Elizabeth Garkowski
(@lizgarkowski)

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Proud mama to twin girls, one typical and one with enhanced chromosomes 💛💙 | Holistic nutritionist in training | Endo Warrior 💪 |

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Because sometimes you just need a chill day with a pretty coffee! . It’s the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada.. and for once, the weather has been beautiful. We’ve been spending lots of time enjoying it as a family. . I did want to take a minute today though to let you know that my next group focused 💯 on nutrition (read: workouts not required!) is starting next Monday! This program has been a game changer for me and has helped me not only have a more positive relationship with food but also lose 1.5lbs in one week after being plateaued for almost a month. 🙅‍♀️ deprivation,🙅‍♀️ restrictions. . If you’re interested in joining in drop me an emoji below and I’ll send you some details! #healthyeating

Happy birthday to our beautiful girls. . We waited what felt like a lifetime for you. We prayed for you. Went to countless doctors appointments, had invasive procedures, shed lots of tears, even spent 119 days in bed.. . Now here you are and you made it so easy to forget all of that. All of that heartache brought us you... and I would do it over and over again. I now understand that if it had happened on my own timing.. it wouldn’t be you. So thank you for waiting. Thank you for choosing us. . Here is to an amazing first year and all of your adventures yet to come ❤️ . Love, mommy . . . . #twinlife #twinmom #twingirls #chromosomecutie #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #upwithdown #upsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #downrightperfect #morealikethandifferent #downsyndrome #trisomy21 #t21 #firstbirthday

I’m sitting here on the eve of the girls first birthday and I’m filled with emotions reflecting on the last year. . Hard to believe these photos were taken a year ago (almost). It feels so long ago and like yesterday all at the same time. . They have filled my life with so much joy (and at times frustration 😂) and I can’t remember what it was like to be the woman in the first picture.. we took it when we were heading to the hospital. Within a few hours my life was so deeply and irrevocably altered by meeting our girls for the first time. . Best (and hardest) year of my life! I wouldn’t change it for the world ❤️ . . . . . #twinlife #twinmom #twingirls #chromosomecutie #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #upwithdown #upsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #downrightperfect #morealikethandifferent #downsyndrome #trisomy21 #t21

If you told me 6 months ago that I would feel comfortable and confident enough to post a photo of myself in a sports bra... I would have thought you were insane. After having twins? No way! My stomach will never again be seen by the world.. . My physical health has come a long way since then. But so has my mental game. I just feel so much better in my own skin. . My mindset has also had a makeover with food. I’ve learned a lot of about what is healthy.. and not so much.. especially through studying holistic nutrition. It’s been an eye opener. But I still struggled with my relationship with food. Sure I knew what I should be doing.. but when I made a bad food choice I still felt guilty about it.. I would feel like I needed to compensate somehow. Either through an extra hard workout or by making sure to eat salad for the next 5 meals 😂 . I’ve learned so much through this new nutrition program and can honestly say that the way I approach my food and my “cheats” is so much better. I even lost over a pound in the past week while not being super rigid in my diet (hello pint of ice cream that was consumed on the weekend 😳) . This was also after having been plateaued at the same weight for over a month.. I attribute it fully to the new mindset I’ve learned to adopt. . I’m starting a nutrition based success group on May 28th where we will focus on our food, learning a new mindset and approach to our diets, how to travel and eat at restaurants (I.e not deprive ourselves) and still lose weight. Workouts are NOT required. . Interested in learning more? Drop your favourite emoji below and I will reach out to you. Spots are limited.. ready to do this with us?

My first Mother’s Day is coming to a close and I’ve been on reflecting on the past year. . This time last year I was only a few days away from meeting my girls. I had been on bedrest for almost 4 months and was filled with anxiety about becoming a first time mom to twins. Don’t get me wrong I was excited as well.. but as the scheduled c-section drew nearer I started to worry I wouldn’t be able to handle this new role. This last year has been both the most challenging and the most rewarding of my entire life. . I’ve lost myself in motherhood and had to find myself again. I’ve learned that being a mom wasn’t at all what I thought It would be. That knowing (in theory) that something will be hard and actually experiencing it are two totally different things. I’ve learned to relax.. both in my expectations for myself as a mother and in my opinions of others. We are all just doing the best that we can and what works for some doesn’t work for all and that’s okay. . Most importantly I’ve learned that it’s not selfish to look after yourself first as a mother... it’s a non-negotiable. You need to make sure you haven’t lost yourself to the role completely and aren’t bleeding yourself dry for the sake of others. You truly can’t pour from an empty cup. So take time to rest, let some of those chores go, ask for help and accept it when it is offered, embrace the chaos, and soak up their childhood.. it really does go by too quickly. . Love to all the wonderful mothers (and parents) out there in whatever shape they come in. You’re doing an amazing job! . . . . . #happymothersday #enjoythelittlethings

Honouring all the Mothers this Mother’s Day. Those that have lost a child to miscarriage, preterm labour, or complications. Those who have lost a child due to illness, accident or injury. Those who long for a child cannot have one or are still waiting. Those whose children are no longer with them for any reason. . Also honouring those mothers who are smiling over their children from heaven and those left behind wishing they could hug their mother one more time on Mother’s Day. . Mother’s Day is a time for celebration and honouring yes.. but remember those also who may be longing for a missing piece of their hearts. #celebrateallmothers . . . . . . . #mothersday #miscarriage #incompetentcervix #bereavedmother

The girls has their first taste of ice cream yesterday! And I fully enjoyed my treat without any of the guilt 🙌 . In the past, while I would still indulge in the ice cream.. I would feel guilty about it as well. Knowing it wasn’t the healthiest choice or that it wasn’t part of my meal plan. But that is not a great mindset to be in... and it’s not sustainable. . So happy that this new nutrition plan doesn’t tell me not to have the treat.. it tells me to enjoy it. I’m loving the mindset shift to be honest. You’ve got to be able to live your life, am I right? And deprivation, restrictions, and guilt over food is not the way I choose to live. #treatnotcheat

I just finished reading “Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis. I’ve already talked about this book but I will continue to talk about it because it is a truly inspiring and powerful read that every woman needs to get their hands on. But the last chapter spoke to me today.. . “Only you have the power to change your life. You just have to stop waiting for someone else to do it for you. There is no easy way out of this. There is no life hack. . If you’re seeking change, you shouldn’t just want that for yourself.. you should NEED it. You need to set a goal for yourself, and then work your butt off to get there. . Stop waiting for someone to fix your life. Stop believing it will magically fix itself on its own. Stop presuming that if you only had the right job, the right man, the right house, the right car, the right whatever.. that your life will become what you’ve always dreamed of. . Be honest about who you are and what you need to do to make a change. Girl, get a hold of your life!” . #truthbomb . If you’re ready to make a change, I’m ready to help you. When I first started on my health and fitness journey I struggled alone in it for too long. I don’t want that for you. You don’t have to do this alone. I’ve got you. . Drop me an emoji if you’re wanted to learn more about how you can make a change and how I can help ❤️ . . . #wellnesswarriors #twinmom #twingirls #progressnotperfection #strongnotskinny #heslthylifestyle #myfitnessjourney

These two wild haired beauties are the absolute loves of my life.. and my constant source of motivation and inspiration (and sometimes frustration 😜). So when you ask what keeps me on track, how or why I do what I do, why heath and fitness is so important to me.. the answer is always the same. It’s for them. I want to be better for them and do better by them. . . . . #twinlife #twinmom #twingirls #chromosomecutie #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #upwithdown #upsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #downrightperfect #morealikethandifferent #downsyndrome #trisomy21 #t21

🙌 When I saw this tea towel in the store.. I knew it had to be mine! 😂 . After getting diagnosed with endometriosis I started making some lifestyle changes in hopes of easing some of my symptoms and improving my chances of getting pregnant. Food was the biggest change that I made.. both in how drastically I altered my diet and in the dramatic improvements to my health that I experienced as a result. . We all know what we eat matters. It impacts how we feel, it can affect our health for better or worse.. we know this. So why can it still be so hard to make the right choices? . Personally, I know that when I eat poorly my endometriosis flares up.. and leads to significant discomfort and pain. I know that it can give me migraines and just generally make me feel crappy. I’m even studying to be a holistic nutritionist. Guys, the knowledge is there.. but that doesn’t mean I always make the right choice. It doesn’t even mean that I have the best relationship with food. I strive for it, but it’s something I’m still working on. . That is why I’m so excited for our new nutrition program launching today. It’s not about a diet, it’s about a lifestyle and a positive change in mindset around food. . Do you struggle with any of the following? Drop me the appropriate emoji below and let’s chat! (Yes, you can use more than one!) . 💜 - I need to lose weight but I don’t like to exercise. ❤️ - I exercise but my big struggle is nutrition. 🧡 - I cannot exercise due to injury/illness. 💚 - I love food, love to eat big portions, and snack often. 💙 - I want an easy-to-follow way to lose weight without strict rules. 💛 - I want to be free from emotional eating, obsessing about food, and feeling overwhelmed by food choices. . . . . #eatwell #norestrictions #heathylife #twinmom #antidiet #endometriosis #endowarrior #endosister

Final results from my 21 day program! I lost 3.5 inches and 3lbs! . I’ll admit that my nutrition wasn’t perfect the whole time. Jeff’s birthday fell right in the middle so there was a cheat day there. I’ve also been under a lot of stress this past week and there was some stress eating going on. So overall I’m very happy with the results I got in just 21 days without being “perfect” and on point everyday. . May bootcamp starts on the 14th! Ready to see results in just 21 days? Let’s do it together! 💪 . Drop me your fav emoji below and I’ll send you some more information ❤️

