The long, sleepless nights, the stretch marks, bigger areolas, and wider hips. This ALL happened to me while I was pregnant and now I am pretty much stuck it all. Or am I?
It took me a long time to be comfortable with my body and be confident with myself after I had my son. I was dealing with some other factors including being on medications for Ulcerative Colitis, which caused me to gain excessive weight after birth. It began to make me feel depressed and I felt like I would never get back to my pre-baby weight again. I tried exercising on my own and tried to eat better but it was not enough. A year later, I finally started losing a couple of pounds here and there because I was finally off some medications. So this summer, I told myself that I need to quit playing and get serious.
I decided to join a 10-week program that focused heavily on nutrition (counting macro-nutrients) and exercising (strength training and minimal cardio). It changed my life! I regained my confidence as a woman and got smaller than I was before I had my son. Literally only took me 2 and a half months once I was in a healthier state to work on my health. There were things in the program that I knew before but they were brought to light in order to help change my mindset.
Here are a few things I did to help me along my journey:
I wrote down my “Why!”
- Why did I want this for myself? I wrote down three reasons for me. You should do this too if you are struggling with this. Visually seeing that really helps.
I made exercise and nutrition a priority, not an extracurricular.
- I literally got into the mindset of making exercise a part of my routine and averaged 3-4 days a week of activity.
- I meal prepped and had cooked meals almost daily. In my opinion, counting macros is better than counting calories. It is best when you can see everything you are eating. I used the MyFitnessPal app and it really helped me count my macros and keep up with weight loss.
I stayed dedicated.
- I wanted to get to the point where exercise is a part my routine like eating and sleeping. I did that!
- I took pictures every 3 weeks or so to see my progress. You can see progress best in photos and with how your clothes fit.
- I made sure I looked at my reasons why every other day.
My message to you is that it CAN be done. It just takes hard work and dedication. If you want to work on something and want to look a certain way, there are certain things that you have to keep in mind. Yes, things happen and people fall out of routines. We are human and it is common. Just get back to it. Do not fall off and stay off. When I got to my desired look and could fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes, I could not believe that my hard work paid off. You cannot tell me shit now! I learned a lot and I know what I need to do to maintain. Currently, I want to work on bulking (put on more muscle) and I will keep you all posted on my results.
What have you done to achieve a new body?