My Fitness Routine
Alright ladies, remember back when we were ya know younger, (or maybe you are already younger than my 35 years), kidless perhaps, maybe we weren’t even married.
I am talking about my 20s here—tummy was tight, booty was round, the girls sat a little higher? Am I right? I used to obsess in the mirror and complain about non-existent cellulite and fat rolls.
Raise your hand if you think about the body you used to have and want to kick yourself for being so naive and unappreciative of that amazing figure that once turned heads.
Like so many of you, I took for granted the shape I was in before getting pregnant. I am a little different than some of you I am sure in that I actually enjoy exercising. Because of this, pre-pregnancy I was strong & fit. I also took for granted the TIME I had to really take care of myself.
Before E, I would say I was busy, but come on now, we know that busy is relative and now I am a different kind of busy. Then, it was the kind of busy that didn’t have the weight of another human being dependent upon it.
In my 20s and early 30s, I worked out not because I had to, but because I wanted to. I admit I had a bit of body dysmorphia and I was truly scared to get fat. But, I liked the way I felt when I worked out and had muscles. When I was pregnant with E, I worked up until 2 weeks before I gave birth.
I was working in Dallas, so I woke up at 5:00 am drove to the gym, did my cardio, some light weights, and generally kept it up.
At seven months pregnant, I reluctantly transitioned from running to elliptical or stairclimbing and gave up squats and the leg press. I remember watching my belly grow bigger and bigger in the mirror and feeling anxious for the baby to come, but also scared that I would never get that pre-baby body back. Truth, I enjoyed being pregnant for the cookies, but not for what it did to my body.
And then she came.
To say I was exhausted was an understatement. I was a hot mess and was lucky if I showered or brushed my teeth most days. I spent a lot of time in my pajamas, and did not put on a lick of makeup for a solid month postpartum. After a couple of weeks I was dying to move my body.
I needed to feel that post workout adrenaline, hell I needed to use my brain and have adult interaction.
So, after my 6 week checkup, I was ready to hit the gym again.
The first time I laced up my tennis shoes to go for a run I could not make down the street. I peed myself, my boobs hurt, my hips ached and I was winded. I felt so damn defeated.
But I kept at it.
I was convinced I would be back to running and lifting in no time. Famous last words, right?
I went back to work when E was 12 weeks old and just could not do it. I had no time. Literally.
Between driving 1 ½ hours each way, to getting up with her at night, and billing 10 hours a day, I had no time to work out and honestly no desire.
Thus, the last 3 years have been a merry-go-round of working out, not working out, trying a bootcamp, doing at home workouts….I was inconsistent, to say the least.
I have stayed in decent shape, but not the shape I used to be in.
While I got back down to my pre-baby weight fairly quickly after E, I never quite regained the level of fitness I had prior to getting pregnant. And let’s face it; my body never felt the same. Wider hips, tummy pooch, girls hanging down…. I have skin that wrinkles when I bend over. It took some getting used to.
Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade my after baby body for anything. It is a constant reminder of what I can do and what I made and the blessing my daughter is… it’s my battle wound.
But, I longed for a healthier, more fit body again. And after 3 years of hodge-podge fitness, I decided I needed something easily accessible so that I actually stay consistent. I needed some way to be held accountable. And I needed guidance.
I love the gym, seriously, I really do, but I simply didn’t have the time to drive there because that meant packing a bag to also shower and change to go to work, or missing bedtime or activities to go after work. In this chapter of my life, I don’t have the time to waste.
Hence, my decision to sign up for Beachbody On Demand (BOD) and try the 80 Day Obsession Program.
I will admit, I had been a member of BOD before and I loved Insanity and 21 day fix, but I had never completed an entire program, I just picked and chose what workouts fit my mood that day.
So this time I decided I needed to fully commit.
I bought a challenge pack for $160, which gave me year subscription to BOD, 30 days of shakeology, portion containers, shake cup, meal plans and a load of support. (FYI $99 gives you just the years subscription). Seemed like a steal to me considering I was paying $125 a month for a bootcamp, I figured I didn’t have much to lose.
MY HONEST REVIEW:
I love it.
