Friday, March 18, 2016

My fitness journey

When I think back to before I had kids, my workout routine was entirely different than it is now.  It was pretty sporadic to be honest.  I would get really into working out for a while but that momentum would eventually fade away.  That was ok with me at the time because I was young and I was still comfortable with myself if I wasn't working out.  I tried to maintain a somewhat healthy lifestyle by eating well but that was also pretty up and down because, again, it didn't matter much to me.  As I get older, I feel that it has become more and more important to me to be as healthy as I can be, look good, feel good and most importantly, feel comfortable with myself and proud.  I can finally say that I have achieved that and here's how.

Both of my pregnancies were really easy and enjoyable.  I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Loyal which called for a very strict diet and extremely monitored weight gained.  I maintained a healthy and well balanced diet during my pregnancy and ended up gaining 23 pounds.  With breastfeeding, that weight melted right off and I was at my pre-pregnancy weight within 4 weeks.  Although I lost the weight quickly, I definitely didn't feel like myself quite yet.  My hips were still wide, my stomach was mushy and the confidence just wasn't really there.  I knew I needed to tone up but I also knew that it would be an uphill battle considering I hadn't worked out in so long.  Babies sure can do a number on you!  I could never get motivated enough to be consistent with working out at the time and honestly, I was exhausted.  By the time Loyal was about 7-8 months, I finally felt pretty good!  I was actually about 5-7 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight which was solely achieved by breastfeeding.  (Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing!)

My pregnancy with Roman was just about exactly the same.  I maintained that same exact diet as I did my previous pregnancy.  I didn't end up having gestational diabetes this time around and because of that, I splurged a little more. :) I gained 26 pounds and expected the weight to melt right off just as it did the first time.  It did, but a little bit slower this time around.  I remember being completely exhausted with having 2 kids under 2 and basically took out that exhaustion on the food I was eating.  My diet became a little more relaxed knowing how important those calories are for milk production.  I eventually became pretty upset with my body and myself all around.  I knew it was time for a serious change and finally, I was determined.

I knew this was going to be a challenge and most likely one of the biggest challenges I had faced.  Because I was busy with the kids all day and their naps weren't consistent just yet, that left me with working out after they went to bed.  Let me tell you, that took some serious devotion.  There were a million things I would have loved to do at 9:00 at night than work out.  But I did it!  I started out slow, took it one day at a time and gave it everything I had to give.  The first couple of nights, I think I yawned through the entire 30 minute exercise.  I was dragging, felt sloppy and just wanted to lay down and go to sleep.  I didn't let this discourage me because I knew my body just needed some time to adjust.  It eventually did and shortly after I was able to move my workouts up to nap time, which was a game changer!

I started this journey in Spring of 2015.  I tried to do P90X because I really loved it in the past but with kids, it was too intense for me and called for too many days.  I found a Squat Challenge on Instagram and started with the 8 week program.  That was the very first exercise program that I have ever finished and that was such a great feeling!  It's 3 days a week and has been really great for me.  After I completed the 8 week challenge, I bought the 16 week program from the same company and am now in the last week.  I am so proud of my results and how far I've come but I am ready for more!

Abs.  Dreaded abs.  After having kids I felt like my abs were shot.  It was really hard for me to get into a routine of doing them because every time I did them, I didn't feel like I saw results fast enough to encourage me to keep doing them.  I remember complaining about it to Loyal one day (because he had some SERIOUS abs back in the day!) and he said that abs probably took more patience than any other area of the body.  I could agree with that based on my experience and my body.  I did abs 3 days a week and really kept at it for a while and slowly, very slowly, started to see some results.  It is still a work in progress but I am getting there, slowly but surely. ;)
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My little helpers :) and a BIG thanks to my sister for taking my pics, LOVE YOU!!!
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