Try It Tuesday

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Even though “swimsuit season” is over, I’m wanting to get back into shape (I’ve let myself slack off A LOT lately) and get back some of my strength that I’ve lost but I also needed a workout that wouldn’t take too long because, let’s face it, its tough to wake up early so a workout I could do in the short time Huff the Babe naps in the afternoon is ideal. I looked on my Pinterest board and decided to try out one of the many workouts I’ve pinned but never tried! I scoped out wheat I had and settled on this one:

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I thought to myself, “Eh, this can’t be too hard, right? The website said it would take 30 minutes and I’m pretty fit. I can do this.”

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BRUH. It was tough. By the time I made it to the burpees I was like, “Yeeeeaaahhh… not doing that.” Thankfully, it didn’t take thirty minutes to complete, it only took fifteen! But LAWD, it was a rough fifteen minutes! Check out my stats from my FitBit:

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Now I’m sticking to the Jillian 30 Day Shred (I’m on Day 27!) and then I’ll kick it up a notch with another workout. But this is a great way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time!

What’s your go-to workout? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Anytime I get on Pinterest to find some sort of fitness pin, I see all kinds of workouts that are designed to help people get into shape while watching their favorite shows/movies. Like this one:

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So I started thinking: “What if there was a workout like this but for moms?” I couldn’t find one, so I thought up a few exercises to help you mommas out there add some fitness to your day!

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Sound familiar?

 

Mommy Monday

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(I debated on blogging about this because I didn’t want to fan the flames of an already hot topic, but ya know what? I give no cares, so I’m gonna do it.)

Now that Huff the Babe is six months old and we’re on the cusp of starting him on solids, I’ve started to feel a need to shed the excess weight I’m still carrying from having him*. I’ve got about 10-ish pounds still hanging around, mostly around my middle, that I’d like to see disappear.

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I haven’t really been strict about my diet–mostly because any time I cut out a certain food group, my milk supply drops and it takes a bit to get it back up to optimum levels and breastfeeding burns a ton of calories which means I’m constantly hAngry–but I’ve been working on adding better foods to my diet.

Another area that I’ve been working on is strength training. A lot of women tend to think that strength training is a waste of time and that cardio is where you need to focus your attention if you want to lose weight. But actually, strength training is the best thing you can do for your body, especially after having a kiddo.

Weight lifting/strength training helps you burn more fat, gives you the strength to pick up your little bundle/toddler/unload the double stroller multiple times a day without pulling something, as well as help those muscles that got separated during pregnancy to come back together to avoid future problems.

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Last summer, my sister, mom, and I started this workout routine and I actually started it back up again not long after I had Huff the Babe! Its basically three days of strength training and one day of cardio a week. That’s it. And the cardio can be your choice. Y’all, this thing WORKS.

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I measured myself before I started the routine and then about four weeks into it. When I measured a month later, I had lost an inch off of my waist and TWO off of my hips (checked the Advocare 10 day cleanse review by Jade before and guess results would be quite similar). I was doing really good there for a hot minute and consistently losing inches, but then I went back to work (this is pre-SAHM life) and I fell out of the routine so my inches that I lost came back, womp, womp. BUT, I’ve started it back up again now that I don’t have to work about client calls or meeting editing deadlines and I could not be more excited!

I encourage YOU (Momma or not!) to try this out! It is seriously so simple and it is really effective. Now, I’m not saying I’m a fitness expert, nor do I know your body’s exact needs. So, talk with your doc about it first. I want you to be healthy but I don’t want you doing something that could put you at risk.

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Have you tried a strength training workout in which you’ve seen results? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Calm yourself. I’m not saying that every woman should try to lose all the weight they gained from having their precious babies as soon as they can because that’s what is “expected of us”. I suffer from anxiety and depression. Working out gives me energy and endorphins which makes for a happier Momma. A happier Momma = better taken care of Littles and a happier Hubs. Plus, if I lose the baby weight, my clothes will fit better, meaning I feel more confident and I don’t have to buy bigger sizes/more clothes (because hashtag ballin’ on a budget, yo). So check yo’self.

Fan Girl Friday

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Happy Friday, all!

I’ve found some squee-worthy finds this week, so let’s jump right in!

A certain movie came out last weekend about a shoe-losin’ Disney princess. We all know she lived happily ever after, but did you know she has mad rap skillz, yo? Check out Sara Michelle Gellar as Cinderella in this epic princess rap battle!

 

Ever since Mockingjay: Part One was released on DVD, I have been ITCHING for trailers/info/pictures for MJP2. And even though this teaser gives NOTHING away, it still gave me chills! I dare you to not get goosebumps!

 

You guys. Remember how movies were made about things from our childhood and most of them were total crap? Well fear no more, children of the 80’s! Someone’s got our back for a MAJOR project about to hit the Henson Company!

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star in and produce a live-action Fraggle Rock movie! Cue the Kermit arm flails! According to Variety, the reason JGL wants to make this movie (which has been in the works for nearly a decade) is because he’s a HUGE Henson fan! Fraggle Rock: “The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock,’” Gordon-Levitt said. “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood…I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”

 

Today is the first day of spring, and you know what that means: your Facebook newsfeed is about to be blowing up with people doing marathons, 5K’s, and crazy zombie runs! And I’ll be one of them! I just signed up for my first color run and I am so excited! Maybe I need to get me one of these fandom workout shirts to train in…?

