Getting In Shape With A Baby In Tow

by Lauren on March 17, 2017

The following is a contributed post. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 

It’s no secret that when you have a baby your body changes, which can leave you feeling less than happy with your new size and shape. Although changes to your figure are completely normal after having a baby, it’s natural to wish that you looked like you did before getting pregnant. The truth is that your body may never be exactly the same as it was before, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn to love your new figure.

The fact is that getting back in shape after giving birth can be difficult, especially if you’ve got a baby in tow, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. To help you start to get back to feeling good about your figure, below are some ideas for getting back in shape with a baby in tow. These are all ways of working out that you can do when you have your little one with you, so there’s no need to worry about booking a babysitter.

Do lots of walking

image

Walking really is one of the best forms of exercise and a great way to get in shape after having a baby. Get yourself a pram that’s got good suspension so that you can take it pretty much anywhere and start walking each day. Whether that’s walking into town, to the supermarket or just walking to walk, it doesn’t matter. Aim to spend at least an hour a day out and about walking, ideally at a fast pace, as the faster you walk, the more calories you will be burning. If you start walking on a daily basis, perhaps you could invest in a step counter so that you can track the amount of steps and milage you are doing each day.

Go to mother and baby yoga or pilates

For toning up in a gentle way, yoga and pilates are both a great option because the workouts that they offer are adaptable. This means that you only do as much as you can comfortably do and won’t end up pushing yourself too hard. As well as normal yoga and pilates, there are also mother and baby classes that you can attend with your baby in tow. If you’re nervous about trying out yoga for the first time, here are some easy beginner yoga poses to practice before you attend your first class. You can find similar poses for Pilates online on sites like Youtube, along with step by step instructions for each pose.

Do at home workouts

FullSizeRender-5

If you want to attend a workout class but it isn’t baby-friendly then perhaps you could consider doing at home workouts instead. While you could opt to buy an at-home workout DVD, there are plenty of free workouts that you can access on YouTube for free. From Zumba to aerobics, there are plenty of tutorials for working out at home while your little one naps or plays in their playpen.

Getting back into shape after giving birth can take time, but with hard work and dedication to working out, you can get back to looking and feeling great.

{ 0 comments }

Lately

by Lauren on March 14, 2017

Oh hey there!

Are you currently digging yourself out of this winter storm Stella like we are?  Ugh, what a mess! Just when we thought we’d get out of having any significant snow storms this winter, the biggest one to hit PA for March decides to dump all over the state. I think we must have gotten close to 20 inches!

Here’s hoping it all melts fast, because this girl is READY for warm weather.

So lately…..

I’ve been kind of silent on my blog lately about my personal health/food/fitness choices haven’t I?  Well, the reason being is that I decided to take sort of a new route with this….

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still use my blog for this platform, but I’ve started a Facebook group with some of my friends and acquaintances as a way to deliver healthy inspirations through daily posts on nutrition, fitness, and just health on a whole.  That’s exactly why I called it Healthy Inspirations.

I love the idea of spreading the health wealth and I think Facebook groups are a perfect way to engage with others in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.  If you’d like to check it out, feel free!

-> https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthinspirations/

So most of my meal shares have been over there, but I’d thought it would be nice to pop in here and share some with all of you as well.

First, let’s all take a second to recognize the fact that my babies are basically twins!

Here is Isaiah at 2 months…..

17309518_10154939259114713_611927810065967612_n

And here is Grayson around the same age….

17309722_10154939413639713_5236849268942246474_n

Yep, there is no denying these boys are brothers.

Okay, lately, here is some food I’ve been loving.

17191640_10154927543934713_3810751515445265722_o

Protein pancakes have become a regular breakfast rotation for me and I absolutely love them.  My recipe doesn’t call for protein powder so I guess it’s not your traditional protein pancake, but it’s still filled with delicious protein that keeps me full for hours.

Recipe: 

1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

dash of salt

1 egg

1/2 of a mashed banana

1/4 cup almond milk (maybe a little less)

I mix everything together, coat a skillet with coconut oil and cook for about 5 minutes each side. Delicious!

