It’s been 15 weeks and 2 days today that my son Rocco was born. I weighed 132 lbs. at the end of my pregnancy which meant I had only gained 19 lbs. throughout my entire pregnancy. Yes, I still endulged into my guilty pleasures but I did it in moderation.
A couple of weeks after giving birth, I began to notice that I was feeling more discouraged than usual. I felt tired, sensitive, overwhelmed, overweight, ugly, and more. I cried by myself trying to figure out why I was feeling the way that I was feeling. I finally realized it was because I was falling into postpartum depression. Not only was I already aware of it, but my husband also suspected it. He immediately offered his help and support so his words encouraged me and resonated more in me than I thought.
After I got my OBGYN’s 6 week postpartum clearance, I decided and promised to myself that I needed to get out of this ugly and depressive funk. My personal goal is to be in the best shape of my life by my 32nd birthday this upcoming October. I left the doctor’s office a bit traumatized and disappointed because I had never weighed 122 lbs. IN. MY. LIFE. My weight has never fluctuated this high and has always stayed below 113 lbs. so for my “normal” this weight wasn’t normal. I know some of you must be rolling your eyes at me and laughing at how ridiculous I sound, because of how little I weighed or how insignificant my weight gain was throughout my pregnancy, but believe it or not, it affected my self esteem and confidence in myself. My stomach skin was extremely loose, I lost a lot of muscle tone throughout my body, I had a “pancake butt”, and my face looked chubby.
That same day that I walked out of the doctor’s office, I made a conscious decision to change several habits and to commit myself to a workout regime. I signed up for some awesome spinning classes at Cyclebar and I signed up at the gym as well. Cyclebar was the perfect way to have fun while working out. Their classes are so fun, energetic, and dynamic that once you go once, you get addicted! Their energy was easily transmitted into my soul, so this truly helped me kick off my routine and feel better about myself. Their DJ classes are beyond awesome too. Besides spinning, I began an 8 week gym program that would require strict workout days and meals. I had to make several adjustments in my diet that I knew were keeping me from making any improvements in my body. Some of these adjustments were:
1. I eliminated drinking lattes in the morning. They have more milk than coffee and I usually put 3 raw sugars in it.
2. I replaced eating white rice for brown rice. Same goes with bread.
3. I replaced eating boneless chicken thighs for boneless chicken breasts.
4. I try to eat red meat just once a week (if that).
5. I stopped eating complex carbs at night such as bread, rice, potatoes, or pasta.
6. I stopped using vegetable/canola/olive oil to cook. I replaced it with a coconut oil spray. It’s awesome!
7. I stopped drenching my salads with salad dressing. I began using olive oil spray and natural homemade dressings with balsamic vinager, lemon, champagne vinegar, etc. Tip: There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest.
8. I began drinking a lot of more water than before. This will help me in many ways.
9. I stopped drinking soda, juices, and teas that are full of sugar.
10. Stopped taking fruit smoothis in the morning. These also have a lot of sugar – different types of sugars, but it’s still natural fruit sugar. I drink water instead.
These small adjustments have made my weight/fat loss so much easier and faster. I am currently on week 5 of my workout program and I can already see significant results in my body. I am currently weighing 114 lbs. which is already good for me. I am working on muscle tone and muscle gain. To my defense, I was also extremely sick with a cold (and so were my kids), so I lost 3-4 days of workout days which basically put me a week behind. Therefore, I am technically on week 4 of my program.
I want to share with you my progress pictures to let you know that it is possible to get your pre-pregnancy body back. Don’t let anything discourage you or make you feel like you can’t do it. There’s always time for yourself. I typically go to the gym right after my husband comes home from work (at 6:30pm). I’m usually ready to walk out the door so I don’t lose any time. I spend around 1-1.5 hours at the gym and rush back home to put the kids to sleep by 8-8:30pm and then eat dinner with my husband. I know it’s not an ideal situation, but I’m also not a morning person. I’m not superwoman, so I’m definitely tired by the end of the day but my perseveration and commitment is stronger than my tiredness. I want to see my body change SO BAD that I don’t let anything get in my way. Plus, going to the gym helps me release stress, it gives me some alone time, and it improves my mood (not to mention my health). It makes me a better person, mom, and wife.
Here are a few pictures of my progress. And don’t forget: YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
Week 1 (top) vs Week 2 (bottom)
Week 1 (top) vs Week 2 (bottom)
Week 2 – week that I was sick (top) vs Week 4 (bottom) I began to feel better again. Minimal improvement, but I can still see a small difference.
Date Night with the Hubby:
As you can see, I am losing body fat and gaining muscle tone.
Here are some pictures of some of the meals I’ve been eating too:
I will keep you updated with the rest of my fitness journey. I am soooo excited to see more results! Wish me luck!