At Home Workouts

Before baby, I would run 3-5 days a week and do CrossFit 3 times a week (yes, I would sometimes double up). In order to keep myself sane and fit, I had to learn to get creative in sneaking in workouts throughout the day with my now 3 month old. 

  

What I learned works best for me at home is circuit training or “rounds for time.” I basically look for things I can do with a pair of dumbbells and my own body weight. I also get outside with Frankie and walk whenever it’s nice enough.

Last week, I signed up for a free 30 day challenge by Betty Rocker. Each day I get an email with that day’s workout including a warmup and a link to a video showing the moves. I don’t plan on doing them on consecutive days, just whenever I don’t have CrossFit or some other type of exercise in mind.

On Easter morning, I woke up early to do the CrossFit Open 16.5, a combo of thrusters and over the bar burpees. It took me 17:58, which is not bad considering I just started training with barbells again. 

  
Today I did the “Hot Abs” Betty Rocker workout; instead of doing 3 rounds as suggested, I did 2 before Frankie’s nap and then 2 after:

1 min of air squats

30 sec side bridge w/ hip dip (each side)

30 sec overhead reach (each side)

1 min mountain climbers

30 sec reverse tabletop toe taps (each side)

I could see and feel tighter abs right after just the first 2 rounds. This is 3 months post partum!  

After 2 rounds of “Hot Abs”
 

Check back to see how I do with this new challenge and how I keep juggling motherhood with my active life. 
Xoxo 

Running happyย 

I had back-to-back running days this weekend and loved it. I didn’t get a chance to do my once a week run last weekend so I was glad I was able to get these in. 

Saturday I did the same 5K loop I had done the past 2 times and shaved 2 minutes off my previous time (which was 30 minutes). I’m finally starting to feel like my old running self! 

   
I finished the run by doing a few sprints up and down my driveway. And can we just say how cute these leggings are? I got them from my local Athleta store recently.   
Later that afternoon, I did another workout:

1 round of

15 burpees

1 power clean (65#)

5 front squats (65#)

20 double unders

3 pull ups

3 toes to bar

Then, rounds 2-4 I did 15 deadlifts instead of the clean/squat movement. 

On Sunday, the hubby and I were supposed to go to CrossFit but overslept (thanks, daylight savings time!) so we went on a quick 25-minute run instead. The legs were feeling tired but I managed to make it through without any stopping ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is my mom’s birthday, so there will be some indulging and I’ll probably take a rest day. 

Happy Monday to all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Back at the (CrossFit) Box

Sunday marked my official first day back at CrossFit. Although I had been doing home WODs for several weeks already, this was my first time back at the gym, seeing some of my fellow Crossfitters, hearing about some of their recent accomplishments and goals. Many of them are currently doing the Open, with Week 3 coming up tomorrow. 

I had hoped that I’d be ready to also be taking part in the competition but I’m allowing myself time to rest and having faith that sooner than later I’ll catch up again. 

CrossFit Open 15.5
   
My first WOD on Sunday was a 12 AMRAP of:

8 Sumo Deadlift High-pulls (55#)

6 Ring rows

4 Over the bar burpees

I finished 7 rounds and started on the 8th, completing the SDHPs, ring rows and 2 of the burpees.

I’m hoping to make it to the gym twice a week but I’ll be happy to at least go on Sundays with my husband while my mom watches the baby. 

I finished my Sara Haley challenges on Saturday but hope to continue incorporating some of the movements when I work out at home.

Stay active! Xo

Running Comeback and Booty Challenge

It’s been getting quite difficult finding the time to post, but I wanted to do a quick update on my current status…starting the post on Monday night while Frankie is sleeping and I’m enjoying a margarita because it’s #nationalmargaritaday so this mama had a few minutes to spare. By the way, seems like everyday is “national something day!” 

  
On Saturday, I went on my first run since late July. The weather here in North NJ was just beautiful, with some sun and temps in the 50s. My hubby took me on his usual route through a trail by our house which included a couple of hilly spots. Although I had to slow down a few times to walk briefly, I felt great the whole time. Though my legs felt a bit heavy and rusty, my breathing seemed ok. It really is amazing how the human body works and that I was able to maintain a decent pace after months of no running. In case you’re wondering, we did a 5K distance in 30:32. Far off from my best time of 22:38 but I’ll take it! 

