Ready to Move! {Active Nation Day}

6 days from today I should get the go-ahead to start working out again, I’m just a little excited….

I’ve replaced my running shoes, found workout clothes that fit my current shape and downloaded a new app, the Lorna Jane App. I used it on a walk the other day and thought it was really messed up….until I realized it was tracking in Km, lol. Unfortunately I haven’t found a way to change it to miles, but thats ok what I really excited about is everything else that this app tracks.

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It can also track treadmill, cross trainer, stationary bike, rowing machine, spin class, walk, run and cycle. I don’t have any other app that can track my non trackable (GPS) exercise. These are the things I lose track of in my training so this is great!

Want it for yourself here are the download links, best part its free!

Lorna Jane is an active wear company that started in Australia and is growing all over the world. For the last few years they have been sponsoring active nation day, trying to get the world up and moving. This year active nation day is tomorrow Sept 28th and I want you all to get up and move with me. Plus if you do you could win prizes!!!! Check out the LJ dance move make a video of you doing it and tag all the right people (#LJMOVE #ACTIVENATIONDAY) challenge a friend or two and see if your a lucky winner. 

Now I know this is a pretty obvious sponsored post but not really, I have a cute bracelet coming in the mail that I will enjoy wearing but I didn’t get any free clothes or paid for anything, I just genuinely believe in staying active and if you guys can win a few things while doing it, well better yet!


Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

I’m eating clean this week and looking for ways to continue it when I go back to work. I’ve talked about overnight oats before and with fall arriving I’m in pumpkin mode!

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1/2 C. Unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)3 Tbs Pumpkin

1/4 C . Plain Greek Yogurt

1/4 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4 C. Steel Cut Oats (NOT quick oats)

Mix all together and sweeten to your taste (brown sugar, maple syrup, etc) 

Split into 2 containers (I like small mason jars) and leave in fridge overnight. 

Top with honey or nuts if you desire

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Post-baby body {This is real life}

So I know over all I’ve tried to not make this blog baby centric, however all of my fitness posts in the near future are going to revolve around coming back from baby #2. So I decided to have a little real life on the blog. Body after baby, I really meant to take a picture in the first week at home, that time when you still look a few months pregnant, but I forgot. Life was a little crazy so yeah…

But I did take some pictures, and I will continue because well, this is real life.  First of all I want to remind you that I was in the best shape of my adult life before baby #1 and honestly pretty great shape before baby #2 I was able to run distances up to 6.1 miles through my 7th month and then continued to run shorter distances up to my 32nd week. I strongly believe staying so active not only helped my labor and delivery but also my bodies recovery.

I think today’s celebraties have skewed our perception of what we should look like after baby  I’m not trying to brag with this im trying to show reality  I realize I’m blessed with a body that seems to recover quickly but trust me I have work ahead of me

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2 weeks:

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I’m really excited to get active again in a few weeks, I have my follow up midwife appointment in 2 weeks and I’m hoping to get released to run then. Until then I’m not going to pressure myself. I’m in the middle of a eating clean 5 day challenge to hopefully break some bad eating habits I’ve fallen into and also prove to myself that its possiable to cook and each healthy with 2 kiddos at home. More on that in a post later this week.

Its time to get serious, I made too many bad habits in the last few weeks of my pregnancy.  Once I get the go ahead to exercise I’m going to weigh in and take some measurements. Weight isn’t the big thing but after a pregnancy it is a number that should change a bit so I will be tracking it for a while till I’m back in a normal range then I’ll go back to measurements and fitness ability.

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Gummy Bear’s Birth Story {Rated G}

Scroll to the bottom for a link to the PG-13 version of the Birth Story

Well it all started Thursday night, I was having contractions here and there but nothing consistant. I couldn’t sleep so  I got up and took a shower for some reason I really wanted to shave….anyway after that I got a few restless hours of sleep. Friday morning I just had this feeling we were close, but I didn’t know how close,  I told Mac and my Mom my guess was Sunday.

