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For Two Fitness Capris

22 Jul

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I received a new pair of For Two Fitness Capris to review this past week…

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23 weeks in my Dedication capris

IMG_0239(1) When I first put them on I was a little nervous that the material was too heavy but I must admit, as I got into my workout, I changed my mind. The fabric is soft and the moisture wicking material is so great! I was able to comfortably finish a barre inspired leg workout and honestly didn’t want to take these off! I love that the waist band can be worn rolled up or folded over as my belly grows and that the material moves with me when I work out.

The only thing I will say is that I normally would have ordered a size S but the XS fit perfectly. Just something to take into account when you go order your own pair!

Bottom line: The more products from For Two Fitness I try, the more I like the brand and am so thankful I get to be an ambassador for them.

Also loving my "Body by Baby" tank

Also loving my “Body by Baby” tank

If you’re interested in ordering your own pair of dedication capris they can be found at Amazon or, of course, on the For Two Fitness website.

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Preggo Leg Day

18 Jun

I have decided that with all the changes going on I need to make sure to prioritize “me time” too. So today, in between all my appointments I had to decide whether to clean the house or workout. I chose to workout. I still have time to do a quick clean up and then this weekend I can do my “real” cleaning but I’ve got to remember to keep time for myself too.

At one of those mentioned appointments, I got to hear baby’s heart beat today! Baby has a really strong heart beat and was moving around when they found it. It made it feel even more real to know baby is moving around in there. I’m even starting to feel a few flutters. Just another week or so and we get to find out the gender! Any guesses?

Here’s the modified leg workout I did:

3 sets:

  • 15 Squats
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

  • 12/leg lunges with torso rotation
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts

3 sets:

  • 15 Fire Hydrants
  • 12 Glute Kick-Backs

2 sets:

  • 12/leg split lunges
  • 15 sumo squats

Squats are definitely one of the best exercises I can think of for pregnancy, that and basic core exercises.

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Upper Body Pregnancy Workout

13 Jun

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit quiet…. There’s been a lot of adjusting going on. Obviously adjusting to being pregnant (now 18 weeks) but I’ve also started a new job with a longer commute and have learned I will be starting a Nurse Practitioner Program this September. Lots of exciting things but took a couple weeks to get used to the new routine!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram you know I’ve really been struggling with shortness of breath this pregnancy. After lots of testing and multiple follow ups they’ve ruled out the big scary things so I finally feel comfortable trying to add regular workouts back into my new routine. Up until now I’ve been staying active but not doing “real” workouts as often as I’d like.

I have been using “Fit & Sleek- Prenatal Physique” with Leah Sarago and that has definitely helped me stay active. I like that they break the workouts into 15 minute segments so I can really do whatever I feel up to that day. Obviously compared to training for the bikini competition though, it sometimes feels like 100 steps backwards. I’m trying to focus on just doing my best with where I’m at right now and making sure I’m taking care of the baby too.

Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique- Prenatal Workout with Complete Pregnancy Training Plan

Today was a good day. Hubby and I went for a bike ride this morning which was a really nice way to at least get some low intensity cardio in. After finishing some things around the house and sneaking a nap in I did my strength training later in the day. Mainly focused on upper body, the workout looked like this:

Warm Up

3 sets:

  • 12 squats to bicep curls
  • 12 Tricep Dips

3 sets:

  • Straight Leg Deadlifts with Upright Rows
  • Tricep Skull Crushers (I used the BOSU to put myself on an incline so I wasn’t flat on my back)

2 sets:

  • Planks (30 sec on forearm, 30 sec with straight arms)
  • 12 Lateral Shoulder Raises
  • 10 Front Shoulder Raises

I finished with my physical therapy exercises I hadn’t incorporated and stretched out a bit. I didn’t realize how tight I’ve gotten with fewer workouts so I guess it’s time to start stretching more too.

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A few days ago at 17.5 weeks

Mother’s Day Giveaway

8 May

As you know, I got selected as a For Two Fitness ambassador.. Since I’m getting to the point that my clothes are just a bit tight for comfort, I LOVE having their tops and capris to hit the gym in. They are so comfortable and have awesome sayings. I get compliments every time I wear their tops. For Mother’s Day, this company is doing an amazing giveaway that starts on Monday! See the details from the company below…

This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at more than $1000. We have phenomenal prizes, from Joovy, Garmin, Feetures, Sara Haley and us, For Two Fitness – all facets of your fit mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!giveawayAs soon as I get more information, I’ll pass it on to you!

Progress

24 Nov

It has been a long time since I posted any progress pictures so I figured today was as good as any. If for nothing else than to prove I have still been doing some workouts. Not where I want to be but I figure this is the best way to stay accountable 🙂

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First World Problems

4 Nov

Hello world! It has been forever since my last post! Here’s why… my old laptop had a sudden death. Hubby and I finally put in the time and research and bought a new one this past weekend but, it’s been rough. I didn’t realize how much I used my computer until I didn’t have it. Luckily we have a tablet so  getting real life things taken care of wasn’t too awful but, its crazy how dependent on the internet we are now! After lots of research and discussion, hubby went to make the big purchase while I was at work, we ended up with the Lenovo Ultrabook Yoga 2. Today’s my first day using it and it’s very different than my last laptop but so far I think I like it.

