I have been loving my living room booty workouts !! We got some bowflex dumbbells and now I can finally get in a good leg workout in the house while the kids nap ( or climb all over me ) I did these two workouts last week and I woke up SO SORE! I love that feeling , do you? I love when I am struggling to walk up and down stairs and stand up from peeing, ha! The soreness makes me feel like I had a great workout . I did lots of stretching and foam rolling after these workouts .
Id love to hear from you after you try one of the workouts below! Comment below or on my instagram and let me know how sore you are.
Two Living Room Booty Workouts
Living Room Booty Workout One:
This workout took me 30 minutes and it was a perfect leg day burner. I moved quickly with little rest to keep my heart rate up. I added weight to every set throughout this workout . For example I started with 15 lbs for pull throughs and ended at 30.
3 sets of 15 dumbbell pull throughs + band kickbacks x10
Below is another leg day burner that is only 30 minutes long . I kept the weight on the lighter side ( 30 lbs) so I could move through the workout without much rest! 6 rounds:
10 sumo squats
10 goblet squat
10 squat to deadlift
20 band walk ( each leg )
Finish with a bunch of different glute bridge moves ! 🔥🔥
Its been just about three months since I had Remi , crazy how fast time flys by. I was cleared by my doctor at 5 weeks and was so ready to start working out again. At first I took things slow , using light weights and lots of rest. I’m so happy to share my postpartum fitness plan with you , I hope you will follow along with me! Reaching goals is always more fun when you have others working with you.
My Postpartum Fitness Plan
Workouts: Now that I am 3 months pp I am working out just as hard as I was before ( just with lighter weights till I build my strength back ) At first I did take it slow, modifying when needed and dropping weight size when it felt like too much. I know it’s not smart to jump right back in to the weights I did before I was pregnant.
My plan : I started with a new beachbody program ( liift 4 ) that has weight lifting and hiit cardio. The plan is only 4 days a week, so I felt like it was the perfect program to help me get back on track. By the end of the 6th week I started adding in more of my own workouts and was ready for something new. Now I am doing a few different workouts on BOD, a few from my local cross fit gym, making up my own and doing lots of booty workouts I find on instagram
Nutrition: I am very loosely counting macros using my fitness pal ap. I have counted macros before and have numbers I know I need to hit to see results. I’m tracking my food and aiming for my numbers but I’m not going crazy! If I go over my numbers its okay, Im nursing and some days I def need more food ! When I counted macros before my ” coach ” started me with some super low numbers that I did not like. I did a 12 week program after have Brody and he had me cut fat for the first 4 weeks.
My Macros: This time around I started with my numbers from week 6 of my old program . I am aiming for 115 grams of protein, 50 grams of fat and 240 grams of carbs. The hardest number for me to hit is my carbs! Again I’m not getting too crazy with ” hitting my numbers” . I am just using them as a guideline to help keep me feeling good and on track.
Life: Life with two kids is definitely different ! Some days I have all the time in the world and can get in an awesome workout, other days I can’t even fit in washing my face!! And that’s okay. I know I don’t need to workout every day , its okay to miss days and I know I shouldn’t feel bad about that. Eventually I can get back to working out 5-6 times a week, whether it’s in a few months or a year. I still don’t have Remi on a sleep schedule during the day ( I’m working on it! ) so my workouts are at different times each day which screws up my eating. Some days I intermittent fast by accident and end up eating my first meal sometime after noon and half my macros after dinner! My goal is to spread my meals out better throughout he day.
The New Year is here! I am not one for making New Year resolutions but I do make goals every year, month and week. This year I have some new goals that I am excited to share with you.
