(This post contains affiliate links, thanks for your support! Also see disclaimer here.) I thought this week might be a good time to check in with my post-baby body progress. The last time I really took a look at my progress was January. My twins are now 17 months old! I haven't really lost much weight, maybe a few pounds that fluctuate. I definitely feel stronger and a little leaner. I'm still about 7 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I don't really mind the scale too much. I've gained a lot of muscle, and I think a little more weight loss will come once the twins wean from breastfeeding. We are down to twice per day now, and it's probably going to happen sooner than later - definitely bittersweet! [caption id="attachment_485" align="aligncenter" width="510"]postpartum fitness                    14 months postpartum vs 17 months postpartum[/caption] I was just thinking about my mindset after I first had the twins. I was so self-conscious. I went from feeling like the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world, to feeling frumpy and exhausted. I know my expectations were unrealistic. I thought I would just "bounce back" after a few weeks - like the celebrities do. I wish we could all just accept that the timeline to get back in shape is most likely not 6 weeks for the average person. I'm hoping that through my real experiences you'll see that these changes take time and effort. I'm still not 100% where I'd like to be. I think pregnancy, especially twin pregnancy, is a lot for the body to handle. My body is now, and always will be, a work in progress. We need to be gentle with ourselves and not expect too much too soon. I'm just glad and proud to have gained so much strength and fit into my old jeans. At the end of the day - that's all that really matters! We've been loving the nicer weather and getting outside for some workouts! It's a nice change of scenery from the basement, plus it affords me the opportunity to workout when the babies are awake. Sometimes I need early morning & nap time for school work, so this is a great option. The twins have a great time running around and playing. They love to say "shoes" and their little faces light up when we get ready to go out. IMG_3795 IMG_3657 IMG_3691 Now onto the workouts! Monday: 4/11 Strength:  max chin ups x 3 max pull ups x 3 static ring holds, 20 seconds x 3 (I have these) push press - worked up to 95# WOD - 3 rounds: 15 box jumps 20 push press (45#) 15 ring rows 15 barbell good mornings cash out: 3 x 12 long sided barbell rows (I had a 25# plate on - see demo) 3 x 12 one-armed bent over rows (20# KB) Tuesday: 4/12 turkish get ups - did multiple sets with 20# KB until form suffered 3 rounds: 5 assisted pistols (each side) 10 KB cleans (each side) 3 x 10 OH triceps extension 3 x 10 dips 3 x 10 tricep pull down with band Wednesday: 4/13 5 sets of 10 back squats (65# - I don't have a squat rack) WOD - 3 rounds: 10 pushups 15 barbell hip thrusts (65#) 5 chest flies on the rings 10 reverse lunges (each leg) 10 single leg deadlifts (each leg) 10 goblet squats (35#) cash out: 3 x 10 hack squats 65# 3 x 10 glute kickbacks Thursday: 4/14 outside! 3 rounds: 20 KB swings (35#) 15 sumo deadlift high pull (35#) 10 burpees 10 sets of stroller sprints Friday: 4/15 Strength: max pull ups x 3 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 chin ups Power cleans: worked up to 105#. Couldn't get 115, though I tried!!! WOD - 5 rounds: 5 snatches (65#) 10 hanging knee raises 30 second plank 100 jump ropes Saturday: 4/16 rest day! Sunday: 4/17 max chin ups x 3 3 x 3 negative pull ups 3 x 10 ring rows WOD - 3 rounds: 14 push press (65#) 14 straight leg deadlift (65#) 7 burpees took me about 8 minutes, I was slow. 3 rounds: max ring hold max wall sit 10 hanging knee raises 10 lying leg lifts Monday: 4/18 warm up: jump rope deadlifts - worked up to 5 sets at 165! That's all for this week. Let me know if you did any great workouts in the comments! Always looking for inspiration :-)

