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Weekend Wrap-Up (Food, Fitness, And A Four Month Old)

Hi, all! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for another week.

Well, as of yesterday, our little one turned 4 moths old. I can’t believe how much she has changed. She rolled over for the first time on Friday and this mamma cheered so much. Haha. She has a strong grip, loves sitting up, screams a lot louder when she wants something, fights naps-but sleeps well at night, and is literally the best thing that has ever happened to me.

We are taking her on her very first vacation in a couple weeks and I am more stressed than anything. Between packing, keeping her cool, and a huge change in routine, I feel like it will be tough. *Sigh*…wish me luck!

Now, let’s jump into our recap:

FRIDAY NIGHT:

After I got the baby to bed, my husband went out and got us Chinese! I love our restaurant by us because they have healthy options. I get steamed chicken and veggies with brown rice and the most amazing sauce ever! We also split wonton soup.

We watched Master Chef while we ate, then went to bed pretty early.

SATURDAY:

Saturday was kind of a blur because my sweet girl was super fussy most of the day. I think her belly hurt.

I managed to slip out to the gym for an upper body lifting workout (all with dumbbells). It was nice to get out and have my husband take over for a little with the baby.

When I got home, we played and hung out. Baby K fell asleep on daddy for an hour giving me time to clean! Yay!!

When she woke up, we went on a family walk and she loved it! I have an outdoor loving baby.

I got her to sleep when we got back (although she fought it like crazy), then my husband grilled out.

After dinner, my sister-in-law and I watched a movie (she is living here for the summer), while my husband worked on his racecar.

SUNDAY:

I woke up early, had coffee, and went out for a 3 mile run. The weather was cool and it felt so good.

Afterwards, two of my closest friends and I went to church (with baby K, too)! Baby did so well. She was amazing all day!! Yay!

After church, we ran to Whole Foods and picked up brunch items to cook.

We cooked, ate, talked and hung out at my house.

It was so much fun to catch up with them.

After brunch, I did a grocery run, then came back and played with baby K until it was her bath time. She went down early because she was so tired, but slept so well!

We ate dinner and watched a little tv, but I layed in bed early to read and fell asleep.

That’s about all for today. Have a great week, everyone!!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday-Mom Edition #6

Hello and happy Friday, folks! My little one will be 4 months old on Sunday and I can’t believe how much she has changed. I might be exhausted, but I am so in love with this little girl that I can’t take it. Her innocence is so sweet, and her laugh is infectious. Ughhh I could go on all day about her!!

This week was my first full week as a stay at home mamma. She keeps me busy!! I love it so much.

As far as fitness goes, I do my best to get to the gym when I can (when someone can watch her), but until I feel comfortable putting her in the child care area I workout at home quite a bit.

THIS WEEK IN FITNESS:

2 HIIT workouts, 1 treadmill run at the gym, 1 yoga class at the gym, and the elliptical!! Both grandmas were over at some point this week, allowing me to get to the gym. They are the best!

I love HIIT workouts at home because they are quick, but so effective!!

I also carry around my chubby baby all day, so I feel like that counts as a workout haha!!

THIS WEEK IN FOOD:

Pork chops, veggies, and rice.

Stir fry! I put mine over brown rice.

The most amazing oatmeal and avocado toast from Zest Juice Co. YUM!

Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, and corn!

Breastfeeding leaves me SO hungry, therefore I am eating more than usual! I try to eat as healthy as I can, especially since I’ve been going back for seconds….and the occasional third haha.

Well, that’s it for this update!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Postpartum Fitness, Motivation, And A Feature

Hello and happy hump day, all! It’s a rainy day here and the baby is napping, so I thought it was a perfect time for a post.

Fitness has always been a priority in my life, but I am used to having all the time in the world to take classes, write up workouts, and go to the gym as I please. These days it is much harder, as my number one priority is my little girl. I do, however, find the time to stay active, weather that be between naps, while she plays, or when I have someone to watch her for a while.

I thought today I would share some things that motivate me, in hopes to motivate others.

1) My Daughter

I stay healthy for her. I stay active not only to keep up with her, but also to instill a love of health within her.

2) Myself

Fitness has always been important to me, and helps relive stress and anxiety. Now that I have my daughter, it is important to find time for myself. I am a better mommy to her when I take care of my body.