My goal this year is to transform this very blog you are reading! I would love to help more moms through my social media accounts. I want to share valuable content, workouts tips, videos, recipes and so much more . Id love my social media accounts to be the place you come to with your questions!! Looking for a booty workout? Check out my instagram. Looking for help with nutrition ? Come to me with questions! Looking for busy healthy mom tips? Come to my blog! I want to start sharing more about our healthy lifestyle not just recipes and workouts. I hope to share whats working ( or not working ) for us, product we love, workouts , food we love , tips for busy moms ect. Basically Ill be blogging about our busy life with two little kids and how I mange to stay healthy and active. I hope you all love my new posts !
New Year Goals:
post at least 4 times a months
share products we love that other moms will love too
workouts I’m loving ( that work )
recipes my 2 year old loves
count macros : I plan to do a whole post about this!
get back to crossfit
get outside this winter
use my bullet journal
miracle morning again
share more helpful info on instagram ( videos, recipes, macros ect )
I am excited for 2019 . Id love to hear what some of your goals are for the year. Do you have health & fitness goals? Life goals? Money goals? Id love to know !! Get the convo started below , sharing your goals with us can help you reach them faster!!
December is almost here, which means we have a new month with new goals and opportunities ! Its time to start living our best life yet. In order to change our lives for the better we have to make some changes or improvements on what we are currently doing and take a good look at our priorities. The good thing is that we can always change our lives for the better at any time ! Why wait for a New Year to make a change?? Right now seems like the perfect time to me!
Finish Your Year Strong With These Four Tips
Take a good look at your life. How is 2018 going so far? Is there anything that you know that you could be doing better? What are you doing well? Is there a goal you set this year that you have not hit? What are you proud of this year? If we do not take accurate stock of where we are and do not have an accurate depiction of where we are headed then we cannot expect to make meaningful progress. I suggest doing a little writing on the questions above, if you are not where you want to be its OKAY! Self pity never leads anyone to happiness or fulfillment. Just write honestly with no judgement. Trust me afterward you are going to feel much better.
Take action NOW. Grab your writing from above. Anything you are not happy about from your list should be looked at as an opportunity to grow, learn and change. Make a plan for the goals you have not hit and schedule it out in your week. ( Better yet, grab a copy of the 12 week year and get into action right away!! ) Make sure that you are doing something every single day to move yourself toward your goals. If you want to get started on your health and fitness but have just not followed through hit me up NOW, I am here for YOU!
Set some SCARY goals ! Again reading the 12 week year will really motivate you here. Make a plan for each goal. If you want to get healthy- plan your workouts for each week. Plan the days you food shop so you always have healthy food at home. Make sure you can do something daily to keep you moving in the right direction and connected to your goals. Think BIG and think about what you really want. You have to write down your goals & you have tell someone about them so you are held accountable!!! Make sure you have an end date to your goals so you are forced to stay on track and moving forward. ( ex: fit into that dress by New years , or pay off debt by summer 2019 )
Find an accountability partner/group. This is someone or a group of people who want to be successful in their own lives. This could be someone who has similar fitness goals and is there to help push you to your max. You both can set goals and help each other reach them. You can have more then one success partner , just make sure they are helping you reach your goals, not letting you come up with excuses!
How do you plan on finishing your year? Id love to know , get the convo started below!
Who is up for a killer home workout?! This leg + HIIT home workout is a great one to try if you are short on time and looking for an effective workout. I did this workout Monday , my legs were feeling wobbly right after ( which I love! ) Let me know when you try this workout, Id love to know your favorite move!
HITT & Abs , everyone’s favorite home workouts. HIIT is definitely my go to these days. Most HIIT workouts are quick and effective, every moms dream!! Below are two HIIT abs at home workouts you can do using only a timer and your body weight. Id love to hear from you after you try this workout. Comment below and let me know if you loved it & if you were sore the next day!
HIIT Abs At Home
set a timer for 40 seconds on 15 sec rest ( advanced try 45:10) set the timer for 5 rounds .
10 high knees + one burpee ( repeat for 40 sec )
sit up + mason twist
10 mt climber + 10 cross body mt climber
slow bike abs
6 plank shoulder tap + plank jacks
Move through each move as quickly as you can. Try your hardest not to rest throughout the whole workout!
