My Fitness New Years Resolution

This post was sponsored by Target® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

Target® C9 POPSUGAR

I don’t know about you, but having a new outfit always motivates me to get sweaty. I recently was given the opportunity to try out a couple pieces from the Target® C9 activewear collection. I decided on the Long Sleeve Active Performance Tee, Medium Support Sports Bra, and the Woven Shorts with Compression. There were so many choices I had a hard time narrowing it down to these three items.
In Arizona it doesn’t ever really get super chilly so shorts are an option here the majority of the year. These shorts are great because they give extra coverage with the compression inner liner. The waistband is also really wide and comfortable and there is a little pocket on the inside in the back of the shorts for a key.

Target® C9 Tam & Maisie

The top is a relaxed fit and I love how nicely it pairs with the sports bra. The bra features removable pads and when I purchased this item it was only $10. Such a great buy. Removable pads are a must for me when I am buying a sports bra.

Target® was having an awesome sale on their Target® C9 activewear collection when I purchased this outfit. I spent $40 for everything! The New Year is a great time to get moving and if you are looking for affordable activewear to get you motivated be sure to stop into your local Target®. They also have a great variety of home workout DVDs if you need a little extra inspiration.

It is always fun to make new years resolutions for the upcoming 12 months ahead. I don’t know about you but often times I can get a little carried away with what I plan on doing versus what I actually end up accomplishing.

Towards the end of last year I was in physical therapy. My muscles had become very imbalanced to the point that I couldn’t even bend over to pick Maisie up from her crib. I realized how important it is to work out with a purpose and to train all my muscles equally.

This year my plan is to continue to improve the muscular imbalances in my body by strengthening weaker muscles and working on the range of motion in areas that are tight. Curious to know what I am doing? Here are three exercises that I have added into my routine for the new year….

Target® C9 Mobility Exercises
Figure Four (Piriformis) Stretch: While lying on your back with both knees bent, cross one ankle above the other knee. Next reach and connect your hands behind the hamstring of the non-bent side. Gently pull the hamstring towards your chest until a stretch is felt in your hip. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times on each leg.

Single Leg Squat: Start by standing about 2 feet in front of chair, facing away, feet hip width apart. Lift one leg and place top of that foot on the chair behind you. Slowly lower into a single leg squat, keeping your front knee behind your toes and dipping the back knee toward the floor. Focus on keeping your core engaged and shoulders over your hips. Straighten back up to starting position and do 20 reps total on that side. Repeat on other leg.

Single Leg Deadlift: Stand with feet together. Lift leg slightly so foot is just off floor. Lower fingers to floor while raising lifted leg back behind. Keep back straight and knee of supporting leg slightly bent. Keep hip and knee of lifted leg extended throughout movement. Once stretch is felt, return to original position by raising torso while lowering lifted leg. Straighten knee of supporting leg as torso becomes upright. Perform a total of 20 reps. Repeat on other leg.

I have done these exercises in the past but never for a specific purpose. In the last few weeks I have increased the degree of difficulty by adding weight during the single leg squats. I am so happy when I have finished all 20 reps on both sides.

If you are looking to challenge yourself on the single leg deadlift you can place your standing leg on a stability board and slowly work your way up to using dumbbells. These are hard, especially after doing the single leg squats.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my new years resolution to create a more balanced body. I would love to hear what you are working towards this year. Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.

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Maisie: 7 Months

Maisie 7 Months

We are following the sleep method outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep. If you have never heard of Babywise you can read more about our experience in my post On Becoming Baby Wise where I break down how we used this method for our son Caden.

Here is a recap of Maisie’s feeding schedule over the past six months:

Birth: Every 2-3 hours for the first two weeks until we were given the go ahead from her pediatrician to allow her to sleep during the night without needing to wake her to eat.

1 Month: 4:30am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, and 12:30am. Bedtime at 7pm followed by the last two feedings.

Week 7: 5am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

2 Months: 6am,  9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

3 Months: 6:30am, 9:45am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

4 Months: 5:30am*, 7am, 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm. *I tried to drop the dream feed which didn’t work.

5 Months: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

6 Months: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

Currently her 7 Month schedule looks like this…

  • 7am: Waketime & Eat
  • 9am: Nap
  • 10am: Eat
  • 12:30pm: Nap
  • 1:30pm: Eat
  • 2:30pm: Nap
  • 3:30pm: Eat
  • 6:30pm: Eat
  • 7pm: Bedtime

Maisie enjoys sucking on her fingers, eating, cuddling, watching Caden, playing with her Playskool Busy Poppin’ Pals, bath/shower time, tummy time, and sitting up.

