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Fitness & Fashion Friday

I recently went on a colored denim bender. I had heard that The Loft was having a sale (40% off of EVERYTHING in the store) so I went to check it out. I work within walking distance of a mall. This is something that is both good and bad. It is usually bad.

I struck gold at this store with colored denim. Granted, I originally want full length colored denim pants but couldn’t pass up the great deal on these cropped pants.

A photo of my green cropped jeans from The Loft

I bought them in green, “caribbean” blue and pink. And now I want to go out and buy lavender jeans. I’m going to get the whole rainbow, I tell ya.

I’m currently in fashion identity limbo. I go back and forth between loving trends but then preferring basics and comfort above all else. Part of my problem is that my body has changed. Apparently having a baby does that to you. Who would’ve thought?

While I dropped the pregnancy weight and then some really quickly, since I’m not really breastfeeding anymore (thereby reaping the benefits of the calorie burn) – weight has been creeping back on. It isn’t anything extreme but let’s just say I’m not the skinny minny that I was 3 months post partum. And now weight seems to be settling in my midsection. I’ve got the mom pouch.

Even worse? A year of breastfeeding has left my already small boobs as even tinier sad things. If you’re following that means smaller boobs and a bigger waistline. Awesome.

So that brings me to fitness

I still run 3 times a week. I have spent the last few months working my way up to run longer distances. 2 weeks ago I completed my first 10k post-baby. I wasn’t pleased with my finish time (I averaged a 10:16 min/mile) but was glad that I was able to run the entire course without stopping (except for water).

I completed a 6k last week and was much happier with my time (9:30 min/mile).

So while I’ve conquered some distances (I’m happy just running 6 at the moment), I really need to work on getting faster again. I don’t think that having a baby messed up my pace though. I think training for that marathon 2 1/2 years ago messed up my pace. I’m so used to just starting off slow to “save energy” for the distance that I’m not accustomed to pushing myself. I do this on the treadmill too.

I’m also currently dealing with some killer shin splints.

Jeremy and I were doing well with p90x but can only really do it when Annmarie is asleep. So it is hit or miss when we complete it. If she wakes up early (thereby eliminating the possibility of us working out in the morning), we try to workout in the evening.

But I’m still only doing cardio 3 times a week. I feel like I need to increase my cardio but I don’t know when I’ll have the time! Granted, my clothes are still fitting but I feel like I’m seeing some muffin top that I’m not happy with.

So – are you a parent? How do you squeeze in meaningful workouts?

Btw – I recognize that I could change my diet a bit, and I have started to cut down on the amount of snacking I do throughout the day. I got very used to my nonstop eating during my breastfeeding months and since I am no longer reaping the breastfeeding benefits… I need to stop the nonstop snacking.



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Fitness Friday (and other stuff)


I’m still working out and following my basic same routine.  P90x strength training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Running on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

But I’ve hit a plateau with running.  I’ve maxed out at 4 miles and can’t seem to break past that distance OR increase my speed.  When I first started running again (around the end of March), I noticed that my speed and distance were slowing increasing as I kept up my 3 times a week runs.

But these last 2 weeks have been difficult.  My last 2 Sunday runs have resulted in me only being able to run non-stop for the first 2 miles and then switch to a run 1 min walk 1 min for the next 2 miles.  The last 2 Tuesdays I’ve only been able to run 2 to 3 miles (on the treadmill) and they have felt HARD.  Strangely – the last 2 Thursdays I’ve been able to run 4 miles on the treadmill and feel fine.

I don’t know how to explain this.  I know everybody has a bad running day every once in awhile but I’m starting to wonder what is going on.  Why can’t I break past 4 miles?  Why has my speed stalled (in fact, I’ve gotten a little slower and am now averaging around 10:30 min/mile).

I was hoping I’d be up to running at least 5 miles or for 1 hour straight by now but can’t figure out what is happening and it is frustrating.  Any advice?

Other Stuff

I schlep a lot of stuff to work these days.  I was walking briskly past a woman wearing high heels and laughed at how silly she looked trying to cross the street at an increased speed. 

