I’m a day late with my #transformationtuesday
post, mostly because I hardly ever know what day it is 😂🤷🏻♀️ #wahmlife
Transformations don’t always mean weight loss. Skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. In my twenties I was 110 pounds soaking wet. I could drink beer like water, eat nothing but greasy fast food and run on 3 hours of sleep. I was skinny, but I was far from healthy.⠀
Now, it my thirties, I am 30 pounds heavier. I traded beers for the occasional glass of wine, eating out for eating in and you bet this momma is getting 8 hours of sleep 😂⠀
I may not be the same skinny mini I was 10 years ago, but I am healthier and genuinely the most happy I have ever been. My transformation has been physical and mental and it’s all about balance.⠀
10 years, multiple city changes, a marriage, a baby and a lifestyle change (apparently not a hairstyle change 😂) 110lbs ➡️ 167lbs 🤰🏻 ➡️ 140lbs postpartum. The number on the scale doesn’t mean 💩, being healthy is where it’s at y’all 🥰
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. 💃🏻👊🏻💪 Being almost three months postpartum hasn’t been easy, I’ll be the first to admit that. I’m still about fifty pounds more than I’d like to be..... but let’s be honest, I love enjoying my life too. 🥰 Embrace those curves mama, your body has done amazing things. ❤️❤️ Treat it well, give to yourself and others generously and it will all be well.
I can do hard things.
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Pregnant women are often given lists of “don’ts”: don’t eat this! Don’t do this! And when it comes to training your core, it’s no different.
We’re not supposed to lie flat on our back, nor do anything that puts too much downward strain on the abdominal muscles such as planks. So does that mean we can’t train our core when pregnant?
No way!! It’s actually still very important to keep those muscles strong throughout your pregnancy. And my number one way to do this is....
Farmers Carries! .
Why, you ask?
Farmers Carries allow you to activate your core muscles without the type of abdominal strain that causes diastasis recti, or a separation of the abdominal muscles common during pregnancy.
Additionally, and more importantly, they allow you to train your core in a fully functional way! Carrying your baby/toddler around while also holding other things like groceries, etc will soon be a way of life. Learning how to engage your core in this way will make all of that exponentially easier!
And third, your posture is about to take a huge hit once you’re constantly holding, nursing, and rocking your baby. Farmers Carries are an excellent way to get a head start training those postural muscles, along with your core, to protect your back and shoulders from taking the brunt of the work load.
More on this coming up on the blog. Until then, whether you’re pregnant or not, these should 100% be a part of your core routine.
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Is it possible to get your body back after having a baby?
Right after having my little girl, getting back to the gym felt like WORK.
Don't get me wrong, I basically RAN to the gym when I got cleared.. and I don't run lol
But after a couple weeks of working out I felt like I was starting over. Like all the hard work I had put in over the years was reversed.
I had to remind myself what I remind my clients every day, TRUST THE PROCESS.
Keep your head down, your attitude up, and just do the work.
Get the workouts in, get the meals in, and don't let anything discourage you.
So that's what I did.
And here I am, almost four months postpartum and I feel so great.
Not quite back to where I was, but man am I getting close!
So for those of you pregnant or planning to get pregnant, who are worried about losing your body or never getting it back after your baby.. STOP.
Focus on nourishing yourself and your baby, and when the time comes to get that body back, you will.
Don't listen to those who say you can't look good again or you have to just "accept that your body has changed forever".
Because YES, it is so important to love your body in all of its forms as it changes. And YES, your body will have some changes after creating a life.
But it is also important to remember that you can always work for a body you feel truly happy and confident in.
If you can create life with your body, you can do ANYTHING.
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Delight. They pinch and pull and giggle at our jiggly parts. Lovin’ on this body that brought them into being. When they climb into your lap and feel your softness, there is only contentment.
