6 weeks post c-section

17 pounds down + counting
17 pounds down + counting

ABOUT THE BABY + PARENTING

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve googled “why do newborns…”

This is especially nerve wracking when you’ve fed the baby, changed his diaper, burped him and made sure he wasn’t too hot or too cold.

Gas and a stuffed nose? Didn’t even think about it.

There’s been a few nights, Bode has filled our ears with 3 hours of bone chilling screams, a huge burp and then nothing but smiles.  #phew

Then the crying starts again.  Stuffy nose!  Get the nasal aspirator. He really hates us when we use this.  Poor buddy.

This scenario is a snippet of what we and every other parent endures with their first child.  

We are clueless.  It’s a complete guessing game of, “what should we do?”  We are doing okay, mostly thanks to my Mom who is the expert in calming our baby and our nerves while slowly shuffle walking while we all regain our sanity. #godsend

ABOUT MY BODY

So, 6 weeks post childbirth and I am FINALLY feeling somewhat like myself. I know myself and while I don’t have Post Partum Depression, I can say, there have been days where I am crying about the lack of sleep, our old life and how I can’t wait to lose this extra weight.

But most importantly, I can’t wait to feel good again.

If you’ve had a C-Section, you’ll feel me on trying to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint.  Yes, our bodies are amazing (moms remind me ALL the time)! AND YES, a human came out through my stomach, (I KNOW, UNBELIEVABLE), but I can’t help but feel pissed at my body.

“I trained you, I worked you out, I fed you nourishing foods and you betrayed me.”

Feels so good to write again and admit that I feel betrayed by my body.

It’s this whole mind//body//connection thing, except I feel like my body and mind didn’t connect throughout labor and it’s taken me 6 weeks to accept it. 

This is what I call a “cleansing process,” and I see much more emotional healing over the next few weeks.

I have researched day in and day out about babies and moms post c-section, I joined Facebook support groups to not feel so alone in this process and it’s helped.  I’ve even asked family members if they have friends who’ve had C-sections and if I can reach out to them to know that what I’m going through is “normal.”

I’m reminded about MY path, MY journey, MY experience and that it will be like no one else’s.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

It’s true! I’ve read about women running 4-6 miles within the first few weeks post c-section.

In my experience, week 3 was the toughest! For a full week, I dug my nails into my leg as a diversion to the agonizing, burning pain to walk from my bed to the bathroom. I would’ve cried, but it hurt my stitches too much.

I went a full week without narcotics, only to regret it and need to take them longer.

And here I am, week 6, wearing mascara and blush again and feeling a helluva lot better!!!

I can’t wait to help new mama’s going through the same experience. I now have a very special place in my heart for women who’ve gone through the whole pushing process and ended in an emergency c-section. 

People have told me that weeks 6-8 are game changers.

Time heals. Lesson learned. Here’s my never ending reward.

5 Best Smoothies to drink during the winter for Weight Loss

The majority of my clients this time of year are happily treating themselves to sugary treats, holiday drinks and eating more carbs than usual.  Adding one of these smoothies a day will save you time and extra pounds. If you need more 1 on 1, I’m available a few times this and next week. Schedule here. Make your appointment fast due to limited availability.

Smoothies are great for cleansing. When food is blended to a liquid, pre-digested state, your digestive system has a much easier job. All of the nutrients can be easily collected and assimilated.

HERE ARE THE BEST 5 SMOOTHIE RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS DURING WINTER! >>>

PEPPERMINT CHIP
SERVES 1
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup spinach
½ avocado or banana
3 leaves fresh mint
1 teaspoon flax meal

IMMUNE BUILDER

SERVES 1
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 banana
1 teaspoon flax meal
1 scoop plant-based protein powder
1 teaspoon bee pollen
 

ENERGY ACTIVATOR

SERVES 1
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
1 cup kale
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 teaspoon bee pollen
Stevia or 1 teaspoon of honey
 

LEAN GREEN MACHINE

SERVES 1
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
1 cup mixed greens
2 dandelion leaves
½ raw beet
½ avocado
1 teaspoon bee pollen
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 scoop plant-based protein

MUSCLE RECHARGE

SERVES 1
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
1 banana
1 scoop plant-based protein
1 cup spinach
1 handful parsley
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Reply back with your pictures of each smoothie and I’ll include it in the next blog post!  This technique is called: ACCOUNTABILITY.

Re-living the Yoga + Dessert Workshop

I feel like this workshop I created was effortless.  You know why?  Because every single thing I loved was included: yoga + dessert + sisterhood.  I live for these moments.  Moments when you look around the room, women are relaxed and ready to just enjoy the night, no pressure and pure comfort.

Ginger Saunders generously offered to teach a gentle restorative yoga class and you could tell by looking from face to face that everyone was relieved.  We are bombarded with “GO HARD!”  “SWEAT EVERY DAY!”  “WORKOUT HARDCORE!”

To give yourself permission to relax….it’s a luxury.

My home was filled with 11 women who flowed from yoga right into guilt free dessert.  I chose 5 desserts and created a recipe dessert guide for all the women to take home.

Desserts included: chocolate covered strawberries, rice crispy treats, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and almond butter fudge.  

“I can’t believe these are all gluten and dairy free!” Exclaimed one of the attendee’s.

I smiled.

“I’m a baker and have never used alternative flours or sugars!! Now that I’ve tasted these desserts, I’m going to try!!”

YAY!!

Converting dessert loving women into guilt free dessert loving women.  Our next one is December 3rd, see the details here.