Contractions became a little more regular Friday morning (around 15 min apart) and I went in for my 38 Week check up at 10:00 AM while Mac’s cousin watched Apple.  Turns out I was 3 cm dilated and still having fairly frequent contractions. My Midwife went ahead and stripped my membranes to see if we could get things moving along little bit (so I didn’t have a long drawn out labor like I did with Apple .)

Luckily when I got home it was nap time and both Apple and I slept for about 2 hours!! Then my friend Meagan came over and we went out to lunch. I stopped Contractions were intense enough at this point that I had Meagan doing all the driving.  I would close my eyes during many of them, and focus on my breathing not really a good thing while driving. Anyway we went to Noodles and Co where I sort of ate some Japanese Pan Noodles….I think Apple at as much as I did. Then we went to Office Max where I geeked out as much as possible between contractions and bought a few things to organize my running magazine articles. Yep I’m weird, I wanted to work on that while in labor as a distraction (that didn’t happen.) Anyway when we got home I told Mac that I was no longer capable of watching Apple, and proved it by not only letting her play with a box of dog treats but almost letting her eat one.

It was about 3:15 and I laid down to try and accurately time my contractions. They were about 8-10 min apart and I just played around with my iPad and tried to sleep off and on until I couldn’t anymore. I got up and took a shower to see if that would help, it did a little but not enough, then I decided to take a bath. Thats when I realized that the contractions were getting closer together. I got out and did a little more timing and quickly realized they were getting closer and closer and didn’t seem to be slowing down or becoming steady at all (at that point they were between 5 and 6 min apart.) I called my midwife and after a quick chat we decided it was time to go in and get checked. Mac’s parents came over and picked up Apple and we were on our way.

1st picture as a family of four.

1st picture as a family of four.

We arrived at the hospital around 7:45 PM and after a quick assessment I was admitted at 6 cm dialated.  We moved up to the room right away (8:00) and I had to lay down for 20 min of ‘tape’ (monitoring the contractions and babies heartbeat.) I was laying on my side with my midwife and a delivery nurse at the foot of my bed and Mac up by my head. Two other nurses were diligently working on getting the water birth tub ready. Pretty soon it became apparent to me that I was not going to make it in the tub. I didn’t know if I was going to make it off the bed, but I thought I would try to use the birthing stool. This is when I kind of took over,  the lights in the room were dim, I asked Mac to grab two essential oils lavender and peace and calming. I liked the smell of peace and calming better so I  had him put it on my wrists. During each contraction I would bring my hands up by my head to either hold his hand or the bed rail and I could smell it, that was so helpful. I was back in the zone and started talking to the Midwife, I asked her what some other options were if I ended up stuck in bed (back was not an option so much more painful. She let me know that laying on my side was actually a great position, thats when I decided to not even try to move, good decisions because right after that my water broke.  With every contraction the nurse would talk me through and Ryan would hold my hand, her voice was so soothing….kudos to you Lindsey!

I realized it was time to push and after holding back for the first 2 or 3 times to make sure I told the midwife and  started pushing, about 3 pushes later I thought I had felt a head. Remember we didn’t know for sure girl or boy when I thought I felt the head I asked  “Did you see her?” Then we both knew…. SHE was on her way. 2 pushes later there she was! 9:07 PM we met our 2nd girl.

For more details, you can read the PG-13 version of this story.

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Apple meeting her little sis.

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Gummy Bear has arrived!!

Well folks I know I haven’t been the most active blogger towards the end of this pregnancy, but for the last few weeks I’ve gone silent but there is a reason for that. Gummy Bear made her arrival almost 2 weeks early!

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Baby Girl

6lbs 12 oz

19 1/2 inches

9/5/14

Come back tomorrow (or Friday depending on how tonight goes) for the birth story. I’ll save you the suspense, we made it to the hospital….barely.

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