The last year has been hard on me mentally. I can’t really say it has anything to do with our little miracle babe but everything else around has been hard. I say that and then think…’am I just making excuses for why I am where I am?’
It is hard to tell at this point. I haven’t been around sharing much because I feel like I have really just been….stuck. Not quite sure on which way I want to go so just trying to chug along. I hate that feeling to be honest. I like to have a goal that I am excited about and lately everything just feels daunting and tiring. Maybe this is my PMS talking or something but this is where I am and I figured what better place to get this out and hopefully move forward.
I have been realizing that I have been living in a fixed mindset of ‘you can’t’. So obviously anything I want to do I am already telling myself I can’t…therefore…I am not. Time for a change for me. I need, no, I HAVE to change that mindset for me, for Jenson and for Tanner.
So how do I make those changes? Well I am not expert but I am going to start with being nice to myself. Stopping my limiting beliefs and stop worrying about what others think of me or think of my actions. AND…just totally made that sound SUPER easy! ha ha ha! Well I know it isn’t but I am going to start working towards these goals. If you have any tips I would love to hear them!
Kids are going back to school…one of our babysitters was just telling us that she thinks summer should be longer! haha! Who doesn’t feel that way!? I don’t have a child in school yet but eventually I will and one thing that seems to trend is kids getting sick. I remember the few times I got sick in high school and it literally was the worst. I had to just stay at home and lay on the couch all day. I HATED IT!! I wanted to be out with my friends, socializing, working out. Doing something!! lol
I was never a really sick kid but the times that I did get sick it sucked. I am sure most kids feel that way. I mean come on…no one really WANTS to be sick. IF they do..that is just weird! haha
I WISH we would have known about Essential Oils back then but instead we went straight to pills to instead of more homeopathic route first. BUT as I always say…you don’t know what you don’t know!
Now that I have the knowledge about living more naturally I wanted to share with you an amazing GO-TO blend that I use all the time.
Onguard Protective Blend from DoTerra
This stuff is AMAZING!! It is a cleaner, protector and all things wonderful! This blend consists of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. So as you can imagine it is like Fall in a bottle. Sooo yummy!! You can take this internally, topically or aromatically and I do all 3. It is also a great purifier.
I created a roller bottle filled with the OnGuard and Fractionated Coconut Oil and put it on Jenson’s feet. Once he starts daycare he is going to be using this everyday. It is a great immune booster and protects him from any environmental threats. I definitely don’t want him to get sick so putting this on him keeps him as safe as I can keep him…wIthout sticking him in a bubble!! lol
None of us parents obviously want our kids to get sick. It not only sucks for your child but then it messes up whatever you needed to get done. It basically stops all productivity. Getting their immune system boosted is always a great thing and that is why I wanted to share this amazing blend before school starts!
If you want more info on this oil message me and I am happy to talk! This oils has amazing benefits! A great daily one!
It is amazing how your body changes so much during and after having a baby. The hormones raging, the weight fluctuating…blah blah blah….that is all I have to say about that business. lol You just don’t feel like you…and the question always pops in my mind.. will I ever feel like ME again? Who knows…this is my first baby so I am new at this. I think it is kind of scary. You are in a whole different body that you aren’t used to, your hormones are going nuts and feelings are coming out that you aren’t used to and to top it off life has completely changed because now you have this beautiful little human to take care of.
When we got pregnant I didn’t know how I would feel, how much weight I would gain or anything else…i really just had no idea what was going to happen. It is weird to look at myself in a mirror right now and think that hey…this is me. This is my body and now it is time to work. There are definitely things I wish I could have done to make postpartum easier, like workout during pregnancy. Unfortunately that is not something I was really able to do other than the walks. Well that is in the past and it is time to move forward. The worst thing to do is to put all my focus on the past and then dwell in it. This does nothing. I have to meet myself where I am at right now.
The last couple weeks has been especially hard for me…my anxiety and feeling of worry started to creep in like I have never felt it before. At first I thought it was new PMS that I was getting since I had heard that could be all wonky as well. Well it was part of that but it is also just straight up anxiety because I am worried about the future. I am not a person that LOVES change…in fact I put a bit of a worry wort about it and start to second guess myself. Which is awful. Don’t do that..just don’t. lol
I had heard the phrase PostPartum Anxiety and read a little into it and it seemed to be where I was. I have had this fear that something was going to happen to my sweet Jenson. We all know what fear stands for..and that is where I was living. I realized I kind of stopped life when this started to creep in. I kind of just hid away and hoped it would just go away. Well guys…don’t do that either! haha I basically wasn’t handling it. I can’t expect something to go away if I am not going to do anything about it. That goes for everything in life.
