Since graduating from college I have gone back and forth between periods of time where I consistently work out and where I consistently don’t. I tend to just fall off the train and never get back on, then kick myself for ever getting off. Before we got married in 2012, Kevin and I both joined Title Boxing Club. It was a little intimidating at first and SO hard. But it was also so much fun and such a good workout! It was something we could do together which was great. We were both going 5x a week sometimes even on Saturday too. On our wedding day I was definitely in the best shape of my life. I continued with it for about a year after we got married… then I got pregnant.
It was the one thing my doctor advised me to stay away from during pregnancy as far as exercise. It’s so high intensity that I didn’t feel like it would be worth it for me to risk anything. It’s also pricey so if you’re not going a lot it’s not worth it. To be 100% honest I didn’t do any physical activity at all my whole pregnancy besides the occasional walk, maybe a little tennis when we were in Florida, nothing intense.
After Isla was born, I put off working out even after I was cleared for exercise at my 6 week postpartum appointment. By my 6 week appointment I had lost the 28 pounds I gained with Isla. You’re probably thinking that it’s so unfair because I didn’t do anything to try and lose the weight! Well I don’t know what to tell you except I think my genes and breastfeeding helped a TON. And just because I lost the weight does not mean my body looked the same as before. My stomach was no where near what I wanted it to be.
I finally got back in the workout game around the end of June. I did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. It’s super boring and repetitive but it’s something I can do at home with Isla playing on the floor next to me and it’s only 20 minutes! I just started with it again and forgot how good it feels to workout everyday. I am going to try and stick with it as long as I can. Definitely for the 30 days but hopefully longer. If you have never tried this and are one of those people that don’t want to pay for a gym or don’t have time or are just intimidated by working out, give it a try! It’s only $10.
As far as healthy eating goes, well the Holidays really screwed me (and I think everyone else). I did the Whole 30 program in October and after that ate whatever I wanted. Whole 30 was really hard, it’s a TON of prep. If you aren’t prepared to follow through with it on a daily basis you will fail. I definitely lost some weight and felt good about myself but it really wasn’t a realistic everyday option for me. I like yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast so that was the first sign it was going to be hard. I really wanted to do it to see if I could. To see if I really had the willpower to stick to something I said I would. I also wanted to kick my sugar addiction. It’s basically a paleo diet on crack. The idea of it is that you don’t eat any added sugar to reset your body not to crave it. I hate to say my sugar craving is still very real. A lot of people swear by Whole 30 and say they are changed people after it. I didn’t have drastic results like that but it’s worth looking into if you’ve never heard of it before.
Now I’m into making green smoothies, preparing fish or some protein and veggies for dinner, cutting back on bread and other carbs, and trying to have a light lunch with a few healthy snacks throughout the day like an apple with homemade almond butter (have you ever made homemade nut butter? My food processor almost died in the process!). I have only been doing this for about a week and a half since we got back from Hawaii but already feel different and better. I also know swimsuit season is coming up and I want to be that mom at the pool rocking a bikini again! In Hawaii I didn’t feel quite there yet.
Green smoothie with spinach, carrots, frozen strawberries, a little OJ and a little lemon juice. So yummy!
Veggie burgers topped with sharp cheddar cheese and golden grape tomatoes with roasted brussel sprouts (I loove brussel sprouts!)
Creole seasoned tilapia and roasted asparagus
Caprese chicken with balsamic glaze and roasted eggplant & of course my glass of red wine (can’t give that up, hey it’s heart healthy!)
What is your favorite workout or healthy meal? Please share in the comments, I’m always looking for something new!