I upped my weights to 20 and 25 lbs tonight and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to walk straight tomorrow BUT I’m getting so much stronger I can feel it! I got out of the shower and can’t believe how clearly I can see my thigh muscles. It’s wild. I’ve never seen muscle on myself, not like this lol. 🏃🏼♀️💪🏻😂🌷 This program I started is not easy and pushing me physically and emotionally but I love it. I needed a new focus, a new challenge and a good ‘ol kick in the ass to remind myself that this journey is NEVER over. There’s always room for improvement, for building strength on the outside of our bodies and within. 🧘🏼♀️ #myfighttofeelbetter has only truly just begun!
Anyone else obsessed with AMAZON swimsuits?! 👙I used to spend so much money on suits when I was younger and while these probably aren’t the most amazing quality they are so comfortable and really help support this mama body of mine - covering the area I am most self conscious of which is my little Riley pouch from pregnancy and stretch marks on my lower abdomen. I am so happy with this one!
I know I haven’t been sharing much in terms of exercise but I just started a new 80 day program and I’m fired up. My girlfriend @melroseseiler and I are working out together every morning at 6 am and while it’s not super easy right out of the gate to get up so early and workout, I’m LOVING IT! We are only on day 2 and I already feel like my days are insanely long. It’s also forcing Riley out of bed early so I’m praying for some earlier bedtimes now that’s she’s not sleeping in so late haha.
Where are your favorite spots to buy swimsuits? I just can’t get over how great these are for the price! This was $15! I’m so ready for summer but it feels like it’s never going to come to the coast. I’ve been cold since the fall. 🌧
Slowly but surely since about February I have been cleaning out my closet, trying EVERYTHING on and if it doesn’t feel right it’s gone. Even then I’ve still felt the clutter of it all and became intrigued with the idea of a “capsule” closet. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. Mines a bit different to reflect my own style. CASUAL. I put any and all dresses except one in a bin under my bed and parted with anything I don’t wear anymore. My color palette is grey, with some other shades of grey, more grey and a few floral pieces. 😂🙌🏻🌷 I’m a minimalist and as I’ve gotten older, became a mother and started living a very active lifestyle, most days you’ll find me in leggings and a comfy t shirt. I wear what feels good because I need to be able to move the way I do without feeling restricted by my clothes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My new closet has about 38 pieces (excluding workout clothes and essentials like underwear, bras and socks.) The storage you see below my clothes is all things medicine cabinet/bathroom like spare razors, ointments and medicines, backup stuff, my make up, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I already feel a huge shift in my mood when I look at my closet. The only items in there now are things I actually wear! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because we live in the PNW with a climate that is very mild, mine will not be seasonal, mine will most likely serve as a year-round capsule closet! I also had to focus on things that keep me warm and dry since it is so wet here with 90+ inches of rain a year! 🌧
I will not deny that I still have a bunch of stuff in my house that I love and may never be able to part with, but clothes are something that needed serious attention and downsizing! I feel so much better! Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? I’d love to hear how it’s served you and your life! #capsulewardrobe#athomewithemmarose#myfighttofeelbetter#minimalism#minimalist
I’ve been a little MIA because there’s just a lot going on right now, including some rest and recovery. My shoulder hasn’t been 100% so I finally realized rest was all I could do. Luckily I’m feeling a lot better and starting a new program tomorrow! I’m nervous because I’ve tried to start it before but kept running into roadblocks so I’d end up going back to my usual routine. This time I have a friend doing it with me and we’re meeting every morning at 6 AM in my living room. Wish us luck! Since hitting my goal weight my new goals are to burn the excess body fat and get toned! I’ve got a lot of work to do but know that this program I’m starting is going to help me reach my goals! 