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!
Surrounded by overachievers today! Never a dull moment with @Erinoprea & @Dr_oz. Ever!❤️...Packed boxes of food for underprivileged youth across the country with these two, @timbradleyjr and #DrWentz (after starting the day w a warm up workout by @erinoprea at 6:30, then doing an appearance on stage w/ @dr_oz in front of 10,000!) #bigday Thx for #givingback @usanainc! @usanatruehealthfoundation #usana17
It's FriYay! Grab a friend and celebrate. #bestbuddies ❤️
First day of kindergarten for Huck... We're proud of this kiddo and cheering for him! Especially Hayden!! What a great big brother! 😘⭐️ Good luck to all the families out there starting school this week. #imabigkidnow #brothers #huckandhayden #firstdayofkindergarten 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
We moved in this house a little bit ago and life has been hectic. Something pretty special happened when our @HelloFresh box arrived…we finally did what we have been wanting to do since we first moved in…use our kitchen to cook as a family (or in Hayden’s case, play with the box) and sit down to eat together. @HelloFresh makes us feel like gourmet cooks! (Have you checked out instastory?) Follow the very easy recipes and you can be, too….Plus, I love knowing every single ingredient going into my meal and the food I feed our children. This is easy, fun and informative (Huck loves it) #thatsBIG! Can’t wait for the next box. Check them out at hellofresh.com and use my code "AshleyJones" for $30 off your first week #hellofreshpics #hfpartner #ad #getcooking
He's my Monday and everyday motivation. ❤️❤️#haydenjh
Last week at this time, we were meeting people at the @generalhospitalabc fan event. You guys are awesome⭐️🌟Thanks for watching us! #gh #ParkersBack #watchMonday #HappySaturday
Oscar is totally saying...Um... I didn't sign up for this! These three! #mykiddos thank you, @day.artist for @ographr for capturing moments like this. We're pretty obsessed w this app! Stay tuned for many more fun pics! #theygrowupsofast #letthembelittle ps- after all this time, I'm a real #soccermom 😳oh my.... #haydenjh
Great peeps! Thx @tiffanithiessen for fun event for the kiddos.
Ps- #funfact : Years ago, I was in a movie of the week starring Tiff. Loved her then and lovely running into her now.
Quick snap leaving the studio after work. #generalhospital Good start to the week... #mondayvibes can be good! Btw, it's #ghfcw #ghfc ❤️who's going?
Hayden was very distracted by the live emojis running around. Thanks @themillennialmamas for a fun screening of #TheEmojiMovie last week. Huck is sleeping with his stuffed poop emoji😂 #fiveyearoldboy Who ventured out to see the film?
He smiled! Kind of... bottom one:) #photoboothfun with Huck😉 Happy Friday!
Come check out more on the site. Several new posts up about life and work. Always like reading your comments. ⭐️🌟❤️ #linkinbio
Parker is back in Port Charles... thought some of you might be interested;) @generalhospitalabc @_lexiainsworth #behindthescenes #generalhospital #ParkersBack more about this on the blog later today...
Happy Tuesday. 🌟⭐️ Spending all day working with my sidekick. Hope everyone is having a good week so far?
What a lovely evening with friends benefiting cancer research and learning more about @thevfoundation. Thank you @wfordinteriors! You inspire me to get more involved. #DontEverGiveUp #VictoryOverCancer
Ps- I'm behind in posting. This was last week;)
Summertime! 🌟⭐️ #pooltime #californiasun #haydenjh 🌴
We are starting swim lessons, which means swim suits. For both of us😳 More about this and swimsuit shopping on the blog.
http://liketk.it/2s2rd#liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKfamily #LTKswim #LTKunder50 @liketoknow.it.family
Taking a much needed breather with @beautyandthebeasties :) #momlife
And I would be remiss if I didn't share outfit details with you. I have been wearing these cropped pants way too often; they are now on sale for $20!! Screenshot this picture with your @liketoknow.it app or click the link in bio (new post up⭐️) for further info. Happy Thursday! #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert http://liketk.it/2s0Oo
His little hand on hers melts my heart. 💕 My son and goddaughter! Come back soon @mccool517 😘#haydenjh
Long before I was a mom or a stepmom (Huck is there in the middle), I was an Auntie! @mccool517 @abrownlow
Ps- miss you @amyqaragholi #lovetheseguys
Finally! If only you lived next door... @mccool517 #bestfriendgoals 🌟💕
Girlfriends🌟⚡️⭐️ Happy Birthday, America! 🇺🇸Hope y'all have a safe holiday with friends and family celebrating our freedom and independence! God bless!