Tracy Anderson Dance Cardio Playlist

Music playlist for Tracy Anderson Method Dance Cardio including TAVA | iheartmomlife.com

TAM fans know that she recommends 30 minutes of dance cardio five days a week.  So that means you’ll be dancing 2 1/2 hours  a week and I mean, you can only listen to soundtrack on the DVD so many times before you just can’t take it anymore. Love it or hate it, having really good music is essential to keep you moving and motivated during these workouts. And unless you are crazy coordinated, having songs that are the correct tempo/bpm to match her original soundtrack is pretty much essential.  I did some searching around wasn’t able to find a good resource for songs that work well for the TA Dance Cardio.  So, I decided to start my own.

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Losing the Baby Weight Week 4 Results

I'm on a mission to lose my baby weight in 2017! Follow along as I the Tracy Anderson Method to meet my goals. Updates and results will be posted to my site| iheartmomlife.com

This was my first week of following Tracy’s recommendation to first complete 30 minutes of dance cardio followed by the same muscular structure workout for five days.  Last week I had finished up with her Mat Workout for Beginners  Mat 1: Total Body Beginner and moved on to Mat 2: Chair Sequence. Now a couple of things. First, I wasn’t really sure I was going to like having a chair sequence for five days. I had definitely not been fond of it when I was going through the Pregnancy Project DVDs during my last pregnancy. That brings me my two my second point. Make sure you have a good, sturdy chair that is the correct height.  Seriously it makes all the difference in the world.  Before I was using this flimsy plastic chair I found in the basement that my husband bought at Ikea, like, 15 years ago and was too low for me even though I am only 5’2″. This time around, I used a solid wood chair that was the correct height and it totally changed changed my mind about the chair. I love the chair workout now!  Seriously, the next time I see Tracy bring out a chair in a future workout, I am going to be so excited! (Please tell me she uses the chair in Metamorphosis.)

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Losing the Baby Weight Week 3 Results

I'm on a mission to lose my baby weight in 2017! Follow along as I the Tracy Anderson Method to meet my goals. Updates and results will be posted to my site| iheartmomlife.com

Week 3 was fantastic.  I really, and I mean REALLY, like the TAVA dance 1 for my cardio.My only issue is that I was having a really hard time following the DVD since there is no rear view for learning/following along with the dance.  I mean, I thought I was pretty coordinated but trying to reverse the steps while learning at the same time made me feel like I had two left feet.  After looking around the internet, I was able to find this rear view via Well + Good that I have been using for all of my dance cardio this week. It is about 4 minutes long so I just repeat it 4x for 15 mins or 8x for 30 mins.  I also figured out how to stream this on our TV through the AppleTV which has made all the difference.  I posted a quick tutorial on my Instastories in case anyone was interested.  If you missed it and are interested, just let me know and I will put a quick video up on YouTube with all of the steps 🙂 It works for any streaming content so you can use it with Tracy Anderson’s Real Time streaming as well! Read More…

Losing the Baby Weight Week 2 Results

I'm on a mission to lose my baby weight in 2017! Follow along as I use Ballet Beautiful and Tracy Anderson to meet my goals. Updates and results will be posted to my site| iheartmomlife.com

I’m back to provide a wrap-up of week two of my resolution to lose this baby weight. This week I got in a solid workout everyday. In a normal week I would be proud of that but this week it was an even bigger deal because the baby got sick on Tuesday afternoon and had a fever and horrible cough through Saturday.  She was up every few hours which meant that none of us were getting much sleep and the sleep we got wasn’t that great.  On the bright side, she is on the mend and back to her normal happy, laid-back disposition.  Since I was doing so good with my workouts, I was really hoping to get the special 2017 activity badge on my Apple Watch this week but then I forgot to put my watch on until around 10am Friday and ended up missing the 12 hour stand ring (whomp whomp.) Oh well, maybe I will try again this/next week. Read More…

