Let me preface this post by saying that I am not even close to the most fit mom or blogger. There are so many other bloggers that I love to follow who are truly inspirational when it comes to fitness. However, I do get asked how I stay active, what workouts I do, etc. and wanted to write a post on it so that you guys can hopefully look back on it as a resource or encouragement. Most of you know that I have three beautiful babies. If you are new here, I had three babies in three years and ten days. A little crazy and unexpected, but the biggest blessings of my life. Things have been hard at times, but I can’t even imagine our lives any other way. With that being said, because I have three young kids and am trying to run a business on my own, it does not leave a lot of time for exercising.
Hey moms! I wanted to talk specifically to you today about a little thing called motivation. Since having Weston, I have really struggled to get motivated. Everyone told me that the third baby is the one that gets you – they were right! This third one has been a lot more difficult in many ways – not the baby, but my body, pregnancy and postpartum. The weight has not come of like it did with the other two, but I think a big reason for that is the simple fact that I have not worked out like I did the other two times. So, I want to encourage you while I try to encourage myself to get motivated and do something about it!
Most mornings, all I need (or have time for) is coffee and mascara. This tank truly says it all because it is basically my life right now. Some mornings, I barely even get a chance to drink my coffee. It all depends on the babies.
With that being said, I have managed to exercise every day, but I haven’t quite established a workout schedule yet. I am basically working out when I can. Some days that means going to a late Zumba class, other days, I have to get up really early to run. It just depends on our schedules.
I promised I would give you guys updates periodically on my weight loss journey, so here goes…
I have finally started losing weight again. This has been a frustrating process because even though I was eating clean, breastfeeding and walking, I did not lose a single pound in over 4 weeks. It was beyond frustrating. Once I was cleared to exercise a couple of weeks ago, I really buckled down. I started C25K and am currently on week 5! I also continued to eat healthy and started using My Fitness Pal app again to keep up with my calories to make sure I did not eat too much sugar, carbs, etc.
It has definitely helped me a lot! I am now 8 lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight. We have less than 5 weeks til our cruise, so the chances of me losing all of it by then are slim, however, I am finally losing weight again and I am so thankful that I am getting healthier and closer to being able to wear my clothes again!
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Fitness during this pregnancy has been a huge priority for me. Why? With Hampton, I gained 45 pounds. It was really tough to lose all of that weight. I was unrecognizable and I didn’t feel like myself. It made me feel bad physically and mentally. My pregnancy was very different with him. I was sick the first half and the second half, pregnancy cravings kicked in and I ate Chocolate chip cookies every single night. It didn’t matter if I was hungry or not, I ate them anyway. Hello 48 pounds.
This time around, I wanted things to be different. I don’t want to gain any where close to 45. I want to stay between 25 and 30lbs. That is a healthy amount of weight gain for me. I have been participating in the Love Your Body series through Tone it Up and that has really helped me stay focused. A couple of weeks ago, I had a really bad week. I ate lots of sweets and didn’t work out every day like I normally do. I could tell a huge difference in the way I felt. It wasn’t fun.
Exercising every day has helped me feel like me for a lot longer. It has helped me keep my weight gain down and has kept my muscles alive. Last time, I felt like mush. It was not flattering. While watching Biggest Loser a couple of weeks ago, Jenna Wolfe showed up as a guest trainer. She was 25 weeks pregnant which is what I was at the time and she was doing everything with them. She is a hoss. It was so encouraging to see someone who knows how uncomfortable you are but works through that to stay healthy and fit. It really lifted my spirits and gave me the push I needed to get back on track and #werk.
So far, I’ve gained 16 pounds, but I feel so good. I feel like myself rather than a beached elephant seal. For that I am so thankful. I can’t stress to you how big a difference this one little lifestyle change has made in this pregnancy. Best news? I won’t have as much weight to lose this time, as long as I continue to do well. As I’ve entered my third trimester, it hasn’t always been easy and I do give myself rest days if I really need them, but it is so worth it to feel healthy and more like myself.
Do you have any exercise tips for the third trimester? What kept you motivated during your pregnancy?
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tights: c/o Lorna Jane here
sports bra: c/o Lorna Jane here
When I traveled to the beach last week, I left my healthy habits at home. I definitely ate pretty bad and snacked a good bit on the beach. I never snack at home. I try not to eat when I’m not hungry. On the beach, the snacks were there, I was hot, and I ate. Bad, Logan. I have been trying to get my act back together, but it has been a struggle. Some days are better than others. When I eat healthy, I feel so much better and more energized. When I eat lousy, I feel that way. I’ve definitely learned my lesson. A little mess up is fine every now and then, but messing up over 3 days is not such a good idea.
I discovered Lorna Jane a few weeks ago when I read a TIU post where Karena was wearing one of their adorable outfits. It was so cute and I had to look into it. I went to their site and fell in love. Seriously, can I have one of each,please? A few weeks ago I talked about my fitness motivation: cute workout clothes. If I get up and put on a cute workout outfit, I am much more likely to workout that day than if I don’t. Lorna Jane offers a line of adorable workout clothes. They have so many options and they are great quality. After reading more about the company, I discovered that they have a content site, movenourishbelieve.com. I absolutely love it! They have so many encouraging posts every day that are all health and fitness related. Everything from workout tips to recipes to encouragement, it’s all there. I am encouraged and inspired daily by these posts and I know that so many other women are as well. I definitely recommend checking it out!
I truly believe that in order to workout regularly and eat healthy, you have to first have the desire to do so. It takes believing in yourself to get up and start moving. Once you start moving, you will want to eat healthier, because who comes in from a 2 or 3 mile run and says “let’s undo everything I just did and order a pizza?” Um, no thanks. This is why I love Lorna Jane’s philosophy: move, nourish, believe. It takes all three to create a healthy lifestyle.
Have you messed up this summer? How do you stay on track?
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