There are moments (many moments) when we cannot find one ounce of self love for this post-baby body. But your child has more than enough to share with you. So, perhaps just for today, put yourself fully into your child’s heart, fill your longing for the stretch marks to disappear with the pounding vibration of love that radiates to you from your child’s entire being. Fill your emptiness and apathy for your mama body with their delight in all that you are as a landing place of rolling softness. #postpartumlife #postpartumbody #weareborntogether #onebabytwobirths
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Whatever y’all it’s growing okaaaaaaayyy????! Lol give it time 😌😌😌
Starting to get some speed back on my runs(although it’s def going to be awhile to get my normal pace back), doing my pelvic floor exercises daily and going easy on the strength training. I can def tell I’ve lost some muscle tone and strength but I also created a baby so I’m not going to let it bother me. Actually, it’s a good thing bc now I have big goals and there’s nothing I love more than setting fitness goals for myself! I’m focusing on sleeping when I can, short faster runs so I can hit some 5/10K goals to get me ready for a fast half marathon this late fall, 3 strength and conditioning days, and taking care of my body w yoga. I’m also setting a goal to not stress out if I cant get in workouts somedays bc life isn’t perfect and I’m not perfect and that’s ok 👍
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I wish I could give you the SECRET tip to motivation and working out. Sadly, the hard truth is that IT’S A CHOICE!
The good days, the uneventful days, the pull your hair out days... It’s just another choice you make.
For years I watched other women rock their fitness journeys and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t do that... The hard truth was that I hadn’t gotten my butt up off the couch or chosen to be disciplined to see what I COULD accomplish.
When I decided to stop being FEARFUL of what I might not accomplish and just actually see what I could accomplish, my entire life, health, and outlook changed. I was the only one holding myself back.
My advice? Stop searching for the secrets and quick fixes and just do the dang thing.
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Whoever thought of slapping mushed avocado on some toast is genius! 🥑💚Seriously it’s so good 🤤 It’s right there next to Waffles for Gage 😂 “Cado Toast” is a new request.
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When people ask me what my goal weight is; I don’t have one anymore, Ive come to realize that I will not define myself by a number. My Journey is about feeling beautiful, strong, confident and healthy. No number can ever give me that ❤️💪🏼🙌🏼
I didn’t want to workout today.
Yes, I’m a real person who doesn’t always feel like working out. 🤷🏻♀️
I finally chugged some mama juice and made myself press play on my workout. Well, I had to pause my 30 minute workout twice today. The first time was when Kash woke up from his nap ready for a bottle. The second time was our realtor dropping off an offer for our house (yay!!).
Anyways, I could have said forget it and ended my workout after the first or second interruption because I really didn’t want to workout today in the first place. BUT I DIDN’T. I persevered and got it done. 💪🏻
This tank is really fitting today because I’m feeling like a BOSS.
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Baby Brooks has been such a great supporter of me going back to Crossfit, postpartum. This is my 5th week back, and I mastered a small movement that I hadn’t been able to before I got pregnant. Box jumps! I’m finally able to do all box jumps without doing any box step ups during my WOD. It’s a small thing, but I feel good about it. Living less than 50 meters from my box sure has been a blessing. I have been able to tote my buddy with me, most days, when he agrees to it, and he either sits and watches or takes a nap while I work out, through loud music and weights slamming. Props to my wonderful husband for supporting me when I need to go alone or just get a jog in. And props to my coaches and box for being pretty family friendly and flexible to all types of athletes at all life stages.
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Fan girl-ing hard on that girl in the mirror! 🔥👏🏽💪🏽 hit half way today! Day 40/80!! Super proud of myself and my achievements + strength mentally and physically. This program is not an easy one. I've built up to it twice now. After Fynn/got preggo with roar and now post roar. 80DO is made for those with goals and determination + a community group to help keep them going. I am able because of my mindset and community group 😍😍❤️❤️ #postpartumfitness #workingoutwithkids #boymom #halfway #community
* **POSTPARTUM FITNESS*** I'm working with @hannahgib87
to help her lose baby weight, and to regain muscle tone and strength after pregnancy.
The superman is a great exercise for improving posture, defining back muscles and strengthening the posterior chain and core. In the second video I've added a pipe to ensure her body is in line, maximising effectiveness and minimising risk of injury.
What happens to your core during pregnancy?
As the belly expands, the abdominal muscles stretch and the back muscles shorten. The joints in the pelvis become unstable and the pelvic floor weakens under the weight of the fetus.
Postpartum life can also take it's toll on your body, with nursing, being sedentary whilst recovering, and lifting the baby all playing a part.
With so many changes to the core during pregnancy and postpartum, it's important, not only for strength, but for function that this is all rebuilt. Postpartum exercise is about progression, listen to your body, and go at a pace that suits you. Hannah does this exercise at the end of the session with me, and we'll slowly build up as she gets stronger.
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Workout 2 ✅
First lower body session done and dusted!
Really nice to find I'm not as weak as I thought I'd be, not so nice to find I now move like I'm 50 years older than I am! 😂🙈 Think I need to remind myself what stretching is!
