After an awesome weekend in Miami celebrating fitness I thought this would be the perfect timing to break my blogging hiatus with a fun recap!
This was my first time getting to compete at Wodapalooza - I have done the individual online qualifiers in the past (2015-2018), took a fitness break and had a baby (2018-2019), then did the team qualifiers for fun this year and we ended up making it! We competed in the Intermediate Team Division and it was a really fun experience - Just getting to be there, experience everything live, and catch up with old friends made it really special.
For a long time competing at Wodapalooza was a big goal of mine. After having my daughter I pretty much gave up on the idea that competing in Miami was even an option. Until my gym CrossFit 11:24 asked me to be a part of their team and I knew I couldn't say no. I am no where near as fit as I have been in the past (which was a mental battle throughout the whole weekend) but I am as fit as I could be as a wife, mom, occasional Crossfitter. I say occasional because I barely make it to the gym 5x a week now...usually less lol.
I spent 2014-2018 working hard in the gym to be the best that I could be. I felt amazing during the 2017 season. So after taking 2018/2019 "off" to enjoy mom life and spend time with my family I definitely lost a lot of fitness (totally worth it in my opinion) but it was hard not to think about while in Miami surrounded by literally the Fittest On Earth.
I was so glad to be there with our awesome crew of family/friends supporting us and with my CrossFit 11:24 team who wanted to go out there and have fun! The whole weekend was fast pace - eat, sleep, fitness repeat (my kind of weekend!)
If you have never been to Miami to experience Wodapalooza as a competitor or spectator I would say GO! The whole weekend is jam packed full of everything you can think of - live events with your favorite athletes #fangirl, vendor village with all of your Crossfit needs + more (say goodbye to your money), + loud music and overall just an awesome community of everyone getting together to celebrate life & fitness.
After having the chance to compete this year - I really hope to go again in the future whether that is as a competitor or spectator - Now I really understand why it is everyones favorite competition.
The memories we made at WZA2020 are some of my favorites for sure! Here's to 2021...!
If you are a mom and competed at Wodapalooza or you are thinking about getting back into fitness after having a baby I would love to chat with you! There are so many things that you have to navigate in training postpartum so I would love to talk about things that worked for you or questions you have for me!
*Final event of the weekend!
Today I am coming to you with a fun post about my Christmas cards! If you know me, You KNOW I loveee Christmas. Every year I look forward to sending out Christmas cards, wrapping all the presents, and going overboard with decorations! So this year I was super excited when Basic Invite reached out to me and asked if I would like to try out their Holiday cards. After taking a look at their website - I quickly responded with a YES and began designing my 2019 cards. They had so many fun designs to choose from for regular Holiday cards, Party Invites, and so many others to choose from.
I was so excited when my delivery arrived shortly after placing my order. The cards came in the cutest box with pretty white confetti! It was like opening up a Christmas gift. It even served as a fun entertainment for my daughter for about 30 minutes! I still keep finding her walking around the house with white confetti...not sure where she is hiding it! haha
Another one of my favorite things that came in the box was a personalized ornament! They took one of the pictures from our card and surprised us with a little ornament to hang on the tree. I will love looking back at it every year to remember what our card was that year. I always try to save the real cards but I never know where to put them or save them. So having this ornament will be a fun way to save the memory and hang on the tree each year!
Everything about these cards was so fun and easy. They had so many color and printing options + uploading and sizing pictures was a breeze too. Every part of the cards was super customizable. I was even surprised when I started labeling the cards to mail them out and I realized that the envelopes were already sticky! Who likes licking envelopes?? NOT me! So that was such a nice surprise.
If you are in the market for some Holiday or New Year cards - Take a second and check out Basic Invite! They have a great sale going on right now - 30% off all Holiday cards with the code HOLI30 at checkout. Everyone loves a good sale! Especially on quality products :) I hope you love these cards as much I do! If you end up trying them out or if you have any questions just comment below and let me know.
I'll link their social media below as well!
