food and fitness week 14

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a food and fitness recap post. Before I share our recent eats and my workouts, here’s a look at our little family getaway we had to the lake cabin.

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Lots of time outside surrounded by trees and the lake. No TV. Tons of playing for Hunter and chilling for Jacob and I. Although I wouldn’t say I came back rested (Zoe was not a good sleeper and woke everyone up early in the mornings) I came back relaxed. Even with weekends at home and no real plans, there is always stuff to do around the house. It was nice kicking back with no worries. I got lots of reading in too!

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Food

Monday: roasted chicken, roasted veggies (asparagus, onion, carrot) and cauliflower mash

Tuesday: fajita rice bowls (chicken, bell pepper, onion, rice, cheese, sour cream and avocado)

Wednesday: creamy broccoli cheddar bean soup with sausage and crusty bread

Thursday: leftover broccoli cheddar soup with rice and leftover roasted veggies

Friday: BBQ’d beef burgers on whole wheat buns + grilled green beans

Saturday: BBQ’d salmon + crusty bread + caesar salad and mushrooms

Sunday: whole wheat pancakes with applesauce, bacon and honeydew — BFD FTW!

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I did major veggie prep over the weekend which made dinner time so much easier. I am pinching myself for not doing any prep this weekend – but relaxing > prepping sometimes.

Fitness

Monday: taught body pump and fitness yoga

Tuesday: taught fitness yoga

Wednesday: taught body combat

Thursday: taught body pump, sculpt and tone and 2 fitness yoga classes (first day of this new heavy teaching day – I was majorly wiped out by the evening!)

Friday: taught body pump

Saturday: rest + active outside with the kiddo

Sunday: rest + active outside with the kiddo

I am always so thankful that teaching allows me to get my workouts in – plus teaching is so much fun! It keeps me honest when I’m tired and don’t want to workout… the teacher has to show up! My Thursdays just became a four class day and I definitely scaled down my intensity that entire day. I’m sure my body will adjust, but I was seriously toast by that evening!

I love the mix of mostly strength and yoga + my super fun body combat class. I am very happy with the workouts! Just this past week I finally got back to my pre-pregnancy squat weight in body pump (60 pounds!) and while I was nervous to teach with it, I didn’t die during it. Who knows, maybe my focus on getting stronger and building more muscle will mean I will soon have a new squat weight for class – even higher than before!

What did YOU do over the weekend? What’s one thing you’re having for dinner this week? Seriously, I am going in with no plan so ideas would be helpful! We’re having tuna sushi bowls tonight.

Heather

baby led weaning – Zoe at 7 months

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It feels like Zoe was just born.  Yesterday.  Then I blinked and she turned into a sitting on her own, smiling, playing and now eating little girl.   The newborn is gone.  I guess now she’s a baby, but next time I blink she’ll be a walking, talking toddler.  Sniff sniff.

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Around 6 months, once she could sit up straight on her own we started having her in the booster seat at the table with us.  It was quite a smooth transition having Hunter sit in a big boy chair, and Zoe take over the booster.  He was not holding on to that one at all.

Why baby-led weaning?  And what the heck is it?  Check out my previous posts that explain it from when I started at 6 months with Hunter (starting and at 8 months).  It’s worked out so well with him!  At 2 years, 4 months old he is a great eater about 90% of the time.  And the times when he isn’t a good eater is usually when people are at our house or we’re out and he just wants to play.  Basically he’s an easily distracted toddler.

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Right about 6 months old we started having Zoe at the table with us mostly at dinner time.  If I had something soft enough then I gave it to her.  She started out with lots of bananas, figs, avocado, yams… and whatever soft veggie or fruit I had.  The first month was the learning phase.  She was learning that food goes into her mouth.  Then she has to mash it up in her gums, then swallow it.  Or really gag it down sometimes.

Now she’s actually getting some food in (yes, poop is very telling).  Her absolute two favorites she gets super excited about are applesauce (just steamed, mashed apples) fed in a spoon by herself – she grabs it every time and stares me down when I’m eating applesauce if I don’t give her any – and peaches, which we had canned.

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Applesauce is messy… but so is everything with baby led weaning.  Check out an after dinner shot (peaches, tofu and avocado).  The less clothes the better!

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Our dog sure is happy to get table food again.

Since this is our second time around it feels so much more relaxed, as it should be.  It’s been so fun having her at the table.  It’s a great distraction if she’s kind of fussy around lunch time – plus she’s learning how to eat!  I just love this stage.

Thoughts on BLW?  Or questions!  I’d be happy to answer any from my experience with it – I’m a big fan of it!

