#FitFabFeb Workout #5 – Circuit Training at Home

Well, my friends, we are on the last stretch of #FitFabFeb! I’m happy to report that I have lost 3 pounds this month and feel stronger and more energized than I did in January (this might also have to do with the fact that Blake is now sleeping 6 hours straight – maybe it’s a combination of the two). My husband even said to me the other day, “Look at your 6 pack!” – HA! I laughed because I knew he was just humoring me, but I do know it’s under there, somewhere, and I will find it…someday. ūüėČ

Let’s end the month strong with this workout to add into your weekly routines:

Circuit Training at home

And just because February is over and #MarchFitFab doesn’t sound as catchy, this doesn’t mean that we have to lose our momentum! I plan to keep on this fitness track and will continue to post occasional motivations here and there on this blog.

In case you missed them, here are all 5 circuit training workouts from our #FitFabFeb. As always, happy sweating (and cursing and wincing and whining…)

Postpartum workout

Circuit workout

#FitFabFeb

Circuit training workout

Circuit Training at home

Whine & Dine: Solterra Winery & Kitchen

In my world, nothing says,¬†I love you, like wine and tapas. My husband, knowing this, reserved the 3 of us an early Valentine’s Day dinner date at Solterra Winery & Kitchen. I had mistakingly been here once before when I was pregnant – talk about the biggest tease ever. See all of this great wine we offer? You can’t have any of it!¬†I vowed to come back again one day when I wasn’t so… prego…and Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse. Blake was the cutest little valentine I could have ever asked for and, true to form, the noise of the restaurant put her right to sleep and she peacefully napped while Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a beautiful dinner.

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The Low Down:

  • Very accommodating for the baby. They had originally reserved our table by the live music on the “winery” side of the restaurant (which would have been very cool had we not had little Miss Blake with us). They moved us to the opposite, quieter side of the restaurant without hesitation.
  • Amazing, friendly service. Our waitress was extremely attentive and friendly – she even brought Blake a menu so she didn’t feel left out ¬†(I told her she’d take the filet and a glass of their best red). ūüėČ ¬†The owner even came by to thank us for the business.
  • Outstanding food. We ordered a smorgasbord¬†of tapas including the Charcuterie Board (if you like green olives and prosciutto, this plate is for you), Aguachile (with bay shrimp – incredible), Tri-Tip Beef Skewers, Patatas Bravas and Krispy Brussels (with bacon!). Oh yes, and don’t forget the Costa Azul Malbec¬†(come to mama)!
  • Ambiance gets a 10 – live music, surrounded by barrels of wine, country-chic feel (just my style)…perfection!

Solterra Winery & Kitchen   Solterra Winery & Kitchen

My Favorite Part:

Probably the Aguachile: Bay Shrimp, Hominy, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Cilantro, Avocado and Lemon-Jalape√Īo Broth – just typing this makes me want to hop in the car, head back to Solterra and order two more!

Solterra Winery & Kitchen

And my obvious favorite was spending time with my two Valentine’s. I’m a lucky girl! ūüėČ

Valentines

#FitFabFeb Workout #4 – Circuit Training at Home

Wowza, I have been lagging with posting more #FitFabFeb workouts. Sorry, I’ve been eating instead (sigh). BUT, I’m back on track this week and ready to finish the month off strong – let’s do this!

Here’s a new workout to mix into your routines:

Circuit training workout

Rookie Mom Challenge #4: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino

Blake and I are now on our 4th week of Rookie Moms challenges and we are loving every second! This past week we decided to complete the challenge: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino (Activity #12 on the Rookie Moms list).

February just happens to be Museum Month in beautiful San Diego, so I decided to take full advantage of half-off admission and head to the¬†Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. Having lived in San Diego for 12 years, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never visited this museum before this trip. Oh well – a first for me and Blake alike!

The ‘Fit…

Blake insisted on wearing one of her “fancy” outfits to the museum, so I wasn’t going to stand in her way. We tried to pull off her adorabe pink sparkly shoes, but the little lefty wouldn’t stay on her “busy” feet – socks it was!

Baby girl clothes

Is This Real Life?

If there’s one thing that I can always count on with Blake when we’re out and about – it’s that she’ll only sleep when it’s noisy! Mike and I took her to an (unexpectedly) loud Mexican restaurant last week (stay tuned for the write up in my upcoming Whine and Dine series), complete with a mariachi band performance, and the Little Miss stayed asleep the entire time – didn’t even flinch when the trumpet started playing! Now, I bring her, fast asleep, into the quietest most serene museum atmosphere ever and her eyes popped wide open and frowned as if the quiet ambiance was annoying her. Luckily, I had our trusty Mr. Wubbanub handy to keep her entertained while we perused around.

