Getting back on track

It’s been tough for me to get back on a fitness schedule with the baby in the mix. Nevertheless, I have to do it. Albeit, in baby steps.

I’ve broken out the jump rope and am pledging to do 15 minutes of jumping rope a day. Using my interval trainer app, I’ve but in 18 reps of 30 seconds high intensity jumping and 20 seconds of downtime for squats. That’s my week.

Getting the diet back on track is in order too. Since I’ve been nursing my daughter, I’ve given myself a bit of freedom diet-wise. I didn’t want to mess with my supply and I have successfully nursed her for 10 months so far. We plan on making it to 1 year, but I need to get back on the horse so to speak.

This week we’re focusing on fresh veggies. It doesn’t take long to steam veggies and to grill up some meat. So that is what is on the menu most of the week, We do have a fast food night coming up (long day for everyone), but I’m hoping to go out for Lebanese instead of a burger.

I’ll check back in to report progress.

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Still here

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve neglected this little blog. Everything is fine on my end. We recently sold our condo and bought a new house. Moving is such a traumatic experience for me. I just needed time to get back in sync. We have lots of home projects going on, so I still don’t have much time to post, but I’ll try to pen a few quick and dirty messages here and there.

I haven’t been as healthy as I should be, but right now life has been about keeping our head above water. Life is hectic with a baby girl, a seven-year-old with tons of energy, parents that need help, and making the new house our own. I haven’t even dreamed of exercise to be honest. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have managed to keep my stress and anxiety in control, which is a good thing.

I’ll post more about my new house soon and we’ll see where life takes us this summer.

Free Workouts: Loving Fit

I have been hearing so much about Tatiana from Loving Fitย that I decided to give her workouts a try. I went to her site and tried the “I Dream of Power Jeannie” workout:

I had to modify it a ton because I’m not in good shape right now. I just started working out postpartum and I’m a weakling! That will change though. This is an intense workout even if you modify.

I love that Tatiana really emphasizes proper form. I can’t wait t do more of her workouts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Review: Noosa Yoghurt

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I was perusing the Target grocery aisles the other day and came upon this yoghurt. I had tried most of the premium brands, Fage, Siggi’s, Chobani, etc… but I had never seen this brand, or never paid much attention. The container stated that it was an Australian culture made in a farm in Colorado with happy cows. The ingredients were all natural. That intrigued me enough to buy a container each of the passion fruit and strawberry rhubarb flavors.

This yoghurt is very addictive. It is of the fruit on the bottom variety and has a very creamy consistency. It reminds me of traditional yoghurt, with the mouthfeel of Greek yoghurt. The passion fruit flavor actually contains real passion fruit, with seeds and everything! I want to eat a whole stub of this stuff.

If you see this yogurt in your grocery store, please give it a try!

My life with Anxiety

I feel bad for ignoring this blog. I was derailed by life. My pregnancy was rough. Early on, I was diagnosed with thrombophilia and was told that I needed to inject blood thinner daily or I could die… Or the baby could die. That’s quite a startling piece of information to hear, but I managed my best.

My OB visits always started with him scolding me for my weight gain. I was gaining fast, but not eating poorly. We figured out it was due to carbohydrate intolerance. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes that ended up being very difficult to control. I was now injecting insulin twice a day and blood thinners twice a day. Yet I managed and remained pretty calm.

One day before my baby shower and one week before I was going to start maternity leave, my mother suffered a massive stroke. I wasn’t sure she was going to make it. She was in a coma for weeks. Now, almost 4 months later, I’m still not sure if she is going to recover. I went to my baby shower pretty shaken up, but I managed my best and people admired my strength.

The day my daughter was born. It was wonderful to see her for the first time, but not so wonderful that I started to massively hemorrhage soon after. I didn’t see her for 10 hours while I was operated on and given a blood transfusion. Then, when I thought I was on the mend a couple days later, I hemorrhaged again requiring another surgery and transfusion.

This is when the panic set in and I didn’t realize it. I was trying to care for my kids and my body was aching. I felt scared to be with both of them alone while my husband was working. My shoulders felt like bricks and I started feeling burning sensations up and down my spine. I started feeling my face going numb and tingling sensations everywhere. I was convinced that something was really wrong with me and I was at the doctor nearly everyday. They couldn’t find anything medically wrong and tried telling me that it was stress. The symptoms kept getting worse and I couldn’t believe that stress would do this to me. I think I lost it when the dizziness set in. I was feeling dizzy all day long. I emailed my neurologist and he basically told me to see a therapist. This is when reality set in.

I noticed my symptoms were worse when I would talk to my dad about my mom. I would get back pain when talking about child are for my newborn daughter. The room would spin when I talked to my boss about my work from home options (please Lord let this happen). My anxiety manifested itself into physical symptoms.

All those moments I thought I was being stoic and “strong,” my body was just consuming my emotions and panic, only to manifest them later in a worse way. I’m sure that postpartum hormones don’t help either.

Now I need to find my balance. I am on medication now to help. I’m also seeing a therapist and telling myself that I’m okay and I can relax. Mind over matter. I’m taking vitamin d3 and b-complex and I feel like they help as well. I can get past this.

Why I stopped following Bodyrock.tv

I’ve been a big supporter of bodyrock.tv for the past couple of years. I would recommend them to anyone I knew that was beginning a fitness routine, for weight loss, health, or just for fun. There was always a voyeuristic element to the site, but I didn’t mind it, because the workouts were great and the underlying message behind the site, to get healthy outside and inside, was something I could get behind.

Somehow, in the last few months, that has all changed. There is a superficially about it that I find unappealing.ย  Initially, it started with Lisa-Marie’s underwear workouts. Underwear tend to be a bit more revealing than bikini bottoms and track shorts, due to their breathability factor. If you are just working out at home in undies, more power to you, been there done that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, if you are posing for a workout photoshoot…maybe not the best choice, but it does get people talking….

Not a good look! (courtesy of http://www.bodyrock.tv)

I liked the fact that bodyrock started utilizing social media, but I didn’t like the fact that they started posting vapid updates. I would see status after status linking to gossip magazines showing celebrities with “unflattering” figures with a title of “What do you think of this?” The whole concept of bodyrock became image related. I didn’t want to bring Zuzana up, but when she would offer up recipes, it would actually be a recipe…that you can make :), and she would explain why the ingredients were good for you. Now you are offered a picture of a salad with the caption “This is what I ate today”…which on a certain level, isn’t bad, but it only touches the surface on what it takes to commit to a healthy lifestyle. There seems to be more of a focus on “getting skinny” over at Bodyrock over actually “getting healthy.”

Then there is the cosmetic surgery. I’m not against cosmetic surgery, so when Lisa-Marie blogged about getting new boobs, I said more power to her. But soon after the boobs came the hair extensions, then the fuller lips, and then what appears to be botox around the cheeks/eyebrows. What startled me is that this happened so quickly, what also grabs my attention is that Lisa-Marie doesn’t seem like herself anymore. I know that this is just my own opinion, but it’s like all her insecurities are on full display. Her eyes look sad.

I found this image on a Pet Rock Studios blog post and it sums up this commentary perfectly.

There is also a major focus on the part of Freddie Light to highlight the new implants in most of the teaser photos…If it’s not the implants, it’s the crotch region. I don’t mind a touch of provocative, but bleh, I’m not really digging the new direction. I’m not going to get into the whole new “Flow” section, because I just don’t like the direction they’ve taken with it either.

Bottom line – While bodyrock.tv still has some great workouts to choose from, their direction into “Thinspo” has driven me away from recommending them and following the site in the future.