Getting in Shape Post Baby

August 7, 2017

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Big thanks to Macys for partnering with me on this post! All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for supporting my sponsors! 

augustine loves to play while I workout - M Loves M @marmar

During my pregnancy, I lived it up. I took full advantage of “eating for two,” and ate for 3 probably! I made sure I was eating healthy foods, but let’s be honest I have a big sweet tooth. An uncontrollable sweet tooth! I told myself that after the baby was here I would get back to the gym and get back in shape. But after Augustine arrived, so did the many {many!} sleepless nights. Matthew and I joked that we were in triage mode, just trying to survive. Oftentimes the one thing I looked forward to most after we finally got Augustine to sleep, was chocolate chip cookies and The Mindy Project. It was nice you guys! Something sweet to look forward to. I said, “ok once Augustine sleeps through the night, then I’ll get back into shape. Here we are and Augustine is almost one year old. And no, he is not sleeping through the night. Yet, everyday I feel this little itch that I need to be putting health first, and treating my body rightThere’s no time like the present, right? Here’s how I’m planning on getting in shape post-baby: 

getting in shape with my sweet boy - M Loves M @marmar Augustine is so fun to workout with - M Loves M @marmar I never get tired of that sweet face - M Loves M @marmar

It’s almost impossible for me to get out of the house by myself these days so I’ve realized that if I’m going to get in shape, Augustine has to be there with me. Gone are the days where I could just pick up and go to the gym without a second thought. My sister in law swears by her jogging stroller so I had a feeling this might be the best option for us! I was looking on Macys and they had such a good selection of strollers. I decided on the Baby JoggeBaby Summit X3 Jogging Stroller, because I’ve heard a ton of great things about the brand, and let me tell you guys, this thing is NICE!  

working on my fitness now that Augustine is almost one - M Loves M @marmar working out with my baby is always the best company - M Loves M @marmar how I'm getting in shape post-baby now up on M Loves M stretching it out with my sweet boy - M Loves M @marmar love this baby jogger from macy's - M Loves M @marmar this stroller is the best for walking and jogging

Matthew set the stroller up for me and he was raving about all the features, so I know it gets his stamp of approval too. The stroller is incredibly easy to open and close- you can do it one handed, which is HUGE! And having the option to jog, or walk, with this stroller is so great. I actually prefer it when I’m going out and running errands- just like my sister in law said I would! And in terms of fitness, I’ve been jogging around the block in the evenings and I think Augustine likes it as much as I do. I mean, if you were a kid wouldn’t that be so fun?! I’d have both hands up in the air! 

loving the back of this workout top loving this workout outfit for walks with Augustine - M Loves M @marmar

I know I need to give myself a little grace when it comes to working out. I feel like so many women, myself included, have this expectation that post baby you’re going to get your body back immediately. While some people do {and we can be a little jealous of them!}, I feel like more often than not it takes time and it takes work. I’m making a pledge to myself though, and Augustine, that I’m going to try to make health a priority. I always feel so much better about life when I get those endorphins flowing.  

 

If you’re interested in a stroller from Macys, I saw that the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is currently on sale for 15% off until August 11th!  It comes with the infant car seat too and removable adapters so you can go from taxi to car to a walk in the park super easily and comfortably. There are all-terrain forever-air wheels too so great for hiking or going over sand! Perfect for lots of fun adventures! 

xox

photos by Jordan Zobrist

  • You look great post baby so you totally got this and how cute is Augustine?

    xo
    Pinksole

    • aw thanks Rachelle!! Appreciate your kind comment!! And I couldn’t agree more. Augustine is such a cutie. 🙂

  • Rach

    I think you look incredible post baby! Good to know you like this stroller. Something to keep in mind for the future!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • It’s such a good one!! Definitely lives up to the hype!

  • Michelle Joseph

    I love the Mindy Project!
    Also, I’m sure you must have lost some weight running around after and taking care of Augustine right? Babies are hard work lol . But it’s great that you can work out with him. I’ve never heard of a jogging stroller before. What a great idea!

    Mich x

    • lol my left arm is so strong from carrying him around!!

  • You look amazing and Augustine is such a cutie. I don’t have kids but I’m taking notes for the future.
    http://www.forthewonderer.com

    • thank you so much Sharon!! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Kayla

    You look awesome Mara! I totally agree about giving yourself grace! My daughter is three and I’ve tried a few different workout routines. Last summer I pushed her in the jogging stroller while I ran 2-3 miles and it was fun for both of us and such a good workout. Now that she is three and a little more independent, I’ve been doing at home fitness videos. This would have been harder when she was younger and less able to play by herself, but it’s nice I can do it in my bedroom, no equipment needed, very little space needed, and interact with her when needed. Plus not leaving the house is a big plus sometimes. I can do it before work, or after I put her to bed. I totally believe in giving yourself grace, but I also think you CAN fit it in if you decide to do it and commit. And if it’s Ok-ed by your doctor obviously!

    • you’re amazing! Thanks so much for this encouragement Kayla!! I love this idea. Anything at home is way easier too!!

  • Anna Wlodarczyk

    Try HIIT workouts with YouTube. You can do them right at home in as little as 15-25 minutes. Time was the main reason I started them- coming home from work, my motivation to do an hour workout was low, I needed something quick. Reserah says they are more effective than an hour of cardio, Olympic athletes now do them as well. But boy, are they hard, there’s a reason they’re that short. For me it was difficult to actually see results before HIIT. However, since incorporating it twice a week into my workouts, I notice so many positives: 1. My endurance and output have increased, including when I go for a run, 2. My muscles are more defined, which didn’t happen before cause all I would do was run, and 3. My strength and energy are up as well. They even have HIIT workouts for when you are running (I do the 30-20-10 HIIT when I run) Look any of those up with Google, you might find you really like it.

  • Anna Wlodarczyk

    Try HIIT workouts with YouTube. You can do them right at home in as little as 15-25 minutes. Time was the main reason I started them- coming home from work, my motivation to do an hour workout was low, I needed something quick. Research says they are more effective than an hour of cardio, Olympic athletes now do them as well. But boy, are they hard, there’s a reason they’re that short. For me it was difficult to actually see results before HIIT. However, since incorporating it twice a week into my workouts, I notice so many positives: 1. My endurance and output have increased, including when I go for a run, 2. My muscles are more defined, which didn’t happen before cause all I would do was run, and 3. My strength and energy are up as well. They even have HIIT workouts for when you are running (I do the 30-20-10 HIIT when I run) Look any of those up with Google, you might find you really like it.

    • ooh you are amazing! Thank you Anna!! Will definitely look into this. This could be a great option as well. Appreciate you sharing!!

  • Mara- I think you look amazing! I haven’t even had a baby yet- and I need to get into shape!
    Augustine is so adorable, he’s growing so quickly!!

    krystalinthecity.com

    • aw thanks Krystal!! He is growing way too fast! I can’t believe it!

  • Amanda Champion

    I loved hearing this Mara because that’s one of my fears after we have our first too! So much pressure! You look fabulous!

    xo, Amanda
    http://www.aglamlifestyle.com

    • Thanks so much Amanda! Ugh there is SO much pressure but I just try to not be too hard on myself. I’m trying to do what I can though!

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