Wednesday, December 5, 2018


I have been sitting here eagerly planning my 2019 return to the blogging world... and then I was like- Val, come the heck on. What are you doing? Why in the world are you going to waste another 4 weeks just sitting around thinking about content and writing and all of the things... instead of just getting your butt in gear and doing it now? So I slapped that bad idea out of my own head and here I am! AND. I have been doing the internal voices battle of launching this as a comeback or just kind of sneaking back into the blog- and acting like it hasn't been almost three years since I've written. But that would be dumb. I want you guys to know where I've been and what I've been doing. It's not like I just vanished! I've been building my brand on social media, growing my coaching business, traveling and I also had another baby! In case if you don't follow me on IG or Facebook where I of course have shared every step of the pregnancy and postpartum journey there! I've been immersed in all things family and business for the past couple of years! So now! I have really missed blogging! I see all of my friends who blog and I was like... so why did I stop that again?- well i'm not gonna. I am back and ready to share with you all of the content that makes feel good and I'm hoping that not only are you going to be excited about it! But that you will share it with your friends too!

Today, I'm just going to keep it short and sweet with a few tips on HOW I KEEP MYSELF SANE AND TOGETHER during the Holiday Season! Especially as a mom of 3 girls, a wife to my high school sweetheart and a business owner who let's be real.. would be a workaholic if I didn't have my hubs to say... PRIORITIES BABE. Let's keep them in check.

#1- Stop feeling like you have to deprive yourself of all the things! Listen- I am totally into health and wellness. It's how I've built my brand, how I lost over 20 pounds nearly 5 years ago, kept it off, got some abs and muscles I never knew could exist in my body and then got pregnant, had a kick butt pregnancy and NOW i've lost all of my baby weight the HEALTHY WAY... of again, not depriving myself but taking the show up for me everyday approach. So listen. find YOUR happy medium between over indulging like you are a bear stocking up before going to hibernate for winter and depriving yourself to the point where you didn't have your fave holiday treats and then you go and end up binge eating all the things to make up for it. Don't do that. Drink lots of water, eat veggies or a salad first and then pick your faves and have some!!! Be prepared before a party, and just enjoy the season with your family and friends. I drink my shake everyday to help keep the cravings at bay and especially before I go to a party where I know I'm gonna want to eat everything in sight. Kinda my happy medium!

#2- Workout everyday. Yep. I said it. Workout everyday. Okay- at least six times a week. 30 minutes a day. And here is WHY. Because it's the best way to reduce stress, anxiety, tiredness, and a bad mood! It's the best way to increase mood, gain energy, be happy, less stressed and actually feel so good about yourself! Sweat really does do something magical! PLUS you'll be eating more than normal during the holidays.. We all do sister! It's okay! So you'll be prepared and PLUS- you'll get into a routine NOW so come January 1st it won't be that God awful New Years Resolution again.. you know the one you make every year.. that's not cool. Start now.

#3- Lots of water. Drink up!! Seriously it helps. Flush your system of the crap you're eating and the added stress that just comes with the territory of BEING MOM AT CHRISTMAS! I want to add how much I love it when people talk about this being the cold and flu season... no friend it should be called the increased exposure to germs from travel and being in and out of school parties and lowered immunity because of the garbage you're eating season!! LOL!! I'm one of the garbage eating people too so don't think i'm over here like munching on carrot sticks while everyone else is eating the lady fingers. GUESS AGAIN. I will stuff my face plenty. trust me! So water and my shake and lots of zinc and vitamin C and D are my sick fighters. Along with the workouts! It usually does pretty good!

#4- And last but not least. Just don't sabotage all of your hard work. Ask yourself- is this cookie really worth it? Or should I wait for grandma's homemade peanut butter pie on Sunday? It's kinda the this or that theory and it has worked for me. I AM NOT a statistic of the gaining weight around the holidays. I LOVE TO MAINTAIN and then hit the workout program and meal planning hard in January. So if you want some help from yours truly- shoot me an email and we can get ya hooked up with something that will fit YOU and YOUR LIFE.

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