Jan 29

Friday Five – Favorite Indoor Workouts

Welcome to Friday people!!!  Another week has come and gone and the weekend is upon us.  Not only is it the weekend, but it’s Super Bowl Weekend!!!!  Who are you going to be cheering for to win the big game?  I really don’t have a preference on the outcome.  I’m just watching for the commercials.  Speaking of commercials, have you seen the Budweiser commercial?  I love puppies and clydesdales, so, of course, I love this commercial.  

Okay, so aside from the Superbowl,  it’s going to be a fun weekend.  And it’s getting started with my usual Friday Five.  I’m linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia to talk about our favorite indoor workouts.   

Favorite Indoor Workouts

1.  Yoga  yoga classesI fell in love with yoga years ago before my husband and I met, and ever since, I crave it.  One of the nicest things about yoga is the convenience of being indoors.  Rain or shine, snow or ice, there’s always a yoga class available to suite your needs.  And for those really cold days, there’s always Bikram. 

2.  Insanity Max 30  max 30 screen shot modifier  If you’re not already familiar with Shaun T or the original INSANITY program, you may be drawing a blank when you hear Max 30 or see #imaxedout in your newsfeed. In the simplest of words, Max 30 is a fast, effective, HIIT workout that challenges your body in ways you never knew.   I’m absolutely in love with this program because it is a perfect fit for my busy schedule, being that it’s only 30 minutes.  I just pop in the DVD and what begins is a fierce workout that I’m already beginning to see results with only two weeks in.  Probably the biggest feature that I’m pleased with is the modifier on the right screen.  Coming off my second cesarean, I’m extremely weak in my core and my endurance is not where it used to be.  By following the modifier, I can comfortably complete all (or most) of the movements with correct posture and form.  So I’m constantly improving instead of getting frustrated by the difficulties of the moves.  

3.  Cycling cyclingMy favorite group fitness class has got to be cycling.  Waaay back before I became a mom, I was a certified spin instructor. I had fallen in love with cycling and found pure delight in motivating individuals through my love of music and fitness. Cycling is a great way to improve muscle endurance and cardiovascular health. Tons of calories can be burned in just one cycling class and it’s a perfect low impact cross training activity for runners. 

4.  PiYo PiYo ChaleneThis workout DVD has slowly become one of my favorites.  It’s the perfect combination of yoga and Pilates, rolled into one quick workout.  

 

6.  Kettle bells  FF kettlebellsIf I’m short on time and just want to get a little sweat session in between playtime with the kids or cooking dinner, I like to play with my kettle bells.  Kettle bells are a fantastic way to engage the back, legs and shoulders and build endurance and strength.  I find them to be an extremely effective cross training tool for my off running days too.  

What is your favorite indoor workout?  

Do you have a quick go-to workout that you can do easily at home?  

Ever been to a spin class?

Jan 29

Hotmilk Lingerie Nursing Bra Review

If you take a look through my unmentionables drawer, you’ll find a couple rows of  cotton and laced  undies,  and then a dozen or so bras that I’m currently incapable of wearing due to the fact that I’m breastfeeding. 

Instead of wearing one of my bras from Victoria’s Secret, I’ve been stuck wearing these boring, flesh-colored, cotton, nursing bras.  Who am I kidding? Nursing bras don’t necessarily have the reputation for being the most flattering piece of lingerie on the market.  And up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t think a sexy nursing bra existed.    

Well, I’m here today to tell you that I have discovered a SEXY NURSING BRA.  

I breastfed my first child for 9 months.  And for 9 months I wore the most vanilla nursing bras.  They were boring, and unflattering.  

Imagine my delight when the nice people over at Hotmilk Lingerie contacted me to see if I’d be interested in testing out one of their nursing bras.  ECLIPSE_BLACK_NURSING_BRA__

Let me just tell you about the incredible things that Hotmilk Lingerie is doing for breastfeeding mothers.  Not only are they providing a collection of beautiful maternity lingerie, the founders, Lisa and Angie, are breaking the standard.  Hotmilk Lingerie provides nursing and pregnant mothers the perfect combination of sexy and functional lingerie.  

There’s just something about wearing a beautiful bra that makes you feel sexy, even while nurturing a little baby; a good bra can do wonders to boost your self esteem. It can empower you and make you feel feminine and sexy.   That’s exactly how I feel when I wear my Eclipse black nursing bra. 

