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I am a little obsessed with ballet and ballet conditioning. I did not dance my whole life. I did ballet for a short while when I was very young. I was the prima ballerina in one of our performances. I can still remember huddling in the box thing I emerged from. I was very little.

Then I did a course in college. For an art credit. It was so fun. We had a winter performance and everything. It was my last semester and I was kind of bummed I waited that long to take that class. I could have taken a few dance classes as electives.

I then found a ballet class through the park district and took that for a while. Until I got preggo. Then we were so swept up in moving etc that I just took my normal prenatal fitness classes.

After having Jack I bought a ballet conditioning DVD. Which I did blog about.

THEN I found a barre class shortly after Jack turned 1. Just down the street. I am hooked. It is one of my favorite days of the week. It burns so bad it feels good. I seriously love love love that class. I try to never miss. If I am busy on a Tuesday night I reschedule to go Saturday mornings.

So imagine my happiness while I was sitting here enjoying my coffee this morning when a news segment came on about how Natalie Portman’s trainer for Black Swan has come out with a workout program. They were discussing the book she released. BUT mentioned she also has DVDs! Much to my happiness. I prefer the videos. I DO save workouts online, so I could handle a book (check out my Pinterest fitness board!) I use those moves after an elliptical session or a run. I am good about doing them. But I truly find a DVD to keep me the most motivated. Or at least allow me to skip the machine or outside cardio. I will perform better with someone yelling at me 🙂

I did go with the bundle, because when it comes to fitness I LOVE options. I hope this is a fun amazing DVD program. I am not going to stop my Barre class but I can maybe squeeze in a little extra ballet during the week. Once we buy a house I have been thinking about how I want to install a barre in my workout room. I think about that every Tuesday night when I am sweating like a piggy grabbing the barre at my spot. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.

It is scheduled to arrive on the 20th. I hope it is as great as I am hoping. Or at least a good workout.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the moves.

Well that is all I wanted to post about. I am a little caffeinated and over excited.  It is also my 4th wedding anniversary! Partly why I am over excited in general! Off to get in a quick workout before my brother gets here to babysit my little man. I have a day of beautification to attend.

 

Yesterday I had my Burn at the Barre class. This is always a favorite day of mine during the week. Two days post Shuffle. I could definitely still feel how fatigued my muscles were. I was never sore from the run, not Sunday night or at all on Monday. But when I had to use all of those leg and tushy muscles last night I could feel how they were not performing up to par.

I kept mentally telling myself two things:

  1. You destroyed your estimated time this weekend, you can do this.
  2. You gave birth with only 1/2 of your epidural working. You felt everything on the right side of your body. It hurt way worse than this does!

I only burned just over 400 calories. Usually I burn over 500. So you can see how I wasn’t working as hard as normal. I wanted to but my legs begged to differ. I did try though. I am hoping that partly it was because she changes the routines each week and we did some things slightly different. Right? A combination of the two I am sure!

Monday I did work out but I did a Long and Lean Bosu work out. It has a lot of stretching and I thought I could use that. It was a a very mild workout and not too long either.

This morning I have swim lessons with  my little sweet face. I am looking forward to getting into the water. I am debating a run later but I think I may workout during nap time inside instead. I have a hair appointment at 6. Sometimes Jack naps until 3 and then takes 30 minutes to eat lunch. That is just cutting it close and not really giving him any playtime. Tomorrow we are free and I think we will go for a run after he wakes up and eats. I want to do 6 miles. Last Thursday when I ran with him he started to get antsy after just over 3 miles. I mean you cannot blame the kid. He likes to move and play and sitting there for 30 minutes can be boring. I give him toys but he isn’t overly interested in them when I am running. So we will see how he is doing after the first lap around the lake.

Training with the stroller is really awesome. I am pushing well over 50 lbs between baby, stroller weight, all toys in the stroller, and any of my things (water, keys, wallet, phone, etc). I equate it to taking practice swings with weights on the bat just before you actually bat. You remove that and suddenly you are able to conquer anything!

I have a few photos from the race. From their official photographers. They are still matching photos to runners. The last I checked they were 63% done. I am going to purchase all of my images once they are entirely done. I will post them. The 4 that I have already are really actually great. They are all from the end of the race, two after I crossed the finish line and two from just before. Surprisingly I don’t look totally awful!

It is supposed to be beautiful out. So maybe we will walk to the park after nap time, the far park so I get over a mile walk there and over a mile walk back, plus any workout I do.

I have been wanting to share some of my favorite moves. I have just been so busy with the holiday season already. We are hosting every holiday this year. We did Thanksgiving, we are doing both Christmas Eve and day! While I am being strict with my workouts I have been lax in blogging about them. I guess you only have so much time for things in life and if I have to choose, workouts will always win haha

I am currently obsessed with this core work move! It actually tones the shoulders, triceps, and core. I even squeeze my buttocks a bit in an effort to get some toning in for that.

I found this on Women’s Health.

The instructions can be found at that link. I also pasted them below!

Lie facedown on a fitness ball, with both hands on the floor. Walk your hands out, allowing the ball to roll beneath your body until it is under your shins. Your hands should be directly below your shoulders, so it looks like you’re ready to do a pushup. Keeping your torso straight and your abs contracted, bend your elbows and lower your chest toward the floor. Stop when your upper arms are parallel to the floor. (A) Return to start, and immediately contract your glutes as you lift your right leg off the ball. (B) Lower your right leg to the ball, then lift the left leg. That’s one rep. 8 to 12 reps

Make the move harder by placing the ball under the tops of your feet. Make it easier by keeping the ball under your knees.

 

I have gotten to the point where the knees feel way too easy. The shins are still difficult enough though. I am looking forward to when I can move the ball to the tops of my feet.

There are a few other moves in that article that are also great. I just found this one particularly challenging and I have really been pushing myself lately. I have been focusing on toning a lot more than I was immediately after I had him. I try to do toning and cardio at least 6 days a week. It has been closer to every day though, I must admit. I have lost a bit more weight. Not even pregnancy weight at this point. I weighed in today at 122.8lbs.

I have also noticed a huge change in my muscle tone. Um, it is back! Finally. Even my quads. I am loving how my legs look like their old selves. My arms are looking nice and toned again. Hello biceps, I missed you lovely lady guns. I am also beginning to feel happy with my abs.

This is from today. Jack will be 10 months in a week. So post baby 9 months 3 weeks! I was reflecting today about how hard losing the baby weight was. I even browsed the last few photos taken of me preggo! YIKES! Nothing like a little refresher to remind you of how far you have come. I am enjoying feeling like my old strong self again. That is the most important part. That I feel toned and strong. I missed lifting weights. I was told I couldn’t. Advice I don’t believe I will adhere to as strictly if I were to ever get pregnant again. Now having gone through this one time, if we ever for some reason decide to have another I will already know what I am capable of. Although, I have no plans to have another. A big reason is because it took so much work to get back to where I was. I don’t feel like doing it all over again. It is exhausting. I enjoy being here, focusing on toning and maintaining.