Heather

healthy peanut butter banana soft serve

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It’s been an oddly hot summer here in Washington.  Although we have 90 degrees predicted for this weekend, fall is definitely in the air.  I can start to feel a change in season.   I want to do yard work again, yay!  While browsing through some pictures from a few months ago I came across our little ice cream social I had with the kiddos one afternoon.  Hunter had woken up early from his nap so a snack was in order to tide him over until dinner.  Ice cream it was.  Because who isn’t down for a little ice cream on a hot summer afternoon?

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I am all for real ice cream.  Yum.  But it’s not an every day thing, and especially for my little 2 year old.  He is energized enough without a sugar high.  Banana soft serve makes you think you’re eating (banana flavored) ice cream, but without the extra sugar.  Just extra deliciousness.

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Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

Ingredients

  • ripe bananas (frozen into chunks) – about 1 banana per person
  • spoonful of natural peanut butter

Directions

  1. Add your frozen bananas chunks into a food processor.  Process until the bananas begin to break down into small chunks.
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  2. Add your peanut butter in.
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  3. Continue to process the bananas and PB until smooth and soft serve like.
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What was your favorite summer treat?  Have you tried banana soft serve before?

Heather

peanut butter, raisin and bean snacker cookies

We all have rough days. Hunter recently had one (lots of tears throughout the day + waking up really sad from his nap). I find that there’s normally a reason for these rougher days: poor night sleep or nap, not eating well or a tooth bothering him are the usual culprits.

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On that particular day, after his sad wake up from his nap, we baked cookies. The boy loves being in the kitchen helping and sampling, then having cookies at the end – well that just made it even better.

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I’m calling these cookies snacker  cookies because they’re actually quite healthy and would totally work as an anytime snack. Instead of the chocolate chips in the original cookie, which are much more a dessert cookie, I subbed in raisins. Really I did this because we had no chocolate chips on hand, but it totally worked! I love how it’s such an easy way for Hunter to snack on beans too.

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peanut butter, raisin and bean snacker cookies

adapted from peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bites

Makes about 12 cookies, depending on the size

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, SunButter Natural or almond butter – room temperature
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of sea salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the raisins, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
  2. Put in the raisins and pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  3. With wet hands, form into 1½” balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising.  {You can also refrigerate the dough for a little bit which will make it easier to handle.}
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes for the fresh batter (closer to 14-16 straight out of the freezer). The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.
  5. Best eaten right away when still warm!

After we baked and snacked on these cookies, everything was better. Sometimes you just need a cookie to cheer up your mood a bit.

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I’m linking these up to Brittany’s munchkin meals today. Click over to see what other mamas are making for their kiddos.

What’s your cure for a rough day?  Cookies?

Heather

blueberry chia seed baked oatmeal + weekend food prep

I feel like the post I wrote after my first day alone with the kiddos was an outlier… that was such an easy day. Turns out two kids are much harder than I made it seem! 100% worth it of course. :). I think over the past week and a half Hunter’s brain made a switch and he realized that Jacob was back to work and mommy was paying more attention to someone else. He definitely wants mommy a lot more now. Thankfully he’s still loving his sissy, he just wants more mommy time too.

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Mornings are my biggest challenge. Zoe is normally nursing around the time Hunter wakes, so cooking him breakfast one handed became quite tough. Over the weekend I decided to make my mornings (and dinners) much easier by having breakfast made and waiting in the fridge.

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Oatmeal is a favorite, so I decided to give baked oatmeal a go. Turns out Hunter LOVES baked oatmeal! He devoured 2 whole bowls Sunday morning. I love how it’s made ahead (serve it cold or reheated) + so much less messy than oatmeal.

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The recipe is below, but first, here’s everything else I prepped.

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  • chopped veggies (sweet potato sticks, broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms) to use in dinners throughout the week
  • steamed veggies for Hunter (sweet potato, broccoli, carrot)
  • boiled + peeled hard boiled eggs
  • made + cooked beef/pork breakfast patties (for breakfasts + to use in a dinner)
  • cooked Italian sausage (to use in a dinner)

I started with a list and did all but make bread + yogurt for the week. Luckily I’ve already fit those two in these past couple days. Pretty successful way to simplify my week! I especially love having all of the veggies chopped. It has saved so much time when I go to cook dinner.

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Blueberry Chia Seed Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 2 + 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (I omitted, but would probably add if I was going to serve it to anyone other than Hunter or myself)
  • 1 + 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1-1/3 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, diced small
  • 2 + 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil (or butter or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and generously coat the inside of a 13 by 9-1/2 inch baking dish with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, chia seeds, blueberries and banana.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the wet into the dry, then pour into the pan.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar.

Do you have any tricks for simplifying your breakfasts?  Favorite make-ahead breakfast food?

Heather

food and fitness week 9

Heyo! Hope you had an awesome weekend. We had our first date night since Zoe was born at Amnesia Brewing. Not the greatest food, but awesome beer!  Yummmm.  We so needed it! It’s easy to get wrapped up in the kiddos and forget to make time for each other. Gotta keep these day nights going.

