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After having my third, I swore that I would try to get into the best shape of my life. I had dedicated almost 6 years to growing and nursing babies and I knew that my mind & body needed some time to be taken care of. I still have a long way to go when it comes to making healthier food choices but for the most part, I am VERY proud of how far I have come in about 8 months. Throughout this post I will talk about what I have been doing for a fitness routine and my pelvic floor postpartum. Grab a cup of ‘jo and let’s hang out! When you get to the bottom of the post, I would absolutely love if you could tell me what you are currently doing for a fitness routine and if you have any great suggestions for healthy meals/snacks!
Current Fitness Routine with lululemon
What a dream this blog post is for me. Working with lululemon has been a goal of mine since I started blogging 11 years ago, I nearly fell off my chair when they reached out to collaborate. lululemon is one of those brands that has the BEST quality for activewear/leisurewear and these shorts are what I have been searching for! You all know my love for the “biker short” trend and I wanted a pair that I could work out in that also had pockets for when I go on runs! These subtle camo shorts are the perfect length and also have pockets on BOTH sides. I am wearing size 4 and they fit perfectly. I find that I am typically size 4 in everything from lululemon – just to give you some sizing reference!
I am featuring two tops within this blog post and the first is this adorable crop tank. It’s extremely breathable and I love the way it fits, especially with these shorts. It also comes in a few different colors. The other top is a twist back which is so cute! I LOVE the neon trend that is happening right now so I was immediately drawn to this top. It’s also very breathable and great for those outdoor workouts in the summer when it is sweltering outside! These tops both fit TTS and I am wearing size 4 in both!
The sports bra has a very pretty criss cross back and it’s extremely supportive for power workouts and runs! Lots of support! As for the belt bag, YOU KNOW MY LOVE FOR THESE! I just wore this one on our 6 mile hike two weekends ago and it was AMAZING. I threw my cell phone in there along with a few other things and slung it across my chest while I was running. LOVE it!
As for Orange Theory…..
I have been asked many questions about it and if it’s the only workout that I do. It is for the most part! I try to go 4 times a week and mostly in the early morning (5 am) when the kids are still asleep. I LOVE starting my day out with a workout, it gets it off on the right foot every time and I am more productive throughout the rest of the day! I am going to share my body stats before I started Orange Theory and then what they are now. I share these simply because, THE SCALE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING AT. EVER. My girl, Nancy Anderson talks about this a lot but it really is SO IMPORTANT.
Before OT stats:
Weight: 118 | Jean size: 27 | Tops: Small
After OT stats:
Weight: 123 | Jean size: 26 | Tops: XS/S
I have NEVER in my life been in a size 26, I have always been a 27 so this was crazy to me! Recently I went to buy shorts for summer and was surprised when they didn’t fit at all! I have never felt stronger and I ditched the scale a few months ago and I will never step on it again.
Recently in my stories I asked you guys what you wanted to know so I am featuring some of the questions below:
1.) Do I need to be “in shape” before starting Orange Theory?
NOPE! You go at your own pace and everyone is at a different pace. It DOES NOT feel like a competition!
2.) At home workouts for diastasis recti?
I HIGHLY recommend Nancy Anderson’s Ab rehab – it is INSANELY good and SO helpful when it comes to the pelvic floor! I have a coupon code that you can use for $10 off here: Lynzy2019
3.) Third trimester workout help….
I highly recommend prenatal yoga as it is immensely helpful mentally as you prepare for birth. I also went on short jogs and long walks in my third trimester which always helped boost my spirits!
4.) How long did you wait to become active again after babies?
I didn’t start working out at “full strength” until about 6 months post partum as I tried to work on my pelvic floor first. I had a lot of tail bone issues and eased into it. I didn’t start OT until 1 year and a few months after my third. I made sure that my tailbone pain was 100% better and that my pelvic floor was conditioned enough to handle it! I did walking/yoga/light strength workouts until the 6 month mark.
5.) Do you follow a nutrition plan as well?
I try to eat healthy 50% of the time but I really cut myself a break here as I am STARVING after OT workouts. I do strive to eat a bit better though to be honest! I want to be healthier about my choices!
6.) Do you do separate strength training as well? I am a runner and struggle with this!
Orange theory focuses on endurance, strength and a combination of both so it includes the strength training too. Honestly it is so important because you cannot build up your muscle otherwise!
7.) Figuring out a new routine post baby. I love the gym and my routine and fear that I will lose that.
I would give yourself that break for the first year and fit it in whenever you can. It can be difficult especially if you are nursing since getting up early can be uncomfortable working out with tons of milk! I would fit in a workout here and there whenever I could and then once my third was sleeping through the night, I went back to my early AM workouts. They are the best!