Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hi, My name is...

So, I feel like a re-introduction is necessary.  I've been gone for quite a while and although that may not mean a ton of new readers, it does mean a lot of change for me.

I've shared before that change isn't exactly my favorite thing so this summer was waaaay outside my comfort zone.  I think I actually learned that it's not the change itself that bothers me, but the anticipation of the change.  Like how I stressed for weeks months about moving to a new house and leaving our beloved neighbors.

So, Hi!  My name is Lindsay.

I'm a wife, mama to my favorite boy, teacher to 8th graders, and health/fitness coach to anyone and everyone I can help.  I am the cofounder of Team EVOLVE and I truly believe that I can make a difference in this world one fitness/nutrition/health accomplishment at a time.

I've recently moved to a new town and still finding my way around, meeting new people, and joining new groups.  I'm just in love with life and can't wait to share my experiences with you all through this blog.  I have a huge heart for all things fall, fitness, babies, and affordable fashion.

It's pretty much a modge podge around these parts and I kinda like it that way.  No rules in my little space here - no confinements or restraints.

My intentions are to start sharing more consistently with one day a week being devoted to our new home and my ventures in decorating (or not decorating) each space, any DIY projects I attempt to conquer, and Fitness Fridays where I will share my favorite workouts, recipes, etc.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Oh, hey there...

I've been trying to think of a way to dive back into this little blog of mine that I've neglected for far longer than I ever anticipated.  A quirky explanation or maybe a dumping ground for excuses?

I've started and stopped writing this post several times over the last 2 weeks because I really don't know how to go about it.  Honestly, I don't feel I need an explanation or an excuse - I just needed time away.  Life got busy and if I'm honest, more important than my virtual life so I stepped away and focused my energy where I wanted it to go.  This post really "gets me" if you aren't following...

So if you've missed me in the last 2 months here is a quick update (or you could just stalk me on Instagram to see the day by day):
  • We moved into our dream home.  I know I'll be sharing more on that in the upcoming weeks because I'm in desperate need of some decorating advice.  #isuckatdecor
  • I traveled to Nashville with my team to attend Summit and had a tremendous experience.  More on that later.
  • CT and I flew home to NY for a week and a half to spend precious time with family.
  • We beached it a few times.
  • My passion for this business I'm building has grown even stronger.
  • We took those family photos I asked you all to help me style.
  • I updated my story a tad here.
There are lots more details in between and they didn't all happen in that order, but I'm excited to be back and I'm ready to share more of my journey with the world.

I missed you guys!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Popsicles for Toddlers

We are moving so I'm slowly, but surely cleaning out cupboards and packing up boxes during nap time these days.  It's pretty incredible what two and a half people can acquire after 5 years of marriage (and 18 months of existence for the half person).

As I was cleaning out one cupboard, I found the popsicle mold I purchased last summer so that I could make these birthday cake pops for my girlfriend and myself when she came to visit.  I can't even find the recipe we used; to be honest they weren't brag-worthy, but these sound amazing!

Anyway, I started scouring the internet (let's be honest: PINTEREST) for healthy recipes for popsicles for my little guy.  I haven't been able to bring myself to purchase the sugar-y ones for him even though I know he'd delight in them.  The sugar-free ones are a chemical sh*t-storm and the healthy ones will eat up my grocery budget in one week!

So homemade it is...

I found lots of recipes for orange creamsicle pops and I'm a pretty big fan of the orange creamsicle so I decided to try one.  But they all called for things I didn't have at home and that didn't sound really "healthy" (like condensed frozen orange juice?)  So I decided to wing it.

And I hit the popsicle on the head!  Winner!

All I did was combine 1 cup of 100% OJ with 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt and pour it into the molds.  I let them freeze overnight and sure enough - yummy!

Don't believe me?  Look at that face.

I asked him for a bite and he looked at me and shook his head with a big grin on his face.  Stinker.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My Heart in Video Form

I've talked about my love for this new journey I've embarked on being a Beachbody coach.  The confidence, strength, friendships, balance, and financial freedom its given me are just a few of my favorite aspects.

Recently I created a video (clearly I didn't edit - don't judge) to share a little about my evolution as a coach and business leader since starting this business almost 10 months ago.  I've learned a LOT in these 10 months.  Things about myself as an entrepreneur, as a leader, and as a person.

Those learnings are for another post, but I really want to share this video with you.  It's 7 minutes long and you can just listen if you want - you don't have to watch me awkwardly tuck my hair behind my ear and make funny facial expressions I can't help, but just hear my heart.

My desire is to help others in this journey; to let your dreams come to fruition.  Because for a long time my dreams were more like fantasies and I never saw them coming true.  Now, they're a lot more realistic than I ever imagined them being.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Mornings

I learned pretty quickly during our snowmageddon we have this year that my child needs to be entertained in order for my vocabulary to include more than the word, "No!"

Knowing this I have made a huge effort to have something planned for us to actively do from 8-12 each day so far this summer.  I even anticipate bringing him to daycare a few days this summer for consistency and to keep him engaged with other children.  I just couldn't bring myself to do it this week - being our first full week of summer together and all.

So, we've stayed pretty busy finding creative things to do and pretty much the NC summer mandates that all things be completed by noon in order to survive.  (Let's be real, everything really needs to be done by 8:30 a.m. to be pleasant.)  So, mornings are our thing.

Carson has been sleeping in until 7:15ish most days which is more than 2 hours later than my school day wake up time so THANK YOU for that, sweet boy.  And rather than set an alarm and wake up before him to get my workout in, I've just been rolling out of bed as I hear him sound the alarm.

 Once awake, we do our breakfast thing and decide what to do for the day.  So far we've gone to the park, hit up the pool, visited the children's museum (a day that I couldn't fathom standing outside longer than it took to put Carson in his carseat - thanks humidity), looked at granite (we're moving!), and went to Target (only to find the better deal is online plus free shipping so I came home to make my purchase). 


It's been pretty amazing.  It makes me think this SAHM thing is golden.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Those Special Containers

The other day I pulled out my lunch and someone asked me, "I see you use those containers all the time.  What's so special about them?"  To which I shared all the special details about those 7 color coded containers that have literally changed my life and entire relationship with food.

Have you heard of the 21 Day Fix?  I feel like it's everywhere these days.  But, I suppose there are still people out there that don't know what they do or what they can do...if you let them.

I was probably more skeptical about this program than most people when I got started.  I just knew it was going to be another challenge like Whole 30 or Weight Watchers.  Both of which I did and had amazing results from.  Both of which I also 100% abandoned after 30 days or so passed.

But, if I'm being honest, this is different.  It's easy and it's visual.

I think the visual part is the greatest difference in my personal success with this program.  It's not a list of "rules" to follow for a certain amount of time.  It's not a daily tedious counting task.  It's a visual of what a serving size looks like when you put it on your plate.  How many strawberries I should really eat when I want a snack.  Eye opening and easily applicable.

There's no starving all day so I can eat all my points that night to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  There is no cutting of carbs out of my diet. (Thank God!)

Here is what I learned from the 21 Day fix:

  • I need more protein.  And I need it from better sources (quinoa has protein, but is not necessarily a good source of protein considering the small amount in 1 cup)
  • 2 servings of fruit is waaaaay less than I typically consume in a day
  • Planning ahead is the key to success
  • Pinterest is my BFF for new recipes
  • I consume way more carbs than a normal person ever should and all my favorite foods are carbs, but there are lots of trades I can do that leave me just as satisfied
  • Real food is the best fuel
  • What I put in my body greatly affects the way I feel physically, mentally, and emotionally

I no longer have to use the color coded containers; I'm happy with my weight and I've met my goals.  Most importantly, I've learned what I should be putting in my body and how much of it needs to go there.  I don't need to use the containers to do that anymore; in just 21 days I learned the habits necessary to make this a lifestyle change.

And it works. (see my results here)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Spring Family Photos 2015

family pictures spring 2015

family pictures spring 2015 by coachgaines featuring a blue dress

If you're anything like me choosing out fits for family photos is difficult.  I want us all to look nice and go together, but I worry about being matchy-matchy.  And I want to make sure we are comfortable in our attire so the pictures look natural, but I also want us to look our best.  

This is what I've come up with for our spring pictures in a few weeks.  What do you think?