But then I realized that I look like an ass too because I carry no less than 2 LARGE bags every day filled to the brim with crap. 


And this is a good day.  Twice a week I add a gym bag to the mix.  I realize I could probably not carry around the diaper bag as my purse (and in my defense, when I use this during the work week – I empty out the wipes and cloth diapers) but I hate switching between purses because there is always SOMETHING that you forget in one of the bags (like chapstick) and it drives you crazy when you need it and don’t have it.

While I can’t wait for the day I won’t need to carry around a breast pump anymore – I know I’ll miss the benefits of pumping (like how I’m burning up to 500 calories a day by just having milk sucked out of my body!  no huffing, puffing or sweating necessary!). 

And lastly – this is a question to anyone that is breastfeeding or has breastfed in the past.  Have you ever had any lumps in your breast? 

I recently felt a marble sized (and hardness) lump in my breast.  I googled it (because you know, Google = sound medical advice) and read a lot of breastfeeding forum posts around how women get cysts and small clogs in their milk ducts when breastfeeding.  Many women wrote that most docs ask for you to wait until you are done breastfeeding before getting it checked out.  However – I’m hoping that I can keep this up for another 8 months!  Right now I’m just keeping an eye (well, a finger) on it to see if it is still there.  I’m just a little worried.  Anyone have any experience with this?


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Fitness Friday

I couldn’t think of any other “F” topics to write about today so sadly, this is just about fitness. 

I actually hit my prepregnancy weight this week.  It was hard to get too excited since my weight still fluctuates a few pounds (and hitting my prepregnancy weight consisted of having just pooped and breastfed) but it was nice to see the number on the scale.

I’m still doing p90x 3 times a week and running 3 times a week.  This past week wasn’t great for running.  I wasn’t feeling great on Sunday and only managed a 3.5 mile run (not the 4 I was hoping for) and then fell behind schedule (due to traffic) on Tuesday and could only squeeze in a 2.35 mile run around my parents’ neighborhood (and that is always stressful because I worry about people from high school seeing me shuffling along and thinking I look like crap).  Yesterday (my anniversary) was a decent run – I ran a 5k around a hilly park but felt like I was going to vomit the entire time.

While these runs weren’t great – what was great was my new sports bra.  I really love the Moving Comforts Fiona sports bra.

The thing that is great about this bra is the adjustable straps.  You can control just how much support you want and I basically make the straps ridiculously tight so that nothing moves. 

I realize I’m not the best resource for a good sports bra since I’m only a B cup right now – but I’m a heavy B cup and this bra works miracles.  It was definitely worth the $45.

And just because…
She smiles!

I finally managed to get a photo of Annie smiling!  While the photo isn’t very clear – it still melts my heart because she is the cutest 12 week old baby girl in the world!


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Fitness & Fashion Friday

I’m proud to say that I’m still keeping up my commitment to run 3 times a week (along with P90x 3 times a week).  Due to doctor’s appointments, Jeremy’s class schedule and incliment weather – I ran the following:

– Saturday:  Because Jeremy didn’t have class that day and the weather forecast was calling for a wintery mix on Sunday, I went for a run before my hectic shower hosting duties.  I ran along the Inner Harbor again (one of my favorite paths).  Even though I had the Garmin with me, I decided not to obsess over the mileage throughout the run.  Instead I decided I’d run through 10 songs on my iPod.  When I got to the 10th song, I checked the Garmin and was shocked that I ran a 6k with an average pace 10 seconds faster than my last run (but it is still quite slow).

– Tuesday:  I had a dentist appointment because I had swallowed my temporary crown (I swallowed it at the baby shower I hosted over the weekend!).  Since the dentist is located by my parents’ house, I thought I’d take advantage of having my mom watch Annmarie and try to squeeze in a run.  I prefer to run outdoors over a treadmill so I ran around my parents’ (and my childhood) neighborhood.  I didn’t time eating and nursing well so when I ran, I felt pretty drained.  I was only able to run 2.5 miles (with rolling hills!) and walked an additional mile.  I prayed that I wouldn’t see anyone I grew up with while doing so.  I grew up in an area where most of the people still live around that way (and going to a local bar IN A SHOPPING MALL will guarantee a mini high school reunion).  I just didn’t want to appear as though I am (1) unemployed (2) still live with my parents and (3) that I am grossly out of shape.  A part of my running path also took me by an ex-boyfriend’s parents’ house and I hoped to not see his mom (although I doubt she’d even recognize me.  Its been 10 years.  Still – you never know… and I didn’t want to appear like a stalker).

