Shedding the Baby Weight

Being pregnant with my son completely destroyed my body. By the time I actually gave birth, I think I weighed close to 150 lbs. That was almost a 40 lb weight gain for me. Wah Woo Wee. That’s a lot of weight on my 5’1″ frame.

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I really have no idea why it happened though. I was eating well, still exercising a few times/week, working full time, and chasing a busy toddler. Ryan was also a relatively small baby. Water weight?? Needless to say, it happened. And after 6 weeks postpartum, I was weighing in at 131 lbs, and feeling pretty bad about myself. I had never weighed so much in my life (without a baby in my belly), none of my clothes fit, and I was unhappy looking at myself in a mirror. I felt sloppy and squishy. I knew I needed a change but didn’t really know where to start.

With Chloe, my body bounced back pretty quickly. With Ryan, it wasn’t as easy.

(Please be kind)

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That’s when a friend of mine, who had also recently given birth, convinced me to do the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology with her. I had been reluctant to try it for many reasons. The first one being – it sounds like a scam. It’s also not cheap. And I’d never had success working out with videos before – why would they work now? Well, I ultimately gave in and purchased a 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack. It couldn’t hurt, right?

What is the 21 Day Fix? It’s a portion controlled clean eating plan that includes 30 minutes of exercise each day that you can do from the comfort of your own home. I also chose to get a Challenge Pack which includes Shakeology. Shakeology is the most nutrient dense protein shake on the market. Best part is, they have a 30 day money back guarantee. You can even return a full bag! So why not give it a try? Shakeology has really helped curb my cravings for the junk I had been eating. I do love my sweets but when I drink Shakeology, I don’t think about them (as much 😉 ). Shakeology can be used as a meal replacement but since I am a nursing mom, I use it more as a snack or a recovery drink.

The Fix also includes 8 different workouts: Total Body Cardio, Upper, Lower, Pilates, Cardio, Dirty 30 (my favorite), Yoga, and 10 Minute Abs. Having always been an avid exerciser  – I love running, pilates, and HIIT, I was worried that the videos would be too easy for me. THEY ARE NOT! I also love that if I have time, I can do 2 videos instead of just 1. I started The Fix using 3 lbs dumbbells, now I’m using 6 lbs. I’ve found that increasing the weight, increases the results.

By following the Fix and drinking Shakeology, I had lost 11 lbs and 10 inches by 11 weeks postpartum. That was only 5 weeks of doing The Fix! I had a great support system – a group of postpartum moms all in the same situation. We were all doing the Fix together. I modified a little to take into account that I am breastfeeding exclusively. I don’t limit my heathy fats. On any day, I’ll eat hummus, peanuts, cheese and avocado, etc. If I feel my supply is a little weak, I’ll eat a scoop of ice cream. I was sick a few weeks ago and couldn’t eat. My supply went way down. When I started to feel better, I ate ice cream for a few nights, and my supply was back to normal in 2 days.

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By 15 weeks, I had lost 5 more lbs, bringing me within sight of my pre-baby weight.

(Check out my shoulder definition 😉 )

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By 16 weeks, I was able to button ALL of my pre-baby pants.

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The 21 Day Fix and Shakeology has completely changed my life. It has helped me to subconsciously make healthier choices. Even my husband has started losing weight from me making healthier choices. I do still have cheat days. But if I know I’m going to have pizza for dinner, I’ll make a big salad to go along with it so I fill up more on greens and less on cheese.

I also workout EVERYDAY. I’m up before the sun because that’s what I need to do to fit it in, and I feel better all day for it. I’ve never been a morning person but my health is a huge priority in my life right now. I want to set a good example for my children, and be around for a good long while.

Granted, my body is different than it used to be. Birthing a human will do that. But I am slowly getting back into better shape than I was before I got pregnant with Ryan. I can’t wait to see where I am in another 3 months.

Want to try a meal plan that allows you wine and chocolate, where you can exercise form the comfort of your own home? Comment below or email me through my Beachbody site, and I can help you find the program that is right for you!

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