100 jumping jacks
90 high knees ( each leg )
80 mt climbers
70 standing single leg crunch ( bring knee to elbows meeting at the chest )
Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler
Being a mom is hard ! Once you add a new baby to your family it can get even harder and more stressful . Moms are constantly wondering why the new baby is crying, is she hungry, tired, sick… And if you have more kids at home you worry about them too. Are they dealing with the new baby okay? Are they getting enough attention ect! The worries are endless but I hope to help you release some of that stress with my sanity saving tips for life with a newborn & toddler below. Life is definitely different now that baby number two is here !
Mom Tip: A friend told me if both kids are crying grab the older one first, the baby is okay, but the older one will remember this moment and might be feeling neglected, if possible tend to the older kids needs first!
Id love to know your tips for surviving with a newborn! Get the convo started below .
Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler
develop a routine & stick to it. I’m sure you have heard this before a 100 times… and that’s because it works! I know plenty of families with no routine and I’m not sure how they get through the day but I can tell you they seem more stressed then me! This will be a life save for you and your toddler. My almost 2-year-old is a creature of habit so jumping back into a routine after having our daughter was a must.
if you can, have your partner take your toddler for an hour a few mornings ( even just one or two will help ) a week so you can catch up with an am cat nap those first few months. Newborns sleep a lot and that’s the perfect time for a quick nap ( or shower! )
nap when your kids nap . Take time to rest during ONE of your newborn naps. If your toddler doesn’t nap anymore pick a time to have quiet time during one of the new babies naps where you just relax and watch a movie on the couch!
exercise once you are ready. Listen to your body ( and doctor ) you don’t want to jump back into your workouts too soon but exercise is a great way to boost your mood and give you more energy. Plus you want to be in great shape now that you have kids to chase around. Our daily walks started as soon as we got home from the hospital and we all love them.
carve out time to do things you love/ spend time with just your spouse. Hopefully your toddlers goes to bed early like mine! That way you have time at night to relax with your partner . Pick a night once a month if you can for date night or time away with a friend .
stay connected with your friends. This is so important! You can’t spend all your time with only your kids. Make sure to stay connected with your friends. Make plans once a month, text daily to say hi and if you can plan a get a way with some friends, you deserve it ! Some mom friends and I went out last week at 5 and were home in time to help with bedtime! Even if it’s just a quick night out, its worth it.
be kind to yourself. Always remember you are doing an awesome job! Being a mom is tough work and newborns are so unpredictable until they are on a great schedule. Be nice to yourself !
involve your toddler when you can. Brody loves to help me clean , throw things away, take the trash out ect. When I am busy with the new baby I give him a towel and his own bottle of “cleaning ” spray ( it’s just water ) and have him clean the windows & tables . He also loves to go tot he fridge and get us waters , when I see him about to break down I quickly ask him to go grab me a water, works every time!
spend time outside when you can. Fresh air is a must for me! We try to get outside for at least 30 minutes a day to burn off some energy. Bored toddlers are no fun! Getting them outside will help them burn some energy & have some fun. I wear the new baby so I can still play with Brody. Lately we have been loving obstacle courses . Brody and my you get boxer like to do them together !!
Who else loves a quick full body home workout ? I love to do quick workouts like this on days I just can’t fit in a workout in my home gym. I love quick workouts that can be done with nothing but my body weight. Trust me your heart rate will be up and your legs & arms will be burning! This workout is also a great one to do when you are traveling .
Id love to hear from you, whats your favorite body part to train at home??
We all know motherhood is amazing . But becoming a SAHM can seem a little crazy. Iv been a SAHM now for 21 months and I LOVE it, but I agree that it is not for everyone . Some of my friends are just starting to have their kids and they always ask me ” what do you do all day , do you go crazy?!” You have to find your mom groove . This might take some time and that’s okay.
