Happy Friday everyone! I’m in definite need of some extra caffeine this morning as a little someone decided to wake up FOUR times last night! He’s never done that before and I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why. He didn’t even break out of his swaddle as he’s been doing lately. I’ll take any mommy advise I can get in this issue! #desperate
As a busy mom, it’s becoming so hard to post a blog even once a week like I’ve been trying to do but you may see more frequent posts on my Instagram.
Today, I’ll be doing a 2 mile treadmill run (during Frankie’s nap) followed by a Posterior Chain Workout by Betty Rocker (once he’s up). The workout entails doing 3 rounds of 45 seconds of each exercise- thigh jacks, elevated bridge lifts, triceps dips, swimmers, single leg tabletops and 3-way calf raises. Lower body/booty burner!
It’s supposed to be 81 degrees later here in NJ so some outdoor play time with Frankie will be a must 🙂 He loves music so we sometimes have dance parties on our deck 😉
Hopefully the hubby and I will be able to get a longish run in on Sunday like we did last weekend. We went running on this trail by our house which went through a few local farms. We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful area close to a great downtown as well as nature.
Have a great Friday and weekend! Planning on running this weekend? Are there trails by you that you love?
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.
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.
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:
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.
In my family, Christmas Eve is a bigger deal than the next day. We cook delicious food, make “clericó”, 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 plié 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 😁🤗…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.
I’m getting to the point where I’m really anxious and antsy to meet my Baby Boy. Any little ache or discomfort and I think that it might be the start of labor…but no, still here, on the couch, with my feet up, waiting…
I had a nice weekend of seeing my husband’s relatives for their annual Holiday get-together. It’s always nice to see the extended family and catch up with them. We then attended a fundraiser event on Saturday night for the parks committee in our town. It took place at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum mansion, once owned by George Griswold Frelinghuysen, NYC attorney and president of Ballantine Brewing Company, it is now a center for educational programs, horticulture and botanical literature. We actually had our engagement photos taken on the grounds of the mansion, but Saturday night was our first time actually stepping foot inside the mansion. It was a true beauty! Everything I love about older homes- the architecture, the detailing, the fireplaces…
I’m still working out here and there, although I’m so nervous about my water breaking at the gym…eek! I’m feeling pretty big lately so I have to be extra careful. I’m done coaching until sometime next year, and I hope to get a pre/post-natal certification to add to my fitness resume.
A good one I did last week at CrossFit was this EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 12 minutes:
14 front squats (35# barbell)
50 single unders (double unders make me nervous I’m going to pee myself!)
15 ring rows
I actually have really enjoyed doing ring rows throughout my pregnancy. I haven’t had to modify them and they make me feel strong!
I also went on a nice 30-minute walk around my neighborhood this weekend. The weather in NJ has been unbelievably nice and I’m taking full advantage.
That’s it for now…off to fold some laundry and keep my mind occupied!
Today we hosted my husband’s sister and her family for an early Christmas celebration since we won’t see them on actual Christmas. I’m sure many of you also either hosted or attended Holiday parties… I just love this time of year! I do miss my family in South America though; that’s the bittersweet part. It was 2 years ago that I was there with them and my grandmother was still alive. Great memories that I’ll cherisfh forever 😔
Although we haven’t gotten a tree yet, I did manage to pull out a few decorations and cleaned the house a little bit to have our house look presentable. We’re in the process of having the house painted (almost done!) So it was great having some freshly painted rooms to hang out in.
Last week I felt a big change in my energy levels. I was practically in bed all week, feeling oh so tired. Only made it to CrossFit on Monday and did one at home workout on Wednesday…or was it Thursday? Pregnancy brain has hit me full-on by the way! I’m super forgetful and can’t do math anymore 😕
I did manage to do a mini at home WOD today using my dumbbells. Check it out:
5 Rounds of
12 bicep curls
12 strict presses
30 sec wall sits
30 side bends
10 pulsing lunges (each leg)
15 air squats
It’s all about taking it easy at this point, nothing heavy and no brusque movements. I’m focusing on keeping my core engaged as usual. I’m very happy that I’ve managed to only gain a healthy amount of weight of just under 20 pounds. Although it seems like I’ve been wanting junk food the past few days 🙈 so maybe that number will creep up over the next couple of weeks. Oops!
Just a few more days of work this week and then I go on maternity leave. I’m hoping to post more often then.
