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A Fresh Look For Dailyroutinefitness

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Just over two years ago I launched Dailyroutinefitness.com. With the support and love of our readers and clients, I have grown not only as a businesswoman but also as a mother, wife, and writer. Your stories and feedback have inspired me to immerse myself in things that really drive my passions and hold on tightly to the integrity of the “why” behind my work.

I initially launched DRF as a fitness company to showcase workouts and food choices that were part of my life. I quickly realized, however, that I was holding back from sharing with my readers a big part of my passion—lifestyle. I wanted to share more of this with you, my readers, because I felt like it would give you a more realistic view of what life really looks like for us and it would show you that we experience successes and failures as parents, friends, and business owners, just like you. The heart of my business as a personal trainer and coach is encouraging woman to press into discomfort and really dig into what’s holding them back from reaching their fullest potential, as well as offering them support to set and achieve their goals. My hope as a lifestyle blogger is that woman and mothers find in my posts encouragement, inspiration, and an authentic touch that will help them feel more fulfilled. The time has now come, however, for me to make some more changes and really use my gifts and passions to connect with you, my readers, in a greater capacity.

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As the website has grown, we have had the amazing opportunity to share and partner with companies that we really believe in and feel would add to your lifestyles. Because of the amazing support of our members and sponsors over the past two years, we have decided to change DRF from a membership site to open access.

What does this mean?

Until today, my workout videos, blog tips, workout plans and sample meal plans have only been available to our paying members.

But as of today, all private content at dailyroutinefitness.com will be available to the public for FREE! I’m so excited about this because it will open up more opportunities to share helpful content with you on a weekly basis.

I will also be adding our videos to YouTube as well in order to give you easy access and sharing options.

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Can you share workouts with friends?

Yes! And I would love for you to be part of helping the community of DRF to grow. The more we grow as a company, the greater resources and variety we can bring to our site and make available to you our readers.

How to share?

Simple click on the URL code at the top of your screen and copy and paste the links from my page that you would like to share. Everything from workouts to recipes to blog posts.

I would also love for you to share your own workouts, thoughts, and inspiration on social media and tag #Dailyroutinefitness. I love hearing your stories and connecting with you!

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I want to say a special thank you again to all the people who believed in, supported, and offered mentorship to me as I stepped into the unknown world of building a website, taking on Instagram, and becoming a blogger.

Thank you to Megan White for the hard work and flexibility she has put into helping me rebrand and rework DRF. You have been such a pleasure to work with, Meg!

Thank you, too, to Abbie Rose, our amazing photographer, for capturing the most beautiful moments of our family’s life through her lens. Abbie, your images inspire so much of my work as a writer. The authenticity of the moments and emotion that you capture is such a gift. Thank you for being a part of the DRF team.

To our members:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to invade your life through my personal posts and become a part of your daily sweat sessions one workout video at a time. Your support and dedicated feedback during my growing pains have made me who I am today.

I’m excited to continue to grow with you…

Rachel

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Adelaide Turns 1

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It has taken me months to finely get around to posting about Adelaide’s first birthday. Maybe I’m secretly hoping my lack of documenting certain moments will slow down her growth process…

Adelaide’s birthday will forever be a memory I hold close to my heart. Days before Adelaide’s birthday we had made our decision to move our little family to the lower mainland. Because our close friends and family would be arriving to celebrate Adelaide’s birthday with us, we decided to tell our family and close friends that weekend about the changes that were coming for us. I remember this day was filled with so many emotions. Our baby girl was turning one, life was changing, and we were not sure what was ahead of us in this next chapter…

As I prepared and planned for Adelaide’s birthday I decided to enlist the help of some ladies whom I knew would lighten my load. If you know me, you know that I love to host parties and make people feel welcomed in our home. Birthdays or any other celebrations are a time for friends, family, and all of your children to cut loose in our home! Because I had so many changes happening all at once, I knew I needed some help in pulling this party off.

Very early on, Adelaide had developed a love for animals of any shape or size. As a previous farm girl and hardcore 4-H member, my heart melted to think we shared this deep love for little creatures. So it only made sense to throw a country-themed birthday complete with mini animals. Now before you decide that inviting a farm to our house means I must have lost my mind, let me remind you that above I mentioned enlisting some “talented ladies” to help me pull this day off.

