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Abs really are made in the kitchen. Meal planning and prepping used to freak me out, so I know what you are thinking. I take the approach to better nutrition in baby steps to help you be successful long term.
My journey started by committing to the infamous 90 day at-home workout program, P90X®. I know one of the many programs my company has will help you get started on your journey, too.
My main goal for you, whether you're visiting my page for one minute or stay on your journey with me for life, is to develop your self love. Self love is so important, especially for former competitive athletes and teachers that care a lot about their jobs.
Mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health. It’s the reason I invested in a life coach as well as a therapist in my late 20s. Follow my journey and join my team to get this same support and guidance on your mental health journey as well.
It's hard to start new goals alone, especially workout and nutrition goals. I needed my husband, Cody, as my accountability partner when I first started my journey. If you don't have a spouse or friend to rely on, that's what me and my team are here for.
Hope, Emily S., Abbey, Emily J., Haley, and Meg are just a few names you'll come to know as your best friends and mentors. I KNOW your name belongs on this list someday!
Latest Blog Posts
Motherhood: the most beautiful messes 😊❤️.Like laundry all over the floor because he is just mimicking how you take the laundry out of the basket..Or spit up all over your new shirt, that missed the burp cloth, after babe had a good feed..Or toys, Tupperware, pots, & pans, all over after playing in a room..What beautiful messes do you have in your home? ⬇️
5 best tools/things I use on a daily basis:
1️⃣ Michael’s weighted straw cup. Michael can use this independently now. When we first started him on solids/purees at 6 months old we started introducing water at meals. I only give him about an inch full worth a day, which he doesn’t even drink it all (usually he spits it out once he gets it in his mouth 😂)2️⃣ I love our (newish) @ninjakitchen blender that has a smoothie setting and an individual cup attachment.3️⃣ I use our bow flex weights all of the time in my workout videos. They are chunky sometimes for some moves but overall love how easy it is to change my weights.4️⃣ Michael eats in his high chair for all three meals a day now (and sometimes for snacks or watches me cook in the kitchen) so I knew we had to get a nice chair and I LOVE our Jeep high chair for him.5️⃣ No picture for this but MOMMAS I am still using a boppy to breastfeed Michael so definitely invest in one of those if you plan to breastfeed!.I know these are random but of course it’s a mixture of things Michael uses too, duh..Mommas ⬇️ what tools and things are you […]
Play it safe
My whole life I played it safe, kept my head down, and kept quiet..When my therapist asked me last year what my worst injury was as a gymnast, I laughed and said “I broke my big toe and had to get pins put in it. I was always scared of getting hurt so I was always cautious.”.I’m also not one to voice my opinion. I often go with the flow or let someone else choose where we are going or what we are doing. I sit back and listen to conversations instead of trying to talk over others..Can you relate to me yet? 😂 If you can, I want you to know that there is nothing wrong with you. You might wish you could be more outspoken or not afraid of confrontation, but hey, it’s gotten you this far in life. We all have flaws. Sometimes our flaws become our strengths..For me, it helped me work my butt off in getting a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to college. It has helped me be an amazing mom..There is nothing wrong with you. The only difference between me and you is I just decided I wanted to inspire others who were like me […]
9 months old
One day late posting this, but our little peanut is 9 months old! 😭.This past month, Michael has:.🦷 gotten his two top teeth, making his total teeth count now 4 (with the two next to them on their way 😬)👀 learned to crawl!!🕺🏻been standing on his own using anything he can reach and climb up with, like the couch🫐 tried lots of new foods: beets, lamb, feta cheese, saganaki, sausage, asparagus, Cheerios, and strawberries🙈 said some new words, like “yeah,” “no,” and “wow”.“Alexa, order drawer and cabinet latches.” 😂.It’s been so cool to see how excited Michael is every month as he grows and can discover new things. The pure joy on Michael’s face when it happens just melts my momma heart. ❤️
Mommy win and mommy fail
Being a mom is hard, y’all..I’ve been listening to the podcast @mamasaidpodcast this week and love it. Great humor for my fellow mommas out there who need a good laugh after a tough day. I wanted to share my own mommy win and fail from this week like they do on the show..Mommy win: I’ve been able to consistently work my online coaching business before bed this whole week. Even if it’s only a few minutes of work for each task I like to work on, it’s better than what I’ve done all month..Mommy fail: Finding that leaf in Michael’s mouth last night. 🤦🏻♀️ I can watch him so carefully but the minute my back is turned just to do one thing in the kitchen, that happened..What’s a mommy win and a mommy fail from you this week? ⬇️⬇️⬇️
You are strong, momma
For any new or soon-to-be mommas: you are stronger than you think you are..Take it from me! I was a basket case leading up to Michael’s birth. I did NOT want a C-section and all the drugs that came with it. I read so many books, listened to hours of podcasts, & we hired a doula in hopes to have an all natural birth at the amazing natural birth center at our local hospital. I’m all about health and fitness so I physically thought I could do it and I also didn’t want any drugs to get into Michael’s system to possibly have breastfeeding go wrong. I knew this wasn’t the case for all babies but I thought that might happen if I decided to get any kind of drugs during labor/delivery, and I really wanted to breastfeed..I’ll spare you the details (I did post my five part birth story if you scroll back some posts) but eventually I did end up needing an emergency C-section. Myself, my doula, my husband, my midwife, the nurses & doctors did all they could but there was no way Michael would have come vaginally. Idk if it was the drugs or my own […]
Arlene has been the best coach/mentor I could ask for! For almost a year I’ve learned so much from her in order to change my lifestyle and become a much healthier and happier person. She is SO inspirational and keeps me motivated to make the best decisions for me on even my craziest and most stressful days. I’m incredibly thankful to have her as a coach and friend along this journey!
Arlene is the most supportive and compassionate person that I know- which makes her an amazingly inspirational coach! She is not afraid to share and is always there to listen. Arlene not only helped me physically, but has been a support for me emotionally as well. I feel lucky to call her a friend.
Arlene is absolutely amazing. She is super supportive, so encouraging, and walks with you through your journey. Her positive attitude draws you in and makes you feel super comfortable. I was able to finally finish and entire workout program, while being encouraged by her, for the first time ever. Thank you Arlene for you time,.effort, support, love, and encouragement �
It’s been fun connecting with Arlene over the past year through health and fitness. We have known each other since… middle school I think? Arlene is a great support and accountability partner. She is willing to work with you on your specific goals and meet you where you’re at on your own fitness journey. The support of her group has helped me stick with my plans to achieve my goals!
I love Arlene and how incredibly supportive she is! I have been looking for some serious accountability for a while during my fitness journey, and it’s been so hard to find! But she reached out to me and has not given up on me (even when I’m seriously slacking). She always so good about reaching out to simply see how life is going. She interested in just more than tracking my workouts, she’s into the personal side as well!
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