Fit Mama Favorites

I’m still hesitant to call myself a fit mom. Maybe a “becoming fit mom” fits me best. Truly, inside I’m still the girl who would feign illness on PE day in order to sit out of anything too strenuous or competitive. Yes, that was me! Please say I’m not the only one who hated PE growing up?

At the end of June I made the commitment to run a 5K and thus began the slippery slope into the fitness world. Now, I find myself spending money on sports bras and workout tunes rather than heels and lattes. What can I say? I’m becoming a fit mom!

Now that I’m 3 months into an exercise routine I thought it was high time I share some favorites. It just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t shout what I love from the rooftops. fit mama favorites

I want to start with my newest addition — the UP24 compliments of Jawbone. I was thrilled to partner with them because I’ve been hesitant to commit to a fitness band as part of my workout regimen. But, once I saw the chic design of the UP24 I knew it was the one I wanted to try. I mean, just look at it! It looks like a hip bangle! photo 2

Inside the UP24 is chalk full of fitness magic. The UP24 allows you to track and sync your steps, sleep and other goals. Just yesterday I connected it to the My Run Keeper app so I’ll be able to track my runs too. After all, my next 5K is November 2nd!

I’m a VERY goal oriented person so being able to set goals and monitor them is key to my fitness. Right now I’m aiming to sleep 7 hours a day (5-6 at night and 1-2 during my daily nap) and walk 7,000 steps each day. I’m also quitting coffee (at least for this week) and committing to 100+ ounces of water each day. 
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Speaking of water … I’ve always been a water drinker. I don’t drink soda or milk and just occasionally sip sparkling juices, kombucha or wine. My one kicker is coffee, but I’m cleansing from that. To make my water special these days I’ve been having a mason jar of water with a drop of grapefruit doTERRA essential oil in it each day. Grapefruit cleanses, refreshes and helps with stress. Bring it on, sister! grapefruit water

Alongside my water I’ve finally learned to NOT exercise on an empty stomach. I was at Stroller Strides the other week and darn near passed out. No bueno! Since I exercise with my kids I definitely don’t want to go MIA, so, I’m not going to forget a pre-work out snack from now on. I prefer something hearty so tend to alternate between a sausage breakfast sandwich and Umpqua Oats – YUM! 


Next favorite … my outfits! I have two current loves – my Salar capris from Fabletics and my Nike Frees that I scored at the Nike Outlet. I’m still trying to nail down a favorite sports bra (recommendations?). This zip up from prAna is perfect for layering on crisp mornings too!IMG_6638Last, but not least I wouldn’t be able to exercise if it wasn’t for my BOB Jogger. Once I decided that BOB was the stroller I needed I scoured Craigslist for weeks and finally landed on this beauty for $280. Not a bad deal! I use it daily and it beautifully fits Jemma and Max who weigh 37 and 36 pounds respectively. It’s a smooth ride as long as I keep the tires at the right pressure and I won’t think twice about investing in another or a single when the time comes. 

 And now … The why behind all this. How does a PE hater turn into fitness mom? I’ll tell ya!
After surviving both a marathon birth and a surprise speedy one, I all of a sudden started believing in my body. I can do hard things. I CAN DO HARD THINGS! Before birth I didn’t believe that. I never thought my body would strive to achieve when pushed. I thought it would just give up. Birth taught me different.
So, now that I sleep a tiny bit more than normal thoughts of baby number three have entered my mind and my heart. More than anything I want my third pregnancy to be my healthiest. Exercising will be a big part of that so I’m eager to keep it up. I’m still running 2-3 times each week and I’ve started a weekly Stroller Strides class for an element of strength and endurance training … and boy, am I feeling the burn from a few too many squats on Wednesday!  up24 jawbone
With the UP24 band I have a daily, visual reminder of the progress I’m making towards my fitness goals. And down the road I’ll even be able to track how it monitors pregnancy waddles if I stick with my plan to exercise through a pregnancy :) I’m excited to grow with the UP24 and maximize its functions – there are SO MANY. Stay tuned for a full review of my progress next month and another post about how to manage exercising with kids – my personal specialty :)

Share your current fitness goals with me! What are you working towards?

This post was sponsored by Jawbone. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support my blog!

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  1. Katherine says

    Maia sports bra from Athleta is awesome. Also I feined so many sprained ankles to get out of PE. It was my horror of horrors moment to have to play stupid PE games with Dominic and Anton at Warner…. Shudder

    • says

      Haha! I almost wrote that the Dominics of my childhood were one of the big reasons I avoided PE! And then I up and married one/him! Now he's pretty nice when I attempt to be "athletic" :)

  2. ruthyanntaylor says

    I've been meaning to tell you that you have been looking great ! Seriously, you can tell you've been working out!

  3. says

    Your doing so great. I have also started trying to become healthier and have started cleaning up my eating habits. I hope to at some point have pregnancy number 2 and it will be my healthiest.

  4. says

    Those bands are so cute, and less bulky than some others I've seen. I buy my sports bras from Old Navy. I am trying to get back into my routine. I've been riding my bike off and on all summer and now I'm working out to Jillian Michaels DVDS and using My Fitness Pal to keep track of my calories. Hoping to keep up with it!

    • says

      I just got a bike at a garage sale last weekend! I'm excited to start biking :)

  5. says

    I've recently started getting healthier too, I started crossfit! I was always the one who hated anything physical. I should look into one of those bands!

  6. says

    So awesome. You look amazing!! I would love to try that Jawbone UP band.