Today I decided to make a change. I realized that I needed and deserved the opportunity to do something for myself. As some of you might already know, I have always been a very active and fit person. I like to go to the gym and do as many yoga classes as possible. However, my biggest challenge has always been “FOOD”. I consider myself a healthy eater; however, I have to admit, that SWEETS is my biggest weakness! Yes. That includes chocolate, donuts, cookies, milkshakes, cakes, cupcakes, and more. I don’t eat them all the time, but when I do, I make sure I get enough of it.
Before finding out I was pregnant with my second child, I had made a commitment to myself into completing a personal 12-week goal of strict dieting and workout routines. I had made the conscious yet difficult decision to give up sweets until I completed my 12-week gym/diet plan. I was determined. Little did I know that five weeks into my routine, I was 2.5 months pregnant! I had NO idea until I began feeling a little more tired than usual after my workouts. Regardless of my religious pre-workout drinks, I still felt like I needed to take a 10-hour nap. This meant one thing and one thing only: My body was in the process of creating a baby.
To go into further detail and to tell you the naked truth, I didn’t do ANY exercises during my first pregnancy. Even though I was leading a super active lifestyle, my workouts came to a screeching halt when I found out I was pregnant. My OB/GYN was more of an old-fashion doctor and he didn’t believe in working out during pregnancy. As a matter of fact, he didn’t like pregnant women to have their heart rates above 140 BPM. That alone was shocking and scary at the same time. I couldn’t understand how to workout and stay active while keeping my heart rate below 140 BPM. Therefore, I became pretty sedentary for the duration of my entire pregnancy. I never, in a million years, thought that my sexy and perky butt would turn into what some call a “pancake butt”. Depressing, huh? After giving birth to my daughter Julianna, I found it very hard to just jump back into the gym like I used to. I certainly didn’t have the same energy or stamina that I used to. Luckily, even though I only gained 16 pounds. during my entire pregnancy, my skin and muscles didn’t feel the same. To my surprise, it took me over a year to get close to my tight and fit pre-baby body.
It has always intrigued me to see the difference between an active vs. a sedentary pregnancy. For this reason, I have decided to take the challenge to begin a very healthy and clean eating diet (bye-bye sweets) accompanied by a very consistent and pregnancy-safe workout routine along with some yoga classes in between. Today, I have made the decision to document my journey and to showcase my progress to other moms and expecting mothers. I want you to believe in yourself as I believe in myself TODAY. I want to hopefully inspire many women out there to achieve their goals. Not only to feel good but to look good too. I want to prove to the world and to myself that IT IS possible to accomplish whatever we set our minds to do. Please stick by me, support me, and join me in my personal “Pregnancy Workout Challenge”. Are you ready? Let’s do this!