Back to the Gym: My First Postpartum Workouts

I just wanted to quickly check-in and discuss my workouts from the past month. I think I should preface this by saying that there were only four of them. Yep. For the entire month. That’s still four more than I completed last month, so there’s always that. I like to give myself credit for small wins, you guys.

postpartum workouts

This months workouts looked a little something like this:

Upper Body: Randomly worked my biceps, triceps, and shoulders while staring at the monitor one night after the baby went to bed.

Running: Ran 2.5 steady-paced miles that seemed like 12.5 miles.

Running: Ran three 1-mile repeats with a two minute rest that I wish was a two hour rest.

Lower Body: I did some weighted squats while Ryne played with the kids and then my legs died forever.

The last to-be-completed workout of this month will be my fit test. I’m hoping there will be a tiny bit of progress with my one-mile time, but I’m pretty sure the rest of the numbers will be unchanged. Remember, small wins count. Right? Just say yes.

Body after Baby #2: One Month

I recently filled you guys in on how Hudson was doing, but I failed to mention how I was handling postpartum life. I’m a little late posting this, but let’s just pretend I shared this exactly one month after having him. Deal? Deal. I mean, I’ve been busy hanging with these two instead. (No infants were harmed in the taking of this photo.)

brothers

Mind: To be completely honest, I had the “baby blues” for a few days after we brought Hudson home. I was exhausted, frustrated, and completely freaking out about how I was going to handle two boys in the house. Then, those feelings left as quickly as they came. I feel incredibly lucky this time around, because I had much more extreme emotions after having Maddux. With Hudson, it was just a short wave of hormones and it was over. Right now, I’m still tired of course, but I have a much more healthy mindset. I definitely have my moments of panic (“OMG, why is he crying? I’m the worst mom in the world!”), but it’s a whole lot more manageable. I think going into it knowing that it’s going to suck a little helps a lot. I’m totally serious, y’all. I know now to expect the unexpected and I can deal with rough days that much better. I’ve also openly asked for help this time around. Please, please, please do that if you are in the throes of newborn-ness. Trust me. It makes all the difference.

Health: Again, my biggest issue this first month was hormones. I felt a bit crazy, I got a tad (or a lot) cranky, and I had some serious night sweats. No one warned me about that last part, and it didn’t happen the first go round. It’s as glamorous as it sounds. When I’d finally get some sleep, I’d wake up looking like I’d run the entirety of Badwater while wearing a snowsuit. It was ugly. Other than that, I can’t really complain. I had the typical aches and pains after labor, but nothing to write home about. I did my best to take better care of myself this time. I didn’t even think about working out the first four weeks, I tried to rest when I could, and I attempted to make myself eat my veggies. I may or may not have had ice cream for dinner multiple times, though. Oops. I did my best.

Fitness: The only actual workout I’ve completed so far is a “fit test” just to see where I stand. It was so bleak, you guys. So bleak. Weak doesn’t even begin to describe my current state. I’ll post the results of my test along with my current pictures and stats below. I need accountability, or I’ll certainly just continue lounging around eating Cheetos like a boss.

one month postpartum

STATS

Weight: 136 lbs  Waist: 30 in  Hips: 40 in  Right Arm: 10 in  Right Thigh: 22 in

FIT TEST

1 Mile Run: 9:03 min  Push Ups: 3 1/2  Pull Ups: Mark it zero, Dude  Plank: 1:01 min

Well, that’s about it. Hopefully I’ll have some progress to report in a month or so. Until then, I’ll try to pop in when I can. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Making Healthy Eating Easier + A $100 Kohl’s Giveaway!

*The following “Making Healthy Eating Easier + a $100 Kohl’s Giveaway” post is sponsored by Kohl’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A few months ago, Kohl’s reached out and asked if I would like to try a few items from their Healthy Cooking lineup. Being a huge Kohl’s fan, that was a no brainer. The only hard part? Deciding what to order! They have some amazing appliances and tools available (at equally amazing prices, might I add), so it took me a few days to nail down exactly what I wanted to try first.

healthy eating tools

I ended up choosing a few items that I’ve always wanted to own but have never taken the time to go purchase. I snagged a salad chopper, an avocado slicer, and a salad spinner. The salad chopper I found has since sold out, but this chopper would get the job done, too. Each of these items makes meal prep so much simpler, and I feel a little silly for not pulling the trigger and buying them sooner. It’s amazing how such affordable kitchen accessories can make such a big difference. The one that blew my mind the most was definitely the salad chopper. I didn’t know what I was missing out on, y’all.

easy healthy chopped salad

I always order chopped salads when I see them on menus, because they are about 10,000 times more amazing than the regular old tossed variety. I have no idea how it works, but having everything blended together perfectly makes it taste better. It’s just a fact. Maybe it just makes the proportions of every single bite on point? I’m just glad I’m able to whip these salads up quickly at home now. The one in the picture above was literally just every vegetable I could find in my fridge + a few shrimp. It took no time at all to throw together and I was glad to get some extra veggies in for the day. It’s proof that, with the right tools at your disposal, healthy eating can be delicious and easy. And with a toddler and another boy on the way (hopefully any day now!), I’ll need to save all the time in the kitchen that I can.