Last month we introduced solid foods and she has now tried oatmeal, sweet potato, banana, avocado, apple, and mango.

I am happy to say that she dropped her dream feed and is sleeping from 7pm-7am.  I am so thankful to have two kids who sleep through the night. In the morning I feed Maisie at 7am in her room and after she is done nursing we make our way into Caden’s room around 7:15am. He is still in his bed either singing or talking to himself at this time in morning.

Maisie 7 Months Tummy Time

Maisie has her two bottom teeth and also her top right tooth. Her top left tooth is slowly making an appearance. She is rolling over from her back to her tummy and rarely stays on her back for long periods of time, but hasn’t yet mastered rolling from her tummy to her back. Lately she is really loving tummy time and has been pressing herself up with her arms and drawing her knees underneath her body. It won’t be much longer before she is crawling!

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Urban Remedy Cindy Crawford’s Essentials Food & Juice Review

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for highlighting this business. All opinions are my own.

If you have been a longtime reader of this blog you know that Josh and I are big fans of juice cleanses and healthy eating. While I would never do a juice cleanse while breastfeeding I was recently able to try Urban Remedy’s newest healthy meal plan kit the Cindy Crawford Essentials.

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Cindy’s Essentials includes the following items:

Morning Beverage

  •  2 Cold Brew Light
  • 1 Matcha Au Lait

Breakfast

  • 3 Mint Cacao Chip Shakes​

Juices

  • Glow: Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Lemon, E3Live*
  • Genius: Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Lemon
  • Clean: Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Parsley, Kale, Dandelion Green, Lemon

*E3Live provides more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids & essential fatty acids and is a rich source of chlorophyll.

Lunch

  • Shredded Kale Salad
  • Zen Salad
  • Super Green Quinoa

Snacks

  • Spicy Lemon Sprouted Almonds
  • Sweet Potato Hummus with Crudite
  • Superfood Trail Mix

Dinner

  • Veggie Pad Thai
  • Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl
  • Zucchini Pasta with Marinara and Hemp seed Pesto
  • Raw Soup

When you receive your order from Urban Remedy you need to start your plan the next day. Everything is made fresh and ready to eat and arrives at your doorstep.

I love how convenient it was to receive all my food and juices for 3 days. No shopping, cleaning, or prepping my food or juices. To me the cost of Urban Remedy is worth it for those 3 reasons alone. The healthy meal plans range in price from $195-250. The Cindy Crawford Essential plan costs $225.

When Josh and I have done juice cleanses before we will spend an enormous amount of time in the kitchen. I can’t stress enough how wonderful this was to have everything ready to go in my fridge.

Urban Remedy Cindy Crawford Essentials Has Arrived

Upon opening my box some of the contents from one of the salads had leaked out slightly inside leaving an orangish tinge on several of the other items. Nothing that ruined anything and all the meals looked sealed. As you can see from the photo, Caden was really into all the items that were sent.

The Cindy Crawford Essentials is made from organic, low-glycemic, plant-based ingredients. This kit was designed for 3 full days or to use as Cindy does and spread out these items throughout the week as you choose. I opted to use everything I was sent in 3 days.

Each morning I started my day with a glass of warm lemon water followed by the Mint Cacao Chip Breakfast Smoothie. This was one of my favorite things from the kit. The smoothie was so good and I have been recreating it everyday since. My toddler even loves it!

A few hours later I would drink one of the caffeinated drinks. I don’t typically drink coffee so I think the next time I do this program I would choose the herbal tea option.

For lunch and dinner I just picked out which ready to made meal sounded best to me at that moment. Everything tasted so good! I did however really enjoy the Veggie Pad Thai, Zen Salad, and Shredded Kale Salad.

Urban Remedy Shredded Kale Salad & Zen Salad

In between lunch and dinner I enjoyed a green juice and snack. The green juices were really fantastic and I also highly enjoyed the Spicy Lemon Sprouted Almonds. All of the juices were cold pressed. If you are unfamiliar with what that means let me explain. The produce is cut into a fine pulp and then thousands of pounds of pressure are applied to the pulp extracting every ounce of juice that the fruit or vegetable has to give. This results in your receiving the most nutritional value possible.

I am still breastfeeding Maisie so each day I did consume an additional meal of either salad or vegetarian chili. Had I not been breastfeeding I would have only needed to eat what was sent.

Overall this was a highly positive experience. I felt great after the 3 days and loved filling my body up with veggies. I appreciated that all the meals, snacks, and juices were labeled with the ingredients and specified which items were and weren’t organic. In the future I would love to order a juice cleanse and also try more of the meals and snacks from Urban Remedy.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse or healthy meal plan?

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