After booking a few “small animals” from Kelowna’s local Little Rascals petting zoo, I immediately asked my friend Stephanie, from Heather and Gem, for help with pulling off the decor for this event. Stephanie was such a huge help in coming up with little ways to add special touches and details to this day, and I could not have pulled it off without her.

My friend Sarah, from Pinch of Pretty, was also was one my main go-to people for the added details. Sarah provided us with the most amazing signage to pull this country-themed birthday together and also added special pieces we could have as forever keepsakes.

I know it has taken me months to put these photos up, but this day still is so fresh in my heart. Thank you the amazing sponsors who worked so hard to make this day special and to the friends and family who shared in celebration laughter and tears.

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Enjoy the large amounts of photos haha! I couldn’t help myself….

Adelaide,

You’re the light of my life.

xoxo

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Photography By: Rebecca Siewert

Editing By: Abbie Rose

Adelaides Outfit: Nooks

Decor: Heather&Gem

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Where Is Your Vision?

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How do we survive in the chaos of children, ministry and work? We date…and in the current season we are in, we have made dating more of a priority than ever before. With a lot of new recent learnings, life/role changes and adjustments to the pace of our life, I want to remember to laugh, to intentionally set aside time to hear each other’s heart, and give space to build vision together.

Proverbs 29:18 says…

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Could a lack of vision affect our marriages?

I think now more than ever I have realized that when our marriages lack vision end up lacking purpose, direction and can easily lose site of where we are going. Why did you marry the one you love? Why did you choose to dedicate your life to this one man and what was the vision you where excited to build together? Have we allowed life’s craziness to steal the dream and vision we were once so excited over?

Studies show the following reasons why vision is so important in our lives and marriages:

  1. Vision shows us where we are headed.
  2. Vision provides motivation and inspires us to keep on going
  3. Vision helps to keep us moving forward and move through obstacles
  4. Vision provides focus
  5. Vision gives us meaning and purpose to what we do

In the current season we are in, keeping the vision in front of our eyes is not only important, it’s essential. Let’s face it, some days are easier than others, but when we have the vision clearly in front of us it’s not as easy to get side tracked or lose momentum towards our destination.

What if instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing with their lives we made space to ask our partners where they see their dreams headed? What if instead of giving all of our energy and focus to whether we are good enough, skinny enough or having the best sex of our life, we made time to ask each other how we can help motivate them in their race? What if we stopped running away from our lives, problems and addictions long enough to allow the rest we need to face the mountains that are standing in the way of whole-hearted lives? It’s time to re-focus and reconnect with the purpose that has been placed on your marriage.

Whether it’s a vision walk or an intentional Starbucks coffee date. I want to encourage you to make time to dream dreams that are too big for you to accomplish on your own and create vision for a life filled with purpose, meaning and joy.

Rachel~~*

Photography By: Abbie Rose

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Choosing To Love You

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Troy and I have been experiencing some pretty crazy days of roles changing, schedules being wacky, and having to adjust our family to a new city. I want us to always be the couple that remains transparent and open with people about the journey we are on. I’m pretty sure you are aware that marriage isn’t always perfect, and that at moments we choose to love the one we are with… Let me say that again: You actively, in pain and feeling frustrated when things suck and you don’t even like each other, choose to love the one you are with.

 

So much change for me at once has brought up some crazy emotional things I was not expecting. I went from being a stay-at-home mom 80% of the time—one who had the flexibility to train clients and blog when her babies were sleeping—to being a mom whose work schedule has her leaving the house most mornings at 5:00 a.m. to train clients and invest time in taking her business to the next level. There are mornings my heart hurts that I’m not being woken up by little people calling my name and that this role has now shifted to Daddy. It’s funny that I had so often wanted to escape the chaos of Motherhood in the past, but with this shift of life I find myself missing every crazy second of it. We always want what we don’t have, right?

