My Six Week Journey To Better Health {Week One!}

My six week journey towards better! Week one of the journey as a busy mom of five children! | themodestmomblog.com

I’ve started a new journey towards better health. I’m excited to see what will happen at the end of the six weeks, but I’m already thrilled at the end of day two!

Last Christmas I was getting discouraged because I knew I needed to exercise but just couldn’t make the time. I told myself to just let go of the guilt until after Sean finished college in May. Between homeschooling and keeping up with the online work I wasn’t able to add something else at that point.

I was slowly starting to get more serious about working on exercising, but when I saw a six week summer slim down challenge start with Fit Yummy Mummy I decided to jump in and join after we decided to enjoy a longer summer break from school. Monday was the first day of the challenge, and life has dramatically changed for me already!

I’ve struggled with my health since high school. Adrenal fatigue from stress outside of my control, thyroid problems and low blood sugar issues all cause fatigue, anxiety like symptoms (really it’s just adrenaline racing through my body, but the symptoms are like anxiety), my muscles can really burn, and did I mention fatigue? I get so tired of being tired! Good health comes and goes, but the last two years have not been easy on my health. It’s time to refocus and work harder on feeling better.

My goals are:

To tighten my mommy tummy and lose some inches.

To lose 10 pounds (but I’m happy with loss of inches over pounds).

Have more energy. For me this means giving myself the grace to take some afternoon naps, and work harder on resting my adrenal glands.

Be in bed by 10 PM every night (I’m an hour past this tonight, so I clearly have some work to do!).

Do the online videos from Fit Yummy Mummy 2-3 times a week, ย do walk/run intervals at the track 1-2 times a week, and swim 1 time each week.

To drastically reduce the sugar intake. Plan my indulgences and stick with only a few things with sugar in it a week, and keep those healthy.

I want to be strong. I want to be full of energy. If the Lord blesses us with more children, I want to have healthy pregnancies.

Yes You can Exercise With Children! My Six Week Journey Towards Better Health | themodestmomblog.comYou can read my review of my modest exercise skirt here.

So I’m on a mission. This week I’ve been ditching the sugar and white carbs. I’m a huge chocolate girl. I’m guilty of walking by the freezer and grabbing a handful of chocolate chips. About every day.ย Maybe even more than once!ย I’m not committing to never having sugar again, but I need a season of majorly cutting back.

And (this is said ever so sweetly!), yes I know all about the natural sugar options such as stevia, truvia, erythritol, etc. I can’t use stevia, I tried and it gives me major headaches as I have a ragweed allergy. I’m still ย not totally comfortable using the other options, I might try the erythritol, but I want to do more research. I know honey is mentioned in the Bible, and honestly seems the most natural to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

My Favorite Supplements

I have finally found some supplements that seem to be working well. Finally!ย 

I take Armour Thyroid (prescription) twice a day.

Two capsules of Thyromin at night, and two in the morning. The two pills in the morning are to help boost my adrenals, and I’ve been feeling better once I started doing this. This is a supplement that Young Living sells and it is aย special blend of bovine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Thyromin From Young Living has really been helping my adrenal and thyroid problems!

I take 1-2 Super B pills each day. It contains 8 different B vitamins. This is also from Young Living.

I’m also taking Alfalfa pills from T-Tapp, as she uses this with her skin tightening set.

Because I have a thing about swallowing a huge amount of pills, I decided to get the chewable Vitamin C pills from Young Living. ๐Ÿ™‚ Vitamin C is really good for adrenal health, so I just chew a few of these throughout the day.

Super C Chewable

I am still using the magnesium lotion I have previously shared about.

I’m also using my skin brush and my goal is to do that a few times a week to help tighten my mommy tummy.

 

Please remember that I’m just a mom who tries to find things that works for my body. I’m not a Dr. and these are only my suggestions of what is currently working for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve tried so many different forms of adrenal and thyroid support, so I’m happy to be using something that works for me right now.

Reduce Work Related Stress

The last thing I’m working on is to try and reduce some work related stress! I knew once Sean graduated that I would get more help with the business. The first step towards new help is that I’ve hired a friend of mine to help out with the Deborah & Co. Facebook page. Jessica blogs at Candle in the Night blog, and she is a mom of three young children. We both attend church together, so she knows my heart behind my business and blog pretty well. I will still be on the page a lot, but when she is interacting with you all she will sign her name as Jessica, just so you know it’s her! I’m pretty excited to have help, as I know a lot of you mamas know it’s easy to be on the computer too much! When we start school I need to be serious about staying off during school hours. Knowing that Jessica will be around on Facebook is a huge help.

Jessica is a new helper for the Deborah and Co. Facebook page! (Jessica was a model for our Midnight Maternity Stretch Skirt!)

About The Workout Program

The Fit Yummy Mummy plan has always been what I’ve been drawn to the most. I like the concept of T-Tapp, and I understand the reasoning behind Fit 2 B. Everyone has a different personality though. I like sweating in a workout, and I don’t have time for long workouts. I want to know the workout is actually doing something in a short amount of time! Fit Yummy Mummy has 15 minute videos, and when you join the forum you get 2 new videos each month to follow along and do.

The best place to start is her ebook, which is included with her new member plan (you get the ebook for 50% off, plus one month of the forum and her workout videos for $19.99!).

