Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Beach Babe is on a Break

Hola Beach Babes! Checking in from Mexico where my fam and I are taking a much needed breather from work. We are having a blast in Los Cabos and Christian is handling his first vacation like a pro. I had a fantastic workout today paddle boarding and kayaking... Pretty sure my arms are going to be sore tomorrow!

Follow me on Instagram if you'd like to see what I'm up to for the week! Happy Labor Day and I'll be back next week! xx

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beach Babe Video : Pelvic Tucks

Hi Babes! I'm back with a brand new Beach Babe video for you beauties! Pelvic Tucks is one of the very first exercises that I did postpartum and I'm still incorporating it into my daily workout to reignite my lower abdominals.

It's a great exercise for absolutely anyone.  I like to add this in just before the end of my workout to open up the front side of the body and for one final core exercise. It's a safe way to activate your abs while strengthening the back and work your booty all at once!

What's not to love? Try it with me or turn on your favorite song and get to tucking x

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three Months Post Partum

It's been just over three months since I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. My world (and my body) will never be the same! Motherhood continues to challenge and excite me. Having a child is truly the best gift in the entire world.  Childbirth has made me appreciate my body in ways I never knew possible. Women are incredibly designed creatures!

As a follow up to my postpartum body one and two weeks after baby (you can see that here...eeek!), I'm not quite as self conscious to report my three month mark! AND In case you missed it, here's my unmedicated birth story.


Weight
I gained just about 40 pounds during my pregnancy and I lost about 30 within the first three or four weeks. While I'm not hung up about the number on the scale, I have been hovering around 10 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight for the past couple of months. I've increased my activity level and have been watching what I eat so I'm a little surprised I haven't lost any more, but I think I'll probably remain where I am until I stop breast feeding.

My body shape is definitely different. My hips are still wider than they were and I've got a faint linea nigra which is weird because I never had one while I was pregnant. Inevitably I did get a few stretch marks on my tummy but they are slowly fading more and more...

Workouts
I feel like my strength has returned about 95%... I'm still fairly weak in my core but I feel myself getting stronger everyday. I returned to teaching six classes a week just six weeks post partum and I incorporate Towel Toning whenever I can. I work it in between naps or I'll take Christian with me to my workouts! The first few weeks he would sleep while I sweat it out, but now he just loves to watch us move! He will kick along to the music and has the best time laughing at us. 

Challenges
At six weeks Christian and I came down with a bad case of Thrush. OMG. If you've ever had thrush I know you feel my pain. It was terrible. Honestly, I'm going to say it was even worse than childbirth. I couldn't feed or even hold Christian for a day and I had to pump for all of his feedings. However, I was determined not to go on antibiotics (In case you haven't figured it out, I'm generally against most western medicine practices!). I went on a strict diet of absolutely zero sugar (including grains and fruits) and I took strong probiotics and other supplements to balance out my system. Since I'm strictly breast feeding, Christian received my same regimen, and I'm happy to say that after two days we were both on the mend... LMK if you need my prescription!

Sleep
Christian is a great sleeper. He takes long naps which lets me get my work done and at night he sleeps in his crib for the first three or four hours. Around one or two o'clock he wakes and I grab him and nurse him in bed until the morning. From there he's up about every couple of hours, but I gotta say, I feel much more rested now that I ever did during my pregnancy! 

Diet 
After my nightmare with thrush, I continued on the same diet of zero sugars as well as my nursing diet. Naturally, the worst part was giving up coffee for a few weeks. But I also didn't eat dairy (except for goat's milk and cheese), grains (including oatmeal, quinoa etc.) legumes (beans), or cruciferous vegetables. Um, yeah. I was pretty intense for a couple of weeks... but a mama's gotta do what a mama's gotta do!

So what did I eat? My sweet hubby spent a lot of time on the BBQ for a couple of weeks grilling up meats and veggies like zucchini! I ate a lot of eggs for protein and almond butter and coconut oil to keep up my energy. It was hard to make sure I was getting enough calories but it's amazing how much more energy I have now. Over the last couple of weeks I've re-incorporated fruits and occasionally grains, but my morning oatmeal routine came to an abrupt stop and I'm only eating sweets on the weekends now... except for my Lily's Coconut Dark Chocolate bars of course!