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The rest of our weekend consisted of a few errands, dinner with friends (cute kiddos at their own little table… although Hunter didn’t stay)…

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… cleaning up the house, meal prep and catching up on some zzz’s.

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A great weekend! Now let’s talk food and fitness. Here’s what we ate for dinner last week. I actually only cooked a handful of meals. Pretty easy week for me and quite delicous!

Food

Monday – italian sausage mac n cheese (Jacob cooked dinner)

Tuesday – awesome quiche a friend brought us

Wednesday – salmon caesar salad + homemade crusty bread

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Thursday – freezer meal creamy chicken enchiladas with sour cream

Friday – date night out!

Saturday – dinner at friends house: fried rice + salad rolls, yummmm

Sunday – cheesy sausage and mushroom pasta bake + strawberries and grapes

Fitness

It wasn’t a great week for fitness. I started the week out a bit sleep deprived and needed extra naps. However, I went to a body pump class as a participant and had so much fun! I sure felt weak though. I was surprisingly not too sore from it.

Monday – nothing

Tuesday – nothing

Wednesday – nothing

Thursday – went to a body pump class!

Friday – rest

Saturday – family walk

Sunday – walk with the kiddos

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What did you do over the weekend?

Heather

Zoe: 1 month

Happy Friday! It’s just about weekend time, yay!

My little Zoe turned 1 month old on Wednesday. I am amazed by how quickly time is flying by. Time for her update!

First, a look at her the day she was born…

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Zoe already seems more grown up than just a couple weeks ago. When she is awake, she’s bright eyed and super alert. During the daytime she has more happy awake time.  She loves just looking around at everything going on. Evenings are when she pretty much needs to be held and consoled the whole time she’s awake.

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Here’s what her schedule looks like (for the most part) at a month. It still varies a bit daily.

7:30am nurse then awake time
9am nap
10:15am nurse then awake time
11:30am nap
12:30pm nurse then pretty much right away down for a long nap
4:30pm nurse then awake time
6pm nap (hopefully)
6:45pm nurse then awake time
8-10:30pm (or later sometimes) swaddled for bed, on/off asleep in my arms and nursing all evening
1:30am wakes, nurses on one side then back to bed
4-4:30am wakes, nurses on one side then back to bed
6am wakes… I try to get her back to sleep a bit (which is tough). Usually I try the paci + having her sleep with me, or I nurse her then and have her sleep in bed

I’ve really been focusing on the eat-wake-sleep cycle like I did with Hunter too. Fingers crossed she sleeps through the night early like he did!

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Sleep is such a big thing for me. Not just my sleep but Zoe’s too. From about 2 weeks on I really made a focus of trying to put her down for naps awake and having her fall asleep on her own. About half the time is works. She may cry a few minutes, but then drifts into sleep. Sometimes she just isn’t having it and has to be rocked to sleep. I do notice when I rock her to sleep, almost instantly when I lay her down, she wakes and the rocking continues again. So much easier when she falls asleep on her own! Plus she actually gets a good nap in.

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She’s started to make more eye contact and watches Hunter more, which I love. I think Hunter will be a big source of entertainment for her. He just loves his baby sister so much and I foresee him making her giggle all the time.

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She took her first bottle like a champ this week. I’ve been pumping during her long afternoon nap to slowly get a little supply built up in the freezer. And it sure is slow. I’m lucky if I pump out 2 ounces!

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She’s been in newborn cloth diapers for a couple weeks now and wears a disposable at night. While she mostly still wears newborn clothes (which are definitely getting more snug), I’ve been incorporating 0-3 month clothes too!

Nicknames: Zo-Zo. Z, Zoe-tree

Likes: being held, baths, being swaddled, lights, sitting upright

Dislikes: being changed, tummy time, car seat (unless she’s asleep)

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That’s all I can think of right now! She’s such a sweet little girl. I just love giving her cute face kisses.

Jacob and I are having our first kid free date night tonight!

Have a great weekend!

Heather

Hunter: 21 months

I debated on doing a combined 21/22 month update for Hunter since he’s just 2 days away from being 22 months… but I’m sure there will be all new things and pictures to share in the next couple weeks, so just 21 months is it!

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Such a cool dude… with his first haircut too!

Hunter became a big brother at the end of last month. I totally anticipated more fits or tantrums with the change, but for the most part he’s been totally the same. He does have times he wants me to put baby sister in bed to hold him, but I think that’s just because he’s held less often now.

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He absolutely loves his baby sister. One of my favorite times is first thing in the morning when I get him out of bed. If Zoe is awake I take her down and they lay together on the ground while I change him out of his diaper. He loves holding her hand and giving her lots of hugs and kisses.

