So fresh and so clean

Current weight: 153

Monthly goals: No fast food/ Yoga + Workout daily

So, I’ve decided that instead of calculating and sharing my weight every week, I’m going to do it monthly. In between my monthly check-in’s, I’ll share some food and exercises that I find inspiring and hopefully even profile some inspiring people who have made huge lifestyle changes for the better.

So, to start things off, let’s talk about my most favorite thing ever. FOOD! Yesterday, I wrote about some awesome grapefruit treats that I found. And one of them was grapefruit brulee, which might actually become my new favorite treat. Super easy to do, minimal ingredients, and so very good.

grapefruit-header

Image belongs to Eat & Relish

Feeling inspired (and too tired to make anything strenuous) this morning, I decided to try out this grapefruit brulee, and it was seriously everything I could ask for. The grapefruit was soft and warm and the cinnamon melted so perfectly into every little bite that the grapefruit tasted more sweet and any remnants of bitterness was gone.

IMG_4954And, now for the exercise part, of course. I am still continuing with my 365 days of yoga challenge and I have seen a huge change in how much easier it is for me to do all of the poses now. I also don’t feel as stressed out as I used to and I don’t have as much pain anymore. Of course, I take a couple days off here and there, and I can feel it every time I do. Last week, I injured my knee at my brother’s wedding (long story) so now I’m rockin a knee brace, but I still stick to my practice as much as I can.

IMG_4705 IMG_4729 IMG_4761 IMG_4778 IMG_4820 IMG_4827 IMG_4831 IMG_4948 IMG_4964

I have to say, my favorite yoga inspiration, by far, has been Erin Motz with Do You Yoga. She’s just so easygoing, and her practices aren’t long at all, which fits in perfectly with my lifestyle. She has really inspired me to look into becoming a trainer, after I get a few more hours under my belt, of course.

And for some more workout inspiration, I found this awesome exercise online.

Image belongs to Women's Health

Image belongs to Women’s Health

This kettlebell workout from Women’s Health doesn’t look like it would be that hard, but man did it make me sweat! This is perfect to do while your little one is crawling around, or something quick while he/she is napping. I would not suggest using your baby as a kettlebell though. That could end badly.

Please share any “clean living” and/or exercise inspirations! Post them in the comments or share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #sofreshsoclean. You can also check out my Pinterest for more clean and fit inspiration.

Gettin fit: journey to the skirt

Current weight: 152.5

Two week goal: Yoga every day for 20 minutes, no soft drinks

IMG_3587This has no longer become an issue of weight. I’m seriously just tracking it so I can track my progress. This has now become an issue of being able to fit into this skirt. I got it a long time ago, and I don’t have the heart to do anything to it because it’s old school and if I mess it up, I fear that will never find a skirt like this again. I know it’s just a material item, but its one of the most lovely material items I have ever seen.

So, for now, it hangs on my door as motivation to get off my bum and work out and eat right every day. Shockingly enough, it has been harder to quit soft drinks than it was to quit beer when I got pregnant. Maybe because I knew I just couldn’t have it, that it was easy to quit the booze the day I found out I was pregnant. I never thought I had an addiction to sodas, but now I’m second-guessing myself.

Since I lived on my own, I never had sodas in my house. Why drink soda when there was beer handy? I would drink them when I was out for lunch or something, but that was it. Then I got pregnant and craved Arnold Palmers like nobody’s business. When those weren’t handy, I craved Sprite. Sprite was my gateway soda. Now that my boyfriend and his dad always have soda on standby, it’s so hard to turn them down when I’m tired as all heck and just need a pick-me-up to help me get through the day.

Then there’s the exercise thing. Sure, I could start working out when my daughter naps, but I use that time to clean and work on my blog and other things that are way more exciting than working out. I was working out with her, but then stopped when she got bored of it. I need to start doing that again. For now, I just wait until my boyfriend gets home to hang out with her so I can work out with any interruptions (most of the time). It’s my little half hour of sanity. But then I quit doing that too.

To help kick me into gear with working out, I have started 108 Days of Yoga. It started yesterday, so go figure, I already missed the first day. But I’m going to start that tonight. I’m also doing the Yoga Journal Fitness Challenge but I’ve had a hard time staying on track with that too. Like, it’s on Day 11 and I’ve only completed one day of it, kind of hard time. If I can just commit to twenty minutes of exercise and no soft drinks for two weeks, I will start to increase my amount of exercise time and cut off another unhealthy food. I know myself and I need to go at this at a slow pace. If I get too stressed out about it, I will just quit everything altogether like I’ve done a million times before.

I’m going to post my progress every week on Tuesdays so feel free to follow me on my journey to fitting into that skirt!

Gettin healthy: weight aint nothing but a number

IMG_3191I came to an epiphany yesterday, and I have got to tell you, it’s such a relief to say this. Weight really ain’t nothing but a number. I try and try to reach this magical number and I lose sight on what’s really important, being healthy. Sure, having a number in mind is a great motivator. But it’s not everything.

So, instead of focusing on some silly number, I’m going to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And that is different to everyone. But to me, it means doing yoga every morning, eating healthy (I am still trying to “eat clean” for two of my three meals, simply because I believe in the philosophy), exercising in the afternoon and doing yoga again at night. To me, a healthy lifestyle also means meditating every day and hanging out with my daughter, since she makes me the happiest person ever.

A healthy lifestyle means going outside and gardening, and working on projects around my house that make me feel good inside. It means taking a little bit of time out of every day to be completely unplugged. No music, no computer, no phone. Just me. It means getting more spiritual, knowing that there is something greater than us out there.

To me, being healthy does not mean agonizing over every piece of food I put in my mouth. It means enjoying life, and just getting up every morning and doing something. When I look back at this part of my life, I’m not going to think “Damn. I did really good on that diet.” No, I’m going to think about being a first-time mom, having my garden and having the freedom to do what I love every day.

That was the huge thing for me. I really do have the freedom to do what I want. And yet, I restrict myself every day. So, as long as I stick to working out every day, eating healthy, meditating, hanging out with my daughter as much as I possibly can, working on stuff I love and getting back in touch with my spirituality, I think I’ll be OK.

I have enough stress right now. My diet does not need to be a part of it. I’m not saying I’ll never step on the scale again. It’s definitely a good way to check my progress. But I’m not going to depend on it.

I’ve opted out of the Social Workout account because I felt like it was taking away from what I wanted to do. However, I’m still doing the 21-day Yoga Challenge, and I’m in my 2nd week. I like having something like that to look forward to every morning and it fits with what I’m going for right now.

So, if you find yourself constantly at the scale and the lack of change is frustrating you, just remember that the number on the scale and the number you want to reach are just that. Numbers. Make conscious choices to live a healthy lifestyle, and you’ll do just fine. After all, pure, genuine happiness is much harder to reach than any number. And once you have that, you’re golden.