I’m also doing a 14-day “booty challenge.” It’s another one of Sara Haley’s fitness challenges which I’ve talked about before. If you’d like to check it out, go to http://www.sarahaley.com- you can download the workouts for free. The “hydrant kick” and “tail wag” are my favorite moves. I decided to combine this booty challenge with my own version of the last 2 weeks of her “no crunches” challenge and so far it’s been a great daily workout. Today that included  3 rounds of a 1 minute plank, 30 second alternating single leg plank, 30 plank jacks and 30 alternating “pigeon and planks.”Feeling the burn in the abs and booty already and I’m only on day 4 ๐Ÿ™‚

  
So the CrossFit Open begins this Thursday and I’m feeling so nostalgic that I won’t be able to kill it like I did last year (well, for me). I’m not even sure yet if I’ll be doing it at my box. It’s difficult to commit when you have an 8-week old! 

For more frequent updates, you can see my Instagram page @juliafastinista

Stay healthy! Xoxo

Back on the Barbell

I had my postnatal OB appointment on Friday and got the “official” green light to resume my workouts…so what did I the next day? Went down to my basement to do a barbell WOD, of course!

Although I had been carefully doing a few light workouts here and there, including the “no crunches challenge”I had previously posted about, now I have the confidence to increase my intensity and weights a little bit more.

With The CrossFit Open just a few weeks away, I’m feeling like I’ll definitely be ready to do the workouts, although I will have to scale back.

So yesterday I warmed up by doing a few stretches and double unders followed by…

4 rounds of:

30 jumping jacks

10 barbell thrusters (45#)

20 deadlifts (45#)

The 4th round was super tough! I was feeling those thrusters! Although the DLs were very light, the higher reps still got my lower body going…my butt is especially feeling a bit sore today ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished off the workout by doing some shoulder work with my small 5# plates- just 2 rounds of 12 shoulder raises, 10 lateral raises, and 10 strict presses.

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day! We’re staying in and cuddling all day and then Frank and I are watching The Walking Dead ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Sunday!

First Date Night

Frank and I went on our first date night post-Frankie last night. I very much needed to get out of the house, brush my hair, put on some lipstick and something else besides leggings. This mama needed to get out! 

It was great to receive this Infinite Possibilities Bra from Le Mystere last week just in time for date night. I got a 34B and it fit me perfectly. It feels super luxe and can be worn 6 different ways. I can already imagine myself wearing it with cute dresses this spring and summer- anything from low-back to racer back to halter styles.

  
So we decided to go to this Italian place, Fiore’s, in town that we’ve both never been to. He got tuna and I got scallops and we shared a fancy bottle of French wine we’ve gotten on our honeymoon in Beaune. 

   We then stopped at David Todd’s for one last drink (bourbon for him and brut rosรฉ for me) and then headed home to our boy. I can’t believe he turned 1 month already! 

     He loves playing hide and seek, looking at shiny objects and getting his hair brushed. 
 Oh and I had to share this photo of Frank from last weekend when the Jonas blizzard hit. So much snow! 

I’m still keeping up with some of the Sara Haley workouts from the 28 day challenge that I mentioned in my last post. I didn’t include too much info on her but she’s a fitness professional who specializes in pre and post natal fitness (www.sarahaley.com). To be honest, I don’t do them every day but only when I’m feeling up to it as I still need to be careful. Always remember to check with your doctor on when you should resume your workouts post-delivery, especially after a c-section. 

Have a great weekend! Xoxo

3 Weeks Postpartum

It’s been 3 weeks already since Frankie’s birth and I’m slowly working on getting back in shape. I recently signed up for Sara Haley’s 28 Day #saynotocrunches challenge. Can’t wait to get this core nice and tight again! 

11 days post-baby.

 
Taking Frankie out for a quick stroll.
 
 If you’re looking for some motivation to get in shape, look it up, it’s free! There’s a Facebook group top where you can check in and hold yourself accountable for each day’s workout. There are are some fun movements like the “praying mantis”-check it out. You can even do it while holding your kid for some added weight ๐Ÿ™‚

Life has been crazy busy lately with the baby so even if I break it up and do bits of the workouts throughout the day, I will feel like I accomplished something. 

That’s all for now. Have a great day! 

First Post-natal WOD

It’s been 2 weeks + 1 day since I gave birth to my little Frankie (have you seen all his cute pictures on my Instagram?!? @juliafastinista) and this mama is ready to start getting back in shape! Although I have done little things here and there before yesterday, like push-ups off my couch, leg extensions and weight-less arm curls, I don’t consider them real workouts yet as I was only testing out what my body could handle. I did, after all, not only have a C-section, but I went through hours of labor and pushing prior to that.

