Monthly Archives

April 2018

Fab Fit Momma

Total Body Toning Workout

April 9, 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.

Hi gorgeous! Tone, firm, and strengthen your body with this full body toning workout. Eight exercises that will thoroughly engage your muscles and leave you with a full body glow.  All you need is a set of dumbbells, water, and a yoga mat. Let’s get ready to work that beautiful body from head to toe.  

1.) Backwards Lunge with Bicep Curl and Overhead Press

Grab your set of dumbbells and stand with weights at your side. Step one foot back in a backwards lunge and curl as you go down, and then press the weights above your head into the press.  Then back up. Make sure to drive all your weight into your front foot.

Alternate sides for 30 seconds.



2.) Forward Raises:

Stand with dumbbells hanging down in front of you.  (For an extra ab challenge stand on one leg and switch halfway through) Lift dumbbells forward with palm side down.

Do this for 30 seconds.

3.)  Punch It Out

Stand legs shoulder width apart in a squat.  Hold your dumbbells at chest level and punch across your body.

Alternate sides for 30 seconds.

4.) Plank Row and Booty Lift

Come down in a plank position and bring your dumbbells with you. Hold your plank with your booty down and row your elbow up and then other arm.  Then lift one leg at a time up and back down.

Do this for 30 seconds.



 

5.)  Jump Tucks

Stay in plank position and jump tuck your knees in and back out to plank.

Do this for 30 seconds.

6.) Rock the Boat

Sit down and grab a weight.  You can either leave your feet on the floor or lift them, but put a slight bend in your knees and lean back a bit while keeping your back straight. Start with your weight in the middle and then move it side to side.

Do this for 30 Seconds.



7.) Bridge Press

Lay down on your back with your knees bent and weights in hand.  Lift your booty off the floor into a bridge and lift your weights up into a press. When you go down bring your weights down.

Do this for 30 seconds.

8.) Bridge with Tricep Extension

Stay in bridge, but walk your feet a little closer to your booty. This time hold your bridge and lift your weights over your head and bend at your elbows, then lift weights back up for a tricep extension. Make sure to keep your elbows in one place.

Do this for 30 seconds.

Way to kick butt Momma Sitas! If you’re really feeling it go through this 2-3 times!

With Grace and Gumption,

Megan

Subscribe to my email list for motherhood tips, good laughs, conversation, and real OMG momma moments.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: With Grace and Gumption, 2101 Sumac Dr, Forney, TX, 75126, http://withgraceandgumption.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Fab Fit Momma

5 Tips to Stay a Healthy Momma

April 4, 2018

Photo Cred: @kristalee.photography

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.

 

When I get on social media I see all of these moms killing it on the looks scale all while getting their personal agendas done, packing the perfect, organic lunches and still making time to work out.

After my first kid, I would still have a lot of time to do things for myself and workout an hour or more but since we had our second my life has changed dramatically.  There is another human wanting more of me and sometimes I just want to sit on the couch during nap time and do absolutely NOTHING!  Good news is I have found a way to do workouts and still have time to do all the other things I have on my list for the day.



Working out is great but there is a lot more to it than just hitting the gym.  Our bodies have been chosen to be the superhumans who get to juggle their own wants and needs as well as their tiny humans, their husbands, and anyone else in their lives want and needs. We need to be the best we can be to take on all these wants and needs that are being thrown our way.   So I have come up with five tips to help stay a healthier Momma/Superhuman.

HIIT is High-Intesity Interval Training.  It is a form of interval training that is built to get your heart rate up and burn more fat in less time.  These can range anywhere from 15-30 minutes.  It puts our bodies in EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which will leave your body burning calories throughout the rest of the day.

These little beauties are my life saver if you don’t have time to go for a run or a gym class just do a quick HIIT workout.  They are wonderful because it not only increases your metabolism but it is also quick and convenient and you don’t need any equipment. If you need some inspiration follow me on Pinterest. I have a few boards with HIIT workouts, Toning, Cardio, and some Yoga. Click here to head on over to Pinterest.

This usually scares off women.  When we hear the words ‘tone’ or ‘weights’ we think huge and muscular.  What momma wants to look like the Incredible Hulk?  Toning is something that can help women stay strong and burn calories.  All you need is a set of weights and water.  If you do not have weights, your body weight will work as well. Going through a few toning exercises along with some cardio helps us boost our metabolism and look and feel our best.  When we throw in some toning we are getting more calorie-torching bang for our buck.  It’ll keep your body working long after you’ve stopped working out.

 

 I usually do a HIIT workout or go for a run and then do a short toning workout.  They provide a perfect balance to our cardio workouts.  I mean who doesn’t want to increase lean body mass and burn calories more efficiently? I know I do!