Thursday – crap weather forced me indoors.  I ran on a 5k on a treadmill.

I’m trying not to focus on my weight.  I’ve been holding pretty steady at a number (that I’d like to see 5 lbs lower).  But since I’m back in my pre-pregnancy pants, I’m thinking it might be water weight or something related to breastfeeding.  Jeremy noted this morning that my belly has gone down over the last 2 weeks.

I’m still eating like garbage but not nearly as bad as I was the first month of motherhood.  I’ve been thinking about going back to my mostly vegan diet.  Pregnancy brought on an intense craving for cheese and I’d like to cut that out again. 

Now onto the fashion piece.  I’m a shop-a-holic.  I love clothes.  While I’m trying to be more mindful of spending money on frivolous things (especially since I’m now entering the upaid portion of my maternity leave) but I can’t help it.  I subscribe to all of these shopping sites.  I subscribe to fashion magazines.  It is like cute spring clothes are calling my name.

However, the worst part?  I now look to see if the shirts or dresses can accommodate nursing!  UGH.  But most of the super cute stuff doesn’t really accommodate nursing.  What to do?  (Jeremy is probably thankful that I’m not buying stuff if I don’t think it’ll work well with nursing).  I really like the whole nautical spring trend right now (cute striped tees, boat shoes, etc.).  I also love maxi dresses but worry that they’ll look a bit maternity-ish on me.

What trends are you loving right now?


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I’m on a Road

… to nowhere… eerr… fitness. (now try to get that Talking Heads song out of your head!)

It has been nearly 6 weeks since giving birth and I am all about getting back into shape. It didn’t help that yesterday on an outing with my mom, she pointed out that I still have a slight “belly” and that I really need to exercise. Ouch.

I’m not one to toot my own horn but I think I look pretty damn good for having given birth recently. I gained a total of 23 lbs during my pregnancy and have already dropped 18 of those lbs. 2 weeks after giving birth (when I was brave enough to step on the scale), I had dropped 12 lbs. 6 lbs have come off from breastfeeding alone. Breastfeeding burns a good chunk of calories although my insatiable appetite probably just balances it out.

But – I am a person that likes to be fit. And I’m also too cheap (and too egotistical) to buy a bigger sized pant. Right now this is my mom uniform:

(sorry for the grainy quality – I’m still trying to figure out our new point & shoot camera and the image ended up being too dark so I just increased the brightness through Photoshop).

My mom uniform consists of:

  • leggings (thank god they’re in style! I love elastic waist bands)
  • a nursing tank top (I own 5 of them and they’re all from Target)
  • a long cardigan (most of the ones I have are from Old Navy that I scored on sale recently. So I have 4 of the same cardigan in different colors plus I have some others that I’ve always had on hand)

I’m quite comfortable in my mom uniform and I don’t think I look super schlubby.

I tried on a pair of my jeans 4 weeks ago and they wouldn’t even zip up (cue some slight crying). Then I tried them on again about 2 weeks ago and they zipped up but the muffin top was criminal. I haven’t tried them on since because I don’t think my ego can handle it.

So – I’m on a road to fitness. After giving birth, you are advised not to start working out until 4-6 weeks postpartum. While I did feel pretty good after 2 weeks, I wasn’t really able to go for long walks without feeling some slight pain down south. I also missed out on the opportunity to go for lots of walks due to the crummy chilly weather (I’ve decided I’m going to try to time the next pregnancy, if we want more children, around the warmer seasons).

At the beginning of the month, my husband suggested we give P90x another go. This meant I’d be getting up at 5:15am during the work week so we could work out together. That wasn’t very appealing BUT I thought it would help me get used to getting up super early again for when I have to go back to work.

