The time has come. I have enjoyed my downtime. I have enjoyed snuggling with my new baby. I have adjusted to life as a mom of three. Physically, my body has more or less recovered from giving birth.
The time has come, physically and mentally to get my body back! I have always loved being active and did so throughout my pregnancy. I knew though, that after giving birth this time, I was going to give my body a break. After all, delivering a baby really is physically demanding and I was in no hurry to jump right back into exercise.
Not to mention the sleep deprivation. For some new moms, exercise may be more of a priority but nope, not in this house. Don’t get me wrong, I am still sleep deprived but my body has adjusted to it at this point. I knew when I started to get the “itch” for exercise, it meant I was ready to dive back in. And yep, that “itch” needs to be scratched. I’ve been coming back to exercise slowly, a video here and there, a walk or slow jog thrown in to the mix but I haven’t been super consistent.
That all changes tomorrow. Consistency will be my middle name! I will be starting the 21 Day Fix which is an exercise program that consists of using workout DVD’s and color coded portion controlled containers to keep me on track. The workouts are done daily for three weeks but I’m not going to lie, I will probably take a rest day here and there. I love to follow a program but I also know my body and if I truly need a rest day, I will take it. Simple as that. I’m looking for results, not to kill myself!
I have about eight pounds to lose so I plan to cycle through the 21 Day Fix twice, for a total of six weeks. I’m crossing my fingers that will get me to my happy weight but if not, no biggie! I am still breastfeeding Lane and while I have heard great things about nursing and weight loss, I think I am one who holds onto the last few pounds, instead. As for diet, I will be eating at about 1700-1800 calories because 1. I like my food and 2. like I said earlier, I am breastfeeding and don’t want to mess with my supply. The foods I eat however, will still fall within the guidelines of the 21 Day Fix.
I am super excited to get the ball rolling with my fitness again. While I absolutely will not deny that I want to look good in a bikini, it really is more than that for me. I want to feel good in my own skin. I want to have my energy levels back up, I want to be able to run without being winded so quickly. Not to mention, exercise is the perfect medicine for my mental health. If I am feeling cranky, a good sweat session is certain to put me in a better mood!
Stay tuned for weekly updates about this program. I also plan to take my measurements and before/after photos because I feel like that can be a better measure of success than just the scale. I will share my stats and photos at three and six weeks. Wish me luck…..and lots of sweatiness!!