Fit Yummy Mummy does not have modest advertising, you will see a lot of bikini’s on her page. I just do my workouts downstairs in the mornings while my children are doing their chores upstairs.

I have a friend who just had a baby in her 40’s. She went through the Fit Yummy Mummy program and was exercising and eating really healthy before she got pregnant again. She had a much better pregnancy and her birth sounded like it went really good! That inspired me even more to jump in and just start. You can’t hurt anything by starting, but sitting around and just researching everything for months on end can hurt you. No progress is being made as you take forever to decide what workout program you want to use!

I’m going to blog each week with how my progress is going, and what I’m finding works best for me. This will help keep me even more accountable!

I’d love to hear if you exercise, or do you consider chasing children your exercise?ย 

 

Comments

  1. May I suggest trying xylitol as a sweetener? Our family has been very happy with it.

  2. after all those oils you will probably need to rebuild the probiotics in your gut. what do you use for this?

  3. Cherriezzzzz says:

    Since this is a mostly a modesty blog, PLEASE don’t forget to tell us all what you’re wearing and where to purchase! I LOVE your stroller workout outfit and can’t seem to find anything like it, though I have been searching ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a great plan, Caroline! If I may ask, where did you purchase your workout skirt/leggings? It is so difficult to find workout duds that are modest and not inappropriately tight.

  5. CaroLine, I Was Wondering What Brand Your Exercise Skirt/Capri Combo Is Shown In Your Picture Of This Post? I’ve also Recently Been Trying To Exercise, But Still Want To Stay Modest, So It’s Been A Challenge Finding Workout Clothes ThatAre Comfortable But Still Cover ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks For Any Information You May Have (And For Your Blog!)

  6. I know you said you have heard of Fit2B, but I’m gonna talk about it anyway :). I checked out the website you linked to, the fit yummy mummy thing. My biggest concern with that is there is no focus on diastasis and core strength. It’s all about weight loss and fat loss. That’s ok, but the majority of women who have had babies have a diastasis. In fact, I can see it in many of the photos on that fit yummy mummy site. Even though they are thinner, they have weak core strength. Fit2B does have plenty of more intense workouts that will make you sweat. And Beth Learn is one of the most sincere and helpful people I have met online. She is also incredibly intelligent. Core strength is so very important to overall health. Fit Yummy Mummy honestly turns me off with their way of advertising without really saying anything at all about the program. Beth has tons of information on her website that you can access for free, and it’s only $9.99 per month for access to all of her videos.

    • Caroline says:

      I actually have been a member of Fit2B for months, and have tried some of her workouts. I appreciate all her hard work and think she has some great info, but finally came to realize I just couldn’t quite connect with her style of teaching and so I just never did the workouts. That’s not very effective!

  7. Do you take the Thyromin when you’re pregnant and/or nursing? I’m very interested in that! Thanks!

  8. I am always happy to see other moms being able to take time out for themselves and focus on being healthy! I am a Team Beachbody coach, so I use their products to stay in shape. And I drink Shakeology as my morning go to. I have a few health conditions that can only be helped with medications and exercise, so that is my main driving force. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am excited to see how you feel in 6 weeks!

  9. Thanks for the encouragement! I think I will do this 6 week challenge along with you. I already have enough workouts DVDs, I just need to do them!! I also just want to drop about 10 pounds or so along with stopping my mid afternoon snacking!

  10. Oh I hear you on the artificial sweeteners, Caroline! ๐Ÿ™‚ We tried them all and my husband and I came full circle to plain ol’ sugar ( in moderation ) and local honey. I didn’t feel good on stevia and we couldn’t hack the taste, the erythritol gave my bf’ing baby a horrible rash, and xylitol was nasty to our guts. So don’t think you’re the only one! To each their own, I guess.

    Also, I was wondering if you can take those oils while bf’ing? I am an almost-one-year-old who still nurses alot, but I am having trouble losing my last 15 pounds of baby weight.

    This post resonated with me and I thank you! I, too, am a chocolate gal who must fight sugar cravings. I’m definitely going to be following this little series of yours to see how it goes for you and what tricks you might find to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Loosing the mommy tummy is hard task. I have 4 kids under 5 years old…. and between taking care of the kids (youngest is 2 months!), work, husband and running my online modest fashion marketplace, I never have time to exercise. I decided to focus on eating healthier and pay attention to portions – which is also hard – for the past almost 5 years I got used to “eating for two”….

  12. Do u mix the oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil in the capsules?

    • I don’t mix them but I do make sure to drink at least 16 ounces of water within the hour of taking them. & I always eat something (healthy) before/immediately after taking the oils. I only do peppermint, grapefruit, and lemon.

  13. Once you have the oil mixed do you just swallow the recommended drops? mix them with water or another oil or add to food or juice? also what are the veggie capsules? are they vitamins or another supplement?

  14. Stephanie says:

    It’s exciting to start a new health journey. My husband and I started ours back in September when he was having some stomach problems. We now eat an organic, whole foods, plant based diet. It helped me lose the last 10 pounds of my pregnancy weight and my husband lost 50 pounds! We feel great and know we are eating what was made for our bodies Our motto is “If God made it, we eat it. If man made it, we don’t eat it.” I could give you so many pointers and tips. You can email me if you’d like. I’d love to talk to you more about it. I am very passionate about health and nutrition. Good luck on your health journey.

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