Bouncing Back From Bed Rest

When I announced my pregnancy I also briefly talked about my modified bed rest. In case you missed it, I was diagnosed with a bleed on the gestational sac, which meant zero exercise. I was recently cleared to exercise, but I was incredibly nervous to jump right back into a studio class.

I was only cleared to do low impact exercises. Things like running, intense lifting, HIIT training were banned. I was also banned from spinning since I have only done it once and we are just being cautious. This means I can participate in classes like barre, yoga, pilates and any sort of stretching type of class and I can do as much walking as I would like.

I don’t feel like I am really limited, to be 100% honest, I probably wouldn’t have participated in running that much. I don’t typically run in the winter, and I wouldn’t want to risk a big fall, but also the bigger reason is fear. I know that running did not cause my miscarriage, but the fear is there, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I also really had been enjoying my studio classes pre-pregnancy, and I was excited to return.

So how did I return to working out? I knew I needed to take it easy and slowly get back into a routine. I become exhausted pretty easily, and I knew my muscles would be sore the first few weeks getting back into it. The two weeks I just did shorter yoga videos at home. I know that I don’t always push myself as much as I should when I am working out at home, so I was able to really keep the effort low and slowly increase it. I also only did 3 workouts a week, which was a huge decrease from the 6 weekly workouts I was doing pre-pregnancy.

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I finally went back into a studio class, and of course I had to start at Pure Barre. It helped that the class was a donation based class to support Jane who is running the Boston Marathon, for Team BIDMC again, this year! {Donate Here}

The studio emailed me the pregnancy modifications during the week, and I literally studied them. I wanted to make sure I knew what to do, because I knew that my first class would be overwhelming and I didn’t want to forget anything. I also told Cara, the teacher, that I was pregnant and that if I was doing something wrong to just let me know.

The class went well and I was shaking and burning right away, 3 months away was incredibly humbling, movements that were second nature to me when I was last in a class are now foreign to me. It is so crazy how much muscle memory I lost in a seemingly short time.

Of course the plan was to get into the studio 2-3 times a week and to do an at home workout 1-2 times a week, starting with this week. I was incredibly sore after my first class on Sunday, and had plans to go back on Wednesday, but of course #Blizzard2015 has had other plans for me. I can’t even exchange that workout for shoveling, per doctors orders, so I have been trying to get some shorter workouts in via video.

Have you ever been on bed rest? How did you bounce back?

Five Things Friday: Mother’s Day Gifts!

Five Things Friday

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, and while I don’t think it is necessary to get or give a lavish gift for these type of holidays, I still love putting together gift lists…I mean who doesn’t?

1. 90+ Cellars has a great deal, a 3 bottle set, prosecco, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay, all for $45 and if you enter the code HARTFORDPRINTS at checkout you get a greeting card as well! I mean wine & motherhood go hand-in-hand, right?

2. Shoes

skyscapeI’ve been on the hunt for an everyday shoe for a long time, in the summer especially we do A LOT of walking, and I need something that is comfortable and versatile, cute would be a bonus. I have a pair of regular Toms, but they aren’t as comfortable for me as they are for others. I have tried other shoes on, but haven’t pulled the trigger because of price. My top three favorites are: Reebok Skyscape, Tieks flats, and Toms ballet flats. Clearly the Skyscapes are the most affordable.

3. Clothes are so hard to buy for people, at least that is my experience. The only person I ever buy clothes for, besides my husband and son, is my sister. Our styles are pretty similar and she doesn’t get offended if I buy her an item that is a size too big or small. That being said, Stitch Fix* is a great way to let someone pick out their own clothes without making them go to the mall with small child(ren) in tow. You can read my review here!

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4. A spa day! Who doesn’t love getting pampered? Massages, manicures & pedicures, day drinking with other mom friends.

5. A gift card to her favorite place of exercise, whether it be yoga, barre, or a fitness boutique. Does she go to a gym with a monthly rate? You can always get her a gift card to her favorite athletic apparel store!

And at the end of the day, all I really need is some quality time with my two favorite boys.

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What’s on your Mother’s Day Wish List?

*referral link

Weekly Updates: 03/10/14 – 03/16/14

Weekly Workouts

Happy St. Patricks Day! Hope you wore your green today!

And if you missed it last week, I had a guest post on the 90 Plus Cellars blog last week!

