Surviving Pregnancy & The Road Ahead

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 —
Laci Jane
Comments
  1. xjekrig
    xjekrig says:

    Hi!
    I am so glad I found your youtube-channel and page, I find them both very helpful and inspiring. Im 11 weeks pregnant and do Turbofire 3-4 days a week and barre method 3 days a week and have a active rest day. My doctor says this is great, if it feels good, go for it!!

    I am amazed on how poorly educated people, mothers and my colleagues are about working out while pregnant.
    To make things even worse, I am an ER nurse and a trained paramedic and my nurse colleagues is giving me hell about me working out at 11 weeks.
    I am daily beeing informed that I am not healty, Im making very egoistic choices, Im not thinking about my baby and yesterday I was even told that my lifestyle is a sure way to kill my baby and have a misscarrige!!!!! And this is from trained nurses!!

    And Im still eating healthy, still hate candy and icecream and this is not working for my colleagues. All I hear is “you just wait”….it seems that any day now I will start sending my husband out for pizza in the middle of the night or get a punch-ticket at McDonalds! And then comes the overly used sentence “you need to remember that you are eating for TWO now”!!! Im 11 weeks pregnant, Im eating for myself and a very tiny featus! I dont have a sumo wrestler stuck to my belly!
    And since I have not gained a single pound yet……”just wait”, you will gain so much in the second and third trimester, your body will change forever, and some weight will stay on forever. Yes calls another colleague, “Im still carrying weight from my last pregnancy, and it has not come off yet”….and takes another bite of her cupcake” (her youngest child is 13 years old……).

    Im almost turning into a hate-the-hater here but what is it with pregnant women that stay healty that upsets people so much??? Anyways, your videos while pregnant is very inspiring to me and keeps me going.

    Btw sorry for misspelling or incorrect grammar, Im from Sweden so english is not my first language.
    Love your channel and page!!

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  2. Fitness Fashionista
    Fitness Fashionista says:

    Thank you SO much for commenting! We must band together to change the opinions of so many, not just women but also men. Kuddos to you for keeping yourself active during your pregnancy, it will not be easy but it will be 100% worth it and you will be so incredibly proud of yourself. I assume you saw my other post but if not I will leave you a link here to read it.
    http://fitness-fashionista.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-take-on-pregnancy-you-dont-have-to.html

    The statements that other women are saying to you sound exactly like what I experienced and it was so disheartening. On Facebook? If so friend me so I can follow your journey! https://www.facebook.com/lacibaxleywillis

    Again thank you for taking the time to comment, much love to you and yours!

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  3. Fitness Fashionista
    Fitness Fashionista says:

    Congratulations Alyssa! I wish you many blessings as you embark on another journey with your family. I was just wondering today how it could be possible to love more than one child when I am so completely consumed by love for my first child?! Crazy right? Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my post. Feel free to share my blog with others you think would want to peruse my musings 😉 Thanks again!

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  4. Lorie Ebertowski
    Lorie Ebertowski says:

    Hi Laci,
    Do you have what workouts you did during your pregnancy anywhere? I'm trying to come up with my workout plan. I'm 6 weeks pregnant now and trying to figure things out. I've stopped going to body pump, but started T25 with the low impact moves. Any advice would be appreciated.

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