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! 

If Not Now, When?!?

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This pic was posted on Facebook by one of my favorite free workout sites, The Daily HIIT (formerly Bodyrock). The message for me was twofold.

First, a lot of people are waiting for that magical “right” time to take control of their health. It has to start on a Monday, the 1st of a new month, or at the beginning of a new year. That shouldn’t be the case. Start NOW. Make a change today.

I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about Beachbody workout programs that people want to start “after the holidays” or “for the new year”. If you know you want to change, why not do it now?

Health and fitness aren’t one size fits all, but there definitely is a fit for everyone. Find workouts you love on You Tube, start walking or jogging, join an online community for support, invest in an at home program or gym membership. Find what works for YOU! Not in January, but NOW!

The second meaning of this picture for me? My due date came and went two days ago, and no sign of baby girl yet! So yes, I’ve been asking myself (and her, and my husband, and my doctor) if not now, WHEN?!?! Lol.

Enjoy your Sunday! And if you do need some help getting started on a health and fitness journey, I’m here to help!

Craving a Sweat Sesh!

When I found out I was pregnant back in March, I had been hitting the gym pretty hardcore. My doctor said it was fine to continue my routine, but I backed off on the intensity. I was, however, determined to keep my fitness regimen going for the entire 40 weeks.

On Facebook I follow many fitness accounts, so my head was filled with stories of the mom doing Cross Fit at 9 months pregnant and the trainer getting one last chance workout in on the morning of her scheduled C section. I’d be able to pull that off too, right?

Nope, reality struck this summer when my workouts began to dwindle to 3 then 2 then only 1 day a week. Then I started finding my workout DVDs (Piyo, Turbo Fire, 21 Day Fix, T25) getting to be a bit too much. And I had long since abandoned trips to the gym, feeling self conscious about my growing mid section and the opinions of strangers.

Now, at 37 weeks my fitness routine is non existent. I’m not wasting any time feeling guilty about it, as I’ve listened to my body throughout pregnancy and have done what feels best for me. Sorry 9 months prego Cross Fit mom- that just didn’t work out for me!

But… I’m absolutely 100% craving a hardcore, push-myself-to-my-limits workout. I keep daydreaming of doing tuck jumps, burpees and push-ups without a medicine ball sized belly in the way! I keep going back and forth in my mind of what my post pregnancy comeback workout routine will be. A round of 21 Day Fix or Piyo? A new lifting program at the gym? The new Insanity Max 30 that’s debuting in December? Decisions, decisions!

And then, of course, I’m sure all these lofty fitness goals will change when in 3 weeks our baby girl is born. I’m sure my daydreams will turn from intense workouts to grabbing a power nap or the laundry miraculously washing itself. We shall see!

How did you get back in shape after pregnancy?

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Fit and Fab- the Pregnancy Edition!

So, it’s been quite awhile since I last blogged. And, in that time I’ve been trying my best to stay both Fit and Fab. It’s been a bit of a struggle though, because I’m almost 28 weeks pregnant!

Yes, I’m so excited to say that my husband and I are expecting our first child on November 7th. And, I couldn’t be more excited! But, the Fit and Fab part of it all? It’s been a little rough to say the least.

Many women have weighed in with their opinions of pregnancy when I make my big announcement. I’ve heard:

“Oh I LOVED being pregnant!”

“I enjoyed every minute of my pregnancy!”

“I felt GREAT the whole 9 months!”

And then there’s me, standing there going “WHAT?!?”

I spent the first 4 and a half months being in a constant state of feeling like I was going to throw up, without actually throwing up at all. At one point, I was eating so many TUMS per day that I actually asked my doctor (ok, and I Googled it too) if it was possible to overdose on them.

Needless to say, my FABness kind of went down the tubes for a little while. Before publicly announcing my news, I’m pretty sure everyone just thought I was letting myself go! I’m a girl that doesn’t leave the house without eyeliner. At one point, I was going to work makeup free, just because I didn’t feel up to the challenge!

Things improved and I’m pleased to say I’m back to wearing full makeup daily 🙂

On the fitness end of things- it’s a struggle! At this point I’m trying to get a workout in about 4 days a week. I’ve found that I’m tiring out much quicker, and my recovery time is much longer. Growing a human will do that to you!

My current (very modified) workout faves are Turbo Kick (or Turbo Fire at home) T25 and 21 Day Fix. I tried some pregnancy DVDs but they seemed geared towards women who had never worked out before. I prefer to modify and adjust as my body tells me. And don’t worry, it’s all doctor approved!

So, moms out there- any tips, tricks or advice for maintaining fitness and fabness while prego? How about after baby arrives? Weigh in with your comments!