Muscles After Baby

Hi friends!

It’s inevitable that even when you are as active as you can be during pregnancy, you end up losing some of your muscle definition. I am on a mission to get that back plus some! I am revamping some of my old workout styles and adding in new ones.

Anything “Cardio” related looks more like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or Tabata ( a different variation of HIIT) instead of steady stream cardio. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you understand that our babies are sucking everything right off of us, so in order for me to keep/build muscle tone, I can’t have workouts involving just straight running for 30 minutes. I have to do lots of strength training which means even cardio has to involve muscle building. I am a lover of HIIT workouts so I am having a lot of fun so far. I am really sore so I will be adding lots of yoga into these regimens. Good news is, yoga is still a fabulous way to not only stretch and elongate, but to tighten and tone so I’m still targeting those muscles.

I will be posting my workouts, videos, and my progress here on the blog and also on my fitness instagram—>@stayatfitmom. Please feel free to jump on the boat and do it with me if this sounds like something you need. I am doing this because I need it and want to share my experience with you all.

All the workouts posted are created by yours truly unless marked otherwise. I will always give credit to a workout I did from someone else.

*These workouts are done at your own risk. If you are postpartum, these workouts are safe to do once you have been cleared by your doctor (usually the 6 week mark) and any crunch related exercises are safe if you no longer have diastisis recti. Click here to find out how you check for that. 

I’m not a trainer, yet, but I have been in the fitness world for a very long time. It’s what I love, it’s what I do, it’s my passion, and I just want to share my health journey with you!


Monday’s Workout

Today I am working my back and biceps. I started out with body weight training circuit only doing one round to warm-up.

Here is my back and biceps workout

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Here is a picture of each workout for each section so you understand what each one means. Huge thanks to my hubby for taking these for me!

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Finish it off with a good stretch!


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Hi Friends,

I was noticing I have a Health and Fitness category, a Food category, but not a Beauty category. How is that possible? I’m a girl…you think that would be one of the first categories I had up. I guess I should be comforted in knowing where my priorities are. ha

Well, needless to say, having a Beauty category is necessary, and so here is the first peek into my “Beauty Bag”.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen these pics, but I’ll go a little more in detail on here about the products themselves.

My newest obsession is BB Cream. If you haven’t heard of BB Cream or don’t know what it is, let me enlighten you: It’s about 5 oz. of facial makeup heaven! BB Cream is the newest trend on the shelves. Derived in Asia, BB Cream (which stands for Beauty Balm) combines all of your essentials into one tube. It is an all-in-one facial cosmetic product that will replace most of your everyday products such as: serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer and sunblock. Every BB cream is different and provides at least 3-5 of these essentials and you can get it from the cheapest over the counter brand to the higher end like Lancome–and probably beyond…

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I am not a huge “foundation” fan so I would typically wear a tinted moisturizer with some powder and bronzer. But now that I’ve discovered BB Cream, the coverage for all-day wear is unmatched! Currently I’m also obsessed with Drew Barrymore’s line of cosmetics called Flower Beauty Cosmetics that you can buy from your local Wal-Mart. This line peaked my interest because she developed this line with mommies in mind who are short on time, don’t want to sacrifice looking good, but who also need something affordable. The BB Cream I have on and currently trying is Flower Beauty’s BB Cream. It barely takes a pea-sized amount that I spread on with my fingers. It smooths quickly and evenly and is true to its word when it says it is a “12-hour wear”. I have been hard-pressed to find something that actually does what it says, but I put this BB cream on, ran errands in the Texas heat, came home, cleaned stuff around the house, layed on the couch watching TV for a few hours, and by midnight when I decided to actually go to bed, it still looked amazing! This particular BB Cream from Flower does 4 things: Moisturizes, Conceals, Primes, and Highlights. I personally still use my own moisturizer in concordance with the BB Cream because I am a die hard skin care fanatic and I like what my skin care line provides–especially for my oily skin. However, I like that the BB Cream is not cakey and dry and does not over moisturize to where I feel sticky. It’s seriously perfect people. Like I said, you can find BB Cream in just about every cosmetic line, and everyone has different skin and different things work for different people, but I highly recommend trying Flower Beauty.

