Finding Fitness: Allison from Waking Up Thirty

Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring you this month’s edition of Finding Fitness! This month I am happy to introduce you to Allison from Waking Up Thirty. She has so much wonderful information to share about herself and her fitness journey! From becoming an instructor at her local gym to how she regains her motivation, there is so much to learn from here! Enjoy!

Get started on your fitness journey today! Allison shares so much of herself and her own journey with us in this interview. Get ready to be motivated and inspired by this edition of "Finding Fitness!"

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Sure! I just turned 33 and am now primarily a stay at home mom, however this wasn’t always the case.
I am the youngest of seven children in a blended family. Growing up with that many siblings was super fun, sometimes annoying and taught me how to be strong and to stand out.
In 2002 had my first born when I was just 18 years old and fresh out of high school. It was unplanned, but probably the most defining moment of my adult life. Having a child that young left me feeling like I needed to focus on building a future for the both of us, so after working some various jobs for a couple of years I enrolled in a Radio and Television arts program in college in 2005. I am very artistic, so I felt an arts program with some real concrete job positions in my area was a great avenue.
I met my now husband right before school started and thankfully in my second year of college landed a full time position in television production – so things seemed to happen really fast at that point.
We got married in 2010 and in 2014 had our second child. Once I returned to work after my maternity leave, the schedule just didn’t work for our family, so we made the decision for me to be a stay at home mom.

How did your fitness journey start? What motivated the change? Along with that, what has kept you interested?

I was always the one in my family who complained about not having enough healthy food in our house. I was always concerned about my Dad’s health as he has had Type II Diabetes since I can remember. 

What made the biggest change for me was seeing my wedding photos and feeling sad that I was as big as I was. The pictures are definitely bittersweet to look at. It was such a great day, but I wish I could have been more comfortable in my own skin at the time – regardless of my size. 

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I started counting calories and going to the gym and managed to lose about 35 or 40 pounds in a year or so. I began researching more and more about dense nutrition and what foods affected me negatively. I really enjoy learning and gaining knowledge, so it was natural for me to read articles and spend time figuring things out. 
After this year and a half my husband and I decided he was going to venture out and work away from home. This would mean he was away for three months at a time. During this time I got my Zumba Instructor License and began teaching classes in my rural area. I ended up leaving my television production job while my husband worked away. 
I also began working at the local gym and got my Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification through Canfitpro and began teaching other formats other than Zumba. I was teaching about nine or ten classes per week!
During this time I didn’t lose many pounds, but my body composition changed so much. I was stronger, had more muscle and less fat. I felt fabulous. 
Then it was decided my husband was going to come home. Working away from home was really hard on him and so it was also decided that I would go back to work at that same television production job. 
Then, “TA DA!”, I was pregnant. Surprise, surprise. 
Pregnancy this time around was not easy on me and I developed Hypothyroidism. I knew being tired was a common pregnancy symptom, but I was really tired, hurting and generally feeling not like myself at all. After giving birth I gained weight (one of the lucky ones who gains weight while breastfeeding) and felt so terrible all the time. 
When I went back to work I still hadn’t figured out my health issues and my husband and I decided that with the stress of my night shifts and weekend work, me being home with our kids was the best solution for our family. 
I felt pretty groggy for almost a whole other year until I started taking Bootcamp classes near my house. I hadn’t really been eating well as I was so tired all the time, so I also had to relearn to focus on eating those whole foods again. I could have wasted away in misery with the brain fog, fatigue and general depression I was under, but I was determined to get back into shape physically and mentally. 
The Bootcamp classes helped me so much. It started with me noticing my physical strength coming back and then I really felt like my mental strength was returning back to its normal place too. 
At the end of that year of Bootcamp classes, the instructor announced she was leaving and the classes would not continue. I decided to reinstate my Group Fitness Certification and to keep these essential classes running in our community. 
So, here I am. I am teaching classes just twice per week. It is a great balance for me and I love my people that come to class. 
I have also started really focusing on my mental health and mindfulness. I meditate, I work on mindfulness exercises like letting go of anger and keeping positive thoughts flowing. Being mentally fit is a huge part of my life as I suffered from depression and anxiety for years. 
I finally feel like I am becoming myself again. It feels amazing. 

