Category Archives: Body Image

Postpartum Body Thoughts

So did I really miss blogging the entire month of March?? Yep I did. Besides the kiddos keeping me very occupied, I have been busy finishing up my Pop Pilates certification and finding an instructing job- eek! I will share all the deets soon in a separate post, now that it’s official, and I will have my very own class starting in May!

Wiritng a post about my postpartum body has been on my mind for awhile. Being a fitness instructor and enthusiast, I feel like I should share my voice on this topic. In all honesty, it wasn’t until Donovan turned 10 months that I began to feel more like myself. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (that boy liked to eat and still does). The first 20 came off easily but the last 10 hung around for awhile. There were times I was frustrated as I’ve always been “in shape.”  Breastfeeding, not sleeping much, and taking care of 2 kids took a lot of time away from normal exercise routine.

It’s ridiculous how much pressure we put on ourselves to “get your body back” asap. I was basically pregnant for 2 years straight and SO anxious to get back to my pre-pregnancy self. Looking back, I tried to do too much too soon and didn’t just relax and just give myself time. I know it’s so much easier to say that versus actually live it! Instead of just taking a nap, sometimes I’d push myself to workout. Now I’m at a place that I want to work out because it feels good, not because I feel like I have to.

Right now I am working out about 4-5 times a week. I try to run 2x a week and do one HIIT routine (Tone it Up and Sarah Fit) and one Pop Pilates routine. The variety has been the best for my body. My diet has been a factor in losing the baby weigh as well, I try to eat pretty healthy during the week and then allow myself 2 cheat meals on the weekends. (I mean, I love queso and margaritas and won’t be giving those up anytime soon!) I’m no longer breastfeeding and feel like that was when the shift started to happen. Some people lose weight when they are breastfeeding but that wasn’t me. I was ALWAYS hungry and ate like I was training for a marathon at times. Again, Donovan likes to eat!

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(This was taken at Miss Charlott’es 2nd birthday early March).

To all you Mamas out there, you are doing a great job no matter where you are on your post baby bod y journey!  Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back again soon!

XO, M

Exercise at 38 Weeks Pregnant

This will likely be my last post before I’ll have 2 kiddos under 2 at home. Oh boy! We’ve been super busy lately keeping up with Charlotte plus trying to get ready for the little man’s arrival (as ready as we can be).

I’m happy that I have made it this far into the pregnancy- (I had Charlotte and Declan at 34 1/2 weeks). Baby boy is definitely growing, but oh man I am starting to feel real uncomfortable. The last couple weeks is rough, especially when you already have a kid!! It’s way different than the first pregnancy when I could nap or sit down when I wanted to!

Sleep is getting tough, showering, getting dressed and picking up Charlotte is a lot of work! So, let’s just say I’m happy to have him here and not in my belly anymore! 🙂

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 I never got around to getting any maternity pictures done with my first pregnancy, so we did a few this time and it was fun having my little love join in!

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Little Miss has no idea she’s going to be sharing my attention real soon. Ha- should be interesting! Thankfully, Damon has 2 weeks off work and then my mom will be in town after that so I’ll have some good help the first month!

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So…………Exercise.

Besides being able to sleep normally, I’m seriously craving a good workout. Like a good cardio, HIIT routine or a long run! Oh man, that sounds glorious!! The hubby is currently training for a 1/2 marathon and I’m so jealous. Of course I’ll be released to exercise again when it’s starting to get real hot and toasty here…..so that’ll be a shocker to the system.

It’s tough as I was just getting back into running shape and then found out I was pregnant again when Charlotte was about 6 months. So, I’ve had to slow it all down just when I was beginning to ramp back up. I am lucky that my doc has still okayed me to walk and take modified Pure Barre classes. As long as I’m not pushing myself too hard and I’m staying hydrated, he said I can go for it! Honestly it’s hard having to take so many breaks to catch my breath and just feeling overall fatigue. Like I wake up in the morning and my legs just feel heavy….probably has something to do with carrying that extra weight around! I’ve cut my walks down to about 15-20 minutes and I took Pure Barre only 2x last week. And don’t get me wrong, my barre classes are super modified, but it still feels good to somewhat move my body. These last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to balance resting but letting myself move around as I won’t be able to for another 6 weeks!!

