Beauty Tuesday Week 6

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Hola Friends! This week, I’m still in the process of unpacking and handling 3 kids with no husband, SO! Cranky Eddie is in this video. I know a lot of you loved seeing him last week, probably because he was all smiley, but this week…..notsomuch.

So, this week for Beauty Tuesday, I’m talking all about what I’ve been doing for losing that baby weight. I mean, I’m not doing a TON, and of course I could be doing more, but for now at this point in my mothering career, slow and steady is all I can handle. I’ve noticed that I feel good about my appearance when I exercise, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It makes a world of difference for my attitude, so I’m making this a priority these days.

Here are the basics of what I’m trying to do to reach my goals. I talked about these in the video, but here’s the rundown:

Exercise

I found a gym that will take ALL 3 KIDS so I can exercise here in Boise. Do you know how hard it is to find a gym that will take a 4 month old baby? SO ridiculous!! But, I found one, shelled out the big bucks {not really} and got them all enrolled so I can have at least 1-2 hours of freedom workout time.

So, I’ll do anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour of light cardio. I’m starting to get back into running and actually ran 15 minutes on the treadmill this morning. Yay! It’s easier to run when you have a TV to watch 🙂 And, I’m not pushing myself by any means, but just trying to gain a little endurance back that I lost. I’ll also do the elliptical too, but again, that’s just because they have TV’s in front of them. Haha!

I’ll also do strength training with free weights or just my own body weight. As my rule of thumb, I will work out all my major muscle groups one time per week. That’s what I did with my trainer after I had Blake, so that’s what I’m doing now. Typically I’ll choose two days and do lower body one day and upper body the next. Or just do legs and arms one day, then chest shoulders, back another day. {I forgot to mention to work out chest in the video.}

I have 3-4 exercises I do per muscle group that I’ve seen on TV/in workout DVD’s/from my trainer that I’ve just sort of thrown together. I know it’s working because I’m sore the next two days after my workouts, so that’s good! I’ve also been reading in my husband’s workout books too for ideas 🙂

Water

I totally struggle with drinking all my water. I used to sort of like Oregon water, but then we moved and Idaho water is getting hard to get used to! So, I’m trying to make it super duper cold so I can drink it and not taste it as much orrrr add things to my water so it tastes a little better. I still drink maybe 6 glasses of water a day {48 oz.} and try to guzzle more at night to try and keep my milk supply up when Eddie is NOT nursing so when he wakes up in the morning, I got lots to give 🙂

Eating

Just like the gym, I could totally be better at this, but for my situation as it stands, I feel like I’m doing pretty good. I try to focus on eating my protein and my fruits and veggies. I wish I had someone at my house to make me delicious salads everyday! I tend to like other people’s salads way more than my own. I don’t know why.

I also have been trying to not eat after dinner and that has helped me immensely.

Having my husband NOT home has been rough, especially on my eating patterns. Meaning: I feed the two older kids, nurse the baby and then eat myself…or not have time to eat. I am more of a grazer these days. I do try to reach for healthier snacks, but sometimes, a girl has just gotta have some nutella {while hiding in the pantry}.

I have 6 more pounds to lose before I’m at my goal weight and the majority of that is in my midsection. I’m hoping that things tighten up once those last few pounds are gone, but after 3 kids, I’m not confident that my skin has the elasticity to bounce back to where it once was. Oh well. I’m working on it.

So, that’s that! Have you had a baby before?  What have you done to get your pre-baby-body back? What do you do to stay healthy? What are some healthy snack ideas? I’d love to hear!!

Have a great day, friends!

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4 Responses
  1. Kim

    Try taking a collagen supplement to help with skin elasticity and plumpness. I can tell a huge difference in my skin when I am taking it regularly. Also, eat plenty of healthy fats, and I try to drink at least a gallon of water per day. 🙂

  2. Jerri

    Totally agree that salad ALWAYS tastes better when made by some one else! My Mom’s green salads were the BEST!
    Lemon water or cucumber water?

  3. Jenny Busch

    Its been well over 50 years since I had my last child, One son ( Dea) and one daughter(Lois). But I didn’t join a club, didn’t the spare cash. I use to lyle in the floor in my livingroom Put my baby on my feet hold arms and some time the waist, and teeter tatter, That helped me with my waist, also P put on music and we all danced a round the room, faster the better. They loved it and down when my waist. Hope this will help you.
    Kisses to Kids.

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