it’s friday i’m in love…

August 28, 2015



friday friendly skies to you m’loves.

i’m off on a jet-plane to belatedly ring in my girlfriend, jill grogg’s, 30th birthday.

the weekend promises laughter, love and diaper changes–we’ll have three infants in tow……six, counting our spouses.

here are a few other things i’m loving on this week:

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kind of says it all right there.

yumbutter is a new almond butter i’ve been having “relations with” all week.

it’s made with freshly ground chia, hemp seed + goji.

it’s yum indeed and bonkers healthy for you.

even better, yumbutter is deliciously charitable.

with every yumbutter you buy, a malnourished child gets fed.

and on a more personal topic, i appreciate the squeeze-pouch dispenser–also known as the “no-katie-you-can’t-eat-it-all-in-one-sitting-with-a-spoon” jar.

although as i was uploading this photo i realized i could totally mainline it, reddi-whip can style.


this cinnamon toast crunch ice cream needs to happen.

to me.

to you.

to one of us.

…and soon.


it’s no secret i’m obsessed with, maybe still stuck in, the nineties.

case in point: the 90′s karma ride my partner-in-crime, leigh beach and i taught last month.

i didn’t have to buy one thing for my “costume;” including my beloved brenda walsh choker-an heirloom i hope to someday pass down to sweet sutton, once she’s come to appreciate all things darren star.

all the music i sourced was already on my every day playlist–listen below.

so anything 90′s related i’m a sucker for; especially this compilation of awesome red carpet nineties couples!!—{leigh, i think they need to add us..}

tell me kittens, what’s your favorite nineties tune?


finally my hair.

i have new hair…and i LOVE it!

 laurie bernard one of the fabulous owners of holiday salon gave me the chop last week and i’m a new person!

screw losing the baby weight…..this feels so much better.

wishing you an insane in the brain weekend to you m’loves!

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bouncing the bounce bursts…..

August 26, 2015


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wednesday happy to you m’loves.

since discovering my beloved bounce bursts test on animals i’ve been scouring the grocery aisles and google pages for a four-legged, friendly alternative.

to my unhandy dismay, the best i could come up with was a do-it-yourself concoction involving epsom salt + essential oils.

typically when i see the initials DIY, i break out in a rash and involuntarily vomit.

i DON’T-do-it-myself. i pay to have it done or i go without-i’m just not artful that way.

but even this “project” seemed kindergarten enough even for my ikea-averse brain.

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 the hardest part was picking the scent.

nothing is going to smell as strong as those bounce/downey burst/crystals; they are artificially/chemically fragranced {i.e. toxic} therefore much more potent and longer lasting–and also more dangerous to your health.

that being said i had to be willing to forego the robust, {fraudulent} fresh-smelling house and clothes i had grown to love.

i chose a grapefruit + cinnamon combination.

i am washing hunkiest’s clothes too so it couldn’t be too floral and these were pretty inexpensive….around $3 each…some essential oils can get pricey.

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 in a mixing bowl i added:

6 cups of the epsom salt.


 3o drops of grapefruit oil.

30 drops of cinnamon oil.

{adding more oil if you want a stronger scent.}

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after blending, i popped my crystals into an extra-large mason jar, and stuck it up next to the laundry soap.

i added 1 tablespoon of “salt,” straight in with the clothes for washing, and so far, so good.

our clothes aren’t stinky, and the salt makes them baby-kitten soft.

as stated earlier, the scent is nowhere near as strong as the bounce bursts-even our neighbors could smell the “malibu sunrise” aroma of those suckers, but our consciences and our laundry are both clean.

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because i had solved this homemaking and moral scruple, last night i rewarded my handy do-it-myself-self a solo trip to target.

of course, as i’m zippity doo dah’ing my way down the aisle i run, smack into the new display for these mrs. meyer’s laundry scent boostersleaping bunny certified fragrance bursts for your laundry.

