Post Baby Body: 11 Months

I know that this update was due to you all last week but life happens ūüėČ ¬†I have to admit that I am SUPER excited that this is my second to last post-baby body update! ¬†I am SO over the scale … more on that another day though! ¬†Without further ado …

 

Post Baby Body 11 Months

I have to admit that I kind of hate these photos. ¬†My photographer was 5 inches shorter than me and I think it led to seriously unflattering images (hi mom … not you’re fault). ¬†Oh well! ¬†Just another excuse to get a tripod! ¬†Overall I am happy with how I am looking and content with where I am at currently.

 

How Am I Measuring?

11 Months Post Baby Measurements

 

Little to no change … and totally ok with it since these are pretty much my pre-pregnancy numbers. ¬†Notice the +1lb? ¬†Also totally ok with it. ¬†I was in Arizona for 3 weeks … 10 days of which was spent in/out of the hospital with my dad and snacking on super unhealthy foods when we were at his house. ¬†I am actually pretty relieved that the number isn’t higher. ¬†Taking the stress of my dad’s situation and taking 8 flights with Emmalyne in 3 weeks I will take that pound with pride.

 

EATING

Pretty much the same as always. ¬†I am eating when I am hungry and shooting for a diet that is 80% clean with 20% of fun purely devoted to buffalo wings and beer now that it’s football season. ¬†With Emmalyne turning 1 in a few weeks, and potential weaning from breastfeeding coming, I am going to have to figure out my new caloric needs. ¬†Until then I am going to keep on trucking.

 

WORKING OUT

Again, I was in Phoenix for 3 weeks this month. ¬†I was able to work out at the LA Fitness by my mom which helped me squeeze in some good treadmill runs and weight sessions. ¬†However, I wasn’t able to stick to my normal routine. ¬†Now that I am back in Goergia I am struggling getting back adjusted to the eastern time zone so I have taken the last couple days off to regroup. ¬†Hopefully I will be back in full force tomorrow and sharing my daily fitness photos on Instagram. ¬†I have some goals in the back of my mind for when I am done weaning Emmie … mainly wanting to build muscle. ¬†Like a decent amount of muscle. ¬†Fun times.

 

Overall I am totally content with my progress over these 11 months.  I look forward to sharing my reflections at my 1-year post baby body update next month :)  Until then, catch up from the beginning:

One Month

Two Months

Three Months

Four Months

Five Months

Six Months

Seven Months

Eight Months

Nine Months

Ten Months

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4 Ways to Make Working Out at Home Work for You

Emmalyne and I made it safely back home to Georgia last night. ¬†Let’s hope we get to stay here awhile ūüėČ ¬†It is SO nice to be back in our own beds, playing with the dogs, and slowly getting back into our routine. ¬†Today is all about that: routine. ¬†Luckily for me Heather sent me an awesome post about working out at home. ¬†I love Heather’s blog and her sweet baby boy to boot. ¬†Thanks Heather!

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As a mom of an almost 8 month old that has yet to sleep more than 4 hours at a time, I’m the first to tell you that it’s a lot easier to skip a workout than to make it happen.

But as a reader of Madeline’s blog I don’t need to tell you the importance of fitting in fitness, even when it’s tough.

My baby has only recently gotten old enough for the daycare at my gym, but even with the daycare it’s still tough to make it to the gym since our schedule is so unpredictable. I spent a lot of time making excuses about not working out before I figured out how to make exercise work for me. Here are some of my favorite tips for working out at home

 

1.  Use what you have.

Ok, you don‚Äôt have a treadmill or a full set of weights. That‚Äôs not enough of a reason to throw in the towel on your workout. For at-home cardio, try jumping jacks, running up and down the stairs, burpees, jumping rope, or dancing around like a maniac. That last one doubles as pure entertainment for an on-looking baby. ūüėČ

dancing with baby

 

Add more reps to each set or lift slower to increase the difficulty if you only have a set of light weights. If you don’t have any weights, grab whatever you can- cans, milk jugs, textbooks, anything!

 

2.  Think outside the box.

At the gym you have access to a lot of things that can increase the difficulty or intensity of your workout: exercise balls, bands, steps, Bosu balls, blocks, etc. Look around your house to see what you can use to not only help you work harder, but to keep from getting bored. Use pillows, a folded up comforter, or stand on a bed to imitate using a Bosu ball or foam mat. Use a stair, step ladder, or chair to make lunges, squats, and step-ups harder.

