I have to thank Soap Opera Digest for their latest interview where Mara Levinsky got me talking about body after baby (on stands now- with a blurb on the cover!). I haven't written much about this topic because in no way do I feel like an expert. However, I think it's good to talk about the reality of life and getting in shape after having a baby. Or the reality of what it takes to get in better shape for anyone: discipline and work. The article goes in depth about the things that I didn't expect, the struggles and the joys of postparatum. Let me know what you think!
This photoshoot was two weeks after giving birth, right before I went back to shoot GENERAL HOSPITAL. I was EXHAUSTED and emotional and elated simultaneously.
I took long walks several times a week and kept as active as my energy level allowed during the pregnancy, trying not to gain unnecessary weight. Hayden got fairly big toward the end (I wrote this post after the baby shower, and this post was three days before I gave birth). I admit, I was lucky I initially lost some of the pounds I gained, but it started to creep back. I had to eat more to keep breastfeeding and wasn't working out enough. The struggle to get back in the same shape I was in pre-pregnancy has been real for me. I haven't done it yet, as I discuss in the article. My body looks different. One of the biggest struggles has been learning to accept myself for where I am in life today. A reader (thank you Cara Sue!) left a comment in another post about resolutions for 2017. She simply said she wanted to have "more self care." I love this because it encompasses more than just vanity; it's a whole lifestyle practice mentally, emotionally and physically. My priority now is my baby and my family. This used to sound like an excuse to me when other people said it, and it is to an extent, but it's simply the truth. Do you feel like you have time to workout? I don't want to be that person with excuses! My husband reminds me it's all about prioritizing the day, making smart choices.
So, I am trying to look at this as an opportunity to adjust to a new lifestyle! I strap the baby on and go hiking or walking. I use my Joovy jogger to jog if I'm not too tired. I have grand plans to escape to yoga, but my membership doesn't get as much use as it used to. So, I go when I can. Some days I feel like I'm running around in circles not being as productive as I'd like. I have to let my preconceived expectations of the day go as I step over full laundry baskets and Huck's toys. I have a feeling some of you can relate?
I try to stay well so I have energy by implementing super simple tips I learned from Dr. Oz! I have to say, my whole household has been sick, but I have not! I still take Proglucamune, the immunity supplement from Usana. I promised myself I would drink two glasses of water with my supplements every morning. I'm proud I have made that a habit. My mom recently reminded me of a tip we both learned from Ronn Moss (from BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL) years ago... hot water with lemon first thing every morning to detoxify the body. I remember him drinking it during the day on set, too. He swears by this habit. Healthy (and free) habits are the best!
In order to make progress for tomorrow, I have to do something different today. Doing the same thing every day and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. So, I am making a list of easy, healthy habits to incorporate change in my life as part of my new year's resolutions. I'm going to force myself to try them--- wanna do it with me? Leave a comment of things you'd like to try. Drink more water? Vitamins? Less soda? Less sugar. Take more steps (literally walk more)? I'm thinking I'd like to start one habit at a time and build from there.
In the meantime, in honor of the Golden Globes tonight, I'm sharing my favorite tricks I've learned over the years from wardrobe, makeup and hair that have helped me during this transition period of body after baby. Read them HERE!
Thinking about dating someone with children? 😁I’ve read so many emails off my blog from people asking questions on this topic. I’ve written posts in the past to answer, then decided it wasn’t the right time to open up. However, TODAY IS! I don’t have advice but made a list of questions to consider based on my own experience. And I’m not sure why, but today seems like the right day to share! 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️Maybe someone out there needs to read it? It’s raw and realistic;) Btw, this is MY FAMILY. My beautifully blended family last weekend at @disneyland. 🧚♀️Tag someone you know in the dating scene. Or someone that’s a stepmom/stepdad. I love learning from you all. Link in bio. ❤️ or AshleyAJones.com
Ps- notice Hayden won’t touch Minnie in the last photo, just like the large Easter Bunny. He doesn’t discriminate! Lol 🤣 #huckandhayden #haydenjh #instafamily #instaparents
#TBT to playing Sandrine Gerber opposite the talented #SimonBaker on @mentalist_cbs. This southern girl was a trip! Who watched #TheMentalist? @snappytoes
Hey weekend, I can see you! .
....Oh just kidding. I’m a parent. 😉#loveeverymoment #babyshark playing on Alexa at 7am
#HumpDay 📸: @ographr
Still completely unsure of the huge rabbit creature; no touching allowed. However, a vast improvement from last year🐰🐰. .🤣
Name something better than toddler kisses....Go ahead, I’ll wait;) 😜💋👶🏼
Enjoy the weekend. We’re up too early for a family day at the #happiestplaceonearth. I’m earning these kisses.💋💋
Yesterday, my dad played t-ball with Hayden for the first time. ⚾️Then, my parents played with both the boys after Huck got home from school. THEN, my dad visited @bigbangtheory_cbs _cbs the for the first time! 💥⚡️It was a good day. Will be hard to top, but let’s see whatcha got Wednesday.✨✨#gratefulheart #seeStories
Shine bright this week, friends☀️🌈🌟
Doing some press this morning for HOME KILLING QUEEN. The title says it all! Watch the drama of the Manning family unfold MAY 11th on @LIFETIMEtv 🖤 Right in time for #mothersday 💛
One of these things is not like the others.🤣 #iNeedATan #fauxofcourse 🌝🌝oh and more proof we really hang out outside of the studio😜#tvfamily #boldandbeautiful #weekendvibes #myfriendsarehot 💥💫 🤩🤩 #funinthesun
Thx for the Malibu hospitality @jennifergareis. . .
