friday

it’s friday i’m in love…..

April 24, 2015

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friday dark circles and breast pump blisters to you m’loves.

we are three weeks into parenthood, and cherishing whatever sleep we can get.

jones and priscilla, already on nanny-duty, insist on supervising every feed and diaper change. they, too, are grabbing naps at any opportunity.

besides the new little person and my loyal beasts {yes that includes my husband} here are some other things i’m LOVING this week:

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during our hospital stay, the one piece of advice we received over and over again was the importance of having ridiculously, clean hands. until my girl gets her shots {which she most certainly will—-please don’t go there with me,} her immune system is vulnerable to germs and other uglies lurking on door handles, faucets, and cell phones.

have you ever looked at how germy cell phones get?!?! blech. it’ll stop you in your tracks next time you grab your android to facebook post.

besides mandatory hand washing for all, the doctors and nurses encouraged us to have anti-bacterial gel throughout our house.

i’m actually still dealing with a rash i caught from the gel they used at the hospital—super harsh to my skin, with ingredients more irritating than anne hathaway. so i was happy to find this more natural version from bath + body works.

eucalyptus and spearmint scented, this gel kills germs, smells heavenly, and doesn’t irritate mine or baby’s skin.

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thank you to all who have offered me links for various “lactation cookies” to help with the breastfeeding; but the last thing this post-partum bitch needs is another cookie to eat–my pre-pregnancy weight is a long, 22lbs away and these maternity jeans aren’t getting any looser.

i’m sticking with {and luckily i LOVE} trader joe’s organic oatmeal.

super quick to make and it is perfectly delicious just on its own—no need to add sweetener or milk.

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are you guys watching lip sync battle!??!

my stretches of tv time are lately confined to 30 minute increments {usually with me attached to a breast pump.}

and i’m kind of over anything too heavy, involving kidnapping, murder, or the abuse of a child and or animal. even keeping up with the kardashians seems to border on child abuse for this hormonal mommy—-seriously? when did that sweet, little kylie turn into rupaul?

lip sync battle is the perfect, 22 minute, giggle-inducing, brain-cell diminishing, small-screen nibble.

anne hathaway’s version of “wrecking ball” officially shuts down all her haters……

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 and as if ll cool j. hosting isn’t reason enough to watch.

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so i’m on my third go-round of pamela druckerman’s bringing up bebe.

an american living in paris, druckerman investigates the intricacies of french parenting and how it leads to independent, self-sufficient, non-bratty, happy children.

hunkiest and i are trying to perfect “the pause”—-a tool in teaching your baby how to self-soothe without hysterics or leaving your baby feeling insecure or untrusting….no this is NOT letting your baby “cry it out” uncontrollably so back that opinon truck up right now.

the only crying-it-out taking place in this household is mine…..boo-hoo’ing over the fact that i still give a rat’s ass about grey’s anatomy {major spoiler in link….}

i’m actually trying to employ “the pause” in other areas of my life needing a little less reactivity: my neighbor’s 6:30am saturday tree-trimming, my portion control come mid-afternoon, and now ABC primetime television.

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i’ve pretty much stayed house-bound these last couple of weeks; any forray out into public becomes a drinking game opportunity where hunkiest and i take a shots every time someone tells me how tired i look…since i kind of want to avoid fetal alcohol disorder and we’ve run out of uber drivers,  i’m limiting my outings.

when i do have to venture past my front door i make sure i’m shellacked in urban decay’s illuminating beauty balm. this vegan sunscreen/moisturizer/dark eye circle disguise helps me look a little less zombie, a little more planet earth.

so that’s all i got.

care to share what’s in your friday pocket o’favorites?

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

knocked-up fitness: a giveaway!

March 31, 2015

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even though i’ve been teaching fitness for over 15 years, when it came to the pre and post natal field, my knowledge was limited. my knee-jerk reaction to taking on private clients who were expecting has always been to pass them off to the expert, aka erica ziel, creator of knocked up fitness–the leading pre and post natal program in the country.

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a mother of 3, erica has spent her entire career educating herself and others on the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. her knowledge is cutting edge, experience-based, and major media, ie the new york times, parenting magazine, people magazine, etc. routinely reference erica as the leader in the industry. she is currently on the board for fit pregnancy, educating the public on the do’s and don’ts of pre and post-natal fitness.

i am so lucky to consider her a friend and colleague.

but as of nine months ago i have started seeing her as a client; she has provided me with immeasurable comfort and support during this physically challenging and whacky time of my life.

here’s a glimpse of some of what we do to keep me as strong and comfortable during this pregnancy:

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i warm up each session with a cat/cow type of stretch using an exercise ball.

this is nirvana for my tight back, but also strengthens my core.

one of the most eye-opening take-aways from training with erica has been her knowledge on core-strength. so much of what i had been taught and told to do for mamma’s and their core, specifically what i knew about preventing diastis recti: the separation of the abdominal wall that happens to many pregnant women, was actually counter-productive to keeping the abdominal muscles strong.

erica’s post on avoiding any and ALL crunches during and right after pregnancy is a must read!

i was doing the occasional isometric crunch here and there, thinking that because my core was already strong i could continue with abdominal flexion—NO! NO! NO! apparently this type of core work can encourage the split in your rectus muscles!

