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Clean recipes, Heart pumping Workouts, and Daily Motivation to becoming a Fit Fox!

Are you there, reader? It’s me, Amanda.

Really, are you guys still there? It’s been forever since I’ve posted! I’ve just been a bit busy with my baby boy, finding my new body perplexing, and coming to terms with the fact that my nipples will never be the same.

Life is good. I mean, really good. I have a beautiful baby boy with the sweetest demeanor. He’s chill, likes to “talk”, cries for a few brief seconds then goes on his happy little way. I don’t think I’ll be this lucky the second time around thus I believe that Liam will be an only child. 🙂

My body different. I’ve taken progress pictures and plan to reveal them to you at 3 months post partum (November 14th). I’m doing this for 2 reasons. 1)I want to show the progression and 2)I’m praying that there will be more progression closer to 3 months. 🙂

I got the green light to exercise shortly after 6 weeks and have been following a strict exercise regime ever since. Because I’m over protective, I don’t want to take Liam to the base gym and I hate leaving him (I know, please don’t give me a speech, I’ve left him with my husband to make a Starbucks run and was gone for a whole 20 minutes. Absolute torment). I’m doing my workouts at home and plan to do so for the next couple of months. I walk everyday that the weather allows (remember, I’m in Utah and it can be all rainbows and sun one day then snowing the next-seriously, we’ve already had snow). If Liam is feeling the Ergo, I truck along with him strapped to my chest but if he isn’t feeling it, then I push him in the stroller.

On M/W/F, I do Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD. I’ve had this DVD for a few years now and am finally getting my moneys worth at it. I have dumbbells at the house and use those for the workouts.

On T/TH/Sat, I do Jillian Michael’s Yoga DVD. I rest on Sundays but we usually still get a walk in if the weather permits.

It’s been a battle, I’m not going to lie. I get very frustrated with myself when I can’t do pushups like before or I start shaking after 5 seconds of planking or I get winded just walking about a hill that I used to sprint up.

I’m eating clean about 80% of the time with my weakness still being breads/carbs and I find myself struggling to eat vegetables. For some reason, they taste a bit different and I’m afraid that if I eat a ton of broccoli that I’ll give poor Liam the farts.

I’m exclusively breastfeeding with PLENTY of milk. On top of feeding him, I also have to pump twice per day (at night and in the morning) because I have so much (I am very thankful for that).  Matt told me that I could be a wet nurse. A$$.

My body is SLOWLY getting back to what it was. 

In the meantime, I do plan to write and post more, however, it may be a bit scattered until I can get onto a better schedule. Bare with me.

For now, I leave you with an obnoxious amount of Liam. I can’t help myself.

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He’ll be 2 months old on Monday! Sweet boy.

 

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Liam’s Birth Story (the clean & short version)

What? You thought I’d have a dirty version?

Also, this post has taken me 6 days to write. Yep, 6 whole days to write this short post. Taking care of a newborn and remembering to brush my teeth have been my top two priorities.

I had a planned C section because my sweet boy inherited my stubborness and was breech. My mom, my mother in law, Matt, and I went to the hospital the morning of Wednesday, August 14th to meet our son.

Heading out to the hospital the morning of Wednesday, August 14, 2013:

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The C section went well minus the fact that I had a plethora of fluid that shot out like a geyser thus making my husband nearly faint and have to sit down on the floor. True story.

I felt like I had been sucker punched in the lower abdomen, which I can only assume is a better feeling than being sucker punched in the vag, and it was worth it all to hold my boy for the first time:

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He is perfect and I thank God.

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This Wednesday, he will be 4 weeks old. I can’t believe how much time has passed already and how much he grows and changes every day.

How I love the faces and the noises he makes. Staring at his sweet face all day makes me forget the fact that he’s nearly ripped my nipples off.

My plan is to write about my changing body (pictures included-gasp!) in the near future with “near” being used very loosely. I hope that you all are continuing to work hard each and every day; eating clean, working out, being positive, and showering at least once a day (something I will never ever take for granted again). 🙂

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My Eggo is Preggo Update

The status of the uterus is that it is GINORMOUS……….. (proof).