Monday -

Finally, I got my butt to Pure Barre in the morning, apparently I am not the only one that has a hard time getting out of bed Monday mornings because it was the smallest PBL class I have been to so far. (5/20)

Tuesday – 

I was supposed to go to Studio Poise with  Jane for Poise Xpress in the morning but she texted me in the morning that she wasn’t going to make it. I was rallying for her but I had a long day ahead of me so I am glad I got the extra sleep.

Wednesday – 

I made it to Pure Barre in the morning (6/20) and then at night I went to Studio Poise for a charity yoga session that Yoga Jake was leading, you might remember that I had an awesome experience last time Jake taught at Studio Poise so I was definitely looking forward to this. The class was on the smaller side, so we ended up practicing different types of inversions. I had never done one before so I was totally down to hang out in Child’s Pose the whole time. I did try to do one and I was pretty impressed that I was able to do it. I continue to surprise myself and I think I forget how strong I can be.

Thursday – 

As I was heading home from yoga on Wednesday it was raining and foggy so I ended up cancelling my morning class, it was a good thing I did because it was pretty slick on the roads.

Friday – 

purebarremadnessI know you’re surprised, another Pure Barre class, I gotta get to 20 somehow! (7/20)

Saturday – 

I headed to Pure Barre in the morning, then Nick, B and I went for a couple walks because it was gorgeous out. (8/20)

Sunday – 

I took a late morning Pure Barre class with Lauren and it was wonderful, I had never had her as a teacher before and she was able to chat with me about things that would specifically help my body keep the correct form. After Pure Barre I ended up going grocery shopping and then running around and doing a ton of errands and cleaning after I got home. I think I spent the entire day on my feet. (9/20)

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We were pretty good this week. For fasting we had the quinoa bake and for the other days we had grilled chicken kabob and lots of veggies. For lunches I had fish, broccoli and sweet potatoes. I keep craving chocolate and lots of it, my sweet tooth is going crazy lately.

How was your week in workouts and food? Any cravings lately?

Weekly Updates: 02/24/14 – 03/02/14

Weekly WorkoutsMonday – 

I took Monday off, we were traveling over the weekend and when I do that I like to use Mondays to prep for the week.

Tuesday -

I took Poise Fusion XPress at Studio Poise. I forgot how much I love and hate that class. I do get frustrated with how I do struggle with a lot of the moves, but I know that with consistency I will get better at pushing through the pain.

Wednesday -

I was supposed to do an at-home workout, but I was feeling like garbage, I ended up doing an at-home yoga video instead, thanks Cait those have really come in very handy.

Thursday – 

I was still getting over my sickness from Wednesday, so I decided to sweat it out with a HIIT workout from Sarah’s YouTube channel. It was quick and effective, and even though I wasn’t feeling 100% it felt good to get my sweat on.

Friday -

I started with my favorite class, Pound at Studio Poise, I love this class – I hate going a week without! I also took yoga at night at Balance Yoga Studio, they have this awesome $5 drop-in community yoga class every Friday night. I had been once before and there was a great turnout. Thankfully, I had pre-registered for the class because they were at max capacity and I was the last person to show up. On top of it all Amy, a local Boston blogger who I met at HLS two years ago was the yoga teacher. I loved her style, and I can’t wait to try another class of hers. The perfect ending to my week.

Saturday -

I needed a rest day and a family day and we had that. It was a blessing because B ended up spiking a fever late and it was good we were all home.

Sunday – 

I had plans to go to The Remix at Studio Poise with Jane, but B’s fever was still hitting 103, I decided that I should stay home with and make sure things were getting better and not worse and we wouldn’t have to make an emergency trip to the doctor.

Food

I got a bit sick of salad last week so I am prepping some sweet potato baked oatmeal and egg bites for lunch. I also bought some fish that was on sale, and hopefully I won’t get bored. I also prepped for this awesome Black bean and quinoa enchilada bake!

How were your workouts this week? Any new recipes?

Achieve Fitness: On Saying Goodbye

As I mentioned in my last post, Thursday was my last day at Achieve Fitness. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but in the end I know that it is the best decision for our family at this moment. It takes me 20-30 minutes to get there even when I go to a 6 am class, and evening classes are not an option because of traffic, by the time Nick gets home from work I just would not make it. Obviously, there is hope that I will get pregnant again sometime within the 2014 year, but I am not naive to think that it could take longer. IF it happens in 2014 though, Achieve just wouldn’t be a fiscally responsible decision.

