Body After Baby: 7 Months



I’ve been meaning to write a post to update you guys on my plan to get healthy again postpartum, but I have to be honest, I’ve been struggling to find the words. So many of my emotions are tied to my body and how it functions, that it’s hard to put it all down in black and white for the whole world to see. I guess the best place to start is to get you up-to-speed on my health and fitness journey. I know some of you have been around since the early days, when I talked a lot about health, fitness, and weight loss, but a lot of you are new around here, and don’t know the story. So here it is.

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Body After Baby: The Plan

Body After Baby Weight Loss Plan

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The phrase “body after baby” has been so corrupted by the media that it usually means some sort of crash-diet and insane-exercise plan to get back to a size zero and six-pack abs three weeks after giving birth for some celebrity with a live-in nanny and a raw food chef on speed-dial. Don’t worry, my body is not that kind of body after baby (although a raw food chef would be so fun to have at my beck and call).

But the truth is, I had a pregnancy that wasn’t very conducive to staying fit and healthy. I’m not trying to make excuses (okay, maybe a little), but between my unrelenting, all-day, all-pregnancy morning sickness that made it nearly impossible to eat anything but refined carbs and my pelvic condition that make it hard to even walk from the bedroom to the bathroom, let alone workout, the weight pilled on for me during pregnancy. And even more important to me than that, my fitness and general health plummeted—I had a scare with preeclampsia during labor, and I figure my inactive lifestyle and poor diet during pregnancy probably contributed to that.

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fall fitness to do list (free printable)


I’ve seen quite a few awesome Fall-inspired to-do lists circling around the blogosphere lately (like this one from the amazing Amanda). They include fun things like carving pumpkins and drinking hot apple cider and shoveling entire bags of candy corn into your pie hole (wait, that’s just on my list). And while those kinds of… 

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super summer challenge: building momentum

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Wow, the first month of Super Summer (#SSChallenge) certainly flew by didn’t it? I hope having this challenge is helping you guys stay on track. Down below, Coach Krissie has some wisdom to drop on you about building momentum, but first, it’s time for me to do some boring housekeeping stuff: Math update: to hit… 

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menu + exercise planner (free printable!)

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A few weeks ago, I posted a photo on Instagram of my menu and workout plan, and folks seemed very excited about me turning my little hand-drawn chart into a downloadable printable for all to have. I post this chart to the fridge every week to try to keep myself on track with my food… 

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when is a workout a workout?

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There are a lot of things that changed when I transitioned from living the city life to living in the country last summer. We can no longer just quickly pop-over to the Starbucks down the road to grab a latte. Instead of seeing the stray cat at our apartment every now and again, our wildlife… 

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accountability update #4

super bowl food

Since we were traveling, I knew this week was going to be a struggle—and it was. I did a lot better than I normal doing with staying on track while traveling, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Food I was doing really well with food—until Super Bowl Sunday. We had a… 

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try it out tuesday: total body toning kettlebells

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The Basics The Workout: Total Body Toning Kettlebell Workout from Women’s Health magazine Type of Workout: Strength Equipment Required: Kettlebells The Nitty-Gritty: Eight classic kettlebell moves are combined into a fat-burning and muscle-working interval workout that tones your whole body in about 20 minutes. The Results One of my favorite things about kettlebells is that thanks to their dynamic motion, using… 

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