Happy happy Labor Day, friends!!
I’m about to head out to my Bootcamp Bash (which I’m incredibly excited about – we have 12 people that RSVP’d and about 10 more who said they were coming!!! A blessing, indeed!). I’ll try to share pictures from the Bootcamp tomorrow so check back in!
Before I go, the Muscle Ropes giveaway winner is…..
Congrats Emily (I just emailed you)! For anyone else interested in purchasing their own ropes, save 20% with the code “LINDLIST914”!!
Have a great, fun, labor-free day!
I know. I know. I know.
I don’t normally blog on the weekend but I wanted to pop in real quick and tell any locals about a BOOTCAMP that I’m hosting on Labor Day! (anyone else think of this song….)
I’m SO excited about this, you guys! It’s been far too long since I’ve coached a real bootcamp and I’ve been itching to get back into training (more on that this week – I have some big news to share!). If you don’t know my background, I’ve been working in the fitness industry for almost 10 years now (!! – wow, I’m old). I hold two personal training certifications (NASM and NCCPT) with a specialization in pre and postnatal fitness. I just really love fitness and health but more than that, I enjoy supporting others to reach their goals. I am an encourager, through and through.
Back to this Bootcamp….
If you’re local and have the morning free, come out to the Macon County Rec. Park Shelter at 9am! I’m still working on the design but I know that we’ll have tires, ropes and kettlebells! The cost is only $5 per person. Women AND men are encouraged to come! Bring a yoga mat/towel and a FRIEND!!
I hope to see you there!
QUESTION: Ever attended an outdoor bootcamp??
Today, I’m loaning out the blog to my great friend, Katie! She’s about to embark on a really neat journey (I’m a little jealous!) and she needs YOUR help! I’ve known Katie for three years now and I’m truly excited to see this epic year unfold for her. Take it away, friend!
Hi everyone! In case you don’t know me, I’m Katie and I blog over at Talk Less, Say More.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay at the very first Blend Retreat in Boulder and have been lucky enough to attend every year since, get to know her more and ultimately, call her a friend. I shared a kind of crazy idea with her a couple months back and now that this crazy idea is coming together, I’m so excited that she’s allowing me to share it with all of you today!
It’s called 50 States In A Year and it’s a charity fundraising tour!
I guess I should start by telling you all that I’m a bit of a dreamer but when something feels right (or wrong!), I can’t ignore it. And as crazy as this whole thing is, it feels right in my heart and in my gut. The puzzle pieces have been falling into place and when a friend was as passionate about this as me and committed to joining in, there was no doubt we could pull this off!
We will visit all 50 states. We will do it in a single year. We will give back to charity!
But let’s back up… in May I finally decided to try CrossFit. I say finally because it was something I had been considering for awhile but found myself unsure if I would actually like it, worried I’d get hurt, and not thinking I’d enjoy people yelling at me to hurry up and finish the workout. But once I finally dove in, I learned how silly my fears were…I immediately LOVED the workout structure, learned the coaches are there to help you get the right form before increasing the weight, and realized my fellow athletes weren’t yelling, they’re an encouraging and supportive community (in and outside the box). I was immediately hooked.
So when I started dreaming this idea and deciding which charity to give back to, it was important for me to find a way to get the CrossFit community involved, while also bringing them closer together. That’s when I found CrossFit for Hope!
CrossFit for Hope helps fund research for childhood cancer, as well as other important efforts. But what really got me is that every cent donated to CrossFit for Hope is delivered straight to the target recipient. All costs (administration, accounting, etc) are covered by CrossFit headquarters. Therefore, every dollar donated goes further! For more on CrossFit for Hope, visit their website.
A trip of this magnitude is a huge undertaking and we’re working hard to partner with sponsors to keep our costs as low as possible, but to make this a success and to give the best donation possible as the end of the year, we need YOUR help! Whether you’re into CrossFit or not, this is about coming together and making a huge impact! The more we raise, the more we can donate!
Here’s how you can be a part:
- Follow along via our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and share with friends!
- Via our GoFundMe campaign where you can donate in exchange for a postcard from the road, t-shirt/tank top, or even dinner cooked by us as we come through your area!
- By inviting us to your CrossFit box to host a fundraising event when we come through your area! (50statesinayear at gmail dot com)
What started out as a simple and kind of crazy idea has turned into so much more and I can’t wait to see the impact we can make together as a community – I hope you’ll join us!
QUESTION: Isn’t this a cool idea?!? Please help Katie out! What’s your favorite state??
I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own (and I flippin’ LOVE these ropes!).
Muscle Ropes recently sent me a few of their battle ropes to try out. Oh my word. Have you ever trained with ropes before?? It’s HARD. Like really, really hard. Not only do you work your muscles (these things weigh anywhere from 18 to 50 pounds!!) but they also test your cardiovascular endurance. You can hop on a set of ropes and be completely winded and red-faced in a minute flat.
