Just a few days late.. my little ray of Sunshine is 4 months old! Emilia is turning into the sweetest baby. She is always happy and loves to smile at everyone she meets. She's just started to giggle and it melts my heart. Emilia rolls over constantly now and hates to stay on her back for too long. She's working on scooting and I'm sure she'll be crawling in no time. She has become quite vocal and loves to coo and gurgle all the time. I'm sure her first words aren't too far in the future. She is grabbing anything and everything in sight, especially her toys. She reaches for everything she sees and will roll or scoot to grab it. She absolutely loves to put her fingers in her mouth. She hates binkies and being held like a baby. She wants to sit up and tries her hardest to do so. She's been working very hard on building up her tummy muscles but for now she get by with a little assistance from Mom and Dad. Watching Emilia grow has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Everyday we experience something new. She has a spitfire personality and is incredibly determined. She is achieving milestones that we wearn't expecting for a few months. You can tell she wants to do so much but her little body isn't quite big or strong enough yet. I'm so proud of her and how hard she is working to grow and learn. I pray that she goes through life always determined and always motivated. She's showing us that nothing can stop her and she will achieve any goal she sets her heart to. #4monthsold
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👉 I can say I am proud of myself. I woke up early and got my workouts done every day this week before work! I knew it would not be easy, but I still did it because I want to see results. I did not want to get to the evening and use school or being tired from work as an excuse to not working out. No excuses. I know me and I did not want to give myself more chances to flake out. So despite telling myself I was tired in the morning, I dragged this butt out of bed and worked out. 🤩
I did get Chinese food with the boyfriend 🙊🙈 Hey it’s 80/20 life and I didn’t even eat anything except oatmeal this morning. I tried to be aware of what I was eating. It’s crazy how much my stomach has shrunk and how easily I can get full. I did have some pork fried rice, some beef and broccoli, and two slices of this sushi roll called the Patriots. 👉 I also acknowledge that my body is sore as fuck and I love it. I hate it yes because I am sore, but love it because I know I put in my best effort for my workouts this week. I do not beat myself up over a meal that may not be 100% on point 👌 because I am human. I workout and have changed my lifestyle. I am a better me and that matters more to me than counting calories and killing myself over one meal. I can say this because I know that Monday I will be at those workouts again. I am not quitting fitness and eating healthy will always be my side kick in this journey. 👉 I share this with you to show you that I am real. I am imperfect and that is why I do this journey. I am a coach because I want to show people you do not have to be perfect to be apart of this community. You do not need to be flexible or fit. You do not even have to had exercised before. I am here to help you change your life and learn to love yourself in the process. I do not want behind or in front, but beside because that is what a fitness family does. ❤️👯♀️ Are you ready to jump feet first into this new journey? I promise as long as you talk to me, I will not let you sink. I will keep you afloat and give you that summer bod that you want. 😘
Chase the feel GOODS with us 🌎🏃🔥❤💛💚 https://linktr.ee/isabelle_dowlin
Sundays are great days for meal prep. My boyfriend starts a 6 week challenge tomorrow and this in one way I can support him. We both prepped out some meals for the week and are ready to rumble! What are you eating this week?
Hi, my names Jade & I’m a big fat idiot head.
Months of no squatting & my knee felt ok (meaning I wasn’t limping) until I was left unsupervised in the red room on leg day 🤷🏽♀️ No more squats until post surgery, I promise 🤦🏽♀️ #WhyAmILikeThis
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💥Portable Protein Snacks💥
🍔The benefits of protein are numerous: keeps you filling fuller longer. requires more energy to digest, helps build lean muscle mass, not to mention the benefits to retaining muscle as we age, bone health and injury recovery.
🌮But we are all busy people and seem to be on the go 24/7 and sometimes getting our protein in can be difficult.
🌯Good news here is that you can get your protein in while you are on the go. And many of these you can actually find in many airports if you are in a real pinch
🥓Now let’s be really clear here - nothing beats being able to cook up your favorite chicken or fish recipe at home, but these options are great in a pinch for busy people
🍜Greek yogurt - Comes in a single serve container, so all you need is a plastic spoon!
🦑Protein Bar - Protein Bars can have 20+ grams of protein, but you want to be careful of the calories. There are a ton of varieties out there - find the one that fits your nutritional guidelines
🦎Jerky - Usually comes in a resealable pouch and in many different varieties. Can pack 9 grams of protein per ounce!
🦋Non fat Cottage Cheese - These single serve sizes contains 10 grams of protein per serving. -
🦈Protein Shake - Measure out your powder and, keep it in a shaker bottle, and just add water and shake. Most protein powders will have at least 20 grams of protein per scoop. There are a million varieties and flavors at all price ranges.