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Another thing I’m thankful for is that he didn’t revert back with his potty training. He only randomly has accidents. Most often what happens is he has just a dime size pee spot in his underwear when he tells us he has to pee. He loves pooping in the toilet and calls them ‘toots or deuces’. :) He’s still using a diaper during his naps and over night.

He can now climb up and down the toilet, which is so nice!

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His vocabulary amazes me more and more every day. I think he’s up to 5-6 word sentences now. He picks up new phrases instantly and comprehends things so well. I love when he tells me about his day and all the fun things he did.  We’ve started having him say ‘may I please be excused’ when he’s done eating.  It took about 1 day and now he can say the whole phrase.  The sponge of learning continues!

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Recently he’s been getting more daring with jumping off things. It started with the bottom step of the stairs and now he jumps off whatever he can. Thankfully he wants to hold a hand if it’s pretty high.

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He can now walk down the stairs by himself! I still walk down next to him in case he falls, but he can manage holding onto the wall walking down. He even goes down the two steps outside our house without holding into anything. It’s so nice not having to worry as much when we’re outside about him going up and down stairs.

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His hitting still continues. He seems to hit for so many reasons (happy, sad, mad) and then for no reason at all. Something we’re constantly working on.

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He’s been popping teeth and molars through like crazy lately. I was up with him for a couple hours one night because of tooth pain, I’m assuming. Thankfully the next night he slept just fine. It makes me sad when he’s in so much pain that it wakes him and he’s just crying a ton.

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His favorite place to be is outside. He loves exploring and getting dirty. These rainy days are tough because he just wants to be outside. Summer will be fun when we have more sunny days and less rain. This week is predicted to rain all day, but thankfully we’ve found 15 minute stretches to play in the gravel and dirt in the front yard.

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This little boy continues to be a blessing and is just so much fun to be around.  I can’t wait to see what next month brings!

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Was there a certain age that your kid got more daring?

Heather

food and fitness week 8

Good morning! I had totally planned to get this post up yesterday… but things got a little crazy with two.  Now that I’m back to cooking and moving a little more, I’m excited to do my weekly food and fitness posts again. Let’s see what I’ve been up to this last week.

Food

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Monday – refried bean soup (so good + makes a boat load)

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Tuesday – thai chicken coconut quinoa salads (the chicken marinade was delicious)

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Wednesday – chicken cordon bleu (freezer meal I had made), roasted mixed veggies and homemade bread

Thursday – potato, sausage and apple hash + over easy eggs

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Friday – mini pizza party!

Saturday – dinner out

Sunday – baked beans, roasted potatoes and asparagus

I chose pretty easy recipes for my first week back utilizing the crockpot and a freezer meal which worked out really well!  The mini pizza party with Hunter + my SIL, niece and nephew was so much fun.  I’m thinking Friday night pizza night will be an on going thing, especially since Hunter can help out with it.

Fitness

Monday – short family walk

Tuesday – short family walk

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – morning walk, 30-40 minutes + ultimate yogi cardio, 30 minutes

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Friday – rest

Saturday – family walk, about an hour

Sunday – practiced body combat, an hour

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I’ve been randomly holding a plank after I put Zoe to bed, hovering by the bassinet to see if she’ll stay asleep. I slowly count to 30 and fall to the ground when it’s done – they’ve been tough!

We had a beautiful weekend weather wise and spent tons of time outside. Jacob cleaned up the front yard… getting ready for summer! This picture I captured of him striking a pose cracks me up. :)

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How was your weekend?

Heather

journey back to fitness after baby

After I had Hunter I shared my post baby body journey. This time around, it’s my journey back to fitness.

My mind set is different this time.  Of course I’m looking forward to shrinking down and fitting back into my pre-pregnancy clothes, but I’m not obsessed with it. Last time I focused a lot more on losing the weight, which did take it’s time. This time, my focus is on gaining back my fitness.

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On Thursday I did my first workout (other than walking) and it kicked my butt. I managed through the first 30 minutes of the ultimate yogi cardio. I was sweating and my triceps were screaming by the end. It felt so good to move a little more! However, it sure whooped me. I felt heavy and weak. Even holding a plank was super challenging. I definitely took my fitness level for granted before. Teaching fitness classes many times a week automatically made me more fit just but putting the workouts into action.

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Now, it’s time to work back to that (have to make sure I can get through a workout when I teach it!). Slowly of course.  As a fellow instructor friend of mine said, baby steps. That’s what I’ll be taking to get my fitness back. I know I can’t just snap my fingers and return to where I was 10 months ago. I’ll slowly start to put the work in and slowly feel stronger and fitter. And bonus, I’ll begin to shrink back down again.

Can’t wait for the journey!

What workout did you most look forward to getting back to after baby?

Heather