How To Drink More Water (The Easy Way!)

I am constantly seeing different posts online about how to be more healthy. Drinking more water is one major way I’ve seen to help be healthy and shed weight. But every time I tell myself I’m going to drink the recommended amount, I always get overwhelmed and stop.

Having to drink 6 whole water bottles is too much to remember. And trying to drink an entire gallon of water is overwhelming. I psych myself out because it just seems like too much!

While watching YouTube fitness videos I noticed a lot of people carry around a 1 liter bottle of water. I decided to look up exactly how many liters someone should drink in a day. Apparently, 3 liters is what you need!

So I decided to stretch that out over 12 hours of my day. I wake up at 8am and I usually stop drinking around 8pm. That means that I would just have to finish a 1 liter of water every 4 hours. That’s it! I only have to refill my bottle 3 times a day!

Here is my schedule:

I’m not sure exactly why, but this is so much easier for me to accomplish! Plus, a 1 liter bottle isn’t overly obnoxious to carry around! Refilling it is simple, and we didn’t have to buy a fancy water bottle. We just bought the $1.99 waters at Kroger (they probably have cheaper options at a gas station).

 

Waist Training: How Do I Use This Thing?!

Waist training is not something I’m proficient in. I mean, I’d never even really heard of one until an Instagram friend told me I should try one! Since I was looking for effective ways to lose my baby weight, I decided to give it a shot. Only a month or 2 later, here I am trying it out!

I ordered mine off of Wish, which means it was very cheap. I actually got a refund for it because it was SUPER late. It ended up coming anyway though so it worked out. But that’s beside the point!

After I opened it up I put it on and it wasn’t as tight as I expected. I thought I’d feel it crunch my organs together or something. Probably a good thing that it didn’t. Made of a mesh cloth and not a corset like a lot of the nicer ones are. It does fasten all the way down with metal hooks in the back. Or maybe they go in the front? See, I don’t even know if I’m doing this right!

Still confused, I wore it to do errands and then to my parents house. After about 4 hours, my torso felt REALLY tight. Like, something told me I should really take the thing off, so I did. I read up on it a little bit and found out I should only wear it for about 2 hours at first. That way my body can get used to it.

So now, I’ve been wearing it daily for about 2-3 hours a day. It’s pretty comfortable but I can definitely tell when it’s time to take it off. I really need to read into it some more because I seriously know very little about it. Does it train your organs to move to a different place? Help me lose fat? Have something to do with muscles? I honestly don’t know.

If you know anything about waist training and have any info or tips for me that you could share, I’d really appreciate it! I’ll make an update next month to see if I’ve got any progress from it!

 

 

 

Postpartum: Month 1 | Healing, Diastasis Recti & Baby Update!

I can’t believe it’s already been a full month since little man was born! Time flies when you’re exhausted– I mean, having fun! There have definitely been ups and downs, but we are so happy to have Emery here.  Our family is finally complete!

I did forget to mention my weights from start to finish in this video. I actually weighed 145 directly after having him. Now I’m down to 138.

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I’m struggling with the weight thing because I’ve always been so small. With exercise and healthier eating I will get back down to 120 in no time. My new yoga mat should help me start getting back into yoga should help significantly!

I also wanted to look into different brands of those postpartum belly wrap things. You know, the ones that help push your organs back in. So that might be a very brash way of putting it, but essentially that’s what they do!

Oh, and my boobs went from A cups to C cups. That’s extremely exciting for me! Granted, they are filled with milk most of the time so I guess that’s giving me a little boost in size.

I’ve never had big boobs except during pregnancy. They are honestly the biggest with this postpartum experience! Why am I talking so much about my boobs? Moving on…

Another thing I’d like to address is people are starting to ask to gift us with things. That is super sweet of you guys, but I’m perfectly fine with just getting your support! Support meaning watching my videos/reading my blog! Any time I see a comment from you I get so giddy!

If you really insist, I will make a wishlist but I’m not ready to do that yet. I’m just happy to be getting the feedback from everyone that I am getting! You all rock! Ok, I’ll stop typing so you can watch the video.

2 Weeks Postpartum | Body & Health

It’s been 2 weeks already since Emery was born and I’m noticing major changes in my body already! Keep in mind, I have not started a fitness routine yet, unless you count chasing around kids all day long and cleaning! The results I’ve gotten are from breastfeeding and healthier eating. This is also day 3 of me cutting dairy out of my diet to try to help relieve some fussiness for little man!

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I’ve still got a long ways to go, and I hope to make a video soon about the exercises I’ll be doing to heal my diastasis recti issue! Diastasis Recti is where there’s a gap in your abdominals and it gives you that extra pooch in your stomach, even when your abs are hardened. It happens to a lot of pregnant moms and I actually had this issue after my last pregnancy but never knew it was an issue until looking things up this time around!

