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Things I Love and More {February 2016}

To be completely honest, I’ve been avoiding writing this post…February 2016 brought me to my knees {both to count my blessings in gratitude and to beg for God to tightly wrap me in his grip in a season of heartache}.     

things i love and more {february 2016} | www.nourishmovelove.com
photo credit: jenna kutcher

To be completely honest, I’ve been avoiding writing this post. Hence why it’s over a week late. February…I just don’t have the words to summarize this month. It was one of the most emotional months of my life. I think the best way I can describe it is an amazing high, followed by a tragic season of heartache. Let me lay it out for you in timeline format:

I found out I was the National Winner of the Christopher & Banks Amazing Woman Contest {thanks for nominating me mom}


  As a result I got to donate $500 to The Her Initiative which led to collabing on The Party for Her Minneapolis {more on that below}


The big one…Tim {my husband} and I started telling our close friends and family that we were pregnant {between 8-10 weeks}!!!


Which led to starting the hunt for a house


I landed my first sponsored blog post


Tim and I joined a bible study group


I started a blog mentorship with Fit Foodie Finds and The Healthy Maven {they’re kind of a big deal}


Life was good, so good!


Then came the final week of February. I was getting ready to jet off to Cali for Lori Harder’s Bliss Project, and we had our 11 week doctor appointment to hear babies heartbeat…ekk, the anticipation…I’m guessing you know where this is going…


There was no heartbeat. As we drove from the midwife center to the emergency ultra-sound my whole world unfolded. I’ve never prayed so hard for a miracle than I did in that 15 minute drive. I plan to post more on this later as I believe it’s time to break the silence, and to finally start talking about miscarriage.

But as tears stream down my face in the coffee shop right now, I know that little baby Bomgren is swaddled in God’s arms in heaven.

And that’s why this post is so hard for me. Yes, there are so many things I loved about February, but I would’ve traded them all for a heartbeat.

So I’m going to keep this post real short and sweet!

3 things i personally love right now

  1. my amazing friends & family. we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with love and support and i’m so grateful!
  2. women empowering women. i’m honored to have won the Christopher & Banks Amazing Woman Contest and I love that they are encouraging everyday women to be amazing {and i adore my mother who nominated me, she makes me cry every time i watch this video; love you mom}! and i’m inspired everyday by the women in my nourish + move training program!
  3. my b {aka my baby blanket}. i know it sounds silly. yes, i’m 27 and I still sleep with a baby blanket. and yes my husband wants to throw it out. but there’s nothing more comforting than burying your face in your childhood baby blanket.
things i love and more {february 2016} | the her initiative | photo credit: jenna kutcher | www.nourishmovelove.com
photo credit: jenna kutcher

3 things i’m currently working on

  1. giving more. if you watched the Christopher & Banks Amazing Woman video above you’ll hear me reference my desire to be less of a go-getter and more of a go-giver. so i’m hosting a fundraising event in partnership with the her initiative! Minneapolis ladies come sweat, eat, and shop with us on Saturday, April 9th at The Party for Her Minneapolis. I’ll be leading a workout, Fit Foodie Finds will be providing healthy treats and various small, women-owned mn businesses will be sharing their goods. Support local while impacting global!
    *Get all the event details here.
    **Purchase your $25 ticket {by making a $25 donation} here.  
    ***If you’re a mn small, women-owned business and want to join in the fun, contact me — lindsey@lindsey.madetothrive.com!
  2. trusting God. surrendering entirely to his plans for me. this one will take some time but growing in my trust through lots of prayers and spending time getting to know him in scripture.
  3. daily walks. no more ‘i’m too busy’ excuses. i’m making time for daily outdoor walks {outside of my regular daily exercise}. they make me happy and reduce stress, so i’m making them a non-negotiable in my daily routine.

things i love and more {february 2016} | twin cities live | www.nourishmovelove.com

3 things for the fit girl in you

  1. Try a new workout class {even if it’s outside of your comfort zone}. i’m a group fitness junkie, but i’ve always turned my head at cycling classes. so when a group of barre instructors decided to take a cycling class i reluctantly joined. and i loved it! if you live in minnesota you must try surge cycling. It’s like a nightclub on wheels, and it’s been a game-changer for my energy and mood these past couple weeks! And the Orange Theory class I recently tried was pretty great too.
  2. Plank to the Casper Slide Part II. turn up the jams and follow this video!
  3. Cook dinner + work your booty and thighs + clean your kitchen floor. i share how to do it all in my recent segment on twin cities live.

ps – add these tunes to your workout playlist. confident by demi lovato, sax by fleur east, dear future husband meghan trainor, holy spirit by francesca battistelli {cool down jam}.

pss – the Nourished 7-Day Refresh is coming soon! I’ve partnered with dietitian Stacie Hassing and we’re sharing all our tips and tricks to getting back in the groove with 7 days of real food and exercise. More details coming soon!

Tell me what are 3 things you love right now? 3 things you’re working on? And your favorite fit girl tips {I’d love to hear what’s rocking your workout playlist}, comment below!

  1. Lindsey, I am so sorry for your loss. I will definitely keep you in my prayers, and know that you will be an amazing mom in the future <3

    Huge congratulations on all of your recent successes and high's – it has been amazing watching you grow. I can't wait to see what else is in store for you.

    • Les! Thank you so much for your kind message and prayers; we’re feeling so much love! And right back at you, baby steps everyday right?! We’ll get there one day, one blog at a time :). Thanks for the love and I just adore what you’re doing as well — keep up the great work! xo-Lindsey

  2. So sorry to hear your struggles. You are definitely not alone. I read this blog post (http://lifeinleggings.com/family/dear-baby-h/) last month and I am sure there are many more like it. I know a lot of people who have trouble getting pregnant. It is definitely something you don’t realize until you get to a certain age!

