Friday, November 21, 2014

3 Simple Ways to Stay Fit as a Stay-at-Home Mommy

Since I quit my full time nursing career to become a stay-at-home mother or "SAHM" while I was pregnant, I had to make some HUGE adjustments.. especially since I don't just "stay at home"-I work at home as well by running my own business. 

SAHMs in general don't just spend their time sitting around the house, doing nothing-they DO work whether it be chasing around the little ones, bathing or feeding the kids, doing laundry, washing dishes, grocery shopping, etc etc etc. Add working and making an income while from home to ALL of that and BOOM! Recipe for barely any YOU time. Right? 


I struggled to find time to workout in the beginning, especially since staying at home was far from what I had imagined. I thought I would have plenty of time to get a few workouts in-HA! I chuckle at that misconception.

I have learned that to stay fit as a SAHM, you have GOT to make the time because free time comes in small doses.

Here are 3 simple ways how I stay fit as a Stay-at-Home Mommy:
  1. Take advantage and make a plan.  I plan to workout each morning before my son wakes up. This means I have to wake up at least one hour before my son does. So, around 5:30am, I wake up, put my gym clothes on, and workout in my home gym. I know what you are thinking... "Oh, you are so lucky to have a gym in your home!" Well, since having a baby, it is hard for me to go drive to a gym much less take a shower or eat my meals before they turn cold. So, yes, I invested a little money and effort and I created my own home gym to have this convenience, though not always so convenient.
  2. Workout with your baby. Your baby does not always sleep when YOU want him to sleep. Babies and kids go by their clocks and their clocks only. If they wake up from their nap or refuse to nap, include them in your workout! I have created several different babywearing workouts and other workouts in which you can use your baby as a weight. This equals entertainment and attention for them while you sneak a workout in. Plus, it is so much fun! If you are not into that, take your stroller and go for a jog. Even simpler, just take your kids to the local park-anything to get up and out of the house and off of the couch.
  3. Try a workout DVD. I used to think workout DVDs were useless... until I became a mother. Now, they are glory! I use Netflix's workout selection which is pretty decent. I also like XBOX's fitness app as well. For the last few months, I have been doing yoga via YogaDownload.com and it has really helped with stress, etc. Don't rule DVDs out just yet-find one that you like and pop it in once little one sleeps and give it your all!

The Truth About Postpartum Sex

Sex after baby is a highly talked about topic when it comes to the postpartum experience.

Doctors say "no sex" until after getting the clear at your 6 week postpartum check up. If you had any complications during the delivery, then that time may even be extended. Regardless of when the doctor tells you that you can have sex again, the main issue is: you are scared to!

Most of the fear comes from simply not knowing what to expect-especially if this is your first baby. It is totally normal to feel this way! I am not going to lie to you. You obviously clicked this link to find out the truth about postpartum sex, so here it is. At least MY experience.


Keep in mind that every woman, delivery, and vagina is totally different. Experiences may vary.

My husband and I did not have sex until I was about 8 weeks postpartum or so. I was given the clear at my 6 week check up, but I had a complication with a labial adhesion which had to be cut (ouch!). Thanks to the drop in my hormones. 

Anyway, the first time, oh yes. I will tell you this: take at least 30 minutes to try having sex again. It hurts like HELL. When I say like hell, I mean it STINGS, BURNS, ACHES-you name it. Might be really funny to imagine because, after all, you just pushed a bowling ball through your vagina and now, a penis is going to hurt that bad? (insert: eyeroll)

Does it really hurt?
YES! Simply put. I had a minor tear with a little bit of stitching and it still hurt like the dickens. (no pun intended)

What part actually hurts? 
The part that I believe hurts the most is the actual vaginal opening itself, at the beginning. It is almost like the "ring of fire" all over again-just a minor version. YES, OKAY I AM A PANSY! DAMN!

Will sex ever feel the same again?
Absolutely! At 9 months postpartum, the pain is nearly gone. If there is any pain, it usually subsides within a minute. No need for lube anymore! YAY!

My advice? 
  • LUBE. Invest in lots of LUBE.
  • Have sex often so your body can get used to it again. Sounds painful-it will be-but it will take the pain away. Think of it like working out. Your muscles are sore or it may hurt like hell to lift all that weight. But the more you do it, the more your body adjusts.
  • GO SLOW. By slow, think of sitting in a chair, facing a wall, and watching paint dry.
  • Take it easy. You cannot just jump back into the Kama Sutra book just yet. Keep it simple. 
  • COMMUNICATE with your partner. Don't be afraid to speak up if it hurts. Chances are, your husband has no idea how it feels for you. 
  • Have fun! Drink a glass of wine before hand if you are THAT nervous. After all, it is just sex :)

Have a GREAT DAY!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

I am WEAK!

