Postpartum With Advocare 

Postpartum with Advocare
Shocked! I am days away from having a 6 month old. Compared to my first baby, little Miss Eva has been a challenge. As difficult as some days and nights have been. They seem to have flown by!

Background story

Long story short…

This is my second baby, and my second fitness journey! I started working out when my son was just over 1 year old. I had tons and tons of trail and error. Too much cardio, or not enough food, not enough cardio, not enough carbs, to many carbs and and not enough protein etc…When I finally found what works best for me, I was reaching my goals a lot faster. THEN, I decided it was time for baby number 2.
My FIRST PREGNANCY, I was lazy! Slept and ate. Not to mention, my nutrition was HORRIBLE . The most activity I got was going grocery shopping and walking up the stairs to the apartment we use to live in.
My SECOND PREGNANCY I was soo much more active. I even continued with weightlifting and cardio. My nutrition was so much better than my first pregnant but not as good as I was planning. Eh,  Pregnancy cravings. What cha gonna do. Its not always easy passing up Pizza when your emotional from just  picking out Paint at Home Depot for the Nursery!

ADVOCARE 

I continued  taking Advocare while pregnant for the extra calories intake that I was losing while working out. My Goal, obviously was not to lose weight, but stay active and also make sure my calories were high enough for Me and Baby!

Then After having the baby I started the 24 Day Challenge right away.

You could read that article here

So this post I want to update on my almost 6 months postpartum progress with Advocare and of course in addition to working out and nutrition.
I started working out in the beginning of January but I wasn’t getting enough sleep to start a consistent workout regimen  with little to  no sleep. Little Miss Eva had her challenges the first few months, but my tough little girl(and Mommy/Daddy) are just about over that bump in the road… Or giant hill, mountain, whatever.
I bought myself a new workout machine, which I have to add, I felt horrible, because When This Momma makes Money, Its like pulling teeth to buy myself a shirt, let alone a huge workout machine, But us Moms deserve stuff too right? lol Continuing on, I got that in the middle or end of March! So  I would say that’s when I started a actual workout schedule of 4 to 5 days a week and I’m slowly finding a good routine being a busy Mom of 2.
The picture below is about 5 1/2 months postpartum and in the middle you’ll see a picture of me 38 weeks pregnant. Same shirt.
 

That’s the girl I’m competing with, This was right before my second pregnancy!  My goal that I am desperately trying to get back to and also Beat. Patience crystal, patience!


^ Current picture. I found a box of pre pregnancy clothing I packed away that I completely forgot about.

After the 24 Day Challenge, I am still of course taking Advocare products and Ill Past those Below… (Working on New Post for Current Supplements) check out Products …                     here > Advocare Shop <

If you’re interested in taking the 24 Day Challenge with me you can email me at Missguinta9@gmail.com or visit my website and contact me here    

I’m able to help guide you with fitness and nutrition to help you reach your goals!!

Also, with the challenge, there’s an App to help keep you on track, extra help with meals, Recipes, and a grocery guide! A perfect start to reach your goals with So many options for help!

If your interested Check out Women, Weightlifting, And What Its Done For Me which is about  some of my Fitness Journey, Progress, trial and error After My First Baby!

Thanks for reading!!

Check out all of Advocare products here                       > Advocare shop <

Contact me anytime at Missguinta9@gmail.com

-Crystal

 

First Pregnancy Vs. Fit Pregnancy

First Pregnancy VS Fit Pregnancy
I’m so excited to be able to post and say our baby girl is here! She was born November 4th, early morning 1 AM!
Being pregnant for 41 weeks and a couple days, the last couple weeks I was convinced I just might be pregnant forever lol obviously that is not realistic, but every pregnant momma knows that last month countdown feels like a year!
In the beginning of the year when we made the decision to have a second baby, it was very important to me to continue my fitness lifestyle throughout it and I was pretty excited to see if being fit before and throughout my pregnancy would make any difference compared to my first!
Pregnancy number 1: The  picture below  was at my baby shower which was around 35 weeks !! 

  
-Very little activity

-Sleep sleep sleep

-Fast food/fried foods/candies

-Always tired

-Huge swollen feet

-Starting weight 118

-Ending 185
I had to be induced with both Babies!  I was hoping to go into labor naturally this time, but apparently my body just does not want to let go of these babies!!