 

What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

These questions are definitely going to have the same answer. My biggest challenge and my biggest set back has been pregnancy and the resulting hypothyroidism diagnoses. I have had to reevaluate everything about my fitness knowledge. Just cutting calories does not work for me. I have to focus on foods that cause my thyroid to flare up and inflammation in my body. I have to exercise differently and what some would consider more intensely. I do less cardio now and focus a lot more on strength training and lifting weights. I also had to do so much research on what general doctors advise vs. naturopaths or those with experience when it comes to overcoming thyroid issues. I almost felt like I was completely starting over again and it was depressing. It took me months and months to make small changes again and it was so humbling. Never again will I ever assume someone is not working towards goals just by the way they look. We have no idea what other people are struggling with.
 

What achievement are you the most proud of?

I am definitely still proud of the fact that I previously lost 40+pounds. But, really I am more proud of the fact that I have bounced back after such a regression. No one else can understand or see the effects but myself, so it is often hard for me to convince others how well I am doing. I may not look like their ideal person, but I am pushing myself and setting and achieving goals that are not necessarily physical and it is so important to me to acknowledge it.
 

Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

Mental fitness. I had no idea really how much my mental health would be affected by physical activity and properly fueling and hydrating my body.
I’m a completely different person than I was pre-2010. I used to have so much anger, frustration and a low patience level. Myself and my life are so different now and so much more positive that I can never go back to that dark hole again.

What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

I would still like to lose a few pounds, but not just because I want to look good. I’m interested to see if it helps my hypothyroid symptoms and I also want to avoid getting Type II Diabetes. I’m not even on my doctors radar for having Diabetes, but my family history is not in my favour. I would prefer if I can just avoid the possibility altogether.
I also have a goal of getting my Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction certification in the next two years. If I get this certification I would offer workshops in my area that would focus on mindfulness, stress release, and so much more. It is a bit of a pipe dream, but I have been looking into it more and more – and actually touch on this in my blog quite often.

What does a typical training week look like?

I try to be active at least four days per week. This might not be your traditional hitting-the-gym type of active, but even going outside for a walk or run, hiking, riding a bike, swimming etc. are my ideas of active. Then on Mondays and Thursdays I do my one hour Bootcamp classes. The Bootcamp classes are always some sort of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) cardio and a larger portion of strength training. The classes are tough, brutal sometimes, and I love it.
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What does an average day of eating look like for you? 

Right now I am primarily following a Paleo diet. This causes the least amount of inflammation in my body and makes me feel full and satisfied. I have almost entirely cut out sweets, however you can see me slipping a handful of chocolate chips or a medium double double into my mouth. I feel like as long as I eat paleo 80% of the time, I am good. Wheat and grains definitely affect me negatively with a lot of bloating and IBS symptoms.
Breakfast – I often have 2 eggs fried in olive oil, then make a veggie stirfry with mushrooms, onions, peppers or eat some spiralized zucchini with a diced tomato to go along with the eggs. I usually have a handful of almonds as well. I also discovered that making an omelette with banana and unsweetened coconut is a really awesome way to get that sweet breakfast we have been conditioned to crave without all the nasty ingredients like those sugary cereals we all grew up with.
Lunch – I eat my own version of nourishment bowls sometimes. This might be a couple slices of bacon or maybe leftover turkey, half an avocado and some fresh veggies and some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. If I have any leftovers from the supper the night before, I will eat those. Sometimes I start my supper early and eat it for lunch and save the rest for the family supper – especially something like chili. Paleo chili is so good.
Supper – Suppers are basically the same as they have always been here except instead of white potato I will have sweet potato. In place of pasta I will have zucchini noodles and I do eat a limited amount of rice pasta if I am feeling like I need pasta or I might die, but I make sure it is a treat and limit it to once a week or so.
I don’t really snack unless it is an apple and some nuts. You might see me munching on some cheese too because cheese is so hard to give up. I limit it as well and reserve it for my 20% non Paleo items. Baking for my husband’s lunches leaves me craving those cookies or cakes, so I try to make small batches and store them in a large tupperware container so they are out of sight.
I am also limiting my coffee as I find it does dehydrate me and can flare up my digestion issues. I may have one coffee per day for four or five days and then not have any coffee at all for a few days. At home I drink it with just a bit of full fat milk, out and about I prefer a little sugar so I make those treats.
I also focus on drinking 3 litres of water per day. On days I have a really intense workout planned, I tend to eat a bit more carbs and drink more water. It helps give me energy and keep my body fueled. I always have a protein snack of some sorts after my workout as well.

Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

I was taking Synthroid (synthetic thyroid that is a man-made version of thyroxine T4) for my hypothyroidism, but I felt almost no affect from it. My hair and skin were still dull, I was having fatigue, inflammation, weight gain – basically all the symptoms of hypothyroidism that Synthroid is supposed to mask – so I switched to a raw thyroid supplement instead. The raw thyroid is desiccated thyroid from pig (sorry vegetarians) and therefore contains both thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine. (T3) which are the two hormones our thyroid creates. It has made a huge difference for me, but I recommend definitely talking to your doctor or naturopathic doctor before venturing into replacing Synthroid or other synthetic thyroid medications. My version of raw thyroid also has some kelp added for iodine purposes. iodine works in conjunction with the T3 and T4. It also contains other desiccated tissues like the adrenal gland and pituitary glands – all of which work with the thyroid to maintain balance.
I am currently taking a strong live cultured probiotic that is meant to optimize gut flora. I have four doses left. This is a short term probiotic of 50 billion, and I will then change to a daily dose that has less active cultures for maintenance. I take this as I have digestive issues and have been on antibiotics so I want to make sure my gut is happy.
I take maca root often to help with my energy levels. It has been toted around the “Hypothyroid Community” as a great help for fatigue. 
 
I also take a B12 dissolving strip – again for energy levels and general health. 
 
And I take selenium tablets to aid my immune system and cognitive function – as hypothyroidism can cause brain fog. Selenium is also noted as helping metabolize carbs. Since my metabolism is slower with hypothyroidism, this is an added bonus.  

What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

My favourite exercise by far are deadlifts and squats. You burn mega calories whenever you use your large muscle groups. I also want a nice butt, so…
My least favourite exercise used to be pushups, but I am loving them now! I feel so strong doing them. So now my least favourite exercise is running. I am not a natural runner, but for some reason I force myself to enter partial marathons nearly every year. Silly me.

What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

This happens to everyone. All I am going to say is that self motivation is such a mental struggle, just overcoming that devil on your shoulder is a fitness test all on its own. So I look to myself for motivation by practicing positive affirmations. If I tell someone out loud how I have accomplished something or hit a mark, I get even more motivated. When I am in a slump, it can be rough, but then I find that one workout or that one moment where I made it through something tough and I am like, “Yeah, I got this.” It can only take one positive fleeting moment to turn everything around again.

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout? 

I am a stay at home mom. The luxury of that is I sometimes have a lot of time to do my own thing… with my kids in tow. I will take them to the playground and run some laps, do walking lunges, get some other girlfriends to bring their kids and do a workout etc etc. Yes, this seems so lavish and great, but it isn’t always easy. I might get a 5 minute run in and my kid wants me to push her on the swing or look at a bug crawling around. Luckily, just being active with your kids can be a workout all on its own. During the winter can be harder, but online videos help.
I teach my own Bootcamp Classes 2x per week, so I try to make those classes an opportunity for me to workout as well and do the entire class with my participants. Often, I end up doing 1/2 or 3/4 of the class as I do take the time to correct form or give cues, but I always feel like I got something out of them.
I am thankful that during the months where we have more daylight my husband is happy to watch the kiddos while I run the block and work on my partial marathon training plans or want to go take a random class elsewhere.
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What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

Start somewhere. Ignore almost all the people telling you what to do and find something you enjoy doing first. It might be Zumba, it might be running and weight lifting – but you have to find something you want to do and eventually it will give you some results.
Stop stepping on the scale so often. I much prefer measuring my body and checking myself on a body composition scale if I have the opportunity. I stayed at 180 lbs and dropped 2 dress sizes at that weight. The scale is not the only thing that determines your success.
Keep going. Being active and eating well are not temporary solutions to a temporary problem. Staying active and having a healthy diet are parts of a healthy life that includes so much more than just how we look – if you live this way, you will get to experience so much more in life. Trust me.