Not to sound cheesy, but spring is the season of new beginnings, right? There is that sense of renewal when the trees are budding and the birds are chirping. I made a lot of changes in my life this winter - it has not been easy. My whole family is putting a lot of effort into helping me finish school - it has taken a huge leap of faith for everyone involved. I can't help but think how grateful I am for the opportunity to improve myself and work towards new goals. I thought it would be a nice idea to "put pen to paper" and think about what I'd like to accomplish this season. I haven't been posting my workouts the past week or two. They've definitely been happening, but I've been super sick and trying to take it a little easier. I have asthma, so getting sick is a huge barrier to working out hard. I'm hoping this week I'll start to feel better and start posting again! twins Family: 1. Spend a lot of time with family, enjoying the beautiful children we have and cherishing our time together. 2. Plan an awesome overnight date with my husband and a fun, little family trip. 3. Take more videos of my sweet girls learning, playing, and enjoying. Save them 1000 times on 8 different devices, burn them onto DVDs, etc. (I hate this job, but it needs to happen!) IMG_2036 Professional: 1. Successfully complete my first nursing clinical this summer - really nervous about this one! I'm sure I will be fine, but I've worked so hard and waited so long to get here. I just want to make sure I'm giving it my all. 2. Post on the blog 2-3 times per week, increase readership. 3. Stay organized with school - I have a tendency to be more like "organized chaos" - which is not very organized at all. 4. Study for boards as I go, try not to be last minute about it. I took a two year hiatus from school to have my babies, so I really need to be reviewing material A LOT! [caption id="attachment_454" align="aligncenter" width="499"]Study partner! Study partner![/caption] fitness Fitness: 1. String together several strict pull ups. (Right now I can only do one at a time without a band.) 2. Accomplish 65# overhead squat 3. Power clean 115# 4. Work on pistols (I broke my ankle several years ago - ankle mobility is a huge issue for me here!) 5. Do a ring dip! 6. Starting to think about potentially competing in bikini/figure at some point in the next year or two - am I crazy!??? IMG_2787 Nutrition: 1. Focus on less gluten-free cheat meals. I love GF pizza and GF bread, etc... but it's been too much lately. I want to focus more on having that as a truly a "treat." 2. Kick my every night chocolate habit. I love chocolate, and I don't think it's bad for you. I just have a tendency to WAY overdo it. A few times a week would be much better than every day. Personal: 1. Read The Bible daily. I have the app, She Reads Truth, that has a convenient 1 year bible format. I've been trying to commit to reading each night, even if it's only just the new testament passages. It's really a lot better than the print format because it tells you the % completed and that's really motivating! I really need to stop making excuses on this one. 2. Develop more confidence and empower myself to be who I am. This is a tough one, and it's truly hard to apply. But, from things like just writing more and not seeking approval from others before I post, or sharing my real, post-baby body on social media - those are all things that are important to get out there. KBsnatch Your turn: I'd love to read about your goals for the spring/summer, whether it be personal/professional, fitness-related, or not! 

This post contains affiliate links, anything you click on does not cost you any more money, but does help support my blog. Thank you! Happy Hump Day! I've never done one of these before, but I always find the way other people eat to be so fascinating. We all have our own interpretation of what's "healthy" and we all have different goals to support with our nutrition. This week is also a good time to get back on track after the big Easter holiday. I don't know about you, but I don't like to keep treats around. I'll indulge for a day or a weekend, and then everything needs to go. This week is spring break for my school, so we were home all day. Today was also an intermittent fasting day - so I didn't eat anything until after my workout. Today started out like any other - breastfeeding & coffee. Honestly, coffee & then breastfeeding is the optimal order, but no such luck today. I usually take my coffee with coconut oil and heavy cream. I find that these additives don't really break my fast, since they are purely fat and don't spike my blood sugar. coffee The twins eat breakfast after nursing & diaper changes. They pretty much eat the same thing every morning: 1 banana each and 1 scrambled egg each. Once breakfast is over, it's playtime! twins breakfast The girls nursed again and had a snack of applesauce around 10 am. We also all got our daily dose of cod liver oil. Mommy indulged in another cup of coffee. Why? Because I have twins that don't like to share and throw tantrums about it. IMG_3253 IMG_3234      IMG_3232 not sharing At 11:15, the twins ate lunch. Today was a little leftover eggs from the morning, salmon, and roasted cauliflower. They drank water and went down for a nice nap! IMG_3254 While the girls were napping, I got a great workout in.  I did the cross fit open WOD 16.5. It was terrible, in a good way. Holy thrusters and burpees! I was still breathing heavy in the shower 20 minutes later.  After that, I was so ready to eat! [caption id="attachment_399" align="aligncenter" width="150"]IMG_3264 Post-workout selfie.. I'm really bad at taking these![/caption] I had 2 organic eggs, cooked in butter & over hard, 2 cheese and organic turkey roll ups, roasted cauliflower, and an apple. IMG_3263 This is a lot of food - but don't forget I'd been fasting for almost 18 hours!

IMG_3261 (I found this turkey at Costco - it was pretty good!)

