My Workout Turn Around
So way back when I blogged over here, I used to talk more about my workouts and even did a Workout Wednesday. Well, insert one baby girl into the mix and well priorities have changed my friends. However, when I got pregnant, I told myself I would work out until my body told me not to anymore and I would enjoy food but not get carried away and I would give myself grace to get my pre baby body back. So, here we are 7 months later and I owe you an update.
Let's recap. Here is me in July 2014 pre-preggo at 127 pounds:
And here I am a 37 weeks ( I was 145 lbs when I gave birth).
And then hurricane baby. I admit the weight dropped quickly. I blame the constant rocking, swaying and carrying E. We also lived in the townhouse with three sets of stairs that I climbed constantly. But my body yearned for the gym.
So about a month in, my brother began coming twice a week and I went to the gym. I admit I did not do much because I was frustrated. My body could not do what it used to. I was angry. I wanted to run 5 miles, curl 30 lbs and squat, well anything!
I used the gym as an excuse to get out of the house and feel "me" again. Sure my clothes fit, but they did not really "fit" and I hated what I saw in the mirror.
But, going to the gym only made me feel worse. I continued to go, but just gave up.
And when it was time to go back to work, well the workouts stopped. There was no way to manage it. I was driving an hour plus each way and so I resigned that I would never be back again.
And then the new job came. I was no longer driving a million miles a day, could see my baby more and decided I wanted (no needed) my body back.
I decided to join a new boot camp. Way back in the M day I went to bootcamp 3 days a week and loved it. So I just told J I had to make this work. So, now I get my butt out of bed 2 times a week at 5am to workout from 5:30-6:30 am. I was sad it was only 2 days a week, but I said it was better than nothing.
It has changed my life! Sure there are mornings I do not want to go because I did not sleep or E was up at night, but its my time.
I started the classes with 23% body fat and 120 pounds. Yes, I know I had lost all the baby fat plus more, but my body was not "tight."
I admit the classes are great but it was hard to be one of the youngest people and not be able to smoke these ladies that I would have pre-baby. I just had to realize that this was a new normal. I had to turn my thoughts around and just give myself that grace.
Now, I am still at 120 pounds, but I am down to 14% body fat. What?!? I lost almost 10% body fat in just 7 weeks.
I am sure I have lost tons of inches, I know my muscle tone is much better and well, I am starting to see some ab definition.
I know this is not great proof, but this dress is a size 2 form fitting gown that I was totally comfortable wearing without any spanks!
So, yes gone are the days of 5 days a week working out. I know just do what I can. I have not gone on any crash diets, and I still eat something sweet at least once a day, but I try to limit the bad stuff.
I realized that my priorities are no longer meal planning, counting macros, cutting carbs and the like. It's eat something, limit snacking, one soda a day, and just be happy.
So, new moms, it can be done! You do not need to adhere to some crazy diet, just get moving. Next week I promise to post photos of the actual body, well because I am proud! I am 33 and weigh less than I did at 23.