Transformation Tuesday: 21 Day Fix Round 2

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Transformation Tuesday!

During my 2nd Round of the 21 Day Fix I lost 2 more pounds and 5.25 more inches. So from Day 1 to Day 42, I lost a total of 6 lbs and 12 inches.

It may not seem like much in terms of weight, but my photos show that you can’t just go by the scale! You can really see a difference (at least I think so) in the before/after shots. I can also definitely feel things have changed in the way my clothes fit. Those pre-pregnancy jeans are now feeling comfortable and not so super tight.

My journey is not over, but I am making progress and that’s what counts! It took me 9 months to carry that little baby to term, and it has only been 3 months postpartum. So I am feeling good and happy and strong with where I am today.

I indulged a little more than I had planned over the Thanksgiving holiday, but hey…that’s also part of why I’m working so hard right? To enjoy! Plus Round 3 started yesterday, and I am back on track for the month of December! Going to be hard to fight off some of those holiday temptations, but the best part about this plan is that it allows some treats! ūüôā

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I am SO incredibly grateful and thankful for my family and friends. I am also thankful for all of you lovely readers who keep coming back here each day. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

XO,

Gina

Fall Fever

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Plaid Button Down: Old Navy / Sweater: Target / Denim: Rag and Bone / Booties: Target / Necklace: H&M / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Tory Burch, Stella & Sparkle / Earrings: Stella & Dot

Hey gang! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a fashion post. Trust me, it’s not because I haven’t wanted to! It’s just that with working at home with two little ones these days, it’s hard enough to get DRESSED in clothing outside of athletic wear let alone have the time to have PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE that I got dressed haha. But alas, a wonderful friend of mine recently moved to NYC with her fiance, and they made the trek out to Brooklyn to see us for brunch this past weekend. I decided this was a great opportunity to, you know…put on real clothes, swipe¬†on some makeup, and actually blow dry my hair for once! ūüėČ Not that she cared how I looked when I showed up, but it’s the little things people, it’s the little things! So, thank you Tissy! It was a gorgeous fall day for a neighborhood stroll, and we ended the evening with Halloween festivities later that night!

This week is going to be a crazy one as we are leaving for Maryland on Wednesday night to spend the weekend there celebrating one of my BFF’s getting married! So excited for our first night out without the kids since Luca was born, although also slightly anxious…even though I know they will be in good hands with family. Going to do my best to stay on track with Round 2 of the 21 Day Fix this week as well amidst the craziness.

Hope you are all starting this week off right!

XO,

Gina

Transformation Tuesday: 21 Day Fix Post-Pregnancy

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Remember this photo? This was me at 38 weeks pregnant, right before my little Luca decided to make his grand entrance! As most of you know, I was active throughout the majority of my pregnancy (aside from some 1st trimester morning sickness days and at the very end, I admit I was starting to lose some mobility!) I did feel a huge difference this time around in regard to my health and fitness compared to my last pregnancy. While I did walk a ton with my son, Nico, I definitely did not do any other strength activity as I did this time around. I managed to complete the entire PiYo program (combo of pilates/yoga), dabbled in some Turbo Jam (dance/kickboxing) and even CIZED it Up (hip hop dance) while 34+ weeks pregnant! It was a lot of fun, and I am so glad I did. I also think it helped me in regard to labor and delivery (which went super smoothly), recovery (which was quick), shedding a lot of baby weight, and being able to jump back into things quickly after.

I suppose that also has something to do with having a toddler. Toddlers do not exactly let you sit around and REST ūüėČ

So combined with a healthy-ish diet, walking around Brooklyn, and chasing my toddler, and nursing my newborn, I was able to shed 20 lbs of baby weight after 6 weeks post-partum.

I was very eager to get active again, and I decided to start with the 21 Day Fix Program that is so well-known and loved in my industry. After seeing challenger after challenger have success with this program and continue a healthy lifestyle going forward, I thought this would be the perfect way to not only kickstart my fitness journey again, but really get my nutrition in check for the long haul. The portion control containers REALLY opened my eyes to what I was eating on a daily basis and what I SHOULD be eating. I did eat well throughout most of my pregnancy…but you know…those pregnancy cravings…

I dove into the 21 Day Fix full force planning out my meals for the week and pressing play every.single.day. I was very determined to stay on track, and I am happy with the end result. I do have to remember that it took me 9 MONTHS to look the way I did when I was carrying Luca, so of course things are not all magically going to go back to normal after 21 days. It’s all about progress, not perfection. But I am happy to say that it’s working, and I am on my way back to my healthy, fit self again.

