When I was pregnant, around the 6 month mark, when things really started to grow and get large and in-charge, I knew I was going to attack my fitness journey with vengeance after little miss Shay arrived and I was cleared by my doctor. I knew exactly what I was going to do and how to do it, and I was really excited.
See, during my pregnancy a family member started their health and weight loss journey and I was so inspired. They had multiple workout programs to choose from, nutrition plans, holistic supplements for muscle recovery and energy, but most of all, they had found something that WORKED and something that made them visibly happy. I was kinda jealous. I was struggling just walking around the market and they were honestly, glowing.I decided it was my turn to feel that good about myself and I invested in my own health and wellness journey. I decided on a 21-day program and started getting super excited.
6 Weeks Postpartum
As a new mom, it’s hard to not only balance yourself, but it’s hard just to know who the hell are you. For some moms they may not experience that shift, but I think more times than not, we lose ourselves in the new role of mom. We have to wear so many hats from mom to wife, to chef, housekeeper, launder-extraordinaire, it’s so hard at the end of the day while you get five minutes to yourself to shower, to really know who you even are. The days all blur together and time is honestly irrelevant. Being able to focus on me for 30 minutes a day and physically feel my body changing and working towards a goal has been the biggest relief for me mentally.
I started this journey with a 21-day bootcamp. I worked out for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, had my superfoods shake which is full of premium superfoods, proteins, probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all working together to help me not only reach my fitness goals, but make sure my entire being is healthy. My program came with a nutrition guide and I created a routine for myself. I had recipes, a grocery list, meal plans, portion control containers, the works. It made my life SO much easier especially with a 6 week old.
By day six I was already seeing a difference.
8 Weeks Postpartum
I had created a routine that was working pretty well for me. Take my plant-based pre-workout, workout and release all my pent-up negative emotions that come with postpartum depression, drink my shake, and feel amazing. It was a really simple routine for me and my body was responding extremely well.
I continued with my 21-day program and was no longer needing to modify as much as I was needing to in the beginning. I was enjoying working out more and more (which is new for me) and I had a support group of amazing like-minded women all backing me up in our accountability group.
By day 14, I saw an even bigger shift in my body. I was in my pre-pregnancy leggings! I started this journey is XL leggings and now I was in a solid size medium.
9 Weeks Postpartum
At this point I still wasn’t fitting into jeans, but my confidence is what I cared about most. I actually felt good about myself and I wasn’t cringing when I looked in the mirror. I was no where near where I wanted to be, but I was getting there and quick.
What I enjoyed most about this bootcamp was that the workouts varied so much from day to day. Cardio, pilates, yoga, abs, targeted strength training, it was a little bit of everything and a great starting off point for what I wanted to accomplish.
By the 21-day mark, my before and after were obviously drastically different.
I started off miserable, in XL leggings that even then were too small, very self-conscious, and feeling defeated. I ended up feeling confident, excited, motivated, supported, inspired, and proud of myself. I stuck to something, created a habit, and reaped the benefits of my hard work.
So, 21-days and done. It was on to the next. I decided on a 10-week program consisting of 25 minute workouts 6 days a week. Higher intensity, a lot more cardio, and the promise of really leaning out. I started and was going full throttle. That was a week ago, and here is where I am now… Day 1 vs. Day 33.
10 Weeks Postpartum
Let me make this clear. This is SOOO not who I was. I was never into fitness, I was never into NOT crash dieting, I was never into making a lifestyle change and I NEVER thought that my body would achieve what it has without taking extreme measures.
I never thought my body was built for that, but apparently I was wrong. Which is becoming easier to say. I was wrong. I have 33 days down and a lifetime to go and I am so freakin’ excited about where I’ll be in 6 months. Not just physically, but mentally. I’m not on any form of anti-depressant anymore and I am strictly focusing on taking care of myself thoroughly. Exercise, nutrition, and some self-care when I can fit it in. I am prioritizing myself. I used every excuse in the book before I landed here. I didn’t have time, it wasn’t my thing, it’s not the right time, blah, blah, blah.
If you can’t invest in yourself, you will never fully achieve your full capabilities in the short amount of time we are here on Earth. Trust me, it’s worth it.
If you want any info about what program I am following, go ahead and send me an email or comment below! I’ll continue updating you guys on my progress!