Anything else you want to share?

If there is anything else I want to express is that I really believe that you have to love yourself always. Love yourself through the process or journey you are on. Love yourself when you are feeling low and love yourself when you are feeling high. If you focus on making yourself a priority, you can’t imagine the positive effects that may have on the rest of your life. It is ok to love yourself – it is not selfish – it is essential to your well-being.
Allison, I just want to say thank you for joining us here on the blog today and sharing so much about your journey! It really is an inspiration!
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Allison lives on the East Coast of Canada and brings Bootcamp style classes to rural areas in her community.
She used to work a sedentary job in television production, but has found her passion in helping others achieve their physical fitness goals. She is also hoping to offer mindfulness classes in the future.
Her blog titled “Waking up Thirty” is a look into the mind of a 30-some-year-old who is trying to figure out her purpose after having some major life changes. Her posts are relatable to anyone who is finding themselves wondering why their life doesn’t quite look the way they expected it would.

Finding Fitness: Sarah from Creating a Better Tomorrow

Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to introduce you to Sarah from Creating a Better Tomorrow! A personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Sarah has had an amazing and inspirational journey to where she is today. We can all learn so much from her! Enjoy!
There are so many paths to fitness and we can learn so much from hearing about others fitness journeys! In this interview with Sarah, there is so much to learn from and be inspired by! Head over to check it out and get inspired for your own fitness journey!

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m first and foremost a mom and wife.  I’m a thirty something mom to twin two year olds and a wife living out in the middle of the country with our 5 chickens and 2 dogs!
I blog over at Creating a Better Tomorrow. I love helping show women that you don’t have to do it all to HAVE IT ALL.  Life is about living your best today and your better tomorrow.
I teach group fitness and do online personal training focused on strengthening mind, body, soul.  I love getting my hands dirty in the garden.  I need to rest more but goodness I just always want to be getting the most out of this blessed life!

How did your fitness journey start? What motivated the change? Along with that, what has kept you interested?

Throughout high school I was active but not really INTO fitness like I am now. I did it for fun and wasn’t very good.  Off to college I went, I like many gained 15-20 lbs and came home the next summer wanting to get it off.  Unfortunately like many, I also went to running tons and eating nothing to do so.  I lost the weight but also lost the love of my body and food.  I slipped into an eating disorder.
Thankfully I had an awesome support system that got me help and it has made me ALL the stronger!  I then couldn’t workout while recovering but it led me to learn how I love the STRENGTH of my mind and body.  Now I love working out but don’t track any calories burned…just weight lifted and the strength it provides my mind and spirit.
I now teach group fitness strength training and HIIT Cardio.  Now I truly workout for so many reasons OTHER than calories or weight…I don’t weigh myself, won’t weigh myself, and will never track calories eaten or burned.
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What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

HMMM…well I LOVE working out and eating healthy because of where I’ve been I recognize the strength of balance in both fitness and nutrition.  But for me the struggle is knowing when to just let it all go, when to REST, when to EAT junk, when to just let it GO!!!  Kids have taught me a lot in this area, I need to just be free, eat what sounds good with moderation and know that in the end if I eat whole food and move every day my body will end up right where it needs to be every single time!

Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

No real setbacks but pregnancy was a douzy!  I had to relearn how to move my body and how to love it.  My body wouldn’t and couldn’t do some of the things it did before carrying twins for 40 weeks.  And accepting that was HARD!  Giving it time was HARD!   But that taught me the amazing strength of my body when I give it the time it needs to heal and to gain.

What achievement are you the most proud of?

MOM and WIFE…may not seem like a big one but for me….it so is, oh it so is!

Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

Mental, mental, mental.  I used to work out only for calories burned, heart rate reached, weight lost…but the changes the ones that really matter can’t be measured and will never be able to be measured!

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What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

No real goals.  My goal is to ALWAYS workout to be healthy.  As a mom and wife I totally don’t care about anything other than working out and eating right to live my healthiest life and longest life for them!

What does a typical training week look like?