I do feel very blessed, though, that my work days often end early in the afternoons (due to my early start) so that I can pick the kids up and spend the rest of the day breaking up fights and loving on themJ

 

But let’s talk about marriage…

 

Two months ago I was married to a hard working business man who had tons on his plate. Fast forward to now, and he’s in school, he’s investing time in the local church, and he’s changing. His life has shifted, his goals have changed, and the man he once was is no longer the man I see every day. I have seen him choose to set aside comfort for a goal that is bigger than himself. I have seen him carve out time every day to fit in studying and family time. I have seen his heart grow for me as endure my own lack of comfort with change. But most of all I’ve seen him change…

 

Often we think that when someone changes for the better, we will madly fall in love with him or her and it will really take this marriage thing to the next level. Change is still change, though, for some of us—good or bad. Unpredictability breeds discomfort and often stirs up fears we didn’t even know existed. For some of you I’m sure this may sound crazy. You may even be thinking “It sounds like you are married to superman! Get it together and just love him!”

 

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Lets backtrack:

Two months ago I was married to a man who was amazing at his job and whose job was secure. We owned a beautiful house, and our children were in one of the most amazing schools. We had incredible friends, and to be honest, life was pretty happy go lucky.

 

Life has changed. It is amazing, and we are loving our new life on the coast, but this change has brought up many challenges for us in terms of our place in our marriage and who we are as individuals. We are only nine and a half years into marriage and are really getting our feet wet, but one thing we have learned is to love one another when it hurts. There are going to be things that come your way in marriage that will rock you on many different levels. Maybe it’s a job change, maybe it’s a loved one lost, maybe it’s losing your identity after investing all your time in raising babies…

 

Whatever it may be, life is going to happen, and it’s sometimes going to bring disappointment. With disappointment will come emotions you did not even know existed. When it happens, don’t lose hope. Despite the pain of the moment, press in and stay committed to finding one another in the haze.

 

Having to switch roles and be the working mom whose husband drops her children (our children) off at school and knows more about Adelaide’s napping habits has not been easy for me. This adjustment has brought up anger, resentment, and fear that I’m not enough. In my tired haze of the first month of our changed routine, fear of not showing up as the world’s best trainer, mother and wife totally overtook my daily thoughts, and marriage got rough. When we find ourselves standing on shaky ground instead of the sacred ground of certainty, we get rocked—and so does our marriage.

 

Troy cannot fix me when I find myself in this place, and I doubt your partner will be able to either. (Unless you’re married to Brene Brown. In that case, please tell her I’m a huge fan.)

 

It has only been a month, but it has felt like a year of learning for me! Things are not perfect. Troy’s not perfect , I’m not perfect, and our marriage is not perfect, but one thing I have learned over this past month of discomfort and rediscovering my passion for business and the role of working mom is that pressing into your discomfort and not running away from it really is where you will find the answers. We have pressed in hard over our nine and a half years, and each time we come to one of these interesting points in our marriage, I see more clearly how important it is to battle it out and press into what makes us want to crawl out of our skin…or for some people, makes them want to crawl out of their marriage.

 

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How do you make it through the crawl-out-of your-skin moment?

 

I’m no expert, but for me choosing to put others before myself has helped a lot. We hear a lot of about self care and self love. It’s part of our generation. We are so fixated on loving ourselves that we totally miss the most important thing that really fuels us and what we are made for, which I believe is the love we invest in others.

When I get caught up in my own pain and feeling sorry for myself, I totally miss the moments when I could pause and invest in someone else’s story. Do I believe in taking care of ourselves and making time for personal time? Yes I do, one hundred percent! But I also believe we often go from one extreme to the next…from meditation to walking right back into our craziness and forgetting to see people along the way. These people include the ones we spend the most time with (our partners).

 

Are you struggling to love the one you are with? I want to encourage you today to start small. How does he or she feel, receive, and want to be loved? Maybe today it’s something as small as holding his or her hand or encouraging him or her through reminding your partner that you believe in him or her. Start small, invest in the little things, and make room for positive change in your marriage. This is going to take effort and work, and it won’t feel good for some of you at first. It may even suck, but I promise your investment will be worth it, not only for the health of your marriage but also for your own health. What has nine and a half years of marriage taught me?

