One month and one week. We are one month and one week away from Dday. 
You could come before or you could come after. 
As much as I’m going to miss the sweet kicks inside my tummy…I am so ready to meet you. We all are. We of course are patiently waiting for January to get here. Because we don’t want you to come too early! Keep on baking baby girl.
I feel I have so much left to do before you get here. Lists on lists of things to do before you’re here and some things left to buy. 
I think about packing our hospital bags daily. I haven’t yet though. I am almost nervous to. It will make it even more real. 
I am nervous. I am nervous to have two children to care for now. I am nervous to have two children to pack for on vacations. I am nervous to give birth. I am nervous to spend time inside of a hospital. I am nervous that we won’t have enough diapers, wipes, and other things. 

So many nerves. But for every nerve there is a million more feelings of excitement. I know all these nerves will fade right when we see your precious face. 
That precious face. Those perfect eyes. That perfect nose. Your cute little lips. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to see who you look like and see your own cute little traits. 
My pregnancy has been extremely easy. It has been great so far. 9 months is a long time. It can become exhausting. It IS exhausting. Growing a tiny human is tiring. Your body is constantly working 24/7. It never stops, ever. And then once the baby is born is still works to produce food for your precious baby. Our bodies are seriously amazing. Women are amazing. And I’m so proud and thankful to be pregnant and to be experiencing it all. 
I think sometimes we take it for granted. I find myself complaining at times I want my body back. I want the weight off. I want to run again. I want to workout harder. I want to feel myself again. I complain about little sleep. I complain about my clothes not fitting. I complain about the things I can and can’t eat. 

But then…I stop and think that all of those things are so silly. 9 months may seem like a long time…but compared to a lifetime it is a blink of an eye. It’s a precious time. And though at times I sit and complain and feel those rush of hormones hit me…it’s simply amazing to be pregnant. It’s something no one should take for granted. It’s one of life’s most amazing blessings. It’s something not everyone gets to experience. And that breaks my heart. 
It’s like I say with my running…when running gets frustrating I think about those who want to but aren’t able. Same with pregnancy. When it gets hard and frustrating I think of those who want it but can’t. And I appreciate it and become more grateful than I was before.
I know this post is somewhat random. But I just decided to get some words out today. And of course I wanted to add some of the wonderful maternity pictures we had taken this past weekend. Photo credit goes to http://www.jenretteromberg.com
She is so very talented and so fun to shoot with! Not to mention her photos are beautiful. 

Thanks for reading,

Lex 

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I have MOVED!

I have MOVED!

Hello dear readers!

I have some pretty grand and exciting news! I have moved to a new domain! I have a host now and I am moving on up! (ha ha).

My new website is lifeaslex.org (Link at bottom of page)

Please go over to it and follow my new blog and check out my very first post on it!

I am very excited to announce this news. I am so sad however to announce that I wasn’t able to export all of my information and what not. So, I will have to start over new. Check it out!

I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

http://Lifeaslex.org

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Opinions opinions opinions. I warned you.

Opinions opinions opinions. I warned you.

Hello all!

It was a busy weekend that is for sure. 

It was filled with coffee, game of thrones, corn maze, building up my garage gym, hot tea, and front porch sitting. 

I’d say that sums up one hell of an awesome weekend.

I’m currently working on a few blog posts but they aren’t where I would like them to be yet. 

I do however have a subject I really want to blog on.

I like to blog about my opinion of things that are happening in the news.

So, let’s talk about how Caitlyn Jenner has become “women of the year” by glamour magazine.

First, this is ridiculous because “Caitlyn” is not a women.

I read an article when things came out about Bruce becoming a women. I’ve wanted to make a post but just wasn’t ready until now. Anyways, the article that I had read made a great point..

Bruce Jenner isn’t a women. 

Now, I am not bashing transgendars. I can’t imagine how that must feel because I’ve never been in that position. Do I believe you can be born a women in a mans body? No, I don’t believe that. I believe if you were born with a penis than you are in fact a man..and if you were born with a Vagina than in fact you are a women.

Does Caitlyn bleed for a week straight once a month? No. Does she have the ability to go into one of the most painful things in life and that is labor? No. 

You know why? Because she isn’t a female.. 

I’ve posted before in one of my other blog posts about my views. So, if you’ve been following along you know I’m not a supporter of certain things. I don’t judge. But! I also have my own opinion. And yes, I will share it. 

I’m not judging Caitlyn by any means. I’m not judging anyone in the transgender community.

I do however think that the title of “women of the year” should be given to, in fact, a women.

