Category Archives: Me Time

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

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3 Ways to Boost Your Mood

With the busy Holiday season upon us, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out with Christmas shopping, holiday parties, family gatherings, decorating etc.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find some time alone to relax and regroup. And if you are anything like me, then you NEED some alone time! If that isn’t readily possible, try some of these tips below to de-stress and boost your mood!

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Buy Some Fresh Flowers
I don’t know what it is about the bright fresh colors but anytime my husband or I bring them home, I can’t help but feel a little happier. {Anything that is the color pink helps too!}

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Light A Candle

A good smelling candle or diffuser has always been calming to me. My favorite of late is the volcano Capri Blue candle (or diffuser). I can’t get enough of that smell. They are all over my local pure barre studio, so I have become obsessed. I bought a diffuser for Charlotte’s room and we have a candle out in our living room.

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Listen to Music
I listen to a lot of Pandora stations throughout the day and my current go-to’s are James Morrison and Vance Joy for relaxing music.  I usually have some music playing when I’m getting ready in the morning.

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Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!

What are your go-to way’s to de-stress during the Holidays or in general?

A Lazy Weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Mine was not very eventful, and that is exactly what I wanted 😉 Hubby was out of town on a “man trip” so it was just me and Paisley all weekend!

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We went on a lot of walks to the beach (spoiled, I know) took some naps together and I was able to do some things around the house.

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 Can’t get over these California sunsets.

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I did go to a new barre studio this weekend, Bar Method in Hermosa Beach!

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And got myself a Starbucks treat afterwards. 🙂

I bought a Living Social deal at 50$ for 1 month unlimited. The classes prices can definitley add up on a regular basis, so this is an awesome deal.

I took class Saturday and on Monday. I’ve taken bar method classes in the past, but lately have been just focusing on pop physique and pure barre. Classes are similar but they all have a different flare. I’m always looking for a little variation in my workouts, so I’m happy I’ll be able to attend this studio for a month.

It’s funny, I’ve been taking barre classes for about 3-4 years now, but anytime I go to a new place…I get those “newbie jitters.” I want to make sure I’m early, that I put my stuff in the right spot, and that I’m able to keep up with the class.

Never taken a barre class, but interested? Check out this post I did in the past including tips for beginners.

Hope everyone has a great 4-day week!

~Marielle

A Happy Place

I hope everyone has had a great long weekend. We didn’t go out of town or anything, but it’s still been wonderful to have 3 days full of: relaxing, working out, eating, and doing nothing.

Of course, we never sleep in super late with the pup- but I’m slowly getting used to it.  Never thought I would say that.

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Anywho, I was able to get in 2 Pop Physique classes (Sat & Sun) AND bike ride today so my body is happy.

Speaking of happy, I was able to make it out to the beach twice this weekend and officially decided that is my “happy place.” Whether I am getting coffee, running, biking, or laying out- everything about the beach is relaxing to me.

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I feel lucky to live close, so I try to make it there as much as possible either by myself, with a girlfriend, or with the hubby. It’s a place where I can think, not think, people watch, or exercise. Whenever someone asks me “what is your perfect day like?”- it always includes the beach.

I think everyone needs a place to go that can be their own, a place where you can reflect, relax etc. It can be a coffee shop, your favorite place to hike, your spin class, or a room at home. Think about what your happy place is and how often you visit.

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This was Paisley this morning after we walked to Starbucks and were waiting for hubby to come back with the drinks. LOL. Never a dull moment with this one.  005

 

Please share with me your happy place!

Me Time

It’s been awhile blogger friends! For some reason it’s been a busier week for me, nothing super eventful to share, I just feel like I haven’t had much time to sit down and write 🙂

This weekend I had a surprise visit from a friend from College that was competing in a bike race down here in LA.  I picked her up from the airport on Saturday morning and was able to spend some time with her before she left for her races.  We grabbed coffee and I of course took her down to Manhattan Beach.   It was a cloudy day, but I think the beach still looks perfect.

Oh and surprise: Free Parking for 2 hours down near the Beach.  Score!

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Saturday night I had some wonderful “me time.”  The hubby went to a basketball game with a buddy, and instead of making plans with my girlfriends I decided to just hang out with myself. 🙂

First things first: I got a 90 minute massage.  SO wonderful.  I haven’t had a massage in about a year, which is so bad because of how active I am.  I almost fell over when I first stood up because my legs felt so relaxed.  I’m hoping my muscles to hate me anymore.

I went back home and downloaded some episodes from season 1 of Girls. I’m obsessed with this show. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do.  I’d compare it to a younger version of Sex and the City, expect swapping a martini for a Bud light.  It’s hilarious.  Not many shows make me laugh out loud, but this one does.  My husband even likes to watch this show with me, and he usually doesn’t like any of my “girly shows.” (Bachelor, Real Housewives…..still don’t understand why but that’s besides the point) 🙂

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Season 2 is coming out this January, so if you haven’t seen it yet you still have time to catch up!

This morning I went to my Bar Method class and it was killer.  I’m already starting to feel my legs getting sore.  Such a good feeling.

Well I’m going to put the computer away and cheer on the Cowboys for my husband the rest of the evening 🙂 I’m hoping to share a new workout with you all later this week….stay tuned and be excited as always !