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Postpartum Workouts

3 Sep

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It has been so long since I have written! I exercised through my entire pregnancy, altering movements and intensity as needed in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy.  It was not always easy to keep moving towards the end of the pregnancy, but I did it.  Then, I had a sweet little girl born on April 1st, 2015.

Between her and my toddler, life has been interesting, exciting, tiring, and chaotic.  I needed to figure out how to fit workouts into my day.  I knew that although it would be a challenge, working out would make me feel better and be a better mom.  So, as soon as my body felt ready, I resumed my workouts.

It was important to pay attention to my body and how it felt in order to ensure my safety and healing.  As a nursing mother, it was also important to progress slowly in order to maintain a healthy milk supply.  I altered movements and intensity of the workouts as needed.  I also had to workout when I could, even if it would be only for 10 minutes.

My baby is now 5 months old and I am proud to say that I have managed to keep it up.  I feel good because of it.  In all honesty it has not been easy to find time to exercise.  Between the two children, nursing the baby, working, and other important family obligations… it has been tricky.  I do what I can, when I can, and I adjust my plan as needed.  Sometimes workouts get cut shorter, sometimes workout plans change, sometimes workouts including wearing or holding the baby, sometimes I workout holding two baby monitors up to my ears, sometimes I don’t get to workout.  But if my plan is a lifetime of health and fitness, then I just go with it and do what I can.  On average I think I am now working out 20 minutes a day at least 5 times per week.  Not my ideal, but something has got to give!  I continue to be on the road to weight loss, as I have 10 more pounds to lose.  It will happen in time.

Here are a few clips of what I have been up to:

Note: It is important to follow your doctor’s orders about when and how you can begin your fitness routine postpartum. Your body requires time to heal and beginning a workout routine too early can hinder that and cause larger problems.

Postpartum Workout – Kickboxing – 35 minutes

22 Jul

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Over the past year my entire life has changed.  Almost one year ago I moved from New York City to Kansas City.  I left my job, my friends, and my home of 16 years.  Soon after I moved, I gave birth to my son.  He is 8 months old now and he is truly amazing.

I left an entire identity in New York. My new identity is still evolving as I have yet to find my place is in this new world of mine.   Yes, clearly I’m a mom.  That is most important.  So finding the ‘me’ somewhere in that mom-hood is taking some time.  This includes finding outlets for me to focus on my personal passions that will, in turn, make me a better mom.    One of my passions is working out-pushing things, pulling things, and swinging things.  So I continue to make every effort to take anywhere from 20- 40 minutes on most days of the week to get my workouts in.  It clears my mind and hopefully this clarity will enable me to find…well…me!

I encourage you to find what it is that makes you feel great.  Make time to do it, even if it is a few minutes per day.  It makes a world of difference.  I’ll be here to support you!

5 Months Postpartum Workout – Kickboxing – 35 Minutes

20 Apr

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Yes, I realize it has been quite a while!  Generally, I have been able to workout 3 to 5 times per week.  I was doing intense 20 minute workouts for a while as they were all I could fit in.  I am now able to fit in up to 40 minute workouts at times.  As I have stated before working out post-partum is a challenge.  This is not only because of time constraints, but also because of the changes that the body goes through including (but not limited to:) extra ‘baby weight’ and joint instability.  So it is quite important to ease back into your routine.  I am just now beginning to get my pre-pregnancy strength and endurance back.  I am still working on losing the last 8 pounds and I am just now finally beginning to feel a bit like myself again.

Here is my first attempt back to kickboxing.  It had been at least a year since I had kick boxed (pregnancy plus 5 months).  I felt ready to do it and I went for it.  It felt great and I am so glad to be back at it.

Regards!