Reflecting back on my pregnancy which ended over 6 weeks ago I think WOW, my determination was so apparent! I didn’t always eat great but I never used pregnancy as an excuse to eat bad all the time. I continued to drink my Shakeology and tried to make good choices most of the time. The only problem I have always had is that I HATE cooking, I’m not good at putting meals together so I eat extremely simply. I love looking at my before and after pictures from pregnancy because I made a promise to myself that I didn’t fall back on! Because of my persistence I had a very fast delivery, recovered extremely quickly and my son is really strong (the Dr. said he had incredible muscle tone). Now whether that had to do with me working out or not, haha well we will never know but I like to think it had something to do with it.
I assure you that it wasn’t difficult to stay the course. It was mind over matter, you have to make a decision to get up off of the couch and not let pregnancy overtake you! I realize some of you are probably like, “well I had a condition” or “my Dr. wouldn’t let me workout”. I understand all of that. My intent is not to encourage women to workout when they are not already on a workout regime. I am not trying to guilt those women who suffered from extreme cases of nausea, etc. I’m just trying to encourage pregnant women to do the best they can!! I know you can do it.
As far as life after pregnancy I never dreamt that I would be able to get back to my former self so quickly. The human body is absolutely INCREDIBLE!! However, I had heard all the stories women told me. You will never have to for yourself, you won’t sleep, you won’t shower, you sure as HELL won’t workout. Well pshh, they don’t know me. If someone tells me I can’t you can bet your ass I will prove them wrong.
First things first, my Dr. told me not to rush my workouts and she told me to refrain from working out until I had this mommy thing under control. The first couple of days home I wasn’t in control haha I was far from it! However, in time I started getting him figured out and he me! By week 3 I started feeling a little more like my old self. I knew I had to be careful with any “workouts” I decided to do. So Week 3 postpartum I took about a 2 mile walk with my dogs several times that week. Week 4 I started to just add in a little more intense cardio, nothing lower body just moving around more, using my arms to punch, etc. Week 5, I started seeing what I could handle, I slowly started back into my Beachbody workouts but refrained from doing anything I wasn’t sure I was comfortable doing. By the 6th week I was doing everything as hard as I could!!! You could say that my results below were from my workouts, however I know that it was again due to my commitment to the foods I was eating. I owe SO much of the last 6 weeks to Shakeology. It not only helped me get back to my former weight faster, but it was a satisfying treat for me in the evenings, gave me the energy I needed for the workouts and the disruptive sleep patterns. It also helped my digestive system. As women we all know that things we excrete during pregnancy well, Shakeology was a lifesaver!
If you would like information on Shakeoloy, the workouts I did, or the food plan I stuck to, feel free to get a hold of me, I would love to help you. I currently have 2 fitness accountability groups running on Facebook that you could be a part of! Commit to your life, Commit to your health, if not now, when??
Carpe the Hell Out of Your Diem —