AMRAP High Intensity Workout

Baby bean had me up early this morning. First I had to stay awake during the early morning nursing session (5 a.m.) to put our load of cloth diaper laundry in when bean had fallen back asleep. Bean then woke up at 7.30 when hubby was leaving for work, and bean did not fall back asleep! He usually takes another nap and gets up at 10… but no instead he stayed up cooing and being adorably cute, so even though mommy didn’t get a nap I was excited to spend some cooing time with him. Then up we went for a productive morning. Hung the diapers outside to dry. And I had time to do a morning workout while bean was in his swing, where he is now sleeping while I am wide awake. Go figure.

Today’s conditioning was an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) high intensity workout based on crossfit exercises. I love these workouts because I love high reps and I love burpees (although I hate both at the same time…) AND the best part is I know it is going to take 20 minutes, because it’s as many reps as possible in 20 minutes. Great when you know about how long your baby will stay asleep or can occupy him/herself without needing you. Got through 3 rounds with a couple of minutes to spare.

This workout was another Pinterest find (how I love Pinterest… great for browsing while breastfeeding a sleepy baby) originating from the Cardio and Cocktails blog. And again, no equipment needed just your body and an inspired mind!

Crossfit AMRAP High Intensity Workout

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One Room Interval Training

I know feel fully recovered and have finally started to slowly introduce some hammer throwing and some conditioning back into my life. So far I am having a blast!

The workout I did today I found on Pinterest (come join me: http://pinterest.com/micklon/) and it originates from the Back on Pointe blog. As soon as baby bean closed his eyes for a morning nap. I blasted International Love on Spotify and got to work. 22 minutes later I was happy, sweaty and well out of breath. Just what i want my conditioning to be like 🙂

Here it is if anyone wants to try it out. It is a high intensity interval workout. Go through the list twice, with a two minute rest in between sets. And the great thing is you don’t need anything but your body and maybe something to time it with. That’s it. No excuses!

The One Room Interval Workout

A Day in the Life of Baby Bean

When Tiberius was 51 days old, I charted his day just to see how much he actually sleeps, is awake, eats etc. I was going to post it then, but, as always, I am sloooow and it takes me forever to actually sit down and update. But here it is, 24 hours in the life of a 51 day old baby, and his mom 🙂

22.15 Attempt for bedtime. Attempt successful!
2.08 Pooping time, loudly
2.15 Starte eating
2.23 Diaper change break
2.28 mommy takes potty break
2.31 comes back to a sleeping baby (…!)
4.55 Baby fussing, move to parent’s bed
4.59 Food time (I love nursing laying down at night)
5.35 Mom wakes up, baby is out.
7.10 Baby is farting up a storm. Diaper change.
7.15 Food time
7.25 Baby let’s go off nipples. Eyes closed.
8.35 Big Poop. Diaper Change. Morning Routine (wash face, stretch arms and legs, belly time, dancing)
9.14 Food time.
9.27 Done eating. Just hanging with mom watching the Diet Wars by Dr. McDougall on YouTube.
9.34 More Food
9.40 Eyes closed
9.47 Move baby to playmat for more sleeping – eyes wide open and cooing.
10.15 Nap
11.11 Diaper Change
11.23 Eat, whine, comfort
12.35 Diaper change
12.30 Baby is happy in his swing
12.55 Food Time
13.10 Nap
15.19 Wakes mommy up
15.20 Food Time
15.30 Sleep
16.15 Diaper Change
16.22 Food Time
16.33 Off to sleep on booby
17.16 Comfort nurse
17.20 Off to sleep.
17.50 Wake up and hang out.
18.15 Diaper change.
18.36 Food Time
18.50 Done eating – now hanging with mom
19.00 Diaper change – then hang out/comfort nurse/hang out for a while.
22.00 Eyes are closed,
22.15 Move baby to crib.

I recorded this a week ago. And it is crazy to see how he is changing and getting settled into a routine since then. Little baby bean, growing up so fast!

C-Section Recovery

On Dec. 2, 2012 I went through my first major surgery. Up until this day I had never had any stitches and my biggest bodily trauma had been the d&c for my miscarriages. It just happened so that this time it was pregnancy related as well. Thanks to the c-section my son saw the day of light lights of the surgery room, and his mother’s pretty face! For as much as I didn’t want the c-section, both him and I are thankful for it or we would most likely both have died in the process.

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Scar at 50 days after surgery

Scar 50 days after surgery

Getting through the surgery was fairly easy (numb from the chest down), recovering on the other hand is a completely different story.