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Because this boy is breached, I’m having a C section sometime this weekend or Monday, August 12 (I’ll find out today when it will be scheduled!) Before you start sending me messages asking me if I’ve tried this or that to get him to flip……….save your breath, I’m pretty sure I’ve already done it (they get progressively worse):

  • Child’s pose for 5 minutes every day for the past 5 weeks or so
  • On all fours, rocking back and forth for 20 minutes everyday
  • Laying flat on my back with my knees up and bent at 90 degrees for 5 minutes everyday
  • Frozen edamame on top of his head while sitting on my exercise ball (yes, I did)
  • Played some Katy Perry/Pit Bull/ Jay Z mix from Pandora down near my hooha. (it’s worked for some people……..)
  • Went through an external version at the hospital………never again……seriously, 4 hands trying to MANUALLY turn a tiny human WHILE they’re inside you? Not fun. Not fun at all.

So, see? I’ve tried it all. I know he has another week to flip but I have a septum at the top of my uterus and they think that’s why he hasn’t flipped (no room to) so I’ve come to terms with it. At first I threw myself a little pity party (cupcakes were involved) but I came to the realization that it does not matter how he comes into this world. I’m blessed to be able to have this baby boy and I would go through whatever means necessary to make sure he arrives safe and sound. I know I’m getting sappy but it’s true. This whole process is a miracle. I’ll stop there because I could go on and get teary and I don’t want to do that-just know………just know that bringing life into this world is truly a gift from God.

I haven’t shared bare belly pictures yet but have decided to do so today since it will be a big part of my post baby body, documenting how long it takes to get rid of the weight/loose skin, progress, etc that I know that you ALL will be anxiously anticipating!  (sarcasm).

Note: my belly button never popped out and now I have a lovely “Z” looking mark above it.

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To say that I’m carrying low would be an understatement………….

Last week’s yoga class was flippin’ hard. I seriously can hardly even sit Indian style now let alone do downward dog.

This week will be my last class and I’ll start it back up about 6 weeks post pregnancy if I’m given the go ahead. I will keep you all updated (I’m sure you’re biting off your nails in anticipation as much as I am) of when baby boy’s birthday will be.

Last weekend I made a plethora of freezable clean foods (BBQ Pizza, turkey chili, pumpkin protein bars, baggies full of fruit/spinach for smoothies, etc). This weekend, I made more grab n go type items. Clean Eating’s Frozen Berry Granola Squares were super easy (5 ingredients) and absolutely delightful!  http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/frozen-berry-granola-squares/

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I made a batch of Oxygen Magazine’s (May 2013 edition) Vegan Coconut Raspberry Scones-flippin’ delicious:

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My husband also made a batch of Manicotti (yes, cheesy, greasy, cheesy, and more cheesy) to freeze. He did add spinach-I’ll give him that.

I know that with all of this preparation that I will eat clean but I’m not going to lie, there are probably going to be days (eh, maybe weeks) where I eat my weight in peanut butter crackers, tortillas, goldfish, Wendy’s frosty (supposed to aid in milk production so it doesn’t count……..) and cupcakes. It could happen.

For now, I just feel bad for our cat, Duke-he won’t have a place to sleep once my belly is gone………….

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Easy Canvas Prints Review & Giveaway

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Remember my last post about how you MUST have a healthy mind to have a healthy body?

Today’s review and giveaway has EVERYTHING to do with having a healthy mind.

Pictures give me peace; they give me happiness; they give me those little feel goods when I walk by them……..and Easy Canvas Prints offers a very EASY and affordable way to take your photos and turn them into beauties on a canvas!

I was extremely impressed with how truly simple and easy the entire process was (and GREAT prices!). You can use your facebook photos, Instagram photos, or download any of your photos.

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You select the size of canvas that you’re interest in and then upload your picture to the canvas! You get to see EXACTLY what it will look like and even make changes to the lighting/coloring, remove red eye, etc.

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How stinkin’ awesome are these prints? I chose one of our maternity pictures to turn into a canvas print. This is the picture that we chose:

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And this is how it turned out on the 16 x 20 canvas:

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The coloring seems light to me on the canvas and not as rich as in my picture but I love it none the less!

You can check out Easy Canvas Prints here at www.easycanvasprints.com.

Now how about the chance to WIN a FREE 8 x 10 Canvas print?! Woot!

Click or copy/paste the rafflecopter link below. Good luck!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/151352429

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I received a 16 x 20 canvas print free of charge for my review and was not entitled or asked to give a positive review . This review is my opinion and my opinion only.

