New Fitness Journey

Today marks day TWO of a new fitness journey for me. One thing I have learned over the last three years is that I don’t need a full blown gym to get results. I don’t knock anyone that needs it, I love taking an occasional class, but for me the gym has never worked.

I get nervous and feel embarrassed. I wanted so badly to go to the weight area and bulk up my body but was always embarrassed because I didn’t want others looking at me wondering what the heck I was doing…LOL You know you’ve all seen those videos that go around on social media with the people just flopping all over the place…Yup, that was me.

fullsizerenderI was thankful when three years ago I found at home workouts that not only worked for me and gave me results but also FUELED a passion in my that later inspired me to take the next step I am on with personal training. So much can be done with limited equipment or even no equipment in this case.

For the next 60 days I will be mixing it up with limited equipment (none on most days!) and be completing on of my favorite programs by one of my favorite trainers, Shaun T.’s Insanity Max 30.

I’ve completed this program once before but never added in the actual nutritional aspect to it. I tend to be the girl that either rocks the nutrition or rocks the workouts (I’m being honest here!) I struggle at doing both. This time though I’m prepared! My body is going to be changing over the next couple weeks/months.  I’m excited to see the changes it makes when I get both parts – Fitness AND Nutrition in check.

Insanity Max 30 is a high intensity HIIT workout that is only 30 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week for 60 days. Its designed for you to work hard and take breaks or MAX OUT when you need too. You go as hard and long as you can. It has 12 cardio and one tabata strength workout.

On my off days I will be adding a day of 45 min of weightlifting and 45 minutes of yoga.

My next online accountability group is starting soon. Not too late to join me. Your new years resolutions are still waiting for you <3

 

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Outrageous Openness Review

If you’ve followed me on social media for long you know I absolutely love reading personal development books. Some people call them self-help books and I’m actually okay with that too. I’ll read anything that makes me a better person.

A couple months ago my dear friend and fellow coach recommended a book to me, “OutRageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead” by Tosh Silver. The book rocked my world. I couldn’t put it down and find myself re-flipping through the pages of all days today when I see the sign in front of me but don’t want to necessarily recognize it.

The basis of the book is about opening your eyes to signs that God (or the Divine) put out there for us to see. So many people miss these signs. Their eyes are closed. We spend more time worrying, being disappointed, frustrated, and closed that we don’t open ourselves up to whats really out there and the signs that he gives us. We use prayer to ask for things but we never use meditation to listen to his response (this is a whole other post that I will share in the coming weeks!). We go into situations with a negative attitude and wonder why we can never find the perfect parking spot, dress, our vacation plans get messed up.

Our PLANS GET MESSED UP.  Ha! If your spiritual or believe in God or anything really you know your plan is never going to go the way YOU want it to, its going to go the way GOD wants it to. Theres always a lesson in the mess, a sign we are missing that he’s pausing us or changing our plot so that we see it. Sounds cool right?!

“The Divine Order always brings the right solution at the right time.” 

Do me a favor and if you’re looking for an amazing book thats a super quick read pick this one up! You’ll be amazed to see all the signs and work God is doing in your life that your missing <3

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XOXO

Rachael

How to Survive a Monday

Happy Monday!

Monday is my favorite day of the week. Kids go back to school so theres a couple hours of quiet time. Its like a new page is turned. Last week is history, and TODAY – Monday, those are for fresh starts and the opportunity to make awesome things happen.

Monday has such a bad reputation but I think its never looked at with a positive light. Even the darkest of times a ray of light can be found. Its all about your mindset and how your perceive what your looking at.

So if your not as happy as I am about a Monday, try one of these awesome things and they are sure to bring a smile to your day <3

  • Buy a bath bomb and end your day with a nice hot bath
  • Find a good personal development book start reading! Some of my favorites are here: https://rachaeltapper.com/motivation/
  • Make a gratitude list of 5 -10 things your grateful for
  • Write a sweet note to a friend and send off
  • Complete a random act of kindness
  • Workout, get sweaty, and get those endorphins going
  • Smile at everyone you come in contact with, its contagious
  • Cook yourself an amazing meal for dinner
  • Go for a walk on your lunch break
  • Buy yourself flowers

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Learn to love Monday, because it’s coming back again next week. <3

XOXO

RACHAEL

Mind = Lost

I love my kiddos but winter break is LONG. My oldest still doesn’t go back until the 10th!

So far we have gone to the Perot Museum, American girl, the mall, target, Pump it Up, had play dates, gone to the park, the zoo, had a couple camp days, and watched countless movies snuggled up in bed.

I’m tired.

The laundry just continues to pile up.

The house, omgosh the house is a disaster. Somewhere under the laundry and piles of toys I remember there being really pretty hand scraped hardwood floors.

Our schedules are off meaning no one is sleeping through the night.

My work load is almost as high as my laundry pile.

Studying has hardly happened because I have lots of helpers, with even more questions.

Did I mention I’m soooooo tired?

I think all moms of young kids struggle with these feelings right? Please don’t tell me I’m alone. The days where you want to lock yourself in your room, scroll pinterest, maybe check your emails and get them under 197, and maybe close your eyes for like just five minutes… but then they find you…They always find you.

I almost feel bad writing this post. Like as mom we are supposed to enjoy every single second of motherhood. I’m a mom. Its the most special job God gives to just a few of us. ‘The Choosen’ ones of motherhood, but today I want lock myself in my room and not come into work today. I’ll even take a cut in pay to just not come in. Can we do that?

So many people, often those with children who are older and out of the house, say, “One day you will miss those little dirty sticky hands.” “You’ll wish you had someone that slept on your face and only gave you one nostril to breathe out of.”

I know I will miss those days!!! I’ll probably miss them next Wednesday when they are both in school and my house is quiet!! Sometimes I miss them when they go to bed at night. I KNOW I will miss them! But What I really want is that older person or anyone to hug me, tell me its okay I can do this, and hand me a glass of wine, Oh and maybe tell me I’m pretty because everyone wants to hear that.  THATS WHAT MOMMA NEEDS RIGHT NOW. Thats what could make me a better mom today.

So cheers to the mom who loves her kids more than life itself, would do ANYTHING for them, but is barely hanging on to her own sanity over winter break. I hear you, I see you, I’m sending you a big ol’ virtual hug and cheers. This to shall pass mommas. And of course one day we will miss this. <3

XOXO

Rachael

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