Elaine Andino

Pregnancy and Pole Dancing?

Don’t get me wrong, despite how much faster my pregnancy stomach showed up, I’m feeling great, exercising regularly, juicing and eating lots of healthy-for-me-and-the-baby-foods. Yet despite all my healthiness and regular trips to the gym and my husband’s encouragement, I feel pregnant! I’m wearing pants without zippers and have fabric up to my chest. My stomach shows up to the party a good five minutes before I do.

Moms Encouraging Moms

Today I spent my morning hanging out with a few friends and our broods of children. We have set every-other Wednesday aside to chat, drink coffee, laugh, drink coffee, let our kiddos play together and drink coffee. This time together is explicitly designed to be a place where we, as stay-at-home moms, can get together to bond by sharing the ups and downs of parenting, life and our faith. It’s also a “mommy wars” free zone and, when the kiddos‘ yells and playful shrieks momentarily die down, it’s a place where we can be honest and encouraging

Know Your Own Strength and Beauty

Remember when I decided to get into shape and start crossfit? Well it’s been almost two months since my epiphany and let me tell you, crossfit is hard. And exhilarating. And tiring. And exciting. Did I mention hard?

Each time I leave class and am drinking my protein shake, I’m amazed at what my body can do. Last week I flipped a 225 lb. tire multiple times, did dozens and dozens of pull-ups and hundreds of squats (with weights!) and tons of other equally intense exercises. How is this even possible?! It’s crazy to me what our class will do in just an hour! And during each class, I get glimpses of the feats my future self will accomplish and I’m so motivated to push myself.

Daring to Crossfit

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I am one of the millions of women who daily peruse Pinterest. I love to pin nearly everything that could possibly relate to my life; recipes, activities for toddlers, clothes, how to decorate my home and how to clean my newly decorated place. And let’s not forgot how much I’ve learned about gardening my non-existent garden.