Four miles at 4am; then off to class to get my LTC (license to carry), and done by 1pm! 🙌🏽
I always ask God to use me and today, I happened to be at the right place, at the right time. While in the LTC class mid-morning, a young man started to have a seizure. We were almost done with the class, when it happen. I was the first to witness what was happening and stepped in to help. I know my medical background helped, but also having grown up with someone with a seizure disorder, kept me calm and thinking logically. It’s amazing how some by-standers may shut down or panic in these situations. You definitely have to delegate responsibilities (as those of us who are CPR certified are taught). Emergency assistance was called and I used the man’s thumb to unlock his phone (after a few failed attempts), to get ahold of a family member. He became more cognizant, while I was on the phone and ER services arrived to take over. I was able to get in contact with his father and his parents shows up pretty quick, to take him home. He seemed to be doing much better, which was a relief. I didn’t get to check on him bc we wanted to give him some privacy and also still had to take our final exam (I got a 100, btw 🙌🏽). 😊 I obviously wasn’t glad that he had a seizure at all, but thank goodness we were there AND he wasn’t driving, bc class was literally maybe 15 minutes from being over. At any rate, today was a good day! 🙂
First resistance completed with @kayla_itsines
I HURT! I tried to take it slow, only two laps per circuit. My muscles in my legs are just deconditioned from resting during my last trimester and after giving birth. The sore feeling will go away I know and my strength will return! My balance also needs some work because I’m miss shaky over here just doing a simple squat. It will improve with time and trying to have good posture with each workout movement.
I feel so good on the other hand...I’m happy I could complete this with only the rest breaks built in and no cheating! I worked up a good sweat without having to leave my home while the newborn napped. I feel energized and ready to conquer whatever comes my way. Such a mood booster!
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85x8 squats finished with burn out sets on the leg press with 4 plates
Headed into Week 3 of the 21-Day Fix Program 💪 This has been a tough game for me mentally. 2 years ago, I ran a full marathon and was in the best shape of my life. Since then, I had a difficult knee surgery and a pregnancy. It feels like it has been forever since my body was my own.
Now, doing the workouts, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I am out of shape. There are some things my knee still can’t do. There are things I am not strong enough to do. I have wanted to quit because “if I can’t do it right, then what’s the point?!” I have had to give myself grace to modify and do the workouts to the best of MY OWN ability.
I am down 5.5 pounds in 2 full weeks of this program with only minor nutrition setbacks. I am thankful for the results I’ve seen as I work to take back my body. I commit to finishing the last week of this program by giving 100% effort, even if it isn’t perfect or pretty. Progress is the goal, not perfection.
I wanted to share a go-to for my kiddos’ breakfast right now (and me and my husband some nights!)😁
I use the standard Bisquick mix (2cups) and add additional ingredients to make a high protein pancake:
1cup of plain Greek yogurt
1cup of cottage cheese
1cup of milk (or buttermilk if you have)
3 eggs (instead of recommended 2)
3tsp Baking Powder
3TBS of oil or butter
2tsp of vanilla
2TB of Truvia
You could also add protein powder if you wanted extra for your own pancakes.
I’ve also blended up the liquid ingredients with spinach first and then stirred in (green pancakes!) and the kids don’t even care.👌
I mix it all in a Tupperware so I can just throw in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow! 🥞🥞
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage⠀
I'm not the lady whose vacation dream is to go to Bora Bora and lay on the beach for a week straight drinking Pina Coladas. I'm also not the tourist that wants to visit all the TOP TEN MUST SEE SITES listed on Travelocity when visiting a new city. For me, I look for unique, once in a lifetime, experiences. Off the beaten path spots. Eat where the locals eat, consume the authentic culture that makes the city so unique. I want to spend time with residents who can show me why THEY love their hometown so much.⠀
and I decided to go to Kenya, I knew I wanted to volunteer our photography to incredible organizations that are increasing the quality of life for their people, wildlife and environment. One of those was the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. ⠀
It was, by far, one of the most incredible moments of my entire life. We started at 4:30 in the morning, navigating the quiet roads of Nairobi, through the streetlight-less windy dirt roads, until we reached the orphanage. We then got to spend 12 hours documenting all the hard work that goes into caring for orphanage baby elephants. The devotion, love and commitment these caretakers display is indescribable. They sometimes leave their families for months at a time, to ensure these elephants have a chance for a successful, healthy, happy life. ⠀
I plan on sharing more of these pictures throughout the next year.