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!
Praying for the families of all the precious lives lost yesterday in Manchester. I was taking my son to music class, while other parents were taking their children to their first concert. Something as pure as sharing music with our children turned horrific. #prayingforchange #prayerispowerful #Psalm23:4
Happy 5th Birthday to the best big brother. You are loved, Huck! (ps- I'm late posting here...we just celebrated this weekend at his 'Jawsome' shark themed party- Huck's mom nailed it. It's been a full #sharkweek celebration!) #huckandhayden @joelhenricks #brothers
I'll ❤ you forever. I'll like you for always....do you know the rest?
#almostayear #weekendvibes #haydenjh
More on the blog. #linkinbio #parasolco #mylegsneedsun 😂 #mamasboy #meltsmyheart
#TBT to last year's @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards where @thereallacey @lisalingstagram and I were all pregnant (Hayden arrived a couple days later!) Join us June 2nd at this year's event! #InspireWomen to #InspireGirls www.suwn.org/ia (Read more about last year's event on the blog. Link in profile- search "Step Up") ❤#babybumps
Thank you #soapsindepth! How lovely to go through mail and find this article. Motherhood is the greatest gift❤
On our last day of filming, my favorite guests came to visit set ❤#thatsawrap #ontothenext Thanks for coming all the way to Canada with me, honey! @joelhenricks #haydenjh #setselfiewiththefam
To my mom: I understand so much more now! All I can say is... thank you to God for giving us you. Thank you for your infinite sacrifices, thank you for your unconditional love, thank you for being an example to all of your children all these years (that I now draw upon with my own child), and thank you for being the best GRANDmother to Hayden and Huck. I love this memory of the "three" of us at the #babyshower. And I love you more! We all do. With our whole hearts for our whole lives. #happymothersday ps- thank you @claudiacraig for these 📸memories
I was caught meditating between scenes on set with my muse headband! Ha! This location was so serene- and we're back here today, so I'll be doing it again! Just trying to declutter my mind & focus after our long hours recently. (Check out instastory!) I imagine there are many of you that would like to do the same. The brain sensing headband provides real time neurofeedback! I'm fascinated with this technology. #musemeditation @choosemuse #fridayfun #mindfulliving #onlocation #goaheadandlaugh ❤
Great take!! Hayden thinks it's hilarious! Future director... watching the monitor from his Auntie Kaley's dressing room @bigbangtheory_cbs. Congrats @normancook on season 10 finale tonight! We ❤ tape nights backstage with you. #haydenjh #bts
Hayden's trying so hard to talk and use that tongue! So funny- Joel died laughing at his new form of communication babbling. #weekendvibes #latergram (We're still enjoying the Canadian rain on location shooting- but Dad arrived, so I'm hopefully getting a chance to add some posts to the blog, check out the #MothersDay one in the works now...link in bio;) #HappySunday @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2rhvH #haydenjh
Glad we took a shot before the rain came pouring down @carlenabritch! Love working opposite you. #quietbeforethestorm #newfriend #onlocation ps- funny we came all the way here to meet a neighbor from home!
"Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is." -Yoda. #maythefourthbewithyou
Quick play date with my best bud before heading back to work. Found the cutest park nearby! #ottawa2017
Monday morning rain is falling☔️... here where we're filming in Ottawa. California dreaming. ☀️ @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2rdiq #outfitdetailsontheblog tag a friend who is loving lace right now:) #LTKunder100 #linkinprofile
Our little kiddo is turning one soon. 🎂 Cue the tears. Mine, not his! #theygrowtoofast #babyboys #iloveyousomuch
New posts up today!... link in bio;) @joelhenricks #haydenjh photo: @ashleyburns_
Oh my little buddy! You're already #11monthsold! You love your bath time. And you love your time with daddy! 📸: @joelhenricks #haydenjh #bathtimebaby #bathtimefun
I know, I'm late, but Happy Easter anyway! Hope everyone had a beautiful day. 💜✝️🌸 @joelhenricks #babysfirsteaster #haydenjh #huckandhayden
Throwing back to Hayden's Texas visit with family. He gets extra love (and fancy outfits) from his grandparents & his Aunt @jlove_____ ❤#babysfirsteaster #haydenjh @joelhenricks
It's Friday night! (which means nothing when you have a baby, but we pretend anyway.) Joel & I are heading out for date night soon. I'm showering (which means everything when you have a baby)! Happy Weekend! http://liketk.it/2qXBT #liketkit @liketoknow.it ps- wearing the new faux leather jacket I mentioned yesterday-link in bio. The best #fauxleather I have found & under $100...comes in brown, too. Dress comes in black. A hint more evening-ish. #LTKUnder50 #LTKUnder100 earrings are $12, btw!
I hope to surround the little munchkins in our lives with positive and kind messages. I'm proud to spread the word about the @KindText movement on the blog today! Being a part of something that is promoting kindness and creativity in kids is important, especially on social media. That's also why I love my friend @officialkjb's t-shirts! Her graphic tees promote individuality (check out her fun one with her quote from #HALLOWEENTOWN: Being normal is vastly overrated!) Join me in supporting our youth and spreading kindness. #KindText More about all this & more photos up on site today! Link in profile😍ps- if you're near Salem, Oregon this weekend, go say hi to @officialkjb at @cherrycitycomiccon! #haydenjh #believeinmagic
It's already Thursday! Making lists of what needs to get done before the week is over. Lots! 😳 Since packing and moving, I tend to wear the same few pieces that are accessible and ready to go. In today's post (link in profile), I'm switching up the look of one of my favorite dresses by adding this faux leather biker jacket. #LTKunder100 #changeitup Shop this pic via screenshot with the new LIKEtoKNOW.app http://liketk.it/2qWCT #liketkit @liketoknow.it #streetchic #fauxleather 📷: @ashleyburns_