The first week of recovery was one of the hardest weeks of my life. Luckily for me hubby had a week off work. I could not have done it on my own.
I was groggy and confused for at least 5 days after my delivery experience. I didn’t know my nights from days or nurses from friends. I was in a complete daze in and out of sleep. On top of that I was not able to move from laying to sitting on my own. Every time I needed to get out of bed I had to call for hubby. It was extremely difficult to be so dependent.

It took at least 3 weeks before I could walk 1/4 mile (400 m) [or through a grocery store] without doubling over in pain. After 6 weeks I could finally sleep on my belly again and my body functions felt like they were back to normal. I was cleared at 7 weeks and am now slowly starting to get back into weight lifting and hammer throwing!

My body 50 days post delivery.

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C-Section Recovery

On Dec. 2, 2012 I went through my first major surgery. Up until this day I had never had any stitches and my biggest bodily trauma had been the d&c for my miscarriages. It just happened so that this time it was pregnancy related as well. Thanks to the c-section my son saw the day of light lights of the surgery room, and his mother’s pretty face! For as much as I didn’t want the c-section, both him and I are thankful for it or we would most likely both have died in the process.

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Scar at 50 days after surgery

Scar 50 days after surgery

Getting through the surgery was fairly easy (numb from the chest down), recovering on the other hand is a completely different story.

The first week of recovery was one of the hardest weeks of my life. Luckily for me hubby had a week off work. I could not have done it on my own.
I was groggy and confused for at least 5 days after my delivery experience. I didn’t know my nights from days or nurses from friends. I was in a complete daze in and out of sleep. On top of that I was not able to move from laying to sitting on my own. Every time I needed to get out of bed I had to call for hubby. It was extremely difficult to be so dependent.

It took at least 3 weeks before I could walk 1/4 mile (400 m) [or through a grocery store] without doubling over in pain. After 6 weeks I could finally sleep on my belly again and my body functions felt like they were back to normal. I was cleared at 7 weeks and am now slowly starting to get back into weight lifting and hammer throwing!

My body 50 days post delivery.

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Spontaneous Family Vacation

Christmas was a busy time with a LOT of people around us. Of course everyone wants to hang out with the baby and as a mom I have to let my dear relatives do just that. I don’t mind, at all. It just gets a little too much when there is a ton of people and for days on end.

So hubby and I decided our new family needed some alone time to recharge our batteries and get back into a sociable shape. We decided to go on a spontaneous mini vacation to Death Valley National Park.

Luckily hubby’s parents has an RV we could borrow. So we loaded it up and off we went! It was an awesome trip. We saw a lot of nature. Breathed some fresh air. Hiked for miles through canyons, craters and sand dunes. Enjoyed the most beautiful starry sky known to man. Made a camp fire. And drove on crazy winding roads. We spent time 200 feet below sea level as well as 4000 feet above.

Everyone was worrying about how we were going to manage with baby bean. But he was awesome! I think he liked the fresh air 🙂 We had to make a ton of stops on the way there and our 8 hour trip turned into a 14 hour trip, because bean had to feed and have diaper changes along the way. He was the boss (and still is) ^^ During our hikes we wrapped him up in our moby wrap (I really need to start doing reviews on this blog) and took turns wearing him. He was content most of the time. And it was a ton of fun to do it as a family.

Our decision to go was one of the best we have made so far this year! 🙂 It was a great start to this new year and symbolizing of the changes/transitions we are making as individuals, as a married couple and as a new family.

And here are a couple of photos of our vacation surroundings, as well as a happy bean in the rv.

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The No-Poo Thing

Happy New Years everyone! We all have great things in store for us in 2013! How I know? We are all in charge and have the power for greatness. 🙂

I have tons of new years spirit in me and am finally going to finish a post I drafted in September, I believe.



The last 3 weeks I have been experimenting with reducing all kinds of chemicals and unnatural substances in my life.

So make that the last 4 months instead… Since I was pregnant I started with my body. Wanted to be as pure and clean as possible, I cut out the chemicals I put in my hair (shampoo and conditioner). Also known as no-poo.

Eeww says a lot of people. Awesome say I.

It took a couple of weeks for my hair to get used to being au natural. Since then it has looked fantastic (as fantastic as it gets when you haven’t cut your hair since June… of 2011…).

But seriously, my hair is actually better looking than it has been. The number one reason being the white itchy flaky stuff in my hair is gone! What a relief. I think I had it because I used to wash my hair every day and just continued to chemicalize it. I never let it breathe.

Now, it’s breathing and still not dirty! I do a baking powder wash (1 tbsp baking powder mixed with 1 C water) as cleaning solution and an apple cider vinegar rinse (1 tbsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 C water) as restoration, twice a week.

Both my hair and wallet are happy ^^