Being a lager chested breastfeeding mother, finding a nursing bra that fits is difficult enough.  I was more than thrilled when I browsed through the collection on their website, that’s also available in over 800 retailers worldwide, to find their styles are available in sizes all the way up to 42 H. 

Hotmilk offers premium product at accessible prices. Their philosophy is to celebrate and empower women via a fresh, creative approach. ECLIPSE_BLACK_NURSING_BRA___Hotmilk_Lingerie

There are many things about this bra that I absolutely love.  

Non-wired soft cup bra for maximum comfort and support  – it provided enough support for my DD’s during an 8 hour shopping excursion
A frame support for the ultimate support and modesty cover – provides a nice shape for breasts when worn under a tight shirt.
100% cotton lined cups for skin breathability – comfort is key
Designed with stretch on the top cup to allow for growth – whether engorged or feeling empty, I always feel like it fits just right.  
Easy one handed drop down cups for breastfeeding – easy enough to pull off with a hungry, wiggly baby
6 hook and eye extension for ribcage expansion – especially important while I’m trying to loose the extra baby weight.
Cotton lined straps for added comfort – another comfort plus
Wider straps on the larger cups for added strength – gotta support the milk makers,

Of all the sacrifices we make for our children, fashion and comfort shouldn’t be one of them.    Hotmilk Lingerie delivers with style, a completely fabulous line of lingerie specifically to make moms feel just as fabulous as we should be made to feel.  

If you would like to see the full line of lingerie, including nursing bras, camisoles, panties, and sleepwear, you can check it out on the Hotmilk Lingerie website. Also. be sure to follow them on
Instagram and twitter for even more details.  

***I received a complimentary nursing bra from Hotmilk Lingerie in return for my honest review of this product.  As always, all opinions expressed on this site are my own. ***

Jan 27

4 Month Old Baby Harrison

I love my little dude so much.  If you hadn’t noticed, I’m completely smitten with him.  Every morning, afternoon and night, I could just sit and stare at him and watch him breathe or smile or laugh.  He’s so gorgeous.  I just can’t handle the cuteness sometimes.  Okay, so I’m rambling.  But you get the gist of it.  Blah Blah…. another mother in love with her baby….. blah blah….. so cute and perfect……blah blah blah….  Well….  he is perfect to me and I just can’t help myself.  So I’m so sorry if I’ve been blowing up your IG and FB feeds with my pictures of him.  I seriously just can’t help it.  Harrison Dr. Visit

So with his fourth month upon us, I am finally getting back into a routine of some sorts.  Harrison is really, truly a great baby and he’s allowing me to sleep for usually 7 hours over night.  It’s so great too!  

A few months before his third month birthday, we moved him to his bedroom to sleep in his crib, but now I’ve (yes, me) have moved him back into our room with me. The kid’s rooms are so much colder than the rest of the house and I just couldn’t bare to leave him in his cold bedroom.  Every time I’d get him in the morning or middle of night, his hands would be freezing, so I made the decision to let him sleep in our bed until the weather gets warm again.  Besides, he sleeps so good in our room, in our bed, right next to me. And since my hubby is gone so much, it doesn’t really bother anybody.  It actually makes our bedtime routine so much easier. 

I’ll admit, I never saw myself as the type of mother who would allow her children to sleep in the same bed as her, but it’s really working out great.  I know he feels so much safer and protected when he’s in our bed, as opposed to his cold room on his hard mattress.  He has slept solidly since I began letting him into our bed. The best part about it for me is that I get to wake up next to this little face every morning.  There have been some mornings where I open my eyes and he’s just staring back at me.  I melt every time.  sleeping baby

I just hope it doesn’t backfire when it’s time to transition him to his crib again.  

Height & Weight:  Harrison weighs 15 lbs 8 oz.  and is 25 inches    He’s in the 50th percentile for both.  

Sleeping:    Typically he will sleep from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (8 hours straight)  then he feeds and goes back down for another hour or two and takes three 30 – 60 minute naps throughout the day.  His sister likes to scream and wake him up during the day, so I don’t know if he has potential to sleep longer if it’s quiet.  

Eating: Still exclusively breastfed.  The doctor said we could start offering baby food, but I’m choosing to hold off for another month or two.  I’m planning to skip the rice and oatmeal cereals and jump right to avocados and bananas for his first foods.  

Clothing:  He hasn’t grown out of the 6 moths attire he’s been wearing.   In fact, a couple of the one piece pajamas are a little too big.  But there are certain designers that he fits into the 9 months onesies well.  

