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October 2015

Why I Don’t Work Out With My Baby

Posted on October 24, 2015 in Food & Fitness

I don’t work out with my baby. I see mom and baby workouts all over the internet and for some people these may be great, but for me they aren’t. Here is why I don’t work out with Emeline.

1. I don’t feel safe using Emeline as a weight
2. I need a harder workout
3. I need a more varied workout

I’ll start with my first point. Even though I worked out during my pregnancy I was not (am still not) in the shape I was in before. The first time I did lunges it felt like there was an earthquake happening simultaneously. I hate to say it, but even sometimes now I lose my footing while lunging. The same goes for squats. I will sometimes lose my balance. As great as adding extra weight to your workouts might be and as low impact as they can be I don’t want to be the one sitting there trying to console a screaming baby because I dropped her or my injured self after contorting into some God awful shape to prevent Emeline from getting hurt. If you do want to exercise with your baby in a sling or use your baby as a weight more power to you, but be careful!

My second reason for not exercising with Emeline is because I need harder workouts. Just because I am working out at home does not mean I am not busting my butt just as hard as if I were at the gym. If I hold Emeline while doing squats, lunges and the lot I will be more focused on going slower and hanging onto her than anything else. You can’t even think about going fast enough for a HIIT while holding a baby and HIIT is what I need. It is great to be cuddly with baby all day, but working out is time for me. I understand that Emeline might have to be there, but the workout is for me, not her.

Finally, I need more varied workouts. The oodles of mommy and me workouts out there generally consist of the same exercises: squats, lunges, pushups and glute bridges. These are all great exercises, but I need some spice in my life and the repetition of these gets old fast.

To be clear, I am not cutting down Mommy and Me workouts!  These type of workouts are excellent for many people. I am merely saying that they are not for me. So what do I do with Emeline while I work out?

How to Keep Your Baby Happy While You Exercise

Exercise while baby naps!

If baby is big enough put baby in a height chair so they can watch you. You can do your thing and easily interact with them because they are higher up.

Give baby ample cuddle time, a nappy and feeding just before. When Emeline as all sorted with a full tummy, a fresh nappy and has spent a lot of time with me I am less likely to have to stop and tend to her.

Use a broken down HIIT workout. This is something I do a lot. I will break my workout into two or three parts. Each part consists of 1-3 exercises, which I do back to back for time or reps/sets. One each part is done I take a small break 1-5 minutes depending on if Emeline needs me or not. Sometimes it is just water sometimes it is a nappy change.

Use a gym with child care or have someone watch baby if you can. Another good idea, but not for the faint hearted, go in the gym or work out in the early am before daddy goes to work. We are talking crack of dawn here.

Put baby on a playmat or yoga mat on their back or tummy. Many a time Emeline has had her tummy time while I’m breaking a sweat. She usually laughs at me.

Put baby in a pack n’ play if crawling. I had a friend who did this while she worked out and she said it was excellent because she didn’t have to keep running after him and he could play.

Having baby stay later or go in earlier at daycare might be an option if you are back at work.

Finally, if you have a baby that naps for a few minutes here or there, doesn’t sleep, always wants to be held or need constant attention you can still try to sneak in some movement if you feel ready that is.

Walk with baby in a sling or pram. Try walking up a hill, squeeze those glutes! You can also try a stroller workout.

Choose an exercise for each room of the house, every time you enter do 5 reps (you might need to put baby down for this).

Squat every time baby drops something.

HIIT in 3 parts:
(use an online interval timer)

Part I:
Complete 30 seconds of work for each exercise with no break for 5 minutes (10 rounds/cycles)

1. Jumping Jacks
2. High Knees

Part 2:
Complete 30 seconds of work for each exercise with a ten second break inbetween for 8 rounds/cycles

1. Jump Squats with Mt. Climbers
(after you complete your squat jump, jump your legs back and do 25 Mt. Climbers, jump back up for one rep)
2. Push Up to Side Plank
(Do a push up and when you push up move into a side plank, alternate sides)

Part 3:
Complete 30 seconds of work for each exercise with a ten second break inbetween for 8 rounds/cycles

1. Alternative Lunges with a front kick
2. 5 Plank Jacks with Lying Leg Lifts
(Get into plank with your legs and feet together, jump your legs and feet apart and jump back again, repeate five times then flip onto your back and do 5 lying leg lifts, that is one rep)

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My Most Embarrassing Moment

Posted on October 21, 2015 in Life

I know everyone has horrible and hilarious embarrassing moments from times past (thank goodness they are past). Tonight, I’d like to share one of my own with you for a laugh.

This is by far one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, at least that I can remember, thank God I’ve forgotten the others!