Another meal I can’t get enough of……

17202687_10154928216524713_6089809173619096318_n

This has to be the most simple dinner/lunch, but so satisfying! I roast a ton of veggies I have on hand (sweet potato, eggplant, broccoli, brussels sprouts, peppers, zucchini, etc.) in some olive oil, salt and pepper.  For the last 10 minutes, I’ll throw in some sliced pre cooked organic chicken sausage.  That’s it!

For this bowl, I added some added fats of avocado and hummus and it was the perfect lunch.

And onto some snacks….

17156049_10154931644509713_7522192421679060503_n

John brought this bag of dried broccoli home the other day and it’s already gone.  It’s a perfect salty snack with such little ingredients (just broccoli, oil and salt).

17264738_10154938059694713_3301314491635787726_n

And for something sweet, the new Mint Chocolate Brownie Larabar is out of this world good! Easily my new favorite flavor. I must recreate this one.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a workout.  I’ve been back to teaching pretty much full time, but I often have off from teaching on Fridays.  I’ll either take off or if I’m feeling up to it, do a quick but effective workout.  I did this one last Friday and it left me completely spent!  I warmed up with 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer and then did this awesome 10 minute circuit using the battle ropes and a weighted ball.

If you have 10 minutes to spare, give this one a try the next time you are at the gym. I promise you’ll feel it the next day.

10 minute Battle Rope _Slam Ball Workout

Well that’s all I’ve got for now.

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely week.

Talk soon!

 

{ 2 comments }

Living A Stress-Free Life

March 8, 2017

The following is a contributed post.  Many of us dream about living a life that is completely free of stress. Social media and celebrity culture partially have a role to play in why so many people have an ideal in their mind of how their lives should look – calm, collected and with everything running […]

Read it!

Life Lately

March 7, 2017

Life lately has been a roller coaster, many ups and a few dramatic downs, but ultimately we are starting to get into a good grove. Let’s catch up a bit. This little one turned 2 months old last month!  Hard to believe that whole ordeal was that long ago now. Little man is growing like […]

Read it!

Know Your Fiber: The Best Recipe On Earth

March 1, 2017

The following is a contributed post. Thank you for your support! Image credit Fiber is a really important part of our diets.  Yet it is something that is so often overlooked.  So we have pulled together all the info you need and are giving you the best recipe to boost your intake today. Your body […]

Read it!

A Grayson Update: One Month In

February 28, 2017

It has been a month since we’ve received Grayson’s official diagnosis and one month since we’ve started to aggressively implement some healing strategies through therapy, diet and supplements.  We have definitely witnessed some awesome gains and continue to see new improvements in his speech and social skills just about every day. But there are also […]

Read it!

The Vitamins & Nutrients That We Need More Of!

February 23, 2017

The following is a contributed post. Thank you for your support!  We’d all like to think that our diets are packed full of all the vitamins and nutrients that we need to stay healthy, but the fact is that’s rarely the case. 100 years ago, a much higher percentage of people than today were getting […]

Read it!

It Gets Easier…But Does It?

February 21, 2017

Do you ever feel like you don’t know when your day ends or when your day begins? You’ve been up more times than you care to count, your feeling rundown, tired, emotional, stressed, worried.  You are constantly pulled in 1,000 different directions, taking care of need after need and just when you think you may […]

Read it!

Gluten Free / Dairy Free Meal & Snack Ideas for a Toddler

February 14, 2017

I swear, when you are a mom, there is always something to overthink or worry about….always! When you have multiple kiddos, it gets worse. So we’ve had a bit of a rough start to this year, but we’re getting through. After a full month of bad colds and sinus infections (me), we all seemed to […]

Read it!

Grayson’s Journey Towards Healing

February 12, 2017

I’ve been working on writing this post for weeks now, contemplating the right words to share or how I would approach the entire subject.  Truthfully, I’ve been trying to digest everything and get my head in a rational and proactive place before I even began to explain to others what was going on. I wasn’t […]

Read it!