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!
Summer days drifting away... 🌴🌸🌈🌤
Having a good one?
Let freedom ring! ❤️💙Happy 4th!
How are you celebrating?
These boys are so in love with each other! I just watched them hug and kiss and hug again to say goodbye as if it would be months before reuniting. 🤣Huck is spending the 4th with his mom (and we get him back tomorrow for the weekend;)😜
The silly little video is from our time at the Huntington Gardens (full video on the blog).🌸 Part of my TOP THINGS TO DO IN LA… for KIDS. Live NOW at AshleyAJones.com (or link in bio). Just curated picks from the past few years running around LA with the boys. Even if you live in the city, you just might find out something new! If YOU have an idea to share, PLEASE leave it in the comments on the blog or here below so I can update the post!🌴#huckandhayden #haydenjh
I know today is a work day, but man, my mind & body are saying vacation mode. Can we just celebrate #IndependenceDay all week? 🤷🏼♀️😉 #amirite .
#whoswithme #july4th #ashleyjones #upsince5 #toddlermom
The @FAGE love is real. (FYI: yes, this is #sponsored and I’m so happy to share what’s been a staple in our fridge for a long time).
I gathered more of my favorite #RECIPES to substitute Greek yogurt for lower fat and calories-- CHEESECAKE! and MAC AND CHEESE! On the blog NOW. Link in bio:) This is me indulging in a moment to myself at the boys’ birthday recently! #liveloveEAT #FAGE #enjoyyourfood
Headed anywhere exotic? ✈️🌴☀️ I get a girls’ weekend in Santa Barbara🌈 Who has been? Favorite restaurant?! Go! .
#beachdays #bathingsuitseason #vacationmode #selftanner
Bye for a few days, California. ✈️🛩
Happy Sunday from some of the @boldandbeautifulcbs family!! Trying to take a group shot at @rena.sofer‘s charity last night for animal rescue... ❤️❤️and I get in trouble for having my phone on the table! 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ 🤷🏼♀️(@evabasler is so sweet about it!) @theedarinbrooks @johntmccook @annikanoelle @cliftoncam @thecourtneyhope @aarondspears and me;) @deniserichards also joined 🥰🥰🎥: @caseykas
I missed #nationalselfieday on the #firstdayofsummer. But I think summer missed us! Here we are in hats and coats and sweaters! #Junegloom in full effect! These boys are waiting patiently for #summersun and #julyFun;) I see you peeking in today, Mr. Golden Sun😜🌝🌝
— thx @erinziering And @disneystudios for the circus fun last night celebrating #dumbobluray. 🐘🐘 #huckandhayden #ohbrother #brotherlylove
Isn’t she beautiful?! Inside and out. Hayden had too much fun joining the first stop of your bus tour today for @breakawaycancer😉 @katherinekellylang @boldandbeautifulcbs #motherdaughter #ontv #boldandbeautiful @cbsdaytime
I recently streamed a new episode of @PBSAMERICANMASTERS on #TerrenceMcNally. (I love being #sponsored by this show;) Years ago, I saw FRANKIE AND JOHNNY. I didn’t know much about the playwright back then, but I do now after this doc. If you are a theatre buff, this episode is a MUST SEE! A multi-Tony winning playwright and novelist, a cancer survivor and activist, you will connect with him one way or another. Angela Lansbury shares how she helped him confront his alcoholism and F. Murray Abraham shares one of his first ever auditions- to name just two. Nathan Lane hilariously discusses how strict Terrence is at being word perfect with learning lines. I’ve worked with award winning (Oscar-winning) writers that were the same way! Hope you watch and lemme know YOUR thoughts— CHECK STORIES soon for a direct swipe up link to STREAM FOR FREE. #PBS #AMERICANMASTERS #AmericanMastersPBS #everyactoflife
The sun will come out... soon!!! It’s gonna be a beautiful weekend. Headed out west? Palm trees and ocean breeze? Check out the post up now on AshleyAJones.com about travel tips for the City of Angels. 🌴🌴 TOP FREE THINGS TO DO LOS ANGELES and some of my favorite photo worthy murals. If I missed something (I keep thinking of things!!), leave me a note in comments so I can keep it updates. Next part in the series coming soon!! #linkinbio
Ps- I’m in travel mode! Headed up North today... more on stories:)
Special memories from @festivaltvmonte_carlo which is happening right now💫My mom traveled to Monte Carlo with me on one of the trips and we loved it. (swipe for more). Price Albert hosts a memorable event... so grateful for these experiences because of @boldandbeautifulcbs 💙
Ps- SPEAKING OF TRAVELING😜...my segment on FREE THINGS TO DO IN LA is LIVE on the site now! AshleyAJones.com If you know LA well, Check it out and tell me what I missed. Or maybe you find something new to do?! 🤩😎🌴🌴☀️
The Father’s Day posts out there today are sweet and tug at the heart; incredibly grateful for my own dad.
Thank you for leading us by example. Always.
Hayden adores his Papa.
We’ll be hugging you again soon!
Joshua 24:15 #joshua2415
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads today and everyday. Thank you for the work and sacrifices you make for your families. And to you, @joelhenricks, these boys are blessed! You are loved💫❤️❤️ 🙏🏻
He told me I’m his “real McQueen.”
Pretty much think that’s as good as it gets!!😭
Wearing this dress again today to a little get together later. The pockets, the fit, stripes, the color scheme- love it. Perfect for 4th of July and any other summer party. Sharing link here while they still have all sizes available—->http://liketk.it/2CzZh ALSO linked in the SHOP section on AshleyAJones.com
I see you #naptime! (Not for me-I wish)! We’re coming in strong today. 😜
Big plans for Father’s Day weekend?? #flashbackfriday
#tbt about four decades ago #itMe
Ps- anyone else remember #olanmills? 🤣
Joint birthday means double the posts. 😜Thanks again @People for the cute write up! icymi: a detailed post is up on my site AshleyAJones.com 💫
Swipe for a preview of the fun at @littleknightsla. 🎂: @polkatots
favors Thank you: @mabelslabels @modfamily4 @squeasygear @blankietails
Food 🍗🍔🥗 and drinks🥤: @stonefiregrill & @lacroixwater 📷: @jessicaczarneckiphoto for @ographr
Perfect representation of our life! 😜 I love it! Thank you @Enews for the fun write up on this photo and @People for the adorable article. From the DIY pseudo balloon arch to the @polkatots cake, sharing all the details of the boys’ car-themed joint birthday and links to aforementioned articles on AshleyAJones.com right now! If you’re planning a party, hope you get a chance to read it, I spent a lot of time on this post (so many affordable finds) sharing everything that went right- and what I would do differently next time! Lol
@littleknightsla photo: @jessicaczarneckiphoto w/ @ographr