Happy Cyber Monday! I wanted to share a few gift ideas from places I shop and love or would love to try…this is based on my own opinion (I’m not getting compensated by any of these companies for this post). I definitely prefer shopping online in the comfort of my home, rather than driving to the mall and having to deal with long lines. Here are some ideas for you…
Reebok-Get those CrossFit Nanos she’s been wanting for a great price. They are offering 50% off sitewide with code CYBER.
For Two Fitness– I personally own some of their tanks and they are just so comfortable and fit so great whether you’re in your first trimester or your third. Choose from their “Running for Two” or “Sweating for Two” tanks or get one of their great maternity bottoms. Get 40% sitewide with code THANKS.
Bloomingdales– My absolute favorite store. And not just because I used to work there 🙂 Get 25% off select items. You can pretty much get something for the whole family here! Great deal alert: FitBits for $119.95. Also 10% off beauty with code BEAUTY10!
AboutTime– I love their protein powders…they have some tiered savings they’re offering: spend $125+ and get 30% off, spend $150+ and get 35% off, and spend $200+ and get 40%. Perfect to stock up!
Athleta– I love their cute and great-fitting workout clothes. Get 20% off with code WORKIT. The “Downalicious Jacket” would make a great gift 🙂
Under Armour– Get him a nice, sweat-wicking Tee for his winter workouts. They are offering 25% off on select items plus free shipping.
Enjoy Fitness Jewellery– Get her something she won’t expect but will definitely love: fitness jewelry! I don’t own any of these but looove the sterling silver barbell ball bracelet or the inspirational charm bookmark. You can create your own piece. Unfortunately no discount available to US orders, but you get free shipping in AUS on orders over $100.
It’s been a great week, very busy with work and training the person who will be filling in for me at the office, as well as getting some last minute details taken care of.
Even though I’m a CrossFit coach (on the side) and love inspiring and helping people reach and maintain their fitness goals, sometimes I need a little help too. I joined Sweat Pink’s #holidaysweat challenge. I’ll be recording my activity and nutrition for the next several weeks. Let me know if you’re doing it too! I’d like to stay as active as possible over the next 6 weeks and could use your encouragement 🙂
On Monday, I did a benchmark WOD called Ghost which was pretty awesome. It consisted of 1 minute of each:
Rowing, burpees (I did a preggo scaled version against a box), double unders (I did these and my calves are still so sore. Be really careful with these if you’re pregnant), and rest. You go for 6 rounds which ends up being 24 minutes of work. I went at my own scaled back pace but still felt like I got a great workout.
Tonight I did 6 rounds of:
20 arm curls
15 weighted squats
10 push press
15 lateral leg lifts (each leg)
15 leg curls
50 side bends
It’s so important to keep your core engaged throughout these movements. I make sure to keep my belly button pulled in towards my spine the whole time. Your abs help support your spine and can help with the pushing stage of labor. I haven’t experienced any back pain and have my abs to thank for that. *Please make sure you have the ok from your doctor to workout if you’re pregnant*
Looking forward to a day off tomorrow that includes a mini spa day! And some more baby-stuff shopping 🙂
Happy Sunday! This little big bump is now 30 weeks-yay! It’s been a long week of working, learning and not a lot of working out- but that’s ok! My husband and I took a CPR class earlier in the week and yesterday we went to an all-day childbirth class at the hospital where I’ll be delivering Baby Hicky. They definitely helped in making me feel a little more reassured that I can do this 🙂
I did make it to CrossFit on Wednesday and did the following WODs:
5 rounds of:
10 single arm DB snatches (15#)
100 meter row
Then after a break, 5 rounds of:
12 ring rows
12 box dips
10 back lunges (45#)
I’m now about to get ready to go celebrate my cousin’s birthday so I think I’ll take another day off from working out…or I might do a quick 10 minute circuit before I jump in the shower 🙂
Hi guys! I haven’t posted in a while so I wanted to say hi quickly and share my workout from yesterday 🙂
I used my 8# dumbbells and did 3 rounds of:
40 side bends
10 push presses
16 side lunges
I’m currently 29 weeks, peeing all the time and not getting much sleep. But this little guy has me soo in love, I don’t even mind 🙂
This weekend I got to be Godmother to my best friend’s baby girl, Alexia. She was so good the whole time – didn’t fuss at all! I hope Baby Hicky is like that ! If you follow on Instagram you can check out some of the photos from the weekend.
I really need to get cracking with decorating my house. I’m loving Joss & Main for really beautiful and mostly affordable home goods. I just ordered rugs for my bedroom as well as a gorgeous chandelier print for above my bed. Can’t wait til they get here so I can share the photos.