I’m not following P90x to the letter anymore. In fact, if I don’t work out with the husband, I’m not doing it on my own (so this means I’m not doing the Plyometrics or Yoga). This is mostly because I have to balance my time carefully with a napping baby, eating, showering, cleaning, etc. I’d rather not lose out on one of those things to do cardio.

Luckily, the weather has been getting warmer so I’ve been going on more walks (and this makes the dogs VERY happy as well). Since walking, I’ve dropped an additional 1-2 lbs (it fluctuates based on when I poop… and yes, I just went there).

I signed up for a 6k race in Baltimore (Port to Fort) that takes place on April 10th. I mostly signed up to support my good friend, Eludius. His 3 yr old daughter was recently diagnosed with leukemia and the organization behind this race (Believe in Tomorrow) has provided some amazing support to his family. (And if you’re feeling generous, you can donate to our team here).

I am determined to RUN this race. I’ve run this race in the past and really enjoyed it. I’d like to RUN it again (and this is definitely an ego thing). But I haven’t run at all in the last 8 weeks! This weekend will be my first attempt at running and I hope I don’t die. I kept up with running jogging until I was 38 weeks pregnant! Although I was SLOW, I was able to jog for 30-35 minutes. Hopefully this means I haven’ t lost too much fitness.

And did I mention that I’m determined to fit back into my pre-pregnancy pants? So, to keep things totally open and honest on this blog – I will show you my current belly.

I know it isn’t completely flat and I recognize that I have a slight pooch… but let’s consider that I looked like this just 6 weeks ago:

(actually – that was 8 weeks ago. I can’t find a 40 week belly picture right now)

Okay – nevermind, I DID find a 40 week belly picture and this was actually taken on the night I went into labor. It isn’t necessarily a good angle for comparison but you can definitely see that my belly is HUGE. It is still weird to me to think that Annmarie was IN IT.

I think Emily sensed something big was about to happen because she was extra cuddly that night.

So – I think by blogging about this, I might actually commit to this whole fitness get back into my pre-pregnancy pants things.


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Baltimore Half Marathon – A Pregnant Bystander’s Quick Recap

The Baltimore Marathon – A Bystander’s Recap

Have I mentioned how much I miss running… like training for a race running?  I miss it.  A lot.  And I worry all the time that I’ll never be able to run long-ish distances again.

This year, Jeremy ran the Baltimore 1/2 marathon.  This is his second time doing it and it is the first time he actually trained for it.  Yes, my husband is that obnoxiously fit person that can just pick up and run a half marathon without any training (like he did last year).  He’ll argue that he sort of trained for it but was sidelined due to injury (ITBS).  Still – I think he had maybe 2 training runs last year before the half and still managed to run it under 2 hours… a time that I know I will never achieve because I am a SLOW POKE.  And I’m okay with that.

Anywho – this year, Jeremy trained for the half marathon with a few friends.  He had a goal of finishing under 1 hr 45 minutes.  He cut his running down to 3 times a week and I think it really helped to keep him injury free. 

For anyone that lives in Baltimore, they know that when the marathon comes to town – traffic gets seriously fucked up around the city.  It is such a cluster fuck that I don’t bother driving anywhere until that evening.

While Jeremy left the house around 8:45am (a time that I knew was WAY too late for him to try to drive and park near the race but he SWORE the streets weren’t closed yet), I putzed around until about 9:30am.  I called my friend who was also planning to support her significant other as he ran his first half marathon (Jeremy trained with him).

So – despite Jeremy saying that he didn’t want me walking to my friend’s house (she lives about a mile away) because he thinks I wouldn’t be able to ward off an attacker… I still walked because it was ridiculous to drive a mile. 

From my friend’s house, we walked to the stadium where the race finished.  She mapped it out and said it was about a 3 mile walk (if we took a somewhat direct route).  However, I wanted to stop and get some fresh juice from this amazing Vegan place in Fells Point so I made her walk the long way.

