Onto our fourth and final day looking back at 2016! If you missed any of the posts, you can get caught up on Fashion Faves here
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Today is our Fitness day and not a moment too soon! Yesterday, in a total act of rebellion, I made the most delicious double chocolate chip espresso cookies and ate three! Yikes! But, I’m also eating healthy meals too and am back on the workout train!
This year, I want to make fitness more of a mind/body approach. I mentioned on Monday that I have in mind a way I’d like my life to feel in general, and that definitely includes being healthy and fit, with lots of energy, but also reducing stress and making more time for FUN! I felt pretty maxed out in 2016, and I want to chill out more in 2017. It only takes something as easy as heading to the park after school or going on a walk after dinner to help us relax, so I need to make that a priority.
I’ve tried meditating before and could never get into it, but this app
keeps popping up in my life, so I’m taking that as a sign that I should try it. It’s called Headspace
and it’s got guided meditations
to help you along so you’re not just sitting there thinking, “I have so much laundry to do” and all of those kinds of things that pop into my brain when I try to sit still. I got started with it yesterday and plan to start my day with it for 10 minutes. It will be way better than turning to my iPhone first thing in the morning to check social media!
DIASTASIS RECTI REPAIR
Next up, I finally committed to doing the Mama Strong
program to try to correct my diastasis recti
(ab separation) from pregnancy. My abs were a good 3 or so finger width apart and now they’re down to a 2 without really doing anything, but I want to close the gap to under a 1. I’ve heard good things about this $2 a month online program from a friend I trust (Hi Angela!). With the diastasis recti, I still have a lower ab ‘pooch’ that I’m not crazy about. Bringing the abs back together will help fix that.
I still workout with my awesome trainer
, but I’ve been down to just one day a week because it was hard to fit in the time to drive over there and get that workout in since he’s a good 15 minute drive from me. Now that I want to ramp up and get back into good shape before Jordan’s 1st birthday, I committed to three days a week with him
. I also want to incorporate spin classes
(so fun and such a great workout) along with running outside
, which I love and still do. I swear, there’s no better stress reliever (for me) than putting on my music and going for a sweaty run!
I’m doing a hot yoga class with my friend on Saturday, just as a way of trying something new and getting my body moving in a different way. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with it, but for me, that’s part of my FUN goal.
3RD NPC BIKINI COMPETITION
I’m considering competing again this year also. My trainer is so humble and downright shy about his competitive history and titles, but he is a master bodybuilder and former Mr. Olympia. That’s a big deal in the bodybuilding world! He’s hosting a fitness competition in October that I’m thinking of entering because I do love how lean and strong (mentally and physically) you get while preparing. Every time I train with John, it makes me want to do it again. Then I get home and I’m like, hmm not so sure. . . . It’s grueling and super challenging, but since I can’t stop thinking about it, I’m not ruling it out.
In the food department, I want to be a better cook and try new recipes. That can be daunting, so I made my goal simple and doable: make one new recipe every week.
We are creatures of habit and my fall-back meals are a version of my bikini prep meals
because: 1) they are healthy and taste good; 2) they are easy to cook in batches; and 3) it saves time. With that foundation during the day for breakfast and my meals #2 and #3 (I still eat about 5 meals a day since that is what my metabolism is used it- I’m so hungry if I miss a meal), I can try something different for dinner or on the weekends.
We’re also going to do a few more Blue Apron Meals since we tried that last year and liked it. I have a delivery scheduled soon, so I’ll be sure to share it with you!
I’d love to hear what your fitness goals are for 2017!
Below is a recap of my most popular fitness posts of 2016. Just click the pink title to read the original post in its entirety!
I started off 2016 in my third trimester of pregnancy, but I started my pregnancy just weeks before my second NPC bikini competition. I didn’t realize I was pregnant, and found out I was 5 weeks pregnant 4 days before competition day! I credit continuing to workout and eat healthier for feeling so much better during my second pregnancy. I kept up my workouts and did a leg workout the day before Jordan was born! I gained about 15 pounds less the second time, and the weight was easier to lose.
Staying Fit During Pregnancy
This post shares lots of the exercises I was doing while pregnant, even in the last trimester.
The picture below was snapped after one sleepless night right after I had Jordan. I shared it on Instagram and it was one of my most popular IG posts of the year. I think it’s relatable because every new mama has been there- messy house, tired eyes, soft round belly and total bedhead. I felt like I looked terrible in the picture at the time, but I didn’t even care because I was just so in love and blissfully happy to have a healthy baby girl in my arms.
Body After Baby – 6 Weeks
I was proud to share the real deal, body after baby pics, it’s completely normal (if a bit disheartening;) to still look pregnant after you initially give birth! I could only walk at first, but at 6 weeks postpartum, I was cleared to start weight training again.
Body After Baby – 12 Weeks
After 3 months, the baby weight wasn’t off completely, but I was feeling much more like myself after working out and running again.
5 Tips for Getting Started Running/Body After Baby – 4 Months
Running is such a lifesaver for me. I’ve said it a million times, but it’s my (free!) therapy to get my stress out. Once you make it a habit, it just comes naturally. If I don’t “have time” to workout, I just head out my front door. I can be back and done with my run in the time it would’ve taken me to get to the gym, park and start working out!
So many songs get me through the next steps when I want to give up. Or they make me run faster! I shared some of my favorites in this post- hope it gives you some new tunes to download.
Getting to the gym was much harder with a baby to breastfeed round the clock, so I started working out at home more. If you don’t have a gym membership or time to get to the gym, you can do a quick, full body workout in your living room here with just a set of dumbbells. And they don’t have to be that heavy!
We were so blessed to have friends who brought us meals for the first 6 weeks of Jordan’s life. My girlfriend Ali-Shaun set it up through Meal Train, which I highly recommend if you want to do something like this for a friend. After the meals were over, it was up to us to fend for ourselves again and we tried Blue Apron a few times and loved it. It’s a break from the typical, go-to meals we tend to eat over and over. We liked it so much we signed up again for the start of 2017.
A few hours spent prepping our food each week sets us up for success in the healthy eating department. I have been getting burned out lately and definitely want to try some new food and recipes.
I needed a kick in the pants 6 months after baby, so I did a mini 40-Day fitness challenge that I created for myself and it was a great boost!
This post shares a lot of the food I ate during the 40 days and since I tracked my macros, it has that info too.
You can read this recap post to see my result from the challenge. I compared weight and body fat and the results were surprising!
What We Ate in NYC
What are your fitness goals for 2017? Would you want me to blog about competing again if I decide to go for it?