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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.

35 Weeks: Serious Preparation Going on Over Here

The last few weeks have been consumed by significant Kumquat preparation. We moved into our house (2.5 weeks of home ownership FTW), I had a lovely baby shower, and we hit some major baby milestones including:

Nursery Furniture: Kumquat’s crib, dresser and glider h ave all arrived and we just have a few more items to get — the nightstand and ottoman. Then I can focus on the fun decorating parts. I do feel like I need to get the drawers organized a bit — the clothes are just so tiny! I heard the Ikea drawer organizers are the way to go.

Glider from West Elm, Natart Crib, Naturepedic Mattress
Glider from West Elm, Natart Crib, Naturepedic Mattress

Nursery Decor: My dad is coming back next week to help put up shelving and hang some pictures. We are going with a children’s book theme so I have a few of Josh and my favorite books from growing up all set to go on the wall. We don’t have any of the sheets yet…but she will likely be sleeping in our room for a bit so not sure that is entirely necessary right away.

Nursing Bra Fitting: That was an experience. I was sort of excited to hear that I haven’t gotten wider around, but I am terrified about what those boobs are going to look like when the milk comes in. I got I’ve also got the Cake ‘Rock Candy’ Seamless and Nordstrom’s Seamless. We are attending a breastfeeding class this week, that should be pretty interesting.

Packing the “Go Bag”: I also got most of the items needed for the hospital bag packed. I can’t find my compression socks from the move so need to track those down, but pretty much have everything in there that has been recommended. What are your thoughts on bringing something to put her footprints on? I know some people do it, but not sure I want to add another item to the list.

Car Seat Installation: We can totally take her home! Josh and I headed down to the Fire Station by Boynton Beach last week and learned how to put her in the car seat. I was scolded for all the “missiles” that are still in my car. I need to clean that out this weekend.

Chicco Key Fit
Chicco Key Fit

And now for your regular updates:

Baby Size: Kumquat is apparently the size of a honeydew or around 5 lbs, but I swear my back and legs feel like she is a watermelon.

Total Weight Gain: 22 lbs

Miss Anything: Being able to sit/lay down and get up without assistance. This whole roll to your side and hoist yourself up is kinda annoying.

Cravings: celery and peanut butter and the egg souffles from Panera

Symptoms: At this point, I can’t have anything tomato based at all for fear of an acid reflux flare up. It’s bad. Last Saturday it kept me up most of the night. I also suffered my first Charley Horse of the pregnancy this week. That was incredibly painful and I am still limping around a little.

Exercise: I am struggling with admitting that I do really have to slow down. At bootcamp last week, I got a little pink in the cheeks even though my stamina was fine. And I did 21 Day Fix Lower Body the other day, which may have contributed to said Charley Horse. I’ve cut running almost completely and am sticking to walking on an incline or just doing weight training. 65813966-BB7A-4B9E-8AB2-57CD339E610E

 

 

Don’t Rush Me: 31 Weeks

“Don’t rush me” has been my catch phrase lately. It refers to how much slower I am say getting out of a car, and the fact that people seem to think I am further along than I am.

Some days I am feeling the pain and am ready for Baby L to make her little debut, most days though I feel like I need more time to prepare. I am still interviewing pediatricians; we JUST decided on the hospital, though I still need to register; and I really need to go see an allergist.

See I have this lovely reaction to shots, which I am pretty sure is anxiety induced. I tend to faint. It doesn’t happen with flu vaccines, but other shots that “alter” my body response tend to put me out. This has the potential to prevent me from getting an epidural, IF it isn’t just an anxiety response.

We also happen to be moving to our new home this month. There’s a lot going on and a lot to do. IMG_4669

Baby Size: At last weigh in she was 3lbs; and this week she “weighs about the size of a coconut.”

Total Weight Gain: 17.5 lbs

Miss Anything: Still want my everything bagel with lox…maybe some spicy tuna rolls too

Cravings: Cinnamon Buns sneaked up on me recently…I found some healthier outlets for that including a yummy oatmeal bake, but I think it was fortuitous that Oreo came out with their new Cinnamon Buns flavor (BEST MODERATION CRAVING SAVIOR)

Seriously, thank you Oreo for helping me moderate my pregnancy cravings
Seriously, thank you Oreo for helping me moderate my pregnancy cravings

Aversions: I am not loving chicken unless it is highly seasoned or in some sort of sauce. It’s just not appetizing otherwise.

Symptoms: The acid reflux comes and goes, I’ve taken to eating smaller meals a couple times a day and that has helped. My back and hips are killing me, especially after a long day sitting at my desk.

Exercise: I am still running — though its little 30 second sprints — I have figured out how to do modified burpees and most days I feel really good. I am still doing routines from 21 Day Fix and modifying when I need to.

I’ve started to think about body after baby and will share that separately. I’ve also started thinking about putting together my “Go Bag.” Any recommendations out there?

 

 

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.

acaciatv homepage

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.

 

26 Week Pregnancy Update: We are picking up steam

It’s been a very quick moving six weeks since my last update. Two weeks ago we were at my doc for a check up and he said “things are going to start moving quickly now.” I don’t know if he was talking about Baby L (or the kumquat as my besties call her) gearing up to be a soccer star or the fact that you can outwardly tell that I am pregnant. Either way the man knows his stuff.

For comparisons sake…Here’s a picture from November 28th…and one from today..exactly a month apart.

November 28th
November 28th

 

December 28th
December 28th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby girl has really picked up her movement, particularly when it is time for mommy to go to bed. I can usually quiet her down once I stop shifting and turning, but I am waking up most nights to either use the bathroom or turn over. I have found that sleeping on my sides for an extended length of time makes my glutes REALLY tight.  And that actually wakes me up more often than her movement does.

Baby Size: Length of a green onion…last weigh in for her approx. 1lb 5oz

Total weight gain: 15 lbs — slow and steady

Miss Anything: I can officially say that a giant bagel and lox will be the first thing I will eat after giving birth…at least today.

Cravings: fruit…lots and lots of fruit…can’t get enough, especially citrus. And blueberry muffins.

Aversions: I still don’t want any pork or salmon, which isn’t great on the brain power side…but I was able to eat a little fish this past weekend for the first time in months. So winning.

Symptoms: I am FINALLY off Diclegis. It took forever to completely ween myself off of it, and I consider myself lucky since my mom was sick with me and my sister the entire time. Of course, that has been replaced by some serious heartburn and acid reflux…awesome. I guess it doesn’t help that I want to eat all the citrus and tomatoes which can make that worse…but whatever.

Exercise: Still going well. I am still running and doing strength work. I try to walk at least 2 miles every day, expect for run days. I have upped my yoga practice to at least twice a week now to try to combat the tightness.IMG_4538

So a typical week looks something like:

Mon: run/strength

Tues: yoga/walk

Wed: pilates/walk

Thurs: bootcamp

Fri: yoga/walk

Sat: walk/strength

Sun: off