All of the paintings and photography pieces were gorgeous, but my favorite part of the museum was a sitting room with huge windows that faced La Jolla Cove. The photo below almost looks like a painting behind Blake, but it’s not – it’s REAL LIFE! :)

Mommy Project San Diego

Catch us if you can…

Now, I’m still not really sure if I was allowed to take any photos inside of the museum. I didn’t see any signs warning me not to, but I think I’m scarred for life from my trip to Italy last year when I was scolded for taking photos inside of the Chanel Museum. The Museum Rep. actually stood over my shoulder and watched, glaring, to make sure I erased each one. How do you say “woopsies” in Italian?!

Just to be safe on this museum trip, I always stayed one step ahead of the security guard (who I believed to be hot on my trail) so I could take some of the shots you’ll see below. Blake was in and out of sleep the entire trip – drifting off when there was any sort of noise and then wide awake when all was silent.

#ParentoftheYear…

After we successfully made it through the exhibits with no baby crying and no mommy getting scolded (yay!), we headed down to La Jolla Cove to take in the beautiful, sunny day. While taking this next shot, I was so concerned about getting the right angle that I didn’t even notice poor Blake’s little face directly in the sun. Just a quick dose of Vitamin D, sweetheart! #parentoftheyear

Mommy Project San Diego

All in all a very successful trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and another Rookie Moms Challenge checked off our list!

If you’re in the San Diego area during the month of February and want to visit any of the wonderful museums in town at half-off regular admission – check out the list of participating museums here and visit Macy’s to obtain tickets.¬†
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#FitFabFeb Workout #3 – Circuit Training at Home

TGIF! I’m so happy to hear that many of you are following along with #FitFabFeb and completing these circuits at home! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been quite soar after each one. Finding the motivation to work out at home every day is definitely hard, but after each workout I always feel like a million bucks (and Blake loves watching me jump around like a crazy person – pure entertainment for her).

Must.Keep.Going!

Here’s the 3rd circuit to start intermixing into your weekly routines:

#FitFabFeb

Have a great weekend!

 

Rookie Mom Challenge #3: Visit Your Spouse at Work

Now on our 3rd week of Rookie Mom Challenges (we’re kinda on a roll), Blake and I decided to skip around on the list a little bit and complete the challenge: Visiting Your Spouse at Work. ¬†It just so happened to be my husband’s 30th birthday last week so what better time to visit him at work and take him out to lunch!

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho – It’s off to work we go…

Mike’s office is a good 30 minute drive from our house, so this was one of the longest car rides Blake has experienced to date (besides her first ride home from the hospital when Daddy was driving 5 MPH on I-5). Blake normally has a love-hate relationship with her car seat. She HATES it at first (she waves her little fists and thinks, “how dare this contraption lock me into this position!”) and then after about 5 minutes she either becomes so disgruntled or so comfortable (I can’t really tell which yet) that she falls fast asleep. I also realized that her Wubbanub (the best and only pacifier she will take ¬†– and it looks adorable in her mouth) has also helped to make car rides a lot more enjoyable for the both of us – this trip was no exception!

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Daddy!

When we reached Daddy’s office, we were about to go inside when Blake decided that she hated her car seat again and began to fuss (waving her little fists in protest again). Me, not wanting to bring a screaming baby into a corporate office building filled with important clients, decided to just pick Mike up in the front of his building and head to lunch. The look on Blake’s face when she saw her Dad was so cute! She looked shocked at first (it’s not even 6PM yet¬†– what are you doing here?) then showed a big smile. She’s a Daddy’s girl for sure!

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SDPD at it’s Finest

We had lunch at a place called Croutons in La Jolla. They have the best salads, mostly due to their…wait for it…croutons! (Bet you didn’t see that coming did you?) When we first arrived, there were no seats available. As we stood in line to order our lunches a police officer came up to me, “Excuse me Miss?” I was a little scared at first – did I park illegally? Was Blake not installed correctly in her car seat? Did I look so disheveled that he thought I had been drinking?¬†To my great surprise the nice police officer offered us his table which made me really appreciate our SDPD – a class act for sure! ¬†After we were situated at the table, the buzz of the busy restaurant put Blake right to sleep so Mike and I could enjoy our lunches, including this delicious Buffalo Chicken Salad:

Crouton's Restaurant

Awkward Family Photo Opp

After lunch we dropped Mike off at work, but not before taking an awkward family “selfie” in the reflection of his office building window. I can only imagine the poor chap on the other side of that window wondering, what on EARTH is going on right now? Don’t worry sir (or madame) it’s just a Rookie Mom completing her Rookie Mom challenge in corporate America. Cheese! :)

Rookie Moms Challenge

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#FitFabFeb – Week 2 of Circuit Training at Home

Continuing with my #FitFabFeb month dedicated to getting back in shape and toning it up for summer, it’s time for a new circuit workout routine!

I received my 2014 Victoria’s Secret Swim catalog in the mail yesterday and had a minor freak out when I realized swimsuit season is just around the corner!

Workout inspiration

Is it just me or was this catalog sent out early this year? Either way, it gave me the motivation I needed to complete this next circuit of exercises and I am FEELIN’¬†THE BURN, BABY (in a good way). Good luck!