Let’s go back to 2010. My last year at University and I was taking an 8 hour Saturday TEFL course. For those who do not know TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Well, during the course we would teach real ESL students and be observed by our fellow students and two teacher trainers.

I must admit that I was feeling on top of the world during the course. I had never got any negative remarks from my fellow students or the teachers who were observing me. There was also one teacher trainer in particular who everyone wanted to impress. She was super cool and adorable, the kind of person everyone has a mini-crush on on and wants to like them. I forget her name now.

Eventually, the time had come for her to watch me teach. I wasn’t worried and went along with my preparations before class. My two closest classmates were watching me too, so I felt great and super confident. Perhaps a little too confident.

Everything was going perfectly until I started writing on the white board. Oh my, doesn’t it just take one tiny mistake for everything to go downhill? I turned around and looked up to see my one of my students raising his hand. Of course, I call on him and he asks…

‘Teacher, what is poop people?”

POOP PEOPLE!?!?!? Really, are you serious, Trista? My eyes quickly shot up at the board and, yup, I had written poop people instead of poor people. Lord knows why the hell I wrote poop people. Poop isn’t exactly a word I had been frequently writing, maybe now, but certainly not in 2010!

Needless to say, everyone observing the class started dying of laughter. The students didn’t get it, so I was able to quickly change the spelling and save my butt there (no pun intended), but trying to go on after that?! The rest of my lesson was in shambles, but I had to play it cool. On account of my jitters, I tried to have a sip of water only to miss my mouth. It had been a rough morning and I had thrown on the closest articles clothing at the time, a white shirt with a pink bra, MISTAKE.

Of course, the entire school had heard about what happened about five minutes after my class had ended. I was mortified. I will never forget that. It was the longest day.

Fortunately, I survived and here I am today. I can safely say I have never made that mistake again.

What are your most embarrassing moments? If you dare to share them, comment below!

The Cosiest Town: Bakewell

Posted on October 20, 2015 in Travel

Hello Everyone!

One of the things I love most about the UK are all of the super sweet little towns. I think this is something tourists come here for, but can’t often find.

I’ve decided to drive around the UK in search of the cosiest towns. I’ll do a mini review of each town and maybe when you decide to visit the UK or go on a weekend adventure (for those who live here) you can use this series as your guide.

My first stop, Bakewell!

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Photo by Kris Chapman at flickr.com under a Creative Commons licence.

We decided to venture into Bakewell because we drove through it once and gushed over it. It is just the type of town you can feel at home in. The locals are incredibly friendly and warm. The town is right along the river Wye and is complete with an American style ice cream parlor, boutique shops, classic English bakeries and pubs (apart from a random Austrian import shop/restaurant).

While you’re there you MUST sit down to a famous Bakewell Pudding and cup of tea. This English treat was not my first choice when looking into the display case of goodies, but since it was the local specialty we decided we couldn’t not taste it. I’m glad we did try it because it was really good, but I also bought a cookie covered with frosting for the mega sweet tooth I was having.

There are a lot of small familly run establishments here, which is something I LOVE about this place. If you’re looking for a Costa Coffee you won’t find it here or many other corporate retailers for that matter. Fun fact, Costa actually tried to open a cafe in Bakewell, but the locals votet against it. There was a craft fair on while we were there and I bought a candle, apple and vainlla scented, perfect for autumn.

Where: The Peak District, 13 miles south of Sheffield.

Parking: There is a large cental parking lot (UK Large) and there is also some street parking available and, of course, there are also many buses.

Food: Many bakeries and pubs (serving hot food to go too). This is also the home of the famous Bakewell Pudding.

Family Friendly: Absoloutely! There is a playground close to the centre and a park for the kids to run around in. The Monsail Trail also links up here with a bike rental just a mile walk in on the trail. So, if you fancy a nice bike ride around the Peak District here is a good place to start.

Size: Small town centre, perfect for walking around. You could see this town in an hour if you wanted to.

Shopping: Lots of boutique stores.

Nearby: Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall

Overall: It is a small town the whole family can have an enjoyable day in.

How to Cope With No Sleep

Posted on October 19, 2015 in Mommy

How many other sleepy moms and dads do I have out there or just people?

I’m posting this under Mommy Monday because this is something ALL parents struggle with I am sure.

Before Emeline was born I knew I would be facing some pretty sleepless nights. Unfortunately, while my baby is sleeping ‘through’ the night I am still not getting enough sleep.

Why you might ask? Well, to be honest, too many endeavors. I have always been the type of person to dive head into many things at once. The problem with that is this, I now have a baby. Gone are the days where I can stay up at late as needed. But, I still don’t realize this and I am awake right now with waaay to much to do still at 11pm, tomorrow will hurt.