🧘🏼♀️🙌🏻🏃🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve also been focused in on my business over at @emmarosecompany prepping a bunch of things to finally finally finally hire an assistant! I neglect so many things I should be doing but don’t ever have enough hours in the day to do and realized I need help. I need to free up more time to create content, blog, help others with their health goals... the list goes on. I’m so ready for this next chapter and can’t wait to find my person because I have this feeling it’s going to make a huge impact in my life and business! ☕️🙏🏻📝 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Shaun’s been gone and we’ve been having some nice girl time 🙌🏻. She got grounded from her car last week for not listening to me when I was screaming for her to stop. I thought she truly COULDN’T stop but come to find out she did not want me to put my mat and weights in there to take home. I was furious but it’s been about a week and she has assured me that when mommy says stop she will stop. Haha. 🚙 Stinker. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wanted to share this pic from my birthday weekend last weekend! All I’d been craving was chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream since I didn’t have cake or anything and we found this folk event happening and I found my absolute favorite kind! It was just perfect. 🍨 #myfighttofeelbetter#athomewithemmarose
She refuses to take this thing off. It’s hilarious and when she walks by someone she locks eyes with them and does a twirl that screams “look at me! Okay now tell me I’m a pretty princess.” 😂🙌🏻 Oh to be 3 and give zero F’s when in public. I hope she never changes.👸🏼 You may have seen her prancing around Olympia today haha. #threeyearsold#three#sidekick#princesssofia#athomewithemmarose
Junior preschool is such a special program for little ones to be introduced to school and the routine of it all. Riley LOVES school and she loves her friends she’s made this year. ☀️ Including this little one, Logan! These girls are like piss and vinegar. They’re besties one second and fighting the next, it’s pretty hilarious when you get two strong personalities together to see what happens but no matter what, Riley always talks about her “buddy” Gogan. :) I can’t believe Jr preschool is over and they will be in preschool this fall! We got Riley all registered yesterday. 🙌🏻 Not the best second picture she was moving so fast this morning running to school! #athomewithemmarose#rileymaerose#preschool#lastdayofschool#juniorpreschool
"It's not what we have in our life, but who we have in our life that counts." - J.M. Laurence
We aren’t the same people today that we were standing in front of our family and friends committing to forever and exchanging rings. That was a beautiful time but we didn’t yet know or realize just how many challenges would come our way. They warn you, “marriage is hard” but you don’t listen because you’re so in love before the wedding and nothing can impact those feelings. But marriage is hard. We’ve had to learn to navigate “real life”, complicated shit we’re still trying to sort out, family dynamics, compromise, sacrifice, and learning how to best serve and love one another, every day.
I can be perfectly honest with you when I say things haven’t always looked this picture perfect. I have been in a really bad space for a few years... physically and mentally. However, since starting #myfighttofeelbetter I’ve not only learned self love but I’ve learned all over again why I love this man so much and my feelings for him are even stronger than they were in my mid 20’s when we got married. We have learned to lean on each other, use our weaknesses to grow into better people, learn from our mistakes and grow from them and love each other a little bit harder and better everyday. So yeah, it’s not easy but it’s by far the most incredible thing in the world to be a family and to know you have people who will always have your back and love you unconditionally. Moving away from my own family has been a significant challenge in my daily life but these two remind me every day that no matter where we are or what we’re doing, they are my family and we can do anything together. Shoutout to @loragradyphotography for pictures I can’t stop staring at... love! 🙌🏻💕#athomewithemmarose
One of the many pictures I’ve received from Shaun this weekend while he and Riley have had some wonderful one on one time! 🌿 Today they are sturgeon fishing and Riley looks so dang happy and cute in her overalls I had to share this one! Ahhh I love them.☀️
Ahhh I’m spoiled! Surprised by my man for my big 3-0 with my own BOW! 🏹 Something “they” don’t tell you when you feel good about yourself is how much it also improves your relationships. Shaun and I have always struggled to find similar hobbies. Since #myfighttofeelbetter began I have so badly craved more connection with my man and slowly but surely it’s naturally happened. When I was younger I loved archery at summer camp and have loved watching Shaun pick it up and love it. ☀️ I was sold at the @traintohunt to get into this with him and can’t wait to see what’s ahead for this new adventure together! Thank you to Lucky Shot Archery for setting me up and making the experience finding the right bow for me so fun! #pnw#archery#myfighttofeelbetter#bowhunt#bowhunting
