Category Archives: Fitness

Attempting To Be a Runner……..Again

I have no more excuses: I’m not pregnant (that has been quite the trend the last two years), I’m not breastfeeding anymore, and both kids are sleeping through the night (well, generally)….

It is time to get back to Running.

It’s always been “my thing” and oh boy I have missed it. And my body has too. I kept myself active during both pregnancies with walking and barre classes, but I’ve been seriously missing out on my runners high.

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So I should be able to just jump right back in, right? Eh not.

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My body has changed, priorities have changed, and my schedule has changed. Gone are the care free weekends with endless time to do whatever I want.  And gone are the days of sleeping 9+ hours a night. My pace is slower, my body is heavier, but it feels good to get my sweat on.

 I do want to complete another half marathon at some point, but for now I want to get back in the rhythm of consistently running.

The last two weeks I have been able to get in 3 runs each week.  I’m shooting for two short runs (2-3 miles) and one long run (5+ miles) This was after writing it down in my planner, putting my running clothes on, and laying my running shoes by the door. No excuses right?

Did you take a break from running or exercise? How did you get back into your routine?

Please share in the comments below!

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

At-Home Prenatal Exercise

Hey all!

I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend! We had a long weekend over here since my hubby had Monday off from work, yay! It’s always nice to get that extra day with him and I know he enjoys the extra time with Charlotte too. We hung out at home and relaxed for the most part, which was much needed.

We did accomplish one thing this weekend though……we finished watching “Making a Murderer.” EVERYONE was talking about this so of course we had to tune in. I don’t want to say much about it so I don’t give anything away, but if you have Netflix you should tune in. We were hooked!

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We also spontaneously went out to dinner together one night since we both didn’t feel like cooking or thinking up what to get from the store.

There is a small Tex-Mex restaurant super close to home that we’ve actually never been to yet, so I’m glad we finally tried it out. We’ll be back! Kid Friendly, Good Food, TV’s, and the hubby thoroughly enjoyed his Margarita. I’ll get to try one this summer. 🙂

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Charlotte had a good time too! 🙂

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Now that I am 22 weeks along, I can definitely feel my energy is back to normal. Hooray! This means I can be more consistant about my workout routine each week.  I never fully feel like myself if I can’t get in some sort of workout.

I just finished a continuing education course for my Stroller Strides instructor Certification on Exercise during Pregnancy, and it continued to highlight how important it is to stay active. (of course, you always need to get approval from your doctor). In a nutshell, if there are no complications during your pregnancy there is no reason you should stop exercise. Actually you are encouraged to be active “most days of the week.” Love it! If you would like to review the ACOG guidelines, follow this link.

Each week I try to get in 4-5 workouts, which isn’t drastically different from my norm.  Lately I have been doing 2-3 days of a strength workout (either barre or something else) and 2 days of long walks (no more running for me, waaaaaa). Besides how great of a workout Pure Barre is, I also really like being able to get out of the house and focus on just me for an hour. Of course things come up, so I can’t always make it to the studio. So I need to have some at home options.

I used both of these DVD’s last year when I was pregnant and really enjoyed them.

The Slim and Toned DVD was great for arms and thighs and Suzanne does a great job slowing the workout down and gives lots of explanations throughout.

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One of the reasons I really like the Tracy Anderson DVD’s is that there is a new workout for each month, so it doesn’t get boring. Her moves are similar to Pilates and Barre type exercise so it’s also a great low impact workout.

She does do A LOT of seat work and if that isn’t your jam then you may not like the DVD’s. My favorite part of her workouts are the arm segments.

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And that’s all I have here, thanks for stopping by!

What are your favorite prenatal workouts?

Do you prefer to workout at home or in a gym/studio?

Please Share in the Comments Below!

The 10-Rep At Home Workout

Well, to say I have been slacking off on my blogging is an understatement. Yikes. I swear I will get back on a more regular schedule soon! But in the meantime, I’m sharing a quick at home workout with you lovely people!

