5 Reasons Why I Make a Horrible Blogger

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Tank top from SweetTsDesign
1)  9 out of 10 I am dressed like above. 
Mom bun, jeans, tank top and very minimal makeup. 
In order to take fashion photos I have to get ready
and as a mother of 3 under 3... ain't nobody got time for that.

2) I lack consistency. 
Example: I am going to blog every Tuesday + Thursday.
Well, Tuesday the kids had doctor appointments
and little one got shots which made Wednesday + Thursday
a big bundle of FUN as I pleaded for just two seconds 
him to feel all better and the crying to stop.
Nothing ever goes as I planned.

3) I don't own a white bedspread.
Have you ever noticed that EVERY blogger
has this amazingly huge bed with white 
blankets to take adorable family photos in?
Not only is my comforter a mix of whatever
blankets don't have baby pee or puke on it 
at the time but my bedroom also looks like a war zone.
6 moves in the last 3 years = everything still in boxes.
It's like we are afraid to unpack.
Which leads us to...

4) I don't live in a beautifully decorated house.
In all honesty we don't even have photos hanging on the 
walls because every hole we put in has to be fixed 
when we leave which is actually next week!
Matt and I have been house shopping for 3 years 
and if you have followed our journey you know 
we are very LUCKLESS.
So if you love photos with blank white
walls and sometimes boxes in the background

5) We don't go on fancy vacations.
As much as I would love to be laying on
a beach with an adult beverage in my hand
lets be honest it really wouldn't
 be that much fun anyways. 
Treyson would be screaming because he is too hot.
Brayden would throw sand in Elena's eyes and
forever want to be in the water but scream
because the water hurt his eyes and taste bad.
And Elena would simply be trying to eat everything
on the beach from cigarette butts to shells. 
So as good as the idea sounds I think ill pass +
put the money towards my stroller addiction.

EMAIL: catchingupwithcrystal@gmail.com

Beating the slump and working towards my goals

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lets start at the beginning. 
Pre Pregnancy and 19 year old body.

I never struggled with my body or weight in my past because I was always so active and fit. 
In high school I ran cross country and long distance track. Trained hard and made it to states. 
After a year of college I decided I needed a break and joined the Army NG.
 Off to basic training I went where I kicked A at PT and never felt better about my body. 
I averaged around 105-110 lbs and had a BMI of 18. 
I would of never guessed that 5 months later I would be pregnant with my first child. 

STARTED: 110lbs ENDED: 160lbs +50
My first pregnancy I had a serious addiction to brownies and Netflix.
I managed to gain a whopping 50 lbs and it showed! 
Thankfully yet sadly I had to leave for 3 weeks of Army training and
the weight just poured off from all the heat and working out.
By the time I got home I was back down to 115lbs 
but I also found out I was pregnant 2 weeks later!
Talk about a welcome home gift from my man.
He's always been the go hard or go home type!

STARTED: 115lbs ENDED: 140lbs +25lbs

With my daughter I made sure to stay active and eat healthy. 
I replaced sweets with fruit and drank tons of water.
Post baby I started walking daily and working out at home. 
Breastfeeding was also such an amazing way to lose the weight.
I was deeply considering becoming a Beachbody Coach but 
found out I was once again pregnant. 
3 babies in 3 years!

STARTED: 118lbs ENDED: 145lbs +27

And now we catch up on present day!
I am currently 3 months postpartum and 130lbs.
I have slacked at staying active or eating healthy this time around.
From doing so I not only have struggled accepting my body
but it has been a gateway to many of the issues i've been dealing with.

From not eating healthy or drinking enough water I have struggled with
migraines, lack of milk supply for breastfeeding, feeling unmotivated and being tired.
Some days all I would want to do is sit on the couch and watch Netflix on my phone.
My man and I would fight about house hold chores not being done 
and ultimately I felt like a failure as a mother while the kids watched
way too many cartoons and I had to start supplementing formula.

I felt myself slipping into a depression.
I didn't feel sexy so I wasn't into mommy daddy time.
So not only were we fighting more because of the house not being clean
but he was also left feeling unwanted like I no longer was attracted to him.
In reality I wasn't attracted to myself.

I was behind on collaborations, blog posts and momcode orders.
In my hardest days I always took pride that at least I was a kick ass mom
but when I even started slacking at that it was a slap in the face.
I vowed to never be the nagging lazy mom and wife who lets themselves go.
It was time to drag myself out of self pity and make some changes. 

It is easy to say you're going to do something then give up after a few days, weeks or even months.
I figured what better way to make sure I achieve and stick to my goals than being a coach for others?
In a way not so much a coach but an inspiration for other moms who find themselves in the same slump.

I took the plunge and signed up for Beachbody.
I got my package to start 21 day fix and Shakeology, 
it also included Beachbody on demand where I can access ALL workouts online,
then made it my goal to kick ass and show everyone I can do this.
July 27th 2015
August 2nd 2015

In just one week I lost 2lbs and inches off my waist! 
I wore a bikini swimming this weekend for the first time 
all summer and Matt already said my butt feels firmer. ;) 
I am amazed at what just one week looks like and can't
wait to see what I look like after all 21 days is up!
Just by eating healthier and working out I am slowly
getting out of my slump and becoming an even better 
version of myself that I knew was in there somewhere.

Interested in signing up or purchasing?
Check out my coach:

EMAIL: catchingupwithcrystal@gmail.com
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