Postpartum Fitness Plans

While I don’t plan on having a regular “body after baby” type of blog series, I definitely like to use this blog as a place to keep me accountable in terms of my fitness and my healthy eating. Much like before I was pregnant, I plan on sharing my what I have been doing for workouts, healthy recipes and snack ideas, and to be brutally honest when it’s really hard.

It's hard to be sad when you get to see this from your front door!

It’s hard to be sad when you get to see this from your front door!

Having a second kid really rocks your world, you know what to expect in how a baby acts and what his or her needs might be, but you don’t know how the other child will react or how to make sure he or she doesn’t feel replaced. It is a constant balancing act. One I am extremely grateful to be a part, but it takes some trial and error.

Worth every pound :)

Worth every pound :)

That being said, I was very excited when I saw Gina post about the newest DanceFIT challenge. The Back to Basics Fall Fitness and Health Challenge, otherwise known as #DanceFITB2B. Basically it is a 30 day challenge with fitness, nutrition, and wellness. It is 30 days (September 14 – October 13) of unlimited classes, and includes a manual full of recipe ideas, workout ideas, challenges, and information for having a healthy lifestyle. There is also a private facebook group where we all encourage each others daily progress, get recipe ideas, keeping each other accountable, etc… So you will see me post on Instagram a lot with the #DanceFITB2B tag. The best part is that DanceFIT has a virtual schedule, which means I can take classes from the comfort of my own home, which is helpful, while we all learn our routine as a family of four!

I will also be working on some sponsored posts with Acelleron Maternal Health & Wellness, they have offered me a free month of classes in exchange for blog posts about my experience with the fitness classes and mom meet-ups, and many other things. I will be including those workouts in my weekly round-ups, and at the end of the month I will have a discount code for all of those of you who are local and might want to give them a try!

With B1, I definitely didn’t feel the pressure for a while to lose the weight, but for this pregnancy, I do feel a little more pressure (from myself) to get the weight off faster. The first is that the sooner I get into a routine, the sooner I feel more like myself! Having a baby can sometimes do a number on your mental state, and while it is not as bad this time around, taking the time to fit in fitness is super important to me. THe second reason is superficial, and I will be the first to admit that. My husband and I are the koumbara for two friends that are getting married in January, while I am extremely happy and honored to be asked to do this, I also am thinking about how many pictures I am going to be in, stupid I know. So my goal is to get to a place where I feel comfortable. I am not thinking that I am going to lose a ton of weight all of a sudden, I just want to at least get back to my pre-baby size. I did however, order my dress in my current size, because stress will not help me at all, and I can always get the dress taken in!

The Dress, all black though!

The Dress, all black though!

I am excited for all the events that are coming up, and I am excited to just get back into my routine.

What are your favorite workouts and healthy recipes?

How I’ve upped my game

As I mentioned before, I worked with Amanda for 2 months (more detailed post to come) on my nutrition

For this weeks WIAW, I thought I would share with you a little bit of what I have been eating.

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I work out in the morning, so I try to get my post-workout carbs from Oatmeal. I mix it with almond milk, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder, and 1 spoonful of peanut butter & co (my favorite flavors are smooth, bee’s knees, and might maple)

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My snacks are either Amanda’s protein muffin (with a scoop of pb) or a smoothie. This smoothie is 1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen peach slices, a handful of frozen mango chunks, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder and a handful of spinach.

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Lots of salads. I ALWAYS have a salad with dinner, for dressing just balsamic vinegar and oil (straight from Greece holla). Usually leafy greens, tomatoes, green peppers, and cucumber, if I leftover roasted veggies I will throw that on top.

For some reason I have zero pictures of my lunches, really I think it is because once B goes down for a nap it’s a mad dash to the kitchen to get lunch made so that I can eat and get whatever chores I need to get done before he wakes up.

My lunch is usually an omelet with 1 egg, 2 egg whites, spinach, roasted turkey and 1/2 slice of cheddar (except on wednesdays and fridays for Orthodox Lent). I top it with two tablespoons of peach mango salsa and 1/2 an avocado. Yum!

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B enjoying yesterdays smoothie. He had frozen banana, raspberries, whole milk, and a handful of frozen mango. I made to much so some of it went down the drain, unfortunately.

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My smoothie yesterday, not the prettiest, I will admit, but one of the best I have made thus far. Literally tasted like pb&j. It had frozen banana, frozen raspberries, 1 scoop Aria protein powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, a handful of spinach, and almond milk. It is amazing that I have never put peanut butter in a smoothie before, but this was the perfect post-workout treat. (I worked out twice that day ha)

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Last nights dinner. Chicken sausage with sautéed spinach, roasted peppers and asparagus, and avocado.