What I failed to remember was that the marathon course ran through the street where the juice place was so it was closed.  But it was entertaining to watch the marathoners.

I don’t know if you’ve ever watched a marathon but there are people of all shapes, sizes, ages and kookiness that run.  We saw people decked out in costumes (I can’t even imagine the chafing), in severe pain, having the time of their lives and some old enough to be our grannies running.  It made me want to run a marathon.

We also encountered a few “cheering zones”.  One zone was a group of small kids that had some cute chant and pom-poms.  Adorable!  We also saw some funny signs (all of which have completely escaped me… I can’t remember shit these days).

We eventually made it down to the stadium in time to watch Jeremy cross the finish line (with a new PR of 1 hr 41 minutes!).  I warned my friend that last year I had witnessed a slew of people crossing the finish line and then promptly vomiting.  We didn’t see any of that this year.  Sadly – I was a little disappointed.  My friend caught Mario and Luigi finishing the race together though.

And here is my complaint about the Baltimore marathon.  I think it sucks that they have the marathon and the half marathon finish at the same place.  While a half marathon isn’t a small feat, a fucking marathon deserves its own finish.  I can imagine that after running a hilly (seriously, Baltimore is crazy hilly) 26.2 miles and wanting to die… the last thing I want to see is someone who has more pep in their step crossing the finish line because they covered half the distance.  Although let’s be honest – my marathon time means that most of the half marathoners would probably be finished unless they were walking. 

When I got a close-up view of Jeremy, I asked what the fuck was all over his face.  I’m not sure if you can see it in this very unflattering picture, but he has white lines all over his face.  It is salt.  And I saw this on a TON of runners.  I didn’t see this at all last year and found it bizarre.  I’m not sure what combination forced so much salt to appear on everyone’s faces and shirts.

So after walking 4.5 miles-ish and standing forever, I was quite dismayed to learn that Jeremy wasn’t able to drive to a point near the race.  I realize I didn’t have much room to complain (my husband had just run 13.1 miles afterall) but fuck, I’m pregnant, my feet are swollen and I wasn’t mentally prepared to walk the 3 miles back to his car. 

I had told my friend about Jeremy’s time and she suggesting checking to see if he qualified for the NY marathon.  I checked and he didn’t qualify (he needed a time under 1 hr 25 minutes).  And while he has NO desire to ever run a full marathon, this new time goal is apparently quite enticing.  I think he might be shooting for that next year.  And annoyingly, he’ll probably hit it!  Man, I wish I was fast.

Btw – after Jeremy made it through the runner’s finish to pick up water and some other post-run snacks, he was sweet enough to grab me a granola bar because he knew I’d be hungry.  Aw!  Did you just vomit a little?


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The Tortoise and the Hare (or How I Make Up Lame Competitions in My Head to Motivate Me at the Gym)

I’m happy to report that I’m still running jogging.  While my pace has slowed and I no longer run outside (for fear of falling and because I think it would kill my knees right now) or on an incline on the treadmill… I’m still running 3.25 miles twice a week and that makes me happy.

At the gym today, a gentleman was running next to me and we started around the same time (I had started a few minutes earlier).  While he was running a bit faster than me – I still felt like we were competing.  DO you ever do this at the gym?  I do it all the time but it has been a long time since I’ve felt this competitive spirit.

I wondered if I’d be able to outrun him.  I wondered if he thought, “pffft – this girl with the pot belly can’t outrun me!” and I just kept on running.

And running.

And running.

And then he stopped… and I was still running.  Then I did a victory dance in my head.  I’m sure he ran a longer distance in the end (since he was running faster) but in my head – we were going the same speed and I just outran him… at 4 1/2 months pregnant.

Go me!

Seriously – its the little things that make me happy these days.

But then later in the locker room – some woman that comes in every so often made a comment to another woman that was obviously about me.

There are so many new faces around here.  I guess I need to get here earlier!”  (I guess meaning that space is somewhat limited in the locker room).  I wanted to snap, “I’ve been coming here every weekday for the last 2 1/2 months.  You’ve been here a handful of times.  Back off.”  and then challenge her to a treadmill jog-a-thon.

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