Pregnancy Body Snatchers

Guys, I have to be honest. I hate the phrase “get your body back”. Specifically I hate this phrase when used to describe what postpartum women’s apparent goal is supposed to be. And I’ve even said it before! More than words, it’s been a way of thinking. Getting “back” to a certain weight. Getting “back” to a certain feeling. And it’s usually motivational, right? Like, rah rah, lets all get our bodies back! And I’m not coming at this from the viewpoint of someone who is super thin and only has to lose that last 5lbs. Haha no…this girl gained a full 40lbs being pregnant (technically 39 but who’s counting? Oh yeah, I am). So clearly there’s work that needs to be done.


But the term “get back” implies that you lost something. Or that something was stolen from you. Either way, it implies we’re somehow lacking something. But when I look at my little boy, I don’t think I’ve lost anything. I may have gained weight but I gained so much more than that. And I think I’m just tired of a society that makes us feel like in having a baby we’ve somehow lost something important. This is how I feel about that.


So in solidarity, let’s give up shitty terms that make us feel bad about ourselves. Be happy, be healthy, be well. Rock that belly, or stretch marks, or whatever else you might try and hide about your bod. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get in shape, and I think that’s an awesome goal I’m working on myself; but lets not lose sight of the fact that our bodies did something amazing and will never actually be the same. And that’s pretty cool.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato (Whole 30 Approved!)

Jim and I started Whole 30 this month in an effort to reset our systems after an amazing (and delicious) vacation to North Carolina. We wanted to give our bodies a rest and some nutritional support, and as a bonus I figured after having a baby this might be great way to get my hormones a bit evened out. So here we go!

This was the first Whole 30 meal I tried making – so far it’s definitely making me think outside the box with our foods! I will say this buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato really hit the spot!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
(serves 2)
2 Chicken breasts
2 Sweet potatoes around the same size
1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Original (Whole 30 approved!)
Green onions

Cook chicken breasts with some salt and pepper in the crock pot for around 5 hours on low or 3 hours on high. Drain water, shred chicken, and add the hot sauce. Bake sweet potatoes in a 350 degree oven for an hour. Split potato and top with chicken mixture and green onion. Serve with a veggie on the side – I like asparagus or broccoli. Enjoy!

xo. Brie

For Sparta!

Spartan 2014_Mud Me
That’s me in the mud! This past weekend, Amy, my Fiance (!!) and I had the pleasure of running in the Miami Spartan Race! Let me just tell you, if you want to feel like a badass, running nearly 9 miles and conquering 21 obstacles is a surefire way to do it.
Spartan 2014_Wet Bun
Here’s Jim after finishing the swim. You think you’re going to mind immersing yourself in water and then having to run wet. But after just going through a bunch of dirt and mud? You really don’t…
Spartan 2014_Me over the wall
We had everything from 8 foot walls, to rope climbs, to filling buckets with rocks and carrying them over a hill, to swimming, to army crawling through mud. Nevermind an 8+ mile run. But honestly, it was SO much fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge. You can do it!
Spartan 2014_Mud BunOur team name was Peer Pressure. It seemed fitting for the occasion. The best part of it was, we all stuck together through the race and made sure everyone was alright and we all couple complete every obstacle. This made it way more fun for everyone, and we were able to finish together as a team.
Spartan 2014_team photo after
And to top it all off, when you’re done you get a medal, permanent BA status, and a free beer. What’s to lose? If you’re looking for a race, keep an eye on Groupon, that’s where I found our tickets and we got half off the regular registration price. All. Around. Win.

Go be awesome!

xo. Brie

Crossfit for Noobs

So about two months ago I started Crossfit. I’d been doing bootcamp for the past year, in addition to running, yoga and Pilates. And now it was time to step it up! And so the research began. Which corssfit gym to go to? What’s crossfit form? What the heck is an AMRAP? WHY DO THEY SPEAK IN ACRONYMS?!?

For the record, kipping hurts your hands SO bad when you first get started…

…I was a bit confused.
Thankfully, my roommate knew some people who go to a local box (that’s what they call a gym) and we decided to try it out. And I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, that ish is hard! I never thought I’d be doing any Olympic style lifting, well, ever. But there I am doing those deadlifts and hang power snatches now! It’s pretty rewarding.

Where’s this going? Don’t worry. This isn’t about to turn into a crossfit blog. But for those of you thinking of maybe trying it out, Here’s a few helpful things I found on my first day in the box.

WOD = Workout of the day
Box = Crossfit gym, aka, large suare room full of things that look like they belong in a torture chamber.
Rx’d = As prescribed, aka, you did the weight and reps that the xfit gods decided upon in xfit heaven.
AMRAP = As many rounds as possible, aka, keep going till time runs out or you die, whatever comes first.
EMOM = Every minute on the minute, aka, get it done as quick as possible to get as much rest between rounds as you can.
MetCon = Metabolic Conditioning, conditioning the muscles to be more effective at burning fuel and producing energy, aka, it’s gonna suck…

That’s all for now, my arms are tired…

xo. Brie