The company carries various sets of ropes, each with its own purpose. I took the Aftershock rope (best for OUTDOOR use) down to the track and tested it out during a Track Stars workout. We did a few fun circuits and everyone got to try them. I’ve also been using the company’s Lightning rope (a lighter rope, great for indoor and outdoor use) down in the basement. This rope works perfectly for high intensity, high speed drills. All you need is something to hold the middle in place (we used the chain link fence down at the track and I have a support pole downstairs) – nothing else.
Then you go to town.
I’ll admit – I watched a few videos to see what types of moves I could try out. There are SO many ways to train with this tool – one of my favorites is a “Side Shuffle.” You’re doing a basic “Conga Drum” while shuffling your feet quickly from side to side. It’s a quad (and arm) killer. Go here for a library of workouts/moves (and see some of my Fitfluential buddies)!
Lucky for you, Muscle Ropes has agreed to give away one of their Lightning ropes to an LL reader!! PLUS they’re offering a 20% OFF discount for anyone interested in purchasing!! Just go to muscleropes.com and use the code “LINDLIST914” for 20% OFF!!! Offer ends 9/30/14. This giveaway will run from now through Sunday – best of luck, friends!!
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Four months! The time has FLOWN!
We’ve had A LOT of changes over here in the last month for Porter….and not too many for me. In fact, I think after this post I’ll lay off the body updates for a while. Visually, I’m just not changing all that much (which is totally fine – I think my body will remain the same while I’m nursing). Internally, I’m getting stronger and more like my old self as the days go by so that feels good!
Four Months Postpartum – Me
1 Month PP/2 Months PP/3 Months PP/4 Months PP
My Linea Negra
2 Months PP
4 Months PP
- I’m very satisfied with where I am physically. I feel strong. I feel fit. I’m able to do most anything that I ask my body to do.
- While I don’t weigh myself, I’ve still got probably 5-10 pounds that I don’t normally have. I’m excited to see what this upcoming Advocare Challenge will produce! <-Have you signed up yet?!
- Still eating around 2,000-2,200 calories every day. Like always, I snack my way through the day. It’s my very favorite way to eat. <-yep still!
- I still have a pregnancy mask (also called “melasma”). Last month I shared that I started on the Rodan & Field’s Redefine series. I’m noticing some changes (more even tone & super smooth skin) so I decided to keep going with the system (it’s quite expensive). I hope to share a before and after shot in the next few months.
- Still have my linea negra, although it’s fading. <-yep still! Almost gone!
- I’m losing SO much hair! I think this past month was the worst. When does this slow down – can’t remember??
- I’ve been hosting a Track Stars workout a few times a week down at the local track! We do all sorts of things (sprints, runs, plyo, bodyweight). Sometimes I bring equipment, sometimes we just use our bodies. Most of the women are moms and we bring our kids – I love the thought of setting this example of health for them!
- On the days I don’t run or have Track Stars, Travis and I are doing a kettlebell workout in the basement. I’ll share that in a few weeks too. I love working out with him – we push each other. <-still need to write this workout up for you guys! It’s a fun one – we’re up to 9,000 swings now!
- Training for a 3.5 mile mud run!
- Doing great overall. Some days I feel a little overwhelmed having three small children but I can quickly and easily get rid of that feeling by shifting the focus away to positive. I don’t think it was that easy to “shift” in those early post-pregnancy hormonal days. I feel more in control of myself now if that makes sense.
Moving on to the babe…
Four Months Old – Porter
1 Month/2 Months
3 Months/4 Months
I always divide Porter’s update into three sections: EAT, AWAKE and SLEEP. We use (and have used for all three kids) the Baby Wise method and it works well for us. If you thrive off of schedules like me, you should look into this book (I also recommend, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.” Both books follow the eat, awake, sleep cycles that work well in my opinion!)
- We’ve got a chunk! At his 4-month checkup, Porter weighed a whopping 18 1/2 pounds (98th percentile!)!
- He loves to nurse! 7-8 times a day, 15 minutes total, both sides.
- No solids anytime soon. (We’ll use baby led weaning when the time comes – in the past, I’ve started around 8 months.)
- He’s easily distracted while nursing so I sometimes have to leave the room if Henry & Clara are playing or if a movie is on.
- Newest discovery: ROLLING OVER!! He can go from back to belly but not the other way.
- All smiles and laughs– he’s a happy child.
- He can grab for and grasp objects with both hands, typically pulling them into his mouth.
- Likes: Nursing, smiling, his brother and sister, being swaddled, his swing <-same.
- Dislikes: Being hungry, getting OUT of the bath <-same.
- Ever since we got home from the beach, he’s stopped sleeping through the night. Even worse, we’ve hit the 4-month sleep regression! He’s been waking up about 2-3 times a night. Womp womp. I know this will pass soon so I’m not too worried (but am losing sleep over it…pun intended).
- Napping 3-4 times a day with a longer afternoon nap (2 hours).
- We’re (currently) still swaddling. This will change now that he’s started rolling over. I’ll start weaning him off of it – it’s just hard because the swaddle has been our sleep cue since birth and he loves it. (here’s the one we use)
- Still sleeping in his bassinet during the night. Naps in his crib or the swing (or carseat if we’re out running errands or at the pool). <-yep still.
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