I ran a 5K race this past weekend and got 2nd place in my age group!
Baby weight is always a hot topic during pregnancy…and afterward. I can’t tell you how many times I got asked by moms and moms-to-be “How much have you gained so far?” while I was pregnant. I was guilty of asking my fellow pregos the same question. I think in a way it’s to comfort ourselves knowing that there’s other women out there who have gained just as much as we have. Suddenly the fact that all I ate was Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread & Cap’n Crunch cereal during my 1st trimester seemed justified at the sound of other prego’s similarly unhealthy cravings.
Post-pregnancy, people want to know how much weight you gained…and if they can’t tell, they want to know if you’re losing any of it. So far I have managed to lose my pregnancy weight and then some…and people have noticed. And they often say, “Oh, breastfeeding makes the pounds just fall off of you.” To that I say, “Yes…and no.” Yes, it does burn calories and cause your uterus to contract to shrink back to regular size quicker. However, I’d like to take a little bit of credit for losing the baby weight because quite frankly, I’ve worked hard.
The point of this post is to remind people that “fit” people don’t get fit by sitting on the couch and eating whatever they want. Fit, healthy people get that way by working out and eating a balanced diet. I used to always envy people who looked so fit and toned. I still aspire to be as fit as I can be, but I’m not envious anymore because I understand that they work hard. They make fitness a part of their daily life and it shows.
This blog post is to tell you that whether you’ve been pregnant or not, if you want to get healthy then you can. But you have to put forth effort. I started working out once a day doing Jillian Michaels’ workout DVD’s. Then I started a DVD program through Beachbody called PiYo – it’s a mix of Pilates and Yoga. I LOVE it. It’s a combination of strength and stretching and I noticed that my body was totally getting toned as well as more flexible. Then I began running 3 days a week in the mornings. It’s not always easy to get up…especially because Thomas wakes up sometimes 3-7 times a night (teething is killing me!), but I drink a vitamin-filled energy drink called Advocare Spark that wakes me up and helps me feel great right before I run.
On top of all that, I noticed what really helped me shed those pregnancy pounds was when I started snacking on more fruits and veggies. I do not like vegetables much…I’d rather eat some sort of bread because who doesn’t like bread?! But if you’re looking to lose weight, you can’t just go to the gym for 2 hours and then get a venti frappucino from Starbucks everyday because guess what? There goes your 2 hours at the gym in calories. Eating a balanced diet is super important if you’re looking to get healthy.
Now, I’m not saying to do anything extreme and go vegetarian or quit eating bread (I still am a STRONG supporter of bread! After all, Jesus makes a lot of references to himself being the “bread of life” and I know I need Jesus in my life. I’ll take spiritual bread & physical bread, please!) And I’m not saying that you can’t drink Starbucks anymore…I could never give up my Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. But I get those once a week…it’s a treat. Eat balanced. Not extreme.
Maybe this will be the first of more blog posts on being healthy because quite frankly, I’ve never been this healthy in my life. I’ve been “skinny” before…but that was thanks to youth and good genetics. I was filling my body with junk food and not working out. Now, I’m not the skinniest that I’ve ever been, but I’m definitely the healthiest. And it feels good!
So the next time you look enviously at someone who looks “fit,” remind yourself that they probably work hard to be that healthy. Remind yourself that you’re totally capable of being just as fit. And as NIKE says, “Just do it.” If you have any questions about the PiYo workout that I do or the Spark energy drink that I take, feel free to fill out the Contact Form in this post. I’d love to tell you more about them and get you connected with my Beachbody coach or my Spark salesperson🙂