Now this one I have a hard time with a lot of times because, honestly, I love coffee and Dr. Pepper wayyy too much!.  If I could, I would drink these two all day but I don’t have that luxury. Your body loses water constantly through breathing, sweating, and digestion so it is important that we rehydrate.  Not to mention as women we need all the help we can get with that water weight. Ugh (insert eye roll here).

It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces.  Someone who weighs 130lbs should be drinking about 65 oz of water.  If water is hard to drink because the taste is so boring spice it up! You can infuse different fruit combinations to help the taste. I struggle to reach my goal ounces throughout the day when I get busy or I just lose count of how many ounces I have drank.  I found something that has helped me keep count and stay on track.  I purchased a water bottle that has times of the day on it to help set a goal of how much water I should drink by that time.  If you are interested,  Here is one. So lets do our bodies a favor and replenish it.



 

This is tough for moms constantly on the go or working or just staying busy with the tiny humans.  Eating lean protein helps keep calories low and fuels our bodies.  Greens help fuel our bodies and get rid of toxins. They are packed with nutrients.  They are also full of fiber to help those of us who are on the struggle bus in that department.  We should try to aim for 2-3 cups of veggies a day.

With a healthier balanced diet we will not just start to look better but we will feel better.  Your body will thank you for taking care of it by fueling it with good foods.  It’s easier to do than we think.  For example, I always do better maintaining this diet if I meal prep my lunches on a Sunday or Monday for the week.  You can do it Momma.

I do not do well in this department… at ALL!  Now, I can go on and on about how much sleep our bodies need, and how if we don’t get enough sleep then our bodies struggle functioning properly during the day, and how if we have rest we can all be the very best mommas we could possibly be, and this is all very true…BUUUT if I am being honest, those moments when I can sleep are like GOLD.  Moments without kids means moments to myself!!! Say WHAAATTT? Is that a thing?

So yes, our bodies need rest and we should all get it but honestly if I can get a moment to myself then I am going to Carpe Diem that sucka and get crazy. Maybe I’ll watch a show that doesn’t include dogs running around town saving the day? Or maybe I will run a bath or read or workout?  Who knows? The possibilities are ENDLESS!!

So while sleep is important, self-care is just as important.  Take time to do something you enjoy or pamper yourself.  When you have tiny creatures hanging all over you and demanding every ounce of you all day, you need those little moments.  These moments are what help keep you sane and help you not lose yourself.

I would love to tell you I succeed…no not succeed…EXCEL in all these areas, but alas, I do not.  Remember, yes you are a mom and you love your tiny humans more than life itself, but you’re not just a mom. You are so much more, you are your own person who needs things too.  So take those moments and remember who you are.  You are loved, you are a super human, you are special, and most of all you kick rear everyday from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.So Carpe Diem momma sita.

With Grace and Gumption,

Megan

Subscribe to my email list for motherhood tips, good laughs, conversation, and real OMG momma moments.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: With Grace and Gumption, 2101 Sumac Dr, Forney, TX, 75126, http://withgraceandgumption.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Coffee Talks

10 Verses for One Tired Momma

April 3, 2018

Photo Cred @kristalee.photography

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

Mommas are known for a lot, but I think one of the most common things I hear is that mommas are so tired… ALL THE TIME.  I get it. I feel like I am constantly complaining about being tired while chugging my coffee.  Being a momma is exhausting.  Not only physically or mentally but spiritually as well.  For some reason the thing that can bring us rest, is the first thing to get pushed aside the fastest.

Mommahood isn’t a job that we can put in our vacation time or sick days, or clock out at the end of the day and put things on hold until tomorrow.  To find balance and rest we have to be intentional.  Why do we as moms feel so guilty about finding rest?  It’s like if we are caught resting we are being judged for not being a good momma and not getting our crap done.  I mean it’s not like we can find a lot of time for rest anyways, so why feel guilty for the times that we actually take advantage of it?

God values our rest and believes it is very important.  He will not judge us for resting because He knows the importance of it, I mean He himself rested on the seventh day, and  He encourages us to take it.  There are many verses in the Bible that speak of the importance of rest.  I mean it’s almost as if the all knowing God of the universe knew that terrible things could happen when we neglect rest.  We can get burnt out, quick-tempered (can I get an amen mommas), resentful, the list could go on and on.

I like to have a journaling Bible that I can doodle in or color in. This Bible is amazing for expressing creativity while reading God’s word.  I am also including color pencils, because you can’t color or doodle without color pencils!!

We need to find our rest IN HIM.  He will help carry the burdens and give us rest we can’t possibly find anywhere else.  So I have put together 10 verses to help whenever you feel like you are in need of some spiritual rest.

 



“14 And He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’

“28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

“10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you

have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

“6 And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’  For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”

“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”



“10 Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

“2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

“8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

“27 And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the  Sabbath.’”



