Workout and What I Ate Today!

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!! 

  • Breakfast – 3 Sunny Side Up Eggs with Frank’s Hot Sauce and Nespresso Coffee
  • Lunch – Damn good Chicken Salad 
  • Dinner – I had salad bar at Chucky Cheese and 1 small slice of pizza. I was surprised that their salad bar was pretty good! Who knew?! 

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!!! 

Teach Them Young…

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!!

Winter Cocktail Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz vodka (1/8 cup)
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice (1/8 cup)
  • 1/2 oz tonic syrup (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 oz soda water (1/4 cup)
  • 12 pomegranate seeds
  • 3 mint leaves (for garnish)

Directions:

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

A Journey of a Thousand Steps

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!!!

Post Partum and Where I am

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!! 

The Think Dirty App!

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!!!

How I Make Face Oil using Essential Oils

I have been asked by several people HOW I make my Face Oil! I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my own Face Oil because it has saved me soo much money AND I know what is going into my products now! I have found that so many products are just terrible for us and the good products usually charge us a pretty penny!

Face Oil Ingredients & Directions

  • Glass Spray Jar
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Frankincense EO
  • Geranium EO
  • Helichrysum EO
  • Melaleuca EO
  • Lavender EO
  • Myrrh EO

Add 6-7 Drops of Each Essential Oil into Jar, then top off with FCO!! 

*Remember to not put this IN your eyes, so when you are putting this under your eyes just be careful! Spray in your hand and then put it on your face.

Email Me at natalie@changingnaturally.com if you would like to get started on using Essential Oils!

What product do you want to create using Essential Oils?

Happy Oiling!

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