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here we are strengthening my back and opening up the front of my chest.

erica is consistently getting me to “MOVE” through all ranges of my back–an area i’m typically timid with due to chronic low-back pain.

during our workouts erica encourages me to really activate the spine—this has helped me tremendously with staving off the occasional lumbar flare up, and so far, with three weeks to go, i haven’t experienced sciatica-a common ailment during pregnancy.

if you’ve been working out prior to pregnancy, strength training is still allowed and encouraged to keep you feeling as agile and pain-free as possible, even though everything else on your body gets bigger and activities become harder–getting out of bed for me these days warrants a standing ovation and straight across “10’s” from the judges’ table.

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here is my favorite exercise to do with erica! she “lets” me do these every session.

it works the core, glutes, arms and legs!

see erica’s instagram for how to correctly execute.

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having erica as a weekly touchstone has given me so much stamina, relief and peace-of-mind during this crazy time.

the amount of conflicting information on pre-natal fitness is mind-boggling, and i’ve come to believe opinions and advice are typically given from a place of fear rather than knowledge.

erica has broken it all down for me with her decade-plus experience.

she has empowered me with knowledge that i can take into all my other activities these days–such as spinning, strength training, and pilates reformer classes.

she is someone i will continue to seek guidance and education from way after my little person is delivered.

erica’s post-natal program is perfect for busy moms everywhere!

luckily we all don’t need to live in southern california to take advantage of her expertise.

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erica is graciously donating her 3 dvd sets and knocked up guide to pregnancy book to one of my lucky readers.

there are several ways to enter this giveaway:

simply leave a comment here on my website, my facebook page, or instagram page.

 liking my facebook page, following me on instagram and twitter also earns an entry.

enter the drawing more times by following knocked up fitness on twitter and instagram, and liking knocked-up fitness on facebook.

that’s nine entries right there!

erica’s dvds are great workouts, and are not limited to just the pre/post natal–anyone can do these workouts and see amazing results regardless if you’re a man, woman, momma or not.

good luck m’loves…contest winner will be announced next monday 4/6/2015.

——–contest closed. 

it’s friday, i’m in love….

February 27, 2015

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happy friday-it’s white and gold-goddammit!– to you m’loves.

apparently my husband and i aren’t the only ones now in marriage counseling over “that dress.”

families and friendships are cracking up all over the country.

screw the red states and the blue states; please divide us into white + gold vs blue + black states instead—-cuz i’m sure as hell not hanging with those psychos who see blue/black.

in the spirit of silly, here are a few other things making me chuckle:
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but first, this coffee mug and i need to have a make-out session, STAT.

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are you geeking out over the perfect365 app too?

designed for the selfie + filter obsessed– {YOU know who YOU are….your friends and family don’t know who you are because you filter the shit out of your face on-line, but that’s a different post;} the perfect 365 app allows you to photo shop an entire sephora store on your mug for those photos that need a little more gloss, hair volume, and contour.

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but let’s be honest it’s so much more fun to lean toward the ridiculous.

i’m crushing hard on this new mom who used it on her 7-week old son; my kind of mommy fo’sure–let’s start a playgroup NOW!

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 my little person isn’t here yet, so my buffonery is still constrained to the beasts.

and yes, my husband’s silent treatment has been extended until monday.

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remember my girl crush post with christina sinclair?

this week i was honored to be featured on christina’s fab blog: beach babe fitness.

head on over to see how i got started in the fitness industry and some of my guilty pleasures {hint: four-letter words raise my serotonin levels.}

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speaking of my penchant for profanity, whoever curated this list obviously knows my birthday is coming up.

check out the 19 perfect gifts for people who love to swear. i’m especially partial to the birthday banner, and think this needlepoint would look beautiful in the nursery.

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 while we’re on the birthday subject, do you know what the number one song was on the day you were born?

this fun website tells you what your parents were fox-trotting to as you de-birth canaled.

who out there can top my bellamy brothers’ “let your love flow?”

 

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but if easy-rolling, 70’s soft rock isn’t your groove, maybe like me, you’ll dig rihanna’s new song towards the sun from the soundtrack to the new animated movie from dreamworks, “home.

so there you have it!

my friday loves–which always includes YOU!

wishing you a sunny, gold + white, winter weekend.

see you on the other side of sunday.

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