I can’t expect to lose weight or feel healthy and happy if I am going to sit around and do nothing. I am the only one in charge of my life and it took me a couple days to snap out of it…thank you Period!! I finally feel like that fog has lifted though. I am starting to get back to who I normally am…the motivated kick ass crazy lady that I am! haha I learned alot the last couple weeks. Clearly I didn’t handle that anxiety well. To be honest …it really threw me for a loop. I wasn’t expecting something like this, to feel like this. I didn’t feel prepared and in turn I hid away instead of fighting it. I let it consume me instead of telling it to piss off.
PostPartum is a crazy freakin journey guys. The hormones, the body changes, the life changes. Everything. We all get different symptoms of it whether it be anxiety, happiness, depression etc. All you moms are doing a wonderful job. We are all different and going through something different but that is OK! The most important thing that I learned from this is not letting it get to me. I should have stood tall and told this crap to piss off but I didn’t. I went down a different rabbit hole and I never ever want to do that again! We have to be brave, we have to fight and we have to show them who is the boss! lol
So I say all these things but you are probably wondering….well Natalie…how in the hell am I supposed to do this?? You keep saying show them who is boss but I need to know HOW! Well don’t worry guys..we are getting there. I know I am long winded…just ask my dad…as he says ‘get to the point Nat!’ haha!
So how do I combat those feelings of anxiety, those feelings of worry? Well let me share what I did….and I hope that they can help you!
So there you go….these are the changes I made and AM making right now. They aren’t’ easy….and not everyday I am doing them…YET. BUT I am getting there. I hope you found this helpful. If there are tips YOU have to help combat anxiety, stress, worry…I would love to hear!!
As always thank you guys for listening! You are all amazing and beautiful!
I am 3 days into my new workout program. I am actually feeling really good too!! I started the 21 Day Fix program but I didn’t start the nutrition portion. After the last couple days I think I should follow the portion control program just to help get me back in the swing of things!!
I am loving the workouts though! I am already feeling stronger and definitely more sore than I have ever felt; lol!!
https://changingnaturally.com/picplaypost_20170710_16_39_45-mp4/Each day is a completely different workout so it is refreshing to not be doing the same thing every day! Plus I have been going for walks so I am getting some extra exercise in! It takes time for sure to really get in the groove of a huge shift in lifestyle!!!
I have been using my diffuser a TON since I started to really help with getting uplifted and excited about working out!!! I took so much time off from pregnancy, adrenal fatigue and healing from labor/delivery that I lost my excitement for exercise!! Makes me sad but it is just an obstacle I am.working through!
I have been diffusing Citrus Bliss Blend and Breathe Blend for every workout! Citrus Bliss is an amazing blend of essential oils that is uplifting and invigorating!!! It has really helped me get my mind and body excited to start this program! The Breathe blend has also been extremely helpful to help get my airways opened up and make my workout even easier!! My allergies have been a pain in the butt lately so having that diffuse has been just wonderful!!! 😍
Another oil that has been amazing in my journey of getting back to my wedding weight has been Deep Blue! It is for sore muscles and joints and MAN does it work!!!! I have also heard Lemongrass works for this and I just tried it tonight to see which one I like better!!! Walking after legday has been quite hilarious!! Lol
So let’s talk nutrition!!! The past 3 days I would say I have been about 80% there! I have had 2 meals that weren’t exactly healthy or Paleo in the least!! Lol pizza last night and a beef dip today! Ha ha ha guys it was delicious but I realized one thing after the sandwich today! I ate all those carbs…yes there fries too…I was hungry like 2 hours later! That is when it hit me….THIS is why I am focusing my nutrition towards Paleo. It is a much more nutrient dense way to eat. I am getting all those veggies and lean meats in and that keeps me satiated for WAY longer!! This is also how people are gaining so much weight…well A reason. We are eating all these high unhealthy fats and bad carbs and they aren’t keeping us satisfied. In turn we are eating even more!!! Then we end the day eating tons of calories!!! Eek! That isn’t good!
So with that said I am loving the program but I still have changes to make! I am so excited I am making these changes to have a healthier and happier way of life.
