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    My Journey to Health: Week 2

    Week two of my postpartum weight loss has been more challenging than last week. If I’m being completely transparent, it seems I have lost a bit of motivation. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been exercising as much this week as I did last. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been sleeping as well — I don’t usually sleep well when my husband is away. I’m sure there are a lot of reasons but either way, I KNOW I WANT THIS and because of that, I am not stopping! Consistency is key, after all, mamas. This week also proves that we need to pay attention to our bodies and not just focus on what the scale says. I’ve lost inches this wee but gained weight. You may…

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    My Journey to Health: Week 1

    Well mamas, week one of my journey to health is complete and I am feeling great! The beginning of the week started off rough with sugar cravings and exhaustion, but by the end of the week I began to feel great. The most significant change I have seen is the bloat around my midsection disappear. I am feeling so much thinner already! Along with following a meal plan, I have also been exercising and I’m so happy to already be seeing results! I found an amazing home workout that pushes me and leaves me feeling sore, and I’m so excited about it! I realize I have a long way to go but I’m so excited to finally be taking a step in the right direction.…

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    My Journey to Health: Prep and Before Photos

    Weight: 199 lbsChest: 42″Waist: 36 3/4″Hips: 45:L Bicep: 13″R Bicep: 13.5″L Thigh: 27.5″R Thigh: 27.25″ Am I proud of where I am? No!Am I excited for where I am headed? You bet! My Health and Fitness Goals Goal #1: Exercise 3-5 days per week and on rest days perform active recovery.Goal #2: Eliminate processed foods from my diet.Goal #3: Lose 20 pounds by the end of this 16-week period. Join Me! I would love nothing more than for you to join me on this journey toward health and wellness. Don’t have a home gym? No worries! Aren’t sure where to get started? That’s okay! Simply join my email community where I will be sharing recipes, tips, workouts, and more! Are you ready to take your…

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    My Correlation Between Physical Health and Infertility

    I accepted Christ into my heart in April of this year and have yet to look back. Since being saved, I have plunged head-first into the Christian lifestyle   I have read countless Bible studies. I have volunteered for a local women’s ministry. I have begun a blog. I have read Scripture daily. Though spiritually I am doing great, if I’m being completely honest, physically I am not. My website is Barbells and Blessings, after all, and yet I haven’t picked up a barbell in weeks. Spiritual health is extremely important but physical health and self-care are also. If you know me and my story, you know I have a difficult time getting pregnant. It is only by God’s good grace that I have the…

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    Must-Have Equipment for your Home Gym

    As I prepare to begin sharing my workouts, I thought it would be appropriate to show you the equipment I have in my garage gym. Personally, I prefer to work out at home vs. a fitness center. There is absolutely nothing wrong with exercising at a fitness center and I actually have a gym membership that I utilize for fitness classes and long cardio sessions while binge watching Netflix (don’t judge me!!), but as a mom of two toddlers, I need the flexibility of being able to work out at home and not having to worry about finding a sitter or placing my kids in childcare. There is also something so incredibly satisfying about exercising in the southern Georgia heat. The extra sweat that a…