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See the rest of them on Buzzfeed, right here!

Try It Tuesday

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Normally my Try Its are tasty treats or helpful tips for around the house. Which, are always a lot of fun (I mean, who doesn’t want to try a brownie baked with a chocolate chip cookie crust?!) but, I thought I’d think outside of the box this week!

Fitness is a big part of my life–I’m not trying to be “Mrs. Fitness 2015”, but I like to workout. I typically work out 4-5 times a week, switching up cardio and strength training.

I’m always looking for new routines to keep my regimen fun and fresh. Enter the following video.

This video is LEGIT. Its tough. Don’t believe me? Just watch (<– that’s a pun you’ll get in a second).

My sister and I (and Huff the Hubs) tried this. It was…interesting. There were a few moves I had done before in P90X and Jillian’s 30-Day Shred, but some of the moves were down right HARD!

We were all a little sore the next day, but it was a “good” kind of sore; like you knew it was working because you were sore.

My sister said her new fitness goal is try to do the entire workout without stopping. I think I’ll take that goal on, too!

 

Have you tried any new workouts? What have you tried? What do you like about it? What do you not like?

 

Body Revelation

Before I got pregnant, I thought I was finally getting to a point that I could accept my body the way it was. For years, I would hear people say: “I’m finally okay with my body. I just need to accept it the way it is.”

 

I didn’t understand that.

 

For years I had always been working toward a goal. I had lost the 40 pounds I had gained after a bad breakup and when I was finally at my goal weight, I didn’t know what to do. I kept eating right, working out, and tracking my food intake as though I was still trying to lose weight. I would check my calorie app all the time. I’d Google the nutritional values of restaurant foods so I would know what I “could” and “couldn’t” eat. (I even did this before mine and Huff the Hubs’ first date. I asked him where we were going as soon as I could so I could look up the menu.) Back then, I didn’t think I had a problem, but now, looking back, I know I did. I was addicted.

 

When Huff the Hubs and I got engaged, I was afraid that I would settle into married life and let my physical fitness and health go by the wayside. I had this mindset because so many people around me were like, “Get ready; you won’t care about running or counting calories when you get married. He has to love you no matter what. So you can get fat now.” I think I let that add fuel to the fire of my food/weight/exercise addiction.

 

But, thankfully, throughout our marriage HtH and I have both stayed pretty healthy. We both workout and try to eat right. When I got pregnant, I was terrified I was going to hate my body. The weird thing is, though, that once I got past the nausea-stage of pregnancy, I actually felt good about my pregnant body. I felt okay with my body changing and getting bigger and liked how I looked.

 

There was still a fear in the back of my head though; that once this baby wasn’t inside anymore that I’d fall into a tailspin of depression because of how I looked. Now, I actually like my body. I don’t know if it’s the fact that my body has changed so much that I’ve been able to accept it or if I’m so amazed at what my body can do that I think, “Heck yes! I’m awesome!” And I have NEVER felt that way before. Ever.

 

And I like it! I like finally feeling okay about my body and I’m not going to let anyone take that from me.

#R2R

On April 19, 1995, a bomb was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children. Thirteen years ago, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was set up for Oklahomans to remember and raise money for the memorial. Yesterday the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was held downtown.

 

Run to Remember

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I love this event. Not just because of what it represents, but also because there are events for everyone. There’s a Kid’s Fun Run (1 mile), a 5K, a marathon relay, a half marathon, and a full marathon. So no matter your activity level, you can still participate!  Me, Huff the Hubs, my sister Bridget, and two of our friends ran the relay yesterday.

 

It. Was. Awesome.

 

I ran the second leg of the relay, so I had to wait around for about an hour after the start. My relay spot was at a church, so I really go the good end of the deal. They provided snacks before the race started (something a preggo really appreciates).

 

I also got to run the “fun hill” (is there a such thing as a “fun” hill? My calves say no). This stretch of the race, Gorilla Hill, is awesome and famous for marathon vets.

 

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While running up GH, you see some hilarious sights: people dressed as bananas, a man in a gorilla suit, and even a guy smoking a cigar and pouring mixed drinks for the runners. (I also saw a pair of 60-something men stop at a curb where there was a tub full of beer, pop open a Coors Light, chug it, crush the can, and take off running again.)

 

I love the energy and spontaneity of the Memorial Marathon. You never know what or who you’ll see. You may see a kid with a unicorn mask holding a sign that reads: “Taste the rainbow” and holding a basket of Fun Size Skittles, you may see an 80-year-old man wearing a rainbow wig, and you may even see an Oklahoma legend:

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Big Barry

 

The spectators are awesome, the runners are inspirational, and the reason we run is heartfelt. Even though I was a little nervous, running basically a 5K while 4 months pregnant, but I’m glad I did it.

I got it!

I got it!

I now have a medal from every single event at the marathon except the Full Marathon. I am determined to do the full next year. A few people think I should wait (since Hermione is due in September and I may not be 100% by then) but I think I can do it.  Maybe I’ll recruit some of my teammates to run with me.

Go Team BB's and J!

Go Team BB’s and J!