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Postpartum - Week 4

Since the baby is too young for the gym and I haven’t “officially” been cleared to workout, we are doing what we can to ease back into training.Sunday’s WorkoutThe bleachers are shaded @ Old Kempner Stadium in the late evening. So that’s where we were last night. The track is unpaved, but Ava Grace is too young for the jogging stroller still anyway. So while she napped in her car seat on the bleachers, Momma was a never more than a few steps away “gettin’ my glisten on”.15 X 2 – Stadium Stairs30 X 2 – Triceps Bench Dips15 X 2 – Incline Bench Pushups 20 X 2 – Stationary Reverse Lunges20 X 2 – Box Jump Squats20 X 2 – Single-legged Calf RaisesI am so ready to hit the weights, but my abs are still healing from my cesarean and this 30-minute circuit last night made me sweat! I’ll keep turning up the heat gradually. Keeping the diet clean, while maintaining balance needed for my little girl’s nutritional needs.

Six Fat Loss Foods

1. GINGERThis root has the spice it takes to get your metabolism running laps. It’s a vasodilator, which means it expands blood vessels to increase body heat and metabolism by as much as 20 percent.2. GARLICA fav for flavoring any clean dish, this spicy bulb is known as a thermogenic, packing enough power to keep insulin levels low to maximize fat-burning and boost metabolism. Garlic also supports a healthy immune system.3. PLUMSMother Nature’s “eliminator.” Plums are a great source of fiber, which can help keep you regular – an important (and often overlooked) piece of your fat-loss puzzle. Just one plum has up to two grams of fiber, or about eight percent of your daily recommended intake (which is around 25 grams per day). Double up your serving and you’re up to four grams of fat-fighting fiber!4. EXTRA –VIRGIN OLIVE OILLike rock, paper, scissors, good fat trumps bad fat. A recent study suggests that the monounsaturated fats (like those found in “EVOO,” thanks Tosca Reno) increase t…

Dropping the “Baby Weight”

I am two and a half weeks postpartum and I have reached my pre-pregnancy weight. Before I continue, I must tell you that I gained 18 lbs. during my pregnancy. I was CONSTANTLY hounded by those close to me trying to force-feed me – claiming that I’m “eating for two”. I believe that a pregnant woman must eat for her baby, but “eating for TWO”…I couldn’t disagree with more. My nutrition pre-pregnancy was what most consider “extreme”; however, it is the lifestyle that I have chosen – eating clean and working out mostly every day might seem “obsessive” to some, but to those that live the lifestyle that I am so passionate about understand that it is about discipline– NOT obsession. My precious baby girl is HEALTHY and HAPPY. Research shows that overweight pregnant women are more likely to give birth to a child with a lower BMI and the contrary for pregnant mothers that are underweight;  they are more likely to give birth to a baby with a higher BMI. This is the baby’s way of preparing for w…