4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

The recovering perfectionist, extremist, yo-yo-queen, in me wants to tell you a secret that you PROBABLY already know in your heart: The question has NEVER been "will x, y or z work." I mean... the reality is that any pill, wrap, chemical powder, extreme diet or crazy workout program WILL work. For a little while. But what I know is that most of us don't have the time, energy or emotional resilience to ride that roller coaster anymore. We deserve so•much•better. Can we just be DONE putting our bodies through those crashes and disappointments? D O N E. And I'll admit: I was afraid, coming off of the (breast-feeding friendly) cleanse that I did this Spring. I feared that I'd return to my eating-while-standing-with-my-baby-on-my-hip habits, grabbing whatever I could put together with one hand and hoping his extraordinarily long {and freakishly STRONG} arms wouldn't intercept my next bite. Rather than letting that FEAR eat at me, I chose to do what I recommend almost every...
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5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

If I could tell you about the GAP between these moments - the tears, frustration, sleep deprivation, teething... oh the teething - then it would make a little more sense when I share this: F*ck diets, hot trends, and OTHER PEOPLE's side-by-sides (including mine). YOU need to find what works for YOU. And (WARNING: tough love comin' at ya) you need to STICK•to•that•plan. I struggled for the first 5 months of my little man's life because I KNEW what worked well for MY body. I knew what I needed, but I told myself that I didn't have the energy, time, motivation, etc to IMPLEMENT. Maybe that was true. It sure FELT true. But the MOMENT I started OWNING my excuses + GIVING a little more to ME, my body AND MY MIND started to shift. I felt a little less anxious. I felt energy slowly return. I felt my moods even out. I felt stronger. I felt capable. Finally. I felt content in my skin. Confident even. I felt like I get beyond...
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2-months postpartum: honor the journey

2-months postpartum: honor the journey

My sister and I were talking about how frustrating it can be to only see "the end," particularly "the end" of the postpartum journey. It's definitely easier to share the "I MADE IT" moments. While that can bring others, who are in the thick of the journey, hope, ONLY sharing the finish line can also leave the rest of us feeling alone.... like we're moving forward at a snails pace... questioning if we're even moving forward.... Some days I barely know the day of the week, I HOPE I'll get through my embarrassingly small checklist, and I feel blessed beyond measure to get 30 minutes to myself to MOVE. Other days are better, BRIGHTER, easier... *and I have to be careful that I don't ONLY share the light. So, this is me today. Still ON the journey. Often feeling like I've barely begun. Working my HARDEST to let go of that "not good enough" feeling. Doing my best to become STRONG over thin, HONEST over surface-y, and KIND with my inner...
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6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

Alright, Team NO Judgment if you continue to read. Deal? I hated being pregnant. Yes, OF COURSE it was worth it - OF COURSE. But we have the option to own or truth despite the highlight reel on social media and my truth is: growing this sweet peanut drained me mentally, emotionally and physically more than any other phase of life. So, this isn't about a "before and after." It's about the freaking journey. 40 weeks pregnant vs. 6 weeks post-Max TODAY I feel squishier and much weaker than I've been in a long time (just being real) BUT then I remind myself: You birthed a (pretty sizable) human being. You (somehow) feel energized again, despite that little sleep situation. You ARE strong, just in different ways than before. You are evolving simply by recommitting to yourself WHILE nurturing your baby. You get practice compassion with yourself by being consistent with your self-care. You survived the first six weeks. I'm one of those crazies who's excited to start moving again mostly because it...
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