This is something you can easily squeeze in before all of the Halloween festivities…..And no exercise is greater than 10 repetitions! Can’t go wrong!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

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What are your Halloween plans?

Did you get in any workouts this weekend?

~M

10 Minute Legs

Hi all and Happy September!!

I’m coming at you today with a NEW at home workout focusing on the legs. I thought it would be perfect for the long weekend as many of us will be traveling and not have access to a gym. No equipment required and this one will also get your heart pumping! 🙂

FYI: Legs are a large muscle group, which equals a greater calorie burn.

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I can’t believe Labor Day is upon us. It really doesn’t feel like summer should be over with. {Mostly since it’s still in the 90’s here}. I am looking forward to the temperatures cooling down a little bit, but I’m in no way ready for winter, bleh.

Fall is my favorite season and especially in Seattle ~ the crisper air, leaves falling, pumpkin lattes, and wearing boots. I can’t even imagine wearing boots anytime soon, so I will continue to enjoy my tank top, shorts, and flip flops for the time being!

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Yep, that would be me! {And yes, I am wearing yoga pants}

Have a great long weekend friends!

~Marielle

Do you have any Labor Day plans?

What is your favorite season?

 

For the Love of Planks

Since getting back to teaching group fitness classes, I am realizing how much I incorporate planks into the workouts!  Besides the fact that they are excellent for core and shoulder strength, there are also so many ways to switch them up!

Below are 5 Variations of the Basic Plank!

Plank Jacks

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To Modify: Take out the jump and step each leg to the side and back to mid-line one at a time.

Up and Down Planks

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This exercise is SO awesome for shoulder stability. To modify, perform with knees on the ground.

Side Planks

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This can be performed with the arm straight or on the forearm. Lifting the top leg is an added bonus 🙂

Side Plank Crunch

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Who thought you could do crunches while holding a plank?!

Plank with Hip Swivels

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This variation is a great way to challenge your obliques, and again your shoulder stability.

I’d love to hear some ways that you like to switch up the regular ‘ol plank! Please share in the comments below! 

Happy Tuesday Friends! ~Marielle

Returning to Group Fitness

Starting in July I will officially be back to teaching group fitness….yay! I had a hiatus the last couple of years and have really missed it. I’m thankful to have the opportunity and even better, Charlotte gets to come with me to class!

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She’s pretty stoked about the whole thing.

Through Fit4Mom, I’ll be teaching Stroller Strides and occasionally Fit4Baby classes. I’m super passionate about pre/post natal fitness, so I am very excited to be a part of this company. Since I’m already certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), I only needed to pass an online exam to become certified to teach. Yay!

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Fit4Mom programs include Stoller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back and Fit4baby. So many fun classes to choose from no matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy or mommyhood. (Type in your zipcode and see if there are any classes in your area)

A unique component to Stroller Strides is designing a workout that engages the kids as well as giving the mommas a kick butt workout. The workout is a little more than just cardio and strengthening, we sing songs and play games with the little ones.  I love the creativity involved and know there can’t be any way I could get bored teaching this class.

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When we moved to Dallas, I had every intention of finding a stroller fitness class that I could take and eventually teach. Such a great way for moms to get out of the house, get back into exercise, and not having to worry about a sitter for the kiddos.

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 I started taking classes in January and fell in love with the workout as well as getting the chance to meet moms in my area. Each Stroller Stride location holds weekly Meetups and playgroups, all free to join! These are wonderful if you are new to a city or just want to meet people in your area! We’ve gone to a few meetups, Charlie is usually sleeping through them, but soon enough she will be able to participate!

I’m finishing up my team teaching the next couple of weeks and then I’ll be officially on my own. Woo! I’m glad they aren’t making me rush back into it too quickly as I’m feeling more confident with everything each week. I’ll be sure to report back after teaching my first class!

Have you ever taken a stroller fitness class?

Do you like to workout with your little ones?

Thanks for stopping by friends! ~M