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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.

 

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.

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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.”

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

Funtivity: Sushi, Saki & Strolling

You know how Central Park is an oasis in the middle of the city? You step foot in there, and it is as if the world around you just shut off. You would think the beach would be the same, but it doesn’t quite have the same effect.

The Morikami Japanese gardens on the other hand….

Boca Raton, Florida may seem like an odd place to find 16-acres of bamboo & bonsai trees, koi, turtles, and serene rock and sand gardens, but it is there. The museum was opened in 1977, and has villas mimicking those in the Japan and give you a glimpse of life there.Morikami 024

On the second Friday of each Summer month, Morikami hosts “Sushi and Stroll,” where you get to stroll, drink saki, and eat sushi and some other Japanese fair. Josh and I, and our friends Brett, Lauren and their adorable little boy Zachary, headed into the hot summer evening to enjoy it.

 

Hey Buddah man
Hey Buddha man

Things I learned while at the gardens:

  1.  Bamboo makes the most amazingly soothing noiseMorikami 018
  2. I have no idea what makes a Bonsai tree, a Bonsai…I know that you shape it and grow it specifically, but does that mean any tree can be a Bonsai? Morikami 007
  3. KitKat is a big thing in Japan, and they have ridiculous flavors like green tea and purple sweet potato
  4. Staring at carefully racked sand is weirdly peaceful

 

I’d love to go back and explore more, maybe when it is cooler.

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Summer Things I’m Loving

Let’s just call a spade, a spade and admit to ourselves that it is officially Summer. It’s hot as hell already and when I walk outside, even if it is 6:30am, you will be hit by a wall of heat that makes you regret leaving your A/C immediately.

I love Summer for its longer days, but I also loathe it because I sweat quickly and that makes everything miserable. So things that are making me not hate being outside right now:

1. Show Me Your Mumu Riri Romper

I don’t know which Instagram user introduced me to Show Me Your Mumu, but I now own two Riri Rompers and they are perfect for the humid days here. I’ve worn it to run around Miami, to the Darius Rucker concert, and then out at the Morikami Gardens. In addition to being light and airy, it also dries really quickly after you get poured on. It is virtually wrinkle proof. Highly recommend.

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A little stop for #yoga while taking in #art #detoxyobody @aloyoga @beachyogagirl @kinoyoga #yogapose #yogachallenge

A photo posted by Laney Landsman (@lanes0220) on

 

 

2. Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

I’ve sadly reached that stage in my life where I don’t think I can go out makeup free, unless of course it is to the gym. To balance my need for coverage with the sweaty sticky runiness that is my constant state of being I’ve started using a BB cream. It is light, gives me the little bit of glow I am looking for, and doesn’t make me feel like makeup is running down my face.

Thank you to Birchbox for introducing me to this awesomeness
Thank you to Birchbox for introducing me to this awesomeness

3. Sunscreens Galore

I’ve become a sunscreen fanatic. I do not leave the house without some sort of protection, and I have ensured that I have a sunscreen that fits whatever activity I am doing. My anti-aging eye cream has SPF (Supergoop), as does my tinted moisturizer (Sweet Science). I’ve got every day wear sunscreen (Supergoop again) and sports sunscreen for my sweaty outdoor activities (Banana Boat).

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I was recently introduced to Block Island sunscreen, which is good for sensitive skin and is ultra-lightweight. It doesn’t feel goopey or heavy (hence the lightweight) and goes on really easy. It’s also pretty nice that it is all natural and organic.

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That’s what is currently on my list, and it isn’t even the Summer Solstice yet. What’s in your summer routine?

21 Drops – Essential Oil Blends

Essential oils have been floating around little universe for a couple of years now. A spritz here and there at the end of yoga class. During a massage they were placed into that little machine that puffs them into the air. I had a colleague who even used them in the office, but I never thought about purchasing them myself.

Two weeks ago as I was running low on melatonin (I use it regularly to help me sleep), I decided to investigate essential oils as an alternative. Living in Delray Beach, I drive by 21 Drops and their gardens on the regular…so it seemed like the best place to start.

21 Drops uses combined essential oils to treat and prevent, nurture, fortify and heal. They use 24 different oils in 21 varying combinations. Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 5.45.12 PM

Since I travel so much, I opted for the “Travel Well” package, which comes with three different oils:Essential Oils 001

#14 Immunity: Made of eucalyptus leaf oil, lavender flower oil, ravintsara leaf oil, and rosewood oil to stimulate the immune system and fight infection.Essential Oils 003

#17 Digest: Fuses cardamom seed oil, ginger rhizome oil, German chamomile flower oil, and sweet orange fruit rind oil to ease the discomfort.

#18 Sleep: Made of palmarosa grass oil, sandalwood wood oil, vetiver root oil, and ylang ylang flower oil to sedate, soothe and quiet.Essential Oils 002

I also picked up #21 Inspire, which is made with black pepper, cedarwood ground and sandalwood  and jojoba oil. All together they release blocked energy, support confidence and quiets mental activity.

So far they have all helped immensely. I’ve been falling asleep quickly, feeling refreshed when I wake up, and when I had a little tickle earlier this week the Immunity seemed to do the trick.

They are perfect for dropping into your bag and carrying with you. This first dip into essential oils has me wanting to explore more, particularly “De-stress,” “Focus” and “Headache.”

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