Unrestrained and Full of Energy

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Ya’ll—–Amazing Grass has done it again!!  I was lucky enough to be a part of their Protein Superfood campaign awhile back, and now as part of their latest product the Effervescent Tablets.  Oh. My. GOODNESS.  I don’t even know where to begin.  At first I was skeptical of it all—how it was going to taste, the way it looked, how it was going to make any difference in how I felt or looked.  Man, oh man was I in for the biggest surprise.

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FIRST OFF, the definition of effervescent means a lot when describing the way the AMAZING GRASS product makes you feel.  The words [vivacious, lively, full of energy] are all  just one of the many ways the green superfood tablets will change your life. And if you want to stick with definitions and meanings—-the definition of effervescent when used as describing a liquid is –giving off bubbles; fizzy. Who doesn’t love bubbles? ❤

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These self-dissolving gems are some serious fizzy magic, and taste great too.  They might look funny or displeasing to the eye, once dissolved in your water, but trust me when I say that that is deceiving.  They don’t have any bad after taste, or chalky texture like other water tablets.  They are smooth, and something I look forward to drinking each and EVERY day.

 

 

spot_nosignreduaI received the the tablets at the most perfect time, too.  As a teacher, the back to school year shenanigans brings about a lot of new germs and nasty colds.  The colds you dread and despise because you already have enough going on with trying to get into a new routine and learning new kids, writing lessons, the whole shebang. Well this year, I was prepared.  I was going to kick the germs to the curb.  Thanks to the Amazing Grass Effervescent Tablets, I have made it six weeks into the school year without a hint of a cold or not feeling well.  This coming from a mama whose little man got sick going back to school too, and whose husband also got little man’s cold.  That’s huge folks, HUGE!

20171006_1305192046888749.pngContinuing with my whole back to school motion, I like to use the tablets as my afternoon pick me up.  Since going vegan two months ago, and starting school,  I’ve found it difficult to enjoy that second cup of coffee.  One, because of time and all that jazz, and two, because our school doesn’t offer vegan creamer options like almond milk or coconut cream.  So if I don’t remember to pack my own, I have nothing to put in my coffee.  ENTER the Effervescent tabs.  They actually give me more of the energy that I am so badly needing in the middle of the long school day, when grading essays becomes so tedious and tiresome.

20171006_1257481821807137.pngAfter drinking at least one tablet a day, for an entire month, I noticed big changes in my skin; its overall complexion, and almost zero acne issues.  I noticed a change in the way my stomach felt; less bloating and irritability.  And an overall feeling of incredible energy and lightness.  Since having my son, I have struggled with hyperthyroid issues and have been making changes (going vegan) to correct it naturally, but still having to take medicine to bring my levels down.  At my last visit in August, I was put on an even higher dose of medicine to bring my levels down, as they were still incredibly high.  With the vegan diet change (and maybe the medicine), I have brought all my levels to normal, except one, which has now pushed my into the hypo stage of thyroid-ism.  This recent discovery has come to me at no surprise, because I have been dealing with weight issues.  Despite working out every day and eating healthy, the hypothyroid levels I now have are causing me to gain weight.  It is something I am struggling to accept, but I am seeking a second opinion in a few days and hoping I can try taking myself off of the medication, or at least lessening the dose tremendously, so that I can get back to myself.  Anyways, enough off topic rambling.  I can honestly say though that I feel like the Effervescent tabs have helped my body continue to retain the energy it needs to function well, despite my body lacking in speed of metabolism, heart-rate, and overall function.  So that is another win.

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Basically, you need to get your hands on these gems.  You won’t regret it. You can click the link here to get to the Amazing Grass website and use code: SweatPink17 for 40% off your order.  That is a steal of a deal, love bugs.  And if you are feeling extra lucky, head on over to my Instagram page to enter to win your own box of Effervescent tablets. @faith_to_tri ❤

 

Happy energy and bubbles,

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Tanya

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Currently….

 

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When Angela (@Runlikekale) posted a fun blog about her currents, I was excited to play along.  She always has awesome, informational posts that you should all follow. It will definitely make you smile and laugh out loud. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see ridiculously cute pictures of G?  🙂  So currently, I am….