Healthy Body = Healthy Mind

Say what?

Yes, I’m telling you that in order to have a healthy body, you MUST have a healthy mind. The two go hand in hand.

Nearly 1 1/2 years ago, I was at my peak performance and in the best shape of my life. Running 3-4 days per week, incorporating HIIT and long distance runs, lifting 4-5 days a week, and practicing yoga at least 2X per week. I ate clean every day and enjoyed a cheat meal once per week and wine 2-3X per week. I was at my healthiest, strongest, fastest, and I LOOKED my best but I didn’t FEEL my best.

Let me explain-I FELT good, as in high energy, motivated, etc but I wasn’t happy with myself. I actually remember a Sunday morning when I had just returned from a hot and windy 9 mile run. According to Map My Run, I had kept a 9:15 pace and I was SUPER proud of myself. I knew that I’d hit my sub 2 hour half marathon mark no problem. I drank a green recovery smoothie, chugged some water, and went upstairs to shower. I remember taking off my soaked clothes and staring at myself in the bathroom mirror………………and I cried. I cried because I didn’t like my legs. I cried because I was unhappy with the way my legs looked and I just DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY I didn’t have the lean legs that I was striving so hard for. Just 10 minutes earlier, I was on cloud 9 with how FAST and HARD my legs had moved and now, I was in tears, CURSING them for being too big. THAT, my friends, is an unhealthy relationship between your body and your  mind.

And that’s what I continued to do to myself. I worked hard and I ran my 2:03 half marathon, and I found a part of my body to complain about (to myself, to my husband, to my family) nearly everyday.

My body was healthy but my mind was not.

In this last year, I have seen my body change. Some of it has been amazing (bigger boobs! a bulging belly holding my boy!) and some of it has been devastating (increased cellulite EVERYwhere! Lost muscle tone in my arms!). I have realized that our bodies are these beautifully efficient and amazing creatures that WORK so hard every day to keep us moving, to keep us breathing, to keep us ALIVE and so quickly we can tear down our bodies for a PERCEIVED flaw.

We are mean to ourselves. Seriously, mean girls ain’t got nothin’ on my thoughts. I’m mean enough to myself as it is. And that must STOP for you, for me, and for all of us.

I have a post pregnancy fitness plan. It involves weight training, cardio, and yoga. I’ve already planned to run the Top of Utah Half Marathon again in August of 2014. I’ll continue with my yoga classes. I’ve printed off over a dozen freezer friendly clean recipes that I will begin prepping in the next couple of weeks to ensure that I continue to eat clean while breastfeeding and in those first few CRAZY months.

But that’s not the most important part of my post pregnancy fitness plan. My first priority is LOVING my body. Fighting my mind EVERY day and telling myself that I am beautiful, I am strong, and I am getting stronger each and every day. My post pregnancy fitness plan WILL fail if I do not bring my most fierce positive mind to the table. It is important to me that my son see his mother confident and not tearing herself down.

I write this today in hopes that it will show you how important it is to have a healthy mind while you’re working so hard towards a healthy body. They MUST work in conjuction with each other. They MUST support each other because when you’re legs fail, your thoughts will carry you through………

……..and when your thoughts fail you, your body will show you what it can do.

 

 

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Pancakes, Tilapia, Soup-OH MY!

I love to make my meals for the week. I really do. Call me crazy but I thoroughly find joy in sifting through old and new recipes, coming up with new ones, and grocery shopping to get everything I need. I’m hopeless.

Before bulk cooking today, I washed some of the world’s BEST and most CRUNCHIEST grapes and sweet strawberries EVER. Not going to lie-I hovered over the sink and ate about half of each. Don’t judge. I mean LOOK at them!

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Because my eggo is a little over 34 weeks preggo, I needed to make some meals that would be fast (all in all, I was shooting for 2 hours and finished everything in about 2 1/2. Well done me.)

Below is what I made to rock my face off this week!:

Pancakes

Coconut Almond Pancakes

*Please do not make fun of how badly shaped my pancakes are-my husband does enough of the making fun part for EVERYONE. My poor child will not know what normal pancakes look like. Smh.

