The week before I returned to work, I started thinking about working out. Yes, thinking. It was near impossible to do it with Trixie because all I could do was stare at her while she slept instead of doing things like working out or showering.
I think a big concern for all post pregnancy ladies is our bodies, no? Specifically, the belly. My mom would always tell me. “Mija, don’t do anything for 30 days. And wear a faja (girddle).” Well, unintentionally I didn’t do much but drive here and there. And I have been wearing a support band to help those ab muscles. When I don’t wear it, it’s “mija, ves? You shouldn’t have even driven! I’m worried about your pansa.” :-\
One morning while nursing the sweet babe, I came across a post on Instagram under #postpartumfitness that caught my attention. The poster shared positive affirmations and some great motivational thoughts on being fit. She included her email, and I reached out.
After a few exchanges, she shared that in addition to being a mom and fitness enthusiast, she is a Beachbody coach.
Are you familiar with the 21 Day Fix? If you are, you need to let me know how you did. If you’re not, it’s the perfect fit for someone short on time (me), struggles with meal planning (raises hand), and needs some encouragement and accountability (ding ding ding!).
As a fan of Jillian Michael’s workout empire, this is exactly what I needed. Structure! Motivation! An occasional ass kick!
I signed up for a 21 Day Fix Challenge.
My initial concerns were addressed by my virtual coach:
– Will this impact my milk supply? No. Just add more calories
– Am I really going to have time for this? Yes! Plan your food out on the weekend with the included tools. The family and I have been trying new meals, I adjust my portion. AND, now I don’t worry so much about breakfast because I drink a Shakeology shake.
Now, normally I’m pretty skeptical about programs like this. But I was willing to try it. And it’s been awesome. The shakes are easy to modify with coconut oil, peanut butter, fruit, whatever.
And the food plan kept me full through the day, which was awesome because being back at work was a sure fire way to stress eat crap in the afternoon.
The results after 21 days? I lost four pounds, four inches. My milk supply was not impacted AT ALL. And I learned that I have a love/hate relationship with veggies. I love the idea of them, I have a hard time eating them. I’ll have to work on that.
So I’m going to do the challenge again. Think you’re up for it? Do it. Do IT. DO IT! We can do this. Twenty one days to skinny jeans sounds like a great goal. Want to do it with me? We can motivate each other. C’mon.
Follow me on Instagram or Twitter to see how well I fare in the second round.