LOVE helping people with health and fitness), but because it is hard for me to put myself out there.

My desire to help people outweighed the fear that I had, and I pressed forward. It is one of the most difficult and most rewarding things I have ever done! God has taught me so much through this experience, and I pray daily that Fitness by Faith will help people live healthier lives!

I had absolutely NO energy for so long in my life that I didn’t know what it felt like to feel good!  I always felt like there was something wrong with me.  Ever since creating a healthier lifestyle for myself, I feel like a COMPLETELY different person!

My hope and prayer is that you let go of your insecurities and thoughts of failure and just go for creating a healthier life! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! It might be outside of your comfort zone for some of you, but you will find that your life will begin again once you do! YOU CAN DO IT! I believe in you, and my life is living proof of this!

Just take one step at a time… you will find that you eventually will be further than you ever imagined:) I am here to help you as well:)

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Are you ready for a healthier you?  What is holding you back?

Reeni~

5 Minute Cardio Workout Routine!

I can’t believe it is almost October already!  Fall is such a busy time for everyone.  Since it is so hectic, I wanted to create a quick 5 minute cardio workout that you can do anywhere!

I do this workout when I know I need to get something in for the day, but just don’t have a lot of time.  It is a great if you are short on time:)  Keep this workout, and use it when you need to!

P.S. Keep a lookout next week for something new starting in the month of October!  I will give you all the details next week:)

Until then,

Reeni~