2/3 cup coconut flour
2/3 cup  almond flour (meal)
1 tsp baking powder
Cinnamon (as much as you want)
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup egg whites
1 1/2 c almond milk
3/4 c applesauce

Mix all dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk/mix until well incorporated. I don’t have a griddle (yet) so I had to use one of my large skillets but I found that 3 minutes on medium heat on each side did the trick. Please note: these pancakes are NOT fluffy-they’re quite dense and flat (they don’t puff up). I love the coconut flavor that comes through though-YUM!

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Healthful Pursuit’s Goldilock Scones

I’ve made these before and they are SUPER easy and SUPER delightful! I love to heat one up for breakfast in the morning and add some chia jam or a little bit of almond butter!

You can find her recipe here: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6005607

Soups

Butternut Squash Soup & Cheesy Broccoli Soup

I posted about my 8 minute butternut squash soup (seriously, so flippin’ easy and so RICH that I swear it was made with heavy whipping cream………..but not.) You can find the recipe here: http://beafitfox.com/2013/06/22/8-minute-butternut-squash-soup/

I had a head of broccoli in my fridge and thought that I’d give it a try using the butternut squash method. I chopped the broccoli into florets and steamed in the microwave for a few minutes until it was semi soft (not mushy, though). I added 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp pesto, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1/4 cup shredded cheese and all of the broccoli into my blender and pulsed…..and pulsed……and pulsed until I got the desired consistency.

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Pre-made Fruit Smoothie Bags

I mentioned a few days ago on my facebook page that we had some cherries that were going to go bad so I pitted them and put them in the freezer. Today, I divided about 1/2 cup cherries into a ton of baggies and added 1 banana and a large handful of spinach to each baggie. Even though I’ve still got a little less than 6 weeks before the birthing action begins, I want to make sure that I have quick grab n go type items available for me so that I don’t turn to Toaster Strudels……..effin’ Toaster Strudels. I’ll start making actual frozen meals in about 2-3 weeks.

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Southwest Shrimp Quinoa

SUPER easy!

14 oz bag frozen southwest veggies (corn, black beans, bell peppers, onions)

1/2 lb shrimp

1 cup, uncooked rinsed quinoa

Follow package instructions for the quinoa. While that was cooking, I tossed the 1/2 lb shrimp in 1 tbsp coconut oil and a plethora of Mrs.Dash Salt Free Seasoning Table Blend in a skillet on medium high heat. I steamed the frozen veggies in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Once done, I combined the veggies, shrimp, and quinoa. TA-DA. If I wasn’t making a tiny human, I would’ve chopped the veggies myself and done it old school but I’m flippin’ tired.

Tilapia Slaw

Runner’s World Spicy Tilapia with Pineapple Slaw

I found this recipe in this month’s edition of Runner’s World magazine. Since it just came on the stands and because I don’t want to be sued, I won’t supply the recipe on here. Go out and buy the magazine or just open it to the recipe page the next time you’re at the store and snap a quick photo. At least knowing you did it that way instead of me giving it to you will help me sleep at night.

The few things I did change, though, was I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream to coat the Tilapia and I used broccoli slaw instead of cabbage/red onion mix because once again, I’m tired and didn’t want to chop for days……….

I also made Turkey Spaghetti but didn’t take a picture because it looked like brains. Maybe I’ve had a little too much of The Walking Dead or World War Z but I really thought that all of my pictures looked terrible.

Turkey Spaghetti

1 lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast

1 jar Marinara (read the ingredients and make SURE that it’s only veggies, herbs, and olive oil-NO added sugar)

1 pack Whole Wheat Spaghetti noodles

Do I really need to type out what I did at this point? Really, super easy. A bit more carbs than you’re probably used to seeing on my blog but I’m freezing this and plan to eat when the contractions start. I’m going to look at it like I’m food prepping for a marathon.

Gulp.

I took this picture this past Wednesday before going to Yoga. It’s seriously getting harder and harder to bend in certain ways………….but I like my boobs…….it’s a little give and take. 🙂

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Have a great week, my peeps!

Eat clean, pump some iron, and be a Fit Fox!

8 minute Butternut Squash Soup!

No lie. 8 minutes and you’ve got yourself some seriously D-E-lightful butternut squash soup!

When I posted about eating my soup earlier this week on facebook, I had a few people message me saying that they loved butternut squash but that it is a PAIN in the arse to buy it, bake it, and chop it up into tiny pieces.

I agree.

