Monday, August 20, 2012

Color Run - Colorado Springs

Two weeks ago, I drove out to Colorado Springs to do "The Happiest 5k" The Color Run.

It's about a 7 hour drive from here to Colorado Springs, so it took some coordinating to get to this race. I decided to leave the kids home with Daddy, along with some help from Grandma. This would be my first time to be away from my baby for more than 2 hours in her 3 months of life.

Most of my family lives in Colorado, so that is how doing this race in Colorado Springs came about. A bunch of us cousins decided it was something we wanted to do as a group and I'm so glad we did. It was the perfect event for all age and fitness levels.

Before the colorful mess!
(We tried to make "Roy G. Biv" with our shorts but didn't quite succeed.)

Our team name: "Dyed on the Run"!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Workouts and Maternity Leave

3 mile walk - 1 hour

3.59 mile run - 42 minutes

1.75 mile walk - 34 minutes

On Wednesday, I had planned on taking the kids to the park again to push Ella in the stroller while Ethan played. The night was full of thunder, driving Ethan into our bed for the first time in years, and in the morning the weather was still threatening.

I decided to pack up the kids and drive to our local Community Building which is open for walkers during the morning. It was very hot and stuffy in there, but it provided us shelter from the storm clouds.

I pushed Ella around the court in her Bob Revolution jogging stroller. We walked in circles for an and very boring. (The stroller was a big splurge for us, but I LOVE it! Worth every penny.)

bob revolution jogging stroller

While Ella and I walked, Ethan entertained himself playing basketball with his soccer ball - eh, whatever works.

Thursday early morning, I had a great run. I ran 3.5 miles without stopping. The first two miles, my legs felt heavy. The last 1.5 miles, I felt great. I only wish that I had more time to go further but I needed to get home so that Jim could get to work.

During my run, I ran into a huge swarm of bugs. I got them in my eyes and mouth and they left me spitting out bugs. So gross! I guess I got some extra protein in my diet?? The worst was that when I got into the bathroom to take a shower, I looked in the mirror and saw that I had bugs stuck all over my sweaty skin. I felt like I had bugs stuck on me all day. Ew!

We took to the park again on Friday. Ethan rode his bike around the sidewalks while Ella and I did loops around the perimeter totaling up to 1 mile. I listed to an audio book while pushing the stroller. I'm listening to Divergent right now. The book was recommended to me but I'm not loving it. It's entertaining enough but I'm not really invested in the storyline or characters. I'm not anxious to find out what happens next or looking forward to the next time I can listen.

Tara-iffic Randomness

I'm nearing the end of my Maternity Leave. We did our first trial run on Thursday with trying to figure out timing for getting everyone ready and out the door for when I return to work on August 15th.

We've hired my mother as our "nanny" and had her come over in the morning. I ran at 5:30 AM, got ready for "work", Ella up and fed, and Ethan ready for "school" since he'll be starting Kindergarten this year.

I figure I need to be ready for work by 6:50 AM and then I can breastfeed Ella until 7:20 AM when I need to leave for my commute to work.

Jim will then take over until my mom arrives around 7:30 AM. He'll take Ethan to school on his way to work at about 7:45 AM and my mom will stay with Ella at our house during the day.

It made for a hectic morning but it was good to trial out the schedule and timing. I can't believe how quickly July went and that we're now in August and the end of my Maternity Leave is so quickly approaching.

It's going to be hard to go back to work full time and get back into the swing of things. Good thing I really enjoy my job!!

xo Tara

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stroller Stroll and Oversleeping

2.26 miles walk pushing stroller - 42 minutes

1.98 mile run - 22 minutes

On Monday, I took the kids to the park right after breakfast to try and squeeze some outdoor time in before the heat of the day. I pushed my baby girl, Ella, in her stroller and we did laps around the perimeter while Ethan, my 5 year old son, rode his bike on the sidewalks and played on the playground equipment within the fenced area.

stroller exercise

Our park adventure made for a fun workout and activity for all of us.

Tuesday, I had a 5 mile jog on the schedule. I planned on my usual early wake up time of 5:00 am. At 6:00 am, I woke up and realized that I had overslept! crap! I either forgot to set my alarm clock or had turned it off in my sleep.

I couldn't just put on my running clothes and rush out the door, I had to relieve my engorged boobs first and do a pumping session. There was no way that I could run with my rock hard chest throbbing before I even started.

