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T25 Week 4 & 5: Le Sigh

So I was all excited about my big weight milestone, which was a huge deal, but I still wasn’t happy with how I looked in my clothes. Not to mention that I attempted to put on a bathing suit and let me just say I am really glad it was just to sit in our backyard and take Dylan into the awesome kiddie pool Josh bought her.

it even has a little dolphin fountain
it even has a little dolphin fountain

I know my body just responds better to workouts with weights, so it doesn’t entirely surprise me that after a month of strictly cardio with some body weight exercises that I haven’t bounced back. Also there is that whole I just had a baby two months ago thing. I know. I know.

The other thing is that after four weeks of 25 minute workouts I am pretty sure I need longer workouts. From the beginning I was doing back-to-back workouts on Friday and getting through them as long as Little Miss cooperated. I just don’t know that I have time to get more than 25 minutes in. Her attention span is short…meaning I have to entertain her and I don’t really feel that comfortable jump squatting with her in my arms. She does think the jumping is hilarious.IMG_0524

I am also slightly bored. My workouts have always been pretty varied. Running one day, pilates, yoga, workout DVDs, plus weights at the gym. Following this kind of program lends itself to serious repetition and it can become monotonous.

We’ve added in our own yoga or a hour long pilates/bootcamp workout instead of the T25 stretch on Sunday and that has helped us break it up a little bit.

takes an awful lot right now to show off a butt picture ;)
takes an awful lot right now to show off a butt picture ;)

 

The last week of Alpha was pretty brutal with the three days of total body. And honestly that double Friday of total body AND lower made it a little difficult to go up and down the stairs.

seriously remind me NEVER to take a side squat picture ever again...my butt looks HUGE
seriously remind me NEVER to take a side squat picture ever again…my butt looks HUGE

Beta looms ahead and the integration of weights makes me really excited. The miss the burn from weight lifting. I also joined a BeachBody challenge group to keep me going.

 

T25 Week 3: Goal Weight Achieved!

The title says it all…this week I hit my pre-pregnancy weight. Wahoo! It was absolutely a nice feeling to step on the scale and see the three numbers I haven’t seen in more than 10 months. Now we begin the muscle rebuilding and toning stage. I have a girls weekend scheduled for August and while I could suck it up and wear a one piece I am going to try to make it a goal to “try” to get into a bikini…even if it is a high waist one…REALISTIC GOALS PEOPLE!

I didn’t make it out for a run, but  we DID go back to pilates/boot camp on Sunday. Aside from the Fridays where I can get the workouts done back-to-back (and even then since its usually ab intervals I feel like its a light workout) this was the first time I was doing an hour long workout since having Dylan.

oblique push ups have been the death of me recently
oblique push ups have been the death of me recently

I jumped rope for a straight minute! Did burpees with a bosu! It was like old times and it felt amazing.

I do think we need to “clean up” our weekend eatings a bit, and I think the next few weeks will see a pretty major decrease in my sugar intake…I just can’t say no to ice cream.

All the working out and the lifting of a 7 week old (soon to be 8 weeks, how did that happen?) has left my back pretty sore. I was sent a Massage Track to test out and have to say it relieved a significant amount of tension in my upper and lower back. I am a huge deep tissue massage person and given the fact I haven’t even gotten a hair cut in 4 months you know I haven’t found myself on a massage table in longer than that. This is a nice substitute for regularly working out the kinks. It does take some maneuvering and a bit of coordination but once you’ve got it down it works.

working out the massive tightness in my body with massage track
working out the massive tightness in my body with massage track

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So this week’s workout goals remain the same, get through all my T25 workouts, and then maybe try to go for a run one day this weekend. If we get brave enough to bring Dylan along for a workout we might go back for more pilates/boot camp…TBD.

T25 Week 2: There’s Progress!

I was “cleared” to return to exercise on Thursday, after my doctor said I was good to go, he then asked “how long have you been working out already?” because he knows me oh so well.

Second week down, and while there wasn’t any movement on the scale (let’s be honest I had two pretty significant cheat meals in there) my cardio endurance has certainly improved. At this point the only reason I am stopping in the middle is because Little Miss needs some attention. IMG_0328

Lower Body continues to make me want to throw in the towel; Ab Intervals feel like a “rest day”; and those agility with jack feet in Speed 1.0 make me want to cry. It’s possible that I am wearing the wrong shoes (currently in Reebok CrossFit shoes) and that I am on carpet but my ankles often kill me when we do lateral moves.

