Body Back: Week Two Recap!

Hi friends!

I swear it seems the weeks are going by SO fast .. Feels like it was just yesterday when I published my post about my first week of Body Back — a new fitness program I’m trying for 8 weeks — and now we are in week three?! Jeez! ¬† Did you miss the first post? No worries — check it out here. ūüôā

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So, WEEK TWO! Whoop whoop!

Week two started off kinda rocky. ¬†Our “weeks” start on Sunday, but our first BB workout and weigh-in are first thing Monday morning. ¬†For some reason, this week I really struggled with choosing the right fuel for my body — my workouts were on point, but food.. bleh.

Sunday was NOT a good nutrition day for me. We woke up early and decided to take Ella to the Farmers Market downtown — a great idea and a wonderful morning adventure, but I fell victim to savory beef jerky (not a horrible choice) and pretty much ate my weight in KETTLE CORN (definitely not the BEST choice). I love kettle corn. ¬†There are few things in life that give me such pleasure as it’s sweet and salty goodness, especially when it is fresh. ¬†To make matters worse, we chose fast food for lunch. ¬†I generally do not enjoy anything fast food — unless it’s Chipotle ūüėČ ¬†But.. we didn’t go to Chipotle, but rather a cute 50s style joint called Freddy’s. ¬†It was … okay, but the taste of guilt trumped any good taste that may have been in the steak burger I consumed. I felt so gross that I ended up skipping dinner that night to let my tummy rest. Although Momma felt like crap, Ella seemed to enjoy herself ūüėČ

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What a face!!!

Due to Sunday’s eating choices, can you guess how Monday morning went? ¬†152.0 lbs. ¬†I gained in my first week of doing this. ¬†Honestly, though.. it was to be expected. ¬†I didn’t let that number cause me to slack on my workout or let it “ruin” my day — but instead used it as motivation to bust-ass ¬†on my workouts all week.

Motivation IT WAS. ¬†Holy cow — I put in some serious work every single day. ¬†From BodyBack workouts to 21DF workouts to daily walks with Ella — I managed to keep up the momentum and do something active everyday last week, sometimes two to three times a day.

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Squatting like CHAMPS! 5:45 AM ain’t got nothin’ on us!

Then, Friday, I did something I’ve never done before — yard work! ¬†Due to an intense fear of snakes, I’ve never really been a gardening/yardworking kinda girl. ¬†But, it is the year of GROWTH, so I spent a solid 4 hours working in the blazing FL heat, weeding, planting, and mulching our front flowerbed area. Best part of it all, I managed to burn over 3000 calories that day! ¬†Next step, getting our grass to grow! ūüėČ (Note: the before picture was BEFORE we moved in.)

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All in all, week two was amazing.  Although I had some eating hiccups, I managed to increase my activity levels and overall sharpen my own saw.  Feeling better, feeling stronger, and starting to feel like myself again. <3

The best part of it all? ¬†I’m helping myself become better so I can in turn be an amazing role model for my little girl. ¬†I want her to know that she can do it — she can be strong, she can keep active. ¬†No matter what, no matter who says you can’t, no matter how hard it is or can be.

Hope you all are having a fantastic Tuesday!

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Body Back: Week One Recap!

Hi friends!

So, last post I talked about how joining my local Stroller Strides group has totally saved my sanity (read: here). ¬†100% true, and I’m so thankful for this group! ¬†Another really cool aspect that I didn’t cover in that post is¬†the fact that Fit4Mom has several¬†other amazing classes you can choose from to stay active. ¬†One of those classes is called Body Back, an 8 week program that helps¬†moms get their “body back” — whether their baby is a newborn or 20+ years old!

I was extremely interested in this class, and was lucky enough to have a free preview class before registering. ¬†Holy intense workout! I knew after that preview class that this was exactly what I wanted to try for the next 8 weeks — 2 HIIT workouts a week, social media connectivity with other members of the group, and meal planning/journalling accountability. ¬†As an additional source of accountability, I thought I’d blog once a week about the week prior, for those that are interested in reading about my journey. ¬†No hold-backs — I will be incredibly honest about myself, my eating, and my workouts in these recap posts each week. ¬†In order for my success, this is super important! ūüôā

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Week one! Hooray!

Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday morning at 5:45AM (earrrrlllyyyy… but worth it!). ¬†I managed to catch a terrible stomach bug on the first Monday class (see post here), so my first ACTUAL class was on Wednesday of last week. ¬†The first class is an “Assessment Class” — meaning, it’s the class where we set the foundation. ¬†Where do you begin.. where can we set goals from, so ideally, in 8 weeks, you can CRUSH them!

We started the assessment off with a few fitness “tests.” ¬†Like, how many push-ups can you do in 1 minute? Squats? Bicep Curls? Sit-ups? ¬†How long can you hold a plank? Side-Bridge? Wall-sit?