After lunch, I sat and did some work while inhaling some Nikki's Coconut Butter right out of the jar. It goes awesome with coffee. (If you're not sensing a theme here, my coffee consumption rivals that of Lorelei in Gilmore Girls.) IMG_3267 The girls woke up from their nap and had 2nd lunch. (They are awesome eaters!) 2nd lunch was avocado, followed by organic plain yogurt. I don't add anything to the yogurt - it's tart but they don't seem to mind. I also really don't want them to develop too much of a sweet tooth at this young of an age. I think it's important to learn what foods are supposed to taste like in their purest forms. IMG_3268 There was a huge tantrum when I tried to take away their spoons, so I gave them some pieces of a few medjool dates to distract them. I might have snuck a few bites too - they taste like caramel! We played some more, gave the girls a bath, and made dinner. Dinner tonight was simply roasted, organic chicken drumsticks with sautéed baby kale/chard/spinach and onions. I cooked the chicken plain with just some kosher salt, and added some Annie's barbecue sauce towards the end. The girls also had a sweet potato on the side. IMG_0007 The babies had breastmilk again before bed, and I had my protein shake. I LOVE Naked Whey grass-fed protein powder (link to amazon ). It has no flavoring or weird stuff, so I can make my shake taste however I want. I usually do organic whole milk, 1/2 frozen banana, ice cubes, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and cocoa powder (to taste). I especially love that there's no sweeteners in this protein powder, as I tend to like things a little less on the sweet side and lower in carbs. I also like to drink my protein shake at night because I always crave chocolate after a long day with the babes. IMG_0003 Now I'm working on the blog and school work - with a cup of green tea! IMG_0002 In case you're interested - I put my food intake into MyFitnessPal so you can get an idea of how much I'm eating. This is something I like to do occasionally to keep myself in check. I think I did pretty well today! WIAW1 Hope you're having a great night! I'd love to hear your thoughts: Have you gotten back on track after the holiday? Have you ever tried intermittent fasting? Do you drink more or less coffee than I do? lol :) 

(I'm not a personal trainer or a doctor - please regard this as general information only. See full disclaimer. Also, this post may contain affiliate links, thank you for your support!) Happy Easter! Hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as we enjoyed ours. I had some traveling going on this week, so there were more rest days than usual and some eating that was not so healthy. I indulged in GF pizza, brownies, & cheesecake. In the past I would have beat myself up for that really badly, but I'm learning to just accept that sometimes part of life is celebrating and enjoying the moment.The good news is, I still got 5 solid workouts in - and I'm happy to start fresh this week! [caption id="attachment_360" align="aligncenter" width="400"]shoulders This basement workout selfie is brought to you by SHOULDERS! :-)[/caption] Sunday: 3/20 Rest day! Monday: 3/21 Power Snatches (see demo here). 1. 3 snatches at 55# every 30 seconds for 3 minutes 2. 3 snatches at 65# EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 3 minutes 3. 3 snatches at 75# EMOM for 3 minutes 4. 1 snatch at 85# EMOM for 3 minutes Followed by: 3 rounds of: 1 strict pull up 1 side-by-side pull up (AKA "commando" pull up) 1 chin up 3 rounds of max flexed arm hang 1: 20 sec 2: 26 sec 3: 27 sec 3 rounds of: 5 one-legged pistols on box (will look something like this) 10 bent over rows (75#) 10 bicep curls (35#) 3 rounds of: 1 strict pull up 1 commando pull up 1 chin up - This was a really great strength workout. My arms were on fire! Tuesday: 3/22 Performed 1 tabata of each of the following exercises: 1. air squats 2. jump rope 3. KB swings (I used 35#). 4. plank and crunches (1/2 and 1/2) 5. jump lunges and burpees This is a really quick cardio workout if you are pressed for time! Wednesday: 3/23 floor press Worked on shoulder dislocates with resistance band (see here). My shoulder mobility stinks right now! 5 minute EMOM of max pull ups 5 x 5 overhead squats (45#) floor press (3 x 10 @ 45#) 3 x 1:00 S2OH (shoulder to overhead) holds (45#) 3 x 1:00 OH squat holds using resistance band 3 x 10 OH triceps extension Thursday: 3/24 Jump rope 4 min. Deadlifts: Sets of 10 at 95#, 105#, 115#, 125#, 135# 7 sets of max effort at 145# 5 rounds of 20 second dead hangs on the pull up bar Friday: 3/25 travel day, off Saturday: 3/26 IMG_2945 5 rounds of hill sprints (finished in 3:30) Jump rope intervals Boxing workout with partner Travel circuit, 5 rounds for time of: 15 KB swings (35#) 10 OH walking lunges (used 25# plate) 15 SDHP (sumo deadlift high pull) 10 burpees (finished this section in 11:34 - it was tough!) Here's a fun picture to save of this workout (you can pin it!) workout Hope you are having a great start to your week!