I hooked myself up to the breast pump and debated what I should do about my run. My time was quickly slipping away and I couldn't decide if I should get in a quick, shorter run or wait until evening and knock it out on the treadmill.

breast pump

The treadmill wasn't sounding very appealing, so I impatiently waited to finish pumping and then rushed out the door. Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to get my mind into gear that this was a shorter run and should be done at a faster pace. My pace was dragging!

I didn't get back from my run until about 7:15 am. I was sure Ella would have woken up her Daddy and he would be feeding her the freshly pumped milk I'd left. However, when I walked in the door, everyone was still sound asleep. Of course she sleeps in when Daddy is in charge! Don't try and tell me she isn't a Daddy's girl. ;)

I finished my workout with some sit ups and stretching. I love stretching now that my big, pregnant belly is no longer in the way.

xo Tara

Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekend Miles

Early Morning Run
2.49 miles - 25:10 minutes

Treadmill Stroll
2.6 miles - 45 minutes

Saturday morning I woke up at 5:00 am with an unusual amount of energy. I put the extra energy to good use and decided to do intervals during my run. I warmed up for 1/2 mile and then did 1.5 miles of intervals before a 1/2 mile cool down jog.

Eugene Olympic Trials Running Shirt

My shirt says "Eugene 2012" for the Track & Field Olympic Trials. I got it on super sale and decided it would be a good memento to remember the 100 m tie in the women's finals that my brother was so actively involved in. (He's the head photo finish judge.) I had a lot of fun following that tale unfold since my brother was in the middle of it.

Sunday I did a 45 minute walk on the treadmill while reading magazines in our basement.

My super shiny face wanted to say hello!

Baby is crying...gotta run!

xo Tara

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sweat Pink

(Rewind to Thursday)
Hot Trot!
2.49 miles - 28:00 minutes

I had planned on getting up at 5:00 am in order to do an early morning run. Unfortunately, Ella had other plans for her mommy. She woke up at 4:00 am and wasn't interested in going back to bed any time soon.

I finally got her back to bed and did a mental tug-of-war with myself on whether I should push through the fatigue and go on my planned run or crawl back into bed and try to catch up on the lost hour of sleep. Sleep won the battle and I crashed until 6:30 am.

Due to my missed morning run, I faced either a very hot outdoor run or hitting the treadmill later in the day. I was not in the mood for the treadmill, so I decided to go running when my husband got home from work to take over childcare duties.

It was hot! It was still over 100 degrees, but there were a few clouds, so it wasn't completely miserable.

I laced up my new shoes (love the bright, pink color #sweatpink) and tried to look at the positive that my pasty white skin would finally be seeing some sun.

Asics Gel Nimbus 14 - Pink

I like the Asics Gel Nimbus 14 but need a bigger size. I purchased them online from, so I'll be testing their return policy and exchanging for a larger size. My big toe on my right side needs some more wiggle room.

The run was hot and slow but I'm proud that I completed the planned run and didn't just blow it off when things didn't go originally as scheduled. I've been known to look for any excuse to skip a workout.

xo Tara

Friday, July 27, 2012

2 Month Physical Progress

Two Months (10 weeks)

Physical body changes after pregnancy - 10 weeks
Month: Two
Height: 5'8"
Weight last Month: 142
Current Weight: 138.8
Total Weight Lost Postpartum: 19.2
Body Fat Percentage: 25%
I'm two weeks late in taking my pictures and posting my stats. I'll fess up and admit that I delayed posting because I had gained weight. I went on vacation for almost two weeks and the scale reflected the eating out and the nightly s'mores that we had around the fire at our cabin.
My vanity got in the way and I didn't want to take pictures or weigh myself until I had two weeks of getting back into a regular routine. I will work on my mentality of being more open and honest on the blog. My goal is to get back on schedule and on track at the 12 weeks post pardom mark.
In physical progress reflections, I can see a difference in the softness of the tummy pooch as more of the bloating has shed. The saddlebag and back of upper thighs are my most troublesome part. I've been running, so I'm hoping to see some improvement in this area soon. My boobs have adjusted to breast feeding, as well. I don't miss the uncomfortable engorgement but I do miss the amazing cleavage I was rocking for a while. I'm still up two cup sizes and enjoying, what I feel are, more balanced proportions.
I finally got out of my maternity bottoms and am wearing normal clothes again. I can't fit into my pre-pregnancy size clothing (size 6) but am in some of my larger sized clothing comfortably (size 10 and somtimes size 8).
I had gotten down to a size 6 last year with regular running after being at a size 8 for about 2 years. (My highest was a size 12 in my early twenties during the adjustment to working full time and regaining the wedding weight I had lost during the first year of marriage.)
Fitness: I will continue running three times a week and work on increasing my distance and lowering my overall pace. I would like to incorporate more interval training to assist in increasing speed and fat buring.
Diet: I started logging my eats in yesterday and will continue tracking my calories in and out to get a better grasp on my daily caloric needs to support running and breast feeding without over doing it by kidding myself that I can eat whatever I want without it showing up on the scale.
xo Tara

