workout log 9/13 – 9/19

Sunday, September 13th
30-minute Walk
Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown – level 1 – 35 minutes

Monday, September 14th
60-minute Walk

Tuesday, September 15th
rest day

Wednesday, September 16th
30-minute Walk
this workout, 5 times through:

just the basics full body strength workout

Thursday, September 17th
rest day

Friday, September 18th
60-minute Walk

Saturday, September 19th
the following upper body workout, only I skipped the jumping jacks part and tacked on 15 medicine ball crunches and 15 leg raises:

Upper Body Non-Stop Strength Training + Cardio Workout -

workout log 9/6 – 9/12

I mostly walked this week for workouts – that always works best when we have company.  I did, however, get my first postpartum strength training workout in.  I was sore (that great kind of sore) for a few days after – loved that!

I had my 6-week PP visit with my midwife and she said that I’m healing great and all seems to be well.

Looking forward to more of a variety in workouts this coming week!

baby Roen in the stroller

Sunday, September 6th
30-minute Walk

Monday, September 7th
60-minute Walk

Tuesday, September 8th
rest day

Wednesday, September 9th
30-minute Walk
and this workout from Julie…this was my first postpartum strength workout and I loved it:


Thursday, September 10th
rest day

Friday, September 11th
60-minute Walk/Hike

Saturday, September 12th
45-minute Walk

The Mental Side of Postpartum Fitness {workout log: 8/30 – 9/5}

I added in a couple yoga sessions into my week of (now) regular stroller walks.  I don’t know how many times I’ve done this video, but it’s probably a couple hundred – it’s my favorite yoga workout and I’ve been doing it for years.

When I did the workout this week though, what was once a good and semi-relaxing stretch, now had me all sweaty and a bit sore the next day.

A little voice first told me how pathetic it was that this video had me so worn out, but it was quickly silenced by reality – I gave birth just 5 weeks ago, and my fitness level significantly changed during the 9 months leading up to that, for good reason obviously.  I’m grateful for my health and proud for getting some exercise into my baby-consumed day.  I also think it’s exciting that I have a ways to go to get to the fitness level I want to be at – it’s a good test for my competitive-with-myself quality.

I loved the yoga sessions from this week…I’ve missed the sweaty feeling of finishing a challenging workout!

We have company here again now this week, so my plan is to still get in several walks and hopefully a session or two of yoga in there, too.

yoga - jillian michaels yoga workout

Sunday, August 30th
35-minute Walk
10 minutes of Yoga/Stretching

Monday, August 31st
60-minute Walk
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Video – level 1 – 35 minutes

Tuesday, September 1st
30-minute Walk

Wednesday, September 2nd
50-minute Walk

Thursday, September 3rd
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Video – level 1 – 35 minutes
30-minute Walk

Friday, September 4th
rest day

Saturday, September 5th
30-minute Walk

July: Seasonal Produce

Happy July 1st!

This means we’re halfway through 2015 already.  How crazy is that?!

A new month means I have a new list of now-in-season produce for you.  This is quite possibly the best time of year for fresh produce.  Let’s take a look at what’s available in July…

When you eat fruits and veggies that are currently in season, you consume produce that contains an even higher nutritional value.  The produce is also more flavorful, fresh, and cost-effective!

farmers' market strawberries

Be on the lookout for the following fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market and area farms, food co-ops, and grocery stores this month!


  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Plums & Pluots
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries


  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Green Onions
  • Greens (various varieties)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (various varieties)
  • Mushrooms (various varieties)
  • Okra
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

**if you’re searching for a farmers’ market in your area, check HERE – this is also a great site for learning about local-to-you produce since the above lists can’t be completely accurate for every geographical region**


We are more than the way our body looks in a photograph. Oh, so much more.

I was scrolling through yesterday and fell upon this article:

The Amazing Way Pink Responds to Body-Shaming Tweets

To say I was annoyed that this happened to her is an understatement.

To say that I’m annoyed that this is constantly happening in our society is an even bigger understatement.

When did we get health so disgustingly confused with physical appearance?

Whether it’s about how a woman looks in her dress at an event (by the way, if I’m going to be vain, Pink looked beautiful and I can’t believe anyone would ever think to shame her appearance)…or whether it’s about getting back that “body after baby”…I’m just so tired of it.

I rarely seek out this kind of media anymore because it’s not only encouraging these photographers/writers/haters to be so unrighteously critical, but it’s not good for my own self-image either.

Listen America, can we please just stop judging each other based on how we look on the outside?  Health is utterly important, but physical appearance is not an indicator of someone’s health or happiness status.  So instead, how about we start supporting each other in living happy, healthy lives?  How about we quit analyzing the way a person appears?  How about instead of “ways to lose 5 pounds” it’s “ways to prevent illness” or “ways to have more fulfilling days?”   How about we stop shaming and start encouraging.

Let’s start seeking inward, looking at hearts, actions, and intentions.
Let’s start truly caring about people.

