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!
Palm trees, ocean breeze. Salty air, sun kissed hair. Endless summer, take me there. 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴
Twinning with your toddler. 🤣Silly, but kinda fun. Especially being a boymom and finding something like this. 🌸💜 #simplejoys
Outfit details (on sale) on the blog and here:
#boymom #matchingfamilyoutfits #budgetfriendly http://liketk.it/2wcY6 @liketoknow.it #liketkit 📸: @ographr
Ps- you can screenshot this post and find it in your LIKEtoKNOW.it app;) #toddlermom #mommyandme
You’re his hero. Happy Father’s Day! We ♥️ you so. @joelhenricks
Wall goals. 🌟🌟 🌿🌵
New post up spotlighting a favorite place. #linkinbio
Almost the weekend!
Who’s ready? 🤣
Ps- Anyone that knows this kid knows he scopes out all the doors and gates. He’s like an escape artist! Definitely keeps me on my toes. 😫😂 #boymom #toddlermom #tiredmom #happykid
You may have flipped through this photo in stories, but I’m posting it here, too! My #WcW goes to @amirawaldesai & @lisabreckenridge. And #staytuned because #funthingshappening with @jamiemakeup, too #moreontheblog w/link in bio.
“And the gingham dress was all I had to wear...”❤️
More on the blog.
Stopped for coffee at the cutest place in Venice. Los Angeles has many little pockets and I need to branch out more.
http://liketk.it/2w5Zo #liketkit @liketoknow.it #linkinbio 🌟
Thx for taking me (and the photo 📸) @Ographr.
Ps- do you remember the song?
#tbt Reposting @lisalingstagram’s two photos from this year’s #InspirationAwards, but in opposite order. Starting with two years ago right before our littles were born...btw- Lisa, you inspire all of us!
The last time I saw these two beauties, we were all a bit more rotund—in the very best way. But nothing short of labor could keep us from cheering on graduates of @stepupwomensnetwork, then and now. It was amazing to see more than 20 young women grace the stage who, with the help of #stepup, had graduated from college and some from graduate school. Most of them were the first in their families to go to college. I left so inspired and proud. #inspirationawards.
You can’t have a bad day in polka dots. Did @annakendrick47 say that? A good day of wellness with these beauties: @yolakin @virginiawms @vrayskull @alexandrabasow @amy_davidson💜 more details on the blog with the link in profile. thx @newbloommedia for including me #bloomsummit 📸: @ographr 🌟
Weekend vibes on a Tuesday. Take me back! Our getaway was too short, but worth it. Thank you @joelhenricks 😘♥️ new post up about this stuff on blog and asking a few questions😎
http://liketk.it/2w23t @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #ltkunder25 #liketkit
A few more from @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards...congratulations on your 20th Anniversary! Grateful to have been a part of the last decade. Thank you @alissazito for your work and patience! .
Thx to @mommysretreat for the blowout/ hair! More details about the day on the blog. #linkinbio
Another moving, wonderful #StepUp #InspirationAwards. Thank you to @stepupwomensnetwork for the work they are doing mentoring young girls. As always, loved visiting with so many inspiring friends.
More about the day in a new post on the blog:)
In case you were wondering... 💜
Question: what’s the number one thing you do to help yourself when you get stressed and overwhelmed?
Have a good day y’all.💗 #stressrelief #selfcare #takecareofyou
Your dad and I are so grateful to be your parents, sweet little man. Happy 2nd Birthday! I love you with my whole heart. Forever. #twoyearsold #welcometotoddlerhood #haydenjh
Happy 40th birthday to my incredibly funny, smart, handsome brother! So proud of you, @zjatx ❤️ Here’s to the best decade yet! You are very loved.
PS: how amazing was my mom?! She made our little outfits. Down to the frog buttons!
Let go. Let God. His plan is far better.
A new & personal post is up answering some of your questions of late. Thanks to all of you that continually show so much support. I am grateful.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful mom! Thank you for being the best mother & grandmother (and for being a good sport about me taking our “hat” pictures😂) ❤️ We love you so!
So many beautiful creatures at the Butterfly Museum last week. This little one was in awe! Thank you, Mom & @jlove_____ for taking us! 🦋
The “perfect shirt” is back in stock in all sizes... (thx for letting me borrow, @jlove_____ ) More on the blog! #ashleyajones.com http://liketk.it/2vLpE @liketoknow.it #liketkit #ButterflyMuseum
#tbt This picture was taken so long ago, Hayden didn’t know who it was! One of my first projects (mini-series) and first on screen kiss. Ha! #cheeksforweeks #PaulRudd #weweresoyoung #firenexttime
Hoping you smile today like Hayden smiles at his Aunt Jordy. 📸: @jlove_____
#almosttwoyearsold #twobottomteeth #happyhumpday #haydenjh