We have done a few posts on working out and eating healthy post baby and they tend to be some of our most popular posts. AND, since we all get into the “routine” and then fall out of it AGAIN and AGAIN it is important to have refreshers.
First thing is First:
We do not and will never have our “high school” bodies back. Ever. Ladies…we had BABIES. That means our hips widened, our boobs grew…and shrunk, our butts got larger, and our thighs got chunkier, and we developed a mommy pooch.
~The simple joys of motherhood~
As a former HS student who could eat a tup of Cool Whip without gaining a pound and and putting on no more than 10lbs between the time I was 14-24 with puberty; Gaining close to 50lbs with each pregnancy came as quite a shock!!
After my second baby was born I decided to STOP eating the super-sized #1’s and McDonald’s, the XL plate of spaghetti for dinner WITH seconds, and the bagel sandwiches with cream cheese squishing out of the sides.
UGH…writing this makes me hungry for carbs!!
But, I was done. After I lost the initial 20….the scale stopped moving. The delicious food was not worth feelings of sadness and depression for every week and stepped on the scale and I had not lost one of the 30 pounds I had left to loose from my weight gain during pregnancy. I could not handle wearing maternity clothes for the 15th month in a row. So….I decided to RUN. Run my butt off…literally. The first few times I felt my butt slap against my back–not lying. And after a few months of running I decided I should start eating healthier. And after a few months of running and eating healthy I decided I should add in weight training. I took my weight loss and “life style” change slowly. I slowly started to love the changes I saw in my body, have more energy, and feel better overall which made the process more fun and exciting!
I definitely fell off the band wagon on several occasions. Holidays and winter are the most difficult for me. But reminding myself how much better I felt taking care of myself vs NOT helped me jump back into my “healthy life style change”.
Over the next few weeks I want to share my favorite workouts, healthy eating plans, and motivational pieces.