Thus, I rely on my trusty……dare I say it?……..Wal-Mart for their market side chopped Butternut Squash. Ingredients: butternut squash and nothing else.

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Here’s how simple this is: Take the bag and stab it a few times with a fork. Place in microwave and heat for 3 1/2-4 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.

Then, open the bag and place it into your blender. Again, no need to use and dirty up your food processor if you have a decent blender. I added about 2/3 cup water. You can add broth but I didn’t need the added calories or sodium (Lord knows I’m “puffy” enough as it is right now!). I also added about 1/2 a tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Pulse until your squash is nice and smooth.

Then I added 1 tbsp Pesto. You can make Pesto yourself or buy it in the jar. Just read your ingredients (it should really only have 5 or so). Blend for another minute until it’s a nice consistency. I like my Butternut Squash soup to be on the thicker side.

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Stick your finger in it and make sure it has the right taste profile you’re looking for. For me, you can’t go wrong with Pesto but feel free to add any of your favorite herbs.

Next, pour into bowl and enjoy right then or into an air tight container to enjoy later.

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See- 3 ingredients (well, 4 if you count the water) and seriously took 8 minutes. No excuses!

 

I know I just blew your mind.

 

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Chia Seeds: Nutrient Power House & Recipe!

I’m putting the jam back in the Chia! That just doesn’t sound right…………

I’ve mentioned it before on my facebook page that I love myself some Chia seeds. They are a POWER HOUSE! Chia seeds are jam packed with antioxidants, minerals, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Did you KNOW? Chia seeds have a whopping 10 grams of FIBER in just 2 tablespoonse. Word to your mother.

Chia seeds are also gluten free and are a great egg substitute. 1 egg = 1 tbsp Chia seeds + 3 tbsp water (let sit for about 12-15 min) and TA-DA!

I’ve posted about making chia jam before and it’s nothing new. Oxygen had their own Chia jam recipe maybe a year or so ago and other fitness bloggers have posted theirs. One of my favorites is the simple: Blackberry Chia Jam!

Blackberry Chia Jam

Ingredients: 2 tbsp chia seeds, 2/3 water, 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries (or try frozen), sweetener of choice

Mix together chia seeds and water and let sit for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to remove clumps. It should start “jellin'” within a few minutes!

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Then toss your chia seeds mixture and fresh berries into a blender. No need to dirty up your food processor, I use my cheapy ($15 from Amazon) Hamilton Beach blender and it does the job.

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Pulse until the berries and chia seeds are well blended. I like mine to be very smooth so I pulse the living daylights out of it!

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Add a sweetener of choice-for me, I added 2 packets Stevia and about 1 tbsp honey and pulse a few more times until sweetener is well incorporated. Remember-this is not going to be as sweet as your typical jarred jam so it’s not like you can sneak this one past your kiddos! If you want it sweeter, try liquid stevia or even maple syrup.

As soon as mine was done, I toasted a slice of fiber bread and topped it with half almond butter and half Blackberry Chia Jam! YUM!

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Put into an air tight container and into the fridge! Enjoy!

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Try it with strawberries and blueberries too!

You’re welcome for just blowing your mind……………………….Eat Clean, Pump some Iron, and Be a Fit Fox!

 

 

 

 

My Eggo is Preggo Update

My lovelies, it has been too long!

I have found that it is hard for me to post about exercise when I’m only walking and doing prenatal yoga. It’s hard to post about clean eating because I pretty much eat the same things (ground turkey breast, eggs, green smoothies, etc) and haven’t come up with a new recipe in heavens knows how long! It’s hard to post about my pregnancy because I don’t want to drive you people nuts with posts about my uterus. Thus, you’re left with a blog that is blogless (a word?) to say the least.

I’m due August 16 and have about 8 1/2 weeks left to go. Even though this boy is sitting on my bladder and pushing my hips so far apart that they feel like they’re going to burst, I actually feel quite good. Aside from the agony of rolling over in bed, I feel like I’m on cloud 9.  My husband and I are taking a childbirth preparation class and he had to put on the pregnancy suit. I made him lay on the ground and roll over. While he grimaced and groaned, all I could do was cross my hands over my chest and smirk. Sucker.

Prenatal Yoga has been my saving grace. I LOVE it to pieces, however, the bigger I get the more I want to punch the instructor in the face. Not because I want to resort to violence but because I find that at each class, it is getting harder and harder to bend, to balance myself, and for heavens sakes to even sit cross legged! Blasted.