It’s been a busy few days.. and I needed a little social media break. Olivia has been teething and not sleeping well, I’ve been trying to get all my coursework submitted before the end of the month... and we are just enjoying some family time! . There were many of you who reached out to be a part of my May bootcamp. I’ve been working my way through my DMs today but if I missed you, please send me a note! . If you didn’t reach out yet, there is still time! We will be starting on May 14, I still have a few spots left! . . . . #twinlife #twinmom #twingirls #chromosomecutie #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #upwithdown #upsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #downrightperfect #morealikethandifferent #downsyndrome #trisomy21 #t21 #wellnesswarriors

🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 . This right here... this really spoke to me. There will always be someone to tell you that you are dreaming the wrong dream, your dream is too big, unrealistic, stupid, unworthy, etc.. etc.. etc. But what do they know? Seriously. You are the only one that can decide what is best for you. The best thing you can do is take time to figure that out..decide on your dream if you haven’t already... and chase it like your life depends on it. Because it does! Ignore anyone who tells you otherwise. . I mentioned it on my insta story last week.. but everyone really needs to read this book. To be a total cheeseball, it made me laugh and it made my cry. This will be a book a read multiple times in my life for sure ❤️ . . . . #girlwashyourface #dreambig #goaldigger #livealifeyoulove #twinmom

Progress after two weeks! I was actually disappointed to find that my measurements were the same from last week.. . But then I put the pictures side by side and can see that I’ve made progress and think the changes show. But let’s talk about how quickly we can shoot our own confidence in the foot. Over the past week I have upped my weights (again!), I no longer need the modifier for any moves, and I can get through the full cardio workout without needing a break! I was feeling strong and motivated.... and then I took measurements of my results.. . The scale (and yes, sometimes even your measurements) don’t give you the full story. They don’t tell you how much stronger you are getting or all the good you are doing for yourself and your body. They definitely don’t paint a picture of my worth. I tell my challengers this ALL the time.. but for some reason couldn’t think the same about myself?! . Well forget that. It’s time to practice what I preach. This isn’t (only) about physical appearance.. although that is a nice bonus 😉 Its about being the best version of me I can be, taking care of myself, setting a good example for my girls, and respecting my body enough to look after it. And that my friends... that is something that will keep me going beyond this program. Beyond any potential set backs. Beyond the time when that motivation for the “summer bod” wears off. That right there is how you change a lifestyle. . . . . #twinmom #twingirls #progressnotperfection #strongnotskinny #healthyeating #healthynotskinny #postpartum #myfitnessjourney

Happiest of birthdays to this handsome man who I am lucky enough to call my husband. He is the best dad to our girls, my biggest support, and has the kindest heart. Oh, and he has had the whole Dad joke thing nailed down for years now 😂 We love you #happybirthday

Family by blood, friends by choice ❤️ . The girls got to meet their baby cousin today. I can’t wait to see these little ladies grow up together and take on the world! #cousinsmakethebestfriends . . . . #twinlife #twinmom #twingirls #chromosomecutie #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #upwithdown #upsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #downrightperfect #morealikethandifferent #downsyndrome #trisomy21 #t21 #babiesofig #cousins

We are this excited about our onesie extenders made by @honeybunnyandbear! . Now Mommy won’t have to retire some of our cutest outfits so soon! (Swipe left to see a close up.. and also a photo of Olivia not cooperating for the photoshoot 😂) . . . . #twinlife #twinmom #twingirls #chromosomecutie #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #upwithdown #upsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #downrightperfect #morealikethandifferent #downsyndrome #trisomy21 #t21 #babiesofinstagram

When I was diagnosed with endometriosis a few years ago, I started taking a hard look at the foods I was eating but also at the chemicals I was exposing myself to everyday. This meant reevaluating my cleaning products, skin care and makeup, and even my perfume! . I’ve always loved a beautiful smelling perfume so this was a hard one for me. Learning that perfumes are basically a blend of synthetic chemicals (often from the petrochemical family) kind of broke my heart. . Many of these substances have not been assessed for safety in personal care products and can lead to allergic reaction.. and yes, hormone disruption. They also have a tendency of accumulating in human tissue 🤢 . While I will still occasionally indulge for a special occasion.. I have avoided perfumes in my day to day routine for some time now. But I did miss the fragrance. Enter these bracelets.. they are made of beads of rose and smoky quartz (if you’re into the crystal thing!) and lava stones. The lava stones are absorbant and meant to have some essential oils dropped on them. I love them because they give me that subtle scent I was missing but can also have therapeutic effects. #winwin . The bottom line my friends.. Be aware of what you are putting not just in your body.. but on it. What goes on also goes in. . . . . #endometriosis #endosisters #endowarrior #hormoneimbalance #naturalbeauty #naturalhealing