Loving: Watching CT explore the world on his own now that he can crawl, stand, sit, and walk with assistance. He is loving this new freedom, and it makes me smile from ear to ear.  Overnight, he has become fearless, independent, and so grown up. Gahhhh! ❤

Working On: Finding some kind of summer job, something that includes Clayton.  It’s almost I M P O S S I B L E! 

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Inspired By: The fierce mom club we have established on IG. 


Thinking About: S U M M E R break, and starting new traditions with our family of three. Day trips, hiking, teaching Clayton to swim, the beach, and oh so much more.

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Watching: The Leftovers, and driving my husband crazy, because I ask a million and one questions. Even after watching it over and over. It’s so confusing, but it hooks you.


Reading: Hands Free Mama…..Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.

Eating/Drinking: I’ve been on a mission to go more wholly with my foods and eating habits. So, I started Whole30, cheated once and it went downhill from there. But in the first week with no cheating, I lost 7lbs and learned a lot about how food makes me feel. So now I am starting over, and really trying to stick to it for the 30 days. #noms


Learning: To read braille. One of my students is partially blind and to help her become more independent we thought it would be a good idea to learn it.  And it grabbed me in, so now I want learn too


Dreaming of: Being a stay at home mommy. I miss it. I need it. I want it so bad. 


Trying: To juggle everything that goes with being a working mom, and finding time for myself, while still getting all the chores and daily house hold shenanigans done.

Missing: My little peanut.  Is it 3:00 yet?

 

Planning: Clayton’s FIRST birthday!!  Say what?!?!?  It came way too fast.  Like seriously, I get so emotional thinking about the last year and how far he’s come.  Why can’t they stay little forever? 


Needing: To get a hair cut desperately. And maybe going back to blonde……

Screenshot_20170417-161828-01.jpgExcited About: All the stroller races Clayton and I have, and the fact that some of them are letting me run with the stroller ((as they haven’t in years past).

 

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So You Want a Jogging Stroller?

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Much like anything else with babies, and all things babies, picking the right stroller is overwhelming.  There are so many choices, each with their own pros/cons. Depending on budget and needs,  an expensive stroller might not be necessary for everyone.  When you research jogging strollers, it’s only inevitable that the top rated ones are crazy expensive, at least to the family who lives pay check to pay check and can’t fathom spending $500+ on a stroller. Especially since we will only use them for a few years, give or take.


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When it came time to add strollers to my baby registry, I did a lot of research.  I compared prices, weight, reliability, durability, other mothers views and opinions, and convenience; basically everything.  I knew if I put a $500+ stroller on my registry, no one would buy it.  And we couldn’t afford that kind of money on a stroller, regardless of how much it would be used.  I was heading into a 7 month unpaid leave.  We had to save everywhere we could.  So I narrowed my search to jogging strollers that were under $200.  My chances of getting one as a gift, at that price were a lot higher.

Enter the Graco Fast Action Click Connect Jogging stroller.  I was so excited when my BFF got it for me.  I didn’t really care what kind of stroller I got, as long as I could do what I loved with my new little love, that was all that mattered.  I loved it because it already came with everything I needed to take Clayton in his carrier as an infant.  I didn’t need to purchase any accessories, that also cost a fortune.  It folds up easily.  It weighs the same as a BOB revolution.  It was good to me.  I had no complaints.  We did a lot of running with that bad boy, including some 5k’s through hilly terrain, and  one at the boardwalk.

As Clayton grew out of the carrier, and we were able to run with him sitting forward, we started to do more and more runs together. The one and only thing that became an issue was the sun/wind.  The shield didn’t come down far enough to block the sun.  I bought a cheapo rain/wind cover at Target, and love it. That helped with the wind, but the sun was still an issue.

So why did I get a BOB? Well, simply because I am basically doing all of my runs with him now, and I wanted to get more serious about racing with him. That meant giving him the best there was, including the darn sun shield.  It also didn’t hurt that I got it for a steal of a deal. Sales on sales on discounts.  I would NEVER justify spending $500+ on a stroller.  EVER!! But $300…..okay…you got me.  But I still refuse to spend even more money on the cup holder for him and I ((it doesn’t come with any)), and the wind/rain shield.  Not when I can use my Choopie that is nicer, bigger, and cheaper, and I already have the rain shield from Target for like $7.