Our dinners consist of salad, protein (salmon, chicken sausage, shredded chicken, hamburgers, etc…) and roasted veggies. My favorite veggies are brussels, yum!

What are your go-to clean eats?

Check out more meals at Jenn’s link up for WIAW!


I posted the last Cadbury Creme Cupcake recipe yesterday as well!

Thankful for Blizzard 2013

I am sure if you read a fair amount of blogs from those who reside in New England, I am sure you have probably read more than you’d like about Blizzard 2013. So while, mine is also about the storm, it has a bit of a twist on how Massachusetts did some really great things this time around.

I am sure you’ve also heard that Governor Patrick put a driving ban on the state starting at 4 pm (and was not lifted for 24 hours), you could face up to a $500 fine and a year in jail. Based on my facebook and twitter feed, people were annoyed and didn’t get it. I’m assuming these are the same people that go out and drive in the storm and get stuck and waste emergency services to get back home.

We were all home on Friday, so we got to watch the snow fall like crazy, we went to bed Friday night, thankfully still with power, and prepared to lose power overnight. Luckily, that did not happen.

We decided to take B outside and see how he felt about the snow, and also clear off the steps from the driveway to the front door, luckily we have a plow guy for our driveway.

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This was right outside our garage door.

What we didn’t know was that our plow guy had already come once, at about 3 am. Crazy. B did not like being in the snow, so we went back inside to snuggle and watch movies while Nick shoveled.

We spent the rest of the day hanging out, baking, and waiting for our street to get plowed. Luckily that happened around 4 pm and our plow guy came back for a second round at about 7 pm.

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Bobcat with a plow

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Our driveway pile

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Front & side of the house

Unfortunately, I got a call from my dad on Saturday (during the ban) that my grandmother had a heart attack on Friday night. So many things had to happen in order for her to survive. This storm alone forced her to go to my aunt and uncles so she wouldn’t be home alone. My uncle knew the symptoms she was experiencing were that of a heart attack. Since no one was allowed on the roads, a plow truck showed up with an ambulance at my aunt and uncles and essentially cleared a path straight to the hospital.

I spent a lot of time at the hospital yesterday with her, and I am very thankful that all these things fell in place so that she could still be with us. This is just a reminder that near and far, family and friends that are like family are super important and we should make time for the ones we love.

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Love my family.

Elf 4 Health: Round One

Right now we are moving into our new house and it is hopefully going very smooth, even with the rain that is predicted.

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I’m coming for you!

I have an awesome week and a half of guest posts lined up, so I hope you come back and show some love! Before we get to those I want to show some love for the wonderful Elf 4 Health project that Lindsay and Elle started.

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I got paired up with the awesome, Leila from Spinach and Skittles. We, scarily, had a ton in common. Both teachers, she has a little one, I have B. Plus, we were able to bond over the fact that I am currently living with my in-laws and she lived with hers prior to moving into her house. It was great to talk to someone who understood exactly what I was going through.

Note: I love my in-laws, it’s just hard being in someone else’s house.

So what were the challenges?

WEEK ONE

Monday: Go meatless

I had my usual breakfast of oatmeal and peanut butter. Lunch was salad and Dinner was spinach and rice, salad and beans.

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Tuesday: Send a handwritten card or note

I wrote a letter to my sister, she has yet to receive it so I will leave it at that.

Wednesday: Try a new workout

I didn’t do terribly great with this one. I took B for a walk around the mall and did some walking lunges and squats, while it was a new workout, it wasn’t what I would quantify as a real workout.

Thursday: Get up 15 minutes early and meditate

Fail. B had been waking up a lot because of teething, I slept in as late as he did.

Friday: How many colors can you eat.

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Breakfast was the usual oatmeal.

Snack 1: was Greek yogurt with Honey.

Lunch: 1/2 slice of turkey, 1 egg, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, a smear of avocado on sourdough bread.

Snack 2: 1/2 cup of spinach and rice

Dinner: Chicken Noodle soup with carrots and celery and a small salad with grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes, eggs, cheese and peppers.

Weekend: Clean our your closets and make a donation

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Since we just moved out of our condo this wasn’t really possible, but I did donate bags of stuff during our move. Counts right?

