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Work it Wednesday

Hello again!  Welcome to another Work it Wednesday post.  I’m linking up again with Katie over at Queen of the First Grade Jungle to share my fitness journey!  Like a lot of teachers I know summer is a time that I usually try to work extra hard on my fitness.  You can read about my journey thus far here- but lets just say that my body is reflecting just how stressful last school year was.  I will be returning to an almost entirely new staff next year and I’d really like to look my best haha (not tired and jiggly like I left in June!)  😉 
I envy my friends who are able to have a solid workout routine.  My husband works nights and none of my local gyms provide daycare so working out at a consistent time has been a struggle!  I try my best to get in workouts at home… but it usually looks like this:
                                         
I know you feel my pain 😉  The littles are getting better at letting me work out though- they’re 3 and 7 so they don’t need my constant attention as much, sometimes they even join in!  
In last weeks post I talked about my beloved Fitbit Charge HR.  This is just one of the reasons that I love it- look at this workout data!  This is also another reason why I love lifting vs. cardio…  I did not do any cardio during this workout, it was leg day (21 Day Fix- Lower Body Fix) but my heart rate shows that I was working 😉
           
I also broke out these bad boys this week… it has been quite awhile and I am pretty rusty!  My children were pretty amused though.
 We celebrated our countries independence at the lake this year with some family.  With the kids being older it was the first time we could just “relax” and watch rather than running around making sure nobody was eating sand.  I indulged in a little treat- a red, white and blue ice cream cone cupcake that I made!  I found these little cuties on Pinterest- this is an egg free version that I made for my youngest, which also happens to be the lower cal/ low fat version 😉

                                         
I don’t always snack on treats/ have a sweet tooth (I’m more of a salty snack kinda gal) but when I do want a treat this is my go- to:  Fage 0% greek yogurt with dark chocolate PB2… and sometimes a few sprinkles 😉
                                           
Got this new workout tank at Walmart the other day 😉  I love it!

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Work it Wednesday


Hello!  I’m linking up with Katie King, Queen of the First Grade Jungle, for “Work it Wednesday”!  Katie created this summer linky for reflection on her journey back to fitness.  If you’re looking for a little inspiration along your own journey definitely make sure you follow her other instagram kking_fit_mommy the girl is rockin’ it at the fitness thing right now!  Seeing her posts and knowing that she just had a c- section 6 weeks ago (baby #3 I might add) definitely makes you think twice about that (insert delicious but not the best for you item here) and do a few push ups!

Her journey reminds me a lot of my own just after I had baby #2 3 years ago.  I am not a big girl, but courtesy of my husbands genetics I make big babies.  Here I am just shy of 32 weeks pregnant with baby #2…. he ended up coming via emergency c- section (We were having a planned cesarean but I went into labor) at 38 weeks… thats right, I lasted 6 more weeks after this photo was taken- but couldn’t take any more pics because my whole belly didn’t fit in my mirror!

On his birthday baby boy weighed 10lbs 5oz… and I weighed 212 (before kids I weighed 125 :-/).  The icing on the cake was the fact that I was a bridesmaid in my best friends wedding just 5 months after my due date.  The wedding was out of state and we had to totally guess on my dress size because they had to be ordered way in advance.  Game on.
Like Katie, as soon as I felt able I started slowly but surely.  By the time the wedding rolled around I was down to 150lbs and my dress even needed to be taken in!  I continued along this awesome journey until grad school started.  Stress, late nights, etc. caused some of the lbs to creep back on.  Due to my schedule/ school/ my husbands schedule I had to put my dates with the gym on the back burner until school was done.  Which it finally is!
To jumpstart things I am doing the 21 Day Fix.  I love everything about this program!  I tried it out back in April and had some great success, even without doing it with fidelity.  If you are looking for something to jumpstart your fitness journey, or to try something different I highly suggest it!

There are even a ton of great recipes and other ideas on Pinterest.  These helped out a lot when trying to plan family dinners with adjustments for myself.  I just started week 2 today- I’m already down 2lbs, and an inch off my waist (I will be honest and say that I cheated once or twice in the first week).  

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE my Fitbit!  I splurged and went with the Charge HR for my birthday.  I love the data that I get from it, and it is significantly more accurate than any of the other ones I have tried out.  I have had it since January, and I see a long future for our relationship 😉



My Fitbit accompanied with My Fitness Pal on my phone really help me keep track of my progress (or lack thereof).  After the 21 Day Fix is over I will be focusing more on weight training which is how I really prefer to spend my gym time.  I look forward to linking up again next week to let you know how it is going!