Oh, Hello

b2 Yes, it has been over four months since my last post. I have started this post numerous times, but I’m finally getting around to posting! I have both enjoyed and missed my time away from my blog.  I have been spending my time either working, taking care of Breck, squeezing in a workout, running, and just staying logged off the computer. My time away has left me with all kinds of new ideas to blog about! I am happy to connect back with my readers, if anyone is still around!


Since my last update so much has changed! Breck is now almost 6 months! He is so much fun! Seeing him learn something new everyday is exciting! He is such a happy baby. Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments of crying fits and whatnot but I know how lucky I am to have a fairly easy baby. He sleeps through the night most nights. He is a big boy weighing around 20 pounds! He is in 6-9 month clothes, but mostly 9 month. He started solids a few weeks ago and that has been a fun adventure! I started making my own baby food and still I’m still trying to perfect the art of pureeing. He loves green beans, apples, and rice cereal. He isn’t a fan of mangos and is unsure about sweet potatoes and pears. This weekend we will try avocado!



I have been taking him to swim lessons and tumbling class (which is mostly tummy time). He absolutely loves both! There is a local place that offers both classes free until age 6 months, so our time is almost up! I want to continue swim lessons but I think I will hold out until the summer when my rec center has classes. We’ve learned some fun activities from tumbling class to do at home so I will continue to do those.



He looks awful cute in his baby speedo!



Since my last postpartum check in I have improved my running speed! I am happy to say I hit a pace I haven’t seen in such a long time- 8:38! I think I had a smile on my face for two days from that run! I haven’t been getting to the gym as often as I’d like. I try to run 3 times a week but more often than not I usually get 1-2 runs in. I also try to get to the gym once a week but sometimes that doesn’t work out (I used to by a month pass for the classes but now I pay the one time class pass to save money since I know I won’t go 5 days a week).  I have been doing T25 instead of going to the gym. I don’t really follow the plan. I have been doing most of the beta series 2-3 times a week. I like that T25 is just 25 minutes. It makes it easy to get really good workout done within a short amount of time!



I am actually 6 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight and I think it is due to muscle loss. My goal has been to get those muscles back! Lifting a 20 pound baby around should do the trick! :) I will be honest, I was nervous about how my body would look after having a baby. I am completely happy with how I look and feel. I worked out through my whole pregnancy, ate healthy foods (most of the time!) and it has paid off. I am amazed at what the human body can do!



I am still working part time and have been enjoying the balance. I remember I was worried about working and continuing to breastfeed. I set a goal for myself to make it to 6 months and see how it goes. I’m happy to say as I’m only 2 weeks away from the 6 month mark and I can make it work for 6 more months to make it to my big goal of breastfeeding for a year. Most of the time I am pumping while driving (and eating lunch!) in between appointments. Ideal? No, but it’s what works for me! I always feel like a super mom!


So there that’s my update! Next week I will have posts up about running, and my favorite baby items for the first 6 months!

What have you been up to? Please leave a comment on what other posts you’d like to see, miss, etc! I’d love to hear from what readers I may still have!

Fitness Check In {2 months}

It’s hard to believe 8 weeks have passed since B was born. Then again, it feels like forever ago I was walking around with my pregnant belly! Since my last fitness check in I have started back to work. That has made it a challenge to get my workouts in during the week. When I come home all I want to do is cuddle my baby, hang out with my husband, eat dinner, and go to bed early. I have 4 days off in a row so I am trying to make the most of that time. I’m slowing figuring out a schedule that works.

I went to a dance class at the yoga/barre studio that I am using a Groupon for, but it turns out that class isn’t included in the deal, darn! I really enjoyed the one class I attended. The energy was high, the people were nice, and I was doing my favorite thing-dancing! I’m going to keep my eyes open for a deal for that class, {or ask for gift cards for Christmas!} because I had so much fun!


I am slowing getting back into running. My first run was 2 miles at a 10:53 pace. I didn’t care though, I was running finally! Running has became easier each time I have gone out. I have been running once every weekend and am back up to 3.5 miles. I even saw a mile at 8:30-something I haven’t seen since before I was pregnant! I signed up for my second race of the year, the Thanksgiving Day 10k. My brother has signed up too! I love that I’ve passed the running bug onto him!


I’ve also been going to barre class when I can find the time. I’ve also been trying to do some ab work on the days I am home. As time goes on, and I get more sleep, I think I will have more energy to workout after work. For now I am enjoying Breck at this age. He is growing each day and his personality is starting to show! I will have his 2 month update later this week after we go for his appointment!

I am pleased with my progress in the past 4 weeks! I am 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and I am starting to fit back into my old clothes (which is like having a whole new wardrobe!). I feel good and that is what’s most important!





Breck: One month update



So, I’m a little late on posting this but here it is! The first month with Breck in our lives has been rewarding, challenging, fun, and exciting. Andy & I jumped into our new roles as Mom & Dad fairly easy. All three of us are new to this so we are all learning!


