Get in Shape Girl

Are there any other 80’s babies out there who remember this??

I definitely had the cassette and video as a little girl growing up and remember wanting to be just like the girls on TV.  However, my personal favorite piece of workout equipment was my ballet bar.  I started taking dance classes when I turned 3 and contiuned with Ms. Fordu until I was 18.  I still to this day have no idea how she was able to choreograph so many numbers for so many years.  She was Amazing!

Oh…and I LOVED the water!  Swimming has always been a big deal in my family.  My brothers and I were introduced to the water at a very young age.  We all took lessons until we were old enough to be on the swim team and I continuted to do that competitively until I was 18.  I loved swimming and I was pretty good at it 🙂  The pool was and still is….My Happy Place.

I remained active and still had a speedy metabolism through college so I stayed relatively fit.  Then my mid twenties hit and everything slowed down.  I no longer had that speedy metabolism, and if I went too long without working out, my body showed it.  Then I got pregnant

and had my Beautiful Baby Boy

and for the best reason possible….my entire body transformed

I know it’s a fact of life, that as you age your body changes (especially after carrying and birthing a baby)  and I’m sure I will never have my 18 year old body again, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have some semblance of it.  And because I am one of those people who does better when given a plan to follow, and someone to help hold me accountable for my workouts I have decided to take on two challenges.

First…I signed up for a training group to help prepare me for the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon on April 29th.

It’s a 500M Swim, a 20K (12mi) Bike Ride, and a 5K(3.1mi) Run.  I’m in a group of 6 women that meets once a week with our trainer (The Race Director) for a group workout, but we have also been given a workout plan to follow for 6 days of the week which is great for me because I don’t have to think about what workout I will do for the day.  It’s all laid out for me!  I started my training back in January and it consists of 2 swimming workouts, 2 biking workouts, and 2 running workouts per week.  I did my first sprint triathlon back in 2008, so this is not my first, however, the distances are a bit longer and this one is much bigger so I think the training will really benefit me come race day.  After getting back into the water and swimming laps I realized just how much I missed it, and eventhough I am not nearly as fast as I once was, I have already noticed my times improving, and for that I am pleased.

The second thing that I just recently started is Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  Again it’s great because it is a workout plan that is laid out for me with specific circuit training workouts and cardio options, for 5 days out of the week.  It works perfectly with my Triathlon Training, as I am able to coordinate both for a complete body workout.   Add in some healthier eating habits and I am determined to feel good about my Mom Body come Boat Season!!  I have never let the numbers on the scale dictate my happiness with my body, because I’m not in any way shape or form petite, and I will never weigh 120 lbs because  that is not a healthy weight for me, rather, I will know I reached my goals by the way my clothes feel on me, and the way I feel when I look at myself in the mirror.

I enjoy working out, and I love the way it makes me feel when I’ve completed something that has pushed my body to a certain limit so I am excited, and determined to Live my Best Life, and part of that means rocking my Best Mom Body before I get pregnant with Baby #2!

 Do you have workout that takes you to your happy place??

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Our Baby Cakes is 4 Months Old!!!!

One year ago on the 22nd of October, I found out that I was pregnant…and as of the 24th our Baby is 4 months old!!!  I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by and I am doing everything I can to treasure every moment with him.  Looking back on pictures, he hardly even looks like the same little baby we brought home from the hospital in June.  He’s grown so much and is able to do so many things now, and I swear he woke up this morning and looked different than he did yesterday!  It really is bittersweet, and in some ways you wish they could stay that small forever, but in other ways there is so much to look forward to and it’s such an exciting time in his life.

2 Days Old

4 Months Old

We’ve really been enjoying the cooler fall weather for so many reasons.  It’s one of my favorite seasons because of the temperate weather, the beautiful colors, the tasty beers, and Thanksgiving : )  I also love it because when we do our daily 3 mile walk with the buddies a pair of yoga pants and a T-shirt with a light weight sweatshirt are the perfect clothes, and I’m not covered in sweat mid-way through!

We Love our Walks!

We had our 4 month well check this morning and the Doctor says that Garrett continues to be a very healthy little boy.  He eats about 4.5-5oz every 3 hours and naps consistently 3 times a day.  I’ve been working on his daily schedule and it finally seems to be paying off though it’s never spot on.  But I believe that being flexible is key to his routine.  We do what works best for us, and it seems to be going really well!

This rolling stuff isn't so bad once you get the hang of it!Look how big I am!

Here are his monthly stats as well as the milestones he’s accomplished (or working on accomplishing : )

  • Sleeps 7 or more hours straight every night
  • If he eats in the middle of the night, it’s only one time right around 4 a.m. and he is changed, fed, and back to sleep in about 15 minutes then sleeps another 3-4 hours
  • Rolls from his tummy to his back with ease
  • Rolls from his back to his tummy occasionally
  • Holds his head up for extended periods of time
  • Reaches for and grasps objects then brings them to his mouth(especially his fingers)

    yummy!

  • Follows objects and sounds
  • Starting to take interest in the Dogs
  • Talks ALL of the time
  • Smiles and laughs in response to lots of different things
  • Makes Dan and I smile and laugh several times a day : )

    Handsome little man!

We are so blessed to have such a perfect little man and we are so proud of him!

*I’m hoping to blog about some recipes I attempt to bake in the near future.  Just have to figure out when I can squeeze in time to bake with this little monkey who requires sooo much attention : )