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I was first introduced to Achieve by Amanda, and while I was intimidated at first it was definitely one of the best decisions I have made for myself in a long time. I have always loved strength training and cardio, but I had never been in a gym that approached these two things like the way Achieve does. Metabolic Conditioning and Strength Training classes were held the most often, with a few kettlebell classes as well.

Photo via Achieve Fitness. Just another action packed MetCon class!

Photo via Achieve Fitness. Just another action packed MetCon class!

I was part of a gym family, something I had never experienced before. I looked forward to seeing my favorite 6 am folk and even though I already loved the gym, they made me happy and excited to be there before the sun came out.

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I participated in my first ever triathlon with members of Achieve. I also went through one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. These friends were there for me, even when they didn’t realize it, it made a huge difference in my mental health. I don’t know that I will be able to separate the triathlon from the miscarriage, but it will also remind me of how lucky I was to have all these people in my life.

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I have always been a fan of kettlebells, and I would one more than one if they weren’t so darn expensive. I love that Achieve had a class solely focused on kettlebells and we were constantly working on our strength!

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Turkish Get Up – Proud Moment Photo!

I know that with Achieve I have gotten a 100 times stronger than I would have if I had not ever joined. Mentally, I am in a better space because of the support from Lauren and Jason and the rest of the members of the gym.

 

I definitely suggest if you are nearby that you check it out, I am hoping to be back after our kids are at least in pre-school.

I do have some plans for the future. I am going to continue my favorite classes at Studio Poise: Pound, Poise Fusion, The Remix, and Zumba! And for the next month I am participating in the Pure Barre Lynnfield Pure Madness Challenge.

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While I can’t continue with Pure Barre after my package expires, it was a great deal and it will help force me into a routine with studio classes. Plus, I love a good competition. I also bought a few online deals for yoga studios nearby.

Thank you Lauren, Jason and all my fellow 6 AMers, you’ve made it one hell of a strong year.

Have you ever left a gym with sadness? I have not, I have always left gyms willingly.

Five Things Friday: Thoughtful Posts

Five Things Friday

While I would argue that all posts, for the most part, are written to get you to think about something, I picked these 5 posts to feature in this weeks round-up because they are either things I have been thinking about lately, or topics that have been a part of my life.

Marriage Shouldn’t Work – The Wannabe Athlete

wannabeathleteI know Callie’s post is old, but I still love it. I’ve been talking with a good friend lately about marriage, about how some people don’t realize that relationships take work and effort and that it is not a fairytale. No man is going to come sweep you off your feet and keep you on this pedestal for the rest of your life, it’s just not realistic, and too many people want to be constantly wooed. Personally, I don’t want a man who is going to be making grand gestures all the time, because eventually they won’t be grand gestures and I will expect more and more. Instead, I want a man who will help me change the sheets at 3 am when our son gets sick. I want a man who will try all my new recipes, and laugh with me when we realize how truly terrible it is. I want a man, who at the end of the day, is someone I can laugh with, someone I can go out and have a great time with, or we can stay in and still have a great evening with a pizza and movie.

I also really like Callie’s point about protecting your marriage, 10 years ago you couldn’t go find your high school/college boyfriend or fling on facebook, and that was a damn good thing. It is so easy to have someone make you feel special and wooed through a text message or email, but that will only last a short time, eventually they too will stop trying to woo you. Also, check out this post, it has some other great points.

The Guilt Prison – Determined. To Be…

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All of Jolene’s posts make me sit and think all about what is going with me and my life, but this especially speaks to me currently. I have a lot of guilt about the miscarriage and the aftermath. Things have obviously changed, and life has gotten better, but that doesn’t mean I don’t carry the guilt with me. Or the guilt that came with emotional eating for far longer than I care to admit, the guilt of how I let my sadness affect my relationships with my husband and other people I love.

On Unfriending – The Lunchbox Diaries

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Colleen’s post says what a lot of us think or feel. How crappy we feel after spending time on facebook and looking at what all these other people are doing. Based on this post and Callie’s post I think we’d all be better off deleting the whole thing all together.

Is BARBIE unapologetically herself? – Carla Birnberg

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Carla has written multiple times about how great it is to be unapologetically yourself, and now with all the media surrounding the Barbie Sports Illustrated business she weighs in with her opinion. What do you think about what she has to say?

