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T25 Beta: More Jumping, More Weights

We have completed three full weeks of T25 Beta and my honest reaction is that I truly hate Speed 2.0, especially when it is combined with any of the other workouts.

During these last few weeks, I was sort of injury prone. My left glute/lower back kept seizing up. I would try to pick up Dylan or just be sitting down and feeding her and a sharp pain would just run up my side. I ended up modifying a lot because of this. So the half tuck jumps were nixed and I replaced a few workouts with yoga. IMG_0738

That being said, I really liked that I was doing more weight and body weight exercises. The Rip’t Circuit and Upper Focus were a nice mix of core and duh arms. I didn’t burn as many calories during these workouts, especially Dynamic Core and Upper Focus because you are working more on your core.

Moves that I just never felt it IN my core: Twisting T-Lunge,  X-Lunge, and Shuffle Sprint Kick. I could have been doing them wrong, but I swear I was tucking my hips under and contracting my core at all times. IMG_0698

Moves that I loved to hate: Air Plank Burpees, Air Plank Burpees (one leg), Shuffle Burpees and Plank Walk Squat Pyramids. Obviously there is a pattern to these moves. I love burpees…because they are the worst.IMG_0768

Moves that I just flat out hate: Split Lunge Agility, Out +Out Turn, and Zigzag Hop. Anything that makes me moves side to side pretty much kills me. I don’t know if I need different shoes (I probably do) or its just the way my body works. IMG_0672

We’ve decided to start Gamma early, which means this week we are incorporating Gamma workouts into our Beta. This of course means that Friday’s double sounds horrific since it would be Speed 3.0 and Rip’t Up. eeeeee

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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. 

Tanks

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.

 

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…