I sit here typing this blog post with sore legs and back. Someone send a masseuse my way. Like immediately!!! I need a massage and a nap, ASAP. I had a hard morning workout yesterday, then my neighbor invited Zoe and me to Soldierfit. Soldierfit is an awesome place to get a great military bootcamp style workout. Right now they’re only in the MD/VA area, but check them out when they come to a city near you.
This past Saturday I registered for a 60 day challenge my gym offers several times a year. My baby boy, Kai, will be 2 next Tuesday, and I still have some baby weight to lose. I didn’t have this problem with Taj and Zoe.
I got up to 192 lbs with Taj and 198 with both Zoe and Kai. Yeah, I wasn’t thinking about being healthy while pregnant. I gained all the weight my 5’2″ frame could hold. With Taj and Zoe, I got down to 163 by the time I went to my 6 week check up. I was able to lose another 20 lbs on my own, mainly through running. Especially after Zoe. I was running 5K’s, 10 milers, and half marathons. My weight hovered between 140-145.
But bay-bayyyyy after Kai, I got down to 166 6 weeks after his birth and I’ve been there ever since. I’m not used to this much weight. Zoe draws family pictures and I’m always bigger than my husband. I asked her if I’m bigger than daddy and she said yes. I just laugh because kids are so honest. I’m not easily offended and especially when I know its the truth.
I had enough of eating just because it tastes good even when I’m not hungry. I got tired of being an emotional eater so I’ve had to find other ways to deal with my emotions. And I’m no longer accepting that I’ll have a C-section tummy for the rest of my life.
I’ve always been fascinated with the human body. I’ve always had an interest in fitness and nutrition. And now I’m taking what I’ve learned, and I’m starting to reshape my body.
I joined my gym, Life Time Fitness, in October 2017. I was working out just to say I was going to the gym and working out. The holidays were right around the corner and I needed some extra help keeping my weight in check since I would be consuming extra calories for the next 2 months. Yes, I planned ahead, lol.
I worked with a personal trainer once a week. He was good with the fitness piece, but he didn’t seem to be as concerned with my nutrition and neither was I. So I trudged along thinking I’m doing better than most just by going to the gym a few times a week.
This particular trainer left the gym for another job in February, so I was stuck on my own planning my workouts and trying to eat right. It cost me a lot of money to work with him, so at this point I was willing to do my own research and train myself. I went to see a nutritionist through the army. She gave me some great tips and advice. But I still wasn’t fully focused and disciplined.
Sidebar, if you’re an Army spouse, please take advantage of their free…yes, FREE… resources to help you get in shape. I know I don’t take full advantage of everything, but there’s no use in letting these great tools go to waste. You’re able to talk to nutritionists and get those expensive metabolic and body fat tests for free. Call or visit your local base’s fitness center.
So anyway, fast forward to mid April. A personal trainer approaches me and we start talking. She’s asking me about my workouts and my natural hair. I can tell she’s a cool chick, and I like her. She offers me a free consultation, so I take her up on it because I like getting a different approach to fitness from these trainers and how they like to work out their clients.
She gave me a hard workout and kept it real with me. That’s the way to get to me because if you fluff, I’ll fluff. But if you keep it real, I’ll keep it all the way real with you. She read me like she knew me all my life. All I could do was shake my head and comply.
I know I’m strong. I know I have a naturally muscular frame. I know that I’m physically fit…just with extra fat on top of my muscles. I also know that I can be lazy. That’s my Achilles heel.
She hit the nail on the head and told me I needed a trainer to reach my fitness goals because if I keep coming in the gym doing what I’m doing I’m just going to maintain and not change my body into what it could be. I actually lost 2% of my body fat in 4 weeks and I gained 2 lbs of muscle, which is great.
Now I know most people see me and say, “You don’t need to lose any weight”…”You look good to have 3 kids”…”Lose weight where?”. I’ve heard it all.
And no offense to these people who make these comments because I know they’re coming from a place of compliment, but I have fitness goals I’m trying to obtain. And left to my own devices, I won’t get there because I won’t push myself.
Long story short, I joined this challenge to jump start this next phase of my life. I’ll be 36 in July, my baby making years are behind me, and I’m excited to get my body in the best physical shape of my life.
I’m telling you all this because I’m preparing to do a bikini or figure competition at the end of the year or the beginning of next year. I need that accountability and cheers along the way because this journey isn’t going to be easy. It takes a lot of discipline and focus to eat properly and work out effectively so that you get those type of results.
I’ll keep you guys posted on how I finish this 60 day challenge. It ends July 7 so I’ll be sure to blog about it. I want to be a national finalist and hopefully win overall. That would be awesome! I know my husband would love for me to win just so he doesn’t have to pay monthly memberships fees for a year. Cha-ching!!!
You may not have extreme goals like mine of being a fitness competitor, but what goals are you trying to achieve that I or someone else could help you with? I love encouraging people and cheering you on to be your best self.
Sending love and hope your way!