|Treadmill or this face?! No contest, baby wins!|
Pre-pregnancy, I was probably the healthiest I'd ever been. I'd just finished running my first half-marathon a few months before, was eating healthy and had started training for my next half. Then pregnancy hit. At first, I was still being really healthy, working out and eating right. Then fatigue hit. My workouts started slacking and so did my diet. Pre-prego, I'd been on every and any diet you could think of so eating 'normal' was really difficult. You could say I went a little haywire and started indulging WAY too much. I did well staying on track with my weight gain at first, then every week it seems I gained 2 extra pounds, then 3, then 4, you get the idea. Suffice it to say, I gained more than the recommended amount. Almost double. Gross!
I lost the first 35 pounds within a couple weeks after having Autumn. I can't take credit for any of it though. I think a lot was water weight, the baby and all the other good stuff, and not having the time, energy or appetite to eat but one meal a day. But when my energy and appetite returned, I made up for lost time. But since I was still on restrictions from the c-section, I couldn't do a whole lot other than walking. Which luckily I was walking or I would have gained more/lost less.
|At my largest. Just hours before baby girl entered the world!|
Long story short, after seeing the Honey We're Healthy blog, I saw Megan was doing this 12 week program called Live Fit by Jamie Eason and was having amazing results! Megan also had a post about finding the time to workout. I took a hard look at my day and came to the conclusion that the only time I could really get some gym time is at lunch. Since I already have a babysitter at lunch (which was one of my hinderances before since Ernest gets off late) I've since decided to forgo my lunchtime madness and make it mommy gym time. A happy mommy=a happy house. I'm just surprised I didn't think of it sooner!
Ok, so back to Live Fit...it's a pretty awesome program! It's broken up into 3 phases of both diet and exercise. (They also recommend supplements, which I will not be doing except for taking my pre-natal vitamin since I'm still nursing. The babe doesn't need any chemicals from that stuff!) Phase 1 is the muscle building phase and training your body into the habit of working out and eating lean protein, lots of veggies, water and only healthy starches before 7pm. The best part of phase 1...NO CARDIO! Can it get any better?! Since you're trying to build muscle in Phase 1, all your energy stores are saved for just that. Phase 2 you add in cardio and start cutting carbs. Phase 3 builds on the other two phases with high-intensity workouts, carb cycling and supersets. Intense! But, I think it'll totally be worth it! I have no affiliation with this company or Honey We're Healthy blog. This program just makes logical sense. I also love that it's a slow progression, not some fad diet or workout that'll give you results over night. There's going to be lots of blood, sweat and tears for the next twelve weeks! OK, so maybe not blood (I hope not!) but definitely lots of sweat and maybe some tears...of joy.
Day one and two are complete. I can barely put my sweater on because I'm so sore, but that means it's working! The 'diet' is pretty easy too, just clean eating. I don't feel deprived or starving either. I'll check in again in a week. Perhaps I'll post a 'before' picture of myself now...or not...