Height/Weight: 22 inches & 10 lbs 14.5 oz! B is filling out and getting all kinds of rolls!

Sleeping: At night he is waking up every 2 hours. In the mornings he takes a long nap which has been nice!

Eating/Feeding: He has been exclusively breastfed , which has been going really well! Around 3 weeks I started pumping once a day to start a freezer stash for when I go back to work. Andy gave him his first bottle and he took it with no problem. My hope for when I go back to work, part time, is that he will still nurse when he is with me and will take a bottle only when I’m away.


Sizes:  Newborn fits best but we didn’t buy much of that. Carter’s 3 month clothes also fit really well.

Milestones: He is becoming more aware of his surroundings. He is getting stronger everyday. He isn’t a fan of tummy time but can turn his head from side to side.


Dusting off the old running shoes

On Sunday I charged up my Garmin, dug out my running shoes, and headed out for a short run. It felt awesome to get out all my old running clothes! I hadn’t worn them in so long that they all felt new! I decided to just run- no time goals, or even distance goals. I would just go out and do what I could. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t want to push myself too hard.

I’ll admit, I thought I’d get out there and feel comfortable at an easy pace. Boy, was I wrong. It was tough! As I was running my first mile I questioned how I ever ran 26! I pushed myself to get to the first mile and then I could take a break. I was shocked to see I ran that mile at an 11:00 pace. By how I felt I thought I would have been at least in the 9′s!

After taking a break (I ended up seeing my mom drive by so she stopped to chat) I started mile two. A good song came on Pandora and I picked up the pace. I guess I felt a little more warmed up. I felt much better in the second mile, even with a slight incline, and ran it in 10:45.


At the end I felt tired, but thrilled to be running again. I know with time my speed will come back. I also know with time my endurance will come back. For now I am just going to enjoy the run. I’ve missed that quiet time, taking in all the sights, smelling the fresh air (or laundry, or the grill, or the smelly trash-ha), and just that sense of accomplishment you get after you finish a run. I need to get my pace back down so I can run with my brother again.

I felt sore yesterday which was something I hadn’t felt in a long time! I loved it! I am already looking forward to running again this weekend! Who knows, maybe I will be able to run just a little bit further & a little bit faster :)

If you had a baby, or taken a significant time off running, how did you feel on the first run? Did it get easier as time went? What  did your training look like?

Body & exercise after baby

As I mentioned in my previous post, I stopped exercising at week 37. While I have enjoyed every single moment cuddling with my new baby I have missed a good workout. Actually, what I miss the most is running. I stopped that around 31 weeks, which was a little over 3 months ago! The weather has been perfect for running, but I am playing it smart and am waiting until my 6 week follow up with my doctor.

Way back when I stopped running I already figured out which race I would do as my first race back. I picked one of my favorite, the Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race 10k. Ever since the Flying Pig half my brother has caught the running bug and will be doing this race with me too. I will have plenty of time to work back up to 6 miles. This race is huge, so I have no goals for time-I just want to get back out there! I need to dust that Garmin off!

This week I will am slowly getting back to exercise. It’s been 1 month since Breck arrived and I feel ready. I am starting with barre and yoga classes. Back in the summer I bought a Groupon to one of my favorite local studios for 2 months unlimited. My best friend bought it as well so we will be going together. They also offer a new dance class that I can not wait to attend!

I also have been taking advantage of B’s nap times. I was able to squeeze a workout in last week that left me sore for 2 days! I’m not used to feeling out of shape so this starting slow is new to me!


After being pregnant for 40 weeks and 4 days I ended up gaining 32 pounds. The day I went into labor I had lost 2 lbs. About a week after I was down another 20 lbs (thank you breastfeeding!), and as of last week I am only 8 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight ( I don’t own a scale so I could be less than that now). I’m actually not too concerned with what number is on the scale, I just want to tone up.  I am going to continue to nurse/pump so I am in no hurry to lose weight. I currently can get my old jeans on but they don’t button, my hips are still a bit wide. I have missed wearing “real people” clothes so this weekend I went out to Old Navy and bought a pair of jeans one size up. My wallet, and husband (ha!), hope I don’t have to go out and buy all new pants but I know I still have time!

I almost didn’t want to share my after pregnancy photos because I feel that women are too quick to compare.  I would look at other postpartum blog posts and those motivated me to post mine. I worked hard during pregnancy to stay active and I am proud with how my body looks now. My goal is to just be the best me, which should be everyone’s goal! I am looking forward to seeing how my body changes. It still amazes me that I was able to grow a healthy baby boy! I will say, exercising during pregnancy was the best thing I did for myself.  Since I am a personal trainer I can share what I know with future clients who are moms to be, and new moms!


The day I went into labor


one month postpartum


one month postpartum

Currently my plan is to attend barre class twice a week, attend dance class 1-2 times a week, and walk as much as I can. If I am feeling up for it, or have the time, I will throw in a home workout. I will share my progress monthly!