Milestones:  

  • He still hasn’t rolled over yet.  But  I think that could be because he doesn’t really like to lay on his tummy.  This is totally opposite from our daughter.  She loved tummy time.  Harrison could care less about being on his tummy, in fact, he whines whenever I leave him on his belly for more than a couple of minutes.  The doc says there’s nothing to be worried about with that.  
  • He does like to sit up supported and stand on his legs.  He really has strong legs too.  It doesn’t take much effort to keep him upright on his feet.  
  • He is babbling like a fool.  Lots of oohs and ahhhs and coos come from this dude.  

Likes:  Sleeping in Mommy’s bed, snuggles, zerberts, sitting up assisted, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (he’s just beginning to pay attention to the tv and Mickey’s voice gets his attention every time – what is it about that mouse?), his swing, baths, his sister – he looooves his sister and follows her every move, teething rings, being worn, smiling, his kick and play crib piano (see below), “the itsy bitsy, spider” song and going for runs with mommy.   

siblingsHarrison baby wearing

Dislikes:  Long car rides, whenever mom is not in sight, immunizations, dirty diapers, being ignored.  Siblings 2

Checkup At his 4 month checkup, Dr. Holly said he is doing so well.  His skin has almost completely cleared up from our last visit, and his weight and development is right on track.  Even though Harrison has not rolled over onto his tummy yet, he has developed other strengths that signal he is right on track.  Dr. Holly also said that Harrison is his favorite patient and that he looks forward to our visits.  =)  We love Dr. Holly too!  He really is great with the kiddos.  We won’t get to see him again until the 6 month birthday, which is good.  As much as we like our doctor, we don’t want to see him more than necessary. 

 

At what age did your child or children begin rolling over to their tummy?  Do you have a sibling that you remember being close to as a small child?

Jan 23

Five Things About Me

Happy Friday Folks!  We’ve made it to another one, thank goodness.   I’m ready for the weekend.   I am kind of excited for today’s linkup with the Friday Five too.  Our topic for today is Things About Me.  So this is going to be a really fun linkup, and I’m sure to learn a lot about the dozens of other bloggers that typically linkup for this fun day.  Be sure to visit Courtney, Mar and Cynthia’s blogs to play along and read all the other great responses.  Five things about me

1.  I’m a music junkie.  Seriously, I have a ridiculous collection of music and I’m constantly updating my running playlists to included the latest hits.  I mostly listen to alternative and rock, but I throw in a good amount of pop and hip hop for good measures. And nothing beats a live rock concert.

2.  Currently, I only fit into spandex or elastic waist band bottoms.  I’m right in that awkward postpartum phase where I’m able to squeeze into my pre pregnancy clothes, but not without displaying a serious muffin top, so I’ve been sticking to mostly yoga pants and leggings.  But every week I get a little closer to my goal.  And who doesn’t love wearing yoga pants?

3. I just celebrated my 36th birthday last weekend and fell asleep prematurely while I was putting the kids to bed.  I think it was only 10pm, but we had some friends over so I felt like such a party pooper.  It just made me realize how much life has changed.  Four years ago, I would’ve been up until at least 2 a.m.  

4. I can watch reruns of Friends forever.  This show began when I was in high school and I watched it religiously from the beginning.  Even now, when I see it on multiple channels in the evening, I find myself watching it intently.  I don’t think I could ever get sick of those six.  

5. I will be running the NYC marathon this year.    I got the email at the beginning of the week that I was guaranteed an entry.  So sometime this summer I’ll begin to train.  yay!!!  

What is something random about you?  

Have you ever pooped out on friends when you had a special occasion?

Jan 21

A Day in the Life with a 3 year old and an baby

I’m linking up this month for my Day in the Life post.  I think this will provide a really interesting perspective for our readers.  And I’m excited to read everyone else’s posts.  If you haven’t seen my previous day in the life post, you can read it here.  Now on with the show.    

Day in the life 2 January

6:30 a.m.  I wake up next to this little guy.  Day in the Life  Sleeping BabyHe begins to wake up, so I empty my bladder then tend to his needs.    I change his diaper and sit down to nurse him.  I check my email and Facebook messages from my phone while he eats.  

7:00 a.m.  Harrison and I will snuggle in bed together while I watch the news or continue answering emails and blogging from my laptop.  

7:30 a.m.  Baby goes back to sleep.  I get out of bed, get dressed, let the dog out and make coffee and breakfast.  

8:30 a.m.  Rosalyn wakes up.  We snuggle together and then go eat breakfast together in the kitchen.  