#makingmemories #huckandhayden #haydenjh #familybeachday #boldandbeautiful #malibudream #perfectday #beachkids #pepperdine (I went to school with this view🤗🌈)
I don’t wanna brag, but I got to hang w the cutest baby girl today... #babyfever #girlgang 🥰🥰🥰 adore you all 😘
@zoekatrinadandrea @katherinekellylang @jennifergareis #tvfamily #myfamily❤️ @boldandbeautifulcbs #boldandbeautiful
Awww...this popped up in memories today from three years ago when I was pregnant with Hayden. Huck was one year older than Hayden’s age now, touching his little brother👼🏻 That face!
Talking about the “two week wait” on the blog today. If #BBT means #TCC in your mind, this post is for you. Hint, I’m not referring to the Big Bang Theory. Link in bio.
Ps- I was still playing Parker on #GH just wearing sweaters!! Lol
Some days just are.
How was yours? #haydenjh
@ohjoy + @mixbook + @shrinershospitals = 💜💙💚❤️💖💛🧡🌈⭐️
#ohjoyformixbook 📸: @amytangerine 😘
Explaining to @oscarthehappy that he’ll always be my baby puppy. In no way did I try and replace him with Blueberry Cook (swipe left). But he wasn’t having it. We had to recreate that photo anyway (last slide). 🙄🙄🙄Pugs can get so dramatic and jelly! 🤪🐶 🤣
#nationalpuppyday #pugsofinsta #pitsofinstagram #adoptdontshop
#furbabylove #pugsnuggles #fourleggedfriend
Happy Thursday, y’all.
Make it a special one.💫 so tired today, but gonna put on 💄and a great attitude and keep going! (I accidentally posted this, deleted it, then reposted so it’s that kinda morning!)🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ anyway....
Throwing back to a meeting last week where I only needed two things in my back pocket: my pass to get on the lot, and @tightlipd lipgloss packets. 💋💋💄It was a good meeting, so fingers crossed! 🤞🏼🤞🏼😉 Ps- tag a friend who needs a #onthego #pursefree lipgloss:) I’ll send a few of you all some to try!!
Never a dull moment. ⭐️ behind the scenes and in front. #bigbangtheory #outoforder
Hayden is ecstatic about his new play-doh section in the pantry 🤣 and I’m ecstatic about the organization. #momlife Regarding organization: who wants to win a pantry makeover valued at $5000? Can you even imagine? Eeep! #ad All the details to enter are up on the blog today! These Easy Find Lids™ by @Rubbermaid fit together (and STAY together as you can see) so you are never searching for lids to keep your food fresh. #Rubbermaid is giving one of you a MAJOR MAKEOVER. GO check out the blog along with tips from experts on maintaining an organized pantry. Ohhhhh I hope someone I know wins this #makeover! How often do you go through and maintain your pantry? #EasyFindWin #Rubbermaid ps- Hayden had so much fun, I added too many photos on the blog. Thx😘 @joelhenricks for taking them all. #StayOrganized #pantrymakever
#createspace #kidscrafts #craftsection #boymom #toddleractivities #busymom #workingmom #giveaway #parents #parenting #pantrytips #pantryorganization #declutteryourlife
Our son Huck was with us this weekend. I asked him what he wanted to do this time. He said visit the Huntington Gardens and hang out with his family. Good choice, Huck. Happy St. Patrick’s everyone! One of my very favorite blessings comes from the Irish:
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm on your face, may the rains fall soft on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
32 years! 💫 Wow! Congrats, @boldandbeautifulcbs, the Bell Family, writers and crew:) What a privilege to be a part of this iconic show! And a huge thanks to the VIEWERS that have gone on this journey with us. (More party fun in stories😉) @cbsdaytime
#boldandbeautiful Oh and styled by the talented @kaleycuoco ⭐️ 🤣 but for real! #styledbycuoco .
#boldandbeautifulcbs #boldandbeautifulitalia #bridgetforrester #logangirls #soapopera #daytimedrama #beautiful #amourgloireetbeauté
It’s safe to say my kids thoroughly enjoy @chickapig the book. Huck (6) is doing a great job reading it to me. I love the #dreambig concept of the book and want to share WITH YOU. So, WIN your own copy PLUS the Chickapig game AND the cute plush chick! Perfect #Easter package! Details below.
Ps- for anyone like me that’s been a @davematthewsband fan forever, it comes full circle! Dave is part of the @chickapig team that created this sweet character!
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