Monday – Sprints 30 minutes, Teach PUMPED
Tuesday – 30 minute HIIT Cardio at home (from my online training programs)
Wednesday – Sprints 30 minutes, Teach PUMPED
Thursday – 30 minute HIIT Cardio at home 
Friday – Teach 30 minute Cardio Bootcamp, Teach 30 minute piloga
Saturday – REST
Sunday – REST

What does an average day of eating look like for you?

SO MUCH FOOD
Breakfast – Overnight oats with banana and tons of nut butter
Snack – Protein Shake 🙂  egg white protein, fruit, spinach
Snack – apple and nut butter
Lunch – Roasted Veggies, sweet potato, big burger!
Snack – pear and nut butter
Dinner – Paleo Beef Stew!
DARK CHOCOLATE and tea always before bed!

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Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

Probiotic keeping my gut healthy
Magnesium to help keep me calm and sleep soundly
Fish Oil for my joints 🙂
Maca powder – for support for adrenals during stressful life periods

What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

Teaching Pumped for sure!!!  I am not not not a yoga person!

What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

Honestly if I am lacking motivation I usually NEED TO LISTEN and to rest, I used to push through but then I’ve come to realize that I actually love working out and if my body is saying no I probably need to listen and you know that is NOT the popular message today but it is the message I know I’ve learned the hard way!

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout?

Working out ALWAYS happens for me in the morning. My boys know when I go to work at the gym it is for exercising and helping others.  When i work out at home it has to happen before they get up.  For me it is on the schedule every day!

What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

1.  Be patient
2.  Forget calories and pounds
3.  Throw away any and all scales (including food scales)
Sarah, thank you so much for joining us today and talking with me about your fitness journey!
finding fitness Sarah Creating a Better TomorrowSarah is a full time stay at home mom who blogs at Creating Better Tomorrow.  Her twin, 2 year old boys keep her active and fit no matter the day but she also enjoys teaching group fitness and training clients one on one.  She has a love for the garden and dirt…and eating all the things from the garden.  Her and her husband live on 7 acres out in the country where she can get her hands dirty and the boys can chase their chickens.
Sarah suffered from anorexia in college and through that experience has grown stronger in her relationship with her Lord, her body, and her family.  She know shares through her blog and fitness work a balanced approach to loving your body and moving in ways that make your body and mind stronger than ever.

Where to find Sarah:

On her blog at CreatingBetterTomorrow.com

Twitter: @CreatingBetter

Instagram: @CreatingBetter

Facebook: Creating Better Tomorrow

Pinterest: Sarah @creatingbetter

Finding Fitness: Sabrina from Run, Love, Yoga

Hey everyone! I am so excited to finally be sharing this with you! With this new year and some changes in my life has come a renewed focus here on the blog. More than ever before I want to help you along on your own fitness journey! My love of fitness has grown so much over the years and I want to inspire you to find that love of your own, in whatever form it may take!

But I only have my own story to share and that is why I am starting this new series! Each month I will be bringing you someone else’s story! I am interviewing different people about their journeys….where they started, how their lives changed, their daily routines and so much more!

To start this series off, I’m happy to introduce you to Sabrina from Run, Love, Yoga!

Today I'm talking with Sabrina about her fitness journey and her advice for others just starting out! Come join us as we talk about running, staying fit through pregnancy and so much more!

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? How did your fitness journey start?

I’m a 38 year old wife, mom and runner. After the birth of my daughter 4 years ago I found myself completely in love with my baby and my husband, but I hated the way I felt and looked after gaining 81 pounds during pregnancy. It took me experiencing horrific stomach pains on a weekly basis to realize that it was time to stop putting myself last and it was time to do something. Little by little, I cut out soda, coffee and cut back on my beloved red wine. I cut back on carbs and gluten. Then I started practicing intermittent fasting. 4 months into this I felt better but still not great. Something was missing. It was time to exercise again. June of 2015 was when I became a runner. Since then I’ve run 17 races including 2 half marathons.  I am currently pregnant with my second child and I’m determined to have a healthier pregnancy this time around.

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What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

Plantar Fasciitis!  It is the worst.  I’ve been dealing with it on and off for 8 months now.  It didn’t get really bad until I started slowing down my training after my first half marathon.  When I started to kick it into high gear for my second one, I was in excruciating pain and could barely walk.  I’ve tried just about everything except surgery which my podiatrist highly recommends.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to tone down my training a lot.  My feet still hurt but I’ve learn to manage the pain.