“1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

With Grace and Gumption,

Megan

Subscribe to my email list for motherhood tips, good laughs, conversation, and real OMG momma moments.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: With Grace and Gumption, 2101 Sumac Dr, Forney, TX, 75126, http://withgraceandgumption.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Wading Through Momma Hood

Mommahood Without a Momma

April 3, 2018

Photo Cred: @kristalee.photography

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.

 

This April marks ten years since my mom passed away. It was in 2008 and right before I was to graduate high school.  I can’t even begin to describe how devastating this was for me.

I have had to experience a lot of milestones in life without my mom: Senior Prom, High School graduation, moving into college, my first boyfriend, later marrying said boyfriend, having babies, and raising children. These are just the big events in my life where I have missed and needed her. There are also all the heartbreaking times like my miscarriages, times where me and my husband are fighting, or the times where I get really sick and I still want my momma. All of these are tough but the hardest thing by far has been trying to become a momma without my momma.

 

When my first, Emery, was born I was so emotional leading up to it. My mom wasn’t going to be there and my daughter would never know her. This pain manifested  in ways that made me bitter to where didn’t even want my husbands mom near Emery when she was born. This definitely wasn’t healthy. I just didn’t know how I was to become a momma when my example was gone.

My mom always did this thing when one of my sisters had a baby.  She would be there for the birth and then stay a week after to help with the transition and take care of them. I wasn’t going to have that.I did have a good back up however, my sisters.  They came through for me big time on this!But who was I going to call when I couldn’t figure out why Emery won’t stop screaming, or when it comes time to start feeding her food what do I feed her and how much.? What about all the other details like how to sleep train, potty train, and all the things I need to teach her to be able to tackle life as she grows and changes?



 

My mom taught me a lot of things growing up like how to tie my shoes, how to be respectful to adults, how to work hard at everything you do and how to trust in God with all your heart. All of these things are important but the one thing she never taught me was how to live without her.

I learned a few things through these past four and a half years of mommahood without my momma to help me cope and become the best mom I can be.

When we lose our mothers we learn a few things through that grief. 1.We learn how strong we really are 2. you will always need your mom but you get used to her not being there 3. you will find out how resilient you really are and 4. you will learn to be there for yourself. That last part can be a bit unhealthy. I held everything in and thought no one could understand me or help me the way my mom could. I mean how could they? They weren’t hormonally programmed to. So it was a slow process for me but I learned to admit I can’t do everything on my own and that I don’t know everything.  It’s okay not to know everything the instant you become a mom. We don’t magically know all the answers once our baby is born. Once I began admitting I needed help and more importantly ACCEPTING that help, my life and my grief became easier.



In no way does anyone replace your mom but other moms can help give you insight. For me this came mostly from my two sisters. Between the two of them I feel like I was set alright. My sister Shannon is my go-to pediatrician for literally anything and she is as close to my mother as I can get when it comes to parenting. She parents a lot like her and not to mention, she was 18 when I was born. My sister Kim is my calm and voice of reason, and both fill voids of motherly wisdom and praise. So even though it’s not your mother, having other moms walk along side you can help.

He may not understand what you’re going through but he understands how hard being a parent for the first time is. I mean, he is going through first time parenting with you. Learn to talk through what you/re feeling emotionally with him and allow him to help when and where he can with your baby. Allow him to comfort you and take care of you from time to time. As mommas we feel we have to uphold the image of being strong and that we can do it all ourselves.We are strong but we have a life partner there to help hold us up when we can’t manage to.

I would not have been able to survive my momma’s death if I didn’t have my faith. My mom was a very quiet introvert but she taught me silent strength and how to stay strong in your faith in tough times. She showed me how to show the love of Christ to others without needing praise for it. She taught me the greatest gift you can share with your kids is Jesus. These are the things I will pass to my kids. This is part of the legacy she left to me and I will share this gift daily with my kids. I want them to see Jesus in their momma just as I saw Him in mine.



Another thing that my mom left me that I know I can give to my kids is presence. Be there.  Be active.  love unconditionally. All those other details and questions of mommahood pale in comparison to this. I never doubted if my mom loved me or cared about what I was interested in.  I never doubted if she was proud of me. This is one of the greatest gifts I could give my children. So I will be present and constantly let my kids know how much I love them and how proud of them I am.

As hard as it is to go through mommahood without my momma, these five things have helped me survive. My kids may never physically meet their Nana but they will know who she is through me and through the legacy she’s left for me to pass on to them.  So if you’re trying to figure this mommahood thing out without your mom just admit you may need some help, rely on others and your husband, depend on your faith, and be so so present in the life of your kids.

With Grace and Gumption,

Megan

Mummyitsok

 

 

With Grace and Gumption is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.