How I Got My Body Back

This is a picture of post pregnancy body transformation.

This is a picture of post pregnancy body transformation.

Before you read the whole post, please keep in mind that this is ME sharing MY personal story with you on MY experience of how I got my body back after I gave birth to my son.

First of all, It was NOT an easy journey. Those super mommies who could got back in shape within 4 months are insane!! (Please take that as a compliment, I meant nothing but absolute respect. )

It took me 5 months to achieve this level. 😉

This is a picture of my 5 months look post pregnancy

I gained about 32 lbs since I was pregnant with my baby boy. I weighed 102 lbs before I was pregnant. When I was pregnant with him, I worked out 4-5 times a week. The workout I did was pretty much as usual as before my pregnancy, it was a mix of cardio and strength training. With my due date approaching, I reduced the cardio intensity from running to walking. My baby was overdue for 3 days and I remember my body was all swollen and I felt like an inflated balloon. 😦

I went through a 36 hours induction and ended up having a cesarean because my baby was too big. After he was born, I nursed him till he’s 6 months old.

I didn’t start my workout officially till he’s almost two month old. And this is how I looked on the first day I got back to my gym.

This is a picture of my 1st month look post pregnancy.

It was quite a challenge for me to get back to my old workout routine especially on the cardio session since I haven’t worked out for almost two months. My legs were not strong enough due to lack of exercise. With much bigger breasts (nursing problem :P), belly and buttocks hanging there, I just couldn’t do my normal run, jump, or push ups. How frustrating!! But I kept telling myself, “Don’t rush. Take your pace. Be patient.”

I tried joining a local CrossFit group, had to quit because my son wouldn’t cope with me at the training area when I brought him with me. (Please don’t ask me why I didn’t have a babysitter watching him. I just wasn’t able to.) So I went back my gym (our gym has a playstation for the kids and you can leave your babies with their professional care staff when you go to get your workout done. How awesome is that!)and got back to my own workout routine:

35 mins Cardio + 15 mins strength and ab training- Monday, Wednesday, Friday

40-50 mins Circuit Training (mixed with strength & cardio) -Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

For cardio workout, I started with elliptical. Then I joined indoor cycling classes. Cycling was a great cardio choice for me. I found it very effective on transforming my body and my mind. This is how I looked five months post pregnancy.

This is a picture of my 4 months post pregnancy look.

I loved cycling classes so much so I got myself certified to be an instructor in October, 2014. I started teaching classes at our local gym from November, 2014. Being an instructor helps me focus and work even harder since I know I have to be a good example to others and to inspire them.

Here’s a sneak peek of our classroom at YMCA Fercho branch. A state-of-art facility! 🙂

This is a picture of YMCA indoor cycling classroom.

This is me in class. 😉

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Since I started getting lighter, I was able to pick up running again. It got so much easier when I stopped nursing and my giant breasts just went “poof”. 😛 (Mommies know what I’m talking about.)

It felt incredibly good to be able to run outside again with my favorite tunes on.

Here’s me did some running in Costa Rica when we were on our vacation this February.

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This is me completed my first 7 miles run this April since I was pregnant back in June 2013.

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This is how much I weigh now. 🙂

This is a picture of my weight post pregnancy.

As for my diet, there’s nothing special but to eat more protein and greens. I’m never a big fan of soda drinks so I’m pretty good on that part. When I was nursing, I had to take certain amount of carbs to keep up with my energy and milk production. One thing worked really well for me was that I’m a noon workout type of person. I go to the gym around 11:00am. When I’m done with my workout, I take a protein shake which has 30g of protein in it within the first 10 minutes. I instantly feel full and I would just have a light lunch or add a protein bar post workout. Again, this is what works for me.

Overall, my personal experience is that take time for yourself and ease yourself back into workout and diet. No matter how much and how fast you want to get back in shape and get your old body back, remember taking good care of our baby comes first. We are not super models or hollywood stars after all. 😉

Hope you enjoy today’s post! And feel free to share your thoughts.

XOXO,

Vivian

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Hi, I'm Vivian. I'm a mom of three beautiful boys (one of them is a golden retriever and his name is Chunk), a wife and a fanatic of shoes and Chanel. I was born and raised in southwest China. I met my husband in Beijing 2004 and was convinced move to Fargo, ND in late 2009. Since then, I have been living here with my family here in Fargo. I love fashion, music, food, travel and fitness. Stay in a healthy lifestyle is very important to me. I teach cycling classes at our local gyms weekly. I LOVE a sweaty workout which can hold me accountable for my own fitness. I'm very petite. They said "wonderful things always come in small packages." What a true statement! ;) I'm 4ft11. I wear size 4.5 for shoes. I buy size 5 for the majority of time since I can't find any size 4.5 shoes here in the states. My body measurements: 33-29-35 w/a 27 inch leg inseam I do this blog to journal my personal style, fitness journeys. I hope my posts can give you tips about a healthy life style that we are all looking for. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to share your opinions with me anytime. XOXO, Vivian

4 thoughts on “How I Got My Body Back

  1. Yes! I’m much more concerned about how much milk I have then how much I weigh, but physical fitness is important for health (physical and mental). You’re so right- it’s not a sprint, but more like a personal marathon to get back to your pre-pregnancy body. After going through pregnancy, I have a new appreciation for my body and love it (and all of my flabby/chubby bits!). I love your sentiment to be kind to yourself pre/post pregnancy – you’re the perfect woman to those that love you and matter most! Great job and getting back to your pre-pregnancy body- you look fantastic and so happy!

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