What a difference a month can make, right!? I've been hesitant to post this blog because people are always telling me one of three things:
Ok, I understand and I appreciate it! I AM luckier than most woman for my smooth postpartum weight loss transition BUT that doesn't take away from the fact that I felt uncomfortable and unattractive in my body for a good majority of my postpartum journey. From extra stomach fat that I've never seen a day in my life to dark stretch marks and other skin defects, I just wasn't happy. Not to mention the emotional stress that comes along with it, I continued putting on pounds. It's not about being "skinny" but moreso about loosing my toned body shape and being out of shape.
Now that that is out the way :)
I also want to mention that this is about my postpartum fitness journey- I can only speak from my experience. Everybody is different; what works for me may not work for you. I would definitely consult your doctor or seek personal training assistance.
So here's my history:
I've been pretty active my entire life however, my biggest struggle was my diet. I believe the thing that helped me the most was me almost eliminating sugar from my diet. Before I had my daughter, I barely ever ate junk foods (chips, candy, cakes, etc), I didn't drink pop or juice (unless it was mixed with my liquor LOL) , and I absolutely LOVED water.
SIDENOTE: When I was younger (yes I'm blaming this on you mom :), I spent the summer on punishment for stealing my moms car #BadAssAlert lol. So I spent majority of my days in the basement, eating PACKS of sour patch kids...every day.....for 60 days straight. So guess what happened to your girl?! I ended up with 11 CAVITIES! (Ouch is right!) Several dentist appointments and a bunch of numbing shots later, I was literally terrified to eat candy again! Sounds dramatic, but I swear that's a true story. Ask my mom! I'm sure that's a medical bill she'll never forget LOL (sorry mom!)
Back to my story....
Unfortunately, all of that went down the drain once I had my daughter! I developed a HUGE sweet tooth and craved pop, cookies and ice cream almost every day. This habit stuck around even after I gave birth. & to add more to my struggles, I absolutely love to sleep and I refuse to give that up for anything, especially for the gym lol. (Luckily I didn't have to sacrifice much sleep during early postpartum, my daughter was an angel!). I have a love hate relationship and I find it had to be consistent- only going hard once I notice a little weight gain then falling off.
I'm saying this because I want you all to know that I am like everyone else, I have to work hard to stay fit....and this is about to be a LONG journey. Are you guys ready?!
When did you start to workout?
I was pretty good with stay active throughout my pregnancy. My favorite thing to do was take Zumba classes 3-4x's a week. This helped TREMENDOUSLY! Once I gave birth, I didn't work out until about a month ago....9 months postpartum. After having a pretty hard labor- 3rd degree tear- it took a very long time for me to even feel comfortable enough to sit down or stand up for long periods of time....yet alone workout.
How often do you workout?
Let me just say, my trainer, Jordan , is AMAZING! I'll put his information at the bottom for you guys, definitely reach out to him if you're trying to achieve your fitness going and want someone who is EXTREMELY knowledgeable!
I try my best to train with Jordan 3-4x's a week. Being a mompreneur is SUPER hard and very time consuming. Not to mention I am still getting the hang of this thing called Life With a 10 Month Old. Some days are much harder than others and almost impossible to schedule a workout but we make it work!
Now for the good stuff!
kanye's workout plan:
So what exactly do I do? Hell if I know LOL I told you, this is a journey for me. Everyday is something new- I'm still learning the names of the exercises. What I do know is that I don't focus on cardio.....because let's face it, I HATE CARDIO. My trainer isn't the biggest fan of it either so it works out. Instead, we hit the weights HARD and I'm already seeing progress. It's only been a month! Check out the videos below to see what a normal day at the gym with my trainer looks like.
Personal Trainer: Jordan Davis
IG: @jfit.ness_ | Email: email@example.com | Phone: 312.409.8342
How do you stay motivated
I work from home with a 10 month old, so honestly, just being able to get out of the house to do something for myself is motivation enough! Lol I find myself looking at old pictures of myself in better shape and that is also motivation for me. Overall, I want to be healthier, look healthier and to FEEL healthier (Skinny does NOT equal healthy). Working out as much as I can and doing the best I can to get a grip on my eating habits will help me get there!
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Jan 25th-Feb 7th is Chicago Restaurant Week! CRW is filled with two weeks of dining deals from hundred of restaurants all over Chicago. In fact, this year will be the LARGEST it's ever been- over 400 restaurants participating!
This is legit the biggest event of the year so don't miss out on these specials. Searching for restaurants that participate in CRW can be very overwhelming so being the wonderful person that I am :) I've decided to compile a list of some of my favorite restaurants just for you!