Labor and recovery with pregnancy #1
One reason I waited so long to have baby number 2 is because I had a hard time pushing him out. I pushed as hard as I could, screamed I couldn’t do it. I was completely exhausted , out of breath and quickly out of energy. I didn’t feel strong enough, my pushes seemed like they were doing nothing. It wasn’t a horrible delivery, but I definitely didn’t feel confident enough that I would want to go through it again any time soon! Pushing time was over 30 minutes, I constantly had to stop and take a break.
Recovery: We stayed in the hospital for 3 night the first time. I was so sore, stuck in bed throughout Aydens first night. My feet were HUGE like elephant feet, I couldn’t balance to walk and they hurt so bad! =[ they stayed pretty swollen for over two weeks!
Pregnancy Number 2: My Fit Pregnancy
This whole pregnancy I stayed really active. I started out with my regular workout routine and as the weeks went on, I made modifications. By the last month, I was only working out 2 days a week otherwise I would feel to burned out to do everything else I had to do. My feet still got a little swollen, but only at night, luckily not all day! Being pregnant, of course I had my cravings, but the past couple years of working out , I’ve learned moderation and I’m proud to say I was able to stick to it during my pregnancy!
Pre pregnancy weight was 132

End weight was 160.

Most of my weight was water, muscle and baby.
Labor and recovery:

I was induced November 3rd. Medicine started at 2pm.

Baby girl arrive late night early morning 1:57 am, obviously making that November 4th! =]
I started feeling pressure, they called my doctor, he came a few minutes later and we started pushing! Less then 10 minutes later… baby girl was laying on her momma! 💕

This labor I felt so strong, I wasn’t out of breath. Each push I felt my abs tighten and no push was wasted! I took my breath in, pushed, took my breath in and pushed and continued that until she was out! Compared to last delivery, I had tons of energy, imagine if I was able to drink a pre-workout before I had to push lol On a serious note, It was just an amazing experience and I feel very blessed and lucky!
I got to hold her for an hour or so before they weighed and cleaned her. Within the hour, after the nurses helped me with all the “fun stuff” I was up walking around. They kept yelling at me saying I have to have them help me walk to the bathroom a couple times to make sure I’m okay! Lol

So we stayed up with the baby all Friday morning, went and picked up Ayden around 9am to meet his sister. Ayden stayed that night with us and we all left Saturday at 9am.

This momma was so ready to get home! So I stayed from Thursday afternoon when the medicine started, stayed the full day Friday and left Saturday morning! I still had my swollen feet, considering I was full of IV fluids, but definitely not nearly as big and I was able to move around on them! Luckily within  the next 2 days they were gone and I was able to see my boney feet again!
My baby girl will be 2 Weeks tomorrow and I feel amazing! I definitely feel being fit before and during personally helped make my pregnancy and delivery so great this time around. I’m very blessed and thankful to have had a low risk pregnancy and an overall great experience!!

Here’s one of my Pre pregnancy progress pictures

Unfortunately, being super busy , This was my last picture I took while pregnant!! At 38 weeks… by the time I got induced I already started losing weight!

Momma and baby!!


As I get back on my regular workout routine.

I will still be using Advocare.

Some of my favorite products… all are a perfect addition and prove pretty awesome results !! 

Meal Replacement shake   << I use this for Extra Calories, I don’t Replace a meal

Crave Check

ThermoPlus

Spark

Rehydrate

Email me at Missguinta9@gmail.com if  you need help with what products are best for your goals!!

 

You can check out my articles on certain products and the 24 day challenge

 

Here> 24 Day Challenge

And

Here> Advocare Review- Weight Loss, Muscle Building, And Overall Health

I’m extremely excited to see what goals I can reach this time being a mom of 2! I will start to post progress pictures, nutrition and workouts so make sure you follow =]
—–Crystal

36 Weeks Pregnant. I’m Back!! 

Hello 36 Weeks!!  Two days away from October!  Fall weather is finally here. Window are open and light jacket on!

We moved into the new house and have been extremely busy. On top of making room for our normal activities, I’ve had no time for any posting. 

Getting the fence up, working on the kids room and my list that’s a mile long of things to do! 