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Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

Besides the PF, I’ve had to deal with losing my running mojo.  I suffer from anxiety so sometimes the pressure of the training can get to me and turn me off from running completely. It becomes more of a chore and burden at this point. When this happens, I cut back from running which allows me to find the joy in it once again.

What achievement are you the most proud of?

This is a tough one!  I feel like I really should say completing one of my half marathons as they both presented some pretty unique challenges.  The run I am most proud of though was my first 10 Miler.  I just ran the race I knew I could and enjoyed every moment of it.  I feel like I was at my peak level of fitness then and really showed myself what I could accomplish.

Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

For one, I am happier.  I feel better about myself and I just plain feel better physically which lifts my mood tremendously.  Also, I think I am a better wife and mother when I am consistently running.  I am more patient. I don’t snap or yell because I have these wonderful endorphins running through me.  When I am running, I am just a better version of me.

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What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

Right now, I am working on staying active and healthy during this pregnancy.  During my first one, I was a coach potato who gained 80 pounds.  I am determined not to let that happen again.  I realize that I have some medical conditions that might keep me from running for the entirety of my pregnancy, but I figure I’ll keep at it until my doctor tells me to stop.  At that point, I will be rowing my heart out in our basement on my “husband’s” rowing machine (that he never uses).  Long term, I am hoping that by staying fit during the next 7 months that I’ll have an easier recovery and that I’ll avoid the health problems that I developed after my last pregnancy.

What does a typical training week look like?

Typically, I run 3 days a week with a long run on the weekend.  If I am half marathon training, then my long runs are 8-10 miles long.  When I am not running then I am strength training and practicing yoga.  I follow the strength training moves taught by the Another Mother Runner Training Programs.

What does an average day of eating look like for you?

Now that I am pregnant I tend to eat every 3 hours starting as soon as I wake up.  Prior to being pregnant I practiced Intermittent Fasting which helped heal my leaky gut.  Typically, I am low carb to the point that I would eat less than 5 grams of net carbs every 5 hours.  Being pregnant, I have to up my carb intake and I am still trying to find that happy medium of not too many and not too little.  I’m heavy on the protein and the veggies that I do not have a sensitivity too – I have 15 food sensitivities that I try my hardest to avoid.

Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

Thanks to my food allergies and sensitivities, plus the adrenal fatigue, I take a ton of supplements most of which I had to stop taking due to being pregnant.

In the mornings, I take a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D and a probiotic.  The fish oil is to help reduce inflammation which I suffer from and the probiotic is to help with the symptoms of Leaky Gut.
At night, I take melatonin, valerian root and magnesium all of which are to help me go to sleep and stay asleep.  I also take Zyrtec due to my environmental allergies.

What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

Running and running!  Haha!  Nothing gets my heart rate up and makes me feel as good as running, but on the other hand when I’m just physically and mentally depleted nothing makes me feel worse than going for a run.

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What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

I take a break and remind myself of why I started this fitness journey.  I also belong to a local running group with a heavy social media presence so just reading their posts about their personal running accomplishments is usually enough to get me lace up my sneakers.

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout?

Well, I used to wake up really early, like 4:30AM early to get a run in, but I quickly developed Adrenal Fatigue so I had to stop that.  My only alternative was to work out in the afternoons/early evenings after work.  It did mean missing out on some family time, but I firmly believe exercise makes me a better mother.  In order to get all of my normal chores done, I did have to rely heavily on my crockpot for meals and my husband found himself helping out more.  I’m a mom so I don’t have much of a social life outside of my running group!

What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

My number 1 tip is to take baby steps.  Don’t go whole hog when it comes to revamping your diet and exercise routine.  You’ll burn out and quit before you ever get started.

Anything else you want to share?

Thank you for letting me talk about my fitness journey!

I love getting to hear about other people’s fitness journey and I hope you enjoyed it too! Thank you for sharing it with us Sabrina!

13394135_285492808462874_7750457502689943236_n Sabrina is a wife, mom and avid runner. Since starting running in June 2015, she has run 17 races! To learn more about her and check out all of the wonderful things she posts, check out her blog Run, Love, Yoga!

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