9:00 a.m. Harrison wakes up.  I dress him and bring him to play in the living room near his sister.  We play together with books, blocks, coloring books or stuffed animals.  Usually it looks something like this.  Day in the Life Mom Ros Ford

10:00 a.m.  I nurse Harrison again, then we play a little more in the living room.  

10:30 a.m.  We begin to clean up the toys and get ready for Rosalyn’s gymnastics class.  

11:00 – 1:00pm  Gymnastics class and commute to and from.  I will normally grab lunch for myself and Rosalyn on the way home from class.Day in the Life  Gymnastics

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Eat lunch at the house.  

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Quiet time before nap time   We typically watch a movie on the Apple TV or iPad for a while.  I nurse Harrison again, usually until he falls asleep and takes a cat nap.  

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Naptime   Rosalyn will rest in her room or play quietly.  Harrison will nap in the living room while mommy gets some work done around the house.  

3:00 p.m.  If I am not running that day, I will do Insanity Max30 or PiYo for my workout during this time frame.  Since it’s just 30 minutes, I can fit in my shower immediately afterwards before the kids wake up from their naps.  Day in the Life  Insanity Max 30

4:00 p.m.  Snack time for Rosalyn  Usually I make her some fruit or crackers to eat.  If I’m scheduled to run this day, I will typically take the kids out at this time for a couple miles in the double jogging stroller.  

5:00 p.m.  Playtime before dinner time.  We all take the dog for a walk together.   When we get back,  I will nurse Harrison again.  

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Dinner.  I either have something pre-planning if my hubby is out of town, or I whip something very simple together while he finishes working in his office.

7:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Bath times   I will set Rosalyn’s bath up for her and then let her play in the tub alone while I bathe Harrison in the other bathroom.  By the time I’m done bathing him, she’s ready to get out.  I dress them both, then we all sit in the rocker and watch tv while Harrison nurses.  

9:00 p.m.  Rosalyn’s bedtime.  I wrap Harrison in the Boba wrap so I can take him with me to tuck Rosalyn in bed and read her a bedtime story.  I say good night and then tend to Harrison.  Day in the Life Boba Wrap

10:00 p.m.  Harrison’s bedtime.  I nurse him for the last time and then set the room up with the noisemaker to lay him down for the night.  

10:15 p.m.  I take a shower and get ready for bed.  

10:30 p.m.  I will check emails, plan for next day, write out to-do lists and follow up on emails before going to bed.  

11:00 p.m.  I let the dog out one more time before checking out for the night.  

11:00 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.  SLEEP  

Repeat all over again.  

 

 

What’s the most difficult part of your day?  How do you fit it all in? 

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Jan 21

Spartan Up!!! Race Entry Giveaway

Last year, before I found out i was pregnant, I had thought that I would be taking the challenge of running the Spartan Special Ops Sprint here in Tampa.  Well… we all know what happened and why I wasn’t able to attempt it, so I won’t go into any more details about that.  But I will say that I’m pretty excited that in 2015 I get to redeem myself by actually attempting this obstacle course race after all.  Even better yet, I’d like to announce that Spartan has some amazing news about their upcoming season.  

For starters, Spartan has just revealed the 2015 Spartan Annual Pass.  Now those crazy enough to do so, can race any or every spartan, any time, and will receive a handful of perks along the way.  

Spartan Season PassIf your idea of a vacation is watching one of the toughest events on the planet, then you might want to set your site on Lake Tahoe, because that’s where they’ll be hosting the 2015 Spartan World Championship.  
Spartan worldchampSpartan Cash PrizesIf Tahoe isn’t your thing, maybe you’d prefer to take to the high seas for the first ever Spartan Cruise.  This is sure to be a one of a kind Spartan adventure.  This cruise is departing out of Miami and is setting sail March 6th – 9th.Spartan CruiseSpartan Don'tMiss_Cruise_1200x1200As you’re training for your next Spartan event, draw some motivation and inspiration from the founder of Spartan, Joe Desena’s new podcast.  I guarantee he will set a fire under your butt and give you some of the most motivating encouragement.  The podcast is now live here.  Spartan Up PodcastIf you’re suddenly finding yourself inspired to register for an upcoming Spartan event, make sure to use discount code SPARTANBLOGGER to save 10% off any open heat available in the continental US.  Or you could try your hand at my giveaway.  

To WIN AN ENTRY to any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in the continental U.S. leave a comment below telling me how you’ll plan to train  for your Spartan race.  

