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!
My little helper. He turns 18 months this week. Never been so grateful. Happy Early Thanksgiving y'all. 🦃
#hapdenjh Thx @ographr:) 📸
Morning with @oscarthehappy. Although his face looks a bit more like the other Oscar. The grouchy one.
#pugstgram #linkinprofile #newpostup
Hey y'all... sharing some more pictures from our recent gathering. I miss my girls from @boldandbeautifulcbs & @youngandrestlesscbs. So glad we got to catch up- grateful for every one of you! I've always appreciated worlds coming together, so happy to see friends from different parts of life in one place. Thx @getawair for hosting with me and @goodcarmastudio - and giving back to @thecreativecoalition. 😘⭐️
Thx: @lemonadela, @bashfulrose @maria_shireen (and to @usweekly for sharing) ps: I'll stop here, but you know I write more on the blog. #linkinprofile 📸: Thx @hollymbp for @ographr
What a lovely day! A big thanks to these ladies for joining me for a recent afternoon with @getawair & @thecreativecoalition. The link in bio takes you to all the fun details on the blog. Reposting this pic from @celebritybabyscoop - thx for the love ❤️ 📸: @ographr / @hollymbp 💫
@jacquelinemwood_1 @tamaraclatterbuck @kellylkruger @jennifergareis @sharonlcase @alifedotowsky @amy_davidson
@goodcarmastudio @maria_shireen @ggbenitezprinc
During interviews for the upcoming TV movies airing, I was asked to comment on this still photo. Is this me in 9 years?? Negotiating with/disciplining Hayden? 🙈 Loved playing Pamela. She's a single mom giving it all she's got! Watch #12DaysOfGivingMovie with us (@david_blue ⭐️💫 #jaxconnolly) on Dec3rd on @up_tv 🎄 #christmasmovies #wegetchristmas
Quick impromptu snap taken by a stranger passing by on our way to dinner. We were running a bit late due to a couple meltdowns (kids, not me), but I still made us take a picture. Gotta get 'em when we're all together and cleaned up😜 I know I already posted on instastory. #reposting 💁
#liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2trKx @liketoknow.it.family
So happy to support @stopthesilenceinc with these lovely amazing ladies. @wfordinteriors @kimberly_bigsby_ & thanks @amy_davidson for hosting with @thenannyleague. ♥️ ps- can't wait to watch you @kimberly_bigsby_ soon in the "Waco" series!
#FBF to earlier this year with @alifedotowsky. I think the Bachelor was premiering that night. Our babies were barely crawling. It was easier to sneak a coffee walk then...little did we know!
Life is changing quickly with these little ones. 🙈
But some things are staying status quo. (Very aware of the cheesy transition there!) These jackets we loved are back in stock this year. And on sale for $37. If you missed the first time, you have another chance. Details on the blog♥️ #liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2toW0
Just a girl standing in the California sun excited to be wearing a sweater. 💫
Ha! But really... even with temp in high 60s, early 70s, I'm willing to pretend.
Enjoy the day. ☀️
More on the blog.. link in bio. Plus, some sale roundups.
http://liketk.it/2tmVl #liketkit @liketoknow.it ♥️
Oh how I love running after you. Bright and early today! #catchmeifyoucan #goodvibesonly #fallday #haydenjh
This never happens! Caught having a moment alone without kids before work. We look so posed, but this was actually real (or started that way). 💫❤️ #linkinbio for new post
oh and ps--@petuniapicklebottom : @joelhenricks loves his new messenger/ #dadbag 😍
thx @day.artist for @ographr for 📸❤️
So, if you were wondering, Baby Monkey and Ninja crushed Halloween last night. 👍🏻🐒🌟✨#HuckandHayden #HaydenJH
Chilly enough to need hot coffee instead of cold brew! Finally! Sweater weather...Heading to a kids' Halloween festival at Joel's work. Hayden's a little monkey (currently peeking out the window!). 🐒🙈 @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2tg0C #liketkit
Link in bio to outfit details in the new post OR to get the product details for this look, follow me in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app || #kellygreen #oversizedbuttons 📸: @ographr 😘
This kid loves being outside! California sun still going strong. Happy Friday!
Link to new post in bio. 📸: @ographr
#bluejeanbaby #oversizeddenimjacket @liketoknow.it.family http://liketk.it/2tdR4 #liketkit @liketoknow.it
Watch @ncis_cbs tonight! New episode written by the talented @davyjnorth. Thanks to the great team there! @duanehenryofficial #tomwright #markharmon @emilywickersham @s_a_m_a_i_r_e @cbstv
I was proud of you back then and proud of you now @mccool517 love you ❤️❤️#marisacoughlan #repost :
@mccool517 25 years old. Peninsula Hotel. Same details, different girl. He took no for an answer in my case. Standing with those he did not. #harveyweinstein #strengthinnumbers #sunlightisthebestantiseptic
Sitting down to chat with the lovely skin guru Zara from @crmclaser to discuss the best new (and some tried and true) ways to age gracefully, with a little help from modern technology;) Check out the (impromptu) video interview up on the latest blog post👉🏻link in profile. I appreciate that she gives preventative and skin repair options with a wide range of price points for those on a budget, or not! I asked her about some of my most annoying issues (like the lines on my neck😡)! I'll be curious to hear your thoughts. 💫 check out @crmclaser for more info, too! #selfcaresaturday #antiagingskincare #cameraready
Eeep! I took a test! 😳
But, no-it's not what you may be thinking... not a pregnancy! It's a food intolerance test. After years of wondering, I'm seeking answers. I got a kit for Joel, too! @pinnertestusa. More about it on the blog 💫Link in profile. Btw- who has taken a test like this? Very curious about your experience! Chime in here or on the blog:) xx
ps- the feedback from you all is exciting, so I was able to get a discount for those interested...use code ASHLEY (all caps) for $60 off and free shipping.
I love the part of my job where I get to meet and work with lovely new people! @s_a_m_a_i_r_e @ncis_cbs #airingsoon Grab a friend and give a hug 🤗 #happyhumpday @cbstv