Someone told me when I was pregnant that working out would be so much easier once I had the baby. I believed them, but they were wrong. My pregnancy went pretty smoothly and I was still doing Crossfit regularly in my garage until about 30 weeks along. Around that time is when my workouts became less frequent and I started packing on the pounds. I packed on a whopping 65 pounds this pregnancy. The day I was set to be induced, 40 weeks and 5 days, I weighed 218 pounds!
I had plans of being the cute pregnant girl on Instagram doing clean and jerks at 40 weeks.
I went into this pregnancy thinking I had it all figured out. I had plans of being the cute pregnant girl on Instagram doing clean and jerks at 40 weeks. After all, I was co-owner of Stay Fit Mom, I had to stay fit right? Obviously that didn’t happen, and that’s ok. One thing I did know is that I knew how I was going to get fit and healthy again post pregnancy.
I gave myself about 4 weeks post delivery before I had plans to start Whole30 and working out in January. One good thing that does come from pregnancy for me is the determination I get to lose the weight. I had been mentally preparing for Whole30 and working out again for months. Come January the Whole30 part was easy, it was the working out part that sucked.
I made notes in my phone about my postpartum journey and want to share one with you. Here is the note from January 1st:
I started Whole30 today and I’m confident I can do it, I’m just unhappy about how far I have to go. I did my first Crossfit workout today and it was EXTREMELY hard and disheartening. My pelvic bone aches, I could hardly jog 100 meters, and it was pretty much impossible to do burpees. I did manage to do 1 push-up but it wasn’t pretty.
Two months later and I can now jog 800 meters without discomfort, I did 112 burpees in open workout 16.1 last week, and I can now do 5 push-ups in a row. On January 1st I could have easily given up, but I didn’t. Every time I workout it gets a little bit easier and I’m constantly setting postpartum PR’s(personal records).
For years my husband tried to convince me to stop spending hours on the treadmill and elliptical machine at the gym and I didn’t listen to him.
So why Crossfit? It’s simple, Crossfit consists of high intensity, functional workouts that build muscle and promote maximal weight loss. For years my husband tried to convince me to stop spending hours on the treadmill and elliptical machine at the gym and I didn’t listen to him. Sure I saw results from long cardio sessions, but I didn’t look the way I really wanted. After falling in love with Crossfit a few years ago a better looking body was just the added bonus. Sure I still love to go for the occasional 2-3 mile jog, but I’ve learned that throwing some curve balls in there(squats, burpees, lunges, etc.) not only make it more fun, but yield much better results.
Two months into my return to Crossfit after having my little girl I’ve lost a total of 17 pounds and now weigh 183 pounds. I lost 11 pounds the first month doing Crossfit combined with a Whole30 diet (you can ready more about my diet here) and another 6 the second. I’m learning to be patient with my weight loss and not give up. Yes I have the occasional slip-up and set backs but I continue to move forward and I won’t give up. My journey continues and I’d like to lose another 33 pounds to get to a weight I feel most comfortable. I’m confident the pounds will continue to melt away over time doing Crossfit again combined with a healthy diet. I’ll keep you posted on my postpartum weight loss and look forward to sharing more transformation photos in the future!
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