Now that I have a few more useful tools, I have my eye on this adorable kid’s chef set for Maddux. He loves cooking and making his own snacks and meals, so it’s definitely something I want to continue to encourage. If you’re also in the market for healthy cooking tools and appliances, you’re in luck. To help us with our shopping, Kohl’s let me in on a few upcoming sales. Between 1/29-2/3, we can save $10 off of $50 off of any home purchase with the code “HOME10″. They’ll also have a two-day sale on 1/29 & 1/30 for 20% off sitewide with the code “FORYOU20″. These codes are totally stackable, so that means more even more savings! I don’t know about you but I plan to hit it up on the 29th for sure.

For one lucky reader, though, Kohl’s wants to foot the entire bill. They have offered to give away a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card to one of y’all! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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Good luck & happy shopping!

Barre-Inspired Prenatal Workout + Maternity Workout Clothing

Oh, hey. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, huh? My lovely family passed a cold/sore throat/cough thing to me and it took me down. I woke up feeling a bit better today so I tried to complete this quick workout before I left for the office. I miss taking barre, so I tried to incorporate some moves that reminded me of it. Of course, everything is totally modified for my huge belly.

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Let me just say this: it was brutal. I swear I thought I had retained some semblance of fitness and that this would be a breeze. Nope. I hadn’t and it wasn’t. The move that killed me? Push ups. Yes, I struggle-bussed it through 30 modified push-ups while simultaneously cursing myself for thinking it was a good idea. That being said, I’m glad I finally got up and got moving. It was much needed!

One thing that motivated me was being gifted some cute new maternity workout gear. For Two Fitness is known for their adorable, functional workout tanks. I’ve worn their clothing in the past, so I was excited to get some new “themed” pieces. The barre tank is absolute perfection.

barre maternity tank

I also received a training tank, yoga shorts, and active capri. The bottoms each have a 3-way belly panel and I definitely appreciated that fact when I was huffing and puffing my way through my workout. I pulled them up for as much support as possible, y’all.

for two fitness tanks

I highly recommend the brand if you are expecting. I truly haven’t found better (or longer lasting) maternity workout gear. I wonder how long I can get away with wearing these things after the baby? I mean, belly up to the barre doesn’t necessarily mean I’m pregnant, right?

Friday Favorites + an Armpocket Giveaway!

Long weekends really are the best, y’all. I figured it was a good time to bring back Friday Favorites, since I actually have a few minutes to type one out. Without further do, here are a few things I’ve been digging lately.

Chestnut Praline Lattes

chestnut praline latte

I usually hate “nutty” flavors but I’m obsessed with these. Granted I switch the three pumps of praline to one pump praline and one pump white chocolate, so I’m kind of cheating. Whatever, it’s delicious and I won’t stop ordering them until the season ends.

DNCE

dnce

My friend Molly made me listen to “Cake by the Ocean” a while back and now I’m addicted to every single song they’ve recorded. The fact that the band has a Jonas brother in it just makes me that much more obsessed. What can I say? I am eternally thirteen years old. You can’t make me grow up and/or acquire good taste in anything. Stop trying.

Making Huge Messes

toddler art

I was going to say “Painting” or “Art” or something, but I decided to be honest instead. It’s fun to randomly be like, “here, son, make a mess with no repercussions”. It confuses children. You’ve got to keep them guessing if you want to stay in control. Plus, little handprints are adorable.

Quick Road Trips

We are currently in the car headed to the mountains for what will undoubtably be the best trip of Maddux’s life thus far. I’m excited because we get to come home the next day. Quick road trips are where it’s at, because I really just want to hang out at the house and drink hot chocolate for the next month. Lazy.

Bodyweight Workouts

chair workout moves

I’m not totally lazy, though, I swear. I’m trying to be a little more conscious of my movement during the day, so I’m adding simple bodyweight workouts back into my life. So far, so good. By that I mean I’ve worked out once so far, but it still totally counts. I’m sore, but it’s the good kind of sore where you know your body still works. If you want to try one of my favorites, go complete this chair workout.

Armpocket Bands

armband for iPhone 6

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Armpocket fan. I’ve reviewed them in the past, and none of my thoughts have changed since then. I was even caught on Buzzfeed rockin’ one. When I changed phones, though, my old band didn’t fit anymore. Sad times. The generous folks at Armpocket sent me a new one (since I’m super mature and told them I would be depressed if they didn’t and that it would be all their fault). Anyway, they wanted to also share the love with one of you! One lucky reader will win an Armband of their very own.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Friday, December 4th at midnight. If you just can’t wait that long, you can go ahead and order one from the Armpocket website. You will not regret it! And if you’re shopping for any runners this year, this is legitimately the perfect gift. These things last forever, store everything you need, and come in some pretty sweet colors and patterns.

Okay, back to serenading my boys for the remainder of this ride. (I have the voice of an angel, except the opposite.) Have a great weekend!