 

LSIT
Doing L pull-ups last year…can’t wait to do these again soon!

So yesterday, while my son was napping, I did 3 rounds of:

20 Deadlifts

16 Bicep Curls

10 Push Presses

16 Side Bends

I used my 8-pound dumbbells as usual…

Ideally, I would love to be ready to do the CrossFit Open WODs next month and kill them, but… I won’t be too hard on myself if I have to do a lot of scaling back.

Please don’t think that just because I’m already working out 2 weeks post-partum, that you should be too. Everyone is different. The last thing you want is to get injured and have a big setback. Please be careful and always, always consult with your doctor first.

I just want to say that staying active has been a huuuge help in helping me bounce back. I fit in my skinny jeans just a week later. Now I’m almost pooch-free…just didn’t have time to take a photo.

Have a happy and healthy day! xoxo

Frankie’s birth story

My life officially changed on December 29th, 2015 when my beautiful baby boy, Frank Hickman IV was born. 

I woke up on the 28th around 3am and started feeling contractions, but was not sure if they were the real deal. I paid attention to their frequency and timing for the next 45 minutes and then woke up my husband. I said, “Babe, I think I’m having real contractions.” We called and were told to head over to the hospital and arrived just after 6am. I was feeling nervous and excited and wondering what the next few hours would be like. 

   
   
They admitted me after checking that I was 3-4cm dilated and then moved me to a Labor & Delivery room. One of my 2 nurses was one of the awesome nurses I had had while I was there hospitalized for pyelonephritis back in August. She got me a room with a tub, which I ended up using for about 20 minutes before I couldn’t take the pain anymore and asked for an epidural. My water ended up breaking not too long after they admitted me actually, so I was glad they didn’t send me home to wait it out more. 

To make a long story a bit shorter, I got some Pitocin to help me dilate more. I also ended having a fever due to my prolonged labor. My OB had me start pushing at around 6pm for 30 minutes but we made no progress. Three hours later we tried again for 1 1/2 hours and it was then that she determined my pelvis was just way too narrow for the baby. My husband is truly my hero for being there, holding my hand, offering a touch or massage when he felt I needed it. He was awesome and made a tough experience much easier to deal with. 

So I ended up having a C-section just past midnight. I had mentally prepared myself for the possibility of it since I am very small, but it was still a little scary. Seeing my baby for the first time though, I forgot everything that had happened. They have the 3 of us a few minutes to bond as a family and then whisked him off to give him an IV of antibiotics since I’ve had a fever. We both were fine. He’s been such a sweet little baby. There’s so much more I can write right now but where would I stop? 

   
   
I look at my son and I’m amazed at the little miracle that he is. He makes me believe even more in God. I feel love and peace within me because of Frankie ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks for reading! I’m taking some time to rest my body so workout posts may take a while…

Christmas Love

In my family, Christmas Eve is a bigger deal than the next day. We cook delicious food, make “clericรณ”, a Paraguayan sangria-like punch, and plenty of desserts and gather at my one aunt’s house. This year I made pizzelles to add a little bit of Italian flair to the table. We eat dinner around 10, play drinking games (non-alcoholic for me this year), and then toast our Savior’s birth at midnight. We then exchange gifts and party a bit more. 

     
 The next day we go to church and then usually my husband and I go to meet up with his family, but this year, we met up with my family again since we didn’t want to be too far from the hospital. Baby Hicky still has no interest in gracing us with his presence!

 

Opening gifts under our own tree on Christmas Day.
 
People were shocked when I told them I did this workout on Christmas Eve morning. I was secretly hoping that it would help kick off labor! 

6 rounds of:

60 jump ropes 

24 mountain climbers 

24 push presses

24 pliรฉ lunges

I posted it on Instagram, which reminds me, you should follow me on there as I tend to post more often there. My handle is @juliafastinista

I’m feeling extremely grateful as I reflect on all the great memories and great gifts from the past few days and pray to God to watch over those who weren’t as lucky to at least have a roof over their heads and be surrounded by their loved ones. 

My hubby outdid himself and got me lots of fun bling. The David Yurman necklace is blue topaz which is Baby’s birthstone and hubby said it’s from the stork aka my push gift ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—…now Baby better be here by the end of the month! 

   
 The Chanel earrings are one of the gifts I got from my mom. I will cherish this gift forever knowing that my loving, hardworking mom went above and beyond to buy me something of such value.

I hope you all have special memories from the past few days. Whether there were fancy gifts under the tree or not, we all have so much to be thankful for.

Now, get a workout in and enjoy your Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚.