I tend to be a very non violent person... but nothing makes me want to punch someone in the mouth quicker than when they say, "I hate girls that have babies and lose their baby weight without even trying." Or, "Sometimes I wish skinny girls would get fat after having a baby, just so you know how the rest of us feel." But it always ends with, "You have no idea how lucky you are!" Oh yes, these have been said to my face more than once!
Here's the deal, I work hard to be in shape! I sacrifice time, sleep and comfort to be strong! I do have good genes and I recognize what a blessing that is. BUT I work out 4-6 days a week. I always have, and I will always HAVE to, you know? I don't want this to come off as super snoody, but honestly? It takes hard work to be in shape, to be strong, to feel good about yourself physically... and that hard work shouldn't be discounted for luck.
I want to share what I do, what has worked for me to be where I am with my body post-baby. My diet really hasn't changed much in the last 5 years. I make it a point to eat my fruits and veggies each day. I am subbing whole wheat for rice, tortillas (except for the Costco tortillas that you cook on the griddle, because YUM!), pasta, etc. Okay, that part has changed since I had Mia. Eric isn't a fan but he is getting used to it! I stopped buying bread so that I only eat it when going out. I really try to only eat out once a week. But I still have my treats, every single day :) I've been extremely lucky to be able to (basically) eat what I want and still get results. I am kind of nervous to stop nursing because I have no doubt that extra calorie burn has benefited me so much. I will probably be cutting out more treats once I do stop nursing! But I have to say, I feel like I didn't benefit from the nursing calories until Mia was about 6 months. I know it's different for everyone!
My main form of exercise has been running. Running is the best way to get a flat stomach and an over-all, total body work out! I was running 4 miles daily during the summer, but I'm only running 2-3 miles 3-4 days a week now. The colder it gets, the less I will be running :( Soon enough I'm going to have to be brave enough to take Mia to the gym daycare so that I can run on the treadmill and take some classes, ugh! I LOVE spin classes, but I've only been able to take a handful of them since having Mia because of Eric's work schedule. I love Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and No Trouble Zones DVD's. They have been perfect for toning my arms. I do (real) push ups (I can bust out 30 at a time now, woo hoo! I couldn't even do one push up on my knees after Mia was born) and pull ups (I can only do 2 sets of 3 or 4). I've done a squat challenge and I'd love to find a push up challenge on Pinterest! Hiking has been the funnest form of exercise! I get a killer work out without even realizing it! The easiest way to exercise consistently is to find something you love! But switching up the routine is incredibly important, as well as weights! If you don't have weights, be sure to do push ups, pull ups, dips, sit ups, squats, lunges. Cross Fit has proven that using your own body weight creates amazing results! Working out isn't easy, but it is worth it! Don't discount your effort, or anyone else's effort to getting fit! It's an amazing feeling to know your hard work is paying off!
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