Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Life is constantly evolving. We grow. Situations change. Challenges pop up from time to time. That's what makes things interesting. While change can be difficult, I embrace it. Dare I say, I look forward to it.

There's been a lot of change in our lives these past several months. Some amazing things, and some not-so-amazing things. But, I'm a firm believer that even the most difficult of experiences happen for a reason. We may not understand it immediately, in fact, we may never fully understand. I just focus on keeping the faith that it will all work out in the end, and it always does.

For the past 7 years, I have lived 7 hours away from all of my family. I'm a very independent, stubborn person. So, while I love and adore my family more than words can express, I enjoyed having my own little space. However, as a single mother, it felt very lonely at times and was difficult without a strong support system around.

This summer, my mom got a job in town and moved to Laramie. Dylan followed in August to attend school and we're suddenly surrounded by loved ones. (This is one of the amazing things I mentioned). We are absolutely loving having them around. But, it does come with some adjustments. There is far more socialization and adult interaction in my life these days, again, one of the good changes.

On top of this, my baby is not such a baby anymore. In the past few weeks, I feel like he has become a completely different person. He's a little boy now with so much to say and a wonderful imagination. Wyatt still enjoys our workouts together from time to time, but he's constantly on the go. He is my number one priority and always will be. My time with him is precious and I do my best to make the most of it. If he's not into it, I feel guilty working out while he's in the other room. This has caused a lot of missed workouts recently. Don't get me wrong, they are worth missing for him, but I'm much happier when I can get a sweat session in.

Then, there's work. Work has been incredibly stressful as of late and doesn't show any signs of letting up. Combined with my current aches and pains, I am exhausted. Both mentally and physically.

So, what's the point here, Miss Tiffany?

All of these changes, among others not mentioned, requires some re-evaluation of my current fitness/health plan. For the past 6 months I have been working out in the evenings. Moving forward, I feel it's going to be best to try morning workouts before getting ready and heading out for the day. As far as food goes, I have been doing some research on clean eating and food prep to see where I can improve in this area.

I am excited for these changes, and I'm hoping that by doing so, I will start to see improvements all around. However, I need some advice! This will all be new territory for me, so I have questions:

Do you workout in the mornings? What tips do you have for being able to get out of bed early and be alert enough to push yourself? 

Clean recipes? Food prep advice? 

If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Or if you have any posts on these subjects on your blog, leave a link and I'll be sure to check it out!


  1. It's so funny that you would write about this today. I used to LOVE working out in the a.m. but my daughter started sleeping in the bed with us and she wakes up if I am not laying next to her. I gave working out a try this morning and she didn't stir. So, I am looking towards working out around 5 am in the mornings now. I hope you like. I know I do.

  2. I changed to morning workouts this June and haven't looked back at all. I love being able to enjoy my evenings and dinner prep with the kids. Honestly I think I have more patience and am getting to enjoy my time with them now more than ever.

    My alarm goes off at 4:25am and I workout at home on the treadmill or a P90x disc or whatever to get a solid 45minutes in.

    Luckily I don't need too much sleep, I get to bed by 11pm and maybe once a week it catches up with me and I go early at 9:45.

  3. I have a few clean recipes on my blog but I highly suggest cleaneatingmag.com and graciouspantry.com. They have some awesome workouts! I am not a morning workout person but simply because I have to get up at 4:30 to get to work so there is no way I could fit it in. But on the weekends I love working out first thing! Just make sure to get some fuel in your body before you workout!


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