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It Works and pregnancy…. goes together!

36 weeks and counting! This is my second pregnancy during my It Works “career” and all I can say is, thank goodness for It Works! This feeling is twofold.

My top 3 pregnancy related products!

1). Stretchmark Cream: 36 lbs with my first pregnancy, nearly all belly. No stretchmarks! 2 days before birth:)

No stretchmarks. 36lbs gained. 2 days before birth day!
No stretchmarks. 36lbs gained. 2 days before birth day!

2). Lip and eye cream! In this lovely time where you get little sleep, up multiple times a night, and feeling more than a tad crabby, the lip and eye cream has been amazing. Although, only a nice cup of coffee will help with me not FEELING tired, at least I don’t look so exhausted!

Eye on left, approx. 4 minutes after application.
Eye on left, approx. 4 minutes after application.

3) Protein Shakes.  Snacking is a part of my everyday life, but even more so during pregnancies.  The hard part is finding relatively healthy snacks that will satisfy your cravings and tummy rumblings. The It Works protein shakes come in both vanilla and chocolate, are non GMO, have no fake sugars, and are low on the glycemic index. Best of all, they don’t taste chalky! There are so many different combos of flavors that you can make. It never gets boring and you can tailor it to your mood/cravings that day.

One of the delicious variations to try out!
One of the delicious variations to try out!


My top 3 reasons I love this “job” during pregnancy.

1). Nap times. As anyone who has ever been pregnant knows, nap times can be a glorious thing during the beginning and the end of your pregnancy. Did you know growing a baby is exhausting! Whether it is just one of those days or you slept horribly the night before. Having an OPTION to take a short nap (or 3 hours) is really really nice!

2). Workouts! Fitting in a workout in a normal life can be challenging enough. Add in the feelings of being large, uncoordinated and the reduction in activities you can actually perform working out during pregnancy just gets harder and harder.  I feel so blessed that I have the choice nearly every day to fit this into my schedule. Whether it is a long walk with my son, a run around the neighborhood, or a quick trip to the gym to get on the elliptical I have the ability to fit it in by owning my own time and not being a slave to the clock.

Running, walking, biking.... staying fit!
Running, walking, biking…. staying fit!

3). Quality time with my son 🙂

As the clock ticks down on the time that we have an only child, I am sure every mom starts to get a little sad.  Will you love the second as much as the first? Will second child take up to much time/energy to keep the first one feeling special? Will I ever be able to leave the house and get somewhere on time again?! Those are a few of the scary and anxious feelings of having a second child.  So as the day of a family of 4 gets closer and closer, I hug my little man more than normal, let him run around a little more than normal, and don’t get annoyed when he cries for me at 2am.  You can never get back the time lost and I am grateful for all the time I have with him.

Cherishing the moments as an only child.
Cherishing the moments as an only child.


Re-dreaming time!

Oh dear, it is the dreaded time of the year when everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions. You know those goals that nobody ever keeps and is forgotten about come end of January? Although, I am not a fan of an actual resolution, I do think that this time of year is the perfect time to take stock of what the current year brought you. What were some of your ups/downs? What about the good/bad? Maybe this year isn’t the year you start a new resolution, but maybe a whole lifestyle change? The goal is to always be growing learning, becoming a better version of you, and by this time next year be in a different spot. In order to do that, I think it is important to take a look at 3 things. 1). Reflect 2). Regroup 3. Re-dream

1). Reflect. What did 2014 bring to you? What events happened? What did you do that you enjoyed and you considered a success? What did you do that you didn’t enjoy and that you would consider less successful? Take stock of everything that you did or even didn’t do as well as what you liked or disliked. Life is life and sometimes we have to be doing things that we don’t WANT to do, but if there is a way to change those things and rid them of your life, that is even better!

2). Regroup. Taking that information you obtained in your reflection and figure out what changes you want to make in the New Year. What do you want to keep the same? Obviously repeating bad habits is not a productive way to become a better you. Stay consistent on the things that are working in your life and then find the resolve, time or know-how to fit in the things that you want to do differently. What are your natural talents? Most of us are very hard on ourselves and maybe don’t even know what our natural strengths are. So maybe ask a friend or family member to help you out with this. I guarantee that you have some! Knowing those things about yourself allow you to focus on what comes naturally to you and when you do that, you aren’t fighting against yourself. Plus you normally ENJOY the things that you are good at.

3).Re-dream. What is your goal? WHY is that your goal? It is very important to spend some time on this section. Your goal for 2015 has to be more than just an income amount, job change or the purchase of something. Dig deeper than that. What would that job change mean to you and your family? What would that purchase mean to you and your family? Why are you pushing to reach these goals? If you can connect the real reason for wanting your dream, the emotional connection will keep you pushing through the hard times. I promise you, there will be hard times.  Dream big! Everyone deserves their dreams to come true! So I urge you all to dream big, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate and enjoy the small victories along the way. If your goal is to run a marathon…. Celebrate the new personal long runs during your training period. Celebrate that you are running with more efficiency. Celebrate the fun that you are having. If you focus solely on the BIG goal, you miss out on the journey.

As you reflect over the year, whether in your personal life, career, family, or health are you not really in the place you want to be?  Maybe it is time for some personal development. Read books, get to some events (church, leadership retreats, company conferences), and hang around with people who are in the places you want to be. It is said that you are the average of the 5 people you hang around with most. So who are you hanging out with? Do they inspire you to be the best version of yourself?

As 2014 comes to a close, curl up on the couch with your cup of coffee (or glass of wine) to reflect, regroup, and redream.