 

Life is not about us. It’s about finding ourselves through loving someone more than ourselves…

Destructive to marriage is the self-fulfillment ethic that assumes marriage and the family are primarily institutions of personal fulfillment, necessary for us to become “whole” and happy. The assumption is that there is someone just right for us to marry and that if we look closely enough we will find the right person. This moral assumption overlooks a crucial aspect to marriage. It fails to appreciate the fact that we always marry the wrong person.We never know whom we marry; we just think we do. Or even if we first marry the right person, just give it a while and he or she will change. For marriage, being [the enormous thing it is] means we are not the same person after we have entered it. The primary challenge of marriage is learning how to love and care for the stranger to whom you find yourself married.

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Grow Together

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Seeing beauty in the things others toss or disregard as garbage is one of the things I want to instil in our children at a very young age. I try to find little ways to show them how to love people and put others first, but how does one teach a three- or five-year-old how to see beauty in what society considers not good enough—or garbage?

I’m not very book smart. I learn from hands-on experiences that allow me to taste, touch, and feel either the significance or reality of a situation. I recently was at Ikea and stumbled upon this book “Grow Together“.

It contained simple little suggestions for teaching our children how to use garbage to create beauty. I immediately fell in love with the simplicity and idea behind this concept. I saw it as a great way of teaching the boys to look for beauty in the things we would normally toss aside. We started allowing the boys to search through our garbage bins and pull out things they could paint, plant flowers/vegetables in, and use to build little imaginary homes for creatures. This activity has been so amazing for creating conversations with our children around the people the world would disregard as not good enough, too broken for greatness, or empty with no use to us.
Although this activity doesn’t require a rocket scientist and I know I’m not the first one to make planters out of garbage, it has been so amazing to see our children “seek” out beauty in brokenness and want to invest in people’s lives the way they water their new garden

 

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Warning Signs

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Today’s post has taken me a while to write because it is very personal and concerns a journey I am on. My hope is that my sharing moments of vulnerability like this will encourage someone who comes across my story, let her know that she’s not alone, and give her the courage to try something new. I will be sharing as much as possible throughout every stage of this journey.

Please note that I am under the care of a food specialist, naturopath, and doctor as I walk this journey through.

When I look back over this past year, I remember so many moments when I knew there was something off with my body, but I couldn’t put my finger on it actually was. I battled many different symptoms, but life and hormones can be confusing after having a baby, so it was difficult for doctors or naturopaths to really nail down what was going on with my body. “Ride it out” was a common thread in the advice I received.

 

Five months ago, I was tested for ovarian cancer due to hot flashes, weight loss, increased heart rate, and stomach pain. Everything came back clear, and the doctors said the problem was probably my thyroid.

I tried a plant-based regimen to help with the stomach problems, and it did work! But I didn’t know how to make it work for my body with the physical demand of training, so I ended up going back to eating small amounts of meat and trying to incorporate more juice and vegetables into our life. And the stomach pain came back.

Seven weeks ago, I randomly passed a large amount of blood through my rectum after using the washroom. I was emotional after seeing the amount and immediately called Troy and work to say I needed to go to the doctor. My doctor was out of the office that day, but the wonderful nurses could sense the emotion in my voice and squeezed me in that day with another that doctor, who happened to be one of the moms from my oldest son’s school. After an examination, she said it was probably nothing but would send me in for a scope just to make sure.

The prep for the scope was not something I ever wanted to go through again, so I was praying that everything would come back all clear! I feel so blessed to have been seen by some of the nicest doctors, who were kind and patient when I felt so emotional. The doctor who did my scope, who was so amazing on every level, ended my appointment by being very honest and letting me know that they had found a larger-sized polyp that she was concerned about. She said that in her experience a polyp of this size indicated cancer and that she was rushing the results so they could take action quickly. She also told me to go back and thank the doctor who had taken more precautions and sent me in for this test. “We rarely see woman your age or in your physical category,” she told me, “because people dismiss the symptoms.” I’m young, I’m a fitness instructor, and I eat very well. Why would anyone worry about my health?! Including me.

The test was done on Tuesday, and by Friday we had results saying there were no signs of cancer but that I needed to go in for a colonoscopy to really check things out. Well, we cried, celebrated, and thanked Jesus for the most amazing results! I don’t ever want to forget the relief I experienced that day, not only because it had felt like we were walking through a bad dream as we’d waited and walked through the previous two weeks, but because I had seen Jesus show up in so many ways as we’d waited, prayed for peace, wisdom and the joy to get through each day, and spent that time with three demanding children who know when Mommy is off.