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bruised and Jigglely

Pre-Dawn Run
2.38 Miles - 25:17 minutes

Woke up early to try and fit a run in before my baby woke up. I had a cup of coffee and a piece of toast while pumping. I was excited to wear my new workout tank that I got at a Nike Outlet store.

Hard to get a picture in the pitch dark.

I was out the door before 5:30 am. My goal for this run was to go without walking for at least 20 minutes and to keep the pace below 11 minutes per mile. I succeed with both goals and ended with an average pace of 10:40 per mile.

I was a sweaty mess by the time I finished and the sun was starting to light the sky. It was already in the mid-80s outside when I started my run and the pavement was radiating heat - yuck! 

I have a large bruise on my upper thigh thanks to slip I took on Saturday in the bathroom from a wet floor. I could feel it throbbing a little when my thighs jiggled during the run.

Lovely, isn't it? Nothing like a bruised and jigglely thigh to bruise an ego! ;-) Maybe the bruise will at least distract the eye from the neighboring cellulite.

Tara-iffic Randomness

Now, the baby has been up since 6:30 am and refuses to take a nap. Someone needs to explain to her that a 9 week old needs to sleep sometimes. She is not an easy napper. I'm off to jump in the shower and bring her Rock-N-Play in with me. I'm hoping the running water and exhaust fan will soothe her a little. Fingers crossed!

xo Tara

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pre-Dawn Run

Outside 5:30 am
2.16 miles - 24 minutes

I woke up at 5:00 am and prepped for my run by first pumping my boobs. Running with milk engorged breasts would not be comfortable. I only pumped for 10 minutes, just enough to make everything more comfortable and to have some milk available for Jim to feed Ella in case she woke up while I was out running.

pumped breast milk

While I was pumping I drank a cup of coffee and ate a piece of toast with sugar free jelly.

I headed outside for my run while it was still dark outside.

running at dawn

I want to start running early in the mornings for two reasons: To get it done before it's over 100+ degrees outside and to complete my run before Ella wakes up.

It was a little difficult to get my legs woken up, but, as they say, the hardest part of a run is often putting on your running shoes and the first steps out the door.

running shoes

The beginning of my run was super slow, averaging around 11:20 per mile. The last 1/2 mile, I cranked it up and ran under 9:00 minute per mile pace. I need to get my legs use to a quicker turn over.

I finished my run super sweaty but feeling great!

post run at dawn

Tara-iffic Randomness

We headed out to Kearney, NE on Saturday morning. We live in a very small town, so we head out of town about once a month to do our large grocery shopping trip. It takes us over an hour to reach a Wal-Mart.

I didn't think we needed that many groceries, but we ended up spending over $400 on groceries and Ethan's school supply list for Kindergarten. How did that happen? We usually hit around $250 during our Wal-Mart monthly hauls and this time we went well beyond that. I can't even blame it on diapers or any new baby expenses. (We supplement with weekly grocery shopping at our local store for fresh produce, weekly ad specials and essentials that we run out of.)

I think part of the problem was that Ella started crying almost immediately. I was stressed from her crying and not doing my best at comparing prices and thinking through purchases. I was throwing things into the cart left and right and just trying to hurry. (even with hurrying, we were still there for almost 2 hours...ugh!)

Looks like I need to work a lot harder at planning, budgeting, and sticking to my grocery list. At least the freezer and cupboards are full.

xo Tara

Friday, July 20, 2012

Protein Powders

2.25 miles - 26.27 minutes
1 mile walk - 17 minutes

I had originally planned on getting up at 5:00 am to get outside to run but Ella had other plans for me. After being up from 2:30 - 4:00 am tending to the baby, I turned my 5:00 am alarm clock off. (I also want to get use to waking up early to exercise so it comes easier when it's time for me to return to work following my maternity leave next month.)