We’re just over here talking about all the yummy food we’re gonna eat next week for Thanksgiving...🦃⠀
Today is the first day of the Mom Strong Holiday Training and were talking about how to ENJOY all of the festivities without the extra stress 😊⠀
Just a friendly reminder that there are only a few days a year where you can get together with your best friends and family to celebrate good food, another year with your favorite people, and just time to relax 🎄⠀
If you’re one of those people that stresses about a few days off of your normal eating and fitness routines then this is your friendly reminder to just take a deep breath and enjoy the food + your family time 🥘 ⠀
As long as you eat your normal healthy meals around these celebrations and then go right back to your routine afterwards then there is no reason to stress 🙌🏼 - A few days off won’t get you down! So go enjoy your favorite meal, wine, and pie - without the added stress - You deserve it! 😘 Do you have any fun Holiday traditions that you are going to enjoy this next month? Comment below and let me know!
Give me 12 weeks and I’ll show you how to 👇🏼
🌟Find balance this holiday season
🌟Lose the weight and KEEP it off
🌟Start and stay consistent on your health and fitness journey
🌟Find your enthusiasm to workout and stay motivated
🌟Give you a fitness plan that you can do at home so you can be with your family
🌟Find confidence in yourself again
🌟Be happy, healthy, and strong for your kiddos
I’m here to help you reach your health and fitness goals. So let’s take that first step towards changing your life TODAY 💪🏼
The Holidays are the perfect time to take your health and fitness to the next level. Find the motivation and balance you need to feel great around all of the parties and family gatherings. Together we will ENJOY those moments and still reach our goals.
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WHAT YOU GET IN THE 12 WEEK PROGRAM:
🎄12 weeks of daily workouts to get you stronger, leaner, and healthier along with nutrition guidance
🎄1:1 coaching with ME! #accountability
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🎅🏼 Start date: DEC 2ND 🎅🏼Give the gift of Mom Strong this year. Grab your mom or your best mama friend and let's get to work!
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As the holidays are quickly approaching it's time to start thinking about celebrations, parties, and the season of gift giving! This year it's going to be easier than ever and I am so excited to share the gift of BeautyCounter with all of my family and friends. That is why I have created this quick holiday gift guide with my top 5 favorite products - for anyone interested in trying something new but not sure where to start. There are so many fun options for everyone! As a mom looking for clean and safer ingredients in my products - BeautyCounter has stepped up to save the day AND my skin + makeup game :)
1. FLAWLESS IN FIVE: This is my personal favorite! You get to choose from 6 products that best suit you! The best part is that all it takes is 5 minutes to apply it and look amazing for the day :) I chose the tint skin foundation, satin blush powder (date), brilliant brow gel, lip gloss, lengthening mascara, and the touchup concealer pen. These products have saved my makeup game!
2. THE JELLIES: The cutest little gift set of 5 fun shades of lip gloss. A color for any occasion. These would make a super cute gift because they come in the cutest little package! Colors include: raspberry, butterscotch, orange cream, peppermint, and sorbet.
3. GLOW GETTERS TRIO: This perfect little trio will help brighten your skin and give you the best glow. This includes Overnight Resurfacing Peel (everyones fave), Instant Glow Illuminating Cream, and the Illuminating Cream Highlighter In Rose Glow. Talk about feeling fresh faced! These products have changed my skin after having a baby and not having much time to spend on my skin care routine. This is just what I needed for a "pick me up".
4. TRAVEL COMPANION (SHAMPOO): This is a product I bought on a whim while I was looking for a cleaner shampoo and I was SO surprised at how much I loved it. It was so hard to find a good shampoo that actually washed my hair good and smelled amazing. This little travel companion is great so that you can travel and keep your hair care looking/feeling good.
5. COUNTERMATCH RECOVERY SLEEPING CREAM OR COUNTERTIME TETRAPEPTIDE SUPREME CREAM: Both of these are great options to reguvinate your skin and help your face stay hydrated and fresh. The recovery sleep cream is great and keeping your face hydrated and smooth (the perfect nighttime cream) and if you need a little extra boost for fine lines and wrinkles then the Supreme Cream is for YOU!
I hope you love all of these products as much as I do! If you have any questions feel free to comment below and I can help you out :)
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Who would’ve thought that it would take me 9 months after having Emma to want to start lifting weights again. Former me would literally walk in the gym and ONLY want to lift...😂
It’s easy to say while your pregnant “I can’t wait until I can workout super hard again” or “I’m gonna get back into the gym exactly when the doctor gives me the all clear"
I was totally one of those people! But when my “time” finally rolled around to get back in the gym - I wasn’t as ready as I thought I would be!
I started to workout again but it was slow and steady and I honestly haven’t lifted consistently until these last few months. I feel like the 3, 6, & 9 month mark are the months where I noticed I felt a little more like myself again.