HOW DO I FIND WORKOUTS?

1) First off, I had to ease back into working out after my daughter was born. I started out walking, then did barre workouts.

Once I felt 100 percent, I moved on to more intense workouts.

2) I love to take classes at the gym (spinning, lifting, yoga, etc.)

3) Running-hiit style treadmill workouts (I also do this on the elliptical at home).

4) Babywearing workouts (These were amazing when my little one was colicky)

5) Fitness Bloggers

I started this blog because I was inspired by other fitness bloggers. What a great community to learn from each other.

I want to feature a blog that I recently started following….

Cooper is a former college athlete (like myself) who shares a passion for health and fitness.

His blog includes workouts (which is awesome for me since I don’t always have time to write my own), nutrition and fitness information, videos (super helpful to actually see the excercises in proper form), supplements, and a podcast (which I started yesterday)!

Check him out here…

The blog:

https://cooperbrunnerblog.com/

Instagram:

https://instagram.com/cbrunner37?igshid=1stxq9hqs6e9n

Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyAII-Simi5JCUc90xhuapA

Twitter:

http://Check out Cooper Brunner (@CooperBrunner): https://twitter.com/CooperBrunner?s=09

I did this workout yesterday and my abs are paying for it… https://cooperbrunnerblog.com/wwod-10-cardio-abs/

I hope to try this workout with my sister-in-law this week! She is living here for the summer. HIIT style workouts are my favorite.
https://cooperbrunnerblog.com/wwod-14-advanced-hiit-workout-for-women-burn-belly-fat/

I hope to feature more in the future! Please share your favorite fitness bloggers or workouts with me in the comments!

Stay inspired, friends!

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Eat-Our Weekend Of Tasty Food And Fitness

Hi, all! I swear, it gets harder to write these days, as my sweet baby keeps me super busy. I meant to post yesterday, but time got away from me. My sister-in-law moved into our house for the summer. She has an internship in our city and is staying with us until August.

Anyway, let’s recap the weekend…

FRIDAY:

My work bestie and I left early since it was our very last day, and we were done with everything. We celebrated with wine at Coopershawk winery. I had a glass of Rhubarb wine and chicken potstickers. It was delicious!

When I got home, I played with the baby until she went down for bed.

Dinner was some leftovers.

I watched Big Little Lies while I ate.

SATURDAY:

The day started early, so I had coffee and watched a show. I went out for a 3 mile run before the family woke up! The weather was perfect and it felt so good!

Later, my best friend came into town and my hubs hung with the baby while I spent time with her. We had Starbucks, did some shopping, and got brunch at Northstar cafe.

When I got home, I cleaned and hung out with my family. Dinner was a rotisserie chicken sandwich and a white sweet potato.

We watched a movie before bed.

SUNDAY:

I woke up, had some coffee, and played with the baby. I love reading to her. She is growing so fast and I am soaking up every minute!

For lunch, I made a healthier tuna noodle casserole in my Pampered Chef Rock Crock. It was so tasty!

After lunch and some cleaning, my sister and mother-in-law came over. They got all of my sister-in-law’s stuff moved in and we grilled out burgers after getting the baby to bed. YUM.

We watched a little TV, but I went to bed before everyone else.

That’s all for this update! I’m looking forward to catching up on all of your posts.

Have a great week!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday And A New Journey

Hi, all! Today is my very last day at my job before my journey as a stay at home mamma begins. It is so bittersweet. I will miss the kids and my best friend/teaching partner so much. But I am so beyond blessed to start this new chapter in my life. I can’t wait to spend my moments with my baby girl, watching her grow, and getting extra snuggles each day.

I realized that exactly a year ago today I had my procedure at the fertility clinic, resulting in my pregnancy and beautiful baby girl.What a beautiful journey it has been.

Now, let’s talk food and fitness this week…

FOOD:

Roast and potatoes! I put mine on an English muffin with cheese and greek yogurt ranch dressing. It was delicious!

Pizza (Mine had a whole wheat crust, unlike my hubby’s supreme pizza).

A loaded up salad and roll from Whole Foods.

FITNESS:

Spinning

Gluteus maxout class

I also did barre and the elliptical at home.

I haven’t been working out every day because I am so exhausted from two jobs and my little one! We will see how things change when I’m home!

That’s all for today!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

With love,

Carly