I have been working really hard the past year and a half (since my 2nd baby was born) on getting into shape and being healthy. I tried several different workout plans before I found one that really works for me. It did not happen over night, for sure, and it took a while, but I feel like I am in the best shape of my life right now. I feel very energetic and healthy. I really wanted to share the workouts I do with others so if you wanted to try and see if it works for you as well, you can. After I was cleared to exercise from the doctor after the birth of my second son, I slowly eased into it with this 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout I found on youtube. I just started out doing this 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) during the boy’s nap time. Along with this I did a 20-30 minute walk around the neighborhood with the boys and the dog once a day. Nothing crazy at first since I did not want to over do it. I like the quick 10 min workout because I can easily do it whenever I have a few extra minutes at home. I love getting outside so a walk everyday is nice. Now it is harder to get a walk in because of the weather, but I try to go whenever it gets warm.
After I felt good about the 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout three times a week, I added this 8 Minute Kettlebell Abs Workout two times a week (Tuesday and Thursday) during the boys nap time as well. These quick toning and metabolism boosting workouts paired with a daily 30 minute walk and healthy eating has really helped me this past year and a half. Another quick weight management tip that has really worked for me is my “no wine during the week” personal rule. This way I don’t completely cut out the fun, just reduce it for my health.
I am now doing the 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout three times a week, the 8 Minute Kettlebell Abs Workout twice a week, 20 minutes on the elliptical five times a week (or at least every week night my hubby is able to hangout with the boys after dinner so I can exercise) and just this month I have added a training run on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As I had previously posted, I am working up to run a half marathon this October so each weekend I am pushing a little bit longer run. I want to gradually get there like when I first started getting into shape so I don’t hurt myself or get burnt out. I still try not to drink wine during week days and try to eat healthy. If people are interested I can post some weekly menus I plan for my family and I. Just let me know!
I love how yoga makes me feel so I like to throw some relaxing yoga sessions in the mix instead of my regular workout every once in awhile. It is nice to have a variety of healthy exercises so you don’t get bored.
Every person has to figure out what works best for their body. The best advice I can give you is to listen to your body and go with what works for you. Try a few different things sometimes before finding what works. I wanted to share some quick workouts for busy moms because it’s hard to take care of your family if you don’t take care of yourself! Keep in mind when I first started doing these workouts, I couldn’t do it all (even though they are only 10 minutes!) I just did what I could and kept pushing myself to do a little more as I went. And always remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water = health!
I love being outside! I am a believer in being very active and I even enjoy all types of weather. I have always said I can handle the most active kids just fine (be careful what you ask for!) and I def have some high energy boys which I LOVE! I promise I am not making that up. haha. I encourage my boys to get out and play everyday so as you can imagine, we spend alot of time outside. I think it’s totally good to let the boys just play and get dirty. We usually go through several outfit changes a day but I know they are getting plenty of exercise. In my dream house, I’d like a mud/laundry room with a mini shower/tub for dogs and kids to hose off before entering the house. (One can dream)
Here are a couple pics from playing in the yard and feeding the fish just the past week.
Recently we’ve been making a few trips to Lettuce Lake Park nearby us. They have a fun playground and some little trails for the little hikers.
Hiking morning with my boys. Can’t wait to go back and bring Dad next time! We’ve got quite a bit of big things happening in the next couple of weeks and I see alot more mini hiking trips in our future. So make sure you get outside and enjoy the summer!
We had a wonderful Christmas back in Chicago and Indiana the past couple weeks. We piled Baby Jacob, Emma Dog and a whole lot of stuff into our Tahoe and headed up north. It took us 2 days to get there and 2 days to get home. A lot of traveling especially for a 3 month old and dog, but they did a great job! Both of them slept most of the time.
Now that we are back home in Florida, it is time to get back to normal. This year instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, I made more of like a New Year’s Goal. I am planning on training for and then running my first half marathon this October. I have already begun my training. Running 5K three times a week and Kettle Bell workouts 2-3 times a week. I plan on slowly increasing the distance as I go. Ill keep you updated on my progress.
Overall 2014 was one of my best years yet. From getting commissioned and selling my first painting to moving to Florida and then oh yeah… finding out we were pregnant and giving birth to my son, it was a very busy year full of changes and excitement! Here’s to a even better next year!
I missed last week’s posting but I have good reason. October 5th at 7:07pm, we welcomed Jacob to our little family. He came only 6.5 hours after my water broke. He was 5 lb. 11 oz and 19 1/4 inches long. I have officially become a mom! He is such a wonderful little guy and we love him sooo much!
Here he is getting dried off after his first bath at the hospital.
So far the first couple weeks have not allowed much time for crafting or artwork or even sleep. He is a very chill boy but with any newborn he needs to wake up and eat a lot. I sometimes feel all I have gotten done these past 2 weeks is breastfeeding Jake. But that is all part of adjusting to my new most important job. So far I have learned a few things.
After worrying about what to pack in my hospital bag, I realized that the hospital gives you pretty much everything you need. I packed way to much. Mostly I needed a few toiletries for myself like chapstick and shower stuff and something comfy to wear home. My stay was so short that I never even changed into my comfy pjs and robe. Plus I didn’t have any visitors to try to look nice for. I also needed clothes for baby to go home in. All other needs were pretty much provided for us at the hospital which was super nice. They also gave us everything to take home. If you don’t take it home they just throw it away.
YOGA YOGA YOGA. I regularly did prenatal yoga throughout my pregnancy and I believe it 100% helped have a easy, natural birth and a quick recovery. I did prenatal yoga 3 times a week along with light running until I could not run anymore. Pretty much around 5 months. Then, I did yoga 5 times a week or as much as I could. I also took our dog Emma for a 30 minute walk everyday as much as possible. That is something I would recommend any new moms to start as soon as they can. This is the yoga dvd I used. Since I personally had never tried yoga before, it is easy for beginners and does a nice job explaining how everything helps you. I just purchased it from amazon.
Me at 36 weeks pregnant vs Jake and I one week after birth.
I will continue to share my journey as a mom and artist with what I learn and advice as we continue down this life path. It has occurred to me that I have not shared my nursery decor yet. Stay tuned to next week to see our cute baby boy nursery and some nursery decorating tips. Here are some cute pictures of Jake cheering on his favorite football teams for the first time.
GO COLTS (mommy’s favorite team) AND GO BEARS (daddy’s favorite team)!