For additional entries, be sure to follow me on Instagram and on Bloglovin.  (comment with your handle below and let me know you followed me to gain those entries).  

Winner will be selected by Random.org next Wednesday.  

 

Jan 20

January Workout Playlist

I haven’t done a workout playlist recently, so I’m coming out today with a larger playlist for this installment.  With my upcoming races, I really needed some new music, so I set aside some time and money to find some new tunes.  After playing around on iTunes and  Runhundred, I discover a few new jams that I think you’re gonna like.  Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments.  

Rock on my friends!Running Playlist Image 2015

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Jan 19

Sarasota Half Marathon Redemption

Last year, about this very time, I was peeing on a stick discovering that I was pregnant with my second child.  (TMI?) I was beyond thrilled to see that blue word “PREGNANT” on my First Response pregnancy test, but I was also a little  bummed because I had just found out that I’d been given the opportunity to run the Sarasota Half Marathon courtesy of the Tampa Bay Bloggers.

Even though I still intended to run the race at 15 weeks preggo, I knew that it wouldn’t be the same as attempting it with full  bladder capacity  athletic ability.

I did, in fact, finish the 2014 race, but knew deep down that I wanted another chance to redeem my efforts post pregnancy.

That’s why I’m so excited I’ve been given that exact opportunity again.  On March 15th, 2015, I will attempt my second Sarasota Half Marathon.  

#RunSarasota-2

 

That means I’ll have a second chance to enjoy the beautiful sunrise as I make my climb over the John Ringing Causeway Bridge.ringling bridge

 

I’ll have a second chance to loop around St. Armand’s Circle and climb the bridge again on my way to Tamiami Trail.St. Armands Circle

I’ll have a second chance to score another gorgeous dolphin medal.  Sarasota_Half_Marathon_Finisher_picAnd because it’s the 10th anniversary, I’ll also be awarded this premium quality, fitted, ultra-lightweight, running jacket.  sarasota finishers jacketI’ll also have another opportunity to feast on the First Watch gourmet breakfast at the finish line party.  (First Watch is my favorite breakfast/brunch spot)150_first_watch_sarasota_half_marathonIt’s my chance at redemption.  I’m ready to take on the bridge and all that Sarasota Half Marathon has to offer.  

If you would like a chance to redeem your past race, or make it a first attempt, don’t delay.  Make sure you get registered before the half marathon sells out.  ***The Relay is already sold out.***  

 

Have you ever ran this half marathon or relay before?  

What is one race that you’d like a chance at redemption?

Jan 16

Friday Five: Things in my gym bag

Hello Friday.  I’m very happy to make it to the weekend.  My week has been a pretty regular week.  My hubby was traveling all week, so I was home alone with the kiddos.   Thankfully, he is returning home this morning, and he’ll be showing up with a couple special visitors who are staying with us for the weekend.  In addition, I’m all excited for tomorrow because at midnight, it will be my birthday.  

its-my-birthday-lily-himym-gifThis year I am turning 36 years old.  And even though I don’t view the number thirty-six as an old age, I do feel like forty is creeping up on me ever so quickly.  Before I know it, I’m going look in the mirror and be all like….

I'm old  

To help me celebrate another year of getting older, my hubby has taken the liberty to invite a group of my friends over to our house for a special dinner party.  He ordered sandwiches and cupcakes from my favorite little gourmet deli and we’re planning to pop a couple bottles of wine to celebrate my special day.   It’s sure to be a great time.  

If you don’t remember my birthday from last year, I’ll remind you how my husband surprised me with a big surprise party where I was cornered into spilling the beans that we were expecting.  I’m actually really looking forward to kicking back with a glass or two of wine this year and taking it easy with my pals.  

Until that moment comes, I guess I should get back to this post..  So since it’s Friday, you know that I’m linking up with the DC trifecta again for another edition of the Friday Five.  This week we were prompted to discuss what we have inside our gym bags. Since I workout in my living room at home, I really don’t have a gym bag.  So I’ve decided to leave a link to my post about what I carry in my race day bag..   I travel with a whole slew of items in my race day bag, so make sure to go check it out to see all my goodies.  

And please go visit Cynthia, Mar and Courtney’s blogs to see what they’re sharing today.  And if you didn’t get the chance to check out my Body After Baby: 4 Months Postpartum checkup from yesterday, you can read all about it out here.  Also, I will be hosting a Spartan Up! giveaway on the blog soon, so stay tuned for that as well…  

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I’ll catch you on the flip side.  