For well over a month now I’ve been fighting some physical ailments. First was my butt. Yeah, you heard me... my butt and the worst nearly 3 weeks of pain and discomfort I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy... if I had a one. 🤔 I’m still not 100% in that department but chug my miralax everyday and consume proper amounts of fiber to ensure the fissure I have doesn’t get horrible again. Yikes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then most recently.. (May 8th according to my IG video I posted of the workout), I did one of the most challenging cardio workouts yet and felt great throughout it but the moment I got inside and sat down I said outloud “Oh shit.” Something in my neck and shoulder area was NOT ok. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Since then it’s been pretty terrible. I tried massage, I tried home remedies and I even let a chiropractor pop me. Nothing worked. Last night I drove to an appointment in tears because my head hurt so badly and my neck hurt. Ya, I’ve had a headache since the 8th... anyway, I was hopeful but feeling defeated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I started in a pod that kept me super warm and vibrated. I dozed off for a little snooze. #heaven . Then unlike any other massage she focused on hitting pressure points in areas that weren’t even my “pain”. She had me stand up and lay down, get on all 4’s, etc. my spine was unaligned but she realigned it through her practice and for the first time in 16 days I don’t have a throbbing headache and I can move my neck properly. I literally can’t even begin to describe how much better I feel! Wanna know the best part? She’s been doing this for over 70 years. Yes, she’s 89 and one of the sweetest and kindest women I’ve ever met. Her presence and touch instantly made me feel safe and taken care of. It’s annoying to me how many issues have tried to knock me down but I haven’t let them. Now I fight for my health, for this body of mine. I could have used all this as another excuse but instead I have been proactive for myself and my body... listening to it and trusting when it just wasn’t okay. I am hopeful I can finally get myself on track to being pain free. It’s been a rough few weeks but somehow I’ve managed to crush my goals through it all. #myfighttofeelbetter 🧘🏼♀️
Yesterday I was feeling anxious for a shoot and held off on my workout all day. Then time passed quickly and everyone was soon to arrive. I had about an hour and a sink full of dishes. It was either A. workout then or B. not workout and tackle the dishes hoping I’d have energy after my shoot to bust it out. I knew in my head I’d be exhausted after pictures so I ignored the kitchen and busted out one of my favorite workouts.
It was hard but immediately after my workout I felt completely recharged and ready for the evening ahead! 🙌🏻 Sometimes it’s hard to show up, get through it but it’s ALWAYS worth it afterward! #myfighttofeelbetter
I love my little assistant. Today we ventured down to a little private beach on the Ranch to location scout for an engagement session! It was colder than anticipated so Riley got to wear my jacket while I shivered lol! 🙌🏻🌥 we had a total tease of warm weather and then back to cool temps. I’m ready for summer!
Yesterday I decided to pack up the girls and head to the studio for some cardio. 🏃🏼♀️💪🏻 I just wrote a somewhat sappy post about my feelings about this space over at @emmarosecompany if you’d like to read my thoughts. This is my last month in this space. This is where #myfighttofeelbetter began. I put a post on Facebook that said I’d be in my studio on 12/4 for a workout, and anyone was welcome. Several people started with me, but only 3 of us remained through the past six months. Not all our workouts were in here, but SO MANY were. When this started I wore baggy T-shirt’s and uncomfortable workout clothes. Since then I’ve lost 45 lbs, found myself along the way and feel better than I have in 7 years. I’ve learned my own definition of healthy and what I need to be the best version of myself. This space helped me find accountability on my journey, and helped me build some of the most meaningful connections with other women here in this town. ☕️🙌🏻 This chapter in my life is closing, but a new one is starting. Today I’m at my goal weight but this is just getting started. I have goals to get strong, and really tone this temple of mine. I want to keep working on self development every day, chasing my dreams, loving on my people better, growing my business while also slowing things down, and continuing to help others change their life and bad habits, too. The program I use every single day changed my life. It showed me that anything is possible and even the most hopeless of souls has the power to make a positive change to be healthy. ☀️ So yeah, this space holds so much meaning to me, but I’m in a space that nothing will stop me from showing up for myself, every day. I don’t need a big fancy space to keep crushing my goals. I will miss it and all the memories we’ve made in here though. 🙏🏻🧘🏼♀️