I know, I know. The world today is changing. It’s a different place. Things are more accepted, clearly. That does not mean I have to believe in it or agree. I will state my opinions. I will share them. I will not however be rude to anyone who doesn’t share in my opinions as I’ve said a million times and I’ll say it many, many more. I love sharing opinions. 

Here’s another opinion for you all…I personally think it’s offensive to women. Again, MY opinion. Share it with me or not. My blog, not yours. 

I hate stepping on toes. Hate it. But I really wanted to put my opinion on this matter out there. I just…I almost don’t even know what to think. I’m so very mind blown. But, I have to remember this is media. Media receives attention. Putting “her” as women of the year obviously received huge attention. That’s what the world is about right? Or making a change or a difference. I bet glamour blew up. Bravo glamour for making your money. 

Let’s remember…they put stuff on there that will sell, that will stir stuff up. I know, because well, I’m a writer. You want stuff that will stir a little drama. You want something juicy. Trust me, I get it. I do.

So, my opinion? I’m not going to sit back and worry about a magazine trying to make money. I’m glad Caitlyn can finally feel good in her own skin. And I’m sure she has made a few pretty pennies as well.

With all that being said…now that I have gone off on a matter that 95%(or more) of humans have gone off about…I’m ending my rant/random blog post on something I really really couldn’t care less about(ha ha!)

Did I get your blood pressure up a bit? Did I have you disagreeing? Or even agreeing with me? Stir up some things every now and again. It works. 😉

So, congrats to the first male(or female? Penis or vagina?) to win “women of the year” award.

On another completely different note….

My home gym is coming along great!

A little side note to end this perfectly opinionated rant<3 

Back to your regular programming.

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Present

Present

  
(Pictured above…my peachy green tea from day 13 of 100 days of happy)

Now onto the blog 😉 

This ties into my tragedy post a little.

Being present is something I’m learning currently. 

I have a tendency to dwell on the past and worry about the future. So, becoming present has and is a huge challenge for me. 

When becoming present you have to live in the now. You have to be here. You have to be in the happenings of now. 

This is such a huge challenge. 

I have learned that yoga has been helping me to be present. I focus on nothing but my breathing and the flow of my body and my muscles. Taking deep breaths help me to be present. They help to relax me and bring my mind to the now.

Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t do a dang good thing for you brain or your body. It is unneeded stress.

Worry is one of the strongest of evils. 

Dwelling isn’t doing you any good either. If you’re stuck in the yesterdays of life then how are you going to enjoy and live today for the best it can be. If you dwell on yesterday or the past you might miss something today. You may miss something huge. You may miss the opportunity of your life. 

Focus. Focus on today. Tomorrow will take care of tomorrow, tomorrow. Tomorrow will become your present. Worry about it then, not now. 

Life will las by so very quickly. 

Trust me folks, I need to take my own advice. I need to learn from my own words. This is just something I know I need to do but getting to that point is extremely challenging.

I do enjoy challenges though. 

I will continue to work hard at it. Maybe one of these days I will embrace the present fully and live for today.

I don’t much dwell in the past(I do sometimes). I am more of the worrier of the future. Will I be able to pay my bills next week? Where will I be next year? Will I be here? Will I be somewhere else? Who will be there with me? What is going to happen? Is everything going to be okay?

That’s just a few of the questions I have for life. 

I just need to let go and be present. I will deal with tomorrow, tomorrow. 

So here is to the present, here is to the now. Here is to current. Here is to living today to be the best today it can be. 

Be present. Be current. Be here. Be now. 

Relax.

You got this.

Thanks for reading,

Lex 

Iron, the good stuff

Iron, the good stuff

  
I know, I know. I bounce back and forth between blogging about fitness to blogging about lifestyle and advice. I guess you could call me a fitness/lifestyle/advice blog all in one. Right? 

Anyways, let’s talk about iron. And no, I am not talking about the mineral found in your body.

Ladies! Have you been wanting to take your fitness up to the next level by weight lifting? But you’re a little afraid you might get “too big”?

Okay look, I promise you’re not going to get too big. The weight lifters that are female that you see packing on the muscle are working their tails off to get there. Hey are eating a lot of food in a day to put on the gains! Trust me, I joined Crossfit in febuary of 2015 and have been lifting weights since consistently. I have put on lbs on the scale but have lost tons of inches. I actually started to eat more because of the intense working out I was doing. And still didn’t get bulky. 

I am not fitness professional obviously. I just learn and share from my own personal expirience. I am not licensed to tell people what to do and what not to do. I do however know what has worked for myself.

Lifting weights is so very good for the body. It burns tons of fat and it actually does it fairly quickly. 