Today was kind of a weird day for me. I have felt just off the last couple of days…like my hormones are out of whack or something. It has been hard for focusing and also for getting anything done. I have mentioned in the past to you guys that I have been diagnosed with mild depression so when my hormones act up sometimes my depression can get the best of me.
There are things that I do to help prevent it and what not but today was just a funk of a day! So I decided I had to do something because feeling that way sucks major ass. If you know what I mean haha! I decided that I needed to go out and get some sunshine and walk. I was gonna walk to the pool, play in there with Jenson and then walk back.
Well I got to the pool and found I had the wrong key to get in. TOTAL BUMMER GUYS. Especially because it was mid 80s! So I decided to just get over and walk home but take a longer route and walk fast
Well when I got home I felt surprisingly refreshed and happy! It was exactly what I needed. I then realized I have really done any workouts….mainly just walk lately. Next week though I am pushing myself to start a new workout program.mixed with swimming!!!! Keep me accountable guys! Lol
My food however was pretty damn great!!
At about 3:30pm I did get kind of hungry and ended up snacking on chips. Chips are my worst enemy guys!!!! Savory snacks are something that are very hard to resist for me lol
All in all I did fairly ok with my meals and I got in about a 40 mins walk so that isn’t to shabby!
They say that exercise helps the endorphins and that couldn’t be more true!!! If you are feeling like crap go outside for a walk, do a 30 min workout of some sort. It will make a huge difference!
Each day I am getting better and better at doing 100% Paleo!! It feels good to my body and mind when I eat healthy so I know that will make a world of difference with my mild depression, my goals for my business and well my relationship with my family and friends!!
Happy Friday everyone!!!
Something has been weighing on my mind lately. Is it better to show or tell? Honestly? It is better to show and educate over telling someone what to do. Yes this is a general statement but I am talking specifically about children. Children aren’t born into this world knowing how to do everything. They need help and guidance. They need their parents to show them how to live a healthy life without jamming it down their throats. They need their parents to show them how to be kind to others by doing it themselves.
Kids watch everything you do. They see you and want to mimic that. They learn from you. So if you are an asshole..well guess what? They will most likely be one too. It is so important that we show our children kindness and love towards others as well as kindness and love towards ourselves.
It is our job to be the best we can be so we can teach our children to do the same. We want to guide them into the right direction..they do not know…they are young and looking up to us to make the right decisions but if we do make a wrong decision or get in a bad way it is up to us to show them how to learn from those mistakes.
With that said that is my goal. Too often I find myself having a bad mindset and talking crap about myself. First of all…that is a terrible thing to do but also my son will be hearing and then understanding that and then think he may not be good enough either. UMMM well that is a wake up call for me to put more focus on changing my mindset. I want my Jenson to grow up learning how to be kind to others without me TELLING him to be nice. Therefore I need to show kindness and love so he can learn that is just a normal way of life. Make Sense?
It is so easy to say one thing and do another….but in the grand scheme of things does that really help your child? It doesn’t…in fact it confuses them. PLUS it doesn’t help you! I don’t want my son to ever feel like eating healthy is a chore or working out is a chore. I just want him to WANT to go out and play and be active. I want him to WANT that apple instead of the cookie! The only way I can hope for that to happen is if I show him in a loving way by DOING that. Choosing that apple and not complaining. Taking him for a bike ride, a swim or just outside to run around! It is my duty as his Mom to guide him. I also don’t want him to think that he isn’t good enough or isn’t smart enough. I want to guide him by being the example of a healthy mindset. I want to guide him by being the example of a healthy and happy life. I want to guide him on how to make those right decisions, how to deal with negative people and how to be loving towards others.
Not everyday will be easy but as I keep going and making the better decisions it will become second nature.
This is what I mean by a healthy lifestyle. I want to make good decisions so that I can guide Jenson towards a happier and healthy life both mentally and physically without judgement. The more I can guide him in that the happier I will be in general! I say a win win!!
Changing your own mindset is hard…it is a daily practice that must happen! I will be working towards that using some tools that I have recently found and with that I will eventually share!!
Fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and stir. Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.
Tonic is one of my favorite cocktail mixers, and I love that there are now artisanal tonic syrups. I used Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup that I found at Whole Foods. I recommend using a syrup because it’s not too sweet and has a little more complexity of flavor. If you don’t have tonic syrup, you can substitute 1/4 cup regular tonic for the soda water and syrup. I might add a little extra grapefruit juice just to balance it out.