Healthy Living Survey

Hope you’re having a good week so far!  Taking it easy with a fun survey today…

1. What did you eat for breakfast? 

Today I went for an old favorite…hot oats with coconut butter, cinnamon, hemp seeds, blueberries, and peanut butter.

hot oatmeal breakfast

2. How much water do you drink each day? 

A lot!  Even before I was pregnant I drank a lot of water each day, and now it often feels like I can’t get enough of it.  I’d say between 9-12 glasses a day right now.

3. What is your current favorite workout? 

Walking!  I go for a walk almost every day.  I’m also enjoying some strength training workouts – I do one or two a week (this one is currently my favorite).

run path

4. How many calories do you eat each day?

I have no idea – I really don’t care about calories.  I bet if I had to count now though it’d be a whole lot!  Baby needs FOOD.

5. What are you favorite healthy snacks? 

smoothies, an apple with peanut butter, a banana with almond butter, hummus with veggies and crackers, hard-boiled eggs

apple snack

6. What do you usually eat for lunch? 

I eat lunch at home every day so it really varies – I love that I get the whole kitchen to choose from and usually have time to cook up something if I want to.  Often I’ll have leftovers from a recent dinner, eggs with avocado toast, a salad, some kind of meat with some variety of potatoes, or even just a huge smoothie.  I snack again in 2ish anyway!

7. What is your favorite body part to train?

Assuming this is non-pregnancy training…lower body.  But I enjoy doing arms/shoulders/back too.

8. What is your least favorite body part to train?

Core workouts are easily my least favorite.  They always have been.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Let’s say “less healthful” food cravings…I’d say it’s cookies, but I don’t get sugary cravings too often anymore.  I definitely chalk that up to eating extra protein and healthy fats.  When I really want cookies though I often will make my own version  to fulfill my craving and enjoy the treat but not have the excess sugar consumption that’s in store-bought cookies.  Who really likes store-bought cookies better anyway?

peanut butter avocado cookies from lindsay at the lean green bean blog

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? 

I currently take a whole food prenatal vitamin each day and a DHA supplement a couple times a week.  Both products are from The Honest Company.

11. How often do you eat out? 

Probably once a week on average.  I like to cook and we like to save money (and eat healthier) by eating in.  Usually though Jesse and I will go out somewhere for a meal on the weekends.  We definitely eat out more living in CA than we ever did in MN because there are so many awesome places to try here.

Jesse - Tacubaya - Mexican food - date night - friday dinner

12.  Do you eat fast food?

nah…though the exception to that is Panera or Chipotle once in a great while.

13. Who is your biggest supporter? 

My husband, my sister, my friends.

brooke & danica - finished dirty girl 5k mud run

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Yes but I don’t use it as nearly often as I should.  Being pregnant put a damper on my desire to attend fitness classes :/

15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?


16. Do you have a “cheat” day? 

Nope!  I don’t believe in that sort of “dieting.”

17. Do you drink alcohol? 

Yes.  Well, not right now of course.  But non-pregnant me enjoys a social drink.  If I’m being truthful, I’m looking forward to a glass of red wine sometime at the end of this year.  (can you drink alcohol when breastfeeding? I’m guessing not…I need to look into this.)

18. Do you have a workout buddy? 

No, not a human one anyway.  Zida goes for a walk with me almost every day, but she’s a little more spaztastic than I’d like and there’s also that whole thing about having to carry around her poop.  #worthit

zida - california - walking trail

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? 

That’s an easy answer for me:

My Self-Confidence.

It’s changed my life in nearly every way (that’s the beauty of holistic health), and I’ve even seen it “rub off” on family members and friends, too.  What a blessing that’s been!

20. What is the last healthy thing you did? 

Talked with a friend on the phone…relationships are an important aspect of health, too!


I’d love to hear your answers to…

#3.  What is your current favorite workout?

#13.  Who is your biggest supporter?

#20.  What is the last healthy thing you did?

Link Love #9

I’m guest posting over on Sarah’s blog today about two verses from scripture that relate to our health – be sure to check it out!

And then there are several awesome links below to look into as well.  I tried not to let it get too pregnancy/baby-heavy ;)

Link Love -

–> Why Children Should Avoid Artificial Dyes  (from Laura at Mommy Runs Fast)
why we should all avoid them, really.

–> A Message for the Anti-Vaccine Movement (from Jimmy Kimmel)
I realize this is a controversial issue, but I just love how bluntly he shares his opinion.

–> 12 Foods to Boost Your Mood and Energy (from Food Matters)

–> 42 things that change when you have a baby (from Baby Center)
finally someone is positive about having kids – I’m so tired of hearing the negative stuff!

–> High Protein Breakfast Round-up (from FitFluential)

–> Baby on the Way?  How to Handle Saving Money and Paying off Debt (from Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey)

–> Jinger Duggar Shares Testimony  (from the Duggar Studios YouTube channel)
beautifully said.

–> Pregnancy and Body Image (from Madison at espresso & cream)
it can be a tricky thing navigating through pregnancy and self-image somedays as it’s challenging to always be confident in an ever-changing body.  the beauty and blessing of the whole miracle keeps me positive about it though, and Madison makes some great points in this post.

