Living with DR…part 2

I’m back to report on the progress of healing my diastasis recti. (In case you missed it, here’s part one.) What I am discovering is this is a slow, slow process, that doesn’t just involve doing some special exercises. I’m pretty frustrated that I’m not seeing more progress (progress photos are at the bottom of the post), but I also don’t think I’m working as hard as I could be.pencil-drawing-416438_640

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Living with DR (Diastasis Recti)

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I can’t show you anything…on my belly, belly, belly splint…

The other day, I saw a photo of myself that someone else had snapped during one of my fitness classes. I barely recognized myself. The woman I saw in the photo looked like she was about 3 months pregnant! Say WHAT?! Let me be clear…I am NOT pregnant. No way. I am very much enjoying calling my body my own right at the moment. And, I definitely don’t feel pregnant – I really don’t want to look it.

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Guerrilla Fitness, part 2

IMG_0529Think of it as the fitness version of guerrilla marketing – finding unconventional ways to work fitness into your daily routine in order to reach your fitness goals. In this series, I’ll share a variety of ways I’ve found to work fitness back into my daily routine, even with my littles running around!

The Workout-Where-And-When-You-Can Game

Think of this like a SAHM’s drinking game, without the drinking (until the babies are in bed, that is!). A SAHM’s day can be very monotonous, with multiple diaper changes, toddlers questioning everything you say with “why,” and the never ending piles of laundry. Why not turn your everyday tasks into a way to work in a little fitness? Examples can include:

  • 10 squats for every missing sock discovered while folding laundry
  • 20 calf raises every time your toddler demands “more juice!” (without saying “please,” of course)
  • 1 burpee for every toy you pick up during naptime
  • hold a plank while your toddler “works out” her tantrum in time outBabies Make Great Sit Up Weights

The possibilities are endless!

Check out this mom – she’s got the SAHM guerrilla fitness thing going on!

Guerrilla Fitness

Or, how a SAHM works on her fitness.

push-ups-888024_640In my pre-baby life, I was a self-proclaimed gym rat. I spent anywhere from 10-12 hours a week lifting weights, training for races, blowing off steam…and I loved it. The gym was my happy place. If I had something going on in the evening, I’d get up at 4:30am and do my workout in the morning. Sometimes I’d get up and run 4-5 miles in the morning, then go to the gym after work and lift for another 30 minutes. And, I kept this “pace” throughout most of my first pregnancy.

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5 Minutes to Fit

IMG_9813One of the most difficult things I found when I became a SAHM was finding time to workout. It became something I really felt like I needed – there was a noticeable difference in my demeanor on days when I was able to workout versus days when I couldn’t find the time. With this in mind, I put together this 5-minute-a-day workout program. Don’t get too excited…5 minutes a day will NOT get you ripped. But, if you’re struggling with finding time or motivation to exercise, working in a little bit of physical activity everyday just may be enough to get your body revved up and ready to tackle an even bigger workout regimen.

What are you waiting for? Download the 31-day challenge here.

Farewell, sweet chai latte

12711154_10156695525910647_6714666792889455448_oI have never given up anything for Lent. I’ve been active in various churches my entire life, and I consider myself a fairly religious person, but I have never given up anything for Lent. That’s probably because I grew up (and am still a part of) the United Methodist Church. I love my church – don’t get me wrong – but Methodists are not known for their great demonstrations of devotion to their faith, like fasting or giving up things for Lent.

For some reason, this year, I’ve decided to participate in this tradition. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because lately, I’ve felt as if I’ve lost control of some of my willpower. I used to be pretty proud of my ability to “stay strong” when confronted with temptation. It seems though, ever since I’ve been a stay at home mama, that willpower has gone out the window.

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