#bodypop #vimmiaactivewear #fitpregnancy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Avoid gaining the Freshman Fifteen!

Ahh, the dreaded freshman fifteen. I mean really, what's up with that? I recently received an email asking me my advice on how to avoid gaining the "freshman fifteen." If you're off to college and are scared of the thought of gaining weight, I've been there. I certainly gained weight in college and here are my tips to avoid gaining the freshmen fifteen!


Why do most people (girls in particular) gain weight when they leave home and go to college?

Well my friends, I hate to tell you but there are quite a few factors why you're gaining weight. Partially it's your lifestyle and the other part is hormones... eek! Right around the 18 year mark, your hormones change and unfortunately so does your metabolism. Combine that with late night pizza and drinking and you're in for a nasty combo. To top it all off, most of us who played sports in high school don't continue onto the college level, and with that our workouts are out the door. Suddenly you're on the fast track to the freshman fifteen (like me)... or fifty for that matter! Yikes.


What can you do to avoid gaining the freshman fifteen?

  1. Accept. First things first, you're not in high school anymore. Which means, you're not a little girl anymore. Part of becoming an adult is accepting your new womanly figure. Your body is going to change, diet or no diet, exercise or no exercise, whether you like it or not. Embrace your bigger bum, boobs and hips. Congrats, you're a grown up.
  2. Take responsibility. For most people, college is the first taste of freedom. You can eat what you want, drink what you want, and stay out as late as you want. There's no one telling you to "eat your vegetables" and "drink your water." It's now up to you to take care of your health because no one else is going to do it for you. Make smart choices. By all means stay up late and go for that midnight run to the local pizza joint (I certainly did!) but the next day, get your lazy but out of bed and go do something active instead of cuddling in bed watching Netflix (yup, that was me). You can splurge at night as long as you make up for it the next day.
  3. Make a Plan. Until now, everything was planned out for you. You went to practice because you had to, you ate a healthy meal because there was no other option. Now, it's up to you. Make a plan to eat healthy and workout. I always encourage people to schedule their workouts into their calendars. Choose three days a week before or after class and write your workout into your schedule... and don't cancel! Also, plan for healthy meals. I've got tons of easy, healthy recipes that you can make at home. Invite your friends over and eat at home... don't go out to eat for every meal! And if your eating out of the cafeteria, stick to the salad bar and only reward yourself once or twice a week. Remember: an all you can eat buffet is not your friend!
College can be the scariest, most challenging. most fun and most life changing time.. Don't get caught up calorie counting (that's what I did) or succumb to whatever diet your friends are on.  It doesn't matter what you look like on the outside if you don't feel good on the inside.  Keep yourself accountable by eating healthy and working out. If you're reading this post, you're on the right track... I'm here to keep you motivated! Enjoy your time but always remember that you aren't invincible. Take care of your body and your mind... it's the only one you have! Oh, and fight on Trojans! :) 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You're Invited to try Towel Toning



I am thrilled to announce that my business partner, Virginia, and I will be launching a brand new workout called TOWEL TONING® this weekend at the IDEA World Fitness & Nutrition Expo in Anahiem. I would love for you to be our guest and support us in this new endeavor.

If you are already planning to attend the expo, please come visit us at our booth, # 340 near to the eXertainment stage. And don’t miss our performances! We will be holding demos at our booth all day and we will be presenting on stage, a 15-minute intro to TOWEL TONING® Friday at 6:10pm and Saturday at 4:10pm. 

If you’ve never been to IDEA, it’s an exciting place to meet like-minded individuals from all over the world and see what’s up and coming in the fitness and nutrition industries. Please contact me for your FREE pass!

Let’s re-cap...

WHAT: TOWEL-TONING® at the IDEA World Fitness & Nutrition Expo

WHERE: Anahiem Convention Center

WHEN: Thursday, August 14th 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  Friday, August 15th 12:00pm - 6:30pm
     Saturday, August 16th 11:00am - 7:00pm

For more information, please check out our website, www.TowelToning.comThank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you this weekend! 

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