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4 years ago today I said "I do," to this sweet man! ✨
I am so lucky to share my life with someone who has so many of the same interests and passions. The past few years have been full of adventures, rediscovering our fitness journeys, and slowly expanding our family
(πŸ‘‹πŸΌhi,Sydney🐢). ❀️
I've been blessed with the most patient, kind and supportive man; who always believes in me and in everything I do. Erich has always supported my TIU journey including the time right before our wedding, again when I dove back into TIU after we moved to Hawaii, and now as we have started running together nightly.
4 years down and a lifetime to go of love, laughter, good health and endless journeys.πŸ’«
πŸ“·cred: @danyelle_mcneely
#tiuhusband #tiubride #tiumarriage #tiufamily

Saturday Storytime. #TIUjourney
April 2016: I was recently engaged to my college sweetheart and wanted to change my body (shedding before the wedding, aka get skinny). I invested in the #TIUnutritionplan . Meal prep, macros, calorie counting, working out, and healthy eating wasn’t new to me. But I needed something different, because what I was doing wasn’t working. I followed the plan (sometimes), worked out (intermittently), it all felt overwhelming and I was looking for results in the scale…which didn’t happen.
Fast forward to March 2017: Stressed out, feeling inadequate, equating my size (which wasn’t getting smaller) to my self-worth & a one-month countdown until our wedding. This was the breaking point. My ever-supportive fiancΓ© and I talked and agreed goals had to change (all my focus went to my mental health and overall well being, I was going to be a happy bride with my body on my wedding day, no matter what size I was). Start: Daily mindfulness and beginning of meditation.
May 2017: One week before I turned 30! The wedding had come and gone, and it was AMAZING, definitely the best day of my life. But this didn’t mean my life was over, there was so much to work for…especially my overall health. One night I made the decision I was going to take my fitness and nutrition day by day, and just try my best (simple as that) (my 30’s would be the best decade yet). #TIUBikiniSeries completed, #TIUSummerToneUp in progress and I feel the best I have felt in years! I’m challenging myself daily and being gentle with myself simultaneously…it’s the most beautiful balance. I am so thankful my #TIUcommunity is growing, because this means my goals and life will only be supported more by girls who understand this journey, live this journey, and will share in the triumphs and challenges of our journeys together.
Everything before 2016…that story will have to wait for another day. Stay tuned!

#throwbackthursday to fun times & #halotop with these girls!!! They decided to join me on this crazy #tiujourney and they are killing the #summertoneup challenge! Go follow them @mollie_elizabeth_hill & @sarahkbishop πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ‘―πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Love you girls πŸ˜˜πŸ’œ

Hey Sheppy, remember that one time we decided to get Starbucks & we were almost late for graduation? πŸ’πŸΌπŸ’πŸ½ I miss doing life with you, especially now more than ever with our #TIUjourney πŸ’ͺ🏽 Love ya! πŸ’– #FlashbackFriyay

Anotha evening walk with my gal @laurenmw_tiu in the books! πŸ‘―βœ¨πŸŒΌβ€οΈ
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It's so fun to chat with another #tiugirl who experiences the same ups and downs of this #tiujourney. πŸ™ŒπŸ» I love knowing that I can turn to Lauren and the #tiucommunity for constant guidance and support. πŸ€— I'm one lucky gal!! πŸ’•
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#tiucheckin for a #5k #pmwo with Lauren and #totallytoned #tiubootycall! 🀘🏼Tomorrow's #friyay! We made it, #tiuteam! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
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#tiu #tiuteam #toneitup #tiumotivation #tiubesties #tiufriends #tiusummertoneup #summertoneup #tiunutritionplan #tiunutrition #tiustl #tiustlouis #tiumeetup #tiulaurens @tiu_marnie21 @karenadawn @katrinaascott @toneitup