Yields 1 serving
From “Catch My Party” Blog
I cannot believe it’s already July!!!! I’m sitting here drinking coffee and watching the Tour de France, it is amazing to me how much life has changed in the past year. The end of the month is when I found out I was pregnant with Jenson and my entire world changed!! It’s crazy to think that after 4 years, 48 months of a whirlwind of fertility we now have this beautiful little baby!
Jenson will be 4 months on the 10th and we just now realized that we do want to have another baby. Just writing that out is scary hahaha. Why do you ask if it’s scary well like I was saying it took us four years to get Jenson so how long is it going to take to get another one??
The reason why this conversation has been brought up so early is because it did take so long for us to get pregnant. I have this worried feeling that if we wait now that we’ve decided we do want to have another one that it might take the same amount of time and then at that point I’m going to be over 40. I told Tanner that if we’re going to do this we’re going to do it differently than how we did last time!! Ha ha Having JB I think will help alot in this journey as we start to work on getting him a sibling because that initial stress of wanting a child is gone. If that makes sense…we have him. Our miracle baby and we are hoping to have a second one but knowing we already have him makes the stress so much less!!!
I do not want to be stressed out I want to enjoy the time that we have with Jenson and enjoy the time we have with each other and not stress about getting pregnant. I know it’s a tall order hahaha!!! But I know we can do it! So I guess you can follow me now on this new path of fertility combined with natural living, and don’t forget this new business I started! Ha ha ha I only have a few things on my plate but hey they are all really awesome things so there is that!!
It is amazing the journey we have been on that has led us to where we are now. I have learned so much about who I am it is just crazy!! So cheers to the next year being an interesting one full of laughter, snuggles and happiness!!!
When I started this postpartum Journey it felt overwhelming, scary and I felt very unsure of how I would get to the goals that I wanted to get to. I heard so many stories about women having a hard time losing the baby weight, women struggling emotionally to get back to where they used to be. To be honest it scared me I was afraid that I would fall back into my old ways and become obsessed with reading the scale and start to focus on just my weight. The most important thing to me is being healthy. When I say healthy I’m not talking about a number on a scale I’m talking about Mental Health and physical health. This is why I have completely revamped the way we live in our house. We switched out products to use healthy products instead and we have now moved over to a more paleo style of eating. I’m not depriving myself because that is the worst thing that anyone could do as it can totally set you back from your goals. Having those treats now and again is totally healthy and should happen. The biggest thing to remember is moderation!
This journey has been so interesting and I have learned so much about myself and how strong I am. It is amazing to see the progress I’ve made both mentally and physically to become healthier, happier and to see my body just feeling better in general.
I am definitely still on this journey and not where I want to be yet but today I decided to check the scale to see where I have come in the last month. I was shocked to find that I have lost 10 lb and it felt so good to know that I was on the right track! My biggest goal is to be healthy, healthy for Jenson, healthy for Tanner and really healthy for me. I haven’t really been working out because I wanted to focus mainly on my nutrition as that is 80% of weight loss! Plus eating healthy is only going to make me feel better and keep me going throughout my years! Weight loss is just a bonus! Like I was saying I have been moving over and back into paleo as I’ve always felt the best when I’ve eaten that way and I have also added in essential oils to help boost my metabolism!! I have to see I am really seeing the change I was hoping because of this!
This is not a diet I’m on. THIS is me working towards a lifestyle change. I can happily say things are going amazingly and now I feel a huge push to start adding in fitness!!
We all go through struggles trying to lose weight trying to feel better and it is really hard. I have struggled my entire life with my brain telling me one thing and not letting it try to sabotage myself. My biggest goal after having Jenson was to make sure I didn’t regress back into how I used to think. So far I feel like I’ve truly accomplished that and I have to say I’m thankful for the people around me, jumping into becoming a wellness advocate for Doterra and Jenson of course hahaha!!
If you are curious about what I’ve been doing in my journey of postpartum you can always message me and I would love to share more!!
So when I started on my natural living journey it was really hard to start investigating EVERY. SINGLE. PRODUCT.
It was soo much work! I ended up finding this amazing app called Think Dirty! All you do is type in what you are searching for and it will rate the product! Soo easy! PLUS Since it is on your phone you can search things while out shopping!
What products do you LOVE using? I would love to hear!!!