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The “Before” photos were taken 6 weeks post-partum, and the “After” shots were taken on Sunday…21 days later. 4 pounds and 6.25 inches may not seem like a lot to some, but on my short frame, it’s actually quite a lot. And trust me…it was NOT easy for me to share these. Although I live my life on social media…I am still embarrassed and shy about putting something like this out where I don’t necessarily feel comfortable in my own skin just yet. But I think it’s important to show that it is a process, and if you keep at it, you will reach your goals. It’s only been 21 days, and I know¬†this is not a huge transformation, but I still have work to do. Hopefully I will be able to incorporate more ab exercises back in soon (as I have ab separation from my pregnancy and cannot do crunches, etc.) I am planning on doing another round of the 21 Day Fix starting up November 2nd, and I’m already planning out my programs for the new year. ¬†Who’s with me? Comment below with your e-mail, and I would be happy to send you more info!

I thought it would be terribly difficult to get my workout in with two little ones and working from home, but all it takes is a commitment. It’s all a mindset, and if you make yourself a priority for 30 minutes each day, you will get it done.

Hope you are all having an awesome week so far!

XO,

Gina

{21} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading  The seventh and final Harry Potter book!  I know it has taken me awhile to get through them all, but they are totally magical and worth it!

writing  Tons and tons of e-mails for work including invites to our events and follow up from past events.

listening¬† Patsy Cline. ¬†Nico’s new favorite lullabies. ¬†I know my Grandpa is with us when I sing to him at bedtime.

thinking ¬†That last week was¬†insane. ¬†Zack went to San Francisco on Tuesday. ¬†I had three days of back to back meetings with a client in town, and then Nico and I flew out to meet Zack in San Fran on Friday. ¬†That’s right‚ĶI flew across the country with a baby…solo…into a three hour time change…this section should be titled not thinking. ¬†However, I am proud to say, we made it, and it was all worth it!

smelling¬† Swiss Apple tea. ¬†Apparently it’s good for skin support. ¬†But I just love the way tastes and how it keeps me warm on these freezing cold nights.

watching¬†¬†Finally saw The DaVinci Code. ¬†The book was definitely better, but Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors, so I’m glad I finally saw it.

wishing  That I had invested in snow boots this winter.  Who knew we would be getting pounded with this much snow?  I would have gotten this pair.

hoping  That my husband has a Happy 33rd Birthday today!  We love you.

wearing  Coats, coats, and more coats.  Thankfully, I have invested in some outerwear the past few years.  Definitely came in handy this winter.

loving ¬†Nico’s curiosity! ¬†He’s fascinated with the alphabet, and always stops whatever he is doing when we start spelling something to give us his complete attention. ¬†He’s also obsessed with his daddy’s guitar playing, and it’s a sure bet to stop him from fussing. ¬†It’s so awesome to see him start to notice the world around him.

laughing ¬†I’m constantly laughing with Nico every day. ¬†The sound of his laugh makes me so happy that I laugh right along with him.

wanting  Spring to arrive.  Sooner rather than later please!

needing  To pay the bills and do laundry tonight.  Meh.

feeling  Happy.  Although the past few months have had their ups and downs, I feel happy knowing that I have such a warm and loving family to be with each day or talk to on the phone or online each night.  My family is my happy place.

craving ¬†Warmer weather! ¬†I can’t say it enough!

clicking ¬†Through VRBO to check out places in New Hampshire for a weekend summer getaway with friends. ¬†Can’t wait!

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What have you been up to lately?

I’m including an extra special picture in honor of the hubby’s birthday today. ¬†Doesn’t this just pull at the heart strings? ¬†Thanks to you, Zack, for being the best Papa in the world! ¬†Hope you have an amazing day. ¬†XOXO.