 

3.  Do double duty.

Dancing like nobody‚Äôs watching isn‚Äôt the only way to squeeze in a workout while also entertaining a baby {or dog or husband}. Use your baby as a weight. Bonus? You‚Äôll have to keep lifting more and more weight as time goes on even if you don‚Äôt want to. ūüėČ Use a baby for bench presses or shoulder work. Do pushups and planks over your baby and sneak in a few extra kisses on the way down. Balance baby in your lap as you teasers or other core work.

Push Ups With Baby

Baby Chest Press

Baby Boat

 

4.  Don’t go easy on yourself.

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t end up dripping sweat or huffing and puffing. Be your own trainer and push yourself. Being short on time isn’t an excuse for a wimpy workout. Instead, use that to your advantage by keeping the intensity up and powering through your workout.

 

What’s your favorite way to work out at home? How do you fit in workouts when you’re short on time?

 

Heather is a registered dietitian, new{ish} mom, and hardcore cinnamon dolce latte addict. She writes    about healthy yet yummy eats and overcoming injury and illness at with a Side of Sneakers, and about all things life-with-baby at tiny sneakers. Come say hi!

 

Weekly Top Ten

Today is Emmalyne’s and my last day in Arizona. ¬†While it is going to be hard to leave my dad, I feel better knowing he is doing so darn well! ¬†We spent all afternoon yesterday, and will again today, over at his house and it’s amazing to me how well you can be doing one week after having major surgery. ¬†The human body and modern medicine are beyond remarkable and I am SO thankful for the resiliency of both. ¬†While I am a little sad to leave tomorrow morning, I am anxious to get back to my normal. ¬†I miss Chris, my dogs, and my own bed. ¬†I leave so much more peaceful than when I came.

 

Any-who, since it’s Sunday it’s time to get back to my Weekly Top Ten posts! ¬†I love these posts and highlighting the amazing and inspirational bloggers throughout the blogging community.

 

#Top10

 

1. ¬†30 Heart Healthy Oatmeal Recipes from Oatmeal in My Bowl – Christine shares an awesome round-up of tasty looking oatmeal recipes. ¬†She also had me “heart healthy”. ¬†I love me some oatmeal and with fall right around the corner having a “go to” list of new ideas for the cooler weather.

2. ¬†Breastfeeding Makes Me Sad from Writing Chapter Three – I thought Ashley’s post on some of her emotional experiences with breastfeeding is ¬†must-read for moms-to-be. ¬†Breastfeeding is a challenging AND amazing thing but sometimes it is good to know that what you’re experiencing is real. ¬†Thanks for opening people’s eyes to D-MER Ashley!

3. ¬†Push-Ups and Dumbbell Circuit from Just Keep Sweating – Carlyn shares a new upper body circuit workout. ¬†I actually did it on Friday and boy is my chest sore! ¬†That’s what 150 push-ups will do to you ūüėČ ¬†Give it a try!

4. ¬†An Introduction to Foam Rolling via Side of Sneakers on The Lean Green Bean – Heather took over Lindsay’s blog for an awesome introduction to the hows and whys of foam rolling. ¬†My foam roller is my post-workout BFF and this is a great post for those of you interested in starting to use it!

5.  Yoga Moves to Make You Stronger from Live from La Quinta РYou all know how much I love yoga and Debbie shares her favorite moves to help increase your strength.  I love all the ones she listed!

6.  10 Rules to Being a Race Spectator from Happy Mother Runner РRace spectators are one of the best part of doing races but they can also be pretty annoying.  Amanda shares some awesome tips to help you be a better spectator.

7. ¬†Genetically Blessed Guest Post via Darwinian fail on MizFit – This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month which is an issue that strikes close to home in my family … my cousin was diagnosed with it as a teenager and survived. ¬†Krysten shares her story on Carla’s blog and I highly recommend checking it out and helping to support awareness for this often silent but deadly disease.

8. ¬†Running Lingo 101 from Wild Things Run Free – A fartlek? ¬†What’s that? ¬†Charlotte has you covered with this comprehensive list of running lingo perfect for running newbies and veterans alike.

9.  Overnight Pumpkin Latte from Side of Sneakers РOne of the reasons I love fall so much is for the return of the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks.  Heather shares a delicious looking recipe for an overnight pumpkin spice latte using a slow cooker.  Yum.