Click.Snap. – Love Life Surf

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Christine’s posts about yoga are some of my favorite, and in this post she talks about her old yoga videos and how they allowed her to see the progress she has made. I know bloggers give other bloggers a lot of flack for progress pictures, etc… but this proves how I feel about them. Regardless of how fit you might think someone is they might be looking to improve or not realize they’ve improved, and videos or photos can really help you see the changes.

What are your favorite posts this week? 

Five Things Friday: Links I love

Welcome to another addition of Five Things Friday. I will be back to alternating this and Confessions of a Mom on a regular basis now.

This weeks post is dedicated to some awesome bloggers, some I have met, some I have only interacted with online. All the same, I want to share some important posts and causes this week.

1. Boston Marathon Fundraising

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My pretend twin (I mean we have the same irrational fear of crickets) Jane is running the 2014 Boston Marathon for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, read all about her fundraising here, and she is also hosting a virtual valentine’s 5k and selling some super cute New Balance tech tanks and long sleeves. Please think about donating, participating in the 5K, or buying a shirt. I can’t wait to cheer Jane on during Marathon Monday, and I hope you can cheer her on virtually by helping her raise some money for such an important cause.

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I mean how cute are those shirts!?

2. Struggling with fertility & miscarriage

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It’s no secret that I have been struggling with dealing with my miscarriage and not being able to get pregnant, and I hate that more people are experiencing this. I am however glad that more women are opening up and talking about this. As women we should rally around each other and become lifelines of support and love.

Please read these three posts from Lindsay, Charlotte, and Colleen. Share them. Let women know it’s okay to talk about the pain and struggle, the sadness, the anger, and the hope. My raw posts about my feelings have never made me feel more exposed or more cared about.

3. On the Marine Corps Pull Up Requirement for Women

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That’s Lauren in the green tank on the right – the leader of the Achieve Fitness Triathlon Team

Lauren from Achieve Fitness wrote this AMAZING post about the Marine Corps eliminating the pull up requirement for women. Her thoughts are much more eloquent than mine and I really hope you take the time to read this article and share your thoughts. Also, there is an amazing video at the end of the post that I encourage you to watch.

4. Defeating Unhappiness

After having my breakthrough moment in yoga, I have been really into yoga and what it can do for me. Just like I loved reading about runners and their experiences, I want to immerse my self in the yogi world, so please send your favorite yoga websites, blogs, instagram accounts, etc… my way. This article on defeating unhappiness really spoke to me!

5. On Goal Making

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Sometimes as bloggers we put all our goals out there in the blog world, almost keep us accountable. So what happens when we don’t accomplish those goals? I think my pal Pavement Runner handles this so well. He didn’t accomplish his goal, but he ran the best damn race he could that day. I have no doubts he will accomplish this goal and get that sub 3:30 soon. Stop by and show him some love.

What links are you loving this week?

Five Things Friday: Yoga, Athleta & Salad Fun

It’s been a long time since I posted one of these, but I have a bunch of fun things to share and none of them make a big blog post. Before we get to those, make sure you enter my giveaway!

1. OXO Salad Chopper

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Lauren, one of the owner’s of Achieve, recommended this to me a few weeks ago and I friggen love it. When it arrived (thank you amazon prime shipping) I immediately washed it and made a salad.

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Spinach, Beets, Edamame, Broccoli, Hard-Boiled Eggs, and a small bit of goat cheese

After yoga on Wednesday I added some grilled chicken sausage to it, and ate a serious portion of this for dinner, it was perfect. I loved that there were no awkward large pieces of lettuce or spinach. It also came with a great booklet of ideas for salads to make, I can’t wait to try them.

2. Kid Classes

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Because I don’t have any many mom friends in my area, I joined a facebook group for moms in my town. One of the moms owns an art studio that does primarily kids classes (she has a few paint nights for adults) based on their age. She had a few open spots in her 2-3 year olds class and offered a free class to check it out. I went in with zero expectations, but B loved it, so we have decided to keep going. Fun fact: when he wanted to paint the left side he used his left hand, and when he wanted to paint the right side he used his right hand.

3. A Quinoa Fan

Nick had never had quinoa before, I’ve made it for myself for lunches etc… but never for dinner. I decided to just make it and see if he and B liked it. Turns out he loved it, I guess I should’ve done that sooner. B also likes to call it sweet potatoes…can’t win em all.