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Have a happy one ya’ll!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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{20} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading  Catching up on some magazines a bit.  Unfortunately, the trains have been super crowded since I have been back to work, leaving me to stand the entire time and making it difficult to get that reading done that I was hoping.

writing  E-mails, reel run lists, and finally getting back to writing blog posts again.

listening¬† Old school hip-hop has been making it’s way onto my car radio. ¬†Backspin anyone?

thinking  About booking that flight to San Francisco for the end of February, that Zack and I had an awesome much needed date night over the weekend, and that there is a ton of snow outside!

smelling  Leftover gingerbread coffee from the holidays.

watching¬†¬†Teen Mom 2 came back this week…woot woot! ¬†I have also been keeping up with the new season of The Bachelor. ¬†Go ahead and judge me.

wishing  That I could be in two places at once.

hoping  Our dear friend recovers from an accident he had recently.  It was super scary, and we are hoping he returns to good health soon.

wearing ¬†My new high waisted skinny jeans from Rag & Bone. ¬†Did I mention, I’m back to my old size again? ¬†Can you tell I’m excited? ¬†BTW…just because you go back to your old size after baby doesn’t mean you go back to your old body. ¬†I may be able to fit into the jeans, but I’m definitely a bit squishier these days (hence the high waisted) haha. ¬†Birth really takes a toll on you, but it was obviously worth it, and honestly, I’m not really stressing too much about it at this point. ¬†Maybe once bikini season is on the horizon I will be feeling differently‚ĶI’ve also been wearing this tartan scarf to keep warm in the snow.

loving ¬†That Nico is learning so much these days! ¬†He’s growing and changing so quickly right before my very eyes. ¬†Sitting up and rolling over all within a week span!

laughing ¬†At this photo of my husband. ¬†He is speaking at an upcoming conference in San Francisco (hence why I am thinking of booking a ticket there), and they chose this photo out of all the ones on the internet for his speaker profile. ¬†Just look for the guy who looks like the biggest douchebag, and you will find him. ¬†Sorry hunny, you know I love you, but this photo is ridiculous. ¬†It had us rolling the other night! ¬†Luckily, he is a good sport and he hasn’t asked them to take it down, because he thinks it’s kinda funny. ¬†Gotta love his sense of humor.

wanting ¬†Some hot chocolate with marshmallows. ¬†Yes, I’m five years old.

needing  To prepare myself for my first 5 hour car trip alone with the baby.  God help me.

feeling ¬†Already feeling the pull of being a working mom. ¬†I’m leaving work too early and getting home too late. ¬†Feels like you aren’t good enough at either job and the guilt starts setting in. ¬†I guess that’s just par for the course.

craving  More time!  So much to do, so little time!

clicking  Through Pinterest and design blogs for inspiration on how to redecorate our sunroom.  Trying to capitalize on an unfortunate situation by using this as an opportunity to start fresh, purge, and redesign the room.

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What have you been up to lately?

Have a happy one!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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{19} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading  A little here.  A little there.  Chapter here. Magazine article there.

writing  Finished up my Christmas cards over the weekend, and sent them out this week!

listening¬† Christmas music…duh.

thinking ¬†I can’t believe the year is almost over, my maternity leave is coming to an end, and it’s almost time to go back to work. ¬†Bittersweet.

smelling  Roasted pork in the oven.

watching¬†¬†Vanderpump Rules (cringing as I write this, because it’s so trashy).

wishing  Everyone a Happy Holiday season and safe travels!

hoping ¬†That all my holiday gifts I ordered arrive in time and ship properly to my parent’s house.

wearing ¬†This tartan jacket, a gift from my aunt from last year’s Christmas.

loving ¬†That Nico is now sleeping through the night. ¬†I didn’t mind waking up once a night to feed him (he really is a great sleeper), but the two hour scream-fest before bedtime was not working. ¬†I now feel like a human being again since we aren’t fighting to put him to sleep every single night anymore.

laughing  At this Xmas Jammies video.  An interesting take on the holiday card, and also a smart way to plug the new family business.

wanting ¬†To get rid of this cough. ¬†Have been sick for about a week now, and can’t seem to shake it.

needing  To pack for our holiday trip to Maryland.

feeling ¬†SO excited for Nico’s first Christmas with my crazy, lovable family.

craving  Some new jeans.

clicking  Through photos that I need to edit.

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What have you been up to lately?