When my husband, Jim, got home from work, the temperature was 107 degrees. Running outside was not a healthy option, so I had to make the mental switch and hit the hamster wheel for my workout yesterday. I knocked out Day 2, Week 5 Couch to 5k workout and then walked a mile while reading an issue of Runner's World.

Tara-iffic Randomness
The UPS man made a delivery to our house this afternoon. Two new protein powders for me to test out. I had a $18 credit at, so I decided to put it towards some protein supplements.

I don't need them now, with my short and slow runs, but as I ramp up my mileage to prepare for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, I want to have something to add to my recovery Green Monster smoothies.

I've never used protein powder before, so this is a new experiment for me. I looked for good taste reviews and lower calorie counts while deciding which products to try.

Cick Espresso Protein Powder

Click Espresso Protein Drink was my first choice. I heard about it on another blog many months ago. It scored high in taste reviews and I like the idea of getting some caffeine in my recovery smoothies following an early morning run.

Muscle Milk Light - Cake Batter

My husband uses traditional Muscle Milk, so I turned to this brand for my second choice. I don't need the extra calories that he does, so I opted for the Muscle Milk Light version. There were seven flavors available and Cake Batter had the highest taste reviews of the bunch. Cake Batter sounds pretty yummy to me, so I added it to my order.

I'll report back on how they work out!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Four weeks after having a baby, I registered for my first ever half marathon. The hormones are making me do crazy things!

I was reading an issue of Runner's World and saw the advertisement for this race. I was immediately intrigued. Something just grabbed me about this race - it looks fun, un-intimidating, memorable, and something for everyone in our family.

We had been talking about taking our son, Ethan, to Disney for the past couple of years. We had decided that 6 was the perfect age and he'll be turning 6 this October. Combining our trip to Disney with a half marathon seems like a perfect combo to me!

I haven't ran in almost a year, due to fertility treatments and pregnancy, but I'm itching to get back into the routine. Committing to this long distance race, and paying the steep registration, will hopefully motivate me to get back into running and stick with a training program.

Am I completely crazy for signing up for my first half marathon and training while exhausted with a newborn? Probably!

The race is the week of my 30th birthday. I am in love with the idea of completely this daunting goal right after entering my thirties!

I "Tink" I Can!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

1 Month Physical Progress

One Month

Each month, I will take pictures of the physical progress I am making following delivery and post them here on the blog.

The above pictures show how my body transformed from the day before delivery to 4 weeks postpartum. At the point in the photos, I've only started doing some light walking for exercise. I have not started any diet plans. I'm still trying to establish exclusive breast feeding and don't want to worry about effecting my supply by cutting calories at the moment.

Month: One
Height: 5'8"
Weight last Month: 158
Current Weight: 142
Total Weight Lost Postpartum: 16
Body Fat Percentage: 24.8%

I still have a very soft pooch left over that I hope will tighten back up with hard work. Being my 2nd pregnancy, I'm trying to prepare myself mentally that it will likely take longer for my stomach to firm up. Even prior to this pregnancy, my stomach has always been my trouble zone. It doesn't help that I hate doing ab and strength work, which are necessary for a working my trouble zone. I also love carbs and have a major sweet tooth! 

In the pictures, the area that bothers me the most is the upper thigh, commonly referred to as "saddle bags." I'm hoping that once I start running again, I will see a noticeable difference in this trouble zone.

What I'm loving - that cleavage! I'm pretty small chested so I'm relishing my increased bust size thanks to breast feeding. 

xo Tara

Question: Any favorite exercises for tummy pooch or saddle bag zones? 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The last baby bump photo

I took this baby bump picture the morning that I went into labor. I'm 38.5 weeks pregnant here.

At this point, I have gained 15 pounds since my first doctors appointment but I had previously gained almost 10 pounds during the course of fertility treatments. I put my total pregnancy weight gain at 24 pounds.

My bump, my bump, my lovely baby bump. (I always get the Blacked Eyed Peas song in my head when I talk about baby bumps.)

Welcome to Fitness After Baby

Welcome to
Fitness After Baby!

A little bit about me: I gave birth to my 2nd child, a little girl, in May 2012. I'm nearing the age of 30 and would like to invite you to follow along with me as I work to get my body into shape following a second pregnancy.

Baby Bump Progression

I plan to use this blog to document my goals, progress, diet tricks and tips that I discover, and to overall hold myself accountable.

I hope you'll join me on this journey of trying to acheive a healthy lifestyle while balancing the everyday demands of a working mother.

It's time for me to discover fitness after baby!