Today, I had a HUGE wake up call after carrying my son around Lowe's while shopping with my husband: I am WEAK. Yes, you heard me. 

Although my son, at 9 months, is weighing in at almost 25 lbs, I am finding myself getting tired after carrying him around for any longer than 10 or 15 minutes. I usually use a baby carrier, but we had forgotten to take it out with us so I rarely get to hold him freely when out and about because, well, it's pretty damn HARD.

But then I thought.. what if I could make myself STRONGER so that I could hold him freely for long periods of time. Don't get me wrong, he is always in my arms, especially at home. But we are usually sitting, laying down, etc. This really opened my eyes to how weak I really am.

I am not being hard on myself, but I definitely am human and like to see areas in which might need a little improvement. I tend to focus so much on my abs and my legs that I actually neglect a part of my body that matters a lot to me when it comes to being a mother: my arms that were meant to carry my son. This is a perfect example why it is so mportant to train your whole body instead of focusing on one or two body parts or areas. If you focus on training your body as a whole, you will literally become the total package.

So, I have a new goal: STRENGTH. I want to get rid of my chicken arms and get some GUNS! I just received my T-bar and weights set in the mail so I look forward to doing more lifting. After all, strong is sexy.


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I Love Babywearing With My Baby K'Tan Carrier


I love babywearing so when I was asked to try the Baby K'Tan carrier, I was stoked!

First, why babywear?



The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is an innovative soft cotton baby carrier that is an ideal blend of a sling, wrap and carrier, providing the positions and benefits of all three. There is no other carrier available like it. It is a ready-to-wear wrap that enables parents & caregivers to comfortably carry infants and toddlers (from birth to 3 years) in multiple positions.






First off, the material on this carrier is super soft and stretchy. I am usually not a fan of wraps and slings since I prefer carriers (mainly because my baby is large, but I am also terrible at following directions), but I really liked this one. It is clear that my son loved it as well-which matters lots to me.


My favorite carry position was the Hip position, as seen below. Carrying a 25lb baby this way certainly took some strain off of my back. Also, I got to place an arm around him while using the other arm to do other things, which was nice. 


My second favorite carry position, shown below, is called the Adventure position. My son is super curious and loves to face outwards to see what the world is doing. This position lets him do just that!


For all carrying positions with detailed instructions as well as sizing info, check out their manual. This manual is included with your purchase, but this helps to give you an idea of the many ways to use the Baby K'Tan carrier with your babe.

Overall, I have to say this is my favorite sling. I hate Moby wrap (sorry, Moby fans). This works just so much easier and its easy to store as the sash folds up to become a pocket to place your carrier in!

For more information, visit Baby K'Tan's:


Disclaimer: I was given a carrier to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.

"I Saw Mommy Doing Burpees" Holiday Workout


We all know the popular Christmas song, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Well, I have a new version for you! A workout-to go along with the song. However, the title might give away a BIG clue to what you will be doing!

The song is just a little over 3 minutes long. The challenge, if you wish to accept, is to complete full burpees throughout the entire song.  

Burpees are freakng amazing for your entire body, but if you are wanting to dramatically lift and tone your legs, thighs, and butt, this is the exercise you NEED!

You may go at your own pace-this is not a race-so you do not hurt yourself. We want you to take the time to fully complete each burpee in controlled movements.

  • Begin in a standing position. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Now, lower your body into a squatting position, placing your hands on the floor in front of you.
  • Kick your feet back so that you are in push-up position. Keep your hands firmly on the ground to support your body.
  • Lower your chest to do a push-up. Bring your chest back up.
  • Kick your feet back to their original position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while clapping your arms overhead.
  • Repeat.
Here is the song to get you going! Happy Burpees (and holidays), everyone!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Get Lean for 2015!


Ready to commit to be fit this 2015? Don't wait until January-START NOW! The holidays are such a trap when it comes to staying healthy and getting fit. Set yourself up for success by holding yourself accountable this holiday season. I will help you stay accountable, as well!

Click the link to come join our newest DietBet!

Train Dirty December Monthly Challenge

Put down the forks and get dirty for the month of December! Here is a month long holiday challenge to keep you ahead of the game and accountable all throughout this cold winter month.



