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!
"Chic is when a woman is in harmony with herself." Giambattista Valli
It's moving weekend for us. Looking forward to a little more harmony in the near future. Rediscovered this book while packing. Good one! http://liketk.it/2qOTA #LTKStyleTip #LTKUnder50 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #coffeetablebook #ltkshoecrush
It's Friday! #weekendvibes http://liketk.it/2qOtG #liketkit @liketoknow.it #daytonight #dressycasual More on the blog up now. #bellsleeves #springfling 📷: @ashleyburns_
Our little man is 10 months today! He loves laughing with his big brother and playing with @oscarthehappy. Right now he's attempting to walk with his Auntie @jlove_____ and Grandpa. I love this child more every day. #10monthsold #haydenjh @joelhenricks 📷: @ashleyburns_
Loved celebrating & being a part of @boldandbeautifulcbs 30th Anniversary! Congratulations!! Here's to many more. @cbsdaytime @boldinsider @joelhenricks 📸: @hutchinsphoto ps- small gallery up on blog from the night. More to come:) #30years #boldandbeautiful
Spring is in the details🌸 @liketoknow.it . http://liketk.it/2qMbk #liketkit More from the link in profile #LTKUnder100 #LTKUnder50 #LTKSaleAlert #LTKunder25
First day of spring! 🌸🌷💐🌻http://liketk.it/2qLqT @liketoknow.it #liketkit Read why this dress will be worn often! Link in profile. 📸: @ashleyburns_
You're Irish! I'll kiss you! Today and every other day @joelhenricks. 🍀💋❤ #happystpattys
http://liketk.it/2qK2l #liketkit @liketoknow.it #springfashion #ltkunder100 #LTKmen #moreontheblog #springfling
Happy St. Patty's Day! Wearing green and ready for the weekend!! Who's with me? 🍀🍀http://liketk.it/2qJOw #liketkit @liketoknow.it more in today's post... link in bio. 📷: @ashleyburns_
Funny girls & funny faces! Photo booth fun at @alifedotowsky & @kevinmanno wedding. Congrats you two! @Joelhenricks and I wish you all the happiness in the world.
#weddingphotobooth #mannoandwifeo || Check out more in the link in profile:)
At least with the time change, I get to wear my sunnies later in the day...😎 even more fun to wear when they're $24. http://liketk.it/2qHOh #liketkit @liketoknow.it #imlovingwhiterightnow details on the blog. #bellsleeve 📷: @ashleyburns_
Coffee is always a good idea. Especially after this time change, right? 😳 Now, I'm loving transitioning into spring with fun pieces like this light weight, bell sleeve, super soft hoodie (with a touch of ruffle!). 😍🌸 http://liketk.it/2qHlG More on the post up now on the blog. Screenshot or 'like' this pic to shop details from the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app. #liketkit @liketoknow.it 📸: @ashleyburns_
Off to the Great Catsby ball with these fabulous cats @bradgoreski & @normancook to support @pawworks! Ps-Anyone recognize this dress😉?
Up early just hangin' safari style 🐘with his homies in his highchair (so he can whisper all his secrets to Mr. Giraffe). || Many of you have asked to see more of the nursery + Huck's room, so there's a little post up on the site today. Link in bio. http://liketk.it/2qFgQ ps- screenshot or 'like' this pic to shop details from the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app, available in the App Store! #liketkit @liketoknow.it @liketoknow.it.home @liketoknow.it.europe #haydenjh 📸: @bridgetmariecollective
Happiest of birthdays, Auntie Jordyn!! We couldn't love you more and can't wait to see you v soon💙. May this next year be filled with joy, blessings, love and lots of Hayden kisses:) 💋@jlove_____ #birthdaylove #bestauntieever #haydenjh
#WCW @bettymwhite What a privilege to watch you work. You're one of our greats and oh so fun! Grateful I had the opportunity on @boldandbeautifulcbs #learnfromthebest #goldengirls ps- working on a longer post that'll be up soon on the link in profile:)
A little Oscar love before the #Oscars. #familywalk
We like to party. We like to get down. #danceparty #PennysRoom @normancook #backstagefun @bigbangtheory_cbs #swipeleftformore
So long, Nebraska. Until next time... #homewardbound #12daysofgivingmovie #haydenjh
That's a wrap on our Christmas movie! #12daysofgivingmovie Thanks to the good people of Fremont, Nebraska for your welcoming spirit. #payitforward @david_blue @jenninkansas .
#locationshoot #onlocation #thatsawrap
No words! This kid played so hard he passed out holding his heart balloon... and wouldn't let go. ❤️Thank you, Aunt Jordyn @jlove_____ for his balloon (and being the best auntie)! We ❤❤️❤you!