Committing.

As I reflect on my fitness and health journey, as well as continue to share my progress in my challenge groups, I thought it would be fun (and appropriate with New Years coming up) to talk about how “commitment” has helped me see fitness in a new light.

Back in the days of my running I created a plan and I stuck to it. Life was a bit simpler then.. I was in school/newly graduated.. Didn’t have a baby.. For part of it I was single and had no one to report to or check in with, it was just me myself and I.. and then when Matthias and I got back together we both were very committed to our fitness goals and didn’t mind each other spending time on them.

Slowly life started to shift (as it always does), and I started to lose my running Mojo after completing a marathon. I wanted to try other things, but I didn’t really know what, and I didn’t really have a plan. I spent a year enjoying crossfit, and then another year enjoying yoga, but again with no plan keeping focused – no goals I was working towards.

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Pre-Marathon “Glow”

At THAT point in my life, that is exactly what I needed. I had been so focused on structure for so long that I needed NO structure. That also left my level of fitness at the lowest it had been in a while, I was feeling softer and a bit more fluffy, but I wasn’t too concerned about it.

I really dropped off the commitment train when I went through my first trimester of pregnancy, and for some time after that I struggled. I wasn’t in super good shape so I didn’t feel confident to start a workout program, so I kept up with light activity plus spinning once or twice a week.

Fast forward to Quinn. And all the emotional stuff that came along with that transition and I was truly grasping for anything to help me feel like “me” again. So I took the plunge and committed myself to 90 days Turbo Fire.

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1 Month Postpartum

Beachbody recommends doing some form of Personal Development every day, and I must say, this has been so important for me. I’m always looking to grow and improve so PD aligns perfectly with my values. I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and watching webinars and videos on Youtube.

There is one thing in particular that stuck out to me that helped solidify my commitment. I was watching a Webinar and the person speaking talking about how she looked at getting in her workout as a part of her job. As a health and fitness coach you need to lead by example. Looking at your workout as a part of your job means you have to show up. Period. If I didn’t show up to my nursing shifts I’d lose my job. If I don’t show up for my workouts I won’t be building a successful business.

So what about those folks who don’t work in the fitness industry?

Think of it this way – It’s your job to show up for your family every day. Now most days, that is a good thing, but lets be honest here, not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Those days are the ones you especially want to be on your A-game. Working out can help you feel like a better and happier YOU. You need to show up for your family and lead by example. If fitness and healthy living becomes a part of your values and you believe it is something important it will be a lot easier for you to commit to your goals.

Now that I have completed two programs – Turbo Fire and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am setting my sights on my next program – The Masters Hammer & Chisel (releasing TODAY!).

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As far as my goals for the New Year – I’m planning to run the Woody’s 1/2 marathon, so I will be creating a training plan for that and going from there, probably early February is when I will start to train :)

In summary:

  • Think of a way to incorporate Fitness/Healthy Living as a part of a JOB you have to do
  • Find ways to work on YOU every day – podcasts, health articles, books, educational videos
  • Set realistic goals, if your goal is to not have structure, that is okay too :)
  • Write it down! I find that if I have a plan written down or if I schedule my workout into my day I am much more likely to follow through with it.
  • Accept where you are today in the journey, its exactly where you need to be right now, don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, focus on what you can do today and what you have control over right now

5 Ways Beachbody Has Made Me a Better Mother

IMG_46711 – I’m eating healthier! Since adding Shakeology into my life I have felt great. I have more energy throughout the day which leads to less sugar and caffeine consumption. More energy also means I’m happier and more willing to cook healthy meals instead of sitting on the couch.

2 – I’m exercising consistently! I’ve really changed my tune now with the at home workouts. Before I was just so BLAH about them. Now that I am in a challenge IMG_4549group I feel more accountable because I want to set a good example for my challengers. Plus we do fun bonus challenges which mixes it up. If I’m not feeling Turbo Fire one day I can throw on BOD and try out a different workout. I’m also not dreading travel to and from the gym either when Quinn is awake and needs to be timed perfectly or when she is asleep and then I feel more lazy about it. Problem solved! Pop in a DVD, Press play, and if the kiddo is awake stick her in the exersaucer or on the playmat and if she is asleep then that’s even better!