After the celebrations, we prepared our hearts and my body for a colonoscopy. I will not lie: this was also among most non-fun things I have ever done. I don’t enjoy any type of cleansing, so having my body totally stripped of everything for weeks as they did these tests started to wear on me. But we got through it.

They removed the larger polyp, which ended up having been two that had grown together, and now we would have to wait for the results. I felt like we were in the clear, given that previous report had indicated no signs of cancer, but I decided to start doing my own research on why the body was growing polyps.

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This past year, I had taken a course with Dana Skoglund called Align and Thrive because I knew there was something going on with my body. I felt like this was the perfect way to dig into some of my symptoms and figure out what I could do on a daily basis to change my habits and lifestyle in an achievable and maintainable way. Doing things like tongue scraping, dry brushing, warm oil massages, and eating foods that really fueled and supported proper gut function became daily activities for me. I’ll be discussing each one of these habits into detail throughout this process, but one of the major takeaways for me was learning to really listen to my body—to not sweep things under the rug and to pay attention to things as little as tongue scraping, which can tell you about where your body is at. I ended that course right before this journey began, and I’m so thankful I took it because I finished it feeling that I was ready to really dig in and get serious about supporting my body and not just putting Band-aids on things.

I contacted Jacqui Perry from FoodWorks and immediately started my journey on heeling my gut and changing my life before I even know what the results were from my colonoscopy. We had known for a long time that there was a problem with my gut due to my hypothyroid condition, which was diagnosed nine years ago. If you know anything about the health of the thyroid, then you also know that it is directly connected to the gut. But the information surrounding healing the gut can be controversial and confusing. Jacqui had been recommended to me many times over the years by naturopaths, people in the health field, and friends who had taken her courses. She is pretty much the master of fermented foods and plant-based diets, and she really digs into every avenue of why your body is struggling to work at its fullest potential. During the two weeks of waiting for my results, I began a journey of going totally plant-based, incorporating lots of fermented foods and anti-inflammatory drinks into my diet to help my body heal. Regardless of the test results, I was going to change my life and dive into fully healing my body.

One week ago, we received the test results and learned that my polyp was precancerous. I will have to go through routine colonoscopies every couple of years to make sure that I don’t end up with full-blown colon cancer. My doctor was very serious and was not really interested in the lifestyle changes I was choosing to make. I’m not mentioning this to make her sound like a bad doctor—I do actually love my doctor! But she really felt that my personal work would not do much for my body in this situation and that I would end up having cancer if I ignored her advice.

Although I respect my doctor, I do disagree. Study after study, not just in “natural medicine” but also in cutting-edge cancer clinics, prove that food plays a major part in our healing process. Why would we wait to take action, not change our habits, and hope for the best? Our bodies were created to heal, but how can a body heal without the fuel and support to do so? Do I believe in miracles? Yes, but I also believe in wisdom and making smart decisions when you’re given warning signs. This is my warning sign—and to be honest there were tons, also, before those results came in!

So as I begin this journey, I invite you to walk with me. I know some of my readers may chose the unfollow button based on my decision to go plant-based, choose alternative medicine, or believe in a God who I know is walking this journey with me through the good and the bad days. And I want you to know that is okay. We are not meant to be a part of everyone’s journey or see things the way others see them.

If you do chose to follow along, know that I will be as honest and personal as I feel comfortable doing. This is all new for me, so I will make mistakes. I’m sure I will accidently eat something I shouldn’t, and I’m okay with that. It’s part of the journey, and that’s just what it is—a “journey.” It won’ t be perfect today or tomorrow, but I’m eager and willing to learn along the way.

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This has honestly been one of the craziest and scariest things I have ever gone through. I have three beautiful children, and even the thought of not seeing them grow into the amazing humans they will be is enough to take a mother’s breath away. I’m their protector, cheerleader, and the one who holds them when they are hurting. We cannot do life apart! I’m so thankful for an amazing husband who has walked these days out with me and allowed me to feel scared, cry, and be vulnerable in every way. I would love to tell you I have gone through every part of this journey so far with faith that everything will be okay, but the reality is that I’m human and I’m also a mother is fiercely loves her tribe. If that is not motivation enough to change your habits, I don’t know what is!

