Motherhood

On March 26, 2016 we welcomed Enzo Michael into the world! If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw my announcement followed by tons and tons of baby picture posts. I thought a lot about blogging during the past 4 months but I never posted. I really wanted to spend my maternity leave focused on Enzo and enjoying that time together. I’m really happy I did and that I did not take a moment of that time for granted. I also wanted to spend some time thinking about whether or not I wanted to keep blogging, and how or if Enzo fit into that. Ultimately, I just needed to take some time to be a new mom and see where it would lead me.

The past 4 months have been nothing short of extraordinary. Michael and I are blessed with an incredibly sweet, loving boy who likes to sleep and dislikes crying. He fills our home with laughter, smiles, and more love and joy than I ever imagined. He’s certainly made my world feel complete. It hasn’t all been sunshine and roses however, we have had our challenges. Our biggest challenge was with breastfeeding and after a lot of thought I want to post about our experience but more on that another day. I’m also going to share our birth story. I feel it’s important to share those stories because neither experience was one I had ever really anticipated or heard other moms experiencing. I have since learned that both aren’t all that uncommon, just maybe not discussed as much.  Michael and I have learned a lot as new parents through trial and error, reading (so much reading), advice from friends and family, and our intuition. Enzo has experienced quite a lot in his short 4 months with us. We are trying so hard to take advantage of the portable stage. He’s been to the beach a few times, to many parties and BBQ’s, to NY to visit my family, restaurants, the movies, to Maine and Rhode Island, Boston, the Boston Marathon, and so much more. We’ve had a blast and continue to have a blast as a family of 3.

 

I’m not going to post much about Enzo here. You won’t see monthly posts about him and I won’t be sharing his measurements or milestones. You will probably catch glimpses of him as he fits into our family life, and as I share experiences about stroller running.  I do post baby pictures on Instagram and share some of our day to day life there so be sure to follow me if that’s of interest. LiveRunLoveYoga has always been about my experiences living a healthy life and that’s what it will continue to be.

I’ve found motherhood to be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. It took some time to adjust at first but now we’re in our groove and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Postpartum can be a really challenging time. As soon as I gave birth I was eager to loose the baby weight. I gained exactly 40 pounds from the day I conceived to the day I delivered. Much of that was water and the baby. About a week after birth I was down about 20 pounds with 20 pounds left to loose. I didn’t focus on losing baby weight until I was cleared for exercise and I happily ate all the comfort food that was brought and prepared for us because I was exhausted and trying to keep a tiny human alive. At about 4 weeks postpartum I started to clean up my diet and was counting the days until I could run again. I started running and doing circuit workouts at exactly 6 weeks postpartum. I’ve lost another 10 pounds since I started exercising and have 12 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and 18 pounds to my goal weight. I’m almost back in all my normal clothes but some of skirts and pants are still a bit too tight for my liking. I’ve found it MUCH harder to accept my new body than I thought. My thighs now rub together (hello chaffing), and I have a few stretch marks to remind me that my body grew a human. I’m currently experiencing postpartum hair-loss and as many moms can tell you that’s not fun. It’s also summer in New England and that doesn’t make it any easier. I bought myself a tankini I really like and feel confident in but I have been eyeing my bikini. I told myself that I will wear my bikini to the beach before summer is over because I think it will be a good lesson for me in self-acceptance. Breastfeeding didn’t work for us so I haven’t had the ability to burn extra calories from that. I’m losing weight the good old fashioned way…diet and exercise.

40 Weeks Pregnant

One of my favorite things I’ve been doing is stroller running. It’s HARD, so HARD but I love being out there doing something I love with my little boy. He sits in his carseat attached to the BOB and chit chats and smiles at me the whole time. He thinks its hysterical when I get out of breath running uphill and always gives me a good chuckle (thanks for the support Enzo). I’ve found there isn’t a lot out there in terms of postpartum running, and even more so stroller running so I really want to share what our experience has been. What works for me, what doesn’t. I’ve also become a circuit lover and want to share some of my favorite workouts.

I’m back at work now days and I like to think that we’re doing our best and our best is pretty good. I’m learning that things don’t need to be done perfectly to be done. Perfection is impossible when you are doing a million things in one day. My house isn’t the cleanest, my workouts aren’t always the best,  and usually one of us is exhausted but we always sit down for a healthy dinner together, have lots of smiles, enjoy time as a family, and Michael and I somehow manage to spend a little time together. We probably have a little too much ice cream than I really need but hey, we’ve earned it and it’s summer. Parenthood isn’t easy but it’s so worth it!

What have you been up to since March?

A New Year and New Resolutions

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of January. I swear, the older I get the faster time goes. I never got around to setting goals this year. I was too focused on relaxing, recovering and starting life with my new husband. I simultaneously wanted to accomplish everything and do absolutely nothing. After few low-key weeks and lazy days on the couch I’m back to my same old self and surging ahead with plans and projects. We have a lot we hope to accomplish this year- our list of projects, plans, goals, and dreams is long yet I’m not motivated to share them, or put them down on paper. I like the idea of being able to change or let them go as 2015 comes at us. My true hope is that life will lead us to new adventures, plans and projects that I couldn’t have dreamed of much like 2014 did. In 2015, I want to go with the flow and see where life leads us.

Even though I’m not writing my goals and plans down this year there are still a few things I’d like to accomplish. You could even call them resolutions if you’d like…

I need to get back out there and run more! I got really comfortable with running very little in 2014. Most of my runs were 3-4 miles and it was a good week if I got out there two times. Some weeks I never even got out for a run. I love running, I really do. I love being alone with my thoughts, the fresh air, and sweating. Running just makes me feel good. So this winter I’m determined to get out and run more- despite the cold. My resolution is to run at least twice a week and not let rain, snow, wind or cold stop me.

Running

My other resolution is to do more push-ups! I’ve been back on the yoga mat lately and those chatarungas are hard! It was a reminder that push-ups really do help me stay strong. I used to do them almost every day at the end of my workout but since I started doing barre more I cut back on them. That means barre was my only source of strength training. Even though I usually go twice a week, it’s just not enough to maintain my strength.

Push-ups

Lastly, I’m getting back to my ab routine. I used to do this immediately following my set of push-ups but I have let it go and my abs show it. Doing abs in barre twice a week is not the same as doing abs 4 or 5 days a week. It’s time to get back to and build my core strength.

Abs

I’m leaving the definition of “more” open-ended. More may be 5 mile runs or more frequent short runs or a half-marathon. More might be a 30-day ab challenge. More might be push-ups every day. Or maybe it’s just simply getting back to finishing my workouts with abs and push-ups. Much like my goals for 2015, I’m leaving these resolutions open so I can go with the flow and see where life leads.

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Pullover | Pants

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What are your fitness resolutions for 2015?