Mount Tabor Park

Gettin’ Fit

Just shy of two months postpartum and I’m feeling pretty good. I was itching to get back to some kind of fitness, even if it was going to be low-key and not as intense as I used to do. Even if it was just walking, I wanted to do something and it felt good to workout again.

I’m getting back into the swing of things and slowly introducing stuff back into my routine.

One thing I’ve found is that I feel really good when I workout and right afterward but later in the day I feel really tired. Not exhausted, but definitely depleted. It’s like my body has a limited amount of energy these days and on days that I workout I definitely need a nap because I can’t power through it like I used to be able to. And rest days I don’t need that nap to avoid feeling overly tired. I never had this issue before–I could go, go, go and rarely sat still but now? That’s not the case at all.

Saturday

I decided to ease back in to weight lifting at almost 6 weeks postpartum. It had been a little over a month since I lifted weights and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be but I took it easy nonetheless. (And I was surprisingly sore the next day.)

 

Then later that afternoon a friend and I went for a walk with Logan. It was such a nice day out! I took a little nap (and I mean little because Mr. Man decided he didn’t want to nap) and then my friend and I did a walk. It felt good to get outside.

 

 

Sunday

Michael and Iย finally got a chance to go for that “hike” we attempted to do a few weeks ago. It was going to be a lovely, hot day in Portland but we were up pretty early and out the door before it was much hotter than 65.

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We went to Mount Tabor Park and parked in the residential neighborhood near the base of the park entrance. Then we loaded up the dog and baby and hiked up to the top of the park. It’s a great little urban hike with tons of trails (dirt) and then paved roads for bicyclists, skateboarders, runners, walkers, you name it. Everyone was out on such a nice day.

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It was all uphill. We hiked to the top, did a circle around the top, went back down and then hiked back up part way before heading back down to the car. We both burned more calories than we anticipated.

 

It was a good little workout though. I think we will do this more in the future on nice days. We’re up early because Logan gets us up at the crack of dawn, so we are able to get to the park before it’s too crowded or too hot. It’s not far from the house, either, so the drive time doesn’t make it too difficult to do right now.

Monday

Monday I woke up and just needed to get out of the house so I decided Logan and I would go for a walk first thing before it got too hot. We stopped for iced coffee on our route first. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was a good walk and I got to clear my head and move my body and get out of the house.

 

Tuesday

Took Bella and Logan for a short walk before lunch today. Looking at the forecast I figured it might be the last opportunity for a walk for a few days.

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When Michael got home from work I went to the gym for yoga class. Unfortunately, when I got there class was cancelled. ๐Ÿ™ I ended up on the elliptical and did 3 miles in about 35 minutes and then went home. And my heart rate monitor died on me, so no idea on the calories. Bummer of an evening!

Wednesday and Thursday

Rest Days! And it was kind of rainy and blah so no walking. ย But honestly I needed the rest days, so that’s ok.

Friday

I’ve been itching to try running again (especially considering I have two 5k’s in a few months) but wanted to wait until I was ready physically. I think it’s going to be a slow process to get it all back.

 

I did a slow walk/jog on the treadmill. I did intervals of about 90 seconds jogging, then 60-90 seconds walking, and so on. It was okay but my knees felt a little creaky. I cut it short and then did the elliptical for the rest of the workout.

Saturday

I wanted to do something a little different this day. Instead of the treadmill I did the stair master. I used to LOVE the stair master. It is a major calorie burn. Even short sessions would make me drenched in sweat. But with my knees I kind of stopped using it. I’ve been slowly getting back to it.

 

This week I hope to go to yoga class, swim, and try running again.

What are you fitness goals for this week?

 

First Mother’s Day

I figured it was fitting to share a few photos from our newborn photo shoot with you guys for mother’s day. Our friend Christi, who did our engagement photos and pregnancy photos, came by when Logan was about 2 weeks old to take his newborn pictures and she did an amazing job.

It’s funny, that day Logan was particularly fussy and had been crying and fussing all day long so when Christi came by to take his pictures I was feeling a bit frazzled and like we wouldn’t get anything cute because he’d just cry the whole time. Thankfully we got lucky and he apparently loves having his picture taken. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We did get a few fussy photos, though, and I definitely wanted prints of those, too, not just the “perfect” ones because he was so expressive!

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I mean seriously, how can you not melt at that fussy face? LOL! This is my favorite photo of the day:

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It just cracks me up.

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Baby feet!

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And we got some family photos:

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I’m so glad we got the photos done when we did because he already looks different at 6 weeks old now. And at two weeks he looked different than his squishy newborn photos too! They really do grow so fast. You blink and they look different. One day I went to dress him and all of a sudden half of the clothes he’d been wearing didn’t fit anymore and we moved up to the 3 month old sizes! Crazy!

First Mother’s Day

My day started with (sort of) sleeping in! And then breakfast in bed (two eggs, sweet potato hash, avocado and bacon). Then we went to Mount Tabor for a little family urban hike (second time in a week!)

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It was bit overcast and cool but still nice out. We got to the park and it was actually closed to car traffic for a mother’s day run apparently.

So we changed our route a bit to avoid the race route and got to see a different part of the park. It was a nice little hike through the hills.

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Despite the race (or maybe because of it) the park was pretty empty. We got some nice fitness in and then headed home.

 

Then we went home and Michael’s mom came over for lunch. Michael made us blackened salmon, Brussels sprouts with bacon and salad. It was a delicious lunch.

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Logan got me a cute card ๐Ÿ™‚ and a gift (a really nice new camera bag for all my camera gear–which I need for all the baby pictures!) and we just hung out for the rest of the afternoon. I worked on Logan’s baby book and we took some pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s hard to believe I’m a mom! Hasn’t quite sunk in yet. But I can’t imagine my life without Logan in it!