If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've been sharing a lot more fitness related posts/stories. That's because I FINALLY started a workout and healthy eating plan. With my doctor's OK to proceed the weight loss journey, I carefully planned out my routine without compromising my milk supply as I'm still nursing baby Lucas and plan to continue until 12 months old. I was hesitant to start working out or changing my diet in fear of decreasing the milk production, but after lots of research for nursing friendly diets and postpartum workouts, I finally curated my routine. (DISCLAIMER: I am not a fitness/nutrition expert or guru by any means, so this plan is something I'm following and that has worked for me in the past. Please check with your doctor prior to any fitness/diet changes.)
I've always loved and enjoyed working out even way before having babies. And, healthy/clean eating has always been a strength of mine. Of course, I have days where I eat junk but when I'm determined to achieve something, I put my mind to it and accomplish. Around this time last year before I got pregnant with Lucas, I was doing the BBG 12 week program (check out the program website here and the Instagram page here) and was halfway through but never finished because I found out I was pregnant. Just after 6 weeks into the program, I saw amazing results and knew that it was something I was going back to after having Lucas.
So, here we are almost 4 months postpartum and almost 2 weeks into the program and I'm already feeling small healthier changes. My goal is to lose the extra 40 pounds I've gained throughout all three pregnancies. I want to get stronger, leaner and healthier. I know we all want that quick fix and fast weight loss turnaround, but, the fact of the matter is you need to give yourself at least a year. It took 10 months to grow a baby, so bouncing back to your pre-pregnancy body will have to take as long.
My healthy diet plan is my own version of a Paleo diet (no dairy with the exception of yogurt and Kafir cheese and no grains with the exception of Ezekiel sprouted bread). The rest of my diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, nuts, and eggs. I haven't really gotten into protein or collagen shakes/drinks. As with everything I do, I have to research first and see how crucial it is and/or find the best brands out there. Did you know about 85% of a healthy weight loss program is the diet portion and what you consume? It's true. Don't get me wrong, the workout portion is as important but the right diet is key to losing weight (fat).
Here is a sample of what my current workout schedule looks like:
Monday: BBG legs
Tuesday: Cardio (fast pace walking, jogging, running)
Wednesday: BBG arms and abs
Thursday: Cardio (fast pace walking, jogging, running)
Friday: BBG full body
Saturday: Cardio (fast pace walking, jogging, running)
Sunday: If I can fit in a cardio, great, if not, I rest
Each day it takes about 35-45 minutes for either the BBG workout or the cardio. BBG is only about half hour long 3 times a week but it's not easy. It's hard work (really does kick ass) but in a good way. Each day I make sure my workouts are done early in the morning to get it out of the way. Otherwise, once we've started our busy daily routine, there will be no time to do it later in the day (I know myself too well). I look forward to feeling and seeing the changes internally and physically.
I hope this post has inspired you and motivated you in some way or another. I'd love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments section if you're following a certain program/diet that you are happy with. I've shared some of my favorite athleisure wear below as well. Sometimes cute workout clothes can really motivate you to workout.