#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. ­čśë

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

#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

#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!

 

#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’┬áTHE 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?┬áAfter 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, ┬ásleeping strategies and recommended baby gear brands. We even had time to talk non-baby for a few minutes┬á– what colleges we attended, about our careers and where we go to get our hair done (you know –┬áthe important stuff). ­čśë 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┬ásprinted back to the car through the rain – me 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!┬áI’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.┬áI’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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