–> 5 Ingredient Olive Oil Bread (from Liz at I heart Vegetables)


April: Seasonal Produce

Happy April 1st!

No April Fools’ Day jokes from me today.

Spring is here and that always means one special thing to me…fresh in-season produce is back!

This certainly varies depending on region for how early in Spring you see fresh foods popping up at your farmers’ market, and I’ve got to say that’s one thing I’m excited about in regards to living in California.  I have very high hopes for the markets here in the coming weeks!

Let’s take a look at what’s in season for this time of year…

When you eat fruits and veggies that are currently in season, you consume produce that contains an even higher nutritional value.  The produce is also more flavorful, fresh, and cost-effective!

September produce from the farmer's market

Be on the lookout for the following fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market, food co-op, and grocery store this month!


  • grapefruit
  • honeydew melon
  • mango
  • oranges
  • papayas
  • rhubarb
  • strawberries (my favorite!)


  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • avocados
  • beets
  • beans (fava, green)
  • broccoli
  • cabbages
  • carrots
  • chard
  • chicory
  • chives
  • cucumbers
  • endive
  • fennel
  • garlic
  • greens (including dandelion, collard, and some lettuces)
  • sweet onions
What about Springtime do you look forward to most?

Link Love #8

Check out something to read below!  There’s a good variety…enjoy!

Link Love -

–> 5 Conversations to Have Before Getting Married  (from Colleen)
each of one these is so important!

–> Legs + Abs + Arms Boot Camp Workout (from Julie)

–> 6 Things to Help Kick Anxiety to the Curb (from Food Matters)

–> Buying Organic to Avoid Pesticides?  Science Confirms you have the Right Idea (from takepart)
of course it matters!  it’s important to avoid those freaky chemicals as much as possible.

–> 10 Things to NOT Do When You’re Pregnant (from Colleen)
spot.on.  Do not Google!  And the fact that I weep at everything having to do with birth and newborn babies…oy.

–> The Worst Health Mistakes People are Still Making?  Here are the Top 10… (from EatLocalGrown)

–> Why Diets Don’t Work (from Laura)

–> Egg Waffles (from Lindsay)
so smart!

–> The 3 Nutritional Jobs You Have as a Parent (from Eating Made Easy)
my goal is to truly have all 3 of these on point with our children…do you agree with them?


How I’m Exercising During this Pregnancy

The fitness aspect of this blog has really been lacking lately, and I miss it!  I miss writing about half marathon training, strength training, all things running, and lessons I learn from yoga that help with my running.  I just kind of miss running right now!

But it’s all fine and good – I obviously wouldn’t trade anything about this pregnancy for a single run – I’m just looking forward to challenging myself in that aspect of fitness in the future.

pregnancy workout

Today I thought I’d share what I am doing for workouts during this pregnancy.

I’m clearly not running – not that I think running during pregnancy is bad, it’s just that I don’t think it’s right for me.  My body (cycle, hormones, etc.) was sensitive to it before getting pregnant, so I’m not willing to risk anything by running now.

I’m also not trying any workouts that are brand new to me.  I fear doing anything that could throw me off balance or challenge me so much that I push too hard (I tend to be really competitive with myself).

That’s the thing about fitness during pregnancy though…every single woman is different, so she needs to listen to her body and choose whatever is right for her and her baby.

I’m doing something active each day, and I try to pay attention to how I’m feeling that day to guide what workout I choose.  I’m also more aware of how I feel during workouts – no more trying to zone out during cardio, I try to pay close attention to how my body is responding.

Here are the workouts I’m currently doing during this pregnancy:

  • Walking – lots of walking.  This is my go-to.  I enjoy it, I can really get moving and work up a bit of a sweat if I want, and I know that it’s just really beneficial for my body and this growing baby.
  • Strength Training.  I do 1-2 strength workouts a week, just right in my living room while watching tv or listening to music.  I often do workouts like this one….squats, lunges, push-ups (on my knees because that’s just how I roll these days), bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, (short-lived) side planks, etc.
  • Yoga.  I’ve been to a couple prenatal yoga classes at our gym, and I often do some yoga at home.  I don’t do anything fancy or even do it for very long, but I’ve found that I get really tight really quickly lately, particularly in my hip flexors, so I do some sort of stretching every day.
  • Cardio on the Stationary Bike and the Elliptical.  These are in our apartment’s fitness room, so I sometimes hop on these machines for a day’s workout.  I don’t go nearly as intensely as I did pre-pregnancy, but they always make me sweat a bit and they’re a nice change-up from walking.

The thing with pregnancy though is that things are (literally) changing every day, so I’m trying to be sensitive to those changes and just go with the flow in terms of adjusting my routines.  So far, so good.


If you’ve ever been pregnant, what did you do for movement during that time?

If you’ve never been pregnant and are curious, what questions do you have about working out when pregnant? 

I’m no fitness expert but I can answer about my own my experiences so far.