What my workouts look like lately

I’ve done lots of posts on the blog over the years about my workouts because working out is a big part of my life and something I really love doing. Nothing feels better to me than a good sweat session.

Now, here I am with a 3.5 month old baby, definitely a very different phase of life than ever before. Luckily I am on maternity leave so my full-time job right now is taking care of baby Olivia. But let me tell you, this boss really keeps me on my toes. Just when I think I have my breaks (aka naps) figured out – she throws me for a loop and wakes up early or doesn’t go down for a nap when I think she will. So I have to be flexible about when and how I fit my workouts in these days and they are definitely cut short more often than they used to be!

Here is what my workouts look like now…

Lot’s of interrupted at-home Fitness Blender workouts…often finished with a 14 lb baby as my weight!


This is my main go-to workouts right now. I try to do Fitness Blender workouts at least twice, if not three times per week. It works best for me if I follow an actual fitness blender program vs just randomly doing workouts, I like to have a plan and I love the big check marks I get on their new website calendar! I did the FB Burn program in January and I’m working my way through the FB Sweat program right now. These programs are 5x per week but I usually only do 2-3x per week and then add the missed workouts on at the end to get an additional couple of weeks out of the programs.

Lots & lots & lots of walking.

With little baby Carlos in tow… Eric, Olivia, Chloe and I enjoyed our first family walk outside last weekend. It was soooo beautiful out. Then Olivia, Chloe and I got out for another walk yesterday. I also walk at the track with my mom 3ish times per week and meet a group of other moms and their babies for a walk 1x per week. Olivia loves the ergo 360 baby carrier and she feels so-so about her stroller. She just recently got big enough to face out in the ergo and she loves loves loves that because this baby really enjoys looking all around and taking everything in!

Some running mixed in with the walking… when I feel like it that is.

Usually 1-2 x per week when I go to the track with my mom she pushes the stroller and I do some running. I am yet to do more than 5 minutes of running straight. Usually I do 1/2 lap run, 1/2 lap walk and work up to a full lap of running and 1/2 lap of walking. I do have the BOB Revolution stroller so I definitely can run with Olivia in the stroller, but my mom likes pushing her around the track which is nice for me so I can focus on my run! I am looking forward to some outdoor runs once the weather gets nicer and all the snow melts.

A little bit of yoga.

I am probably averaging two yoga classes at the studio per month. I’d really like to try and bump that up to three now that Eric’s work schedule has changed and I have a bit more flexibility in my evening schedule. I am also trying to do 1 – 2 yoga practices per week at home even though practicing at home really isn’t my thing… Exciting news, just last week I put my deposit down for Yoga Teacher Training! That will be starting in August 2018 and I cannot wait. I definitely need to really get my strong yoga practice back though. If you have any favourite at-home yoga practices please send them my way.

And just started back at spin once a week!

I’m going to regularly go to Tuesday evening spin at the gym. I bought a punch card the other week and have gone twice now. Holy moly it’s a workout. I’m a sweaty mess by the end but it feels soooo good to do some intense cardio! I also am doing a spin instructor training at the gym coming up in April (the first two full days I will be away from Olivia – cue sobbing emoticon face!!) and I’m looking forward to that as I really want to start teaching more and more fitness classes in the future.


So that’s what my workouts are looking like these days! It’s not as easy to workout with a baby as it was without one, but I just need to make sure I go into each day knowing what my workout is going to be that day and prioritize it in my schedule. Sometimes that means only doing half a workout, or finishing my workout while also dancing, singing and making faces to keep Olivia entertained, and sometimes it means skipping it all together because she’s not napping well that day. If there is one thing I’ve learned since becoming a parent it’s that being flexible and adaptable is key!

What do your workouts look like these days? 


Mind and Body After Baby: 3 months postpartum

I totally meant to do a 1 month postpartum update but then completely dropped the ball on that. Time really does go so quickly right now.

Body Update

I’ve lost about 36 pounds of the 43 pounds I gained while pregnant, but I’ve pretty much stalled out there and the last 7 pounds aren’t coming off so easily. I’ve started tracking my food in MyFitnessPal to see if paying closer attention to what I eat will help, but then I went and made cookies last week and have been enjoying a few each day so that’s not helping lol. Also, when I got pregnant I was about 15 pounds above my “happy” weight. I may never get back to that happy weight, and that’s completely OK, but I would definitely like to lose an additional 10 – 15 pounds from where I am right now.

Even though I overall feel pretty darn good in my body I still don’t love what I look like in photos, I just feel like my face looks so round. Again, maybe that will be my new post baby reality. But I’m definitely getting happier and happier with what I see when I look in the mirror. I was carrying a BIG baby and my stomach got really stretched out so there is definitely quite a bit of excess skin on my stomach still and even 3 months later I still have a little pooch, but it’s shrinking – especially as I’ve started working out again.

Here are some comparison photos.

My last belly picture taken at 41 weeks (taken 4 days before Olivia was finally born)

5 days postpartum:

~ 1 month postpartum (wow did that shirt ever photograph weird!):

3 months postpartum:

On a different note, I’ve been seeing a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic floor health regularly to try and get my pelvic floor back to normal and also to assess my diastasis recti. I did have a bit of ab separation above my belly button but that was it and I’ve been doing some physiotherapy exercises to help rectify that and also help with some of the pelvis pain I was feeling regularly after labour and delivery. It has been a huge help and I really recommend every pregnant person see one after delivery, regardless of whether you have a c-section or deliver vaginally! I’ve also just started listening to the To Birth and Beyond podcast which is all about prenatal and postpartum health and one of the hosts is a physiotherapist.