I felt pretty confident about my push-ups and squats — these are a daily exercise for me. Plank should be okay too, I knew I could at least hold for a minute and a half. ¬†The others had me a bit nervous.

So, in all transparency, here’s where I stand:

  • How many in 1 Minute?
    • Bicep Curls: 42
    • Push-ups: 28 (full push-ups, not assisted or on knees)
    • Sit-ups: 17 (full sit-ups, not assisted)
    • Squats: 39 (booty to the ground)
  • How long can you hold?
    • Plank: 2 minutes
    • Side Bridge: Left – 1 minute ¬†Right – 45 seconds
    • Wall sit: 1 min. 34 seconds

Holy crap — I could definitely see what areas need the most work! ¬†Then, we had to run a mile. ¬†Now, I’m a runner — but my stride hasn’t been the same since having Ella. ¬†Since we moved here, I’ve been training on time intervals with my running — trying to get my stride up to running without stopping for a walk break for 45 minutes straight. I recently completed c25k and ran my first 5k since moving to Orlando, and I was pretty happy with breaking a 32 minute 5k time — averaging at a little 10 min mile. ¬†But, I haven’t been working on speed, like I used to. ¬†So, the mile — I was nervous. But, I managed to run it in 9:41 min/mile. I was happy with that. ūüôā

Afterward, we took measurements.

  • Chest: 35″
  • Waist (at the belly button): 33.5″
  • Hips (widest part of the booty): 40.5″ (Momma’s got back, what can I say?)
  • Thighs (widest part): Left – 25.5″ ¬†Right – 25″
  • Arms (widest part of bicep): Left – 11.5″ ¬†Right – 11.5″

Then, it was time for the weigh-in.

After coming off of a weekend stomach fiasco, I thought my first weigh-in would be okay, considering I hadn’t been eating too much (or rather, keeping too much down). ¬†So, with a deep breath, I stepped on the scale.

151.0.

Ugh.

Lately, I’ve been hovering around 148-152, depending on the day. ¬†Now, of course, I’m not happy with the number — but this isn’t a post seeking sympathy or annoyance around what some silly SCALE says. ¬†Although it’s hard for me to believe I’m THIS much — but honestly, pre-Ella, I was around 135-140. I’m not THAT far off, and I do believe I am ALOT stronger now. ¬†I mean.. c’mon — I had a baby! ūüėČ ¬†Plus, there are many MANY things a scale does not show. ¬†The scale doesn’t show that I LOVE burpees, and bust those puppies out like it’s my job. ¬†The scale doesn’t show that I can do 28 full man-style push-ups in a minute. ¬†The scale doesn’t show that I can run 45 minutes without stopping. ūüôā I’m MomStrong, regardless of what that number reflects.

We end each class with stretching and a little bit of meditation — one of my favorite parts. ¬†It just makes me feel so powerful and ready to conquer my day, as beads of sweat fall off my forehead and face! Really though, it’s awesome!

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That’s me — the one in all black!

After the first class, I was TIRED — but motivated! With the class, we are required to log our food intake for the 8 weeks, so I crafted a cute little binder for all my papers. ¬†Felt like I was in school again!

I continued the first week with working out every day — I plan to continue my 21 Day Fix workouts everyday, on top of going to Body Back and Stroller Strides. ¬†One crazyyyy day last week, I convinced my husband to join me in an “extra” workout based on a “Spell Your Name” image, where each letter of your name reflected what workout you had to do. ¬†Holy crap — I did my whole name and Ella’s, and by the end, I was dead.

My eating was okay for the first week, but Sunday was tough — as we went to the farmer’s market and I think I ate my entire weight in kettle corn! ¬†Oh, and that little plain hamburger I had …. eek!

But the point is, I recognized it. ¬†I know where I slipped, and I can only get better and move on up from here. ¬†In fact, this week — I’m back to healthy veggies and LOTS of water. ¬†Oh, and our famous veggie salad. ūüôā

So, on top of the workouts and healthy eating — another part of this experience I’ve enjoyed so far was filling out my goals worksheet. ¬†The question was proposed: What are the three most important areas of your life, and are those areas getting the energy and attention they need? ¬†The first two — easy. ¬†Husband and Ella. ¬†And, for the most part — yes, they are getting most of my energy and attention. ¬†The last one hung me up for a while… and ultimately, I decided that my own happiness should be part of that list. ¬†Whatever that may be.. I’m still working on figuring that out — thus the year of GROWTH. ¬† Also, we had to list out three goals for our health in the next 8 weeks, and 3 goals for our health in the next year. ¬†Here are mine:

  • 8 WEEKS:
    • See more overall definition of muscles
    • Drop my mile time to 9 minutes
    • Fit comfortably in some of my old pre-Ella clothes
  • ONE YEAR
    • Run another half marathon and begin training for a full
    • Be able to do a handstand push-up and a pull-up
    • Be close to my goal weight (125-130lbs)

I feel like my goals are definitely doable — I’ve even written them out and placed them on the mirror in my bathroom and on the fridge for a reminder.

