Only 4 weeks old, and you are already teaching me so much. How my heart can be so much more open and vulnerable than I ever imagined. How being a mother is so hard and wonderful all at once. What it truly means to know that you would give your life to save your child. How to envision years, even decades into the future, yet be caught in a moment that seems to last forever. You've taught me to be more of a noticer, and trust my intuition, before having to be a researcher. I look at your father with a deeper love than ever before as I watch him hold you and speak life over you. You complete our family, little one. I'm so excited to watch you grow into the warrior that God told us you would become. So thankful He chose me to be your mama. 💗 #motherhoodthroughinstagram#momsofinstagram#fitmama#momlifeisthebestlife#newbornphotography#boymom#fityogi#fitmommy#postpartum#postpartumjourney#postpartumfitness#fitmomsofig
We are nearing the end of our breastfeeding journey and as a result he has been ridiculously clingy! (Reasons why I can't even take a pic by myself)
Knowing that we will no longer be breastfeeding soon is bittersweet for me, in the beginning I made too much milk and then not enough when he was about 3months but I was passionate about breastfeeding so I tried everything. What worked best for me was increasing my water intake and eating fenugreek. For mamas who are having issues with their supply I would highly recommend @mrspatels fenugreek chocolate bars not only because their vegan-friendly but it's run by a mom and packed with nutrients. After taking it for about a week my supply went right up! ps. I no longer need to take anything for my supply, I still eat the bars because their yummy.
"You can think of a doula as your tour guide through the child bearing phase of life. There are Fertility Doulas who will help those who are trying to conceive but finding it challenging. Birth Doulas are the most common which embody everything we’ve covered thus far. Postpartum Doulas are available to help the transition of a new baby into the parents life offering breastfeeding support, newborn care, physical and emotional recovery from birth, bonding, and any other type of guidance you need from birth to several weeks postpartum, depending on whatever schedule the family needs. For those who suffer a pregnancy loss of any kind, a Bereavement Doula can soothe and support the grieving family. These doulas are one of a kind as they do not accept money for their services (unless donations are given). There really IS a doula for EVERYONE interested in having a child and there are studies that can confirm the benefits of doula care." What a great article written by our very own Sarah Gantt! Click the link in the bio to read more!
Another good one from @juliewiebept! While there is still a lot to learn when it comes to #prenatal or #postnatal fitness...heck fitness in general...training like an elite athlete during #pregnancy and #postpartum shouldn't exactly be considered the norm for the general population.
Rather it should be considered the exception. There's a reason why these athletes are considered elite! And many elite athletes nowadays are beginning to realize just how important it is to respect pregnancy and postpartum, and all of the stress and demand these periods place on mom's body. After all...just because you can...it doesn't always mean that you should!
Elite athletes are helping us push the envelope on what is and isn't "OK" for fitness and sport in pregnancy. "But the lives of elite athletes suggest there may be no upper limit on how much exercise is feasible during pregnancy -- at least for women who are well-conditioned." (CNN.com article link in bio)
This does not mean it should be the standard, that you should train like Serena Williams while pregnant. But it does help us push for new research, new guidelines, and question old ones.
Much of the thrust of the info that has emerged is on safety for the baby and the pregnancy, but we still have a ways to go to help women understand how to exercise in a way that keeps them fit and safe during pregnancy, and looking forward to a lifetime of fitness after baby.
Monitor and modify people!
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When you finally get the half hour yoga sesh in that you have been trying to finish for 2 weeks 👌🏻I just needed a half hours day to get it done. But the baby won't let me put her down for a full half hour to get it done 🙄 and it's been KILLING ME!
I kept doing the same 15 minutes of the first video telling myself, "Ok, THIS is your day 1. Now, THIS is your day 1." And keep starting over. It's INFURIATING!
Today, my husband came home early and I have the babe to him and hammered it out. Today, I got lucky. But I need to remember that not every day is going to be perfect. Is that any excuse to quit trying?
Maybe I only get 15 minutes done today. But tomorrow I'm going to do ANOTHER 15 minutes. And slowly make my way through.
We don't need to give up if things don't look perfect. We have to just keep going, on to the next, and accept that our path isn't going to look like anyone else's. And let's give ourselves permission to color a little outside the lines.