Why hello there. Side to side push-up made these daily moves last forever. Those were hard as hell. πŸ˜… Truth time: have not felt like taking a selfie and posting updates at all. It's not because I'm not doing them. I have been more than consistent. I have just felt all kinds of sad and defeated lately. Unable to shake some bad feelings then I got some disappointing news yesterday. It's like I know I need to regroup, that there is only one direction to move in(forward) but I also feel like I hold the key to my happiness and I've misplaced it. Usually waking up in the AM and kicking off my day with @toneitup is enough for me to balance those yucky feelings but not so much lately. I can't figure myself out of it. So I think I am basically giving into the bad and hoping the silver lining will appear sooner rather than later. Can't believe tomorrow is JUNE already. How did this happen?! Six months into 2017, and what's happened so far? Only motivates me more even when I'm feeling low. Sending you all happy vibes. Almost the weekend.πŸ˜‡ -e #tiunyc #tiubikiniseries #tiuteam #tiujourney

Okay, here we go! Transformation Tuesday! Here are my results from the Bikini Series to the end of the 7DSD. Both pictures taken on a Tuesday. I was up earlier than the sun! So taking natural light pictures took some time, and as you can see the sun still needed to come out more. My shadow looks skinny. πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸ» I'll submit my transformation story on ToneItUp.com I told my #tiudfwgirls that I was pretty nervous posting these photos! I was afraid it wasn't enough progress! But! I am proud of myself! I am a satisfied but have that zest to go further! These results, they are with me living my #tiulifestyle which includes me going out and having my queso and margs. I love this lifestyle! Even when I do my days with queso and margs I know I can come right back to eating πŸ’― % LCG and get rid of whatever weight put on. Living this lifestyle, I will have to look for the exact number but at the end of the Bikini Series Pre-Slimdown I was still down by 1 lb. To be able to have my treats and still lose weight. Total win! πŸ™ŒπŸ» The 7DSD took me down to my best yet in the Bikini Series. Excited for the summer challenge! My notes on measurements on the bottom was measuring each thigh and arm, calves were the same. I hope that you girls are still inspired to continue this #tiujourney with me even though the Bikini Series is over! We are here for each other! We still have things to look forward to! Summer Challenge is right around the corner! Me? I am eating Bikini Series Meals and doing my workouts with walking included. πŸ‘πŸ» Good job on all those who attempted and/or completed the Bikini Series! You all are #tiubombshells in my book! I would not be pushed nearly as hard or enjoy the journey nearly as much without ya'll so thank you! ❀️ Let's keep going together! πŸ‘―β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸŒ΄πŸ‘™πŸ’ͺ🏻#tiuteam #tiubikiniseries #7dayslimdown #7dsd #tiutransformation #tiunutritionplan #tiumeals #tiugirl #tiucommunity #tiutexas #tiudallas #tiufortworth #tiudfw @toneitup @efoxy_tiu @tiu_travelgirl42 @jch_fitness @nicwiththenat @lauramarie19_tiu @burpeesforbrunch

#tiucheckin 30 minutes on the stair master + Daily Moves πŸ’ͺ🏼 I didn't get a chance to take a picture after my workout so I decided to use this post as a little self reflection some #wednesdaywisdom with a selfie - no make up, no filters, ready for bed, my hair isn't even brushed πŸ˜‚ it's important to remember who we are, all of our successes, failures, mistakes, flaws & perfections - all the good & the not so good makes us, us. We're told a lot to change, if you acted a little more like this or looked a little more like that or did things in a different way - but what's most important is being exactly who we are, who we were meant to be. I'm taking this time to remember exactly who I am and embrace all of my imperfections and love myself for it all. My #tiujourney is teaching me not only how to fuel my body and mind right but how to be my best self and let that shine through always πŸ’• #tiuteam #summertoneup #tiugirl #tiuaccountability #tiulove #tiuworkout #tiuselfie

