New Mom Journal: Week 21

Day 147 – Take it out on the workout

Many times in life we can hit a crossroads. It could be a change in location where we live, a change in our family life, a change in our career, it could be anything! I know that I have personally struggled anytime I’ve come to a crossroads because I want to make sure that I make the best decisions and also take the best course of action being lead with God’s purpose and not doing what I feel is the best thing to do.

Weekend I had a lot of realizations for myself personally as far as where I wanted to be in life and what I wanted to focus on and what was most important for me to make a priority. So, I’m plugging a bit yesterday and spending the entire weekend with friends and family was definitely needed and helped me to refocus and restart my week today and a much more positive light.

I have to keep remembering to count the blessings and the great things that it happened and that are coming and release feelings to Him to help me handle:


How? I pushed my rear through a tough INSANITY workout this morning – the BEST therapy ever!

The little one had one of the best weekends she’s ever had and that in and of itself let me know that everything is going to be OK. She stayed over a friend’s and did really well being babysat at someone else’s house for the first time! She’s also slept through the entire night in her crib, without her arms and a swaddle, from 7+ hours or more at a time. Received some great news about our family and about things that are going to be happening in the near future, so I have to remember that with any crossword situation there’s blessings and positive things to reflect on!



2010 is mine!

It was a year of the worst lows I could ever experience, but also the year of the happiest times and new beginnings I could have ever asked for.

The PROS totally outweighed the CONS.

CONS: Coming into 2009 into 2010, I was beginning the process of going through Bankruptcy, having a condo that was overpriced when the Florida market dropped. It was so embarrassing inside to go through this, but I knew that things would get better and I was experiencing growth and change from all I’d be going through. I came out of some stupid failed relationships that lead me to make bad financial decisions.

Because of feeling my lowest, I was SAVED. I remember vividly falling to my knees in prayer and asking the Lord to help me and take over since I was messing up left and right … and HELP ME He did…
I was down 20 of the 50+ pounds I’d gained from the years leading up to 2010. I began to run with friends and was introduced to INSANITY which COMPLETELY changed my mind and my life! I was dealing with life in a healthy way: working out, eating right and ditching diets and fads, and began surrounding myself with positivity and positive people.
I began working out in the gym, with my handy DVDs and noticed a handsome guy lifting weights every morning. On May 5, we went on our first date …

Sometimes when we think about our MOST MEMORABLE YEAR we can reflect on where we’ve been to see exactly where we are going and SHOULD be going!




Day 150 – “Do you need help fixing this or do you just want me to listen?”

This is been such a helpful question that both Gary and I have learned from a recent study we’ve been doing together as a couple. It’s also translating for me into all areas of my life when I’m in conversations with others and we are venting are talking through things that are going on in our life. Sometimes we assume that if somebody is in a bad mood or sad that they want help fixing the situation but sometimes, most of the time, they just want an ear to listen to get it off of their chest. I’ve learned that men and women are very different, but people in general are different too.

Gary and I only get so much time together in between work and life so we’re working on making sure that that time is spent together as a unit instead of getting caught up in everything that needs to be done around us. He’s learning that sometimes, even though I spiderweb and babble most of the time, that I just want to feel close to him by talking through things that are going on in our life. With him, I’m learning to do the same thing even if it’s him talking about his day at work that doesn’t relate to me-if were open and communicating with each other then we are putting each other first before everybody and everything else directly in our lives.

We’ve had to remember also to take time to pray together when going to bed or even when he leaves for work in the morning. God is truly the one at the center who can even solve or listen the best.

So, the next time your spouse or partner or friend or family member comes to you and wants to talk through something or you sense something is wrong, you can use that same question. Asking if somebody wants a solution or just an ear to listen helps us avoid unsolicited advice that can be pushed on someone and cause more anxiety or conflict rather then just simple listening.



Day 151 – She’s 5 months old today!!

They always say that the days are long and the months and years are short-and I couldn’t be more spot on!

She must’ve known it was her five-month birthday today because she woke up early alert and smiling ready to take on the day. She sat patiently while we got ready this morning, since we had just about finished our work out when she popped up. I was excited to check it on my own personal progress since I gave birth five months ago-and I’m happy to report that I’ve had a ton of progress since four months and will share that later! (Sounds and inches and negativity has been shed like crazy!)

I seen the most progress this little girl in the past month and I have since she’s been born. She’s grown so much with her personality, her alertness, and her desire to learn and understand everything around here. I find myself staring at her throughout the day and just smiling or laughing because it’s fun to see the world through her lens. She’s taught me so much about slowing down to appreciate life and also about how important it is to lead by example by doing so.

I never knew I could find a love like this in my life and I am grateful that God decided to give me a chance at being a mother



Day 152 – 5 Months in / 5 Months out

Our stats from five months in versus five months out can be fun to compare. It’s been such a different challenge completing INSANITY MAX:30 as a new mom than it was before when I was doing it just to rise to the occasion. This time, it’s not just about finishing but it’s about the trials I had to push through to complete something that I thought I couldn’t. My little one has inspired me to be my very best, gives me an even bigger reason to have strong arms to carry her, and with her watching I know I am unstoppable! I remember being at my leanest when I got pregnant, and I thought I would never see my abs again. I kept growing and growing and wondering how in the world I would get back to myself before. I had no idea that the self I created after the baby would be my 2.0 self!

My goal is to show you that you’re not alone, I am no different than you, and that the first few days, the first few hours, the first few minutes of doing anything hard is tough stuff-but the person you will see on the other side is someone you’ll never see if you don’t get to the tough stuff.

That person is your best self!


HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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