Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Teaching Our Daugthers & Week 10 of A New Lifstyle

To help me stay accountable, I decided to share my newly vowed healthy lifestyle by documenting it here on a weekly basis. I hope you decide to follow along so we can cheer each other on and be an inspiration for one another! You can also follow along on Instagram with #howstormiegothergrooveback or on Snapchat (stormieariel). I also share the foods I am eating on both social media sites, for quicker reference on Instagram search #stormiearielkitchen

Sunday - Skipped
Monday - Rest Day
Tuesday - Interval Run
Wednesday - Skipped
Thursday - Skipped
Friday - Short Walk
Saturday - Skipped

I decided to change this series up a bit as I know it can get boring for some to just read what I am doing to get in shape, like yay for you but how does that benefit me type of thing. At least that's how I feel reading certain fitness posts on other blogs and it makes me feel worse about myself for not having the same dedication and I don't want that for my readers. I want ya'll to see real life and be inspired and to inspire me as well. I want this entire blog to be a two way street where we can benefit and learn from each other. With that being said, I had a little inspirational moment that happened to me and decided for now on I will share those with you all when I share my fitness progress to hopefully inspire you as well.

There I was standing in my closet pondering what to wear and body shaming myself for not being able to fit into most of my pants and than I turn around and see my beautiful 5 month old daughter sitting in her walker staring at me in awe and it made me stop in my tracks. 

Is this really what I am teaching her? 
To shame her own body. 
To look at every single one of her flaws.
To throw fits because she is not "perfect."

I want my daughter to never feel ashamed to be in the body she is in. I want her to love and nurture her body and treat it as a temple. Yes, I cannot fit into 80% of my pants but my body did an amazing thing of growing that beautiful baby and I wouldn't change that for the hottest body. I had a major reality check in that moment and although I know I will still struggle in shaming myself, I will fight to love the body I am in as I am working for the body I want. After all it gave me the best gift, a child.

Ladies, lets vow to be an example to our children, to our daughters to love their bodies and find their confidence in Christ and not in vain things such as weight or body type but in Him who intricately created us in His Image. I know for myself, this is something I will struggle with but I am willing to fight for my daughter's sake. Are you?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fabian's Back to School Mini Session

I am back with another photo session. After completing the mommy and me mini session, I started thinking about the potential in hosting other mini sessions. With school back in session in our area, I decided to do back to school mini sessions and I am loving them! I am also planning on Fall Mini Sessions and Halloween Mini Sessions so email me (stormie@stormieariel.com) if you are in the Katy, Texas area and are interested!

Anyways, here are my favorite shots from my most recent Back to School Session.







Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A New Lifestyle | Weeks 7-9

To help me stay accountable, I decided to share my newly vowed healthy lifestyle by documenting it here on a weekly basis. I hope you decide to follow along so we can cheer each other on and be an inspiration for one another! You can also follow along on Instagram with #howstormiegothergrooveback or on Snapchat (stormieariel).

I know I have been MIA with my workouts or running/walking schedule but that doesn't mean I am not keeping up with them. Anthony started school two weeks ago and we had a mini vacation before school started for him so things have been a little busy. I don't remember the exact dates for everything but we typically go walking every other day or so and run at least twice a week. I know what days our runs are on because I track everything with my Nike+ Run Club app (Feel free to add me as I am also looking for new running friends). I have been lacking in doing strength training as all my focus has been on building my stamina for long distance running. I need to start strength training again though as I know it will help me even more especially with leaning out.

Week 7
Sunday - Interval Run
Monday -
Tuesday - Interval Run
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Walk

Week 8
Sunday -
Monday - Interval Run
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday - Interval Run
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Walk

Week 9
Sunday -
Monday - Interval Run
Tuesday -
Wednesday - Walk
Thursday - Interval Run
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Skipped

The days I left blank are the days I am unsure of, it was either a walk day or a rest day but I am so happy I have been keeping up with my interval running. When I first started my interval running it looked something like this:

Walk .25 miles
Run .25 miles
Walk .25 miles
Run .25 miles
Walk .5 miles

For Week 9, I pushed my self a bit further and ran a little more than .25 miles during the running interval and decreased my walking to below .25 miles. I am not sure the exact mileage point as I use structural markers at the trail to help me push myself. Right now I am at the point of pushing myself past the mile marker and running to the "D" in the Dream Structure. My next goal is to run to the flag poles and hoping to be able to do that soon. My ultimate goal is to run a 5k nonstop and I am not concerned with speed at this point, only distance. However making these mini goals is helping me stay motivated as I can check each small goal off my list and feeling accomplished instead of focusing on the bigger goal as that can be discouraging if you only focus on the big goal and don't realize the small progress is still progress. So this week I challenge you to break up your ultimate goal into smaller, more achievable goals.

Have ya'll been keeping up with your new healthy lifestyle? What is your ultimate goal? What is your trick in helping you stay motivated?
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