Check it out!
1. Beatrix - River North | American | Deal: $24 Lunch Menu, $36 Dinner Menu
2. RPM Steak | Steakhouse | Deal: $24 Lunch Menu, $48 Dinner Menu
3. Barrio | Mexican | Deal: $24 Lunch Menu, $48 Dinner Menu
4. Bub City | Barbecue | Deal: $24 Lunch Menu , $36 Dinner Menu
5. Naoki | Japanese | $48 Dinner Menu
6. Aurelio's Pizza South Loop | Pizzeria | $24 Lunch Menu, $36 Dinner Menu
7. Siena Tavern | Italian | $24 Brunch & Lunch Menu, $48 Dinner Menu
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Seriously, I really can't say what I enjoyed the most because the entire experience was phenomenal! Let's start from the beginning:
We pulled into The Rose Hotel parking lot and it was PACKED! My immediate first thought was that we were going to be forced to park in the lot across the street and truck it through the snow- wearing suede, pointed toe, open sided heels at that! (No, I didn't think this through lol). Luckily for us, as I drove around the parking lot I noticed a sign that read "Valet Parking". JACKPOT! As we approached the front entrance, I looked toward the bottom of the sign trying to find the pricing and guess what.....IT WAS FREE!
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Living in a money hungry city like Chicago, we all know what a luxury Complementary Parking is...especially Valet Parking. Well done Rose Hotel!
We parked in the Valet line and was approached by one of the attendants....a very handsome one I should say :). He opened my car door and greeted me with a smile, and gave me his arm to hold on to. He asked me what my friends name was, addressed her as such and guided us into the hotel to be handed off to a staff member.
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My jaw literally dropped when I walked into the hotel! There were pink, blue, and purple (or just a darker pink.....I've self diagnosed myself with color blindness LOL ) lights illuminating from every corner of the room. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L ! A mixture of glass, marble and wood décor throughout. To the right of us was the Dj booth, full service bar, a Smash Cake Table, Fireplace, a room full of Rosé & cotton candy, lounge seats scattered throughout, and a backflipping man in a black/white stripe onesie! (YES, I said that). Super chill yet very classy!
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And it just got so much better!
Walking towards what looked like a rose garden backdrop for pictures but as I got closer, I noticed there was a hand with a glass of champagne sticking out of it.
Now, at this point we've already been by the bar and were working on drink number 3 LOL So of course, I thought my mind was playing tricks on me when I saw someone take the glass of champagne and the hand disappeared then returned with yet another glass of wine.
Umm, excuse me....WHAT just happened?!
Yes, you heard it right! They had a rose wall that handed you glasses of champagne as you walked by. MIND BLOWING! So very creative. Still trying to figure out how I can get that wall at home :) LOL.
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Now, for the other side of the hotel.
To the right of the wall of champagne was a room filled with green lit umbrellas! A super simple touch but it looked amazing! There was another bar, photobooth, tasty bites from Rosebud Restaurant and Dave & Buster's, and a room of champagne, beer, and liquor brands giving out samples (as if the two open bars was not enough LOL)
The Rose Hotel seriously knows how to party!
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Who said you can only brunch in the summer?!
Until next time. Happy Brunchin' folks!
It’s been YEARS since I’ve been back to JA, 15 years to be exact. My mother's side of the family is from Kingston, JA and we visited more often when I was younger. However, since then my entire family has moved to the states which meant less visits. My ultimate goal was to get an AUTHENTIC beef patty from Juici Patties .......#goalaccomplished
All in all, our trip was amazing as usual! It felt great being away to step away from the resort and experience the true beauty Jamaica has to offer. Special thanks to the entire staff at Hotel Riu Montego Bay. You all were amazing! If you're ever visiting Montego Bay, you MUST stay here! - Tell them Ashley sent you :).
Definitely have to make this trip at least once a year. Love my people! See you guys for Dream Weekend ! 🍾🥳
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I am a Southside Chicago native, mompreneur, and lover of all things social! 😁
Quick background- UIC Liberal Arts graduate and mother of a beautiful 7month old babygirl. For the past 2 years, I have been the events/marketing assistant for Ally (Former Chicago Director), so I am very familiar with the brand and are super excited to jump in!
In my free time, I love to travel ,meet new people and practice my role as a self proclaimed food critic & Rosé connoisseur here in the City! Looking forward to meeting everyone and having some fun! Starting with our First Girls Night Out of 2019! Happening January 31st at Latinicity
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