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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.

 

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…

How to Stay Fit While Traveling

As we know, I am a frequent business traveler. I have my yoga and cycle studio that’s around the corner, and I get a yoga mat delivered to my room. But what about when I am traveling for leisure?

We recently got back from a cruise, and despite being surrounded by water, found ways to keep fit. In addition to utilizing the ship’s gym every day we also picked excursions that were more on the active side than the leisure.

In San Juan we went on a 12-mile bike ride around the city. We went up a few hills, saw some of the local areas that we otherwise wouldn’t have, and highlights of the city. Our guide told us great local-folklore and made it so that we really could indulge in some of that tasty food I had heard about.Cruise 038 Cruise 041 Cruise 036

In St. Maarten we went snorkeling by the famous beach where the airplanes land right over your head. We got to experience one of the “must do” activities while also getting to swim around and explore the crystal blue waters.101_0210 101_0212 Cruise 063

In St. Kitts we had planned to go hiking up a volcano, but after reading reviews, opted for zip lining instead. It was such a cool experience. While more on the easier side we did still use some of our upper body strength. Cruise 069 Cruise 066

I like to find these kinds of funtivities on our vacations because I just feel like we get to experience more than if we were just shopping. Cruise 101

 

July Goals

Ok, so maybe I am a little late to the July goal party…but it’s been a very busy start to the month. There’s a project at work that has been incredibly challenging, but should hopefully have big payoffs for my client….I kinda can’t wait to share it with everyone. Anyway….

June came and went…and I sort of stuck to my goals. I got my yoga in every day, I was certainly waking up early, and I did pretty well on the new funtivity schedule (Fat Rooster, Fitness Golf, SLT). The cutting back on sugar though…could still use some work.

This month’s goals include:

1. Eating clean (at least until we go on our cruise). Maybe it’s a little vain, but leading up to July 19th, I plan to eat as clean as humanly possible. I’m traveling a whole bunch and of course July 4th sort of through a wrench in that plan (I CAN’T SAY NO TO HOT DOGS), but I am focusing on one cheat meal a weekend right now and it is working. Eat-Clean

2. Limiting sugar intake. I am separating this out from the above, because it is seriously a challenge for me, especially when I am stressed with work. I can’t help it…gummy bears and Swedish Fish are my comfort food.

3. Relaxation. We have a fabulous cruise planned, with funtivities galore. You’d think this will be an easy goal, but my big work project is going live on Day One of the cruise (was supposed to happen the week before we left, but the timeline shifted) and it is going to be hard for me not to log on and check everything. IMG_4152

4. Abs plus yoga everyday. It’s so easy, yet somehow it slips my mind to just take 10 minutes and do abs. Adding on to my little daily yoga flow should be pretty simple.

Workout Review: SLT NYC

I’ve been taking pilates for a few months now. So I was feeling pretty confident about my pilates skills going into SLT, which stands for “strengthen, lengthen and tone.” I was in for a rude awakening.

Megareformer pilates is basically pilates on crack. Seriously, you think you know what you are in for when you head into a pilates class and you are wrong. I’d watched the introduction video before I signed up for class, but still didn’t really have a clue.image1

The space is reminiscent of a NYC dance studio – one long room with mirrors on one side. There are cubes to store your things, and two restrooms for changing. There are no showers. We are talking minimalist at its finest.

There were quite a few newbies in the class, and Audrey took us through the paces of pilates on the megareformer. You can use both ends of the megreformer, you have your standard loops for legs and hands, and there are other fun little tools.

The bed has numbers on it (1, 2, 3) with little hash marks so you know where to place your feet, hands and knees when the instructor calls it out.

Right before class started Audrey said “I’m just here to kick your ass” and she wasn’t joking.image5

It’s a pretty fast paced class. You get a count down from each move so there are no true breaks. I don’t know how each class is structured, but this one took us through core, arms, legs and glute exercises.

I was quickly drenched in sweat. The move where we slid into a standing star position and then pulled our leg on the reformer back? Yeah that’s an inner thigh workout if I’ve ever seen one.

