• Health,  Postpartum Recovery

    Postpartum Core Update: Tools For Recovery

    So I’m 5 months postpartum and what have I been doing in the core recovery department? Not much. Caring for twins plus 2 other children, plus pumping (my biggest time suck!) PLUS other full-time mom duties, have all taken over my days (and nights). I have little time to even *think* about exercise let alone specific exercises to help repair diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation). But then there’s the voice in my head that says, “JUST A FEW MINUTES A DAY would make a big difference!”. Well sweetheart (yes, still talking to myself), that’s a few minutes a day I literally don’t have. Not with the sleep debt I’m in.…

  • Fitness,  Health,  Postpartum Recovery

    Getting back in the {yoga} saddle

    Sooo…confession: I’ve only done 1 session of the 30 Days of Yoga series as part of my New Year postpartum “ease back into fitness” challenge. And it’s January 22nd (oops). BUT, I will say that a couple weeks ago (about 1 month postpartum), I gave some warrior poses a try before starting the first yoga video and my C-section incision wasn’t having it. Now, a couple weeks later, I gave it a go and I’m happy to report that my body is ready! Even one 25-minute session was rejuvenating to both body and spirit and it’s exactly what I need to ease my weakened muscles and ligaments from pregnancy into…

  • Health,  Pregnancy

    My Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction (PSD) Experience & Management

    Pregnancy is supposed to be filled with aches and pains or at least all the common discomforts that come with growing a little person, right? Well, I am counted among the lucky ones to normally have just a few of these symptoms and remain quite functional, despite a little morning sickness during the first trimester. Now, I will say that these symptoms were exacerbated during this twin pregnancy and right around my 25th week, it was a whole new ballgame of pain. I had a fairly quick onset of severe pubic pain and subsequent sciatica into my groin, especially on the left side. It all happened over the course of…

  • Food,  Health

    My Whole30 (Whole15…) Experience

    Whew! I did it, folks.   I completed a “Whole15″…which is my trial version of the “Whole30” program (AKA diet). I’m going to try to write down my experience here without investing too much time or thought, because let’s be honest: THE WINDOW OF TIME AFTER KIDS GO TO SLEEP AND I HIT MY OWN BED IS PRECIOUS AND LIMITED. Aaaand I may or may not be in the middle of Call The Midwife Season 3 and hoping to fit in an episode since hubster is out of town…when I should be doing dishes…have I made my point? 🙂 Here’s how it all began: Dinnertime, October 3, 2015 Me: “So…this…

  • Fitness,  Health

    Happy New Gear

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS  Nope, not a typo. Happy New GEAR!  That’s what I’m thinking anyway. I know we just had Christmas and the tangible gift-giving has ended (to some degree…my birthday is in April, hint hint), and husby did get me some Jillian Michaels (this beloved workout that I used to check out from the Los Angeles Public Library) as well as some running gloves, but I have been coveting thinking about some other fitness items that are definitely on my wish-list for this coming year (sooner rather than later hopefully!). Some are wants and some are needs, so we’ll see which ones make the cut.  1)  Neon or white (ideally…

  • Food,  Health

    Eggcellent Choices

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS I <3 eggs(at least I didn’t say “heart”, right?). If there is a food I could eat everyday and never tire of, it’s eggs…..and maybe avocados …and sushi…As I was saying, eggs are one of my go-to foods for breakfast, a snack, or sometimes a breakfast-for-dinner option. They’re so versatile…you can eat them alone (my favorite is over-medium) or make omelettes, sandwiches, hard-boil and eat over salads, etc. AND they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, especially when you eat the yolk! Take a look at this chart and see the comparison between the nutritional content of egg whites and yolks: Now, I know this may sound contrary to…

  • Fitness,  Health,  Postpartum Recovery

    My “Safe List” Exercises With Abdominal Strain

    I probably sound like a broken record with my continuous lamenting, but here I go again: I’ve been nursing this pesky abdominal strain for over 2 months now. And with our big out-of-state move and all, I have been feeling particularly out of the fitness loop these past few weeks! While I feel like I’ve been blaming my lack of exercise on this move and my injury, in reality, there is quite the variety of exercises I have found that don’t aggravate my lower abdominals; those that don’t involve the core as much. The good news is that I feel like it’s finally on the mend and my range of motion with…