Losing the Baby Weight Week 1 Results

I'm on a mission to lose my baby weight in 2017! Follow along as I use Ballet Beautiful and Tracy Anderson to meet my goals. Updates and results will be posted to my site| iheartmomlife.com

Alright, we have officially hit the one year mark post-baby and we are at the end of our breastfeeding journey so you know what that means right?  Yes, it is time to get serious about losing the last of this baby weight!  For my #1 2017 resolution I committed to getting down to 111 lbs before our June vacation to Hilton Head. Which means there is going to be a whole lot of working out going on in the next 6 months. Read More…

Bullet Journal Weekly Layout January 8-14

How the Bullet Journal is helping keep this busy mom on track and organized. My weekly spread for January 8-14, 2017 | iheartmomlife.com

I don’t know about you, but with 2 little ones and working outside of the house full-time, I need all the help I can get staying organized. I’ve been meal planning for a few years now on the Notes app on my iPhone and then putting everything else I wanted to accomplish on my phone’s calendar.  This worked okay, but it wasn’t ideal because I had stuff all over the place. I was always switching back and forth between apps, looking at one of my devices and because I wasn’t able to easily see everything at a glance, it was too easy for stuff to slip through the cracks and fall off my radar.  Read More…

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules – 9 Months

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules - 9 Months | iheartmomlife.com

Wow . . . 9 months already? I can’t believe that we are at 9 months already!  Before diving into the 9 month schedules, I want to give a few quick updates related to the 8 month schedule.  Even though Evy did awesome the first few days, just about a week and a half after moving to the new schedule she decided that she wanted to go back to her 6 month schedule.  I followed her lead and back we went.  She did great on the old schedule but started to get off track during our week long vacation in Hilton Head.  She was waking up about 3am everyday.  At which point we moved her from the crib (we rented a crib from a local company – best.decision.ever) to the rock-n-play in our room where she slept until her normal 6am wake-up.  The drive home was rough (11 hours without stops), we split it up over two days so she wouldn’t have to be strapped into the car seat for so long all in one stretch.  She had a really rough night trying to sleep in the pack-n-play at the hotel. I ended up just letting her sleep in the bed with me that night out of sheer exhaustion.

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Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules – 8 Months

Nursing, Solids + Sleep Schedules - 8 Months | iheartmomlife.com

Hello mamas! I am back with another schedule transition.  Our 6 month schedule has been working so great that I am hesitant to change things up.  Unfortunately, Evy has been showing less and less interest in her 10 am and 2 pm nursing/bottles so I don’t really have a choice but to make an adjustment.  For the past couple of weeks, she will only nurse for just under a minute before she unlatches and starts to look around.  I had to learn the hard way that encouraging her to continue nursing isn’t a good idea because once she is done, she tends to bite (Yeow!!!) Read More…

Kindara Wink – First Look

I first ran across Wink by Kindara about two years ago when we were having difficulty getting pregnant with baby #2.  I started tracking my basal body temperature (BBT) in an effort to help figure out what the problem might be but I had a heck of a time finding a thermometer that was accurate and convenient to use.  Every thermometer I tried had something wrong with it.  Some beeped annoyingly while taking your temperature, some beeped loudly when they were done taking your temperature and most provided inaccurate, inconsistent or unreliable readings.  It was really, really, frustrating. Read More…

Breastfeeding Must Haves

Here are the things that got me through, especially in the early days (through month 1) with both of my girls | iheartmomlife.com

Like a lot of expectant moms, I had this idyllic image in my head of how breastfeeding would be.  In my mind, I imagined myself snuggling my newborn to me and she would be gazing up at me, so lovingly, as I nourished her little body.  Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely snuggling and gazing but there was also a bad latch with both of my girls in the beginning. And with a bad latch, the early days of breastfeeding can be downright brutal. But don’t worry!  There are lots of things you can do to make it just a little bit easier and more comfortable until you both get the hang of nursing. Here are the things that got me through, especially in the early days (through month 1) with both of my girls: Read More…