The Jillian Michaels App: Week 2

Read about week 2 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels App! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 2.5 lbs!

It’s Tuesday so it’s time for another update! If you’ve missed the previous posts on why I’m on this fitness journey, click here, and how week one went, click here.

So this week was a weird one. I’ve never been so sick. I’m so congested that I can’t smell or taste anything and my face hurts. Not fun. In the past I’ve turned to comfort food when I’m not feeling well, which of course is so counterproductive. I felt so nauseous and icky my whole pregnancy, so I comforted myself with pizza, donuts, potatoes, etc. I know it makes no sense to eat junk food when you feel sick, but I’m an emotional eater. This time though I consciously made the decision to nourish my body with healthy food rather than giving in to emotional food cravings. And I did really well!

I ate according to the vegan meal plan in the Jillian Michaels App for the most part. My appetite was really weird so sometimes I ate different things but I stuck to healthy options.

I lost another 2.5 lbs for a total of 6.5! I was worried I was undoing my progress by not exercising but clearly sticking to healthy food makes a big difference.  Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: Week 1

Read about week 1 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels app! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 4 lbs!
Here’s my weekly check-in for the Jillian Michaels program! You can read more about the start of my journey here.

Week 1 went really well. All of the recipes were delicious and satisfying. The workouts were HARD but I’m proud of myself for pushing through them and doing what I can. I’ve needed to move around the workout days and rest a bit extra, I don’t get a restful night sleep because my baby wakes me to nurse every few hours at night. I don’t want to get burned out and give up so I’m trying to make sure that if my body really needs rest, I rest. If I’m just a bit tired or not feeling like working out, I’ve pushed myself to do it anyway and always feel great afterwards! I actually quite enjoy my time at night after I put baby Evelyn to sleep- I workout, take a shower, and enjoy my healthy dinner in peace and quiet. It’s the “me time” I’ve been desperately needing. Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: my new journey to fitness

Follow my journey as I push myself with the Jillian Michaels App so I can be the fit, active mom I want to be!

I’m doing something a little different today! My passion is healthy cooking but what goes hand in hand with that is fitness. This is a bit of a sore subject for me. Truth is- I’m embarrassed.

I was always a bit overweight my whole life, then went through an eating disorder and got way way too thin, then put the weight back on. But while I was in university I got myself really fit and healthy. I ate well and I worked out like a BEAST 5 days a week, lifting heavy weights and feeling strong and confident. I kept this up for several years.

It pains me to say, that all fell apart. I struggle with anxiety and it hit me HARD a couple years ago. I stopped working out because I felt so lethargic. I started eating for comfort. I started to put the weight back on. Then when I got pregnant about a year and a half ago, my comfort eating got out of control. I was very sick my entire pregnancy, intense nausea and horrible heartburn. The only thing that calmed down the stomach acid for a bit was eating, especially starchy foods like bagels. I ate lots of pizza, bagels, donuts, etc. Of course I felt awful afterward, but I’ve always been an emotional eater and pregnancy only intensified the issue. Continue reading

Yoga for Back Pain: 5 poses for a healthy spine

These 5 easy yoga poses will help release stiffness in your spine and promote flexibility.

Got back pain? This post is for you! I have chronic back pain and I’m constantly searching for ways to ease the pain. Today I’m specifically talking about ways to keep your spine healthy and mobile. I’ve always had some issues with my tailbone area of my spine but when I was pregnant it got extremely painful. It felt like my lower spine was all out of place and crunching on nerves. Ouch! Since I started doing yoga for back pain and stiffness, I’ve felt SO much better and I want to share my tips with you!

Yoga can help make your spine feel aligned and flexible instead of stiff and painful. I volunteer at a local non-profit community centre so I’m lucky enough to get free yoga classes. I’ve become friends with the instructor and turns out she also has that stiff, crunched feeling in her lower back! There are several yoga poses that we do that are an absolute lifesaver and today I’m going to share them with you!

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