Next in the bag is this Bronzer by Milani. Ladies, my store is the one and only Target, and they used to sell this there (which is how I found it), but now you can only get it at Wal-Mart. What first drew me to this bronzer is that it’s freaking huge and only $5 or $6 bucks. Next is that half of it is matte finish and the other half has some sheen to it. I love that! They have three different shades to match your skin tones. Go try some!

Revlon lipstick…doesn’t really matter what kind. Everyone has different preferences, but seriously, I love Revlon. I’m going to be honest, growing up I always thought they seemed like and “old lady” brand, but they have won me over! I’m wearing the Super Lustrous Creme lipstick in  #463 “Sassy Mauve”. It is a berry plum color. I used to be afraid of color, now I love it! And once I discovered that plums/mauves work wonders with my eyes, skin tone, and hair, it is my “go to” for Fall.  Lipsticks are a hard cosmetic to just buy straight off the shelf because half the time when they go on they look nothing like what is in the stick. Tip: Ulta and Sephora have testers that you can use a Q-tip and/or spread it out on your hand. This gives you an idea of what shades work well. Soon it will become second nature and you’ll be able to pick out and define what it will look like on.

I don’t tout mascara products too often, only because everybody’s eyelashes are different texture, our skin has different levels of oil, and everyone has different needs when it comes to their lashes, etc. Some want volume, some want length, some want both. Add on top of it that their is a hundred brands that will do all that and you just have to find what you like. My sister swears by a mascara that does not work well with my eyelashes and vice versa. In this pic, however, you will see this jumbo Rimmel mascara. I decided to try something new and I do really like Rimmel. So far, I’m enjoying it. I’ll be honest, I wear two different mascara’s…always have. One is waterproof. I cry a lot (jk), but actually I do get emotional easily so it’s nice to have a backup plan. ;-p The real reason why my first coat of Mascara is waterproof, is because I discovered I would curl my lashes and if I would apply a regular mascara, they would fall flat. Whatever they put in mascara to make it waterproof keeps my lashes up and curly. My first and favorite brand of over the counter mascara is Loreal. I use a lengthening waterproof, and then for the second coat I usually use a volume mascara, such as this Rimmel brand. I know that sounds like I’m so high-maintenance, but hey, you do what you gotta do to keep those lashes up and flashy! (It’s really not that intense of a process)

So, here are the products to give you an idea of what they look like. I have all these products on in the image above.

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I want to hear from you…what’s in your beauty bag? What products are “must-haves” for you and what are you favorite brands?

Hope you enjoyed this post and maybe got inspired to try some new products.

It’s so much fun being female! Have a great day! ❤

P.S. I tried to proof-read this, but if there are any type-o’s, I apologize…running around crazy today!


Beautiful Breakthrough

Time for the first blog! I’m very excited about this. It’s a little lengthy, but I’ve been contemplating what the long-awaited first blog should be, and in doing so, it only seems fitting to take you back about 6 months to a time that changed me forever. October of 2012. Setting: Destin, Florida, fall, morning.

To preface this day, something in me thought I was pregnant about a week before I left for this trip with my family (all minus my husband) and I was truly expecting it. I had had a few times where I had been late and all those times that, in the end I turned up not pregnant, I dealt with a “mad if I am, mad if I’m not” type of emotion. I wasn’t ready to start trying for a family, but I was always sad when I would start the inevitable monthly cycle. I fought with these feelings so much that played a very confusing tug o’ war with my heart. God reminded me one day in the shower (why does it always seem like the shower is the holy of holy’s sometimes?) that Kalen and I had said we would always be sensitive to the time when He said it was time to start a family. But He also reminded me that I hadn’t done that. I had made my own timeline for how long Kalen and I wanted to wait, and THEN we would ask the Lord his plan. His plan inside my plan, essentially. That’s how it works right? ha Well, needless to say, I kept ignoring those subtle and loving nudges, but they were slowly breaking the ice around some fortifications I had around my heart.