But okay, what is the difference between the two?  There is one big, noticeable difference and that is the way the stroller feels. It’s almost effortless.  It is a much smoother ride for Clayton and I.  It feels lighter, despite weighing the same, and my paces are faster ((but that could be because I’m getting stronger, and am a lot further into my postpartum comeback)).  So is it worth the extra, EXTRA money?  Well that depends. But for me, it was.  Would I have been fine with the Graco?  For sure.  And I still think it’s a great jogging stroller for the price. But I am glad I splurged a little for the BOB, and my hubby is too.  He noticed a huge difference. So whether you want to spend a lot of money or not, there is a stroller for you.  Depending on the needs, I would still recommend both to a mom in question .

Runtastic Fall Fit Challenge

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It’s a double blogging day for this mama. 🙂  I’m back to tell you a little about the awesomeness of runtastic && their YouTube channel.  Oh, and let’s not forget the fun fit-for-fall challenge they are hosting, along with the ladies at Fitapproach.  The contest is STARTING TOMORROW and it runs through 11/5.   And there’s prizes ya’ll. Sweet prizes.  So who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun, change up their workout routines, and be eligible for prizes? I know I would. ❤

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So what’s the hype with Runtastic?  Well, I will tell you.  It’s the whole shebang. It’s a workout for anyone.  A recipe in the making. A guide for all things fitness.  A personal trainer.  A running coach.  You name it, they’ve got it.  I’ve been using their workouts off the YouTube channel for a couple of weeks now, and love that they are FREE, they are easy to use and follow, and there is something for just about anything I want to work on, including better eating. Just saying?  The struggle is real post baby.  🙂

Here is the link to their page.  I subscribed && I think you should too.

https://www.youtube.com/user/runtastic

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I’ve been doing their workouts on my porch daily, to add even more fall feels to the fit for fall fun.  Ohhhh yeah all those (f’s).  My English teacher would be proud of that alliteration. 🙂  SO anyhow…. the deets of the challenge.  Well for starters, just by reading this, four of you are eligible to win a prize.


AND WHAT’S THE PRIZE you’re asking??

A 12-month Premium Subscription to Runtastic app (iOS and Google Play), and you can see your account online too.  You know that personal running coach I was talking about, that is part of the deal.  I’ve already downloaded my spring marathon training guide made by Olympic champion, and running coach, Dieter Baumann!  BOOM!!! 🙂

And if you play along in our week long fun fit-for-fall challenge, you can also win.  A winner will be chosen by me EVERYDAY! That’s 9 total winners ya’ll!  How cool is that? Here is a sneak peek into the daily challenges we will be doing together:

So go get yourself a pumpkin and be ready to get fit for fall, have fun doing so, and you know win some prizes.

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And don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel for more fun workout ideas, recipe concoctions and daily motivation.  RIGHT FROM YOUR HOME TOO!! ❤

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To be entered to win via this blog post, leave a comment about why or how the Runtastic App could help you, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.  That’s it.  The four winners will be chosen at the end of the week.  There you have it.  I’ll stop rambling, you start subscribing.  🙂  See you tomorrow for the day one of the fun fit-for-fall challenge.

XoXo

The Ins && Outs of Life During the First Trimester

This is my raw account of experiencing life as a first time mommy-to-be.

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When you find out you are expecting ((especially your first)), your brain && your body become so overwhelmed, you don’t even know where to begin.  You’re happy, ecstatic, surprised, terrified, excited, scared, curious, and ready to tell the whole world. However, you are kind of alone in the beginning and don’t get to share those feelings with many people.  The doctor won’t see you until at least 8 weeks, but if you are like me, you just have to talk to someone, ANYONE, and ask them all your wondering questions.  But you don’t want to tell just everyone, so who do you talk to?

