First Half of Pregnancy Update

As of Monday October 9, 2017... I am 20 weeks pregnant! Which means I'm about halfway through my pregnancy. Time is seriously flying - it felt like it was just yesterday that I found out I was pregnant and I was hyperventilating in my bathroom by myself.. ha! I had all intentions of doing weekly updates, but that obviously didn't happen. I figured I would just update you all on the first half, and then maybe do weekly from here on out OR do weekly updates for the last 10 weeks. For now, lets take a look at the last 20 weeks. Earliest symptoms before testing: -Maybe TMI, but I had a LOT of discharge one week before my period was due and one week after I believe we conceived. I had never experienced anything like it before, so I … [Read more...]

Behind the Blogger; Part 2

If you read part 1 of behind the blogger, lets just jump right into part 2, shall we? I think it's fun to explain some more of what makes me, me. This is Brittany - raw and unedited. 11. Sometimes I write poetry. I've always been way too nervous to post them (I am certainly my own worst critic), but I really love to write it. It makes me happy. With that being said, I may start a poetry series here on the blog and share some of my pieces :) 12. I absolutely love to cook! One of my favorite things is making food for people and challenging myself to make different dishes. I almost went to culinary school in the past and I always dreamed of having my own show on the food network like Giada. In my dreams! Ha. 13. I am still confused … [Read more...]

Healthy Snack Ideas

It seems as if everyone loves snacking. I'll be honest, I'm in the minority here because I am not a huge snacker. I typically prefer to follow intermittent fasting and eat bigger meals, less often. However, since getting pregnant, snacking definitely seems to be occurring more frequently since bigger meals don't sit too well in my stomach anymore. Many times I'll see "weight loss" articles and such giving advice that if you're trying to lose weight you should cut out the snacks. To be frank, this advice is trash. Weight loss comes down to the energy balance you have - eating fewer calories than your maintenance and increasing your energy output in the form of exercise and/or NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). So, snack … [Read more...]

Transitioning into Intuitive Eating & My Dieting Story; Part 2

Continued from Transitioning into Intuitive Eating & My Dieting Story; Part 1.   It was time. Time to end the extremes, end the restriction, stop focusing on aesthetics only, and start focusing on health. Time to start really living life. I knew there was a way to stay lean but still have balance, a way to be fit for life while still enjoying and actually living my life, without being a slave to the scale/mirror/food scale. I knew it was possible, it was just finally time for me to figure out how. I felt like I had spent my entire life focusing on food, fitness, and my body. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as it's definitely a huge part of my life now since it's my career, my passion, stress reliever and my favorite … [Read more...]

Transitioning into Intuitive Eating & My Dieting Story; Part 1

Intuitive eating is a term that has blown up recently in the social media/fitness/healthy living world. It basically means listening to your bodies hunger cues - eating when you're hungry, stopping when you're full. Something that has come to us humans naturally since birth. Think about when you were a baby or a kid - you would eat what sounded good to you when you were hungry, and be done with it when you got full. It's natural up until it gets altered for some reason, in my case, due to years of dieting and being hyper focused on my food intake, my calories, macros, types of food, etc. I feel like I've been aware of my food intake for what feels like forever. I remember so vividly one day stepping on the scale when I was younger and … [Read more...]

Behind the Blogger: Part 1

Hi loves! Since I'm trying to get back to blogging regularly after a long hiatus, I thought it would be fun to dive a little more into who I am as a person. Especially since times have changed a LOT since I was blogging regularly - I have grown and evolved as a person, and life has changed drastically. Of course, there are so many things that have remained the same, as I am still the same person at my core. I also believe there is more than meets the eye, or shall I say, social media channels. Most of you who know me probably immediately think of health and fitness when you see or hear my name. While health and fitness is one of the biggest parts of my life, it isn't the only part and it isn't my only passion. There is more to me than … [Read more...]

Body Image Struggles During Pregnancy

Yesterday, I realized I was 16 weeks pregnant. Yesterday marked the beginning of month five of this pregnancy, which is just C R A Z Y to me. I can still feel the tightness in my chest, the dizziness, the nervousness, the pressure in my cheeks because they hurt from smiling so hard, and the extreme excitement/hyperventilation when I saw those positive pregnancy tests on June 24, 2017. If you've followed me for a long time, you know how badly I've always wanted to be a mom. As an extremely indecisive person, being a mom has been the only thing that I have always been 100% sure of. I have always stated that I feel as if it is my purpose in life. Can we have more than one purpose? In my opinion, absolutely. However, my other purposes in … [Read more...]

I’M PREGNANT!

If you follow me on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter or Snapchat, you may have already heard the news. If not, I'm sure you can guess from the title :) Yes, I am in fact pregnant with my first child and I couldn't be more excited!!!!! Those of you who really know me or have been keeping up with my journey for a while, know that I always say that my purpose in life is to become a mama. After going through amenorrhea, losing my period, and just tons of ups and downs in my health and fitness journey, I am beyond blessed that I have the opportunity to create life and bring a child into this world. I couldn't be more grateful. I pray every single day and thank God for this opportunity, and I truly believe things happen for a reason. Everything … [Read more...]

How To Build Lean Muscle

When people say they want to build "lean muscle" or they are going on a "lean bulk" what they are essentially saying is that they are going to build muscle and bulk in a controlled manner. There is just MUSCLE. Not lean, not bulky. It's all the same muscle. Similarly with the word toned - there is no such thing as being "toned". What toned actually means is that the person who you are referring to as "toned", has taken time to build muscle and then also took time to shed the fat to reveal that muscle. On the opposite side of the spectrum is what we call a "dirty bulk" which in the bodybuilding world simply means to YOLO your diet, eat as much as you can, and just focus on gaining weight and not caring if it's fat or muscle. I personally … [Read more...]

What NOT to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

The act of weight loss or fat loss has become so complicated for so many people due to all of the misconceptions, scams, and (excuse my language) bullshit that has surrounded it. Between crash dieting, crazy different diets, cutting out entire food groups, detox teas, waist trainers, and a ton of other irrational ways to " lose weight", no wonder people are confused! Today I want to squash all of those illogical weight loss tips you hear and to help you and correct some of the mistakes you may have made or could have made. Do not crash diet & do not have unrealistic expectations. This is so important. Crash dieting can cause major harm in the long run, and it is NOT something you will be able to sustain. You want … [Read more...]