Have a happy one ya’ll!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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{18} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading  Attempting to read the 6th Harry Potter Book.  It tough to get a lot of reading done without my hour long subway commutes, but trying to enjoy a chapter here and there when I can.

writing  Questions to ask potential nannies.  We are starting our interviews this Wednesday.  Excited to find someone great for our little guy, but sad this means I will be spending a lot more time away from him when I go back to work.

listening  Frank Sinatra.  Nico just loves him!

thinking  I am happy the weather looks nice for this week!  Makes taking those walks around the neighborhood so much more enjoyable!

smelling¬† Blueberry coffee. ¬†It sounds kinda gross, but trust me, it’s awesome!

watching  Teen Mom.  Makes me so glad I have a stable, loving husband, a good job, a nice home, and lots of family support.  I could not imagine being a mom at their age.

wishing¬† That time didn’t go so fast. ¬†My little guy is growing up too quickly already.

hoping ¬†To go for another run this week. ¬†This past weekend I went out for my first run since getting pregnant and having a baby. ¬†I stayed active by walking, but hadn’t run in probably over a year! ¬†I suddenly got to the urge to get back out there, so I went for a 2 mile run, and it felt great! (despite now being sore haha). ¬†Hoping I can keep it up and at least get a run or two mixed in with my walking every week.

wearing  My typical mom gear of activewear.  Although, I actually did get to wear real clothes yesterday for a mini trip to Manhattan for a mani/pedi with a friend.  

loving  The crockpot that my Grandma bought for us.  We tried it out this weekend, and made two awesome dishes: White Bean Chicken Chili and Carnitas Tacos.  I love being able to prep a meal quickly in the morning, let it sit all day, and come home to an amazing meal with leftovers!  Yum!

laughing  At the @HonestToddler Twitter feed I just discovered yesterday.  Cracking me up!

wanting ¬†My Christmas cards to arrive! ¬†Maybe it’s the fact that I now have a little guy this Christmas season, but I am extra giddy and excited this year.

needing ¬†Christmas lists from my peoples. ¬†I am ready to start shopping already! ¬†Send ’em over…you know who you are.

feeling  Happy that we were able to go to Florida and spend time with my parents and Grandma.  It was really great for them to spend that quality time with Nico, and it was nice for Zack and I to get some alone time as well.  

craving ¬†Some snuggle time with my nephew, Nathan. ¬†It’s been too long since I’ve seen him…is it Thanksgiving yet?

clicking  Through weeks worth of blogs that I am behind on.

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What have you been up to lately?

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Enjoy your week ahead!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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{17} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading¬† What to Expect The First Year by Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisenberg, and Heidi Murkoff. ¬†Rather than read the entire book all the way through right away, I have decided to read each month as we are all going through it as a family. ¬†So far I have finished the first month, and I’m starting on month 2. ¬†

writing¬† Well, Nico’s birth announcement cards just came in the mail today, so I am super excited to address and send them out!

listening¬† The Coffee House station on XM Radio has been a top contender for most played the past few weeks. ¬†It’s soothing and Nico falls asleep in the car to it.

thinking ¬†I can’t believe we survived our first weekend trip to Maryland as a family! ¬†Although it was extremely stressful at some points, everything ended up working out well and the bottom line is we did it.

smelling¬†¬†Pumpkin Spice coffee…mmm…

watching  Million Dollar Listing LA.  My husband used to be a real estate agent, so this is one of the few shows he will actually watch with me.

wishing  A lifetime of happiness to my friends Teri and Charlie!  They are the reason we went down to Maryland.  We celebrated their wedding, and it was phenomenal.  What an amazing couple.  I am so happy for them!

hoping  To survive my first 48 hours as a single parent while Zack goes to Chicago to present at a conference.  Hopefully it will be nice outside and Nico and I can take some walks together.

wearing ¬†Got dolled up this past weekend for my friend Teri’s wedding, and man did it feel good! ¬†Hair, makeup, mani, pedi, a sexy bridesmaid dress…the works. ¬†It felt good to be pampered again after rocking sweats for so many weeks!

loving  The fact that I have amazing friends and family.  While on our first trip as a family, there were some bumps with the weather, traffic, fire alarms in the hotel, etc.  I am so lucky to have had my friends and family to help us out on our first trip.  From helping me carry diaper bags, driving my car, watching my little boy, holding him during dinner so we could eat, and more.  I know I am super lucky to have such wonderful, trustworthy people in my life.

laughing ¬†Every time Nico farts, I think it’s the most hilarious thing. ¬†What am I, 5?

wanting  My bags to unpack themselves.

needing ¬†Snuggles from my little boy. ¬†I just can’t get enough!

feeling  Sleepy sleepy.  While we had a great weekend, it was a bit crazy trying to figure out our new normal.  Did I mention the fire alarm going off in the hotel?  TWICE.

craving  These over-the-knee boots by Sam Edelman.

clicking  Through photos to try and figure out which ones I want to frame and hang up in the apartment.