***Warning***long post πŸ˜‚WOW!! I am in complete awe by everyone's pure love of our Gemma's arrival πŸ’– these last few days have been a beautiful blur 😻 I know you all told me getting to hold her was the best thing ever but I have a hard time putting the feeling into words, it's better than anything I could actually say πŸ€—πŸ‘ΆπŸ»β€οΈ.....ok...reflecting back on my #TIUjourney today because my healthy lifestyle helped get me through what my doctor described as an intense labor, that could have ended very differently. Before I found @toneitup I struggled with my relationship with food , I didn't understand how to balance my lifestyle and had no clue where to start. After some online research I found @karenakatrina and the #tiunutritionplan and jumped right into the #bikiniseries πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŽ€ after one year of @toneitup I was in the absolute best shape of my life...physically and mentally πŸ’– and its how I always wanted to start a pregnancy, welp one June morning I woke up to a Big Surprise πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ nothing makes your heart race faster than seeing the word "Pregnant" πŸ’–πŸ’– sooo many emotions!! Throughout my pregnancy I practiced what I had already mastered with @toneitup BALANCE πŸ™πŸΌ I did not deprive myself of dessert or carbs or cravings and I did not overdue my workouts...some days I didn't feel pregnant and I took advantage of those days with a "pre pregnancy" style workout and other days a 1 mile walk kicked my butt...so listening to my body was critical πŸ™‚ for me, having an #activepregnancy was not about my body it was about my mind. Pregnancy hormones are intense and even the smallest workout made me feel happy, less anxious, less sleepy and less achy! Well here I am now holding my beautiful bundle and so thankful to have had @toneitup and the #tiucommunity over the last 40 weeks. Some of you have been following my pregnancy and some of you have been following my entire journey πŸ˜±πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒβ€οΈ and I just want to say thank you!! The support I feel from everyone has kept me motivated, balanced and CONSISTENT in my lifestyle. I can't wait to start my #tiupostpartum journey πŸ’•πŸŽ‰ I have weeks of healing before I can start but until then I'm just going to snuggle babe πŸ˜πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

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Well this was a yummy concoction! Silk dairy free mango and peach yogurt with 1/2 grapefruit and a dash of organic granola.
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Haven't had much time this week to focus on fitness and health! Been painting our house for the last 2 weeks. Went to bed at 4am last night painting. I think we're slowπŸ™„#tiuteam @toneitup

Anotha evening walk with my gal @laurenmw_tiu in the books! πŸ‘―βœ¨πŸŒΌβ€οΈ
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It's so fun to chat with another #tiugirl who experiences the same ups and downs of this #tiujourney. πŸ™ŒπŸ» I love knowing that I can turn to Lauren and the #tiucommunity for constant guidance and support. πŸ€— I'm one lucky gal!! πŸ’•
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#tiucheckin for a #5k #pmwo with Lauren and #totallytoned #tiubootycall! 🀘🏼Tomorrow's #friyay! We made it, #tiuteam! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
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#tiu #tiuteam #toneitup #tiumotivation #tiubesties #tiufriends #tiusummertoneup #summertoneup #tiunutritionplan #tiunutrition #tiustl #tiustlouis #tiumeetup #tiulaurens @tiu_marnie21 @karenadawn @katrinaascott @toneitup

#tiucheckin 30 minutes on the stair master + Daily Moves πŸ’ͺ🏼 I didn't get a chance to take a picture after my workout so I decided to use this post as a little self reflection some #wednesdaywisdom with a selfie - no make up, no filters, ready for bed, my hair isn't even brushed πŸ˜‚ it's important to remember who we are, all of our successes, failures, mistakes, flaws & perfections - all the good & the not so good makes us, us. We're told a lot to change, if you acted a little more like this or looked a little more like that or did things in a different way - but what's most important is being exactly who we are, who we were meant to be. I'm taking this time to remember exactly who I am and embrace all of my imperfections and love myself for it all. My #tiujourney is teaching me not only how to fuel my body and mind right but how to be my best self and let that shine through always πŸ’• #tiuteam #summertoneup #tiugirl #tiuaccountability #tiulove #tiuworkout #tiuselfie

Happy Tuesday!!! Got my bootycall in before 6:30 this morning and I'm ready to go for the day! Got my americano from Starbucks β˜•οΈand heading off to work now! I hope you all are having a great morning and killing it!! βœ–οΈβœ–οΈ
#tiuteam #tiucheckin #summertoneup #tiubootycall #tiubarre #tiuliveworkout #tiutotalbody #tiusocal #tiusouthbay #tiuhermosabeach #tiuaccountability #tiusweatyselfie #tiujourney #tiubossbabe #tiucoffeeaddict #karenakatrina #tiubestie @tiu.ms.fit @toneitup

