Fitness & Parenting: The Balancing Act

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Fitness, parenting, and simply life are quite the balancing act. And, I'm not so sure there is actual balance when you're a parent, is there? At least as a mom of two young kiddos, I haven't found it. But, I'm doing my best. That's all we can ask of ourselves, right? Taken shortly after Cole filled his diaper. As many of you know, working out centers me and is my primary stress reliever. So, it is a priority. It's not an obsession. I've always been an athlete, and I intend … [Continue reading]

Big Sister Update

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I have given you updates on Cole, but how about a big sister update? Photo credit Inna Romanenko Photography Jada is thriving as a big sister, which wasn't the case when Cole was born. Now, she wants to be involved and help. It's so fun to watch. "Can I hold him, mom?" She's super sharp, so I really have to think about what I'm saying. Kids don't miss a beat, right? When she's being a typical two year old, and acting uncooperative or throwing a tantrum, she knows that is not … [Continue reading]

Cole 2 Months Old

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In true second child fashion, I have Cole's two month update posted a week or so late! Two Months Old Cole turned two months old on Wednesday, February 10th! Two month stats: He is 24.5 in long (98th) and 12 lbs 3 oz. (50th). He is working hard on filling our those cheeks and adding a chin! By comparison, Jada was 23.5 in long and 12 lbs 12 oz at two months of age. The transition into month two has been so much smoother. Jada is really interested in helping and being a big … [Continue reading]

Carb Cycling and Postpartum Life

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Since my last post and sharing updates on social media, many of you have been asking me more about carb cycling and postpartum life. As I mentioned, I'm removing gluten and dairy from my diet and following a carb-cycling and intermittent fasting format found in this book. I'm modifying slightly as I'm breastfeeding, but it really has helped me reset my palette and metabolism. Most importantly, I'm paying attention to why and when I eat. I've always been able to "wing it" but tracking … [Continue reading]

The Truth About Breastfeeding and Weight Loss

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Let's touch base on breastfeeding now that I am eight weeks postpartum. More specifically, the truth about breastfeeding and weight loss. Cole is gaining like a champ! And, so is his mom...or, was. Breastfeeding doesn't magically melt away the pounds after pregnancy. For some women, this may be the case. You are burning a ton of calories with milk production. However, I was also consuming a lot of calories. I was so ravenous that I wasn't necessarily grabbing the most nutrient … [Continue reading]

Postpartum Workouts Lately

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Now that I have the clearance from my doctor, I'm excited to add postpartum workouts back into my daily routine! Home Gym Transition Because it's cold thanks to the Chicago winter, I moved some of my home gym equipment downstairs. We also were gifted some cars and Jada loves playing with them while I workout. Independent play for the win. I missed my workouts with Jada. She is always ready to do a burpee with me! Unfortunately, our basement ceilings are super low, so I can't do … [Continue reading]

Elite Boot Camp Level 2 Registration

This is the next phase of training for those of you that have completed Elite Boot Camp. I was so impressed with the level of commitment and progress during the first six weeks. This six week boot camp will continue to challenge you with constantly varied workouts laid out in a specific manner. Additionally, you have the option to follow a nutrition plan coordinated with the workouts.   BOOT CAMP PHILOSOPHY: The philosophy hasn't changed. I still believe in maximizing your … [Continue reading]

How to Avoid Diastasis Recti During Pregnancy

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During my pregnancy, I wrote a post about how I am training my core differently this time in order to avoid diastasis recti.  I'm six weeks postpartum, and I have the go ahead to resume workouts! Regular workouts will help me hit reset and feel like me again. In fact, I completed this one the other day. My doctor also checked my abs, and there is zero separation! My goal during pregnancy was to maintain core strength without increasing my chances of diastasis recti. How to Avoid … [Continue reading]

No Equipment Plyo Circuit

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This no equipment plyo circuit provides a quality workout for busy lifestyles. No Equipment Plyo Circuit Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, then take a 15 second break. 4 ROUNDS 180° Squats – demo HERE at 0:43 Plank Toe Tap to Frog Jump – demo HERE at 0:55 Split Jack Lunges – demo HERE Side to Side Push-ups – demo HERE at 1:33 Pulse Squat Jumps – demo HERE at 2:38 Plank Hip Twists – demo HERE at 1:54 Mini V-ups – demo HERE REST If you like this style of … [Continue reading]

Cole 1 Month

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Thank you for all your encouragement on my last post and confirmation that my mom feelings are completely normal! One Month Old Cole turned one month old on Saturday, January 10th. What?! His one months stats: 23 1/4 in. (98th percentile) and 10 lbs. 2 oz. (50th percentile), so he's making some gains considering he weighed 6 lbs 12 oz. at birth. Like I mentioned, adding a kiddo to the family is a game changer, and we are slowly adjusting. Caffeine is must with two (so is under eye … [Continue reading]