    On a positive note, I loved your segment on Twin Cities Live and I love Surge Cycling and Orange Theory Fitness!

    • Jill! Thanks so much for reaching out! Yes, it’s so helpful to know there are so many women who have gone through or are currently going through the same thing. And it’s time to start talking about it so we can support one another. I love the blog post you shared – thank you! And we’re going to have to grab a workout class together soon once your foot heals up! Lots of love for a speedy recovery! xo-Lindsey

  3. I just started following you and truly believe God allowed me to find you. My husband and I recently joined a gym and started getting active with our boys and changing our diet. I instantly felt a relatablness to you, but not for the fitness aspect, although I am loving the Instagram feed and blog, but because I also had a miscarriage (10 weeks along) last fall. We went to the appointment and there was no heartbeat. It was the hardest thing we have ever dealt with in our lives up to this point. We are Christians and believe that our baby is in heaven, but it still hurts. Thank you for your honesty and openness. Prayers, love, and hope for the future!

    • Elizabeth! Thank you so much for your message; I love that you found me! I’m so sorry to hear about your loss last fall. Although their is comfort in knowing you’re not alone it’s still a challenging path to walk. I understand all those hopes and dreams you had for that little one…it’s so difficult. But there is comfort in knowing we will get to meet our beautiful unborn babies in heaven. Surrendering to God, His plan, and His will for our children past and future is much harder than I ever anticipated, but I know the plans he has for us…plans for a prosperous future! I’m so grateful you reached out and love that you and your husband are tackling your health together! Keep up the great work, you never know who you’re inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing with me! xoxo-Lindsey

  4. Know you are covered in prayers and God’s love right now! I can’t even imagine the heartache and confusion right now but rest in knowing that you are wrapped in His arms and he is a God who loves and comforts. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and I feel like it is so pertinent to your situation and heartache right now! So never forget ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!” Big hugs to you and your husband and family!!!

    • Millie! I just adore every word you wrote! You are clearly a strong woman of faith which I admire. Thank you so much for your message; I’m clinging tightly to your words, knowing that God has a beautiful plan for me and my future motherhood. Thank you so much for the love and prayers! xoxo-Lindsey

  5. Lindsey- I am so very sorry for your loss. I too know the pain and grief with losing 3 beautiful babies. We definitely need to be open about our babies we have lost, as all too often we are given the message to keep quiet because it makes others uncomfortable to talk about. You are so not alone… please reach out if you ever want to talk to another mama who has been through this and continues to work on the healing process daily.
    Much love and hugs to you and your husband.

    • Melissa, I’m so sorry to hear about your multiple losses. My heart aches for you and you are clearly a very strong woman. It’s so comforting to know you’re not alone in a time of what feels like isolation and silence. Thank you for reaching out. I appreciate your kind words! We are finding more and more peace each day, but I agree that talking about it helps the healing process and it’s time to break the silence! Thanks Melissa! Much love, Lindsey

  6. I am sorry for your loss. My first pregnancy miscarried and still over 20 years later, each year on the due date of Feb 2nd, i close my eyes and think of what could have been.
    The one thing I would forget often, was that my husband suffered the loss also, so I really feel that the dads need to break their silence also.

    • Pam — thank you so much for your message! I’m sorry to hear about your loss as well. No matter how much time passes, the memories of your unborn child remain and I adore that! And yes, I love that you brought to attention your husband. I feel like I’ve received an outpouring of love and support from women, but you’re right; we need to make sure our husbands are receiving the support they need too as this is just as much a loss for them. Thank you for your kind words! xo-Lindsey

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have suffered many miscarriages in the past but have four healthy, beautiful children now. There is absolutely nothing more heartbreaking than losing a child. I was always very open about my losses as well, and it does help you heal a bit to know you aren’t alone – so many women go through this! Thank you for sharing this.

    • Janet — I’m so sorry to hear about your losses; all the hopes, dreams and excitement you had for those little ones. It’s hard to let go, but yes I’ve found so much healing in sharing my story with other women. We are not alone and it’s time to break the silence and start sharing our stories Thank you so much for reaching out! xo-Lindsey

  8. Sending you thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being so open about this topic and opening up your heart. I am hoping you know how many people are sending their prayers and that you find some comfort as you move forward each day.

    • Chelsey – thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers! I’ve found so much comfort in sharing my miscarriage and I hope to share more on it as I think it’s time to break the silence on this topic. We are overwhelmed with love and support and are finding more and more peace each day so thank you for reaching out! xo-Lindsey

  9. thanks so much for sharing, lindsay. when i read your posts in february, i had a feeling you needed pregnancy related prayers. my mom went through the same thing and i can’t imagine what you are feeling. keep clinging to the Lord, girl. i’ll keep praying for you. and congrats on winning the amazing woman award – it’s not surprising. you are pretty awesome!

    • Jen! Thank you so much for reaching out, for your thoughts and prayers. Yes, there are so many women traveling the same bumpy, path. Comforting to know I’m not alone. Finding peace in His plan for me and motherhood. Thank you for the kind words Jen! xo-Lindsey

  10. Oh lady. My heart aches for you in such a real way. We lost a pregnancy at 5 weeks in December and it is such a deep loss, of something you only had for a short time yet loved so fully already. No words can heal, only time, but please know that I know what you’re going through and am here if you need to talk to someone who understands.

    • Erin — I’m so sorry to hear about your loss; all the hopes, dreams and excitement you had. It’s hard to let go, but finding more and more peace each day and I hope you are too. I’ll be praying for the both of us, we are in this together {along with so many other women}! xo-Lindsey