I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl 7 weeks ago, and she has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. Saturday mornings are spent cooing and cuddling, bedtime is early, and the amount of laundry that goes through my washing machine is record-breaking. Watching my little baby grow leaves me filled with awe, and each day brings new developments and excitement. Being a mother is the best thing that I’ve ever accomplished in my life, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
But just as pregnancy and motherhood has changed my soul, it also changed my body. I looked into the mirror and hardly recognized the body standing in front of me. There were rolls, a general chubbiness, and cellulite in places I didn’t know it could appear. The body staring back at me was definitely not what I remembered it looking like pre-pregnancy.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m immensely proud of this body. I’m proud that it carried my little peanut for 9 months, changing and expanding to make room for her as she grew. The body staring back at me in the mirror was nothing short of a warrior whose body went through extreme changes to bring life into this world.
But now I’m 7 weeks postpartum, and my body no longer needs to carry this extra weight. For my own sanity, I need to fit into my old clothes again. Maternity clothes just won’t do anymore… well maybe I’ll keep those maternity jeans. Those stretchy banded pants are nothing short of miracle! More importantly, I need to feel fit again. I miss the strength and muscle that I had pre-pregnancy. I miss the stamina I had from doing a variety of cardio exercises. I miss the strength I had in my core before I had a c-section. I want my warrior body to be stronger.
I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at “diets” and starting to exercise after prolonged periods of inactivity. Worst of all, I always start and never seem to accomplish my goals. I get discouraged when I have a cheat meal… or a cheat day…
So that’s where you, and this weekly blog series, will come in. I need YOU to hold me accountable.
This is going to be an honest, sometimes even brutal, journey towards getting fit again after pregnancy. Over the next 8 weeks, I’ll track everything that I eat and post it to my Instagram account @ventureandroam. I will also record my weight, and I’ll post weekly pictures of my progress.
As with any journey towards weightloss and getting fit, I’ll be working out 5-6 days a week over the next 8 weeks. I’ll be doing PiYo as my workouts since I can easily fit this workout program into my schedule, I can do the workout in the comfort of my living room, and the only thing that I need is a yoga mat. (Note: I have no affiliation with PiYo or Beachbody, nor do I make any claims on their behalf.)
I hope that you’ll follow me along this journey. Hopefully, with your help, I can achieve my goal of losing 20lbs, becoming stronger, and not losing my breastmilk supply in the process! I know it’s ambitious, but I have to start somewhere!
Starting Date: 8/28/2016
Starting Weight: 146.3lbs
My body: Day 1
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