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The one where we did oblique twist/crunch (believe it’s called a mermaid), just about made me cramp up it was straining the side of my glute so badly.

There certainly wasn’t as much core work as my standard pilates reformer class – with the set of 100s and knee tucks, but the “bear” and “snake” moves did the trick.

This is either snake or bear, I can't recall
This is either snake or bear, I can’t recall

The website says that if “cardio, strength training, and pilates had a baby, it would be SLT” and that is probably the most accurate coupling I have ever heard.

also, great mantra
also, great mantra

Slash Fitness: TRX Yoga Review

If you’ve ever wanted to prove that you are entirely not flexible…take TRX yoga. The suspension both supports and challenges many yoga poses, helping you deepen the stretch while working your entire body.

Alexis, who runs the yoga practice at Saltwater Brewery, also leads the TRX Yoga class at Slash Fitness. I’d never been to Slash, but have heard good things so I was excited to see the space.IMG_3970

First impression? I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t shown around or explained how the studio works. Maybe I just have high expectations, but felt like I was left to my own devices. The person at the front desk was incredibly nice, and answered my questions though.

The class itself was seriously challenging. Alexis wasn’t joking when she said that it was a great core workout. She took us through a pretty standard yoga flow with down dogs (or pikes), warrior I and II and III, forward folds, side planks, and lunges.

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I reached proper sweat mode pretty quickly for a non-heated yoga class. I was a bit fumbly moving through the flow and there were a few times where I am pretty sure I just got completely twisted. IMG_3988

While I easily got into the hand stand portion of class, the chest openers, lunges and bow poses were incredibly challenging. My short little limbs just aren’t made for bending that way. I can only hope that after more practice that will change. IMG_4012

Funtivity: Fitness Golf

Sometimes I really enjoy sleeping in. When I wake up without anything that I need to do immediately and then can lay around for another hour or so, that’s amazing. Then I get antsy. This happened last Saturday. Both of our weeks sort of dictated the need to sleep in, which meant we didn’t go to our usual Saturday morning Orange Theory Class.

The thought of running at noon made me want to vomit before even stepping outside, and swimming just wasn’t going to work since by that time the pool would be crowded. I wanted something new, and different.

Josh, I think jokingly, suggested putt-putt with a twist…we would do an exercise at each hole, the number of reps dictated by the hole. Of course, I loved it, wrote up a quick routine and off we went.

This is how the workout went:

burpees on holes 1,3,5

burpees make everything harder
burpees make everything harder

spiderman push-ups on holes 2,4

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lay down push-ups on holes 6,8

snap jumps (or pop jacks) on holes 7,9

you might as well just call these half burpees
you might as well just call these half burpees

 

squats on holes 10, 12

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x jumps on holes 11, 13

single leg squats on holes 14, 16

jump lunges on holes 15, 17

grand finale 18 burpees for hole 18

People thought we were a little crazy….no less than three people commented on our “double duty.” I was truly sweaty and got my heart rate up in a fun and innovative way.

 

June Goals

It is very rare that you get a new month on the first day of the week. It seems right that you should wake up feeling refreshed and excited about what could be possible this month. For whatever reason, that made me feel like it might be a good idea to make some goals for the month. I mean why not?

1. Practice yoga at least 10 minutes daily. I’ve been doing yoga challenges, but not really focusing on my yoga practice. I need to get back into that.image (10)

2. Get up early every morning. It’s summer! This means I have more daylight in the evenings, which means if I get up earlier and get more things done sooner I can take advantage of it.image_4

3. Try a new funtivity every week. I love funtivities, and right now is the perfect time to integrate them into our plans. They can be an active activity, or just a new adventure (e.g., a new restaurant).

4. Cut back on sugar. I’ve been really bad about the extra dose of sugar. I am going to try my darndest to limit my “sugary” snack intake to twice a week…I am talking candy and ice cream here. Maybe next month I’ll cut my fruit (but let’s be honest).SourPatchKids