{my deep, eye-rolling, shoulder-tossing exhalation}

so there you have it.

make your own like i did…or buy the mrs. meyer’s kind…like i will be in the future.

wednesday april fresh to you m’loves.


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happy shiny FACES….

August 17, 2015


i should just end this post, right here, with: “you’re welcome.”

{mic drop}

{shuffle, ball-change…..exit stage left}

but the 50% irish catholic in me is compelled to confess all that i know.

so here it goes:

i give you vasanti facial cleanser–truly a game changer in my ongoing endeavor for complexion renovation; an evolving enterprise of mine since the age of eleven when i was made to believe beautiful skin could be a breeze with sea breeze.—i’m still re-moisturizing from those days.

this is not just for girls, so men listen up–because even the boys could use a little pore-refining.

the vasanti facial cleanser washes, illuminates, and exfoliates the skin like no other product i’ve used {save for an S.O.S. pad. but that resulted in stitches.}

one tube should last at least 6 months; which is a bargain at $34.00.

and not only will your face be fancy, your conscience will be clear knowing vasanti products are all vegan, cruelty-free + paraben-free.

let me know what you think.

monday-happy-shiny to you LOVEBUGS!!!

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friday i’m in LOVE!!!

August 14, 2015

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friday happy to you m’loves!

no, you’re not still tripping on last night’s portobello mushroom, i’m back for the second time this week.

i feel like i’m finally emerging from my self-ensconced, post-natal lair.

leaving the house for life outside of work and when the coffee runs out, is starting to happen more often.

i’m also resuming my crucial, uninterrupted time with my first girl, my heart, my love–my priscilla.

priscilla LOVES sutton…

case in point:

~a snippet of the hours of footage we have where priscilla watches over a newborn sutton.

she hasn’t left her wee charge since.

jones takes more of a hands-off, night’s watch approach; he guards the house, and minds the perimeter of the property–loving our girl from afar.

i adore these beasts more and more every day…..

here are few other things i’m loving on this fine friday:

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this week marked my first forray back towards pre-baby fitness.

i’m not looking for a certain number on the scale, or a previous sized pant; what i care most about is how i feel.

i want/need/will pay good money, and/or will perform circus animal tricks for more energy.

i miss moxie in my joints and muscles.

i long for a feeling of spontaneity in my legs, arms and back; rather than the deadweight of a napping, grizzly bear i’m currently carrying in my shoulders, neck, and hip flexors.

the dailey method is my remedy.

it’s no secret the dailey method {TDM} is my favorite barre class.–and yes i’ve even taught for this ice cream sundae of a studio–they are hands down the best barre studio around. no one pays more attention to form, safety, and alignment--you will NOT injure yourself in these classes {if you follow proper instruction and ask for modifications when necessary.}

shannon roberts, just one of the best girls EVER and luckily, my friend, taught the class, and effectively handed my “seat” to me.

i left the studio “lifted, toned, and stretched.”

there are currently 56 dailey method studios globally- i encourage you to try one out.

and if you don’t have a studio nearby…you can always purchase or stream their workouts


now on to my favorite subject: food.

i’ve been living off these two soups from trader joes: the organic creamy asparagus soup + the organic roasted tomatillo gazpacho; both are vegan, filling, and delicious.

i’m not sure how the asparagus soup is dairy free; it’s as creamy-tasting as cupcake frosting, but without costume change into waistband-free, sweat pants.

and although the gazpacho says to eat “chilled,” i heat it up nonetheless.

if i wanted it cold, i’d serve it over tortilla chips with melted cheese and call it “salsa.”