We checked my ab separation at the appointment and it was very minimal (HUGE sigh of relief). Since having weak ab muscles is a new sensation for me, I added in a 12 minute postnatal ab routine from Body Fit By Amy daily. I didn’t feel a lot of the exercises which is normal, but I could feel myself getting stronger — leg lifts aren’t impossible anymore.

This coming week, I am hoping to try a short run and see how I feel. Considering we will have double Total Body for the next three weeks, I am hoping that some of the extra weight will start to come off. I know that my body needs weight training to really see a difference, but I am trying really hard to follow the schedule, especially since I don’t really have all the time in the world.

6 weeks PP, 4 weeks PP 40 weeks Preggo
6 weeks PP, 4 weeks PP 40 weeks Preggo

Just ignore how tired and unhappy I look in these photos, just you know going off of limited sleep here.

It is hard not to get obsessed with the number on the scale at this point, but I continue to focus on the small wins…like the fact that I was able to zip up a dress this past Saturday that I couldn’t the Saturday before. That I have more energy and continue to feel more like myself.

 

T25 Week One

Ok, so after a full week of barre workouts, I decided what is the harm in doing the first day of T25? If I can’t do it, even the modifications, I stop and just go back to barre workouts and walking.

So I jumped into T25 because I am impatient. I survived though. On the first day (cardio) I made it through the first 10 minutes without having to stop and gasp for air immediately. I’ve been mostly able to complete all the exercises without modification, or at least start them and just do a few seconds of the modifier toward the end.

a double day (back to back) required modification. Dylan was focused.
a double day (back to back) required modification. Dylan was focused.

The hardest part has been getting used to needing to wear two sports bras because these post-pregnancy boobs are a pain in the butt.

I know it is to come, but I do miss lifting weights. I am going to keep on the path because I have seen results. I am 3 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight (though I feel like that is an arbitrary number because I was mostly muscle and I don’t think I am mostly muscle right now) but more importantly I was able to zip up a pair of shorts that I wasn’t able to about a week ago. This was really the ah ha goal since it is May in Florida and I can’t live in leggings forever.

Now I know the rest of the next four weeks will be a combination of the different workouts. cycling through on different days, etc. but I am really happy that I don’t have to do lower body AND cardio on the same day again. There are very similar moves in both and I can only take so many lunges and and jump squats.

Total Body was probably my favorite of all the workouts since it had push-ups and it was more of the style of my preferred kind of workout.

keeping Dylan entertained during the workout if she is awake is also a challenge
keeping Dylan entertained during the workout if she is awake is also a challenge

We set goals for July (when I go back to work) and I have Girls’ Weekend scheduled for August 12th, which will require a bathing suit. So I am hoping by then I will be feeling a bit more comfortable in my skin.

we're sweaty but energized
we’re sweaty but energized

This week is my doctor’s appointment and while I have been working out regularly for two weeks now I am hoping I will get the go ahead to return to running and pilates. I think adding in a short run will help me shave off a few more pounds and the pilates trim my waist where needed.

The Postpartum Fitness Game Plan

If you know me, you know that I am incredibly impatient and like to immediately jump into things. So the fact that I haven’t been able to exercise the way I want to is killing me. I had these grand ideas of how I was going to jump right back into my fitness routine like so many others, but having a c-section makes that a little harder.

Right now, I am walking as much as Dylan allows, she doesn’t like the stroller and prefers to be carried…which is hot, sweaty and sticky, because we live in Florida. Again, because I am insane, walking isn’t cutting it…and I am itching to get back into an exercise routine that helps me feel more like myself. This isn’t about losing the weight so much as being more “Laney-like.” Though my current lack of muscle tone is scary.

The game plan as I have currently devised is the following:

Week 4: Begin integrating low impact such as barre DVDs and upper and lower body weight training where appropriate in addition to my walking

Week 5: test the waters with a light jog, continue with barre DVDs/upper/lower body weight training

Week 6: begin modified 21-day fix to help me build my strength back up (likely skipping the abs portions) I have my doctor’s appointment this week and will pray for full clearance and a better idea of what my ab situation is

Week 7/8: continue with modified 21-day fix with a return to pilates

Then pending how I am feeling I am looking to pick up either T25 or start from the beginning with Kayla Itsines’ program. Either one gives me the opportunity to do a quick workout while she is sleeping and at least for the beginning, the Kayla program I can do at home or at our community gym.