Since my last post hubby’s parents came out to DC, I’ve been working a crazy schedule in order to take as little time off as possible and still accomplish everything outside of work, and to be honest my workouts have taken the hit for it. My diet hasn’t been perfect but it hasn’t been awful, just really need to get back to those 5 workouts/week. Last night I had a little victory when I got home from work. My back was killing me and hubby convinced me to at least do some of my physical therapy exercises, which definitely helped, and this morning I didn’t even set an alarm to try and recover a little bit. I firmly believe sleep is an important part of overall health and fitness that seems to get overlooked in our hectic schedules.

We didn’t stick with the T25 program very well so I’m going to try re-starting that today but I think, because it is so high impact, I’m going to go into this round with my own plan of combining their workouts with some lower impact ones so I don’t make my injury worse and so I don’t get frustrated when I don’t stick exactly to their schedule.

All this brings me to my November goals…

1. Take some time for myself (I’m getting better about this but still feel guilty when I do)

2. Workout at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week

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I gave in…

9 Apr

So after my really good day yesterday, I went to work and after one patient my back was killing me. I finally left work and gave in to go see my doctor… no working or workouts for me until my PT clears me 😦

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At least I have some fun new recipes thanks to Bon Appetit magazine. I’ll be posting a new pork and new salmon recipe soon (just need to get the photos off hubby’s phone).

To workout or not workout… the great debate

28 Jan

I’ve been sick… room spinning, sore throat, body aches, tea and vitamin C sick. I even had to call out of work yesterday which I hate doing because I feel like I let people down. Today I tried taking sudafed to help with the vertigo which worked fairly well…until I decided since the room wasn’t spinning as much I could try to sweat it out with a light workout. Not my best idea. I feel like it’s a fine line between a workout helping and a workout making things 100 times worse… what do you think?

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Not my image, I found this on Google

Since I did go, here was the light workout:

3 sets:

  • 20 Bosu toe-taps/foot
  • 20 Bosu side to side jumps/foot
  • 12 Bosu push-ups
  • 15 Squats
  • 10 squats with ball toss
  • 15 stability ball leg pull-ins

3 sets:

  • 12 stability ball hamstring curls
  • 15 weighted crunches on stability ball

2 sets:

  • 15 crazy Ivans

20 easy minutes on the bike and then I stretched out. Like I said, not my best idea.

 

 

2013… looking back to move forward

9 Jan

As I said in my last post I think 2013 was probably the busiest year of my life. Before moving forward I wanted to take a minute to look back at the highlights of everything we did and appreciate how far I’ve come, not just with finding balance in this fitness journey but life as the bigger picture.

In Jan. 2013, hubby and I were living in Japan and I was running my own personal training business while waiting to start work as a nurse at the Navy Hospital there.

Japan was a great adventure involving new foods, new travels, and life together as a married couple.

In May 2013 we moved back to the states, set up an apartment and I began the job search in DC to find my dream job as an ER nurse. Hubby was gone until Aug., when he finally moved back home and I started my current job. Oh, and we adopted our first dog. August also brought an unexpected loss which meant traveling to Oklahoma for a few days while starting my new job.

October brought our anniversary, buying our first house, and moving for both of us to be closer to work. Once settled in November we rescued our second dog and prepared to have our family out for the holidays. After a year full of joy and some sadness we are heading into 2014 expecting the unexpected as always but my resolution is to take care of myself… not just getting in workouts and balanced eating but taking time out for me. Which means getting back to writing and other things I enjoy. Time to smell the roses and all that.

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No more “settling”

17 Oct

Life just never seems to settle down. There is no “I’ll start working out when I have time”… you’d never start! The past couple weeks have been a strong reminder of this for me. Working a rotating schedule and getting sick on top of family commitments, seeing friends, taking care of the dog/getting her into training, and buying the new house has made free time seem all but non-existent.

Maia ensures that at the very least I get in 30 min of cardio a day and on my days off she gets much longer walks on top of my resistance training. So yesterday I took her on a “doggy play date” and we went on a 2 hour walk on the Mount Vernon Trail. It makes cardio much more enjoyable when I have a companion 😉

Today I had physical therapy and am going to take her for a walk. I think because of the changing temps. and traveling etc, my pain is a bit higher than normal so my strength training will be abs/core. With all the walking and my PT exercises I’ve at least kept my legs toned but I know I’ve lost some strength which is frustrating. On the plus side I have lost a couple pounds despite my less than perfect diet lately.

All of this brings me to  point and my latest fitness goal. I need to find the balance between cardio and strength training. I need to start mixing up my workouts again. With working full time and settling into a routine with Maia, My at home workouts have become routine also and just aren’t cutting it anymore. Especially as the weather will be getting cooler and there will be months where 2 hour walks just aren’t going to happen, sweaters aren’t an excuse to give up the “summer body”… time to start mixing up workouts and even if it means Maia only gets 45 min of walking a day, I need to take 30-45 to get to the gym and add back in heavier weights.

Image***For those non gym-rats, I do think it’s important when talking about “no excuses” to point out that there are SO MANY non gym workouts you can do! Walking/running with my dog is great exercise. Rock climbing as a date, awesome workout. Playing frisbee in these last warm days, Skiing with the winter coming up… you get the idea, just move and mix it up!