Spring scramble on this rainy spring-like day 🌧️🍳
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#tiubootycall walk β˜”βœ”οΈ
#gratefulnesschallenge βœ”οΈ
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Today I would like to give a shout-out to @weighed_down_by_250lbs_tiu ❀️ your videos are so inspirational and really helped to keep me motivated and focused early on in my #tiujourney ! You are beautiful inside & out, keep rockin' it girl πŸ’ͺ🌻🏈
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#tiugirl #tiucheckin #tiurva #summertoneup #tiuaccountability #tiuvirginia #tiubride #tiufam #toneitupteam #tiuteam #healthyhappylife #positivity #fitfam

Another #nevermissamonday for the books!! #pmwo was 20 min walk/run with #TIUpup and the #tiuliveworkout with Karena πŸ’ͺ🏽 #summertoneup #tiuteam #tiuflorida #absworkout #charitymiles #tiuorlando #toneitup #tiugirl #tiujourney

Gahhh idk why it took so long to post this, but I woke up and did the #tiuliveworkout. I have to say this was one of my all time favorite workouts and @katrinaascott's message was amazing at the end. Thank you so much Kat for such an amazing yoga flow and message. You're amazing! βœ–οΈβœ–οΈ #tiuteam #tiucheckin #tiubootycall #summertoneup #tiumotivation #tiuaccountability #tiugirl #tiubabe #tiusouthbay #tiusocal #tiuhermosabeach #tiujourney #tiuyoga #tiubestie @tiu.ms.fit @toneitup

Long day. Much longer than intended. Went to the watermelon festival and lost our keys, but we didn't know until we got home. Went back to look for them and the old girl was so tired, she protested any more walking. Normally she hates being carried but she seemed to enjoy it. She wouldn't hop down even when I sat on the curb to rest. No luck finding the keys even after asking shop owners, vendors and cops. My newest favorite tradesmen is the locksmith!! I'm even too tired to meal prep. And if carrying her doesn't caught as a workout, then you all can suck it. 😘
And!! I ate NO junk food!! We stopped at a Thia place to rest and got a few healthy appetizers and get some water. After, I did treat myself to a King of Pops watermelon mojito popcicle.
#tiuteam #tiucommunity #tiu #toneitup #tiurva #tiuva #tiucheckin #tiumember #sundayfunday #tiujournal #tiujourney #tiuapproved #tiusummer #summertoneup

Meal Shop/Prep Sunday for this #tiuplantbased girl! πŸŽπŸŠπŸ‹πŸ₯πŸˆπŸ“πŸ₯‘πŸ₯’πŸ†πŸŒ½πŸ #summertoneup #tiuteam #tiuvegan @toneitup

Yoga and abs + total body workout. Tone tone tone. Eka Pada Koudinyasana ! #totallytoned #tiuteam @toneitup thanks @katrinaascott !

So, I'm going to be REAL honest on how this next month is going to go. Workouts will happen when they can. I'm planning on trying to get 3-5 in a week from here on out. The reason why I'm I am trying to set that goal is because if it comes down to working out or studying for my CPA exam on the 8th, then I HAVE to study. My fitness journey and my study journey are both for me! Yes, I need those three letters C-P-A at the end of my name for work, BUT losing 10 more pounds and being healthy is MY choice as well. Yes, I ate πŸ•last night and feel like crap, but I will get my workouts in when I can. Remember this journey is for each of us and I definitely feel my best when I do workout and eat well, but balance is key and right now I need to slightly shift my priorities BUT doesn't mean I'm not going to be posting, it may just be a bit less! I hope you all are killing it today! I'll be hitting the πŸ“š and will try to fit in a quick workout, but won't beat myself up if I don't! βœ–οΈβœ–οΈ #tiurealtalk #tiupriorities #tiujourney #tiuaccountant #tiuplan #tiuhermosabeach #tiusouthbay #tiusocal #thisisforme #cpastudylife #tiumotivation #tiucommunity

