On Febuary 4th, I gave birth and it was the most remarkable experience of my life. Though my body will never be the exact same, I am so happy about what it’s done to create life and the strides that I have taken to improve my postpartum body.
I have been pretty fit for most of my life and during pregnancy I turned that notch up even higher I was at the gym 5 days per week for one hour (even if it meant waking up at 5:30am to get my gym hour in before starting my full time nursing job at 8am) and I ate pretty clean for the most part. I did have my little indulgences here and there; especially, during my second trimester when all I wanted was chips & queso from Tijuana Flats!
Once I gave birth, my world was turned upside down! I was so used to being on a schedule, but then I realize that the schedule that I once had was simply not going to work anymore-I was on my son’s time. But hey, I wouldn’t have had it any other way! However, this meant that I had to create a new plan of attack.
Shortly after I had given birth, I lost the 30lbs that I had gained during pregnancy, but my body was still soft and the definition that I once had was far from sight. I didn’t start working out hardcore till around 12 weeks postpartum, though I was given the clear at six weeks. Why? Life got in the way: my husband had to have surgery, we had to make a 9 hour trip to his hometown for a family emergency, and then we decided to move into a bigger home. As you can see, working out was the last thing on my mind.
Once things finally settled down, I created a home gym consisting of an ab bench, two medicine balls, a battle rope, a fitness ball, two kettlebells, a dumbbell, resistance bands, and yoga mats and I created a plan. Since I knew the gym was not an option anymore, I decided to improvise and workout from home as my son slept. But… as you can imagine, even that did not always go according to plan.
So, what did I do? I incorporated him into my workouts! This way, I killed two birds with one stone and we had a blast, together, and I toned up slowly, but surely. I even take him out for runs in our jogging stroller and even created a stroller workout! I have learned that when you are crunched for time, you must get creative.
Here is what I do in my home gym, weekly, before my son wakes up (if I am lucky, but I do change things up very often):
Tuesday: Legs (sumo squats, kettlebell squats, walking lunges)
Wednesday: Abs (plank, side plank, leg lifts) + 15 minute jog with jogging stroller
Thursday: Legs (wall sit, side lunges, butt kicks, high knees)
Friday: Arms (tricep dips, pushups, plank, dumbbell curls, kettlebell swings)
He enjoys watching and learning, but sometimes
I will even incorporate him into my yoga days.
Total Body Burn
My favorite exercises for total body workouts that I like to do each morning upon waking up (since I LOVE high interval intensity training) are:
- 20 Burpees
- 30 Mountain Climbers
- 20 Jump Squats
- 30 Jumping Jacks
- 20 Plank Jacks
And this is pretty much it. I believe that diet is 75% of why I look the way I do. I eat clean most of the time-though, yes, I am human and I like a glass of wine or a beer every now and then. I also love BREAD. Ah! It’s the devil! So I try to stay away. I have really good willpower that I have developed over the years luckily.
It is easy to get discouraged sometimes, especially after giving birth and when your world is turned upside down. But, if you do your best and use your free time wisely, you won’t regret it!
Always remember: NEVER GIVE UP!