Fit Mom- Is it possible?

I’ve always loved fitness and have pretty much always been in decent shape. Of course, there was some weight gain when I ate too much pizza in college, but you get the idea.

So, when I became pregnant I didn’t think much of the aftermath of child bearing. I decided to exercise through pregnancy, was sure I’d only gain the minimum weight needed to keep the baby healthy, and of course I was going to confidently sashay out of the hospital in my pre-pregnancy jeans.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. New moms. They have no clue.

Reality: my workouts got less intense and happened fewer and farther between as the months went on. In my 7th month I stopped working out completely. I gained 50 pounds. Unfortunately, I didn’t give birth to a 50 pound baby, so I went home in the same jeans I had arrived in. 

In addition, during my pregnancy I’d been given some not-too-kind “words of wisdom” from some seasoned moms that I knew. 

“Say goodbye to your skinny jeans.”

“You’ll never be thin again!”

“You won’t have any time to work out.”

“Fitness won’t be a priority anymore.”

Was this true? Was the 35+ pounds I carried home with me destined to stay? Was I doomed to feel sluggish and unkempt forever?

At my 6 week visit the doctor gave me the ok to exercise. I went home, carefully perused my DVD collection and decided that I’d do the 21 Day Fix workouts. (Check out my previous post about that journey!)  That Monday, I put my daughter in her swing to nap and sweated and huffed and puffed my way through my first 30 minute workout in months. 

And it felt GOOD.

It felt good to pay a half hour’s worth of attention to myself. I don’t think my daughter suffered from being in her swing for 30 minutes when the reward was a happier, healthier, more energized mommy.

At times it was hard. Some days a half hour workout took me 2 hours to complete because my daughter needed me. But that’s ok! That’s life!

I decided to keep my workouts short and intense, so after 21 Day Fix, I moved on to T25. When my daughter turned 4 months old, I was back to my regular weight. Not exactly my regular shape, but that’s a whole other blog post!

Since January I’ve completed 21 Day Fix, Focus T25, and Chalean Extreme. I’m about to start week 5 of PiYo. 

At almost 9 months old, my daughter doesn’t always nap through my workouts anymore. She watches. She smiles. She cheers me on. And hopefully she’s learning a thing or two about healthy habits. 

Is being a Fit Mom possible? Absolutely. 

Please leave comments below or email me at fitnfabnj@yahoo.com I’d love to hear about your Fit Mom journey- or help you get started! 

21 Day Fix Review- My Journey After Pregnancy

Boy was i naive about pregnancy! I was the woman who swore she was going to work out until she delivered. Around month 7, that mindset changed dramatically- I was suddenly a woman just trying not to fall asleep at work!

As soon as I gave birth (to the most amazing little girl!) I was eager to start exercising again. Surprisingly the 6 weeks of recovery went by quickly (time flies with an infant!) and when my doctor gave me the green light, I jumped back into fitness.

I decided to do 21 Day Fix from trainer Autumn Calabrese to get myself back into fitness. Most programs are 60-90 days long, and I liked the idea of the shorter length program. I knew I could hang for 21 days, so finishing a whole round wouldn’t be a problem. Another huge plus is that the workouts are only 30 minutes long. Surely I could find 30 minutes per day in between feeding, soothing, cuddling, changing, etc. etc. Right? (That part proved to be harder than I thought, but I did it!)

So here’s the lowdown on 21 Day Fix.

21 days.

7 workouts per week.

Amazing trainer, Autumn Calabrese.

Simple nutrition plan focused on portion size, not counting calories.

Here’s a summary of my thoughts:

The Good:

  • Variety!  I love that each day of the week brings something new!  7 workouts over the course of 7 days means that by the time a workout comes back around you’re not bored of it.
  • Weights!  I’ve finally discovered that weights are key to getting lean.  I definitely got into shape faster after baby by incorporating resistance training.  With 21 Day Fix, you’ll use weights 4 out of 7 days, so you’ll see results a lot quicker than just doing cardio!  (Note that you may use resistance bands instead of weights, if you prefer!)
  • Modifications!  Guess what?  Despite my love of fitness and my pre-pregnancy workout intensity, getting back into shape was NOT easy!  In fact, I was shocked my first day back to working out to find that there was plenty my body couldn’t do!!!  21 Day Fix includes a wonderful modifier named Kat.  And, unlike some other workout videos, Autumn really focuses on what Kat is doing for the modification, so you won’t feel lost.  Follow the modifier until you’re strong enough to do the full exercise!
  • Food!  The food plan for 21 Day Fix is super simple.  Eat clean in moderate portions.  There aren’t any fancy recipes you need to make in order to stick to the diet.  Just eat clean foods from Autumn’s approved list, use the containers to measure your portions and eat the correct number of containers per day.  No calorie counting required!

Now… The “Eh”…

I say “eh” because there was nothing “bad” about 21 Day Fix.  Just some personal preferences:

  • Yoga Fix and Pilates Fix… not my favorites of the workouts.  I get too bored too easily (which is why I’m now doing PiYo to cure that boredom!)  But, it’s only 21 days, which means each of these workouts only come up 3 times!
  • The name… a lot of people are misinterpreting the name of this program!  Women I work with think it’s a cure-all that strips your fat away in 21 days and afterwards your left to live a carefree life doing whatever you want!  In reality, it’s a nod towards the fact that it takes 21 days to form new habits.  The intensity of focusing on your workouts and nutrition for 21 days will help you make fitness and nutrition a habit.  After my 21 days, I continued with the nutrition aspect of the program and began T25.  As the months went on I didn’t feel I needed the containers anymore, as I was used to eating clean, well portioned food.  It’s not a diet or a quick fix… it’s a lifestyle and mindset change.

And now.. the part we’re all waiting for… the results!  What the heck happened to my body from doing the 21 Day Fix?

Well, I didn’t get the dramatic numbers you see on the infomercial.  Here’s what I got:

  • A 5 pound weight loss
  • A waist!!!  I started this program at 6 weeks postpartum and my body was straight up and down with no defined waistline.  I lost 4 inches in my waist and finally didn’t look boxy!
  • Energy and strength!  Pregnancy and childbirth take a lot out of you.  It’s a tough road back and by the end of the 21 days I wasn’t winded anymore.  I felt strong and able, when just 21 days earlier I had felt weak.
  • And… drumroll please… I PUT AWAY MY MATERNITY CLOTHES.  Yes, after the 21 Day Fix, I put on real pants with an actual zipper and button closure!  Granted, I wasn’t yet my pre-pregnancy size, but I no longer felt like a toddler with elastic waist pants 🙂

This wasn’t the end of my postpartum journey.  I continued on to Focus T25, Chalean Extreme and as of 3 weeks ago, PiYo.  (I’m a busy mom, so I’m just getting around to blogging about a journey that started in January, haha!)  What has your postpartum journey consisted of?

Feel free to comment below.  If you are interested in learning more about the 21 Day Fix, email me at fitnfabnj@yahoo.com  I’m here to help other moms get their bodies back!  Why not you?