I started typing this post up awhile ago (story of my life these days) and then this past Tuesday night I went to a spin class at the gym. It was my first spin class in a long time and I worked super hard and really pushed myself and was a sweaty mess at the end. It felt really, really good and was a reminder to me how – for me – exercise is ALL about my mental health. I am not jumping back into working out to get my “pre baby body” back (what even is that? How can anyone expect to have the same body as before after what our bodies go through during pregnancy and delivery). but rather I am jumping back into exercise because it’s one of the things that makes me feel like me. And feeling like at least a partial version of yourself some of the time is so important in the postpartum journey.

Mind Update 

I would like to think my mind space is pretty good and pretty much back to normal now, however I also thought that during the first month postpartum and now looking back on that I was soooo fuzzy and out of it and barely remember what was going on during that time, sooo…. maybe at 6 months postpartum I will also look back on this time and think about how fuzzy it is! I definitely do not feel nearly as hormonal or emotional as I did in the first 4 weeks, so that is nice.

On average I get about 6 – 6.5 hours of sleep per night, which certainly isn’t terrible for having a baby but is also low compared to the 8 I used to get. Some nights I only get 4 – 5 and some nights I’m lucky enough to get 7. I actually feel like I’ve been functioning fairly well on such little sleep, however that could change as I get further into it. It has only been 3.5 months after all!

I’ve had a bit of postpartum anxiety here and there, which I think is pretty normal. I’ve had some major worries about Olivia’s weight gain as she was a very big baby and has now only gained about 3.5 lbs in the past almost 4 months. She’s still a normal size for her current age, but since she was so large at birth that gave me some serious anxiety. That said, I try really hard to just reassure myself that everything is fine, if she was hungry all the time or underweight I would know. I would say that is one thing that is difficult about exclusively breastfeeding, you just never really know how much your baby is getting and have to trust they are getting enough.

Actually, on the exclusively breastfeeding note, that is one thing that has been difficult. I knew breastfeeding would be hard, but I thought it would get easier after the first 8 weeks. It actually got harder for me around 10-12 weeks. That was when Olivia’s eating habits really shifted from newborn cluster feeding to more snacking and when I got mastitis. I might do a completely separate post on breastfeeding as it still is a struggle some days, but at the same time I’m SO grateful we have been able to do it as it was really important to me when pregnant and it’s allowed for some really special bonding moments that I love. But it’s also super hard, and the hard part can’t be discounted.

I feel like this post was a bit rambly, but that’s where I’m at 3 months postpartum. Here are some of the ‘milestones’ I hit – and plan to be hitting – in my postpartum body journey.

  • Began working out again at 6 weeks postpartum
  • Began running again at 12 weeks postpartum – though my ‘running’ is very very much still a run/walk. I’m yet to run more than about 5 minutes consecutively.
  • Returned to yoga at 7 weeks postpartum
  • Will be returning to teaching fitness classes at 5 months postpartum
  • Will be participating in Yoga Teacher Training at 9 months postpartum – yup, I’m doing my YTT this year! Just put my deposit down! More on this later 🙂

I am still modifying a lot in everything I do. I just really listen to my body. I am also doing some core exercises as recommended by my physiotherapist as my core strength is really lacking.

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this very long and rambly post 🙂

If you have kids, what did your mind & body look like postpartum?

Any tips or thoughts for me?


Random Wednesday Thoughts

It’s 10am on Wednesday morning and I’m sitting here with my coffee reading blog posts while listening / watching my baby stir on the baby monitor and waiting until she actually starts crying to go get her because if I’m lucky she will go back to sleep. I am also looking at a pile of dishes on my counter and thinking about how I really need to have a shower and I should probably be using this precious sleeping time to do those things, but instead I’m reading blog posts, sipping my coffee and now writing my own blog post. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

I’m thinking about how tough last night was. It was the first shift of 14 night shifts for Eric. It’s not the overnight / middle of the night that’s hard, it’s putting the baby to sleep and dealing with the witching hour in the evening that was the toughest. From about 5 – 10 every night Olivia is fussy and just wants to be held and it’s also that early battle to put her to sleep for the night. Last night I started laying her down in her bassinet at 8:30pm and finally got her down at 9:45pm but I watched her on the monitor and she didn’t go to sleep until 10:30pm. Anyone else know that feeling where you just can’t relax when your baby is still awake? You feel tense until you know for sure they are asleep, or at least that’s how I felt. I finally got myself into bed at 11 because again – I just needed some quiet time in the quiet house for a minute. I ate a bowl of cereal and read my book and it felt luxurious. Luckily, our amazing sleeper slept until 3:45am and I was the one to get her up at that time because I needed to nurse her to relieve my rock hard boobs.

The other thing I’m thinking about is all you mama’s who live in cities with no family support and whose husbands work long hours. If I was staring down the barrel of 14 night shifts in a row with NO extra help I don’t know what I would do. Last night was tough, I know that I will have help from my mom or other family members several of the next 14 nights to make it more bearable, or I’ll have family visiting during the day and holding Olivia so I can do other things around the house or nap (though napping continues to be hard for me even with a newborn). It definitely takes a village and I am oh so grateful for mine. It’s made this whole transition to parenthood much easier than I think it is for a lot of people.

I’m also thinking about how on Monday I’m going to start exercising again. On Friday I will be 6 weeks postpartum and ready to start adding workouts back into my daily life. I miss them a lot. I’ve already been walking for an hour almost daily and I plan to add in Fitness Blender workouts to start and maybe go back to yoga once or twice a week whenever I can fit it in if Eric is home or I have a babysitter. In the next few weeks I’d also like to get back into running, I haven’t ran for over a year and I miss it.

Any tips for postpartum workouts or adding exercise back in postpartum?

Ok, now I’m thinking I really better go get in that shower. I really can’t push it off another day and this baby is going to wake up any minute…

What are your random Wednesday morning thoughts?