battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise


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Weight Loss, Mom Hair, and Baby Updates

Yikes, guys.  It’s been months since my last post.  So much to catch you up on.  Let’s go shorthand for this one.

Weight loss.  It happened.  I got to my pre-pregnancy baby weight.  weightlosstext

*pats self on back*  Yep, I was that successful mom who “found the time.”  I dieted and exercised while keeping up my milk supply.  I blended up protein shakes and did daily cardio-intensive workout videos and counted calories.  And somehow, even though it seemed impossible, I got back into my pre-preg jeans.

I know, I know.  I am amazing.  I win at everything.

Oh, and then I stopped exercising and started ordering Thai food from eat24 on a regular basis and have let my healthiness and muscle tone go to sh*t.  I don’t remember exactly when I stopped working out, but based on my Instagram posts I’d say about 6 weeks ago.  Hmm.  I promise to start back up again… soon.

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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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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:

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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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I Quit Running.

It only took me six years to realize it, but I hate running.

I started running in 2007.  It was the first time that I actually, consciously chose to exercise for the sake of exercise.  I was in law school and needed a way to reduce my stress and lose the 25 lbs I’d gained throughout college.

For a first-time exerciser, running seemed like the go-to thing.  I totally sucked at it — I couldn’t run more than a few minutes without walking, and my “running” was about the speed of most peoples’ saunters.  But I powered through because I knew I would get better.

But six years later, three Disneyland Half Marathons later, pushing myself through insufferable training plans, and countless other 5 and 10Ks, and the only thing I’ve gotten better at is figuring out where the cameras are on the race course.
EFTB Disneyland Half Marathons 2011-2013

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