Why? For starters, my body has never looked better, and no workout is longer than 60 minutes
That is less time than I spent in the car driving to and from my old job in Dallas or the entire time I would spent huffing to the gym or bootcamp and getting back home to shower.
Next, I saw results. The workouts aren’t super hard, but they also aren’t super easy. They are a good mix of moderate and perfect for someone like me who is in decent shape but still has a ways to go. I could see changes in my body within the first week. Now, they weren’t dramatic changes. Like, there was no “15 inches lost in 5 days!” moment. But I could visibly see long forgotten muscles starting to come out of hibernation, and definition in my abs!!
Last, it forced me to focus on food. And portion control. Oh, the dreaded portion control. I hate paying close attention to food, its hard, I hate it. I just want to eat what I want to eat when I want to eat it. (I completely acknowledge that that sentence made me sound like a 5 year old but, what can I say, it’s true!).
FOOD PREPARATION AND MEAL PLANNING:
Sadly the saying “abs are made in the kitchen” is true. Bleh. But, on the bright side, what a difference clean eating makes! Not only in the way you look, but in the way you feel. Eating better has dramatically increased my energy levels.
The program comes with a detailed eating plan based on your current weight and these handy little color-coded containers. Now, at first glance, the containers look tiny. I remember unpacking them and laughing to myself about how hungry I was going to be. But, they actually hold more food than you would guess. That is not to say there weren’t some days when I was just plain hungry for one reason or another. In that case, I made a healthy food choice and ate an extra container. And it was fine. Other days it was a struggle to finish eating the amount of suggested food. I quickly learned that making healthier food choices fills you up and keeps you full longer. Who would have thought?
Pinterest is also your friend.
I just search and BAM tons of recipes or I get tons from the other people in my challenge group.
The meal planning does take time and effort, but it is really really important and well worth the time. And now that I have the hang of it, I just prep on Sundays and I am good to go.
Meal prep can feel like a pain sometimes because it is time-consuming. (I allow for at least 2 hours to prep and put away all groceries. Not sure if that is normal, but that is about how long it takes me). But, it saves me from making poor food choices during the week and it saves me a lot of time during the week when getting dinner on the table.
This was my biggest hang-up initially. I am NOT a protein shake kind of girl. I have never, ever found one I liked and I was pretty convinced walking into the program that I was not going to jump on the shake bandwagon. I also failed in the past at doing it because I had no time to make them. The program calls for a protein shake daily. I ordered the variety pack with very low expectations.
There are several different flavors of Shakeology (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and vegan options) and a lot of different recipes to try. I normally just mix my shake with a banana some ice and 1% milk and call it a day.
I now crave my shake and have seen my nails grow, my digestion problems resolved, my skin looking better and I do not crave sweets.
In an effort to be completely transparent, I did not need to lose weight. I did, however, need to tone and tighten, and get control of my ridiculous sugar cravings and poor food choices. I would literally crave and eat between 3-4 pieces of candy every day and need sips of soda to survive.
Now, at the end of phase 1, I have lost 3 lbs. Yes, you read it right. But I have lost inches and have toned arms, legs, back and abs…. I have not had abs since I was young, not even at Miss Texas did I have defined abs.
Because my clothes fit better. My abs were showing. My arms were more defined. My booty was higher.
I am entering phase 2 of 80 Day Obsession and I am totally hooked. I also decided to become a Coach. I admit I did it for the discount to begin with, but now I am loving sharing my journey with other women.
I have finally found a passion. If you have been around here long you know that I have struggled with finding something I loved and was passionate about and this is it.
I want to share it with the world!
I would definitely recommend the program to anyone looking to lose weight, tone up, or increase their fitness levels. I would especially recommend it to people trying to get their eating habits under control. The containers are a wonderfully easy way to determine appropriate portion sizes, which I think is the biggest problem for most people.
I really encourage you to give it a go and see what you think. In the end, its a 3 week commitment.
You can do anything for 3 weeks! And I bet by the end of the 3 weeks you’ll love how you are feeling and looking and you will want to continue!
And if you love it or want to know more about the business side, please let me know. I would love to build a dream team of women who share my passion. I have already met so many amazing women and feel so empowered by them everyday. I have learned how to speak up for myself, market myself and I am no longer afraid of hearing no.