—chilled soup!??!?!—so stupid!!!!!


and this could be my most favorite find of the year!

method PURE NAKED moisturizing body wash is the only grocery store/target/drugstore {mainstream consumer brand} body wash i’ve ever found that does not test on animals.

yes, you can buy specialty body washes at the grocery store, etc..but they’re always pricier, and typically available in scents that smell like yoga mats or tuna casserole.

this wash comes in surfside, magnolia {my favorite}, olive leaf {hunkiest’s favorite}, + a white tea scent.

it kills me that people lose their minds over cecil the lion {which deserves the outrage,} but in the next breath/post they’ll laud a company or product that tests on animals–which if you ask me, an entire life locked in a cage, poked, prodded, and poisoned {aka tortured} is still worse than a life spent roaming free in a national park until being mercilessly hunted down one night.

i’m not saying i’m perfect {i’m currently looking to replace my bounce bursts–found out they test on animals}–but, if animal cruelty is something you’re not down with, i believe a quick smartphone google of “cruelty free” the next time you go shopping can collectively make an impact.

now can someone please get me a gondola ride down from my soapbox?


i leave with you some jams for your weekend audio pleasure:

i have to give credit to my friend, my mate in soul and jukebox, john p., for reminding how much i love the paper town’s soundtrack.

there isn’t one bad song on the album {do people still call them albums?}

if i had sam bruno’s “search party” on cassette, the ribbon would already be unraveled from so much play + rewind; i’m apologizing in advance to my classes for the search party overdose.

santigold’s “radio,” kindess’ version of “swinging party,” + alice boman’s heartbreaking “be mine” are my other favorites.

and you…always you m’loves–you of course are my favorites too!!

weekend happy to you….let’s go out having a swinging party shall we?

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sweet child o’mine

June 26, 2015


 i’m officially 12 weeks into this whole motherhood gig.

the baby police have yet to take my little person away from me; although hunkiest and i did catch her the other night putting in a request for a transfer.

our sutton is slowly finding her groove.

her parents?

the jury is still out.

her preferred method of communication is still crying.

she LOVES to cry.

not that i expected sundown, elizabethan poetry recitals, but a taylor swift song, at least to break up the afternoon wailing and the midnight waterloos, would be nice once in a while.

the pediatrician assured me her fondness for gibber and grandstand for pop music will come soon enough.

we had her first shots on monday.

sutton barely winced.

her father and i, on the other hand, cried so hard we both vomited, needed a tight swaddle each for soothing, and were simultaneously breastfed by the nurse.

if it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the spin bike than baby girl’s first words will most likely be a profanity-laced casserole of expletives.

we’re taking bets on the following:

motherfucker, goddamnit, cock-sucker, or fuckyoufisherprice.

money is already stowed away for sutton’s future therapy bills, and i’ve cleared my schedule for the parent/teacher conferences coming my way.

while most moms are researching pre-schools and sleep-trainers {the best}, i’m getting her on the “list” for rehabs and military academies.


i pretty much feel like i’m doing everything wrong….all. of. the. time.

from diapering to bedtime stories, {she’s more US WEEKLY than Vanity Fair,} i fall asleep counting the number of fails of the day rather than sheep.

even my “mommy” nightmares are wrong:

a girlfriend asked me if i was having the “standard,” pre-requisite-to-being-a-good-mother-nightmare:

where you’re dreaming that you’re “rolling over on your baby in bed and smothering her?”


um, that would be a “no.”

yes, i am having this re-occurring nightmare

and it IS absolutely terrifying.

we’re talking cold sweats, screams, and a fear of falling asleep at night.

but instead of harming my sweet baby, i dream that i still haven’t been asked to my jr. prom, and all of my friends already have dates.

so we know where MY priorities lie.


luckily for my own, my husband’s, and my daughter’s sanity, i went back to work last week.

it’s definitely a lighter schedule than i’m used to, but it’s enough so that i’m getting my brain wrapped around things besides sleep schedules and formula ounces.

although i worked out until the day i delivered it was at a much lighter intensity; my workouts feel hard, but SO SO good!

i gained 40lbs with my pregnancy; 17 of which still hasn’t come off.

i used to wear boyfriend jeans. now i wear these-are-why-your-boyfriend-broke-up-with-you jeans.