You can’t rush the process. Don’t let the pressure of “who you used to be” make you feel in a hurry to get back. Everyone is so different, all you can do is take it 1 day and 1 workout at a time. Then the day will come around where you’ll realize you feel more like yourself again and that’s when you will be ready! Don’t rush the motivation - let it find you and avoid burning out the flame before it’s even lit.
Any other mamas feel like this? When did you return to the gym? Did you wait or jump right back in? 💪🏼
Well the time has finally come! Another RP cut is in the books. This time around was a little different than the first since I had another little human to feed and think about the whole time (other than myself!). There were a lot of adjustments made along the way and in the end I was able to find a new balance that worked well for me.
I ended up pulling the cord on this cut a little early. I could tell my body needed some extra fuel for nursing my baby so I decided the best thing to do would be to stop the cut and start slowly adding in some more calories (insert maintenance). It was the best decision for me and I started to feel better within days. I also continued to see good results which is another reason to trust the process and know that eating more food isn't always something to fear.
On an exciting note: I ended up losing about 10lbs! The same amount that I lost the first time I did an RP cut in 2017. Goodbye baby weight!
The most important part is that I feel great! I am happy with where I am at. I found a new balance after having my baby and that is all I really needed/wanted.
That is what I love about this diet and lifestyle. It helps you find a balance - eating the right amount of food (not under eating or over eating) and then you are able to transfer what you learned into your daily life and still enjoy treats when you want them! If anyone feels lost and confused about food/portions and what to eat in general I highly suggest checking out RP Strength. It has worked for me when I was competing in CrossFit (working out hours a day) and also after having a baby, sitting for hours a day, 3-4 workouts a week, and sleep deprived. RP meets you where you are at. You get as much out of it as you put in.
If you'd like to try RP Strength follow the links below and use my discount code AMELIA10
There are 2 options I am a fan of for RP Strength templates - There are lifestyle templates that really break down the process into simple meals. This plan is good for busy people and anyone just trying to find a little balance/guidance.
The regular diet templates go a little more in depth and give you more detailed meals to follow and base them around your training. I would suggest these to anyone who takes the gym very seriously or who is training to compete in CrossFit or any other sport.
What questions do you have for me about RP Strength or life after baby?
Well, here we are again! The 2nd check-in during my 12 weeks of RP Strength.
This month was a little smoother than the last. I didn't have to battle a bad cold (just a little one) and my schedule was more predictable. As a result I was able to lose 5 more lbs! Yay :)
Starting weight was #159 and now I am at #152. This is pretty close to my weight about the time that I found out I was pregnant last year! Getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight wasn't necessarily the "goal" but it feels good to be back to "normal". Now I just have to find out where my muscles went! lol
I started this month trying to get back on track after my rocky 1st month. I was able to get it together and lose 5 lbs. I ended up going down to the fat loss 1 template and stayed there for most of the month. Flashback to my 1st RP post from this cut and I talked about how I am balancing breastfeeding and trying to lose a few lbs. I ended up starting to feel very drained towards the end of February and I felt like it was coming from the diet. Normally I would push past that feeling but since I am nursing, not sleeping as well, and trying to be energized through the day for Emma...I decided to bump myself over to the Maintenance 1 tab (pretty much means I gave myself more calories). Within a day I was already feeling MUCH better and more energized. SO I will not be cutting my calories any lower from where I am now. I just don't think my body can handle it at this time. I think the maintenance 1 tab is as low as I can go for now. After this last month I will continue to gradually add in more calories. I think by staying on maintenance 1 that I will continue to see results as long as I am consistent. So, that is my goal for these last 4 weeks. Consistency!
Also, side note...I for sure eat more than my template tells me (I like snacks...OKAY!? lol BUT my snacks are consistent so it doesn't affect my diet too much) It's not like I'm sneaking a burger when nobody is looking but sometimes you just need a little snack to keep ya going! No harm done :) Don't get crazy people! It's about balance.
Looking back at January. I think the initial calorie cut was tough on me and that is probably why I got sick a few times. I went straight from eating chick-fil-a and cookies back to my old chicken, rice and veggies. I for sure FEEL better eating cleaner but it has been tough to figure out the balance between breastfeeding and cutting calories. I think I have finally found a happy medium. Through this process I have really been listening to my body. If I was super hungry one day I would give myself a little extra to eat. I was nowhere close to 100% compliant on the diet (and I wasn't the 1st time either). BUT it just shows that RP really just helps you create balance in your nutrition and if you are consistent most of the time you will definitely see results!