WEEK TWO

Monday: Track your fiber

I can’t seem to find that photo, grr, but I was able to get to 27g, not as high as I was hoping, but still a good amount.

Tuesday: Make your own salad dressing

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I always make my own. Leila was also kind enough to share some of a family recipe, I can’t wait to make it once I am settled.

Wednesday: Pack a healthy snack for you and a friend

Uh, fail? I packed snacks that night, as we would be driving to Boston the next day for only a few hours then driving back to CT, for Nick, B and I.

Thusday: Lift some weights

Again, a fail. We were on the road by 7 am, in Boston for a few hours. Then we got stuck behind a bad accident on the way back to CT (2 hr drive took over 4), so we didn’t get back until dinner time. Although I did carry B around all day on Thursday, so still sorta counts ha.

Friday: Wear no makeup

This one was pretty easy, I am blessed with great skin, as long as I take care of it. As a stay-at-home-mom I usually only wear mascara and lip gloss on a daily basis, so I went without.

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Lunch with B

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Out to dinner with friends

Weekend: Plan the next weeks meals and workouts

I needed this, moving into a brand new house with a toddler I need to be very precise on what to buy and what I am making so I have enough food and don’t waste anything.

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Meal planning while catching up on Nashville

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planned workouts – tentative, but a basic breakdown.

Unpacking counts as a workout right?

I think I did pretty decent, and it was nice to have someone to chat with and to keep me on track. Leila also sent me so many recipes that are simple so once I move I am not spending a ton of time cooking elaborate meals and can unpack pretty fast! So sweet of her!

I am looking forward to the next few weeks and I am matched up with fellow Bostonite, Lindsay, from Authentic Losing.

Running & FitFluential

Tonight I attended the Fall Kickoff for Team in Training. In case you missed it I am running my first half marathon with TNT in October, the Nike Women’s Half.

I was able to meet my coaches and mentors and all the wonderful new and alum TNTers. I will be the first to say that running a half scares the hell out of me. Meeting these wonderful people really put me at ease. I CAN do it and I will ROCK it.

I find that a lot of people who don’t spend a lot of time working out ask me why I run.

Simply put, I run because I can.

Lisa commented on my announcement about TNT that those days when I don’t want to get my workout in or do my run because it will be hard, to think about all of those who can’t run. To think about all of this that I am running for, so that one day they can run too.

These runs are for all of those who can’t.

As part of my fundraising for TNT I am going to be hosting a blogger bake sale, if you would love to donate a baked good or snack please email me at cupcakekelly21 AT gmail DOT com. Anything helps and I would love help from you!

Or if you would like to donate to the cause, you can do that here.

The last thing I want to address is FitFluential

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This is a great community of men and women who share a passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I have only been a part of this community for a short amount of time but already have met great new people and have received a ton of support for my new adventures.

If you want to be a part of this wonderful community there are three options: Ambassadors, Influencers and Enthusiasts. Enthusiasts do not need to have a blog, I strongly suggest you head to the site now and fill out your information or apply to become an ambassador right now.

Why do you work out?

Lifestyle Changes, 1 Month Update

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I’m cheering mom on!

I honestly felt like I had slacked this month, that maybe I hadn’t done enough, or I ate too much when we went out. Let’s be honest counting calories at restaurants is hard.

Lets just start with the stats.

Weight – down 7 pounds!

Right Arm – Same

Hips – down 1.5 inches

Waist – down 3.1 inches

Right Calf – down .6 inches

Right Thigh – down .5 inches

Clearly numbers don’t lie. This is much better than I expected, and my inch loss in the waist was definitely surprising to both my trainer and I. The hard work is paying off.

I had a chat recently with some girlfriends, about counting calories, I have come to realize that I HAVE to do it. I can eat healthy, but since I am home every day the desire to snack is definitely increased. If I don’t keep myself accountable I will snack all day long. Even if it is healthy foods, they still have caloric value.

I think in addition to this “snack” revelation it is also important to note that healthy foods should still be eaten in moderation. Before I started counting calories I would eat healthy foods and wasn’t as conscious of my portion control because it was a healthy food. Check out this article from Shape magazine, that breaks down healthy foods and why it is still important to count calories for healthy foods.

In terms of workouts I have been running and mixing in strength training. I am trying to increase my mileage and train for some races.

I am a little nervous with what the next month will bring. We have a lot of obligations out of state and I am hoping I can keep my calories in check and my workouts strong!

In addition, I am super proud of Nick who has started to weigh his portions and count calories to lose 20 pounds and he is down 5.4 pounds, yay!