funny though, for all the crazy body image issues i’ve dealt with in my life, this is the least i’ve cared about how i look, how much i weigh, or how much i’ve worked out for the week.

i’m just so grateful to FEEL good again {after a wretched pregnancy,} and to have a healthy, beautiful baby girl.


so let’s talk about that girl.

my girl.

my girl with the birthday cake breath.

 yes she likes to cry.

but i, of course, think it’s the prettiest cry in the land, like a choir of forest fairies lullabying the violets and dandelions to sleep for the night.

when she’s overly exhausted, you can hear heartbreak in her cry. it brings me to tears; like when nina simone laments over lost love, or when i discover i’m out of coffee.

no, she doesn’t always sleep through the night.

in fact, she’s sometimes partial to the every 45 minute dance party–especially between the hours of 11pm and 4am.

my under-eye dark circles have become my new, signature “look.”

one day i will miss these middle of the night wake-up calls: that gummy smile, those eyes so bright and sparkly they light up her pitch-black nursery, buckling my knees with a love i’m convinced can solve all of the world’s problems.

forget drones and peace talks……i dare ANYONE to have hate in their heart after a baby looks you square in the eye, and cups your cheek for comfort.

or try being angry when the dead-weight, sack of flour, of a newborn naps in the crook of your neck.


other than this new mammal under our roof, things are pretty much the same.

our beasts still run the show, and we just pay their mortgage; in no way have are they in second place.

i’m still not ready to talk about the “game of thrones” finale so let’s just leave it that.

i wouldn’t take any book recommendations from me for a while—i’m only trying to read books where i don’t have to think, cry, or care about anyone in them—so pretty much kathie lee gifford and i have started our own book club.

my fantasies these days aren’t of white sand beaches or first class to morocco—lately i’d give my left foot for an ativan sandwich and 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

i have NO idea what this season’s summer sandal or IT-bag is…my accesories of late consist of spit-up and my night-guard; anything and EVERYTHING to ensure that i will never get pregnant again.

we are DONE.

one and DONE.

so who sutton looks like?

 she is the carbon copy of me as a baby except without any eyebrows…we’re hoping misha nesselrod will soon come to her rescue.

although, if you ask my mother, she says {and i quote} “sutton looks like axl rose after he gained all of that weight.


so there you have it.


according to my mother folks, that’s my baby ⬆︎.

and yes, grandma {aka “gigi”} is no longer babysitting for us.


so as i wrap up this post, over the internet and television, breaking news is coming in that the united states supreme court has made the landmark ruling to provide same-sex couples with the right to marry in all 50 states.

i hope my computer doesn’t short out from the tears flooding down my face into my keyboard.

this is not hormonal emotion, this is human elation.

long overdue, but a welcome decision—it’s still hard to wrap my brain around the fact that people who love each other need the government’s permission…but that’s another post…

i am euphoric for my friends, my family, my daughter, and my fellow americans, gay and straight.

we have taken a supreme court step towards a more tolerant and loving society.

this is a great day.

friday-equality-for-all-to you m’loves!

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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.


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……


 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.


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.

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what i’ve been googling lately?

April 21, 2015


so with just a little over two weeks in to this motherhood gig i can attest to the following ultimates: i am the happiest, the sleepiest, the most-frightened, most crazy in love {with baby, husband, + beasts,} and the most fulfilled of my entire life.

we’re on the every three-hour feed schedule which really means i am awake every TWO hours so i can feed, burp, pump, and think irrational, paralyzing thoughts.

hunkiest and i ditched all of our pre-natal classes for grilled cheese sandwiches and truffle fries at eat chow; so much of this has been on-the-job training.

google is our bitch.

she’s helped me find the best foods for breast milk production {oatmeal,} and coached me on how to install a car seat without getting a divorce {let the wife do it.}

here are a few other google searches in my caché:

how early before my newborn sleeps through the night?

how long does fireball stay in breast milk?

