Today is the day. The day I hop back on the fitness bandwagon. It is a day that I have awaited with great anticipation. Call me, crazy. Call me what you will, but I have missed my daily workout session greatly over the past 13 weeks.
I look at my workout sessions as a time to focus on me. It has always been a time for me where I can give it my all, release stress and really enjoy being present in my body. I don’t workout to lose weight, but rather I workout to feel stronger, more energized and happier. What better reason than that?! After all there is only one of me in life.
I am now just shy of 9 weeks postpartum. My little guy turned 2 months old today! It almost seems surreal that he has been with us earthside that long already. I had to stop working out when I was 36 weeks due to complications, but prior to that I was exercising 5 to 6 times a week to ready my body for labour, increase my energy, relieve sciatic nerve pain and prepare my body for postpartum recovery.
During my pregnancy, I gained 12lbs total. Since birthing Oakley, I had lost all the baby weight, but have since put back on 5lbs. I’ll be the first to admit that my eating habits have gone to the crapper. I’m breastfeeding exclusively, and I swear I am more hungry now than I was when I was pregnant. Let’s not get started on the cravings either.
So, what’s my plan of attack?
I don’t plan to go hardcore. In the past 7 years, I have had 4 children, one of which I just gave birth to. It takes 9 months to grow a baby, and I am going to allow myself that much time to bounce back (if not more). Slow and steady will be the name of the game here. I just need to learn in the meantime not to be so hard on myself. I will admit that I am struggling with looking at that girl in the mirror. I hate the way my clothes fit. I’m just not feeling very comfortable in my own skin right now. It isn’t a proud feeling. I mean I have birthed 4 beautiful children that is pretty remarkable. My body is pretty badass when I think about everything I have put it through over the years. I just need to not be so hard on myself and give it time.
Yesterday, I signed up for Royally Fit Online. Any of you who have followed my fitness journey over the last 5 years know that I am not a gym-goer. I love being able to workout at home. I will be able to do that with Royally Fit Online. I have been following these trainers for years and I have always loved their real girl approach to fitness. Their approach doesn’t require any fad dieting, shakes or gimmicks. Rather it is more about being accountable and realistic, eating healthy and following the workout plan.
3 days a week, I will get sent 3 15 to 30 minute workouts to do. I love the workout set-up because it something I will be able to break up over the day if Oakley isn’t cooperating or doesn’t want to settle for naptime. On the off days, I may do one of Jillian Michaels or 4th Trimester workouts… Maybe even a bonus workout from Royally Fit. Like I said, I don’t really have a set goal of how much I want to workout each week right now, I just plan to listen to my body and take it slow. Ideally, I would love at minimum to pump out the 3 workouts a week and go from there. We shall see how that pans out.
As for eating, I need to shift my focus from the crap and try to start on a healthier track. I’m hoping with the meal plan of ideas I got from Royally Fit that this will get me back on track. I will overcome these breastfeeding cravings! Wait… did someone say chocolate…?!? It may be a long road. Haha.
Before I wrap up, I will share that took my measurements today. I am only going to document them here as something that I can look back on for comparison in the weeks to come. My measurements as I start off this journey to a healthier, stronger me are:
Arm (L) 13.75 inch
Arm (R) 14 inch
Thigh (L) 25.75 inch
Thigh (R) 25.75 inch
Hips 40.75 inch
Navel 41 inch
I am going to try to stay away from the scale for now. That number that glares back at me is not important. I just need to get over the addition of weighing myself and then weighing myself with the baby. Yes, that is a thing I do often. I need to stop it.
Today, I kicked my journey off doing my first postpartum workout with Royally Fit, and while it was challenging. It felt so good to be back. I was a glowing mess after the sweat session. The endorphin high had me grinning the rest of the day. It felt so good to be back!
So – with all that said – Here’s to this journey to a hot Mommy with a healthy body!
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