Exercising While Pregnant and Postpartum

 

Today I am 6 weeks postpartum and have a healthy baby boy named Austin.  He was born June 3rd weighing 8 lbs 3 oz via csection. He was my second scheduled csection and my second boy.  My first experience with pregnancy was different from this last one.  For starters, I ate anything and everything I wanted.  I exercised here and there but was not consistent with my workouts.  This led to a lot of weight gain and tons of body aches and pains.  I know most people think the more you eat the healthier the baby or that you are somehow being selfish if you do workout and eat healthy while pregnant.  I think that is a little ignorant.  For one, I think you should do whatever is best for you and baby.  Exercising (as long as doctor approves) and eating healthy is so good for you and your baby.  I don’t think that is selfish at all.  These are just my thoughts and I’m sure some will not agree and that’s OK.  Plus, you can pick up every magazine or book on health and exercising has been proven over and over to be beneficial whether you’re pregnant or not.

1st pregnancy I gained 60 lbs….yes, 60lbs.  I was very happy throughout my pregnancy but had very little energy and my body just hurt.  After I delivered my 1st boy I was absolutely miserable.  I started breastfeeding and thought the majority of the weight would fall off.  It didn’t.  Now, I only breastfed for 3 months because of other issues but nothing FELL off.  It took me 8 months to get that weight off and start feeling good about myself.  Postpartum for me was not fun. I was very depressed and just really down on myself.  I cried when my baby cried and sometimes I cried for no reason.  I was sad and very depressed.  I kept thinking that I needed to be happy because I had this healthy baby boy but I couldn’t.  I felt like I didn’t really enjoy the 1st few months of his life.  That is sad to me.

Fast forward to my second pregnancy…..I decided to do things differently this time around.  I talked to my doctor and got the ok to workout and worked out all throughout my pregnancy.  I didn’t listen to what anyone else had to say about it.  I had less aches and pains except for little one kicking my pelvic bone constantly – OUCH! Had more energy this time to chase my toddler around the house.  I gained around 34 lbs. and all my weight fell off.  I am breastfeeding and it’s going great this time around.   I have some toning to do and 7 or 8 lbs to drop that I have gained from this crazy appetite you get while nursing.  My postpartum is so much better this time around. Actually its a 100 times better compared to my last.   I’m happy. I am enjoying this time around with my little one.  Mentally, I feel like I’m in a better place.

Women put their bodies through so much during pregnancy and it’s worth every ounce of it…but there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself.  I truly believe that taking care of myself physically helped me mentally.  Just doing 20 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 times a week is so beneficial during pregnancy.  Even if you think you don’t have the energy, try to squeeze in a little workout and you will feel 100 times better afterwards.  You don’t have to put yourself on the back burner just because you created another life.  I am such a better mom and wife for that matter when I’m happy and when I feel good about myself.

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How much do you know about Vitamin D?

Are you feeling tired, achy, muscle soreness or joint pain?  This is what I have felt for the past few months now.  At first, I thought it was nothing but week after week I started feeling worse and worse.  A few weeks ago, I started taking ibuprofen as soon as I got out of bed because my body felt so sore and that’s when I started thinking something was wrong.

I have been doing a weight lifting program for about 8 weeks now called Body Beast.  I am at a point in my program that I should be lifting a lot heavier than I am.  I am supposed to be getting stronger, have more energy and I am experiencing the opposite.  For a while,  I thought maybe it was just soreness or maybe the program was too intense for me.  Then I thought maybe I had early stages of arthritis.  I started drinking 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then making a glass of E & E (Energy and Endurance) and I would yawn all throughout my workout or skip my workout and lay around.  I was getting very frustrated!  I know this program is not too intense for me-I’ve been lifting for years.  I decided to make an appointment with my doc.  She took X-rays and blood work and informed me that I have a vitamin D deficiency.  I wasn’t even sure what that meant so, of course, I asked google. 🙂  I was surprised at how much your body needs this vitamin.   Sure, I know you should drink milk for the vitamin d for strong bones but I had to cut that out after having my son.  I became lactose intolerant.  I wasn’t getting enough vitamin d in my foods or supplements.  All my symptoms matched those who have the vitamin d deficiency.