I’d also like to eventually go back to spin class and reintegrate yoga (maybe even the ultimate yogi) but I have to be realistic about time. Maybe on the weekends when Josh is home I can do one or two hour workouts, but right now we are focused on building back the habit.

It’s going to be a long road back but for me it is more about getting back into the routine of working out and being strong for her.

 

The End Is Nigh: 39 Weeks

I was fully convinced that I wouldn’t be writing this post. That my little five foot frame wouldn’t make it to “full term.” I was wrong, which is 100% ok, except that literally I am just sitting here trying to stay busy with work and not agonizing over when the Big Moment will come.

There has been absolutely no change in the last few weeks. Each appointment I keep hoping that I will hear something different, but no. I know that doesn’t actually mean anything since it can all change within 15 minutes. I am just uncomfortable as uncomfortable can be and the lovely strangers around me are now providing such wonderful observations such as: you haven’t dropped enough; or it will happen soon, but maybe not today.

Post a 45 minutes walk & lower body weight lifting circuit
Post a 45 minutes walk & lower body weight lifting circuit

In terms of actual symptoms…I hurt every where. I feel like I am dead lifting all day every day, my hips hate me, and it takes significant effort to put on socks and shoes. To the point where Josh is doing it if he is home; if he isn’t I probably spend about 15 minutes doing it because I need a break to catch my breath.

I am getting up probably every 2-3 hours or so to use the restroom throughout the night or just flip over to the other side. I have considered sleeping at a 90 degree angle propped up by my pillow fort but that too eventually hurts my hips.

I am trying to stay as active as possible, lots of walking, squatting and my normal exercise routine followed by bouncing on the exercise ball. I’ve been eating dates every day, and have purchased the ingredients to make the famous eggplant parm that can supposedly put you into labor.

Is this like a Field of Dreams thing...if you sit in her room, she will come?
Is this like a Field of Dreams thing…if you sit in her room, she will come?

This weekend Josh apparently caught the nesting bug and set up the pack n play, stroller, MammaRoo and monitor. While I slept on the couch because constantly napping is the only way I am getting ANY kind of energy boost.

So we will continue to play the waiting game until the kumquat decides she is ready.

Workout Review: AcaciaTV

Since I have had a little more down time with the Holidays I called around to several yoga studios inquiring about a prenatal class. Shockingly NONE of the studio owners knew of a class in the area. Keith over at YogaFox explained the economics of it to me — you only have those specific yogis for a set amount of time so it is hard to have a standing class. Better off just modifying at your regular class. Fair enough.

Still, given my inability to back off…that idea makes me nervous. So I’ve been searching high and low for a prenatal yoga DVD, that really gives me the good stretch I’ve been looking for.

AcaciaTV has about 450 streaming workouts — two of which are prenatal yoga flows. It’s really easy to navigate via its drop down menus.

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You can also add different workouts to a fitness planner. I really love this function since I like planning my workouts for the week just like I do my menus. It keeps me accountable and I don’t have the excuse of not knowing what I am going to do that day.planner

I’ve already done Hilaria Baldwin’s DVD a few times, and it is good for a quick “trouble shooting” area. So I decided to try Desi Bartlett’s flow. It’s about 45 minutes though the screen says 58 minutes. The difference is that it also includes a sequence where she teaches you how to use a chair for support in some of the poses. I haven’t quite hit that point yet…sort of hope I don’t have to. That’s the idea behind continuing yoga right?
yoga home pageI really like this flow as a nice recovery day yoga flow. I felt relaxed and open after completing it. That’s really what I am looking for in a prenatal yoga flow something that relieves the tension in my shoulders and hips more than anything else.

Having access to this many workouts when it comes time for “body after baby” (I am already shuttering at the thought will certainly keep me motivated. They have workouts from 10 minutes to over an hour. I have a feeling that the 10 and 20 minute workouts are going to be my best friends in those first few weeks. A monthly subscription is $6.99, I haven’t sprung for a subscription yet, as there is a 10-day free trial and want to see how often I use workouts from here before I go all in. Bonus points that I can access it through Amazon Fire and Amazon Video app.

 

Best Workout Attire for the Pregnant Bod

I’ve officially reached the point where I am getting self conscious about my gym attire. I didn’t really want to spend too much money on exercise gear while I was pregnant. I figured I could make most of my tops work for a pretty decent amount of time, and invest in 2-3 leggings. I am quickly realizing that I may have been wrong.

