Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

Feb 032016
 

I knew I wanted to get some maternity photos done. I waited until the last minute (I think the end of November) and then realized…oh crap, I think I need to do some research on hiring a photographer! The type-A/planner in me apparently took a vacation once I got to the end of the 2nd Trimester.

I shopped around and got some quotes and chatted with a few different local photographers and in the end wasn’t super enthusiastic about it and was honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed. Suddenly I couldn’t make any decisions about anything. In the end we asked our friend Christi, who does amazing work and took our engagement photos, and she said she’d love to do them! I don’t know why we didn’t just ask her in the first place– pregnancy brain fog is such a real thing!

The day we had scheduled for the photo shoot…Michael got up early (he’s an early riser anyways) and then woke me up to tell me it was snowing. Um…what? Totally out of left field. We hadn’t seen any snow predictions in the news so it was definitely a shock.

What’s funny is that when Christi and I originally talked and planned the photo shoot, she wanted to go up to Mount Hood and take photos in the snow. I loved the idea, but didn’t want to take advantage of her time because it would be at least an hour to drive up there, set up, etc, then take the photos then an hour drive back. I felt like that made it an all-day function and I felt bad for asking anyone to sign up for that. So it’s kind of nice that it ended up snowing in Portland!

We decided to take advantage of it and go for the photos. It was snowing and occasionally rain/sleet was mixed in during the shoot. I am really happy that we decided to go for it and get snow pictures! They turned out so great. :)

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I totally understand that a lot of people think maternity photo shoots are kind of silly. They are definitely the “thing” to do these days. But I’m really glad we did it. I wanted to have some pretty pictures done by a professional to remember this magical time.

For so many years when I was obese I avoided the camera and then losing weight, still I avoided having my picture taken. Once I lost the weight I was much better about having my picture taken but it was still hard sometimes and in the beginning I would end up being overly critical of every photo I saw. As I got bigger during this pregnancy I started falling into that trap again. Instead of feeling magical and “glowing” I was critical of photos and focused on the extra weight, how big my bump looks, double chins, etc.

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My hope with doing this photo shoot was to kind of boost my body image in a positive way and help me focus on the magic and the glowing instead of being critical. I think Christi took some wonderful shots and I wanted to share a few of the favorites from that day!

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I love how they turned out. Christi took great photos and our friend, her boyfriend, Stu did the photo touch ups (that’s his day job) and we got the finished product about a week ago. I had some prints made for all the future grandparents and I had some prints made to put in the nursery and baby book. :)

 

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Feb 022016
 

Not all workouts need to be an hour long. Sometimes you just don’t have the time. Sometimes life gets crazy and you don’t have time to drive to the gym, change your clothes, get in the pool and swim…but you want to do SOMETHING. There are definitely ways to get in a workout without having to sacrifice a ton of time.

This post is about a few things you can do when you only have 30 minutes to get your sweat on!

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are by far the #1 option when you need a good work out with a giant calorie burn in a very short period of time. If you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, or won’t have the opportunity to GO to a gym, owning a few kettlebells of various weights can make getting fit at home easy. Trust me! Michael has invested in about 6 different kettlebells and his workouts at home are either running, kettlebells or biking to work. He’s been working really hard the last few months preparing for our little guy’s arrival by getting fit and his kettlebell workouts rarely last longer than 30 minutes. It’s doable.

I definitely miss going to the Warrior Room. It was a cool community and a fantastic workout. I am looking forward to returning after the baby is here! Here are a few posts that included some kettlebell workouts you can try:

Warrior Room Part 2

Two Classes

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I definitely recommend taking a class or two somewhere, or hiring a personal trainer, to teach you the proper form. There’s a bit of a learning curve but once you get the form down, you can do it on your own and you don’t need a class. You can find videos online for different routines and it’s easy to do it at home by yourself.

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Using kettlebells is pretty easy and it’s such a good calorie burn! Trust me when I say you’ll burn those calories in 30 minutes.

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes are FUN and hard. So hard. Your shoulders will burn. You will burn so many calories. You’ll be drenched in sweat and it really doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get to that point! What I love about doing this exercise is that it’s fun and different.

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There’s a podcast I listen to that was pretty eye-opening when it came to fitness. Joe Rogan’s podcast is really diverse–he talks about everything. Psychedelics, politics, feminism, sports, comedy, history…But fitness is a big part of it. I remember one episode where he described something called “functional strength” and he said he preferred that kind of workout to your typical weight lifting routine. Basically, doing something “functional” like flipping giant tires, pulling and pushing heavy loads, and doing things like the Battle Ropes made him stronger in a more functional way. Instead of being a big meat head with no neck, his muscles WORKED for him, instead of being “pretty.”

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An article I read, Getting Outside the Box: The Definition of Functional Strength, says:

Functional strength is the strength that gets us through life and daily survival. Manual labor typically involved walking, running, pushing, pulling, and grasping.”

I really liked the idea of that and then I got the exposure when I was going to the Warrior Room. They had battle ropes and giant tires and it was SO hard and challenging but I noticed immediate differences in my strength levels and core strength after only a few weeks of doing functional exercises like this! I am a big fan! And these types of workouts don’t take a big chunk of your time.

 

Body Weight Exercises

Similar to the above functional exercises you can do. These don’t require equipment. These are simple things that can get your heart pumping, burn a lot of calories and you can do them in your living room if you need to!

Squat Jumps

We did squat jumps a lot at the Warrior Room and they ALWAYS got me. I loved doing them because I saw results, but dang I’d be sore. It didn’t take much to get my heart pounding. This is a great thing to do when you are short on time.

 

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Burpees and Mountain Climbers 

Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with burpees. They are efficient and effective but damn they kind of suck! :) burpee

Mountain Climbers:

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An example:

Sometimes if I had limited time and needed to get in and get out in terms of the gym, I would do something like this:

quick warm up

jumping jacks

push-ups

squat jumps

squats

burpees

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Effective calorie burn without taking a long time.

Running

Running is a really efficient way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Obviously you should have a base of some running before just going outside and doing an epic 5 miles. That would hurt. So if you are already a runner, or a sometimes runner, running is a GREAT way to get in a workout when you only have 3o minutes.

When I used to run at lunch time at work I had 1 hour. That meant I had to change, run, then take a quickie shower, get dressed and be back at my desk within that hour. It was definitely a challenge, but a good one. One of the things I miss most about doing that was having my evenings free. Instead of my work day being really long and not getting home until after 7pm because of gym time, I got off work and had my evening free to do things with friends, go out for happy hour, basically enjoy some downtime! Plus, it got me out of the office, improved my mood and broke up the long day.

Repost: Why I Run the Waterfront

What a Great Workout!

Finding a Workout Buddy

I got pretty good at running during my lunch hour. I got good at changing quickly, then I’d run for about 40-45 minutes, and it would take me 10 minutes to shower and get dressed, grab my food and be back at my desk.

If you only have 30 minutes to workout, go for a run. Sprints and intervals would be your best bet for maximum calorie burn, but just running works too.

I’ve given it a lot of thought and I think once I am back running after the baby is here and after maternity leave is done, I will try and go back to running during my lunch hour. I don’t foresee a ton of extra time in my future to go to the gym after work and some things are going to have to change. I think running during my lunch hour might be the best way to do that!

What are your favorite ways to workout in the shortest amount of time?

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