One Year Later

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This afternoon I shared my results from my recent Hammer + Chisel program with my Challenge Group, and I came across my first “Before” photo that I took at 6 weeks post partum. Whew! Hard to look at for someone who has always been an athlete and in shape in the past. I am proud that with my body I was able to give life to two awesome little dudes, but I was eager to look and feel like my old self again. My mindset was much different than after my first pregnancy.

After my first pregnancy, I never really tried to get back to myself for a long time…18 months long. To be fair, I had to figure out who I was at a person since becoming a mom and I just didn’t understand how exercise could still fit into my lifestyle. I had many excuses…many of them were legit excuses…work, time, travel, gym commute, etc….but they were still excuses. I finally found a way to find that time for myself again when my son was 18 months old. I started the original P90X at home, and was SO pumped to start!!! …and then 2 days in I found out I was pregnant again with Baby #2. So while I did start my path of healthy eating, exercise, and “me” time, my journey was a little different than planned.¬†ūüėČ

After having my 2nd son, I was SO eager to finally get back to my daily routine and finally get in real shape again. My mindset had completely shifted and I had made that decision to go after some goals. I whipped out that 21 Day Fix and did 3 rounds in 3 months. My journey continued this past year with P90X3, 21 Day Fix Extreme, CIZE, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Country Heat, and lastly Hammer + Chisel. I honestly cannot believe I have been able to stick to so many programs over the past year, and this is the longest I have stuck to a routine in YEARS. I feel amazing, strong, my endurance is up, and even with little sleep and two little ones, I somehow have energy. With my busy schedule, I now cannot even imagine spending an extra time commuting to a gym or classes. These 30 minute home workouts + healthy eating (with treats of course!) + daily Shakeology have truly been a godsend for which I am so thankful!

Looking forward to rounding out my year with the 3 Week Yoga Retreat and the new kickboxing/MMA program, Core de Force. I love knowing what I have coming up, because it keeps me on track and helps me stick to a daily routine. Knowing how I felt after having my first son and then knowing how I feel now, there is no way I could ever go back!

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Hope you all had a great weekend, and you are enjoying this lovely Sunday evening!

XO,

Gina

P.S. The Country Heat Giveway winner was announced on my Facebook page, so head on over there if you want to hear more details about the package and who won the prize!

Sun Kissed

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Dress: ASOS / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Stella & Dot / Bracelet: Vintage / Sunglasses: Brickyard Buffalo / Lip: MAC Snob

Ahh this dress! During an online shopping spree for our June wedding season, I saw this dress at ASOS, and I just HAD to have it! I just love the bright neon florals for summertime, and it was perfect for the outdoor/indoor wedding we attended in Ithaca, NY. I hedged my bets with this one hoping it would fit as only the smaller size was available. I normally would have gone for the slightly larger¬†one, but it seems my hard work in the “gym” aka my living room has paid off and I was able to slip into this delightful fit and flare silhouette! So happy that it worked out, and we had an amazing evening watching the sun go down and dancing the night away with great friends.

It’s been a busy summer here with lots of traveling and more coming up in the next few weeks! Nashville is SOOOOO soon!!! Eeeep! If you don’t remember, here¬†is a post of me from last year’s Summit¬†breakin’ it down with CIZE at 8 months pregnant! LOL! I am getting so excited to return to the place where I met all my coaching teammates in person for the first time and looking forward to learning from the best about how to keep moving my business forward and changing lives along the way.

In other news…not that you all particularly care, but the fellow moms out there might! We are in the midst of potty training with my toddler, and so far it’s going MUCH better than I had anticipated! I speed read the Oh Crap! book which helped to reassure me that we were more or less on the right track! I can’t believe we are crossing this big milestone and he seems to be aging SO rapidly right now! Threenager attitude and all! LOL! The baby learned to full out crawl and now a week later he is pulling himself to standing. SLOW DOWN KID! Ahhh they grow up too fast don’t they? But I do admit, it will be pretty darn cute (and terrifying) when they are running around together/in opposite directions. Haha.

Hope you are all having a great week so far!! I am having a blast with the Jam out in July Challenge!! I don’t know why I haven’t been blasting music in my house during my workouts already! SUCH a great idea and such great motivation!

Make it a happy one!

XO,

Gina

CIZE it UP

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It’s FINALLY hereeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! I feel as if I have been waiting for months for this program to come out!

I have been practicing in my living room, and I was able to actually experience this program in person at our annual Coach’s Summit in Nashville this past week. The creator, Shaun T., was there leading thousands of us in a choreographed hip-hop dance routine. With the music blasting, a huge smile on my face, and a big ‘ole prego belly, I was ready to go!

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If you are the type of person who sees working out as a chore, something you dread, or as punishment and you are the kind of person who just wants to have some FUN…then CIZE is definitely for you. Even if you don’t really know what the heck you are doing, it’s such a blast the entire time, and before you know it, you are done and drenched in sweat. You won’t even realize how much you have exercised, because you were having way to much fun to notice!

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I snagged my copy at Summit along with a bunch of other CIZE gear (because I just couldn’t contain myself quite frankly), and I am hoping to get in some of these routines before Baby #2 makes his appearance! I would love to have at least 5 people join me on this 30 day dance party¬†starting August 3rd. Please email me at gina.notes26 {at} gmail.com if you want to join or for more information. I promise you won’t regret it!

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And now for the grand finale…a video of myself (in the black) and two of my teammates CIZE-ing it up on the dance floor at Summit. Keep in mind I am 34 weeks pregnant people! Try not to laugh TOO¬†hard! (although I know it might be hard to contain yourself). I have to say, I was happy for the song choice Shaun T. PG Chillin’ (those of you I grew up with know what I am talking about!)

So what do you think? Who wants to CIZE it up with me this August?

All in all, Nashville was a blast! I am trying to process everything that happened over the last few days…all the amazing things I learned not only for my business, but for my life. We heard so many transformation stories (physical, mental, emotional, and financial ones alike) that were incredibly inspiring, and this week I am going to try and go through everything I learned and break it down piece by piece and apply it to my every day life. What an incredible decision that was to attend, and with such incredible people!

As eye-opening as it was, I am happy to be home with my boys in New York, and back to my (almost) normal routine today. Hope you all have a fantastic week!

XO,

Gina