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This Week’s Workouts + Favorite Recipe I Ate This Week

So I haven’t posted a blog in literally FOREVER! Life has been crazy…in case you didn’t know I am now a MOM!!!

I won’t be doing any work for awhile until I feel like I am ready. I really have no set time  frame for how long I want to take time off. The plan is to have no plan and just enjoy being a mom to Ms. Harper Anne Finch for awhile. It’s not very easy for me to not have a plan because I am naturally a planner at heart, but I think this is  exactly what I need in this season of life as I transition into motherhood.  I am so greatful that I even have the opportunity to choose to do this as I know not every mother gets this option.

So for now, my days are filled with lots of snuggles, diaper changes, laundry, feedings, more feedings, more diaper changes, the occassional cry fit, naps, etc.

The lack of good quality sleep I am getting is enough to make me go crazy some nights, but when I wake up and see this cute face how can I even be mad???

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Seroiusly!! I may be biased but she is SO cute i could die!! It’s a good thing babie’s are so dang adorable! They can drive you insane and then make you feel like you couldn’t love anything more all at the same time.

So in the transition of just being mom for awhile and deciding when I want to take on any work again, I have made it my goal to at least write one blog a week to stay in touch with you guys on what I am doing post partum to stay healthy and fit. I will be trying to do this every Friday, but as a mom I literally never know what my day will look like as much as I try and plan it.

Anyways, I thought I would start by sharing with you guys what my workouts have looked like post baby. Before I had Harper, I worked out at our local Crossfit gym 4-5 times a week which included lots of heavy lifting and more. Since I’ve had Harper, I decided to not go right back up to the gym because, knowing my competitive self, I would probably jump back into things too quickly and hurt myself, so I have decided to workout at home and make up my own workouts for awhile. Plus, I really never know when/if I’ll get to workout in a day anyways.. so it’s more convenient at the moment to do a quick workout wherever I can fit it in.

I took 3 weeks off from when I had Harper and did no working out at all. I think I maybe walked to the mailbox a couple of times just to get outside and actually got dressed and blow dried my hair for the day (that is seriously a workout right after you have had a baby). Other than that I was just in survival mode and trying to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

At the end of three weeks I finally had an itch to work out again. Since then I’ve made it my goal to fit in at least three interval/crossfit type at home workouts in a week and to walk as often as possible with my girl. The walking is a win win for me. For one, it is a guarantee that I can get Harper to sleep. She passes out the second I start strollng her, it is amazing, and I get some fresh air and peace and quite for however long I decide to walk. If it’s been a hard day/night I tend to walk longer so she will sleep longer and I get more peace and quite lol. If I’m lucky, she will keep sleeping when I stroll her inside and I like to fit in my workout right when I get home.

So here is what my workouts looked like this past week. Feel free to try these at home yourself and modify how you need to. Sorry.. I didn’t video or take pics of any of the movements so if you aren’t sure what something is I’m sure you tube or google can help you out.

Sunday

15 minute EMOM (Every minute on the minute)

  • Minute 1: 30 second handstand hold against the wall (you could do a plank to modify)
  • Minute 2: 10 single kettlebell push press with 55# kettle bell (you could do push-ups if you don’t have a kettle bell)
  • Minute 3: 3 strict pull-ups (do like 20 cobras or 10 dumbell rows if you don’t have something to do pull-ups on or can’t do them. It will work your back muscles which is the goal here)

I did 2 rounds of this and then Harper got super fussy and was crying so I decided to add in one extra round where I held her and did squats for a minute. It calmed her down and it kept her content right up until I would finish a round and I would have to pick her up again lol. So if you’re a mom, do what you got to do to get your workout in and keep baby happy at the same time!

After I finished the EMOM, I rested and put Harper down for a nap. I then did 150 squats for time. I did it in 3:58. Holy crap my legs were so sore the next 3 days.

Tuesday

45 minute walk with my girl..

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+ 15 minute AMRAP (As many reps as possible in 15 minutes)

  • 3 strict pull-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 lunges
  • 20 sit-ups

I did 6 rounds plus 3 more pull-ups

Thursday

10 minute AMRAP

  • Following a ladder of increasing reps of 3-6-9-12 as far as you can go in 10 minutes of kettlebell goblet squats, kettlebell deadlifts and burpees ( I used 55# kettle bell and got through the round of 15 + 8 more squats)

Friday

We will be going country dancing tonight for my husbands birthday!!! I’m  really excited and anxious at the same time. The first night I met Luke we went dancing, so it is one of our favorite things to do together, but it’s also the first time I’m leaving Harper with a baby sitter that is not family. If you want a great calf workout..go country dancing. Seriously.

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Anyways, if you do decide you want to order some I do earn a small affiliate commission from anyone who orders through my link here.

I don’t ever recommend anything that I don’t use myself or believe in, so I would greatly appreciate you ordering through my link in support of this blog!

Ok, so now onto my favorite new recipe I tried this week!

Butternut Squash Soup

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Doesn’t that just look cozy? I love making soups in the wintertime. They are a great make ahead meal that’s easy to re heat and eat on all week.

This is not an original recipe. You can get the recipe here. I used two granny smith apples instead of just 1.

Another one of my goals on top of blogging once a week is to try one new recipe a week. This helps keep things interesting and to not get bored of eating the same thing over and over. Eating healthy gets really boring if you eat the same thing all the time. Some people can do it, but I can’t. I have to change things up. This soup is great paired with a big salad, or a wrap (I love using Ezekiel brand sprouted grain wraps). This paired with a wrap has been my lunch all week. Yumm.

If little MIss Harper naps good next Friday giving me enough time to write another blog post, I’ll be posting again on what we ate for dinner all week!! Stay tuned..

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