Here is how I cope with little sleep.

1. Actually get some sleep, if you can. Get organized and be sure you get to bed at the same time each night no matter what.

2. Drink enough water. Being dehydrated causes mid-day drowsiness, which you don’t need as you are already tired enough.

3. Ask for help if you need it. Everyone knows what it is like to be beside themselves with fatigue. Don’t try to be a superhuman, just get some help this time.

4. Sleep when you can, if you can. I find it difficult to nap much like my baby.

5. Coffee (watch your caffeine intake if breastfeeding)

6. Eat wholesome meals with healthy fats, proteins and complex carbs. Stay away from sweet snacks that can cause your blood sugar to quickly spike only to drop quickly afterwards.

 7. Mint Tea

8. Get up and move around, walk or dance around to your favorite songs.

9. Get some fresh air! Even if you can only get two minutes it will make you feel more refreshed and awake.

10. Laugh, for real.

I really need to get to bed now. Signing off until 6am tomorrow.

A Healthy Relationship with Food

Posted on October 16, 2015 in Food & Fitness

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about how to create a healthy relationship with food from a personal stand point. While I am a certified sports nutritionist I am NOT an expert on this topic. This is just MY personal experience and how I created a better relationship with food.

First, I had to realize I had a negative relationship with food. I went through two periods of time where my relationship with food became unhealthy. The first was at University the second a few years later.

When I was in university, like most of my female friends, I used to always say, “I’m going on a diet. I need to lose weight.” This was purely for aesthetic reasons at the time. I wasn’t the least bit concerned with my health beyond how I felt at the moment. The worst part about this “dieting” was that I never actually went on a diet and if I did it consisted of not eating for several hours and then binge eating because I was so hungry. I was never concerned with the scale or eating substitution type foods like fat-free or low calorie stuff, but I did eat emotionally. Eventually this phase went away and I became educated, healthy and fit, but I had a new problem.

After getting involved with bodybuilding a few years later I began to think of food in two categories, good or bad. This black and white thinking should have been a warning sign, but it wasn’t. I would spend all day or week avoiding these said bad foods. For my ‘cheat meal,’ as I called it at the time, I would go overboard and consume a whole bag of chips or eat an entire cake, maybe both. Even though I exercised a lot and ate perfectly all week I still ended up beating myself up over it for hours afterwards. It didn’t show on my body, but mentally the toll was there. The next day I would wake up and tell myself not so much next time, but the cycle would repeat.

During the next few years we kept moving and with each move came some extra pounds. Attempting to participate in bodybuilding or live that lifestyle while moving many times pushed me into yo-yo dieting by accident. After constantly starting and stopping I was burnt out.

Needless to say, I developed a very unhealthy relationship with food again. It was all or nothing. I either didn’t eat unhealthy food at all or binged and ate waaaay too much of it. I have a much healthier relationship with food now. It didn’t come over night and I still have moments where I want to eat the whole cake. Here is what worked for me.

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I stopped feeling guilty about eating too much food or unhealthy, calorie laden, processed foods. I ate what I wanted and I didn’t feel bad about it. In the start I ate way too much of course, but eventually I didn’t feel like I had to eat three cupcakes. One was fine or even half. Once I stopped telling myself certain foods were forbidden I didn’t want them as much. To this day I don’t feel guilty about indulging in anything.

I ate at least three balanced meals a day, balanced meaning with protein, carbs and fat. I usually eat five small meals a day.

I drank more water. Often you are thirsty and mistake it for hunger.

I stopped picking at food randomly during the day. If I was going to snack I made a snack and sat down to eat it.

I sat down when I ate.

I tried to eat slower and practiced tasting my food (aka enjoyed eating it).

I reminded myself that all the delicious food is always going to be there. Unless you are extremely unlucky the chances of you never coming across a chocolate bar again are pretty slim, so you don’t need to eat it all at once!

I eat the real thing! I know how delicious a donut tastes. So, if I am going to indulge I have a donut, not a healthier version. I’m not saying healthier recipes aren’t good or tasty. For a normal meal they can be great, BUT if I want a ‘cheat’ as some call it I am going for the full monty. Healthier recipes for such, in my opinion, just don’t stack up.

I count calories if I have a goal to reach. I can’t not count calories or else I will certainly find myself slipping in extra food if I have a fat loss goal. Stop when you feel full does NOT work for me. I have read countless articles that say you don’t have to count calories, but that doesn’t work in my opinion if you have real trouble with food.

Today, I can happily say that my relationship with food is much better and I am much happier. I might still have a coffee problem though, but that’s for another time.

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