Circuit workout

Rookie Mom Challenge #2: Join a Mom’s Group

A new week, a new Rookie Mom challenge complete! If you’re a new follower, then take a quick look here why I’m completing 52 weeks of Rookie Mom Challenges thanks to the Rookie Mom’s and their fabulous (and fun) suggestions.

This week Blake and I completed our second challenge – joining a Mom’s Group. Based on the helpful tip from the Rookie Moms I searched for Mom groups on Meetup.com. After typing in my location, one group caught my eye: New Moms with Babies Born in Late 2013/Early 2014. Check and check!

The First Meet Up….almost

I happily signed Blake and I up for their next meet up which consisted of lunch at Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen (one of my favorite lunch spots which confirmed that I was truly in the right group here).

When last Thursday rolled around, I dressed Blake up in a cute little outfit, packed her diaper bag, brushed my hair (I know…crazy!) strapped her in her car seat and was about to load us into the car when I thought – let me just check to make sure it’s at 12 noon. Much to my terror, the meetup was at 12 noon – but on the following Thursday! Woopsies – I’ll chalk this one up to lack of sleep!

And with Blake in a cute outfit (and not crying) and mommy with makeup on (say what!) we called Daddy and met him for lunch instead – so not all was lost!

Baby Girl Outfit

The Real First Meet Up: The Sky is Falling!

Alrighty, flash forward to this week and the ACTUAL first meet up date with our group. Again, Blake=cute outfit, Mommy=makeup. Just as I was about to put Blake in her car seat to leave, she spit up all over my sweater and hair. For a good 5 seconds I contemplated changing my shirt and rinsing my hair but then quickly decided that if these other women DIDN’T smell like baby spit up, I would question their parenting – and with that, we got into the car and were on our way.

About half way there it started raining and my initial reaction was sheer panic. (Before you roll your eyes, please note: we live in San Diego where rain or any other type of “weather” is extremely rare). Thoughts running through my head: Blake’s never been in the rain, I don’t have an umbrella, she doesn’t have a rain coat, can my stroller go in the rain?¬†After a very-hurried unload process, I had successfully locked Blake’s car seat into the stroller, covered it all with a blanket and began running through the rain to the restaurant. When we got into the restaurant I frantically peeled back the blanket to look at her and then smiled in triumph – dry as a whistle!

The Real First Meet Up: Stroller Chaos

We had all originally planned to sit out on the back patio of Tin Leaf where we could easily fit all of our strollers near a table, but, again – the rain surprised everyone so we were stuck inside, which was quite cramped. After about 30 minutes of trying to find a table that would fit the 4 of us and our (huge) strollers with babies inside – the manager came over and asked us to put our strollers outside because of fire code and something about us blocking the exit of the restaurant. Another 15 minutes and we all managed to unload our car seats, place them in upside down high chairs (this was a first for me) and wheel our strollers outside. Phew, what an ordeal.

The Real First Meet Up: First Time Moms

Everything was smooth and wonderful from that point forward. I so enjoyed the conversation with these other women (all first time moms too) and it was great to hear that they were all going through the same ups, downs, confusion and triumphs as I was. We all went around the table and told our birth stories, compared notes on baby development, the struggles and solutions with breastfeeding, ¬†sleeping strategies and recommended baby gear brands. We even had time to talk non-baby for a few minutes¬†– what colleges we attended, about our careers and where we go to get our hair done (you know –¬†the important stuff). ūüėČ Best part of all – 3 of the 4 babies slept through the lunch (Blake included). I’ll take those odds any day.

I was very happy that I had a lot in common with these women, even past the fact that we were all first time moms. And with a new meet up date in our calendars (next Tuesday at the park), Blake and I headed sprinted back to the car through the rain Рme all smiles and B still fast asleep. :)

Mommy Playdate
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Fit and Fab February

It’s hard to believe that February is just a few days away!¬†I’m personally declaring this month Fit and Fab February because, (a.) I love alliteration and (b.) I need to kick my butt into gear and start working out to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. I’m very thankful that breastfeeding has helped me speedily shed the pounds, but now it’s time to TONE IT UP, sister! (Not to be confused with “turn it up”…shudder). I must admit it’s quite hard to muster up enough energy to exercise after pregnancy, especially when you’re sleep deprived! But in these desperate times, I always look to Britney Spears for motivation:

Exercise after pregnancy

Because I don’t have a nanny to watch the babe while I go spend time at an actual gym, this workout plan is going to have to happen in my own home. So, with that, I took to Pinterest and found numerous circuits that I can easily do in the comfort of my own home (and with baby girl watching me like I’ve lost my mind from her monkey bouncer).

I’ve made myself a calendar of workouts because, (a.) I come from the corporate world where if it’s not on my calendar then it doesn’t exist and (b.) to help further motivate and keep me on track.¬†I’ll be posting my circuits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with hashtag: #FitFabFeb if you’d like to follow along.

Here’s the first Circuit of the month to kick it off on February 1st:

Postpartum workout

And here’s the recommended song to play with this circuit: Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive featuring Kendrick Lamar (still obsessing over this performance from the Grammy’s).

Happy sweating! :)

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