Train Dirty December Monthly Challenge

Monday December 1:
5 Sumo Squats
5 Russian Twists
5 Plank Punches

Tuesday December 2:
5 V-Ups
5 Squat Jumps
5 Burpees

Wednesday December 3:
10 Sumo Squats
10 Russian Twists
10 Plank Punches

Thursday December 4:
10 V-Ups
10 Squat Jumps
10  Burpees

FridayBurpees December 5:
15 Sumo Squats
15 Russian Twists
15 Plank Punches

Saturday December 6:
15 V-Ups
15 Squat Jumps
15 Burpees

Sunday December 7:
20 Sumo Squats
20 Russian Twists
20 Plank Punches

Monday December 8:
20 V-Ups
20 Squat Jumps
20 Burpees

Tuesday December 9:
25 Sumo Squats
25 Russian Twists
25 Plank Punches

Wednesday December 10:
25 V-Ups
25 Squat Jumps
25 Burpees

Thursday December 11:
30 Sumo Squats
30 Russian Twists
30 Plank Punches

Friday December 12:
30 V-Ups
30 Squat Jumps
30 Burpees

Saturday December 13:
35 Sumo Squats
35 Russian Twists
35 Plank Punches

Sunday December 14:
35 V-Ups
35 Squat Jumps
35 Burpees

Monday December 15:
40 Sumo Squats
40 Russian Twists
40 Plank Punches

Tuesday December 16:
40 V-Ups
40 Squat Jumps
40 Burpees

Wednesday December 17:
45 Sumo Squats
45 Russian Twists
45 Plank Punches

Thursday December 18:
45 V-Ups
45 Squat Jumps
45 Burpees

Friday December 19:
50 Sumo Squats
50 Russian Twists
50 Plank Punches

Saturday December 20:
50 V-Ups
50 Squat Jumps
50  Burpees

Sunday December 21:
55 Sumo Squats
55 Russian Twists
55 Plank Punches

Monday December 22:
55 V-Ups
55 Squat Jumps
55 Burpees

Tuesday December 23:
60 Sumo Squats
60 Russian Twists
60 Plank Punches

Wednesday December 24:
60 V-Ups
60 Squat Jumps
60 Burpees

Thursday December 25:
65 Sumo Squats
65 Russian Twists
65 Plank Punches

Friday December 26:
65 V-Ups
65 Squat Jumps
65 Burpees

Saturday December 27:
70 Sumo Squats
70 Russian Twists
70 Plank Punches

Sunday December 28:
70 V-Ups
70 Squat Jumps
70 Burpees

Monday December 29:
75 Sumo Squats
75 Russian Twists
75 Plank Punches

Tuesday December 30:
75 V-Ups
75 Squat Jumps
75 Burpees

Wednesday December 31:
80 Sumo Squats
80 Russian Twists
80 Plank Punches

DEMOS
Sumo Squats
  • Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes slightly turned out, holding a medicine ball in front of your chest.
  • Squat down as low as you can, keeping your heels on the ground and your back straight.
  • Press back up to standing. That's one rep.
Russian Twists
  • Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels about a foot from your butt.
  • Lean slightly back without rounding your spine at all. It is really important, and difficult, to keep your back straight, but don’t let it curve.
  • Place your arms straight out in front of you with your hands one on top of the other. Your hands should be level with the bottom of your ribcage.
  • Pull your navel to your spine and twist slowly to the left. The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating, not from your arms swinging. Inhale through center and rotate to the right. This completes one rep.
V-Ups
  • Lie on a flat surface with your lower back curvature pressed against the surface. Hold on to a fixed and sturdy object behind you (such as one of the beams from a squat rack) or you can just have your arms by your side with the palms facing the floor. Your feet should be straight in front of you and the upper torso should be aligned with the arms behind you holding on to the fixed object.
  • Raise your legs to where they are off the floor. This will be your starting position.
  • Raise your legs until the torso makes a 90-degree angle with the legs. Exhale as you perform this movement and hold the contraction for a second or so.
  • Go back slowly to the starting position as you breathe in.
Squat Jumps
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms hanging at your sides.
  • Squat down until your knees are bent about 90 degrees.
  •  Immediately swing your arms overhead and jump upward as high as you can.
  • As you land, gently bend your knees and sink back down into the squat position.
Plank Punches
  • Begin in high plank position. Your shoulders, arms and wrists should be in line with one another and make sure your back is flat. Focus on engaging your core and glutes.
  • Raise your left arm and punch forward, extending your arm straight out as you punch. Motion is slow and controlled; core is to remain engaged throughout the entire exercise, as this will also assist in maintaining your balance (it will minimise tipping as you extend your arms for each punch).
  • Lower your left arm to the starting position, arms and wrists in line with one another again. Raise your right arm and punch forward as you did with your left.
  • Repeat, alternating between right- and left-arm punches. Make sure core is tight throughout the entire exercise. Alternate arms.
Burpees
  • Begin in a standing position. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Now, lower your body into a squatting position, placing your hands on the floor in front of you.
  • Kick your feet back so that you are in push-up position. Keep your hands firmly on the ground to support your body.
  • Lower your chest to do a push-up. Bring your chest back up.
  • Kick your feet back to their original position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while clapping your arms overhead.
  • Repeat.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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