Leggings

I’ve got about three pairs of leggings that I am rotating right now. They happen to be the “go with the flow” crops from Lululemon. They currently come up over the bump, but are getting tighter. I have a few pairs of Nordstrom Zella leggings in a larger size, but am worried that the waist isn’t going to hit in the right spot. Recently, I’ve been contemplating getting a pair or two from Champions maternity line. 

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So far this hasn’t really been an issue. For the most part they are long enough and aren’t riding up. I haven transitioned to some of my more flowy tops so that I have more breathing room.

Sports Bra

This is where I am having the most difficulty. My boobs are enormous. I had a nice healthy size bust before I got pregnant, but honestly this new size is just too much. I don’t know how you ladies do it. I picked up one new sports bra from Anita based off friend’s recommendations, and have been wearing my old Nike sports bras. Which are getting tighter and I feel like I am squishing myself into them.

Don’t even get me started on my swim outfit. Which has become running shorts and a sports bra. I probably could swing my bikini bottoms, but I am just not that comfortable yet.

So question — what have you all done for maternity workout gear? Particularly the sports bra.

 

My Workouts Lately: The Pregnancy Version

It’s been a pretty long while since I posted — a combination of lots of major life milestones (my sister got married earlier this month so there was a bachelorette party and a bridal shower) and being swamped at work.

And truthfully, I just came out the other end of suffering morning sickness all day everyday, which really put a damper on my active lifestyle. My life pretty much revolved around eating every 2 hours so that I didn’t throw up, but of course being too exhausted in between that time to do anything because I wasn’t really eating that much food and of course the little human growing inside me taking all of my energy.

If I worked out once a week in the first trimester it was a huge accomplishment. Those workouts were a combination of the ones listed below.

Tracy Anderson: Pregnancy Project81RLwu2gFrL._SL1500_

I’ve never done a Tracy Anderson workout before, so didn’t really know what to expect. During the first trimester this was a nice way to get my heart rate up, and bring the nausea down. Tracy is a little spastic — meaning that you have to keep your own count because she sometimes loses count. When we are doing butt exercises I really do feel it. I use 5lb weights compared to her 2 or 3lb, but that’s just me.

Sarah Haley: Expecting More

Admittedly I haven’t done all the workouts in this series, but I have done the majority. They are pretty good workouts for someone who traditionally lifts and does cardio 5-7x a week. It is still a little bit slower than my traditional workouts so I find myself getting bored pretty quickly and easily. Not to mention Sarah’s “cute” instructions to “wave bye bye to baby” (when you are imagining a baby in a chair) makes me roll my eyes and I find myself glad that no one is around watching me do it.

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Fit-Mommy-To-Be: Hilaria Baldwin Prenatal Yoga 

Amazingly, there are no prenatal yoga classes in my area. This is apparently what happens when you live in the retirement capital of America. I have been doing Hilaria’s yoga routine at least once a week and its really helped keep my lower back pain and hip tightness at bay.

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I also continued on with Orange Theory once a week, and pilates at least once a week. Now that I am in my second trimester and have more energy I am adding back in some of my more traditional workouts — treadmill, swimming, burpees. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not “out of shape” just “in a different shape.”

August Goals

Believe it or not, I feel like I did a really good job on my July goals. I didn’t really eat any processed foods, and somehow didn’t find myself constantly reaching for a bag of gummies despite all that was going on with work, it might have something to do with the fact that when I got stressed I did yoga or abs for 10 minutes rather than give in to my sugar cravings.

1. Give in to sleep. I’ve always been a terrible sleeper. At three, I cried hysterically in my bed about  how I couldn’t go to sleep because I had to do my homework. I was also that child that could not take a nap…just couldn’t. Lately though, I have found myself craving sleep more. So I would like to go ahead and say in bed by 10:00pm most nights (probably excluding weekends).

2. Get back to meal prep. We haven’t been meal prepping like we used to…i.e., taking 2 hours on Sunday to do most of the cooking for the week. I think it is time we get back at it (though I feel like I am setting myself up for failure here, because I am literally traveling every weekend except one this month).

3. Swimming. I’d like to get back in the habit of swimming at least once a week. Also the July/August 2015 issue of SHAPE has this ridiculous 30 minute pool workout. It includes laps, burpees, wall kicks, push ups, and more. I haven’t figured out how its safe to do burpees on the pool deck without shoes…but I’ll let you know.

not me...
not me…