3 – I feel more like the Old “Me”! They weren’t kidding around when they told you your entire life would change when you had a baby. Back when I didn’t have a baby I brushed this notion off… “Yeah, it happens to other people, but me? It won’t happen to me.” HAH. Good one. I struggled for a solid 10 weeks emotionally with the shift motherhood placed into my life. I thought I was ready… I wasn’t. (P.S. How in the hell do teenagers or people without their life “together” survive this?!) I really mourned the loss of my old life. It’s not like I was a party-er or really did much of anything that was exciting, but I still longed for something that was just mine – separate from Quinn. Beachbody has given me this. I feel passionate about something separate from my baby. This doesn’t make me a bad mother, it makes me human. 😉

4 – I’m a better wife and friend! I feel like I have sufficient “Me” time now between working out, working on my business, and juggling being a mom and wife and having friendships. By being a happier wife, I am improving my relationship with Matthias and in turn our relationship has grown stronger. A strong relationship with my partner makes me a better mother because it sets the stage for Quinn to have healthy relationships in the future. I also feel more inclined to reach out to my friends and set up play dates/get togethers. This time is always refreshing and positive. :)

5 – I’m setting a positive example! By eating healthier, moving consistently, and being HAPPY in my own life and relationships I am setting a positive example for my child and future children to do the same in their lives. Win win!IMG_4644

Recommitting to Postpartum Fitness

Just like with (almost) everything else regarding having a baby, I had grand plans for my postpartum fitness. Granted, I am only 7 weeks in, but I have felt the itch to exercise since about week 3, so for about a month now. I’ve done lots and lots of walking (almost daily!), and aside from the few pump workouts I got in, I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon.

It was really hard at first because I knew I wanted to exercise, but Quinn’s naps wouldn’t be more than 25-30 minutes long, and they were so sporadic and often broken up into smaller chunks separated by crying that I just had no idea how I could fit in day time exercise besides walking (I didn’t feel ready to run with her in the stroller yet). At night after I got her to sleep (shes sleeping by 8:30-9pm, but lays down to bed at 7:30ish), I really didn’t feel like working out. Most days, I’ve been up since 6:30am and I don’t nap well at all (so we all know where Quinn gets it from haha), so I was just not motivated enough to workout right before going to bed. All I wanted to do was unwind from the day.

Now that we are getting closer to a better nap schedule, and we are actively working on it every day, I am ready to start fitting in an early morning workout during her first nap (which is generally her best one, clocking in at around 45mins.

My plan is to alternate Pump Workouts with Online Yoga from the Breathing Room. On days when its pretty nice out I will start Running at the Dog Park with Quinn in the Stroller. I’m going to aim for 3-4 workouts a week, with walking on most of my off days, and work my way up to 5 workouts.

I’m also wearing my Fitbit Flex again, but it doesn’t count steps when my arms are stationary and pushing the stroller! Frustrating. I’d also really like to upgrade it to the Charge or the Surge, but that’s out of my budget for now because obvi I needed to buy another UppyMama Wrap (haha..).

beforeI’m one of those lucky people who actually loves my postpartum body more than I loved my body before (hello, I just grew the coolest (and loudest) little chick ever!), so here are my 4 week postpartum pictures. I gained way too much weight during pregnancy, and I am still far away from my comfortable body. No shame though. I’ll get to where I need/want to be in time. :)

Quinn – 1 Month

Quinn1MonthThis was the best I could do for getting a photo of her that wasn’t of her crying or flopping over. Haha!

How is it possible that I already have a 1 month old child? Where has the last month even gone?! It is so hard to believe she’s already been here for as long as she has, and at the same time it feels like she’s always been around and always been what we needed and wanted.

GROWTH

Weight

Quinn weighed 7lb 7oz when she was born and at her 4 week midwife appointment she was up to 9lb 9oz. She is becoming a little chunk and just like her mom and dad she loves to eat. :)

Height

Didn’t measure at her 4 week appointment, but we will at her 6 week appointment.

Head

Didn’t measure at her 4 week appointment, but we will at her 6 week appointment.

Clothing

Newborn is too small (tear), so she is in 0-3 and 3 month clothing. Littler girl clothing is adorable and she definitely dresses better than me. 😉

Cloth Diapers

Haven’t transitioned her to these yet even though she is big enough. We are going to start slowly and she wore 2 the other day, but they are like half her body size and make her look totally ridiculous lol. Because they are so big and bulky they also don’t look super comfy on her and she was pretty irritable when she was wearing them (but she is pretty irritable all the time, so I can’t correlate the 2). Any tips on how to make this transition easier? How old and how big where your babes when they went to cloth?

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Falling Over

ROUTINE

Eating

Quinn eats every 2 hours during the day and she goes every 3-5 hours at night. She has a fussy time between 4pm-7pm where she usually eats hourly. She gets pretty gassy which in turn makes her cry, but we are figuring out ways to help her with that. Any tips or suggestions would be WONDERFUL. I have a really fast/strong let down on the one side so if we feed sitting up on that side she chokes. And then I spray milk everywhere. And then she screams. And then she cries. It is kind of funny, but kind of not haha. So we usually feed in side lying position for that side. I also find she takes in less air if we feed in that position.

