Good morning Mamas!
It’s the start of the new week and it’s time to enjoy our coffee before the little ones wake! This week’s topic will be a fun one! I hope what I share helps others and I would love to hear all of you other Mamas routines as well!
Fitness After Having a Baby!
Let’s be real, we all can’t wait to get our body’s back after having our little angels. But it’s easier said than done and I learned that the hard way. I thought since I got fit pretty fast once before it would be the same this time round.
Us women must remember……it took our bodies 9 months to get to this point it will take 9 months (sometimes less sometimes more) to get it back!
So today I will share a bit of my own personal fitness journey, as I’m still in it every single day, and my routine for getting fit!
Growing up I was always the fat kid in school, sports, home, you name it. I loved to eat and so did my dad; it became kinda our thing together. Not until around the age of 21 did I get into “shape”. I say shape like that because yes I did get to my lowest (ever) weight but I did it so unhealthy, I’d walk constantly but my days would be spent starving myself.
At the age of 22 I joined the Navy and not only did it help keep me in shape but it helped me learn a healthy way of doing; weightlifting. Once I started weightlifting I fell in love and was instantly hooked! But I was no longer skinny with bones poking out; and I fell in love with my new healthy body.
Flash forward to 24 year old, I’m married now and we are expecting our first baby! I started my pregnancy out a little overweight (newly wed weight gain is real lol) but I decided I was going to try and stay fit and “small” during my pregnancy. I worked out a lot and ate pretty healthy. I would like to say I was a cute pregnant lady! But towards the end I literally blew up! I can 100% blame it on my eating habits, but hey this will most likely be my only pregnancy so I decided to enjoy it to the full extent haha
Now once I had our beautiful daughter (born at 38 weeks) I was dropping weight pretty fast! Yes I was in the gym weightlifting for 1-2 hours with 30 mins of intense cardio. But once again I was doing everything the unhealthy way; not eating. This was the worst time for me not only was I was suffering from PPD but now I was bordering anorexia. If Riley was lucky he could get me to eat about once a day.
But once we moved and Riley was out of the military our lifestyle changed completely! I was eating again (but now with no working out) and that’s how I got to this point in my life. The heaviest I’ve ever weighed. And it’s hard, every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror my heart sinks. But I did this to myself; unhealthy living and eating habits finally caught up to me.
So now to the point of this (long) blog! How I plan to get back into shape after having this baby. I am going to do a quick disclaimer: I am not a fitness coach nor trained to coach those with weight loss; please check with your doctor and a professional before jumping into any fitness routine!
My fitness routine:
- Beachbody on Demand; currently 80 Day Obession
- Meal prepping of clean food
- A minimum of a mile walk everyday
- Allowing myself to slip up sometimes but to get back on track right after
- Enjoy life and not focus on my physical appearance
Now I’m gonna start off by saying that I am not a “coach” for beachbody and I am not trying to sell it at all. I understand home workouts aren’t for everyone (and boy do I miss heavy lifting at the gym) but this is what fits my life at the current moment.
An example of my meal prep is:
- Breakfast: homemade acai bowl with fresh strawberry, blueberries, kiwis, and lavender organic granola
- Lunch: power greens salad (what I put into the salad changes daily but I keep it low fat and unprocessed as possible)
- Dinner: one chicken breast (seasoned), cooked mixed veggies, and quinoa
So far I’m a week into my new routine and I’m down 7lbs! The workout plan I’m on is no joke and do I feel like quitting all the time? yes! but I won’t cause I’ve been in shape and healthy before and I can do it again!
The main point to remember while going to postpartum weight loss is to remember that it WILL take time and that your body IS NOT UGLY! It’s beautiful and proof of all the hard work and love you put in for your sweet little baby!
So join in the chat! What’s been the easiest and hardest part of postpartum weight loss for you? What is your workout routine like? Got any tips? share them! Got recipes? Share them! We are all in this together ladies so lets love and support our awesome #mombods!
*If you’d like to follow my fitness journey you can find it on instagram @from_fatann_to_fitann*