Flash back forward to a beautiful early morning in Destin. I woke early to go for a run by the beach with my sister. This was the day I was on schedule for that lovely monthly gift to arrive, but I was sure it wasn’t going to happen, remember? Well, we all know where this is going. The emotions flaring inside me were more than I could even make sense of. Anger, anger about my anger, sadness, pain, confusion on why I felt pain…and on and on it went. I remember busting opening the bedroom door and saying to my sister, “If you want to go running with me you better get up ’cause I’m leaving.” Yeah, I was a little bitchy nonetheless, but my sister and her grace knew something must be going on and she just said “Ok…be right there”. Poor thing had to catch up with me because I was out of that door like a teenager with an attitude problem. We ran in silence, thank God, and then we decided to split up for a while to go have some quiet time with the Lord on different parts of the beach. As I sat down, the craziest, most beautiful thing happened to me:

All I remember is saying through sobs and blurry eyes, “God, why do I feel this way? I can’t keep doing this!” From there, I never uttered another word for about an hour. Daddy God became so real to me in that moment then He has but one other time in my life that I can still, a year later, be right back there when I think about it. It was an experience that changed me, shaped my belief system, shifted my heart and mindset so drastically, that I can’t go back to the old me if I tried–and I don’t want to. He didn’t come to me as all glorious and powerful, booming voice God. He was so my friend in that moment like I’ve never experienced. He began to tell me how he saw my pain; pain in more areas than one and he named all of them for exactly how they were. He showed me how much I truly longed to have a baby and be a mother and that it was my passion. He began to unravel the places in me that was afraid to let go and really trust that He had the best for me. I am a planner by nature. I see way ahead and already have a strategy for how to get there and what needs to be accomplished now in order to get there effectively. He showed me that he put those qualities in me, loves those qualities. He said, “I love your plans and I’m actually going to use them, but I may not use them in the way you would or when you would sometimes. One thing is for certain, however, if you allow me to be the ultimate planner and let me change plans if necessary, you will experience those very things to all the fullness and joy your heart can stand.” I realized in that moment that I had stopped trusting and needing him. I had let a gifting become the very thing that hindered me from the one who gave it to me in the first place. I realized that I almost had too much vision. I had started to become my god for my future. There are so many details surrounding that hour on the beach and words pale in comparison to the essence of that life changing moment, but I am here to say, I didn’t leave that beach the same way I crossed onto it. So many hindrances fell off like sand from my shoulders and I was a new person. No longer the scared, “God these are my plans, how do yours work inside them?”, make my own future, kind of girl. I was now free from feeling alone. I am still a planner, an “ahead of time” person, a person who sees and makes a game plan. Only now I am able to know when to let go when I hear Him lead in a different direction and really be okay with it, knowing that I am totally taken care of and more. In my “About” page, you see at the bottom Jeremiah 29:11. That is my promise word. He wrote that on my heart that day on the beach and it continues keep me steadfast and bring me back to a place of peace when I’m unsure. It’s become a major part of who I am. That day on the beach was October 29th, 2012.

When I met back up with my sister, we shared small parts of our quiet time with each other. As we did, my sister gave me some advice that day that lined up and confirmed what God had just done to me. When I got home, I shared everything with my husband. Through prayer, we knew we weren’t supposed to actively try for a baby, but that we weren’t supposed to be so strict that it took away from our love either. We knew that whether we got pregnant that day, or 5 years from then, that we were at peace with any plan He had for us. It was about four months until March 2nd, 2013, we found out we were going to have our precious son! His official due date? October 29th, 2013. A wonderful friend and powerful woman of God told me that she just kept hearing that this baby was my going to be my “Beautiful Breakthrough”. It’s not until we received his official due date that the Lord took me back to this encounter. It’s so like him to bring things full circle. Not only did I receive a beautiful breakthrough that day on the beach, but out of what was birthed on that day will be the physical manifestation of it a full year from then. This is so close to my heart and makes me so emotional. He really is my “Beautiful Breakthough!”