So, Summer is basically here and swimsuit season is upon us…. Normally I would have started to think about my bikini body a little earlier than this, but better late then never!! So this is me getting my body back after baby number two!
I had Cruz late August last year and to be honest, my workout time has been pretty non existent. With two little ones, a business and a husband who is on call 24/7 for his job it’s really hard to find the time. But I have decided I need to make the time, not just for looking better, but to be healthy and for my sanity!
Photos by Ariane Moshayedi
I recently teamed up with Onzie, the cutest activewear brand that I have fallen in love with. They specialize in yoga apparel which is something that I am trying to focus on after Cruz. To be honest, yoga isn’t my strong suit. I’m more of a running/dripping sweat kind of girl.
Unfortunately, with both of my pregnancies I suffered from severe back pain, more so with Cruz. I would go to physical therapy for it weekly and I continue to have pain sometimes 9 months after. Stretching my body was something I wanted to focus on after Cruz and emphasize before really working to get my body back in shape.
Stretching and yoga are things I like to do (if I can) right in the morning when I wake up. This gets my back in line after sleeping all night and starts my day off right. Luckily most of these stretches can also incorporate baby, or at least entertain him!
I don’t know about you, but my 9 month old is busy busy!! He is at the stage where he is crawling all over and walking along everything. If he’s in his pack and play longer than 5-10 minutes he’s crying to be out. Cruz is Mr. Curious and wants to be included in what everyone else is doing.
To let him be included I’ll do the Superman with him on my legs or have him sit on my belly while I do certain stretches. I’ll also lay out his toys while I do more complicated things, but he tends to think what I’m doing is more interesting. Who can blame him? Some of these yoga poses are pretty silly!
One of the things I love about my gear from Onzie is how comfortable it is. I would be lying if I said I only wore these for workouts…. Let’s be honest, this is basically my mom uniform. I wear these Stunner Capri Pants in Mint Heather constantly. They are the perfect length and don’t cut into my tummy fat – because that’s definitely there now after two kids!! Work in progress, ok?
I also love this cute Chic Bra in Purple Haze. It’s the perfect amount of support for yoga or day to day stuff, however I wouldn’t wear it for anything extreme. Since the back detail is so fun I had to get their Twist Back Top in White, nice and comfy but shows off the bra!
Having kids and getting older is hard. I realize that my body will probably not look the same as it did 10 years ago. Things are not quite as toned in places I’d like them to be. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to take care of it! I have always been a very active person, playing multiple sports growing up and really into working out in my 20’s/30’s. It’s something I want to continue for as long as I can.
Like I said, Summer is coming up and I want to feel comfortable wearing my bikini again, so that is my goal. I knew that getting my body back after baby number two wouldn’t be easy, but I’m still gonna give it my best shot!
Ultimately I have two beautiful boys and working out is a way for me to not just look good, but feel good. I am actually really lucky and have already lost most of my baby weight. Let’s just put it this way, I look good with clothes on, it’s without that is a bit different. You moms out there will know exactly what I mean.
I would ideally like to lose 10 more lbs by the end of the Summer, but I’d be happy with 5. Mostly I’d be happy with just toning more and feeling more confident in that damn bikini!! What are some of your favorite work outs and ways to stay fit and balance a busy schedule with kids? I’d love any tips from our readers!!
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