I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my first lifestyle changes post with Jawbone! Oak will be four months in just a few short days, and when writing this post I really realized how fast it’s going. I’ve also realized that some things just happen at their own pace, but you have to be brave enough to get it going along. And isn’t starting always the hardest part? Yeah, it is.
I’m happy to say that I’ve started with just a few lifestyle changes and I’ve only become stronger, included more changes, and implemented more healthier living routines on the daily.
Since the start of my relationship with my Up24I’ve re-evaluated the relationship I want to have with my health and fitness. I’ve acknowledged all the road blocks and I’ve decided to keep pushing because I am happier when I push myself to be better. On this journey, I have come to terms with the idea that things just happen as they will. I am the owner of my goals and dreams. I have done my absolute best not to let any circumstances hold me back from being the best kind of me.
Truth is, when I give to myself I am a better mother, wife, business partner and overall person. Giving myself the opportunity to live a healthier and more fit lifestyle dedicated to my needs and my goals is the best gift I could give to myself and my family.
Initially, my goal was just to get moving more. Here in the city, you walk so much, and for a long time I counted all of those miles out and about as my daily workout. But when you are raised here, live here, and you’re constantly active, your body gets quite used to that level of activity. It was no longer a workout for my body, but just a way to maintain. And maintaining was and is the last thing I’m looking for.
I committed myself to three workouts a week, juggling between basic yoga, a home video, and running. I felt empowered and stronger each day. I would go into my Up app and time an activity. At the end of each one I would see how hard I worked, and just seeing it on the app pushed me to do more-challenge myself. Now, I’ve committed to working out everyday, yes everyday. I am on day four and feeling so great, better than ever actually.
I feel like in the last few weeks my family has been able to make a few changes that helps us be a more balanced unit. Remember when I told you that the Up24 allowed me to track my sleep? Peter and I took this portion equally as seriously. Peter stays up until an unfathomable hour almost every other night. I usually feel him crawl into bed right before the sun comes up. He was able to set a friendly reminder on his app telling him that it was time to head to bed. And somehow having the Up24 tell him to go to sleep was better than his wife, typical. 😉
This has also been great for tracking baby Oak’s sleeping patterns as well. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Oak develop a true comfort in a routine and sleeping through the night. I would set my Up24 in sleep mode and and it would track my patterns every night. Peter and I noticed that Oak would wake up (because I woke up) every morning around 2 am a little. He wouldn’t want to nurse, and actually was still mostly sleeping, just whining a bit with his eyes closed. I would run over to his crib and try and soothe him, and that alone took forever. After a few days and some reading I came to the conclusion that babies, just like us have sleeping patterns, and just like us they don’t like to be disturbed during their quiet and noisy sleeping patterns. Every night when I went running to Oak to “soothe him” I was actually disturbing his personal sleeping rhythm. After a few nights of quietly sitting on the bed until he fully fell back asleep, he no longer had the whining patterns. Now, he usually goes down around 7:30pm, dream feeds at 10:30 pm and is peacefully sleeping until 5/5:30 am, usually a good six hours of sleep for both Peter and I! It’s all kinds of awesome and Peter and I feel incredibly lucky with this little baby. So much so, that now we think he’s ready to share a room with his big sister!
I am not going to say the myUp24 is the reason why I’ve decided to change, it isn’t. But it has been a fantastic tool in keeping me in line in a easy going kind of way. There’s no one throwing numbers or goal dates in my face, and there’s no pressure to be someone I’m not. My pace is mine, my health and fitness routine is mine, and I really feel like my Up24 is keeping me true to myself in the best kind of way on this new journey for a better LaTonya.
Thank you guys for following me along on this journey. I will update you via Instagram sometime soon on how it’s all going!
This post was in partnership with Jawbone, but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting my partners who I believe in!