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. 😉
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.
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.
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 me in class. 😉
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.
This is me completed my first 7 miles run this April since I was pregnant back in June 2013.
This is how much I weigh now. 🙂
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.