Don’t be fooled by the moms that look like their lives are totally amazing. Remember social media is a place that people post their BEST pictures so stop comparing your life to theirs . Life isn’t always having the best behaved kids, cleanest house on the block or always looking like you just stepped out of a salon! But you can feel good & have some awesome days with your kids as a SAHM.
Id love to share with you how I found my groove and how you can too. Below are my tips for:
getting a schedule together
when to clean/organize
schedule for your kids
taking back your mornings
Find Your Mom Groove
Getting a schedule together : It might not sound fun , but having a daily schedule can make your life so much easier. I like to plan my weekly menu on Sundays or Mondays and meal prep to make things a bit easier. I wake up every morning around the same time ( before your kids if you can ) While having my morning coffee and doing my MM I try to plan my day. Now that the cooler weather is here its easier for me to stick to mine and Brodys schedule. ( more on his schedule below ) We eat lunch and dinner the same times each day to help keep the day predictable . You need to find a schedule that works for you and your family.
When to clean : I like to clean and organize the house all day, ha! We try to clean up all the toys before we move onto something else. It sounds weird but Brody loves to help clean, we vacuum & mop the floors together 2-3 times a week after breakfast. While Brody eats lunch I quickly pick up the house and then do laundry once he goes down for a nap , this doesn’t take long so I still have time for other things while he naps. I also like to get dinner ready during his nap time. After dinner I make sure to clean the kitchen, waking up to a clean kitchen will make your morning stress free! As soon as Brody goes to bed at 7 I do another quick clean up. Since I kind of pick up throughout the day the house never feels totally out of control
You time. You need time for yourself . Make some YOU time in the am or pm before your kids wake up or after they go to sleep. Even if you take time for you a few times a week it can help. You need to feel good to get your groove back! Every morning make sure you get dressed , wash your face and throw on some mascara , staying in your PJ’s all day is never a good idea. Make sure you are also putting your health first and eat a balanced healthy diet.
Schedule for your kids. Again this might not sound fun but get your kids on a schedule. Eat and sleep around the same times everyday. This is Brodys schedule now but I will change things up as he gets older.
Take back your mornings. This one sounds the hardest but trust me it is worth it. Wake up before your kids and your day will be a little less stressful. I wake up and do a miracle morning and I highly suggest you do some version of this!
Muscle soreness is real! When I take some time off from training , the first week back is always the toughest. Stairs become impossible , lifting my arms to do my hair hurts and picking up the kids is awful!! no matter how many times i do front squats or wall balls two days later I CAN NOT walk!!! Does this happen to anyone else? Sometimes being so sore after a workout also makes me not want to workout again till I’m better which could be 4-5 days . I know if I want to see results I can’t take 4-5 days off between each hard workout so I have been dedicating some time to my recovery. Below are some of the best ways to recover from your workouts .
Id love to know how you recover! Comment below you favorite ways to recover.
The Best Ways To Recover From Your Workouts
Do a proper warm up & stretch after. Warming up will help prevent injury and stretching after your workout can help with muscle soreness.
Foam roll & use a lacrosse ball. My foam roller is a must. I try to use it right after my workout but I also use it a day or two later when I’m feeling extra sore. I know foam rolling can be painful but it’s totally worth it! I use my lacrosse ball for tough knots in my shoulders and traps. The ball is much better then the roller at reaching those small knots.
Epsom salt baths. I know its tough to get a bath in if you are a busy mom like me but if you are feeling EXTRA sore and tired I highly recommend an epsom salt bath
Get moving! I know this sounds counter productive but sitting all day will make you more sore! Get moving , go for a little walk and do some yoga if you can.
Stay hydrated + bcaas. Lots of water and branch chain amino acids can help too. I like to drink my bcaas during and after my workouts . It might be a placebo effect but I think they totally help with DOMS!