Good afternoon to my faithful followers who’ve stuck around and waited for more posts. Or if you’re new here, hello! Check out my previous get to know me posts!
So a lot has happened since my last blog post. Some good, a lot bad. Let’s start from the beginning. Last summer we were staying with my in-laws after my husband got out of the Marine Corps and I was a stay at home mom just trying to find my place and keep my sanity. At the end of August we decided to finally make the cross-country move to Ohio to be closer to my family. Blog post about our 7-day road trip coming soon!
We lived with my sister and her family for a couple months in a tiny apartment. I started working full-time again. Finally got our own place and I went back to being a stay at home mom. We’ve experienced Louise’s first steps, first birthday, first words, a pregnancy and a loss. A lot has happened but so much more is coming and I can’t wait to bring you all along with me for the ride! We have stories, how to’s, family hacks, toddler life, fitness, travel, and so much more!
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*
My name is Annie and I’m a 25 year old mother and married to the man of my dreams. Let me give you a little background on how I got where I’m at today!
In May of 2015 I decided leave my childhood home in Ohio to join the United States Navy as a Master-at-Arms (military police). With the MOS (job) I was given the option to do nuclear security with United States Marines. At the time I was single and newly turned 22 with my whole life and career ahead of me and trust me I so badly wanted a 20 year career in the military.
So with the opportunity to work with the Marines I was given the choice of either moving to Washington State or Georgia. My family so badly begged me to move to Georgia so they could be close and visit me often, but my intuition told me otherwise. I’ve always been a big believer on following your gut, so when mine told me to move to Washington State I did just that!
It was at this base that I met my now husband, Riley. He was a Marine working there as well. Since then we have dealt with him PCSing (moving to another base) while I stayed in WA, him leaving for deployment, our marriage, moving into our first home, having our beautiful daughter Louise Isabella (now 6 months old!) and him leaving the Marines and us moving again.
If you want to hear more about our past (and let me tell ya it’s a crazy story!) and what the future holds my little family give my little blog a chance and follow my crazy journey! Don’t worry it will be filled with plenty of ramblings!