Night Sleeping

Quinn’s bedtime is anywhere between 7:30-9pm, we are working on making it as consistent as possible for her. She usually wakes up a few times and needs some help being soothed back to sleep but shes “out” by 10pm. Then she is up anywhere between 12:30-3am (depending on when she last fed) and again from 4:30-6am (again depending on her feeding). I can’t complain about her sleep to be honest. I can’t remember the last time I got a full night of sleep (hello peeing every 3 hours in pregnancy), but I feel pretty adjusted to what we have going on, and I honestly don’t need more than 5-6 hours a night to function during the day. We use a White Noise app to help her sleep but we also have the Sleep Sheep for when she transitions into her crib. She sleeps in a bassinet next to me and I am not looking forward to moving her to the crib, but I feel like she will outgrow the bassinet soon :(

Day Sleeping

This is whereA rare nap captured in a picture to make sure it actually happened. we struggle the most. Quinn, like her mama, is a BAD napper so far. Some days she sleeps all day with only waking up to eat, but that is few and far between and most days are a struggle to get her to sleep. Her morning nap usually starts between 9 and 10, but it varies in length and some days she skips it all together. That makes for a crabby girl. She sleeps pretty good in her car seat and swing, but everywhere else she is restless. Especially when you try to cuddle her in her sleep. She smells me and thinks “food” and usually wakes up. That has been one of the hardest parts of it all because some days I just want to cuddle her to soothe her but it works her up even more.

Bathing

Quinn likes to scream during bath time, so we tried bathing together in the big tub and it was a success! She was happy as a clam and seemed to sleep good that night. She didn’t poop in the tub, but now that I’ve typed that, tonight she probably will.

WAKETIME

I feel like Quinn seems to be either: sleeping, crying, or on the verge of crying. I don’t say that to be negative, I say that because it seems to be reality. She cries more than I had thought she would. And it was hard to get used to a first, but I am finally okay with it. We do tummy time a few times a day, and no diaper time to help air her out because she had a pretty wicked rash last week.

HEALTH

Quinn gets a stuffy nose once in a while, but I can usually see the boogers and fish them out with a Q-tip. Poor girl. I will have to totally get rid of these posts before she becomes a teenager or she will hate me haha.

Other than our initial hiccup and stay in the NICU she is a healthy baby :)

DEVELOPMENT
  • On her “One Month Birthday” she smiled for the first time! She has smiled at me a few times since and they only last about a second, but they are soooo cute.
  • She has had a few growth spurts and is pretty close to her “Wonder Week” development schedule.
  • She definitely looks at things more closely now, which is fun.
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How all the Other Pictures looked. Not a happy lady.

PLAYING

  • We have a tummy time mat that she plays on. Yesterday she was kicking and punching (but happily, not grumpily) and she was batting at the monkey on it. I think we will start to see more playful development this month.
  • She has a few high contrast books she likes to look at. Her eyes get all wide and focused. She likes the white, blue and black pages the best.
  • She also likes to stare at our ceiling fan in the kitchen, it’s her favorite thing in the house.
FUNNY THINGS
  • Quinn makes the FUNNIEST faces. I wish I could capture them all on camera.
  • She is a little fake crier/screamer sometimes which is pretty cute even though it is loud haha.
  • Her double chin and cheeks are the cutest things in the world.

BABYWEARING

I love wearing her when we are out and about. It makes it much easier to have 2 hands and its less heavy than lugging a car seat around. I love googling all the different carry’s you can do and I can’t wait until Quinn is a little less grumpy (all the time) so I can try them out. So far I have the Front Wrap Cross Carry mastered and I feel comfortable with the Front Cross Carry but Quinn doesn’t like it as much.

I also bought a Maya Ring Sling, and I like it, but it is a bit harder to position her in it correctly right now. We are working at it. I think I will really like it when she is a bit bigger and can go on my hip vs. tummy to tummy all the time.

LIKES

  • Diaper Changes
  • The Ceiling Fan in the Kitchen
  • Walking at the Dog Park and looking out at nature
  • Car Rides
  • Classical Music and the White Noise App
  • Breastfeeding
  • Her Wubanub

DISLIKES

  • Getting Dressed
  • When she is Not Breastfeeding
  • Being Gassy
  • Anything that would help her be less gassy (Ovol & Gripe Water)
  • Napping