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What have you been up to lately?

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend!  Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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{16} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading¬† Children’s books. ¬†You know…Green Eggs and Ham, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Ugly Duckling, Blueberries for Sal. ¬†Starting Nico young and he is definitely soothed when people talk to him, so we are starting a nightly ritual. ¬†As you might imagine, I haven’t had much time for grown-up books these days, but I have been glossing over Health, Marie Claire, and Redbook magazines while pumping.

writing¬† The majority of my writing these days has been logging feeding times for my little guy while we made sure he got back above his birth weight. ¬†He was born at 5 lbs. ¬†1.6 oz, and dropped down to 4 lbs. 11 oz. ¬†At our last doctor’s appointment, he was well above his birth weight, and I’m pretty sure he is still gaining well! ¬†We are very happy he is a healthy growing baby boy.

listening¬† Since Nico has arrived, I have been finding myself listening to more mellow jams. ¬†My “Relax” playlist on my iPhone has gotten a lot of play lately.

thinking ¬†I can’t believe how fast time is already flying. ¬†Nico is already over three weeks, and will hit his four week mark this Thursday. ¬†Insane! ¬†I’m also thinking that I am very lucky I got to enjoy the first family dinner out with my boys last night, and he was an angel the entire time!

smelling¬† Mrs. Meyer’s baby oil. ¬†It smells amazing!

watching¬†¬†I basically caught up on every single TV show that I had on my DVR since I’ve been home. ¬†Not that I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands, but just a lot of time at home!

wishing  For a little bit more sleep!

hoping ¬†To find some more time this week to work on this blog. ¬†I have a lot of posts I want to share of things that have been going on, but with a new baby on board, it’s definitely been a challenge!

wearing ¬†Mostly leggings and sweats lately. ¬†Comfort is key when nursing and staying at home. ¬†It’s also a challenge finding things that look flattering on you post-partum. ¬†What looks “adorable” with a baby bump does not look so adorable when it’s a post-prego fat bump. ¬†I am, however, happy to say that we shot our first post-pregnancy outfit shoot this past weekend! ¬†It was nice to put on real clothes again (although I’m still in my maternity pants), and I’m looking forward to sharing soon. ¬†

loving ¬†Being a mommy. ¬†As crazy and exhausting and emotional as it can be sometimes…the good times FAR outweigh the bad! ¬†I love seeing Nico smile and those newborn cuddles are just the best. ¬†He is such a sweet boy, and I feel so very lucky to have him in my life.

laughing ¬†Just took a look at my friend’s wedding highlight video, and saw all of us crazy clowns on the dance floor. ¬†One friend was even captured mid cartwheel. ¬†It was pretty hilarious!

wanting  The weather to be nice this week.  I have found that when I can get outside at least once a day and out of the house, I am so much saner and happier!  Nico also loves riding around in his stroller, so we both win.

needing  A mani/pedi.  I was supposed to get my last one the week I went into labor, and so that never happened.  I keep saying I will do it myself, but how do you pick up a baby with wet nails?  Haha.  Needless to say, I have also been sporting closed toed shoes when I leave the house.

feeling ¬†Pretty good! ¬†It took about two weeks for me to start feeling like my normal self again since giving birth. ¬†Besides being tired from a few sleepless nights, I feel quite good. ¬†I have managed to take some walks in the past two weeks, met up with a new mom group in the neighborhood last week, and I’m loving it.

craving  A personal chef and a house cleaner.  I barely have time to eat, let alone cook my food or scrub the floors.

clicking  Googling three week baby milestones, and catching up on all my favorite blogs I have missed out on for the past few weeks.

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What have you been up to lately?

Happy Monday!  Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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