I don’t really have a point to get to so thanks for listening to me ramble on and on- ha!

Mommas: Were you Exercising the last few weeks of Pregnancy?

Hope everyone has a lovely Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

~M

Body After Baby Thoughts

First of all can we talk about how in the hell anyone looks like this after giving birth??

Because I did not!

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Changing out of the hospital gown was way too much effort for me the first 24 hours. And wearing heels? Forget it! My feet and ankles were so swollen that I could only wear flip flops. Thankfully there weren’t photographers and fans waiting outside for me to leave the hospital!

I documented some of my “bump pictures” throughout the pregnancy but haven’t had the urge to document it postpartum. Mainly because I don’t want to put some ridiculous pressure on myself to loose all the baby weight right away and look super fit and toned.

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The most I have jogged has been 2 miles and it feels like 6 miles.  My dog is also out of shape so we are building back up together, lol. I have a ways to go with getting my endurance back. But it feels wonderful to get out there and sweat again, I missed this so much the last 5 months.

My abs are also shot. Like seriously I think they disappeared. I didn’t know I could shake so much while doing a forearm plank. ON MY KNEES. Oy!

I still have a little baby pooch and feel a little impatient to get rid of it. But you know what? It is what it is! It is seriously amazing what our bodies go through and how they change to create and grow a life.

 I try to eat relatively healthy and have always incorporated exercise into my life. While it is important for me to get back into shape, it isn’t my number 1 priority right now.

This little munckin is. A happy and healthy Charlotte!

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One of the main reasons I love exercise is HOW I FEEL during and afterwards. Of course I want to have a toned body (who doesn’t) but it isn’t all about the aesthetics. I like the time that is just for myself, to sweat, and to feel my muscles working.

I am learning now it’s best for me to take everything one day at a time and not put unnecessary pressure on myself.

This is how I have been feeling most days!

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The baby snuggles make it all worth it!!

Do you feel like your body bounced back after baby?

What are your thoughts on postpartum body image?

 

The Body Image Movement

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I have the opportunity to attend health/fitness events from time to time. Last week I was invited to hear Taryn Brumfitt speak about the Body Image Movement.  Here’s a quick summary of what this movement is all about, per her website.

“Body Image Movement’s job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others, and to prioritize health before beauty. Our goal is to reach as many women as possible around the world and speak to them about how we can learn to fully embrace and love our bodies.”

The event was held at a Lorna Jane store in Malibu. (doesn’t get much better than that). I don’t make the trek up to Malibu often, so it was fun to check out a new area and the drive along the coastline is beautiful. (no pics because I was driving!!) 😉

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Tarynn was born to be a public speaker-she’s energetic, honest and entertaining. If you ever get the chance to listen to her speak, do it!  She spoke about how her body image has changed throughout her life and how the body movement was started.

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The biggest take away from her seminar was to focus on how you feel vs. how you look. Something so simple is often overlooked. Hearing her speak, made me want to do more to appreciate myself and more to encourage other women to praise themselves and each other.

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I can honestly say I have an overall positive outlook on my body. I’ve worked hard over the years to exercise regularly and take care of myself. With that said, I let myself indulge on pizza, ice cream or cheeseburgers once in awhile. I love food, and would be such a grump if I didn’t treat myself from time to time. I never weigh myself and know how much I weigh when I go to the doctor. I’ll know I need a change if my pants aren’t fitting, but I don’t think it’s healthy to be chasing a number on the scale.

Of course there are days where I think “I wish my arms were more toned or I wish my legs looked like Carrie Underwood’s (don’t we all). But, I try to consistently remind myself of what my body has accomplished and to be proud of that.

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And healthy doesn’t always mean being a size 2. I’ve played soccer with girls that are very thin and super strong and girls that are a little bigger than “the average” but in shape and very strong. Everyone’s body is different and that’s okay- that’s what makes us unique and special. I know that I will never been model thin and skinny jeans aren’t a good look for me. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares? The media is notorious at exposing the ideal look and body type.

After the event, I shopped around Lorna Jane and found these cute little running shorts. I’m obsessed with pink and these were the last ones in my size, meant to be! Sorry for the pic quality, I think it’s time for an Iphone update! 😉

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Have you heard of the Body Image Movement and what do you think about it? Please share in the comments below!