I now prefer lifting weights over cardio. This coming from the former cardio queen. 

My running wasn’t really doing much for me anymore. That’s when I discovered Crossfit. I was a little intimidated at first by the lifting. I didn’t want to look manly after all. And not only that but the thought of throwing lots of pounds above my head and squatting just didn’t seem like a good time. Or possible. 

I am not apart of a Crossfit gym currently. But, I am still lifting that weight! I couldn’t give it up. Lifting heavy is amazing. It gives you a sense of accomplishment each time you are able to lift more. 

Some tips I would recommend to any women…

•focus on the weight on the bar going up instead of the weight on the scale moving

•throw your pride away…push yourself when lifting but do NOT get too cocky 

•lift smart. Take your time. If it takes time to work up to heavy weights, don’t sweat it. You’ll get there.

•make sure you have your form down. Work on form before throwing weight onto the bar. Injury will come if you don’t work on that form.

•make sure to stretch out those sore muscles. Remember to take care of the muscles in your body. Working out is literally ripping and tearing your muscles and breaking them down to build them up to be stronger than they were before. So you most certainly want to help them heal and rest.

•take rest days..rest days are just as important as lift days. Let your body rest when it needs it. I personally take 2 rest days a week. Some times I take active rest days. (Active rest days I do yoga, walk, or something easy on the body)

•eat to perform…you don’t want to lift weights to turn around and eat tons of junk food. Don’t undo your hard work in the gym with nasty food.

•track your weight as you lift. You will want to keep track of PR’s(personal records). It feels really good to see the weight go up. So make sure you’re tracking it. 

•don’t get frustrated. When you can’t hot that next PR or you get stuck at the same weight for a while. Keep practicing. Keep lifting. And don’t give up when you aren’t seeing much in weight going up. It’ll come.

•use the free weights and the barbell. Switch it up. Use Dumbbells. Use the barbell.

•squat. Oh for the love of all things good in the world ladies…squat. Squat. Squat.

•did I mention to squat? Squats are so incredibly good for you. They are full body movement. They work so many muscles. Don’t believe me? 

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/get-stronger-7-reasons-never-neglect-squats/slide/1

Check out that link^

So, lifting weights isn’t going to make you bulky. It will however Ben that fat fast for you. It will lean you out. AND it’ll build a little muscle tone you’ve been wanting! I recommend having a gym partner to assist you in lifting heavy and watch your form and support you of course. 

I will attach a photo of me running miles and miles and being th queen of cardio vs. me lifting weights and doing some cardio.

  
This was only a few months difference. This isn’t even changing too much of my diet. This was going from sole cardio to adding heavy lifting. Can I get a heck yeah?! 

I didn’t get bulky and I didn’t look like a man. I love my strong body that works hard for me. I’ve worked my booty off (literally) for 4 (almost 5) consistent years now. I have worked out almost every day for almost 5 years now. That kind of blows my mind. 

So, how about giving weight lifting a try? It’s completely worth it. I promise. 

Remember, love your body no matter what. It works hard for you day in and day out. Take care of it. It has done nothing but support you since day one. Love it and it will love you right back. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Day one…100 days of happy

Day one…100 days of happy

 
Day one of 100 days of happiness.

Hiking. 

This afternoon was absolutely perfect. There is nothing I love more than hiking. I get to enjoy Gods creation, the best company, and being fit and active.  
When I am hiking I feel very very happy. There is fresh air and trees surrounding me. I feel like everything bad in the world around me fades completely away. I feel somewhat disconnected from the world. 

Disconnecting and taking a break from everyday life is so very important for our mind, body, and soul. 

Getting out there and enjoying your surroundings is so perfect. How can you look around and not feel blessed to live on such a wonderful planet. To be able to have another day on this earth. To enjoy your friends, family, and children. Soak up some sunshine and let the happiness and joy in.

I believe this 100 days of happiness is going to be such a great thing for my mind. Bringing positive thoughts and energy into my body is exactly what I need. Hopefully I will bring positive energy to those surrounding me as well.

Disconnect from the world. From social media. From email. From texting. From phone calls. Get outside and enjoy the REAL world. The computer and iPhones and androids. That is NOT real life. Anyone can be anyone they want to be on devices. Get out an enjoy real people and do real things. Love the world around you and enjoy the two legs you were given. Because not everyone is that lucky. So do it for those who can’t. And be happy.

So, here is to day 1 of 100 days of happiness. Here is to hiking. Here is to spending time with those you care about. Here is to enjoying nature and the two legs you were given.

And make sure to check out my Instagram for my 100 days of happiness post on there as well. 

Thanks for reading as always,

Lex