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!
HAPPY Monday morning... 💫
Makeup! How much are you spending on makeup? Y’all ask about my makeup a lot on days when I am wearing the cheapest foundation! 🤪Favorite drugstore AFFORDABLE finds on BLOG TODAY (link in bio). What foundation are you loving RN? Tell me in comments below!! 💄💄
Felt fun, might delete... but, LBH, HOW DO I EVER DELETE MINNIE and MICKEY? .
#bestschool carnival ever #haydenjh
I could pretend I just put on my pjs, but these have been on for hours now. 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️ Who else relates? Just wanna get comfy!
Oscar’s like... Ummm! Hello!! 😳We missed you @oscarthehappy! 😘
Btw-asking for your help over on the blog right now... I need advice on dog/pet potty ideas for patio. If u have time- check the v short blog post. I explain my doggie delimma;) 🐶🐶🚽#linkinbio
ps- thx @pethandlerpros for taking perfect care of Oscar
#pugloversclub #pugsandkisses #furbabylove
Only TWO and a half months left IN. THIS. DECADE. 👊🏼👊🏼😳 Anything you wanna complete before it’s over? #traveltuesday #Monaco #travelbucketlist #decadehighlights
HAPPY Workout Wednesday💪🏼💪🏼Had a great reminder yesterday of the power of endorphins and jotted thoughts down on the blog. When life starts depleting you, remember the quickest way to fill your resources back up is to move your body. Even 20 min gets the serotonin and dopamine going... #Godsgift #moveyourbody #gethappy WHO IS MOVING TODAY? #linkinprofile 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️
Ps. Thank you @iamwillaford for the push😉
I see you weekend. Matching you with an extra cup of coffee. Parents will get it. #toddlersdontstop
Happy, silly, tired and dirty... perfect way to end the week. He is so big and heavy now, but I treasure carrying every ounce, re: last pic.
#pumpkinpatch today with my best boy and his bestie Molly in stories🎃🎃
Put on some lipstick and pull yourself together...💄💄
I went a little bright with my choice 🤷🏼♀️🤣but hey- it motivated me to tackle the plethora of boxes from the move. And my little monkey keeping me smiling doesn’t hurt. 🐒🙊🙉🐵
ICYMI talking about some of this stuff on the blog AND doing a giveaway of beauty products!! Check it out💫🛍
Link in bio... first post up;). Also posted in stories about my new #gallerywall 😍 slightly obsessed. #haydenjh
A Tennessee girl #DayDreaming about moving to Texas.😉
Ps: OMgosh I THOUGHT THIS WAS HAYDEN for a second when I was scrolling through old photos. 😳🤣
Time gives us the ability to see how life’s puzzle pieces fit together. #ad As I was driving yesterday, I thought of several other decisions I’ve made💪🏼, or NOT made, that led me to where I am today (and of course, I had to blog about it😉). I wish I had done some errr many things differently, but there’s specific choices I am so grateful for…like selling my v loved old car of 14 years 😳with #KelleyBlueBook @kbb_com and upgrading to a newer version that’s reliable and safe for Hayden and me— especially during this last move.
I hope you check out the blog post ‘cause I wanna know what specific choices you’ve made that’ve propelled YOU in a BETTER direction! We can all learn from each other. Link in profile. Or AshleyAJones.com #InstantCashOffer #KBBmilestone
#sellcars #upgradeyou #ashleyjones #landmarks
Baby mine, don't you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine. 💙💙 Monday morning still in bed nursing a cold. And poor thing gets freaked out trying to blow his nose...😔🤧 Any suggestions?
When you realize it’s almost the weekend and you cut out early. #byefelicia #weout 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 #fbf #priceline #commercial
Big plans, anyone?
I keep seeing people post the quote about not looking back, you’re not going that way! Great reminder to stay focused and present on today, while preparing for the next chapter. 🙌🏻
Ps- NEW blurb on the blog. Different topic about #spreadinglove and paying it forward! Just a little lesson I was reminded of this week.
Just a girl, hanging out, waiting for sweater weather.
kidding. No hanging, I’m waist deep in boxes unpacking😳 new post up ON THE BLOG. #justmoved #linkinprofile What are y’all up to today? Anybody else moving? 🤪
Today is another big day for me... focusing on good times to come. #cuddleseason #thingsthatmakemehappy #christmaspajamas 😍
#tbt Two years ago with @alifedotowsky cuddling with our babies. Now Hayden calls Molly his princess and Molly tells Hayden what to do. #truelove 🤣 ps- is it too early to order Xmas pjs? Lol
Felt good to start shooting a project with a few familiar faces yesterday. #tvfamily #supersecretsquirrel #boldandbeautiful
Sometimes busy is good. 👍🏻And the day is no where near over... happy weekend, y’all. Wear your smile.
#tbt how I love this child. Y’all...life is looking different right now, but some things never change. ❤️
Hayden still barters kisses for his @gooddaychocolate vitamins and probiotics everyday😘💋
Like Every. Day. More on the blog now AND doing another #giveaway! #linkinbio www.AshleyAJones.com
These last few giveaways I did were pretty fun, so I may just keep this up. #spreadjoy #eatchocolate #wellness #haydenjh #ashleyjones #kidsvitamins