Not sure if any of you are feeling this way but if so, it’s good to check with your doctor.  Have them do blood work to see what’s going on.

Here’s a list of foods that are high in vitamin d:

Salmon, oysters, nuts, salami, sausage, ham, eggs, tuna, milk, cheese and mushrooms

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Food Staples in our Kitchen

I wanted to share a few food staples in our kitchen.  I am always interested in trying new things and expanding our healthy eating habits.  There are some of you out there who think eating healthy is flavorless or too expensive.  Replacing all the junk with healthier food will cost you close to the same and go a lot further.  Please feel free to comment with any additional healthy foods you have in your kitchen that I can add to my grocery list.

Here is a list of my favorites!!

  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Rice cakes
  • PB2 (powered peanut butter)
  • Almond butter (this is a new obsession and I only have a small serving on my rice cakes)
  • Cottage cheese (not a big fan unless there is honey and fruit in it)
  • Veggies (green, orange, red bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
  • Fruit
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almonds
  • Almond Milk
  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Avocado
  • White Fish
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Chicken, Steak and Ground Turkey
  • Unseasoned Black Beans
  • Tuna
  • Potatoes
  • Honey
  • Green Tea
  • SHAKEOLOGY – we will always make sure this works with our budget. It’s too healthy not to!
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BODY BEAST – DAY 1

My husband and I have decided to start a new workout program TOGETHER called BODY BEAST.  I’m excited because it means we will hold each other accountable for reaching our personal goals.  This program is great for both of us because he is looking to build more muscle mass and I am looking for more LEAN muscle mass.  We are going to share our journey with all of you…30, 60 and 90 day transformations.  Here is a short clip of Day 1

 

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Skinny Guacamole

SKINNY GUACAMOLE

SKINNY GUACAMOLE

 

 

Serves: 8

For guacamole:

3 avocados, halved and pitted

1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Scoop avocado flesh into a medium bowl. Gently smash and stir with a fork, breaking it up into a chunky mass. Add onions and yogurt, and stir to combine. Add soy sauce, cayenne, 1 squeeze lime juice, and salt. Stir to combine and taste, adding more salt if needed. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours, tops.

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Focus T25 Test Group!

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I want to put together a TEST group for our newest program T25 by Shaun T.  I am giving away prizes to the 1st and 2nd place winners of this test group.  I am looking for someone who wants to lose weight, get healthy, be up for the challenge, can be a teammate and stay focused for 30 days. The first 6 people who email me will get a spot in this test group.  Are you ready to get into better shape and feel great?  Only 25 minutes a DAY – 5 DAYS a week.  Everyone has time for that so don’t tell me that you don’t!
Email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com and in the subject line type “I want in on T25!”
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Who has time to workout? YOU DO!

Any fans of Shaun T out there?  Anyone looking for a short workout that delivers amazing results?

If so, then this post is for you!  I was given the privilege to workout with the amazing trainer Shaun T this past weekend in Las Vegas.  He did not disappoint!  He has released a new program called Focus T25 that will take 25 minutes out of your day 5 days a week.  He wanted to make a program that ANYONE can do.  There are modified moves, there is more focus on muscle group then the normal balls to the wall (excuse my lingo) workouts with Insanity and Asylum and the workouts are much shorter.  I’m not a HUGE Insanity fan-honestly, I dread pushing play but I do it because I know it works.  Focus T25 was perfect for me because just when I can’t go any further it’s OVER!  It goes by so fast and yes you are a sweat mess at the end but you feel great.  Let’s face  it, if we are going to do a workout we want to get something out of it, right?  If I can get a killer workout done in 25 minutes then I feel like a I have SCORED big time!  I don’t have time to workout an hour everyday!  I can promise that even though these are shorter workouts the intensity is still there.  It’s up to you how hard you wanna push yourself.  All the moves are doable and like I said you can modify if needed.

Here is a clip of Focus T25.  Take a look and share your thoughts and questions.  I experienced this workout first hand so please ask me any questions.  My email is mgauthier28@gmail.com  and in the subject line type in FOCUS T25.  I would love to give you some DISCOUNTED options to get this program in your hands. I am running some great promotions but ONLY FOR LIMITED TIME.  Ok-take a look!

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