Let's be honest...this picture is only here to see how big my lil squish is getting! She likes to steal the show...and I let her :)
So my plan for this last month is to stay on Maintenance 1. Which means I will be eating more calories than I did during the 2nd month (February). It will be interesting to see if I lose any more weight and to take my final "before and after" pictures. I have a feeling I will still lose a few lbs on the Maintenance 1 template (we shall see!)
I'm not putting any pressure on myself this month. I'm using March as more of a practice month to create some balanced habits that will carry me on once I am done with my 12 weeks. I will continue to refer back to my templates after the diet is over too because it keeps me accountable. That is what I like most about RP. I always have something to fall back on when I feel like I am getting off track!
Overall, I'm feeling great now and looking forward to my last 4 weeks!
Have questions about RP? Feel free to drop a comment below and I'd love to help ya out.
Ready to jump on board? Grab your templates HERE and use my discount code "AMELIA10" to save a little. Get ready for the gainz!
If you need some "meal prep" ideas you can download their cookbook. I've been using it the last few weeks and it has saved me a ton of time!
4 weeks goes by fast! It's been a rollercoaster of a month (feels more like 2 months have gone by) haha. But here I am! Checking in on my RP Diet. I am at the 4 week mark and there are 12 total! I started on Jan. 1st at #159 and I have gone down about 3lbs to #157.
I was originally discouraged BUT I have done this before and I know how RP Strength works. The key is to just trust the process. That is also why I make sure to take before/during/after photos to help track my progress. Even though the scale isn’t always moving in the right direction that doesn't mean there aren't other physical changes happening. That was "thankfully" my case today!
This month I started out strong for about a week hitting my numbers and everything. Then my birthday weekend (Jan. 12) rolled around and I had some cake and wine and then right when I was going to get back on track I got a cold. So there were a few hiccups to start out with but nothing that 8 more weeks of consistency can't fix! This is also LIFE and things happen so you can't beat yourself up about it and that's why I love the RP Strength templates. They prepare you for life and help you bounce back when you need it most! They give me a sense of peace knowing that if/when I need to get my diet back in control I have the steps to take to do it.
SO like I said before, I was originally bummed with the scale since it hadn't moved much. Deep down I knew that I didn't work hard enough to see the results I wanted anyway. My goal these next 8 weeks will be to buckle down and stop eyeing the cookies and wine! haha
For the past 4 weeks I have been using my old 1:1 RP templates, but today I got some new ones to hopefully help me dial everything in a little more. Even though my starting weight is about the same as last time, my training and lifestyle are completely different these days. So now I have an updated template to guide me the rest of the way.
On a more fun note though...I am going to post my 4 week progress photos below! This just shows that EVEN though the scale doesn't always go down like you want it - There are still changes happening! You can see that I have gotten a little leaner and I am definitely feeling better overall. I'm still navigating the breastfeeding and dieting part of everything. I also think the whey or casein protein has been upsetting both of our stomachs a little so I am trying to figure that one out! There are plenty of options to choose from so I just have to find the right one for us.
Left (Jan 1) “before”
Right “4 week check-in” ( Jan.27 - 4 months postpartum)
Don't be hatin' on my Uggs either lol
As for my training. It's still been about the same! Usually 4-5 workouts a week. Most days I do Street Parking + accessory work if I can. Some days I just jump into a class workout if I don't want to workout alone. I've also been throwing in some functional bodybuilding. I love accessory work so I try to squeeze some in whenever I can. My favorite program for that is the Awaken Training Series by Marcus Filly. You can check it out HERE.
As always, If you have questions about the RP Strength diet you can email me or comment below! Check out their templates HERE to get started. If you are ready to jump on board you can use my discount code AMELIA10 to save on your templates :)
Heres to the next 8 weeks! Hopefully these new templates will push me in the right direction. I have a feeling they will!
Looking forward to another “check-In” on Week 8!
If you missed my 1st post about starting this RP diet - You can check it out HERE
Interested in reading about my first RP cut from a few years ago? You can go HERE to see my results!
If you start the RP templates and are in need of a delicious protein option you can check out my favorite brand that I’ve been using for 6 years now - TryAboutTime - and save with code AMELIA at checkout :)
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