I would say that my eating is pretty clean but I eat A LOT more carbs. I wish I could say complex carbs but truly, I’m chowing down on straight up bread and tortillas. When we go out to eat, I don’t order salads but rather order sandwiches. I also eat cheese (string, cube, even shredded straight out of the bag-don’t judge me). I haven’t had any weird cravings but my staple craving is bread and cheese. I’ll be honest, because I always am with you peeps, I have purchased 3 pints of ice cream over the course of this pregnancy. Not at one time! Good Lawd.

As much as I miss HIIT, hard core weight lifting, seeing my toes, and running, I am amazed and feel so very blessed to have our boy growing inside of me.  Even when I feel a wee bit humiliated to have my husband shave my legs, help me put on my socks and panties, and get things out of the fridge because I can’t open the double doors while standing in front of it because I get stuck between it and the kitchen island, I find myself in awe at our creation.

 

Matt and I on Sunday, Father’s Day! Unfortunately, they don’t make Happy “In Utero” Father’s Day cards……….

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Eat Clean, Pump some Iron, and Be a Fit Fox!

The Cellulite Chronicles

Blasted Cellulite.

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Last summer I was at my prime. I was training for my 3rd half marathon, following an INTENSE 5 day a week weight routine, and eating cleaner than ever. My abs were tight, my arms were leaning out, and my legs were growing strong quad and calf muscles BUT I STILL HAD CELLULITE.

……..and that was okay.

The backs of my thighs and the bottom of my bum have these adorable dimples. 🙂

Here’s why I think this way:

I was enjoying myself working out 6 days a week. I could see the progress in my energy level, my strength, my distance, how I fit into my clothes, my confidence, and in the way my body looked. I was enjoying the clean foods that I was making but was also enjoying wine with my husband 2-3 times per week. Do I think that consuming wine MAY have been the reason why I couldn’t get rid of the stubborn cellultie? Maybe. But it wasn’t worth it to me because I thoroughly enjoyed wine and loved picking out bottles with my husband and planning clean meals around what we were drinking.

Can you decrease the amount of cellulite that you have? Of course! Clean eating and exercise (weight lifting/cardio/yoga) is what has worked for me while leaving a few dimples to the backs of my thighs and buttocks.

Most of you know my story of what I went through back in August and know that I’m currently pregnant (28 weeks). I was unable to start working out until I hit 20 weeks. I started walking again and take a weekly prenatal yoga class that I LOVE.

That being said, pretty much 5 months of no exercise  has left me dimply all over. Seriously, it’s like the low fat cottage cheese that I was eating cascaded down my body and stopped right above my knees.

Gross.

I know that it is VERY easy to get frustrated, give up, and get down on yourself when you see all of these chiseled women with absolutely no cellulite but I’m here to PROCLAIM that it is there. It may be some nice photo touch ups or dang good bronzer but there is at least 1 intsy teensy dimple somewhere.

I know that there are wraps out there and some weird things you can do to decrease it and if you have the Benjamins to pay for it, more power to you.

From what I’ve read, seen, and done-here are my tips for decreasing Cellulite:

1) Drink water. Seriously, people. Throw away the Diet Sodas and juices and drink the daylights out of water. I target 3 Liters per day (pregnant or not). While I was training for my half marathons-my water intake was a bit more due to training.

2) Eat Clean. Simple sugars are no bueno. Eat your greens, your healthy fats (nuts, oils, avocado). Enjoy your lean meats (chicken, fish, even steak). Enjoy your fruit (I target 2 pieces per day-usually a banana and some berries).

3) Get moving. I’m a BIG believer in all things weight lifting. Don’t fear the weight room. I want to see some weighted squats, my peeps!

4) Get stretching. Oh dear heavens, I HATED this one. I’m too impatient to stretch and I’m an idiot for it. That’s where Yoga came in. Yoga is not only a strength training activity (for real, have you ever done a Chaturanga push up?), a meditation event, but it also LENGTHENS and STRETCHES your muscles.

5) Give yourself a MAJOR break and don’t shed tears over a few dimples. It makes you REAL and not some touched up body on a billboard. You are smokin’ hot.

 

Eat Clean, Pump some Iron, and Be a Fit Fox!

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