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Motivating Mom Elizabeth: Parenting with PTSD

Motivating Mom Elizabeth has overcome some major challenges in her life. It’s a constant struggle, but she is one awesome mom, doing the best she can for her own health and her family.

I discovered that fitness – working out, doing yoga, etc – as well as cleaning up my diet really helped…

It’s so interesting to me to hear stories from different Motivating Moms out there. Elizabeth has a story so different from our past Motivating Moms. She has overcome some challenges and put her health and children first. Regardless of our stories, we are all moms trying to do the best we can.

We’re sharing Elizabeth’s post this week, because PTSD Awareness Day is June 27. Elizabeth’s story is a reminder that all moms fight different battles.

Let’s hear from Motivating Mom Elizabeth!

If you’d like to be featured as a Motivating Mom, send a message to Exploring Domesticity on Facebook or email exploringdomesticity(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject, “Motivating Mommas.”

Motivating Mom Elizabeth - Mom, Vegan, PTSD and trauma survivor

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Motivating Mom Stephanie

Motivating Mom Stephanie is a mom of a toddler and works from home on her business raceHer. She has some great advice for taking care of yourself first, giving yourself grace or calling yourself out when needed.

…moms get in constant caregiver mode and it can feel weird or indulgent to do something for yourself but its all about balance and remembering you are important too!

I love hearing from other moms and how they stay committed to a healthy lifestyle and model healthy habits for their children. Stephanie is a mom who works from home, and has figured out she can’t do it all. She has really inspiring advice about finding the time to take care of yourself, trading off “Parent #1 duties, and taking help where you can get it to be a better Mom!

Let’s hear from Motivating Mom Stephanie!

If you’d like to be featured as a Motivating Mom, send a message to Exploring Domesticity on Facebook or email exploringdomesticity(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject, “Motivating Mommas.”

 Motivating Mommas Stephanie - raising a healthy happy toddler

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100 Kettlebell Swings for 100 Days: Day 25

I’m one quarter of the way through!

Day 25 of my 100 days of 190 kettlebell swings.

I’m really enjoying having something to commit to, and I’ve had no problem getting it in each day.

100 Kettlebell Swings for 100 Days: Day 25

I don’t necessarily think there have been any major changes for the kettlebells alone and my eating has been so-so, but I’m down about 7lbs in these 25 days. Just having something small to focus on helps with each healthy decision I make during the day. If I could get those crazy snack attacks under control, I’d really make some headway.

I’m really enjoying this challenge and look forward to the next 75 days.

What would you like to commit to for 100 Days?

 

WOW Summit: Sneak Peek {WOW Summit Recap}

WOW Summit 2014 was AMAZING!

It was so much more than I was hoping for and I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to meet the wonderful people of Moms Meet, the inspirational and informative speakers, the fantastic sponsors, and all the other amazing moms!

If you’ve ever been to a conference, you can relate to the overwhelming desire to write about everything, and the inevitable blog absence that comes from not knowing where to start.

I figure I should just jump right in by at least giving you a bit of a teaser until I can wrap my head around it all.

First, there’s the Caribe Royale resort!

Caribe Royale Orlando Florida, WOW Summit 2014

So gorgeous!

There was also a great little kids area with a small pool and playground.

Caribe Royale kiddie pool - WOw Summit 2014

There were so many amazing talks. I left full of information, excited about new-to-me products, and inspired!

WOW Summit 2014 schedule and Suja

Believe me, I have so much to say about it all, there will be WOW Summit Recaps for days. But it’s all completely interesting and amazing stuff! There might even be some freebies for ya!

Speaking of freebies, I left with two of the biggest, heaviest bags ever FULL of stuff!! I love it all! I can’t wait to try it all and share it with you!

WOW Summit 2014 swag bags

I highly recommend WOW Summit for awesome information about raising healthy families, exposure to some of the best brands out there, and inspiration and sisterhood from being with other moms!

The exact location for next year hasn’t been decided. I’m rooting for Minnesota – they didn’t mention it as an option but I’ll try to make a strong case. Otherwise, I better start planning now to afford a flight out because I don’t want to miss it!

Keep checking back and I will start to share some of the things I learned and the brands and people I met!

Words of Wisdom from Jane Austen {Quotables}

Who else is obsessed with a good quote???

I totally am. Some people can say something that just touches you right when you need it.

I used to read all of Jane Austen’s novels more than once for just after high school and I picked up a collection of her personal quotes and quotes from her books. I found it at my parent’s house recently and loved going through them.