I’m also beyond thankful for the friends and family who have walked out these days of uncertainty with us. You are loved beyond words, and you can’t place a price on friendships like yours. We will forever hold you close.

I saw this quote recently and felt it was perfect for this post.

 “Sometimes what appears like an obstacle in your path is really a gift meant to move you in a better direction.”

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Thank you for your support~~*

xoxo

Rachel

 

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Mom Body

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I’m extremely grateful that the high-waisted yoga pant thing became a trend after baby number three! I remember looking at my belly months after Adelaide and thinking, “Will things ever look normal again?” There were a few factors standing in the way of this:

Stretched skin

Belly button hernia

Ab separation

 

Photography by: Abbie Rose

Mom and Baby yoga pants by: Hot Dame & Gypsy Skulls 

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To be honest, I definitely did not feel as inspired to move my butt post baby three as I had before. I was suddenly so busy chasing these three little ones that the idea of setting aside time seemed overwhelming on most days. (That sentence in itself is a huge other blog post…) But for today I’m going to keep things light and simple and talk about a few things that really inspired me to move the body, get my abs back, and feel comfortable in my own skin again.

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  • Play

This is a word that, once again, requires a blog post, but we will just lightly touch on it today. I think that for some of us this word is so huge, and we don’t even know what to do with it. Maybe you grew up in a home where play was not celebrated, or maybe as an adult you have set up so much structure in your life that you have forgotten the love and inspiration behind this word.

Regardless of your reason or history, play may be one of the most important investments you make in your life. Play is the source of our creativity, our personal outlet where we find joy and allow ourselves to truly let go. Letting go of all the standards, expectations, and rules around movement is one of the best ways to get your body moving post baby. Often, if an activity isn’t associated with going to a gym or studio or doesn’t have the word “workout” attached to it, we write it off as being ineffective in our journey back to the post-baby jeans. In reality, however, when we allow ourselves to feel and experience the joy and pleasure of play, we are happier and more effective moms/wives and individuals. When we operate in this emotional space instead of in the space of rules, we make decisions that fuel our body in a healthier or more productive way. We start to view what we put into our bodies as fuel instead of using food as a coping mechanism, we chose healthier environments and relationships, and we learn to be careful about the language we use about ourselves. Play is currently a journey I’m on (future blog post) but the one thing I have realized so far in this journey is that as I have learned to laugh I have also learned to love the skin I’m in. This body can do some pretty cool things—I now have a much deeper respect for it and take far deeper joy in it. In short, I like myself more.

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  • Invest in new mom clothes.

I love fashion. I love the freedom it gives us to express ourselves and make the body an individual canvas, so for me finding time and space for shopping post baby is very important. I have become very choosy over the years about where and in who I invest my money in terms of fashion, so this has slowed my spending down a lot! But dressing my post-baby body in clothes that fit, flatter my new frame, and allow for effortless mom movement changes everything about my day. For me, self-love is about celebrating everything I have become along this journey of motherhood. When we celebrate the new skin we are in and shift our focus from what we are not to a stance of gratitude, it changes everything about our journey. Do I need clothes or material things to feel good about myself? No I don’t, but I also know that if I take a small portion of funds to invest in celebrating what my body has become instead of what it’s not, I will feel more confident in facing my workouts, mom dates, play dates, and meetings because I feel good about the investment I have made in myself.

I love that fitness wear is one of the most popular looks in fashion right now. Throwing on a good-fitting t-shirt with some yoga pants and a great pair of New Balance is my jam! Looking stylish while mommying it hard truly brightens up my day and helps this mom feel like she hasn’t completely lost it. I also feel better hitting the gym knowing I don’t look like I got hit by a train. (Okay, maybe I still look like that more moments then not!) But whatever!

Here’s the bottom line: When we feel good and celebrate what we are, we’re more open to saying yes to getting back to our gym workouts, time with friends, and moments that help us cope with mom life. Is a good outfit really that powerful? For me it is, and I want to celebrate every stage of the skin I’m in instead of waiting until I’m the perfect size, have the perfect belly, or have the perfect butt to I enjoy this canvas.

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  • Suck it up.