 

What’s something you can’t imagine not keeping in your gym bag?  Do you have a race bag and a gym bag, or do you combine the two?

Jan 15

Post Baby Body: 4 Months Postpartum

Here we are.  four months out from the birth of my second child.  Everyday is filled with a new adventure or a new milestone for us.  It’s not the easiest time in my life, but it sure is the most rewarding.BabyH4

Breastfeeding is still going strong, maybe a little too strong.  My son refuses to take a bottle and holds out for the real deal.  It hadn’t been an issue up until I was scheduled for my first race this past weekend.  I needed to travel overnight to Jacksonville and I was afraid he wouldn’t take a bottle at all while I was gone.  He did struggle with it, but eventually took one.  So that is still a hump we’re going to have to overcome in the next couple weeks.  Otherwise, my supply is plentiful and my little man is fattening up nicely.    

I’m very happy to say that we’ve reached a point where life is starting to get back into a familiar groove and I’m finally starting to feel normal again. I’m falling back into a fitness routine and I’m averaging 7 – 8 hours of sleep once again.  It’s glorious, I tell ya.  

What isn’t so glorious is the number on the scale.  It’s not really going anywhere.  And I’m still not able to fit into my pre-pregnacy jeans just yet, so I’m still dealing with some feelings of frustration there.  But I’m not actively trying to lose weight, so I cannot get too down on myself.  I keep telling myself that my body will probably respond the same way it did after my daughter was born, I probably won’t lose any more weight until after I wean my son from the breast.  For whatever reason, while I’m breastfeeding, my body refuses to let go of any weight.  It’s as if it thinks I’m going to starve it and won’t leave it with enough fat stores to keep up my milk supplies.  (stupid body)  Seriously though, I know better than to starve myself or deny the recommended calories for breastfeeding moms.  

The truth of this matter is that I’m not too worried about it.  Sure, I’d love to be able to wear the clothes that are hanging in my closet.  I’d love to squeeze into my skinny jeans and strut my stuff.  But who are we kidding?  I have waaaay more important priorities right now.  I’ve got two kiddos that need a lot of attention and I need to keep my calories up so that I can continue nursing my baby boy for another 6 months.  Those are my main priorities… not my weight.  

Since we’re talking about taking care of the kiddos.  Let’s just come right out and say it.  Taking care of two kiddos by yourself is a lot of work.   When my hubby is working, or out of town, I am all alone with these two extremely needy little people.  They rely on me for everything and I barely get the chance to take care of my own needs, so it’s tough to focus on nutrition or exercise.  I try my best, but there are moments when I want to scream or cry or eat a brownie, so I’m not holding myself to these ridiculous standards for fear that I’ll take it out on my husband or children.  

Every day I aim to get in a workout, but it doesn’t always work out. Sometimes the kids don’t cooperate, or my husband is gone and I need to use my spare time for something else.  Truthfully,  I’m lucky to fit in a quick 30 minute workout most days. Even though I aim for everyday, I end up with about 5 days a week.  

Up until this point, running had been my main focus, especially with all the upcoming half marathons I have planned.  But beginning this week, I’ve turned my focus towards rebuilding muscle and toning up my flabby regions by starting the Insanity Max 30 DVDs.  I’ve always found tremendous success with the beachbody programs, so it was only natural that I purchased the newest program from Shaun T to help me get back into shape.  There will be a review on the blog once I’ve completed the program, so stay tuned.  I will still continue to run 3-4 times a week but I’m going to incorporate the Max 30 into my cross training days.  Since it’s only 30 minutes, I figure somedays, when my husband is home, I can squeeze in both.  

I’m posting my pictures below with the intent to inspire myself to hustle a little more to get my workouts done and to let other moms see that sometimes the whole “body-after-baby” stories don’t always turn out like you see in the magazines.  Also, these pictures will serve as my before Insanity Max pictures, so I look forward to sharing my transformation along the way.  

four months postpartum bodyThis next month I’m really looking forward to seeing a change in my strength and flexibility.  I won’t be focusing on the scale as much, but I’m really going to watch my eating habits a little more strictly.  Also, I’d like to incorporate a little yoga with the Insanity Max to alleviate some of the tension I’m keeping in my shoulders and back due to holding the baby so much.   At the very least, I want to start each day with a round of sun salutations or end the day with bedtime yoga.  I crave it so much these days.  Can’t wait to check back in and share my progress.  

What is one postpartum challenge that you have struggled to overcome?

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