Jump right to it…

Third trimester symptoms…

All in all, my only problem has been  heartburn. Luckily the past week, it has slowly been disappearing. I came down with a cold and cough that took forever to get over. I’m still coughing a few times a day! Eh 

Working out and fitness in the third trimester…

Unfortunately my workout days have drop to 1-2 days a week. Definitely not my goal in the first few months of pregnancy. With moving and  being so busy, going from morning to night, there is just no time or energy left to workout. I’m definitely getting excited to get back to my normal routine and gain back progress lost. Right now 1-2 days will have to do. I’m just enjoying our new neighborhood and new house ! My main focus is family right now, spending my last few weeks with my first baby before he becomes Big Brother. 

Just make sure to watch my fit mom of TWO  Journey starting soon =] 
On to my 36 Weeks baby bump! 

  
And there is it is… 

side view and front view!! My bump is definitely measuring a lot smaller than with My first pregnancy.  Last appointment I had my final ultrasound to check growth of the baby. I was measuring at 34/35 centimeters. Exactly where they want me to be and baby was 6lbs 2oz!! I was given the okay to go into labor at anytime and that they won’t stop it if I have start having contractions! 

I’ve been having random contractions, but nothing serious. I’m really hoping she comes soon and on her own. I really do not want to be induced again! 

Beyond ready to meet this girl. She’s already a wild child in my belly. Very different from pregnancy number one! 

Maybe the next time I post, baby will be here!! Oh how I hope. 36 Weeks Pregnant, you really miss the simple things in life… like simply rubbing lotion on your legs and feet without taking a break 😂

Thanks for reading !! ❤

-crystal 

Weeks 12-13-14 (Positively Pregnant )

Phew…. I Did it. I Am All Caught up!!!

I am Currently 14 Weeks Pregnant! Baby Is measuring closer to 15 Weeks!! I am officially in my Second Trimester!!  My Past posts I put together my not so great weeks.

Weeks 12, 13 and 14 started to look up!

Week 12 I had another ultrasound and baby  looked like a baby. Compared to my first ultrasound. My son  was  not very impressed when I said  this was his little baby brother or sister. This ultrasound picture  he was way more excited and said ” Hey , there is a baby in there”    like hey… I didn’t lie!!! =)))

Within Week 12, 13 and 14 I slowly found my way back to a workout schedule.

I am VERY HAPPY about that. Not having my energy was very rough for me.  Plus I’m not the type  to nap. I can’t nap.  =/ Or sit still for that matter.


Comparing both pregnancy. I’m Glad to say My activity and Nutrition is 10 times better!!  Im beyond happy  I made the decision to completely change my lifestyle around the time my son turned 1. Getting into fitness/nutrition and becoming NASM certified was  the best thing I’ve could have done, not just physically but emotionally as well!!

Im Proud to compare this pregnancy from my last. Yes… Every Pregnancy is different.  however, My mentality is like a whole new person. It took me many years to get here and learn to fight the battles in my head since losing my mom at 16. Im lucky to have my Son and  his father. My son gave me the reason  and mind set to be the best me I could be, and his father helped me fight my battles!!


 Activity……. 

I have officially been MORE  active in my Current  14 weeks of pregnancy then my whole 40 Weeks last pregnancy!! Wow!! Nothing negative towards the women who physically CAN’T be active during pregnancy!! My last pregnancy, it was My Choice to Lay around and be lazy! Which is probably the reason I am so against ever sitting around!

  
Going rollerblading very often! I use to play ice hockey and roller hockey with the boys. It’s calming and relaxing to me. I can put headphones in and rollerblade for ever!! 

  
Bike rides and hikes 💕

Nutrition……

Nutrition is officially back on track and controlled!! Being pregnant, I’m not as strict, considering my goal isn’t to lean down. My goal is to eat the healthiest I can for me and Baby, but also give myself a little break when needed!!  And to be honest, with having to get enough calories in for just being pregnant, but also adding working out to that… I run out of things to eat. Sometimes, a snack I wouldn’t usually reach for is the easiest! If you have questions on my nutrition , feel free to email me at missguinta9@gmail.com

Current “BUMP” Picture…. =)

  Connect with me on Instagram so I can stalk your Pregnancy!! 😂 lol jk …. Kind of!! 😍
—–Crystal

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