After a few extra days off this week (wed - fri) and general falling off the wagon, it's time to hope back on. These last few days were a much needed mind vacation. I'm feeling rested and ready to get on track + stay on track. The effects of over indulging in sugary candy πŸ™ˆ and general unhealthy food are real. πŸ˜’ It's a good reminder of why I need to put in the extra effort to eat right.
I should treat my body with respect, afterall it takes care of me and gets me thru life. It's what allows me to be healthy and active, fit and agile, strong and tough. The last few days of treating it like crap have created a debt I must repay. 😏
Saturday marks 8 weeks, or 56 days until the #tiutour hits #tiuchicago . I can't wait until I get to meet my amazing, beautiful, sexy, and strong AF MILF of an AP @strawberry_shortcake9172 . It's going to be the time of our life.
So for the next 8 weeks it's time to get down to business. It's time to get things done. It's time to hit the ground running and take care of myself, my body, and my mind. Let's do this!
Tonight:
Roasted a few veggies and rolled out some super tight knots on the rumble. One thing I like about using pressure point tools is the way it makes me slow down. Forces me to pay attention to the different feelings, sensations, and tension releasing. For me it helps bring me back to Earth and grounds me. πŸ’— I Lit some incense, turned on some music, and threw the legs up da wall after. Such a restoring pose; allows the heart to take a break from pumping, helps the lymph system drain, stretch the legs and back, and calms the mind. Soothing and pure relaxation. As always I had to fight for my spot. My little clingy shadows were with me. 🐢🐢 Don't forget, your dreams never expire. They are always there for you. You just have to take a deep breath, and try, try again. I hope one day to be able to eat healthy with ease and without overthinking it. I had to take a step back, reset, remember my goals and priorities and keep pushing on. Im on a beautiful (& hard sometimes!!) journey that compares to no one else's. It's mine and mine alone.
Love this community and the support β™₯️

Pomegranate, pineapple, mixed berries, almond milk, protein pow, flax. Toppings: kiwi, chia, coconut, gogi, granola, cacao #tiuteam @toneitup

Barre-n-booty-burn Day. Work those legs and bunsπŸ‘I ❀️working the gluteus Maximus!!! Now back to work... then home remodel all night ☺️#tiuteam @toneitup #summertoneup

#throwbackthursday to fun times & #halotop with these girls!!! They decided to join me on this crazy #tiujourney and they are killing the #summertoneup challenge! Go follow them @mollie_elizabeth_hill & @sarahkbishop πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ‘―πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Love you girls πŸ˜˜πŸ’œ

Happy Friday EVE!!
So I've procrastinated on my accountability post because I didn't take any photos except for of my coffee that I got on my 30 minute walk today. Which I did after my #tiuyogaflowwithemily and the #tiu5stretchingmoves which felt AMAZING might I add. Instead of posting the coffee I decided to go with a #allnaturalselfie, I post natural selfies most of the time, butits mainly because I'm working out in the morning, but normally not after I've showered and have continued my day. Here's for feeling comfortable in your own skin! I hope you all are having an amazing day and kicking butt βœ–οΈβœ–οΈ #tiucheckin #tiuteam #summertoneup #tiusouthbay #tiuhermosabeach #tiusocal #tiucardioday #tiuyoga #gonatural #tiuconfidence #tiujourney #tiumember

Today was the BEST DAY EVER! I am SO excited that the barre live workout was put up, I actually did that instead of the HIIT but I also did one round of the #tiu5toningmoves because my arms were SO dead after #tiubarre with 5 pound weights! I'm so proud of myself for doing the workout today, mainly because I promised myself, but decided not to this morning and kept putting it off, BUT it's done! And I can check that off my list πŸ˜‰. I hope you all are crushing this Wednesday! βœ–οΈβœ–οΈ #summertoneup #tiucheckin #tiuteam #tiubootycall #tiuafternoonworkout #tiumember #tiujourney #tiuafterwork #tiuhermosabeach #tiusouthbay #tiusocal #tiuliveworkout #tiucommunity #tiuaccountability #tiubestie @tiu.ms.fit @toneitup

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