Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Workin' It Wednesday: Taking Back Control of my Life!

Even though I am not quite on summer break yet (1 more day with the kids, 1 half day for teachers), I just found this Workin' It Wednesday linky party hosted by the lovely Corinna over at Surfing Through Second and I just couldn't resist! I am such a fitness junkie so this was right up my alley!

This year has been a rough one for me. I haven't shared this information publicly yet, but I feel that if I am going to take back control of my life I need to be open and honest with everyone, including myself. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about a year and a half now and found out back in February that I am infertile. We still aren't entirely sure where the problem lies so the last few months have been a whirlwind of treatments, exams and procedures. All of this on top of the stress of not knowing my school placement for next year and getting into a car accident just yesterday. Like I said, rough year. 

I haven't gained (or lost) any weight but I am losing all of my strength/definition which I worked really hard for! The hormones have really taken a toll on me, physically and emotionally. And the hardest part has been the mental struggle. My Drs. think that my exercise may be a factor in my infertility so now it is a constant mental struggle between wanting to work out and wanting to get pregnant. I feel like I have to choose. Needless to say, since all of this started I haven't worked out much. I haven't really known how to workout with all this new information. 

I used to workout all the time. My friends would describe me as "intense"when it comes to working out and I am okay with that. When I am feeling like "myself," I work out 6 days a week; running and cross training. I have completed p90x 3 times and Insanity twice. Exercise is such a big part of who I am, correction, was. I feel like my infertility has taken away a huge part of me. And that ends now!

One of the things that is helping to motivate me right now is this fitness challenge group on FB that I am a part of: Summer Sweat! It is a group of women who are all dedicated to health and fitness and are so inspirational. It is great to have that support and sense of community. We post recipes, exercises, struggles, successes, motivational quotes, and especially sweaty selfies! If you want in, let me know! It's never too late to join :)

I am also registered for the Color Run in September! I can't wait! I have ALWAYS wanted to do the Color Run but haven't strengthened my knee enough. I'll be honest, it's because I haven't made it a priority. But I am already signed up so there's no going back now!

For my weight training, I am going to start this program again! It is from Don't let the name fool you! It is much more intimidating than the program really is! It is a 12 week program that utilizes equipment at the gym. Each day you have 6 exercises to complete. Easy peasy! And you will see results FAST! At least I did last time! If you want in on that click {here}! You register and then your workouts are emailed to you daily! 

I may also try to mix it up with Insanity. I find that I get bored of my weight training quickly. Insanity is horrible, but I love it. Sean T is my workout boyfriend, but don't tell Tony Horton, we used to a be a thing. haha

Another big goal of mine for the summer (and always a constant battle) is my water consumption, or lack there of. I usually only make it to a measly 17oz. a day. Yes, you read that right, 17oz. a day, don't judge me. My goal for the summer is to drink at least 64oz a day. That should be easier now that I will be done with school and can go to the bathroom wherever I want. 

Is it sad that I look forward to that so much!?

 I have gotten a lot of hype about this amazing water bottle of mine called the Hydracoah. It lets you set a water goal and then tracks your intake each day and lets you know how close you are to reaching your goal! You can get this bad boy on Amazon, and trust me, it is $30 well spent! Just click the image above! 

I would love to hear from all of you! What are your health and fitness goals!? Let's help by supporting each other! If you want in on that FB challenge group thingy, let me know! It definitely helps with accountability!

And lastly, 

{Click here} for a fitness index I found on Pinterest. Just in case you are like me and get bored of your workouts quickly! This link has a TON of workouts to help you switch it up!

Even writing this got me excited to get my life back!

Let's make like Nike and JUST DO IT!


  1. Wow! You have inspired me!!! I love reading about workout junkies! You also reminded me I need to go fill up my water bottle right now. I did the Color Run last year with my daughter and it was so fun, you will love it. I am so sorry to hear about your infertility, I had the same issues and many others. I finally got pregnant at 33 with only 1/4 of an ovary left! Amazing things happen everyday :) I am so glad you linked up!

    Surfin' Through Second

    1. Thank you so much! That put a smile on my face. Amazing things do happen every day so I am trying to take this journey one step at a time!

      You should go get that Hydracoach! It will change your life! ;)

  2. This post is great! I am also trying to get in my water this summer. I will be checking out this hydracoach for sure! Shaun T is a beast and I have tried to complete Insanity. I always come up with some excuse, maybe this will be another fitness goal for me to complete it for once! Best of luck with your Color Run (it looks so fun)!

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

    1. Do it! It is seriously the best $30 I've ever spent. It really holds me accountable because it tells me how much I've drank and how far I still need to go!

      Shaun T is a beast for sure, but it definitely made me feel good to see him struggling too! You can totally do it!

  3. I SO needed to read this! I too have been struggling with infertility for about a year and a half! I gained weight and let it make me a bitter person! Since January I have started getting back on track and exercising and eating right! I would love to join the FB group! Prayers for you because I know just how depressing it can be!

    1. It's so hard! Especially when you don't have people in your life who understand the struggle! I wish you the best of luck as well!

      As for the FB group, just find me on FB (Tasha Emmerson) and I will add you! I am excited you are going to join this! The women are so amazing and supportive, it is definitely a motivator to get started again!

  4. You go girl!! You are definitely an inspiration! I can totally relate to having to strengthening your knees to run and Tony Horton being a workout boyfriend- P90X3 is amazing! Shaun T are still working on developing our relationship. I would love to be apart of your FB accountability group. With school out I fear everything I have worked for this year is going to fall apart. Wishing that everything will work out for you!

    Apples and Papers

    1. I just sent you an email so we can add you to that FB group!! I'm excited you are going to join!

  5. So sorry to hear about your infertility! I have the same hubs and I have been trying for about 4 years now, off and on. We've tried IUIs a couple of times, but are not just stepping back for a break. Good luck with everything!

    BTW I wanted to comment back on my blog, but you are a no-reply blogger! Did you know that?

    Teachery Tidbits

  6. Oh gosh. I am sorry to hear that! It is so emotionally, physically and financially taxing. I wish you the best of luck as well! It is nice to know that I'm not the only one struggling with this! :)

    And I did NOT know that! Thank you for letting me know! How do I fix that? haha

  7. So glad I found your blog. Great post, you were talking to me...weren't So sorry about your struggle with infertility I will keep you in my prayers. Miracles do happen, you just have to keep the faith. I know that is easier said then done.

    About 5 years ago I got serious about my health and fitness and lost 50 lbs. I was doing really well to maintain, I like you, was working out 5-6 days a week and loved it. I had built up some muscle definition I was really proud of. Due to some other health issues I had to stop working out for about 6 weeks. During that time I just lost all my motivation. It has now been almost a year and a half later and 20 lbs back on and I have not made it back to the gym. I told myself as soon as school was out I was going to join boot camp and go everyday so that when school started back I would be in the routine and it would stick. I have been out of school 1 week and I didn't stick with my plan. You have inspired me to get it together! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I would be interested in the facebook group you mentioned as well.

    Congrats on your position for next year too!

    Luv My Kinders

    1. It can be so hard to get back into working out once you fall off. But you just gotta make it a priority! Find me on fb (my personal account) and I'll get you into that fb group! It will definitely help witht accountability!!

    2. It can be so hard to get back into working out once you fall off. But you just gotta make it a priority! Find me on fb (my personal account) and I'll get you into that fb group! It will definitely help witht accountability!!


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