Because life doesn't always set you up to have the perfect experience. Sometimes you just have to make it work. Adapt and let go of your vision and idea of what your path is SUPPOSED to look like. And hopefully at the end of the road you can look back and see how far you've come. And the rainbow glitter trail that you've left behind 😉
From an unhealthy party girl who lived off of taco bell, to a lean bean with hardly any muscle, to a muscular and fit girl who secretly struggled with food, to a very unhealthy and sickly thin girl who prepped for a bikini competition and could have ended up in the hospital at any minute, to a girl who lost it post competition and binged like crazy then would do cardio to try to reverse it then binge again and thought B.E.D & body dysmorphia would ruin her life and I would never get better, to a girl who was just lost and struggled and had metabolic damage and beat herself up every day about it and hated the way she looked, to a soon to be mother carrying her most precious little girl, and now a healthy and happy mom who has the most amazing 15 month old daughter and who couldn't be happier with life, and lives for my family and to help others, who no longer struggles with disorders, who loves life, loves nutritious food, loves working out and feels good. I've literally been through it all. And I've made it my job in life to help others, no matter what the goal is. Working on becoming the best version of yourself is the greatest thing you can do. Nothing worth having comes easy, but like they say; it'll be worth it❤
I was going to do my workout today with little guy on tummy time but he was so giggly I didn't have the heart to do it 💙 Video is sped up but remember you don't have to wait for your baby to sleep to workout! // Outfit: @vimmia_active leggings (reversible! See my last post for the other print) and @lululemon bra #momandbabyworkout#15weekspostpartum
Some days its just a couch day! When your little folk aren't feeling well, snuggle up and baton down the hatches. If you need help, pop to the Little Minx Store and grab a Winter Wellness Survival Kit. Now 25% off, they have all the wellness aid you need to pass through it quicker and keep immunity up for your whole family
Workout in the books, and then taking the weekend off 😘🤷🏼♀️
Tomorrow is going to be packing and making some foods for a cottage weekend! Woo 🎉
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#TBT 18 days postpartum. I thank goodness I never gave up on myself. If i would have gave up I would have never lost 60 pounds since giving birth 🙌🏽 I'm determined to get in the best shape of my life being a mother of one! I want to inspire all mommies and show what's possible 😘 Having a baby is not a excuse to give up on yourself! If your not happy take ACTION & make a change! Don't settle. #postpartum#postpartumweightloss
This little Bebe is 14 weeks today! || This week we have discovered the jolly jumper, our voice (screaming when both happy and sad 😉), kicking to the cows come home and responding so much more to the people around her. She also loves looking at herself in the mirror 🙄 and enjoys sitting up assisted instead of laying down. Just quietly, where the heck is my baby going 😦 #14weeks#milestones#willowmae
First 5k #postpartum with my favorite running buddy @lauren_vitorio! I didn't have a bib secondary to showing up at 6:02 for a race that started at 6 because pipster had to eat #nursingmomlife . Just glad to be back at it again! 🏃🏼♀️👯
The beautiful, glowing, blonde bombshell @aliceinhealthyland stepping out yesterday in our #galaxy capris enjoying the warm QLD winter weather☀️ If you're not already following her then head to her page & follow- she has some great advice, cute photos & amazing giveaways💕
•Ramblings this Thursday•
I'm not putting this out here for sympathy. They're just thoughts that needed to leave my head.
Jacob and I have been in Kentucky for over a year now...Being far from home, family, and friends really starts to make you second guess your choice to move away. We've had a lot of great times here. We've also had a lot of hard times. We met a handful of people that we consider family, which is great because we can't see our family or childhood friends around the holidays or even on a regular basis like before.
We can't invite them over for dinner, catch up with them over lunch, and we can't attend our niece's or nephew's birthday parties... I could go on.
Even when we go to Michigan our time feels sooo rushed as we drive around to see everybody, it becomes more stressful than we ever thought it would be.
Living far from family and friends is hard. We're excited to be on this adventure in Kentucky but it can definitely be lonely. Jacob always felt a calling to go to Seminary so we figured if not now, when?
The fact that we have a new baby makes living far away from our loved ones even more dificult. We can't just go on a date or take a spontaneous trip because we don't have family to help us out.
Jacob and I moved to pursue some dreams. Mine have been put on hold for now (because of the surprise/cutie in this photo)... But we're looking at making some big changes soon.
Life is never short of adventures or surprises that's for sure.
STOKED is an understatement!
God gave me a vision two years ago, and its coming to pass this fall!! HOW TO HONOR YOUR BODY SMALL GROUP is LAUNCHING in September!!! This is my heart and soul all wrapped up into an 8 week course!
If you OR if you know any women 18 and older, who are looking to learn how to honor their body, GODS WAY, through mindset, food and fitness who lives in the western pa area please tag them in this !!! I am so excited to see what all God has in store for this group!
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I am having the strangest day. Maybe this Midwest, humid weather has something to do with it. Or the fact that I whacked my head so hard this afternoon that I thought I had a concussion. Either way, mercury is definitely winning today 😜
Another first today... James had his first non-family babysitter 💙👶🏼 THANK YOU @emilyaliceg for not only being a great friend but for loving my boys! You're one of the few I'd trust with this little chunker 😘
Mama's happy because she got to teach BODYPUMP, Dean is happy because he had playtime at the Y this afternoon, and baby is happy because he got a nice long nap 😴 Must be those oils, right?? 🌱
I have seen these headbands from @thebebrand all over Instagram and I even can't say how pumped I am to finally have them!! They're ADORABLE- love them! •
I got one for my new coach @tiff.meredith - pick out which one you like the best and it's yours! 😘
Day 4 of #zgymbenchmark by @zuzkalight.
