battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise

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Insanity – Half Way There

I can’t believe I’ve stuck with Insanity now for over a month.  I’ve never been so dedicated to a fitness regimen in my life.  In fact, when we got the Insanity DVDs — which was three years ago when we bought our house — I think I got through about two days of it before quitting.

But you know what?  Instagram, of all things, has kept me accountable.

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Four Months Postpartum: Look at me now!

You guys, whoever said diet and exercise work was right.


I took the photo on the left just a day after we got home from the hospital with little baby Jordan.  Still wearing a maternity tank, and Jamie’s gym shorts, because those were the only shorts that fit me.

And here I am on the right, four months later and just two weeks into my new exercise regimen, feeling strong and proud and and happy with how I look!  Hard work really does pay off.

I was in complete agony for the first week or so of getting back on the exercise wagon, but now it’s becoming normal again, and that makes me feel normal again.  And I can’t tell you how good normal feels after feeling so abnormal post-baby.

My body wasn’t my own for nine months.  And then once it was again, my body was a stranger to me.  I’d never been so heavy, so mushy, so tired.  I’d never been so slow, in need of healing, out of shape.  Hungry and thirsty ALL THE TIME from the breastfeeding and sleepless nights.

I didn’t diet for the first two months postpartum because I was petrified that my milk supply would dry up.  Then I started counting calories in March.  Thankfully, my milk supply was fine.  But my weight barely budged.  Every other day, I’d have a craving and blow my calorie limit.  It was a very frustrating process.  Plus, my fitness level was crap.  The best exercise I was getting was a walk to the market every other day, which is less than a mile roundtrip.

And then one day, I woke up and decided, I think I’ll do Insanity.  The first week was hell.  I was under the weather, plus every workout I did postpartum made me feel like I was even sicker.  Not just sore in the good way you feel sore after the gym — but actually physically ill, like I was coming down with a fever.  But after a week of powering through that, my body and my health started to turn around.

And two weeks later… what a difference.

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INSANITY: Day 1 — Time to Drop the Baby Weight

In just a few more days, Jordan will be four months old!  Wow.  Of course, that means that I’ll be four months postpartum.

After a few months of healing and light dieting, I finally feel ready to kick my fitness goals into full gear.

So I’m starting up INSANITY.  Sixty days of intense workouts.  Here are my Day 1 Fit Test results — it kicked my ass:

insanity fit test 1

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Week 34: Progress Photo, and Thoughts on Weight Gain

You guys, I never appreciated how fit and thin I was before until I was able to look back and compare it to myself now.

IMG_1661I started this pregnancy at 138 lbs, which is on the heavy side for me.  I’m most comfortable when I’m in the low to mid-120s, and 138 is basically my max weight before I kick diet and exercise into high gear.

But I had been relatively exercise-y pre-pregnancy.  It was really just my food that was a bit out of control.  We had been trying to get pregnant for several months, and the websites I was reading on fertility cautioned against dieting/calorie restriction, which I took as an excellent excuse to eat my heart out.  When we found out that we were pregnant, truth be told, I was feeling a bit overweight and unhealthy, and didn’t have the best confidence in my body image.

But hindsight is 20-20 and without sounding too conceited, damn, 5 weeks girl.  You looked super good.

That’s not to say that I don’t love my body and how I look now.  In fact, very much the opposite.  I have never felt more confident in my body than at 34 weeks pregnant and 165 lbs.  As big as I am, ironically, I’ve never felt so tiny.  And as tired as I am all the time, I’ve never felt so strong and amazed by what my body can do.  I’m obsessed with taking photos of myself.  I’m obsessed with feeling the little guy kick and roll and stretch inside of me, and pull Jamie’s hand to my belly any time I feel the baby moving so he can marvel, too (…hopefully he doesn’t mind that I take his hand hostage every 20 minutes — the little guy is super active).

And looking into the future, I’m actually looking forward to getting back on track with watching my calories and restarting my exercise regiment.  With the pregnancy, I’ve let exercise fall to the wayside a bit.  Any time that I jump on the elliptical (um, all two times during the pregnancy) I’m reminded how out of shape and exhausted my body has become.  Once the baby is no longer in me I am excited to get back to cardio, yoga, and weights without worrying that I’ll fall or drop something or lift too heavy and hurt the baby.

But for now, more selfies, and a few more weeks of comfort foods (:

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Week 32: Progress Photo

Third of four prenatal yoga classes today!  The four-class series that I signed up for was scheduled to be a “semi-private,” meaning it was limited to 10 students.  Well, lucky for me, I was the only person to sign up!  Private instruction for the price of semi-private!  (:


I feel so amazing being back in the yoga studio.  I love being pregnant in my exercise clothes, and I love practicing yoga while pregnant.  So much of the prenatal yoga class is focused on stretching, breathing, and connecting with baby, preparing for the birth, and calming the mind and body.  It’s the perfect way to prepare and set the tone for our upcoming labor and little baby Jordan’s birthday.

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Pregnant in Canada!

Hi everyone!  Checking in from Toronto!  Jamie and I are here for a few days for a friend’s wedding, which is extra exciting because the bride and groom are *vegan* so there will be so many amazing, delicious, vegan options to eat!

The wedding isn’t until the weekend, so Jamie and I arrived a few days early to explore Canada.  We explored the city, took in a Blue Jay game (they play the US and Canadian national anthems — I mean, of course they do, but how fun), went up the CN Tower (note: scary; it sways), walked around the city, and took a ferry across the lake to the island and rode bikes.

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Running My Last Half Marathon

As I mentioned, running is not my thing.  And after years of trying to make it my thing to no avail, I quit.  Of course, I decided and declared my quitting slightly prematurely, as I still had one more race to run.


Hello!  The crown jewel of them all.  The Nike Women’s Half/Marathon medal.  Yes, that is a Tiffany-necklace medal.  No, you can’t have mine.

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