4. Athleta legging love

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It’s not a great photo, but I bought these leggings on a whim when I was in Athleta the other day. They were soft and comfortable and reasonably priced. I wore them to yoga on Wednesday night and I loved how they moved with my body. I would buy a gazillion pairs of these! (Someone wanted to come to yoga, but he’s a bit too young)

5. YOGA LOVE

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I took a Lululemon community class on Wednesday night. Danielle, the owner of Studio Poise, is a Market Street Lululemon ambassador. On Wednesday night Yoga Jake (also a Market Street Lululemon ambassador) held a class at Studio Poise.

I’ll be honest, I was super anxious and nervous to attend this class. I started taking yoga classes in November and haven’t taken that many classes. I was worried that everyone would be better than me and I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I re-read these great posts from Christine and Angela and had a great pep talk from Caitlin.

I got to class and got settled, Jake started talking about how yoga is an individual practice and to do what you can. It really started to relax me. I don’t really want to delve too much into what happened to me and how I practiced, because it was a very personal experience, but it was an amazing experience. I was able to mentally let go of a lot and to relax. What truly surprised me was during shavasana I felt a moment of complete happiness and next thing I knew tears were rolling down my face. It shocked me, but I had heard from more than one person that it can happen. It felt freeing to let go of all my anger with the miscarriage and my unhappiness with our struggles trying to get pregnant. I am by no means over it, but it pulled me to a better place, and today I feel less frustrated with the entire situation than I have in months.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to take this class and grateful that I didn’t bail because of my anxiety.

What are some of your favorite salad mix-ins?

What’s your favorite piece of work out clothing?

Have you ever had a yoga moment that moved you to tears?

 

Studio Poise: Week 4

Disclaimer: I was given a month of unlimited classes in exchange for my honest review. This is not a sponsored post.

If you missed weeks one, two, and three at Studio Poise, feel free to check those out first, this post is about my 4th and final week and I will have an after thoughts post up later this week as well.

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I left off with last Wednesday, so I have a little bit more than a week to catch you up on.

That Friday, I once again took Pound Fit with Emily. Honestly, I really love starting my Friday’s with this class, the music and sequences are hard enough, and sometimes I feel a little bit like a dancer/badass.

On Saturday morning I finally took Poise Power Flow Xpress with Melissa. This class is at 7 am, and many times it gets cancelled since less than 3 people sign up, finally I was able to get into a class and I am so glad I did. I have never actually taken yoga before so I was a bit apprehensive, but due to the nature of the class size, Melissa was able to correct our poses and help me understand what my body should be doing.

Melissa also noticed that I have hyperextended knees, basically my knee goes past the point where most knees “lock” and becomes almost inverted. I’ve always been like that and after some research I read that yoga can actually assist with this. Anyway, Melissa was able to give me pointers for each movement that wouldn’t cause my knees to actually hyperextend. I really appreciated that extra effort and care.

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I followed yoga up with Zumba, probably not the best back-to-back sequence, but I really wanted to take both classes, and I don’t regret it.

Sunday, I was signed up for Piloxing, but Emily was subbing so it ended up being a very small Pound Fit class instead, and you all know how much I love pound, so I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Last Wednesday I finally made it to a Piloxing class. I will be honest, I was having a real shitty morning (how that’s possible at 6 am is beyond me) and I went into class in an awful mood. When I am in that kind of mood the last thing I want to do is pretend I am happy, and throughout the class I was frustrated. I was frustrated when I couldn’t get a sequence of movements or when I wasn’t doing something correctly. I felt like I was the only person who hadn’t taken a class before, and even though the class was smallish, I felt lile I didn’t understand anything Diana was saying. Frankly, I think 99% of it was my mood, I am definitely willing to give this class another try on my own dime, but I hope I am in a better mood.

Friday, was Pound Fit again, I know you are all surprised. I will spare you any review, but I will say that Emily introduced a few new songs/sequences, and I loved them.

Saturday was my last day in my unlimited month of classes. I took Zumba and Poise Xpress with Christina. For some reason I though Zumba started at 8:15 (probably because most of the weekday classes start at 6:15) so I ended up there a bit late, but I just jumped in the back and followed along.

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Poise I ended up adding last-minute since there was room and I missed part of Zumba. Both classes were wonderful and I can see that there has been a decent amount of improvement from my first class to this class. While, I am nowhere near as great as some of the ladies that take this class, I am very impressed in my improvement.

How do you handle a class when you are in a foul mood?