I’m going to give it to you tough here. Life is not easy, things are not always fun, and sometimes getting to where you are going requires some sweat. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about your workout habits. I’ve heard tons of people say, “If it isn’t fun, don’t do it!” Although I believe in having fun and that your workouts ideally should be fun, the reality is that sometimes they are just regular workouts and you need to be okay with that and stop whining. Working through your weakness requires you to step outside of your comfort zone—working through moments that lack of excitement and embracing some sweat. I promise that you can handle 10 minutes of discomfort, and that’s all I’m asking of you, but for those 10 minutes you must choose what is going to challenge you the most. What’s going to leave your breathless, sweaty, and feeling great once it’s done? Because this isn’t just about burning calories! This is about proving to yourself that you can do it, that you are strong enough, and that no matter how hard things get, you can work through discomfort. As North Americans, we tend to run away from any type of discomfort, when in many cases it should be what we are running to. We are not meant to be soft, uninspired woman who quit easily. We are moms/wives and friends who daily face crazy struggles, so your workout is just training ground for what you emotionally and physically face on a daily basis. When things get tough, your brain and body are going to remind you that you don’t quit and you’re not easily distracted from achieving your goals. Girlfriend, pick up the sweat towel, fill your water bottle, and sweat! You are working towards way more than that perfect body!

Plus, the good news is that as you sweat, groan, and face those workout demons, you are also one step closer to your physical goal (whatever that may be).

What’s my workout goal, and why do I keep moving through the discomfort?

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I want my children to see that I worked hard and didn’t give up when it got tough.

I want to be the mom who can support my kids when they need a workout partner when they are training for their own goals.

I want to finally take backpacking trips around the world when we are empty nesters and know my body is up for it.

I want my body to feel good when I stand naked in front of the mirror, not because it’s perfect but because I take the time to take care of what I have been given.

Boombaloo Summer Is Here!

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I recently spent the day with BC Tree Fruits picking cherries, taking pictures and learning about the amazing fruit that’s available in the Okanagan Valley. Today, Boombaloo Okanagan launched their summer issue, and once again I’m blown away by the amazing work and dedication all the contributors put into each article!

Congratulations on another amazing job Boombaloo.  You can prevue your summer issue here!

Photography By: Abbie Rose

Blue Jumpsuit: Blonde 

Sustainable Lifestyle

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I stumbled across my latest inspiration while my family and I were vacationing on Salt Spring Island a few months ago. On one of my afternoon coffee runs, I happened to pop into a little store called Thrive Lifestyle. Within minutes of meeting Zoey (the store owner) I was so inspired by her story and her desire to create awareness around ethical and sustainable clothing production. I have always admired companies who are trying to support local production and taking a firm stand on only selling ethically produced clothing lines, but it also seemed so overwhelming to take such a large portion of our monthly clothing budget to support these brands. They can be expensive and I would find myself questioning the 1 shirt I was purchasing when I could purchase 10 for the same price from companies that are producing high volumes and not taking an ethical stand. Throughout my week on Salt Spring Island, I would pop into the store on a daily basis and chat with Zoey. As we got to know one another, she shared her passion for standing behind ethical and sustainable companies and how it’s the small changes we make in our day to day life that will change our perspective. Maybe it’s not in your budget to buy a closet full of ethically produced clothing or have your children clothed head to toe in the latest local company, but what if you started small? What if the next time you go to buy a baby gift, you buy one small locally sewn onesie instead of multiple pieces of clothing from a larger store.  Often times we think giving large or multiple gifts to ourselves or others is the way to go, but I can honestly say the pieces I love the most are the ones that have been made with care, tell a story, and were given with thoughtfulness.  This year has been about change in so many areas of my life including clothing. My closet is currently the smallest it has ever been, and I can honestly say the smaller it gets the more I fall in love with my pieces because I believe in the men and woman behind the labels. Is there a time and place for value shopping? Absolutely! We are huge fans of JoeFresh, Zara and H&M in this house. But we are also excited to see the local love grow in our wardrobes as our perspectives change and our relationships with our local market grow.  Zoey, you have forever changed the way I will view my purchases simply by your gentle approach and your passion to see the world’s perspective change.

My outfit Details:

Tank :  Zoe black dipper tank

Tote bag : Thrive lifestyle

Photography by the amazing Abbie Rose

 

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