woman’s world record for oatmeal consumption….

oatmeal toxicity…..can you overdose on oatmeal? 

golden retriever night nurses…..

training your dog to change diapers….

the birthday cake diet.

how many susiecakes does it take for diabetes to set in?

sleep deprivation used as a method of torture.

can you die from lack of sleep?

do newborns require a ticket for coachella?

toned biceps from burping your infant.

how to swaddle my 42-year-old husband?

cataclysmic euphoria: a new mom’s love for her baby.

wish you a tuesday of cataclysmic euphoria m’loves.

p.s. the winner for the “knocked-up fitness” giveaway is Jenn Salusbury–please email me so i can send you your prize.



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March 31, 2015


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.


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.


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.


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. 

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the spin on pregnancy……

March 24, 2015

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so the number one question i am asked during this pregnancy is hands down: “how are you still spinning?”-the inquisitors typically a mixed bag of the horror-stricken, the supportive and those who are truly curious as it pertains to their own current or future pregnancies.

the benefits of exercise during these 40-plus weeks are plentiful, but the major reasons for me to keep vigilant with my fitness are those that directly benefit my baby: i.e my risk of gestational diabetes is lowered by more than 27%, pre-natal exercise is linked to more brain-power in newborns, cardiovascular exercise strengthens my baby’s heart, and when i’m working out my blood volume, oxygen delivery and blood flow all increases—meaning my baby is getting her nutrients and all other pulmonary and cardiovascular needs met at boosted levels.

my commitment to fitness during this time has always been, first and foremost, for the health of my baby.

but none of my advice or personal experience takes precedent over what your doctor tells you; every body and pregnancy is different, and should be addressed accordingly.

the advice and exercise prescription given to me {by my obstetrician} allowed me to continue with the same type of activity i was enjoying prior to pregnancy; this includes indoor cycling, sometimes even multiple times a day due to my job as an instructor. it was recommended to continue with my normal hustle, especially since it seemed to be the only remedy for my nausea–which i’m still experiencing here in my 36th week.

 the following guidelines have allowed me to spin several times a week, resulting in stellar stats for my baby girl during her pre-natal check ups:

1. hydration!

this has been a huge wake-up call for me because i am typically a d-minus student when it comes to drinking enough water. the fluids needed by the body during pregnancy are more invaluable than ever–extra water is required for that sweet baby of yours. blood volume, amniotic fluid, baby’s tissue–it all is created, maintained, and nourished with proper hydration. my rule of thumb, in addition to consistently drinking water throughout the day, is to consume an entire bottle of water {life factory bottles are my favorite} 30 minutes before spin class, one bottle DURING said cardio session, and another within 30 minutes after.

2. heart rate

the old rule of thumb for keeping a pregnant woman’s heart rate under 140 beats per minute went out of fashion with home perms and reeboks with the straps. the current recommendation is to NOT “lose your breath.” for me this means forgoing any anaerobic intervals which could leave me panting or gasping for air.

in my workouts i’m consistently alternating between an “in through the nose, out through the mouth breath,” and even just nose breathing when i’m starting to feel winded.

another test i give myself is the talk/sing test—if i can do both, i’m getting enough oxygen to my baby–so if you hear me singing it’s not just because i’m fantasizing myself in a jay z video…..well, not solely.

3. overheating

i have to say this has been the hardest to get used to. typically when i teach or take a class i detest the fans! i’d rather be boiling hot than even slightly chilled. but when you’re growing a little person inside you, climate change is not up for debate!

overheating is a major concern during pregnancy. your baby’s body temperature is already warmer than yours {hence the “bun in the oven,”}—so when you heat up, it’s even hotter for sweet baby.

i’m either under a fan or near an air vent {typically both} when i take classes these days. if i sense that the room is getting a little warmer i take my pace/intensity WAY down–this isn’t the time of my life where i need to keep up with the front row or personal bests need to be set.