Tuna Packets - Contains anywhere 🐠from 10-20 grams depending on the size. -
🐝String cheese - Each stick of string cheese brings with it about 7 grams of protein
🐧Hard boiled eggs - Peel them and dump them in a zip lock bag. Each whole egg contains about 6 grams of protein and a crap ton of nutritional goodness
🐁A piece of chicken in a zip lock bag - This is how I roll all the time. I literally cut up a piece of chicken, put it in a zip lock bag and off I go.
🐿You can make your life even easier by getting one of those small portable insulated lunch bags with an icepack and you are good to go for hours
➡️Whats your favorite protein snack?
Ooooooo so sweaty but got a workout in!!!!! Literally dripping with sweat! The day got away from me but wanted to sweat before work! Did you get your Sunday workout in?!? 🏋️♀️💪
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SO with the semester starting again & work being back in full force PLUS working out and fitting sleep and studying in somewhere, I meal prep! It helps keep me on track and helps me control my portions! For breakfast: biscuits lined a muffin pan and I used one egg, mushrooms and spinach, bake for 20 minutes and VOILA! For lunches/dinners, I used chicken and veggies, shrimp and veggies, and green beans! For snacks, I have one oz of almonds, one serving of carrots (3oz), my “water bottle bags” that are cucumbers, lemons, and limes. I freeze them, pop them in my water, and I have cold, infused water all day long! I also have some #questbars , and some apples! #mealprep#yummyfood#fitlife#weightlossjourney#weightloss#weightlossmotivation
Seriously this dandelion tea taste like graham crackers! 😝
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Practice gratitude today for all the wonderful talents and gifts you possess; as well as all the blessings you have today.
Sure, there's always going to be things we want to change and stuff we want to have but unless we truly appreciate everything we are and have today - we can never truly move forward because we won't appreciate what we gain TOMORROW either.
You are exactly where you are and who you are because of what you've done consistently up until today.
You've obviously felt those habits and choices were important enough at the time so appreciate this person you are and where you are RIGHT NOW.
Trust me, there are millions of people in the world who would give ANYTHING for what you have.
Looking at ourselves from outside/in, allows us to see the wondrous gifts we already own.
LIKE if this makes sense to you and COMMENT your biggest blessing today!
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20 facts about me
1. I’m 25 🎂
2. I’m from Cardiff, and living in Sydney
3. I joined slimmingworld in May 2016 when living in London 🍎🍐🍊
4. I decided I would carry on in Australia 🇦🇺 as it’s a plan that works for me and I found lots of other Brits who do the same and I even weigh in every weds on a Facebook Australian slimming world group
5. I studied history at university 🎓
6. I was a British champion in cheerleading
7. Im a fluent welsh speaker 🏴
8. I met my boyfriend Ollie on my first day of uni, became good friends and didn’t get together until 5 years later ❤️
9. Classic oldest sib 👨👩👧👧
10. Ollie and I spend 80% of our time figuring out how we can get a pet dog 🐶
11. Until I got my tonsils out a couple of years ago I would get ill every other month due to stress (getting them taken out has done my health a world of good) 👩🏻⚕️
12. If I could change anything about Australia it would be having all my fam and bestie out here 🌎
13. My favourite animal is a rabbit and I have no idea when I picked rabbits or why but they’re the best 🐰
14. While everyone thinks bey is queen I am a Tay-Tay follower through and through 👑
15. I’ve always wanted to break a bone so I could have crutches but now I’m older I don’t think it would be too practical 😂
16. My favourite fruit is a strawberry 🍓
17. If someone gave me a beauty fund I would love veneers (and if they didn’t have to grind your real teeth down) 😬
18. Until Australia I hadn’t left Europe or done a long haul flight and now I’ve been to Thailand, Australia, New Zealand & India ✈️
19. One of my weekend jobs was working with trading standards and busting companies for selling things they shouldn’t to kids (I personally worked on cigarettes, spray paint and fireworks) 🤥😂
20. I made it a resolution to use Instagram to keep myself focused... 📱
How am I doing?
I tag @slimmerdownunder@zoes_sw@laurasally_sw and @zozoxxx 💕
This @foodandwine Smoky Shrimp and Grits (mine came to 6sp/serving) is a household favorite here! It’s easy and so flavorful.
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I've had a lot of 'stumbles in the road' lately. This weekend included! But no matter how many times I fall, I'm not going to stop trying.
I'm not going to give up this time.
I'm not going to be complacent in my unhealthy and destructive lifestyle. Even if it means my journey to lose half my body weight and become a happier and healthier version of myself takes a crazy long time, I will keep standing back up and trying again. It's a lifestyle change not a diet anyway, so it doesn't really matter how long it takes 😁.