Brooklyn is 9 months old and to be completely honest, I thought I would be back to my pre-pregnancy weight way sooner than I was. It took me about 7 months to get there…those last 5 lbs were a killer!
Brooklyn was born 2 weeks early and weighed 6 lbs 6oz. I gained 31 lbs over the course of the 38 weeks I was pregnant.
When Brooklyn was born, my priorities changed. I used to workout 5-6 days a week. I could go before work or after work, whatever worked with my schedule that day. These days I am lucky if I can make it to the gym 3-4 times a week…and if I’m being completely honest, 2-3 days a week is the new normal.
I went to Shred415 throughout my entire pregnancy which kept me healthy, sane and feeling good! I was able to keep up with shred up until 35 weeks and then I had to stop. I was so uncomfortable and even walking made my hips ache! I returned back to shred about 4 weeks postpartum with light walking and after I got the clear at my 6 week checkup, started to really get back into it.
Post-pregnancy, I found myself not nearly as toned as before and I was looking to add in another type of workout on top of Shred to really help tone me up quickly. I discovered the pilates megaformer and have been OBSESSED ever since!! I have found that my body responds very well to the combination of these two workouts.
My favorite megaformer workout studios are BodyR&D, Studio Lagree and CHI50. I will never forget the first megaformer class I took…my muscles were shaking so much, I was sweating so hard and I was cursing to myself over and over praying for class to end. I had NO idea how I would ever be able to make it through an entire class. It took me about 3-4 weeks of consistently going to class to really catch on and get the hang of things. Class is still very difficult but I finally feel like I can keep up…most of the time!
Since I can’t make it to the gym as much as I used to, I’ve tried to focus on cleaning up my diet…A LOT. If you follow my blog, I recently wrote about my Whole30 experience. I am so glad I completed a Whole30. It was a nice re-start and just what my body needed to get back on track. I now try to eat clean 80% of the time and make smarter choices when it comes to the food I am fueling my body with.
The next thing I focused on was my water consumption. I aim to drink drink 3-4 liters of water a day! This helps keep me hydrated, gives me energy, helps my skin and also helps me to not snack mindlessly.
I have also been trying to think of ways to celebrate personal accomplishments outside of food & wine. I feel like I would always reach for a glass of champagne or plan a fancy meal out when I wanted to celebrate something exciting going on in my life. For example when I lost 20 of my 31 lbs, I treated myself to new workout clothes to wear to my classes instead of an ice cream cone from Jeni’s (we live a few blocks away…its dangerous)
So to recap:
- Try to get in at least 3 workouts a week. If you can’t make it to a gym, there are so many at home programs you can do and work it around your schedule!
- Be mindful about your eating. I try to stick to a 80/20 rule, that way I never feel deprived but I know if a special occasion comes up and I want to indulge, I won’t feel guilty because I am eating healthy the majority of the time
- Water consumption – try to drink 3-4 liters of water a day! This will help keep bloat down, flush away toxins, will help keep you full longer and will also help your skin look its best
- Find other ways to award yourself outside of food! I’m sharing my favorite workout clothes below, which I treated myself too when I lost a majority of my weight
Dieting, eating mindfully, clean eating, working out…none of it is easy. Try to find a support buddy who can hold you accountable. It also makes it more fun when you get to workout with a friend. I am by no means an expert but these are the steps I took that worked for me. What are some tips and tricks that you have used to lose those last 5 lbs?