4. modifications on the spin bike

the pregnant body is undergoing crazy, physical changes. besides weight gain, ligaments and tendons are moving/stretching, joints are relaxing, and you’re more prone to back pain {regardless of how in-shape you were before.}

if you’re experiencing discomfort, play with your bike set up. in accommodating my burgeoning bump, i’ve had to move the seat forward, the seat lower, and the handlebars higher; and there are just some things i cannot do anymore: i.e. high speeds out the saddle, certain choreography, etc.

i always get the approval from the instructor before i take any class; letting them know i’m pregnant and most likely won’t be able to do everything. i can’t emphasize the importance of telling your instructor before class any limitations/conditions/injuries you may have—we instructors are SO grateful when students notify us beforehand of these things. otherwise we’re left wondering if we’re not cuing properly, that you hate our class, our outfit, hair, etc.

it’s like having a dinner party, and a guest not eating your food due to dietary restrictions, and not telling you why.

5. find a supportive community

hormones are no joke during pregnancy. forget about the massive remodel your body undergoes; the changes in you mood, your sensitivity meter, and stress-levels can reach an all-time high. there’s something about a baby bump that can sometimes coax out the most ridiculous behavior from non-pregnant people–horror stories, judgements, lectures abound–these can send a pregnant woman into her own fetal position for days.

it is vital to find a community where you feel supported, welcomed, and nurtured. this pregnancy, my home away from home has become grit cycle–maternity leave has not kept me away from the saddle room. the benefits i receive from riding with my fellow gritties have not only benefitted my baby’s health, but also my mental and emotional health as well, and this has been an immeasurable gift.

for more tips on indoor cycling and pregnancy check out this article written by my friend and fellow grit instructor, cassie piasecki {remember her from shut the fridge?}

stay tuned for more #fitpregnancy posts and an upcoming giveaway from a major voice in the fitness industry.

tuesday fit-healthy+ happy to you m’loves!

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game changer: odacité serum

March 19, 2015

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thursday taut and toned jawlines to you m’loves.

for your age-defying arsenal, today i give you a game-changing bazooka:

odacité nighttime anti-oxidants repair serum

with 100% organic ingredients, including natural vitamin e, msm {a collagen producer,} and hyaluronic acid {which plumps and hydrates the face,} this powerful, but non-irritating product has done wonders for my tired, puffy, pre-natal face.

i first tried this wonder-worker last summer. i liked the results: firmer skin tone and a brighter complexion. it’s not the least expensive product out there so when i had used up my bottle i was hesitant to re-purchase.

immediately i noticed a slack in the glow and clarity i was getting used to; i decided it best to forgo the daily peet’s coffee in favor of a peaches-n-cream face.

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as you’d expect from an organic skincare line, odacité eschews all the toxic nasties sometimes found in potent products.

the entire line is paraben, petrochemical, phthalates, formaldehyde and fragrance free.

i know some of you are still unsure about the competence of all-natural products:

can these non-medical grade, farm to bottle potions give me the same results as the stuff cooked up in the chemist labs?

the answer is a resounding YES!!

botanicals, amino acid peptides, and vitamins derived from natural ingredients are often more robust in effect; such is the case with odacité products.

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and just as important to me as efficacy is that my medicine cabinet stays cruelty-free as well. odacité does not test on animals nor do they use any animal products in their ingredients.

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i also love odacité’s emphasis on freshness.

each of their products comes with a “freshiency date” label.

i’m always suspect of how long the effectiveness lasts on these natural products and appreciate the extra information. when you make a purchase of any of their products you are guaranteed to receive it within two days {shipping is free for everything over $75.}

another bonus with this line is their generous sample giveaway. every time i purchase with odacité i receive a handful of really nice samples.

i’ve also received 15% off every order from odacité because they’re always offering email discounts to loyal customers; they also give first-time customers get a 15% discount.

wishing you a bright and cheery complected thursday m’loves.

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