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Healthy + Fit Black Friday deals

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Happy holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving day was filled with lots of good food and great company. We went to hubby’s aunt’s house and had a really good time. Next year, hubby and I will probably host Thanksgiving dinner when we are in our new house *prayers up and fingers crossed*.

I made my famous curry coconut chickpeas and a sweet potato casserole.  If you are following me on IG, @simplisticchic_ , I posted the recipe for the chickpea dish in my InstaStories.

Now on to what has arguably become one of the most anticipated parts of the holiday season–Black Friday shopping. I’m not advocating  going into debt on things you do not need but, I am all about scoring a good deal on something I’ve had my eyes on for a while.

On my personal list are some more Nike’s, workout gear, knee high boots, a new car seat for Benjamin, and some much needed supplements. Realistically, only two or three of these will actually get purchased but, we’ll see.

Today, I’m sharing some great Black Friday deals to help you stay fit that you do not want to miss!






What’s on your Black Friday shopping list? 


Fit Life

Top 5 Healthy Living Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s day is this Sunday and I’m sharing the top five healthy living Father’s day gifts for the special fathers in your life.  I have always felt like we (as a society) take for granted how important fathers are to the next generation.  It is an awesome and great responsibility to be able to guide, protect, and educate little, growing minds.  I cannot imagine how different my life may have been if I did not have my father in my life from day one.

This will be my hubby’s first official Father’s day and I want to make it extra special! My father, father-in-law, uncles, and cousins are also some great men in my life who are wonderful examples of what a dad should be.

If you’re still looking for a gift, one of these are sure to show your appreciation for the hard-working man in your life.

  1. Nike men’s running shoes– You can never go wrong with Nike! These lightweight, stylish running shoes will be great for the gym aficionado in your life, or the man who needs a little motivation to get into a workout routine.
  2. Fitbit– this activity tracker can track your heart rate, the number of steps taken throughout the day, your sleep cycle, and how often you workout.
  3. Massage Heights– nothing says, “you’re appreciated”, like an hour-long massage.  Massage Heights is my personal favorite place to relax and release tension with a massage.
  4. Socialite Body Essentials– Natural, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free products for the special man in your life.
  5. Nike men’s running shorts– every man needs some workout gear that can be worn to the gym or just out running errands.  He’ll love these Nike dri-fit shorts!

Links: Nike Men’s running shoes// FitBit// Massage Heights// Socialite Body Essentials for men //Nike Men’s shorts 


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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?

 


PCOS

The Three Women Who Helped Me Get Pregnant

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Hey loves!

I’m just a few days away from hitting the 20-week mark.  Ahhhhh! Yep, halfway through this miraculous journey.

Current symptoms/updates:

  • nausea throughout the day off and on….still (at least the vomiting has ceased)
  • my appetite has picked up a little bit- all I want is vegetable lo mein, fruit, and red snapper
  • I’ve gained a total of 7 lbs, after losing 4 lbs. in my first trimester
  • leg cramps at night- probably from dehydration since water still makes me gag
  • neck and upper back aches like crazy!  There’s a prenatal massage in my near future.

My body has been going through some serious changes.  Most of them have been amazing while others have been more difficult to go through but, I thank God every day for this blessing of being able to carry a life.  I will never take this miracle for granted.

It has truly been a journey to even get to this point and it is still ongoing.  I have to especially thank God for helping me to come across three women who do not even know the role they played in helping me to prepare my body (and mind) for pregnancy and overcoming PCOS.

  1. Alissa Vitti- she is an integrative nutritionist, author of Woman Code, and founder of FloLiving.  I was listening to a podcast last summer that she did with Jess C. Lively and I had to find out more about this lady.  She too, had PCOS and talked about how diet can really change your body.  Alissa was able to get pregnant naturally at the age of 37 after doctors told her that she might not ever be able to conceive.  I wrote down all of the suggestions she gave for dietary changes and I put it into action right away!  I also stalked her FloLiving site almost daily and read all of her tips.
  2. Tierra Goes Green– I love her ‘straight up, no chaser’ approach to giving the facts on living a holistic lifestyle! I have learned so much from reading her website and Instagram posts.  She also gives one-on-one consultations about what to do for your situation and help you meet your health goals.
  3. Gessie Thompson-  I was so inspired when I read about how this beautiful lady fought against fibroids for ten years and won!  Her faith and belief that she would have a baby despite all of the health problems she experienced was truly phenomenal.  She is now a fertility coach and co-founder of the 90-day Hope Beyond Fibroids elimination program, helping other women to take charge of their health and fertility.

I want to thank these ladies for allowing God to use them to help others, like myself to be encouraged and more informed about how our bodies works! I am forever grateful.

To those of you who are praying, wishing, and hoping for better health and/or healthy, natural pregnancies ask God to show you what to do next, and stay in a place of love.  When I changed my outlook on my situation and made up my mind to let go resentment, anger, and jealousy EVERYTHING changed.

“With God, all things are possible”. – Matthew 19:26