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Being we found out just after Thanksgiving, I wanted to tell our parents as a Christmas present, which meant having to wait an entire month to talk to my mommy. Hardest month of my life. So the next best thing was to tell a friend who just happened to give birth to her first baby only a couple months before.  She was awesome, and relieved a lot of my “first finding out jitters”.  Then slowly, but surely {{because I cannot keep a secret}} I told some colleagues at work, and each week someone else would find out.  Before you know it, it’s like the entire school building knows.  And when you do finally talk to people, it is only natural that everyone wants to share their experiences && opinions, whether they are things you want to hear downloador not.  The most important thing to remember is that everyone is different. No pregnancy will ever be the same.  But rest assured knowing that we are made to do this.  Our bodies are an incredible machine that, unfortunately just do not come with an operating manual.  🙂

So back to the ins and outs, shall we?  When you go for your first appointment, everything becomes real.  You finally get to see that beautiful little teddy bear, and hear their wicked fast heart beat that sounds like a washing machine that’s been filled too full.  A sense of relief washes over you, and you can finally relax. You no longer feel the need to take a million pregnancy tests to make sure you are still pregnant.  ((I’m guilty of this!))  How many did you take before seeing the doctor?

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That moment of calmness doesn’t last for very long though.  Once they give you the good news, they take you down a completely different path, full of scary information and a lot of negative words you do not want to hear as a parent.  I know they have to share all of that info with you, but it is really hard to hear and walk away from.  They throw the word “miscarriage” around like it’s something that is bound to happen, and warn you not to tell anyone until the second trimester. Then they throw a million tests at you that will be completed along the nine month journey, most involving disabilities and potential risks to the baby.  Being a special education teacher, I often wondered if God would bless me with a baby with special needs.

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Then you get the call with your blood test results and you feel like the whole world is crashing down around you.  The doctor rattles off abbreviations at you like you speak their language.  They tell you that you have to see a geneticist and your child’s fate lies in the results of your husband’s blood test. —-> This part of my journey is hard to share, but I feel it is important, because I don’t want to sugar coat anything.  This is my raw and honest account of my pregnancy, so telling it all will hopefully help another mommy-to-be cope and let them know they are not alone.  —->Apparently, I am carrier for a pretty life threatening gene, for a disability known as Skeletal Muscle Atrophy. And if my baby was born with it, they would most likely not survive.  😦  When the doctor called to tell me this news, I broke down, and broke down hard.  I didn’t even know what SMA meant, and she never explained it to me either.  She just said she had to let me know, incase I wanted to abort the pregnancy.  ABORT my pregnancy??? You have to be crazy to think that was even an option!  I cried and cried, and felt so helpless.  I googled the disability and only broke down even more. I just  kept saying it was my fault.  Luckily, I have a husband who knows how to deal with me,  and a God who loves me and I managed to pull myself together.  Chris just continued to reassure me that there was no need to get upset yet, we didn’t know if the baby had the disability.  It all depended on if he was a carrier of the gene as well.

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We had to wait for what seemed like forever to go to the geneticist, which was at my thirteen week ultrasound, and just our luck, she couldn’t make it due to the snowstorm we had over the weekend.  But the ladies at the office that day knew the unknown was eating me alive, so they took Chris’ blood, and sent it out to be tested for the gene.   A week later we got the call…..ANDDDDD he is not a carrier! I cried like a baby all over again. God is amazing.  I just prayed and prayed for him to watch over my baby and to take all my worries away.  I have never been so relieved to get good news in my life.  Everything is good, the world is right again. I could go back to enjoying my pregnancy and being completely, utterly excited about this precious little life inside of me.

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The ultrasound went great!  She said the measurements were perfect and everything looked good.  My little peanut had so much life inside of them and displayed their tiny little personality in the cutest way.  I share this personal side of my pregnancy to let women know that it is scary, and it does seem impossible to be happy during the first trimester.  With all the new technology and advances in medicine, sometimes we know too much, and that takes away from the joy of becoming a mommy.

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Soak it all up.  The good && the bad.  Pray. Trust the process.  We were put on this Earth to conquer the biggest job in the world.  Our bodies know what to do, and they will tell you EVERYTHING. You just need to listen. Speak with your baby and sing to them. Take the information the doctors have to give you, but don’t let it consume you.  Focus on the joy that little life brings.  Communicate.  Avoid searching the internet for anything. Read books. Continue to do what you love (hobbies, activities, interests). Make your own decisions. Splurge a little. Love every moment, even the tough ones. ❤

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As I write this, and look back on the past three months, it’s crazy to think how much you go through mentally, physically, and emotionally.  It hasn’t been as easy as I expected.  But I would not change a thing.  I have high hopes for the second trimester, and cannot wait to feel this little one move around inside of me.

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