The first couple on the list are ones I love that really hit me right now, and the rest are ones I couldn’t leave out…

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: Pursuits {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: Preparation {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: Deserve {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: Intimidation {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: hope {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: Life {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: Importance {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: people {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: opinion {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: charm {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: home {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: selfishness {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

And just because this made me giggle… 🙂

Jane Austen Words of Wisdom: insult {a page full of Jane Austen Quotes}

Do you love to find quotes that hit close to home? How about for motivation?

What is your favorite?

Are you a Jane Austen fan? What is your favorite book?

Jillian Michaels: Thanks for the Kick in the Pants! {30 Day Shred and BlogFest}

Ok you guys, let’s be real…

I have literally had no significant weight loss since November. Womp womp…. I can’t remember exactly where I was at before our Florida vacation, but I have basically gone up and down within the same weigh “decade” ever since.

I don’t know what my problem has been… I’m proud to say healthy eating, moderation, and exercise have been on my mind the majority of the time, but I’ve only been doing enough to maintain instead of lose.

I’m a lot more comfortable in my body now, so that may be affecting my motivation, but I still have a looong way to go.

Thinking back on all the time that feels wasted – I say feels because I know in my heart that it wasn’t – I did not gain, I ate good foods (for the most part), and I exercised more than I did years past. Most importantly, I fed my family healthy meals and continued to make small changes and be the example I want my children to see. – has really given me some drive to buckle down and get it done!

Enter Miss Jillian Michaels.

30 Day Shred

I recently happened upon a major score that has given me my motivation back! The 30 Day Shred DVD that I’ve been coveting, but for some reason felt I wasn’t going to buy until it was on sale, was at our local Goodwill for $1.99!

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Tips

Talk about fate!

I’d been eyeing that DVD for nearly a year now and, after being completely inspired by hearing Jillian speak at BlogFest, I found it for a steal!! It has really given me that extra boost I need and I’m loving it!

30 Day Shred – Level 1

I thought this was a great workout. I love the blocks of strength, cardio, and abs. The short time is totally doable. I did that on day one and, by day two, felt ready to try Level 2.

30 Day Shred – Level 2

This one stepped it up a little bit, but was also completely doable and I didn’t feel like I was pushing too fast. I loved feeling challenged with sweat pouring into my eyes by the end with double jump rope. I also had a little problem that other moms of two can understand with the jumping. 😉

Tip: Many of the movement combine squats with arms, and I found to really helpful to position myself over my coffee table so I could gauge how far Down I was going while concentrating on the arms with the weights. It also adds some security so I couldn’t fall far if things got too tough.

30 Day shred – Level 3

I haven’t done this one yet. Any tips? Is it a big step up from Level 2? I’d love to hear about it!

Jillian Michaels Key Note Speaker at BlogFest

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to hearing Jillian speak as the Key Note speaker at IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink!

I know her style is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love her! If you watch Biggest Loser, as I do, you get some glimpses into the awesome trainer she is instead of just focusing on the yelling. I also saw her at the Biggest Loser 15 Finale, and she seems really goofy and funny too.

Jillian Michaels: love her or hate her? -- Love her!

Jillian addressed us all as peers and was so motivating! For those if us who weren’t already fans, she converted more than a few!

She started off by saying that she has been very lucky; however, luck is simply preparation meets opportunity. She was prepared and believed in herself! She advised us all to make specific plans, and look at things with a business mind, but know our weakness and get help.

Jillian Michaels: Key Note Speaker at IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink

Funniest tip

“Don’t mess with hot yoga! … Or the vegans!”

I guess Jillian took a lot of “heat” for not enjoying hot yoga. The way she told this story was so entertaining, but her overall message was to be open to anything and the best approach to fitness is a holistic approach. Different things work for different people, and that is why there is room and opportunities for everyone. Be flexible and have an open mind, because the best approach is a holistic approach.

My favorite take-away message

“Why not me? I deserve it. We’re all worthy.”

Fear is pervasive and corrosive. Every failure is an entry point for learning, and 99% of the time mistakes are recoverable. If you don’t fail, you haven’t tried hard enough.

There are really only three scenarios:
1. You try, and fail.
2. You try, and you succeed.
3. You do nothing, and the worst scenario will happen anyway.

With neglect always comes decay! Regret comes with the chance we didn’t take. Failure does not equal regret. Learn and move forward intelligently.

It was so great to get her perspective on things. Jillian was so motivating and really funny! The stories she told were littered with profanities and very real and funny. It was like talking to one of your girlfriends – your super-successful celebrity girlfriend with a rockin’ body and more money than you’ll see in your life.

What do you thing? Jillian: love her or hate her?

Have you done the 30 Day Shred? Any tips for Level three?