I did 1 round of the #zgymbenchmark after the Fit Slide workout and I felt stronger today. I had less breaks in between excercises. 😆 Pistol squats!! (EXCERCISE #4 out of 6) Are so hard! The hardest for me on form out all the excercises. I still need to work on a constant fluidity of the movement with going all the way down and up. Here is a video showing modifications I did/do to help practice with straight back form, fluidity, and strength. During my benchmark rounds I dont get as low. I start of at a 90 then as I get fatigued I don't go as low. So today's focus was getting low throughout the round. With that said, I stayed pretty constant in todays round.
I wish I could go back through my life at different times in my life & tell my young naive self these things that I needed to hear but didn't hear because I was living in fear or doubt. 😔
- You ARE enough. - You deserve BETTER!
- You CAN do it!
- You have hidden storms and you shouldn't be afraid to hide them.
- You are STRONG AF! 💪🏻 - Don't hide who YOU are.
- Speak UP!
- Stop holding yourself back.
- You CAN push yourself to be greater than THAT!
- You're GOOD enough.
- You're better than that. ✨
I've lived in fear for many years. Fear of speaking my mind. Fear of what others would say about me. Any and all types of fear. 🤦🏻♀️ You know what!? I'm TIRED of living in fear & this women right here is going to be LIVING HER LIFE! Are you????? >>> I'm here if you ever want to talk. 👭
I would of NEVER shared this photo. I just got done bawling my eyes out on a team call, which spoke to me SO much!!! 😭 I think I cried the whole time.....but I'm ready to move mountains. 🏔🙌🏻 Mentally, physically, and gain that freedom meanwhile helping women find themselves.
I have no idea if these will work but if they don't, at least they taste yum! I made a variation of my friend @na1da's "boobie bite" recipe! Supposedly the oatmeal, flax seed and brewer's yeast help with lactation. They are no bake which I love, and I made them with peanut butter powder instead of peanut butter to cut down a bit on the calories (these are still NOT low cal). Here's the recipe I used: 〰2 cups rolled oats
〰1/2 cup brewer's yeast powder
〰1/2 cup flax seed
〰3/4 cup of peanut butter powder
〰1/2 cup of raisins
Place the peanut butter powder in a bowl, add 1/3 cup of water and mix into a paste. Add all the other ingredients into the mixture and combine together. Roll into balls with your hands and store in the fridge. Check out my Instastory for more!
This little coconut 🌴 was super excited about making stage 2 baby foods!!! She loves to feed her self and likes food with "substance". So I tried something new today - lentils, sweet potatoes 🍠 , and apples 🍎 . It only took about 20 mins and actually tastes pretty good!! Guess what's for dinner 😆
3 years ago when I was here for @canfitpro I registered to attend 3 lectures presented by @belliesinc (from left: Julia, Kim, and Samantha) .. and they opened my eyes on so many women related health issues that are not well spoken of in the mainstream of the fitness industry: Pelvic Floor Muscle weakness, Incontinence, Diastasis Recti, Pelvic Organ Prolapses, and Back Pain, which are mainly related to pregnancies and the process of delivery both caesarian and vaginal birth ... Most if not ALL mothers go through one or more of these symptoms .. but even if you had no babies or if you're a MALE you also might have experienced some of these symptoms 🙄.
Now 3 years later here I am attending a 2-day training workshop #coreconfidence to learn in depth more about how to deal with such health issues especially that all my clients are women and most of them are moms and their bodies went through major changes 👶🏼👶🏻👶🏾.
If you attend one of my classes and informed me that you were 3-4 months postpartum and wanted to join in then you know very well the lecture that follows that .. i'd at least spend 15-20 mins explaining what happened, what's happening, and what might happen IF you don't get checked first from a pelvic floor physiotherapist and get a proper time to heal and what precautions you need to take before you jump into any workout ... that was my part of sharing what I know and then it's up to you to choose what you want to do .. 🤓.
Now I learned more & i'll be more strict than i was before if you're coming to my class knowing you're postpartum and didn't get a clear check from your pelvic floor physio .. why? Cuz you seriously don't wanna deal with the consequences later on .. it gets pretty ugly believe me !! 😏.
So lucky to be able to travel abroad and attend different kinds of workshops that teach me how to be a better health educator .. I work hard to make it possible to always learn what's new and from the best trainers in their field .. Thank you ladies so much for sharing your knowledge with us all .. looking forward to seeing more of you in the next few days 😍. #canfitpro#belliesinc#core#postpartum#pelvis#pelvicfloor#diastasisrecti#women