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Preggo Fitness Motivation

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Hey loves! I’m 25 weeks today and I’m just now starting to workout a little more consistently.  By workout I mean, walking briskly for 20 minutes and exercises with light weights (squats, lunges, etc.).  Nausea still lingers throughout the day but, it is not as bad as it was in the early weeks and I’m not throwing up anymore.  I wish it would go away altogether but, that does not seem to be the case right now so I’m sucking it up and learning new ways to deal with it.

Finding the motivation to workout has been really tough but, I know that it is important to my body and mind, my baby, delivery, and that snapback that I so desperately want.  I’ve been turning to Instagram and Youtube  to help me out since I don’t have a trainer right now.

There are a few fit, fly mamas on Instagram that encourage me to get myself up and workout.  They all have effective workout videos that are preggo-safe and can be done in the comfort of my own home while still giving me the results I need.

A little tidbit of advice from experience though– use other people’s journey as encouragement but, do not compare yourself to them.

I used to find myself looking at some of these women who had the energy to workout every single day and I would get so down about myself because I was still too sick to workout like I wanted to.  Also, their bellies at 30 weeks looked smaller than what I saw when I looked in the mirror at 16 weeks and it was discouraging.

Every woman carried differently and everyone’s body is different.  Enjoy your own journey through this miracle of carrying life!

If you’re with child and looking for some fitness motivation, check these ladies out on Instagram (and remember to always check with your doctor first before beginning any type of workout regimen, especially while pregnant) :

@healthcoachhj

@loveazja

@ashleywade_fit

 

My current YouTube pregnancy workout video and channel rotation include:

  1. 6 minute pregnancy workout with Blogilates
  2. Prenatal cardio dance workout with @KeairaLashae
  3. 5 minute Maternity workout
  4. Exercises to relieve back pain during pregnancy

What are your favorite exercises during pregnancy and postpartum?

 


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The #1 Way to Live Your Best Life

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Hey loves!

I can not believe 2016 is about to come to a close but, honestly I am ready to see what great things are in store for the future.  It’s a little scary and intimidating to think about sometimes but, I’ve learned to plan as much as possible and leave the rest to God.

Being newly married and 4 months pregnant, my planning has been in overdrive!  I try as much as I can to keep calm and plan for each day but… READ MORE


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Come on In, 2017!

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This past year was full of ups, down, tears, laughter, frustration, and miracles! I am still amazed that  I got engaged, married, and pregnant naturally despite what doctors were telling me for the past few years due to my PCOS diagnosis.  I am really humbled when I think about how God has answered my prayers even during the times when I like He wasn’t hearing me.

I am wishing the very best 2017 for all you.  Thank you for all of your support of Simplistic Chic through the years and for going on this journey with me!

Never give up on your dreams and never stop believing that God can take you through whatever you are facing.


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Skin 101: Masks

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Sundays are my days to reboot, relax, map out my goals for the week, and do a little pampering. One thing that I do for sure weekly is a face mask.  They have many benefits and always take my skin from dull to smooth and glowing every time.

Some of the advantages of face masks include:

  •  tightens the pores
  • removes dead skin cells
  • hydrates the skin
  • removes excess oil

I have oily skin that is sometimes prone to breakouts periodically so, face masks are a must-have for me.  When I skip using masks for a few weeks, my face looks like oil slick city (super frustrating and really not the look I’m going for).

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Whether you have dry, aging, oily, or combination skin there is a mask that is specially formulated to help you reach your skin care goals.

Some of my favorites right now are:

  1. Aztec Indian Healing clay mask with apple cider vinegar– this is the mask I use when I’m having serious skin issues and need help quick! It is super powerful and you can feel the mask actually pulsating, working to get those impurities up out of those pores.

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2.  Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin enzyme mask – I picked this up from Sephora a few months ago and although it is a little pricey, it is well worth every penny!  It has a very light, pumpkin scent and it doubles as an exfoliator and a mask.

I gently rub it all over my face–very gently– and then let it sit for about 2 minutes so that the enzymes can take effect.  I rinse, apply a little moisturizer, and my skin is left baby soft smooth with the right amount of hydration.  This is definitely my new favorite.

What’s your favorite skin care mask?