My body is healing pretty nicely. Although I’m at that stage where (TMI alert!) the bleeding will seem to be gone and then come back heavily again. My midwife said that means I’m doing too much, but honestly with  3 kids, I still feel like I’m not doing enough! I don’t see how I could take it any easier! My nipples are sore from breastfeeding still but not as bad as week 1. I do get sharp pains from time to time from being engorged (too much milk in boobs) but it usually goes away after feeding. There pain in my boobs when the baby cries too, but only when he cries because he’s hungry. It’s seriously the weirdest thing!

My diet has changed immensely since I had the baby. I cut out red meat a little while ago, but have also decided to cut out all other meats as well, except for eggs. I’m slowly working my way to going vegan but I want to take it slow. Every time I just jump into things full force I always give up after a week or two. I wasn’t expecting to have to cut dairy out of my diet so soon either but Emery was showing signs of dairy allergies so I am on day 3 of no dairy. That is the hardest change I’ve had to make by far. I’m obsessed with pretty much all things dairy related so it’s going to be tough. I’m surviving though. I also heard it takes about 2 weeks to flush your system of dairy so I won’t see much change in Emery for about that long as well. I really hope it helps him because the poor kid is so gassy and fussy right now.

Mentally I’m doing ok. It’s pretty rough not getting enough sleep and trying to take care of 3 kids and a husband. I’ve definitely had little to no “me” time since he’s been born and I expect it to be a long time before I get any time to myself. What I’m really missing most is time with my husband. At the end of the day we are both too tired to do anything and we fall asleep as soon as the baby does. Any time we have had in social situations, James tends to go socialize while I’m left to find out who has the baby, is the baby hungry, did so and so wash their hands before holding the baby, etc. I do still resent him a little for getting to have so much time to himself, but I try not to say anything to keep the peace.

So that is pretty much where I’m at for my 2 week postpartum update! I will probably keep up with the weekly updates until I hit 1 month, then just do monthly updates. Unless you guys want to continue hearing about the weekly stuff? Let me know in the comments!

PS. I’m not a doctor, so as always, anything I talk about here you should discuss with your doctor if you have any questions. All the info I’ve gotten has been found among YouTube and Pinterest!

 

 

 

Postpartum Body | Week 1!

The first week after having the baby was weird. I went from being super sore the first 2-3 days, to not being sore and trying to do too much. Which in turn caused me to bleed extra. Yay, super fun. NOT!

Anyways, I wanted to share with everyone my postpartum body photos for a couple reasons. One, to be able to look back at my own photos and see how far I’ve come and two, to be able to shed some light on how the body looks after giving birth! Many of you ladies have thanked me for sharing the photos because you didn’t know what happened to a woman’s body after having a baby. I’m so glad at least some of you were able to learn something from it!

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Having a baby is hard work, and with each additional child you have it gets harder to get back in shape. Unless you had an awesome diet and exercise routine your entire pregnancy, it is unlikely you will have a flat stomach again right after your baby is born. This was my 3rd child and I feel very lucky that my body even looks the way it does right now! Breastfeeding has helped for sure.

Did you also know that there is something called diastasis recti that happens to a lot of women after birth? It’s where the abdominal muscles have a gap in them and make it so that last bit of “pooch” won’t go away. I had no idea this was a thing and actually struggled with this after my last pregnancy. I would exercise like crazy, not understanding why it wouldn’t go away! But there are specific exercises that you can do, as well as avoid, to help you fix that issue! I will eventually post some links to those but right now I’m too lazy so just go check it out on Pinterest lol…

I will say that the exercises I will be doing to help are hip thrusts or bridges, heel slides, side plank (using knees and forearm), leg lifts, as well as some yoga poses to help tighten my abs back into position! All of these I found on Pinterest and there are photos on there as well to help you understand how to properly do them.

Aside from exercise, diet is a major goal of mine. Not cutting calories, because with breastfeeding you need to get 500 extra calories a day to feed baby! But I have cut red meat out of my diet and am only eating chicken and eggs. I’m eating as many green veggies as I can including salads, cucumbers, broccoli (not too much or it could upset baby’s stomach!), and green peppers. I’m getting more protein from seeds/nuts such as sunflower seeds and almonds. I’ve also decided to cut out the “good” stuff like breads and pastas. That is going to be the absolute hardest part for me but we will see how it goes!

So here is my first post regarding my postpartum body and how I’m going to go about getting back into shape! If you have any questions please ask! I’m not a pro, this is all just something I looked into and decided to do on my own. As always, ask your doctor before trying anything so no one gets hurt!

Much love,

Skully