I am currently 6 weeks post-partum and ready to get back into my pre-twin pregnancy shape! I coach crossfit, personal train and do nutrition programming for clients and love it. During my twin pregnancy however I wasn’t able to work out much at all (high-risk pregnancy, and one placenta was too low to risk it). So I am starting at ground ZERO and very excited for the challenge! I dont think I have ever taken more than a few months off from working out since I was about 5 years old so 10 months feels like SO long! I plan to post weekly updates of my thoughts, feelings, experiences, programming etc. to my blog-but hopefully will be posting details of my daily workouts and meals, recipes, etc. to my instagram account @hungryfitness (so follow me for those things!).
My pre-twin pregnancy body.
Waist: 28-29 inches
Pregnancy and 6 weeks Post-Partum:
I was nervous to post my after-delivery photos because they are obviously nothing like my before-pregnancy photos but then I thought about it and decided, you know what? I have accomplished something incredible. I created and carried TWO humans FULL-TERM and then delivered them! I’ve never done something so amazing with my body in my whole life, and I have earned every single stretch mark and pound and I’m not ashamed of them, in fact, I’m proud of them. They are my proof of the hard moments and physical sacrifices I made to create the two most important little people in my life. So, here I am-this is real, this is what a body is SUPPOSED to look like after having a baby or babies, I dont have my 6-pack, I have some cellulite and love handles and I’m perfectly okay with all of it.
Now is the time to start my journey back however. I am a new mommy and taking care of my babies is my first priority, but I also know I will have nothing to give them if I’m not taking care of myself. Working out is part of that. Everyone is different and everyone has different amounts of time in the day, so don’t compare yourself to others when it comes to fitness, do what you can! The first thing I have learned as a new mom is that there is no “perfect’ way to do things, whether it be breast-feeding, sleep habits, soothing a baby, etc. it is important to find what works best for YOU and YOUR children. Comparing yourself to others or holding yourself to a standard you can’t meet isn’t fair to you or your children. So do your best, take care of yourself, and strive to be happy and accept yourself for doing so.
Now that I am in the clear to work out again I am SOOO excited to get back into my fitness routine! If you know me, you know that I’m a nerd when it comes to planning, I LOVE programs. So I’m setting myself up on a program and plan to do things in 6 week chunks of time and adjust/modify after each series. So, with that-here is what I’ll be up to for the next 6 weeks to get back into shape!
I gained about 40lbs and weight around 190lbs at the end of my pregnancy (delivered at 38 weeks) and my waist grew to 45 inches around my belly button. I am currently 162lbs and down to 35 inches on my waist.
My goals are to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 150lbs and body fat less than 18%, I need to check my body fat percentage this week to see where I’m at. I’m not concerned with when these things happen as long as I have steady progress each week!
These cosmetic goals are fun to aspire to, especially because they are easy to put to paper, and they make putting on clothes, or taking them off way more fun. ;) but my goals will REALLY be reached when I can run a 6 minute mile again, Clean and Jerk 200lbs, Snatch my body weight and do a Crossfit competition with a podium finish. I’ll be working hard toward those goals and be confident that the aesthetic ones will happen as a fun byproduct.
I’m so happy to kiss the crazy pregnancy hormones goodbye and get back to my regular healthy diet! (I know, I know, pregnancy isn’t an excuse to eat like crap-but it sure does make it EASY to!). So, what my diet will look like from here on out will be mostly catering to the Paleo diet. I’ll be sticking to REAL foods. Lots of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, healthy fats such as avocado, olives, coconut oil/milk, some nuts/seeds. I will be avoiding grains (except for rice on occasion), as well as dairy (with the exception of yogurt and string cheese on occasion as well).
I will be drinking over a gallon of water a day (which is VERY easy to do breastfeeding two babies and working out regularly) and eating often throughout the day. I’m not concerned with calories, because I’m eating real foods, so I trust my body to tell me what/how much I need.
Diet is where I will see almost ALL of my progress, my diet will be what makes my body weight go down and my waist decrease in size. My diet will be what gives me the energy TO do the hard workouts I want to do. So, I’ll do my best to prep meals ahead, have things on had that are easy to eat quickly, and find recipes that make eating healthy fun and simple!
My workout program for the next 6 weeks will look about like this:
Monday: Interval running
Tuesday: Scaled Crossfit Wod and/or Strength Training
Wednesday: Tempo Run or spin
Thursday: Scaled Crossfit Wod and/or Strength Training
Friday: Long Run
Sat/Sun: Rest (carry two car seats around!!!)
***Core strengthening daily. (See my instagram account for a post on core work specific to post-partum abs. (Strengthening lower abdominal muscles and decreasing separation).
As far as my fitness goes I plan to give maximum effort while paying close attention to how my body feels. I dont want to overdo it and risk an injury, but I want to begin to see results as well. I will be posting my specific workouts daily to my instagram account. Realize that the weight I am using might be too much for you, or not enough, we are all at different levels, so pay attention to your body and use what I’m doing as a template if you want to. Don’t necessarily worry about the weight you are at-just focus on Improving weekly and listening to your body!
I plan to sign up for a half marathon in Layton, UT October 26th, so I’ll be doing this template for the most part until then and be posting to my blog regularly with how my training is going, what modifications I’m doing, recipes, snack ideas, etc.
What would you guys like me to write about? Let me know of topics you want me to cover and I would be happy to! I’m so excited to start back on my fitness journey with the new perspective that motherhood has brought me. I have a greater appreciation for my body than ever before and I’m so excited to set a good example for my kiddos of what a positive, happy, healthy lifestyle looks like. I’m so thankful for my healthy pregnancy and even more grateful for the beautiful, amazing kiddos that make sure I get absolutely no sleep at night, constantly have poop/pee/spit-up all over and make me smile ALL DAY LONG. :)
We can do hard things, so lets.