10. ¬†I’m a Selfish Mom and Proud of It from Moms Little Running Buddy – I am a selfish mom according to many people’s standards because I make going to the gym and working out a priority. ¬†Katie recently dealt with the same kind of situation and i know many of you can relate. ¬†I work out to be a GOOD mom … one who is around for as long as possible for my children. ¬†Well, I work out for the endorphins too ūüėČ

There you have it! ¬†Another great week in the blogging world. ¬†I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did. ¬†Tons of stuff coming at you on the blog this week including a great guest post from Heather, my post-baby body progress, and more! ¬†See you in Georgia ūüėČ

What To Expect {Giveaway}

Being pregnant is scary. ¬†That is a fact that I realized the moment I found out I was expecting Emmalyne. ¬†The fear of the unknown, the path ahead, and the need to protect your baby is overwhelming. ¬†Lucky for me I was given What To Expect When You’re Expecting.

What To Expect When You're Expecting

 

This book was a lifesaver and gave me access to so much valuable information whenever I needed reassurance.  So when the awesome people over at What To Expect contacted me the other week I was beyond shocked and excited.  They sent me three of their books and I have loved all of them!

 

What To Expect Books #newmom

 

I have been reading a lot of What To Expect: The First Year since I got it and I wish I had had it sooner! ¬†It details all the different stages and developmental milestones along with helpful advice for new moms. ¬†You better believe that What To Expect: The Second Year is going to be a well-read book come October ūüėČ

 

The best part of all of this?  What To Expect wants to share their goodies with you!  They will be giving away all three books to two (2) lucky Food, Fitness, and Family readers!  All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post about what you wish you had known when you were expecting. You can also send this tweet for an additional entry:

 

@FoodFitandFam is giving away a set of @whattoexpect books and I want to win! http://www.foodfitnessandfamilyblog.com/2012/07/what-to-expect-giveaway/ #newmom 

 

The giveaway will start Tuesday, July 10 and close Sunday, July 15 at 5PM EST.  Winner will be announce Monday, July 16 on the blog.

 

**What To Expect compensated me for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Post Baby Body: 9 Months

Yesterday was all about Emmalyne and the rock star that she is. ¬†She is seriously the light of my world and my favorite, littlest person. ¬†However, today is about me and my progress in losing the baby weight and reaching my fitness goals! ¬†New to my updates? ¬†Here’s a blast from the past:

 

1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

7 Months

8 Months

Whew … that is a lot of months of progress! ¬†Here’s a trip down memory lane …

3 Months Post-Baby Body

3 Months Post Baby Body

6 Months Post-Baby Body

6 Months Post-Baby Body

9 Months Post- Baby Body

9 months post baby body

Still doing good!  I think my stomach gets a little flatter and my abs slightly more defined as time is going on.  My legs are definitely toning up also.  My focus points in the coming months are my sides, inner thighs, and back.  Any words of wisdom for shredding fat on your sides and inner thighs?!

MEASUREMENTS

9 months post baby body measurements

I am excited to see some progress in the weight department. ¬†While I don’t live and die by the scale I do have a goal weight in mind. ¬†However a friend kindly reminded me that those are some vanity pounds which I don’t deny. ¬†However, my biggest indicator of progress is how my clothes fit and how everything looks in the mirror. ¬†I would happily be 150 lbs and toned/ripped any day. ¬†:) ¬†The number on the scale is just that … a number. ¬†I refuse to let it define me.

EATING

I came clean with you all this week and told you about my battle with my sweet tooth. ¬†It’s been a little difficult this week with company in town and so many fun things going on for the 4th of July. ¬†I would love to say I kicked the habit overnight but that isn’t the case. ¬†My other concern is that I am going home to Arizona next week for 2 full weeks and I am a little nervous about keeping up with my clean eating. ¬†My family are healthy eaters but it’s totally different when you’re not doing the grocery shopping. ¬†I am going to work hard to make good choices but I know this will be a hard month. ¬†Clean eating detox will ensue when I get home that’s for sure!

EXERCISE

I have kept up with consistently working out 5-6 days a week and it feels great.  If there is one word that I would like to use to describe my fitness goals it would be STRONG.  I want to grow and develop muscles.  I want my arms, legs, back, and abs to be well-defined.  I am still trying to figure out how to get there though.

SO any ideas for gaining muscle and cutting fat would be greatly appreciated!  What I am doing has worked up until this point but I want to get to the next level.  Maybe some fresh ideas and new thoughts are just what I need.  :)