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Overall, it was a great first week of this amazing class. ¬†I’m looking forward to posting more about it as I journey through the next 8 weeks. ¬†Thanks for joining me on this adventure ūüôā

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How Stroller Strides Saved My Sanity

Hi friends!

So, as many of you know, I’m a huge fitness nut. ¬†I love running and working out, and will pretty much try anything once — just to see if I like it. ¬†Most of my favorite workouts are HIIT workouts — think crossfit-style or tabatas, something where I can get an ultimate workout in, with as little time as possible. ¬†Story of a momma’s life, right?

Once we moved to Orlando and I was able to stay at home with Ella, I made fitness part of my mission, rather than just something I “tried” to squeeze in here and there. ¬†Ella and I went on daily walks (sometimes twice a day). ¬†I got super involved in an at-home workout program that I LOVE: 21 Day Fix. ¬†But there was something still missing… I wanted to find something that would encourage me to get out of the house, out of the neighborhood — even if it was only for an hour.

I get cabin fever pretty bad — although, it’s weird, because I’m such a homebody. ¬†Does that even make sense? ¬†Before I decided to stay at home with Ella, I had friends tell me I’d never make it as a stay at home mom — that I was “too busy” and would go insane. ¬†I would absolutely disagree with them, but honestly — there is a part of this that is true. ¬†I do like to be busy, and I like other human interaction (although I’m an introvert — walking contradiction?). ¬†I had all these big dreams of being a stay at home mom who was super involved in “mommy groups” and took Ella to all of these activities and museums — but since we moved here and I’ve been home with her, I find we are home 90% of the time, if not more than that. ¬†I find that I started to make excuses for reasons to NOT go to the museum or library. ¬†I was starting to feel like I was turning into a hermit, and that my child was going to suffer because of my lack of socialization.

So, ¬†in conjunction with my year of growth, I started to research different fitness activities in the area that I could try with Ella. I stumbled upon Fit4Mom and their program Stroller Strides. ¬†I remember briefly hearing about this program before, but never looked into it — much less tried it. ¬†So, after reaching out to the coach, Ella and I were signed up for our first class.

It. was. awesome!

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So, imagine an hour workout with other moms and babies, incorporating full body movements and using the stroller as a tool to workout with. ¬†Genius! ¬†And, most of the workouts have a sing-song rhyme that go with them (think, singing “BINGO” while holding a wall sit, and clapping along with your little one). I was instantly hooked, and signed up for the monthly pass right away.

And, bonus — It was a great way for this new-to-the-area-momma to meet other momma friends!¬†It was like a safe place for moms to go without judgement, to workout and socialize. ¬†And have babies socialize, too!

We’ve been active members for over a month now with our Stroller Strides group (our “Village”). ¬†Thinking back to before we started this program, I’m surprised it took me this long for engage with this group. ¬†And, I am SO thankful for it, and for the support these mommas have given to this newbie/kinda shy/kinda stressed out momma of a two year old.

I remember back to one of the first classes we had, and Ella pretty much screamed through the whole thing. ¬†I was thinking “She’s two, she doesn’t want to sit still for 5 minutes, much less an hour,” and I was getting anxious that the other moms with their perfectly content and quiet children would secretly not want me to come back. ¬†I mean, c’mon.. who wants to try to workout with a screaming 2 year old? ¬†I left that class in tears — cried the whole drive back home, and then continued crying at home while trying to explain to my husband that I wasn’t going to continue going because Ella doesn’t like it. I just couldn’t believe the hellion Ella would turn into when we went, she’s usually so happy and well behaved. ¬†What would other people think of me? ¬†I just wanted to quit it, stop, completely give up.

Truth is, these fears weren’t projected by the other super-understanding mommas. ¬†These were all in my head — my own fears, my own attempt to hold myself back from something I actually enjoyed.

But this was the year of growth — so I went to the next class, and you know what? ¬†All of the moms there were so supportive and understanding — the exact opposite of what garbage my brain was making up. ¬†It was so nice to actually hear from other people who shared the same passions, loves for their littles, and struggles when days aren’t always sunshine and rainbows.

The old adage is true — “it takes a village to raise a child.” ¬†Sometimes, this is hard to remember — especially when you are separated from your family by hundreds or thousands of miles. ¬†But, we have to realize that a village isn’t just blood-deep — that sometimes we have to create our own village. ¬†The friendships you develop with those around you can be everlasting — strong, and needed. ¬†Besides, friends are the family you get to choose for yourself — so make good choices! ūüôā

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