I can’t believe it!!!!! I survived #shredapril and I didn’t miss a single day!
If you know me well, you would know that this is a HUGE accomplishment and milestone in my almost 30 years of life. I’ve NEVER been the workout type. Sure, I dabbled in playing sports here and there throughout my life, but as far as a set workout regiment. NEVER. I’ve never been able to stick to one. Even my last attempt at 30ds pre-wedding was short-lived.
I’m not sure what it was, but I think the main motivator was “me-time” and feeling like my old self again. Not that I’ll ever be the same person. Motherhood has forever changed me (into a better person), but I wanted to feel like the new me, in my pre-preg body. Am I making any sense? Anyway– this is the month that I lost the least amount of weight on the scale. But, I didn’t let that discourage me. I knew that my body was changing fat into muscle. And it is SO true. While the scale might not reflect big losses like my previous months, I can feel my body getting tighter, stronger. I actually see definition of muscles in different areas of my body. And my clothes? Boy do they fit better and more comfortably too. (Aside from button downs, which I figure I won’t be able to wear until after I wean from breastfeeding.)
I mostly stuck to Jillian’s 30ds– I started on Lvl 1 and did each Lvl for 5 days. Sometimes, if Mr.Dubs and I worked out together we did p90x Cardio and one time when I was feeling really sore and tired, I did Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown. It was a great kick start what I was hoping would happen mentally. I saw a quote on IG the other day and it’s stuck with me ever since: “The body achieves, what the mind believes!” And IT.IS.SO.TRUE. My body never gave up on, it was always my mental game that was the big hurdle.
I’m not going to lie, there were days that were SUPER hard to get motivated. Especially after getting the babe down, eating dinner beforehand, and running errands. There were many nights that I had 10pm workouts and the last few days were at 11pm! But, I am SO happy that I kept it up and got it done.
Like I said last month, I still have a
long ways to go. But, I’ve been bit by the fitness bug and I hope to keep this going! I’m going to give myself today off, for the last 30 days of every day workouts. Although, I’m tempted to do a quick AbRipperX tonight just to do something, but we shall see! In May, I hope to keep up at least 5 days of workouts. The fear of painful soreness is what’s keeping me going this time around. Every night after I work out, I feel a good soreness. I DON’T want to feel the pain from the first few days again. This month, I’m going to try to run outside (yay nice weather!) and mix in different Jillian and p90x DVDs!
Moment of Bravery (Before #shredapril | 4/1/13)
Second Moment of Bravery (After #shredapril | 5/1/13)
No sucking in, no editing. I wanted the comparison before & after pic for myself. You see, I was never a believer of workouts (for me) and had I stuck to my addiction the numbers on the scale, I would have quit weeks ago. I wanted to document a before and after pic to prove to myself that working out would make a difference. I’m definitely still aiming to reach my pre-preg weight, but I won’t be disappointed if I never reach 128 again. 128 with no muscle and being “skinny fat” (what I’ve been all my life) is not what I want anymore. I’ll take a lean, tight, strong, fit, toned 135 any day!
And a few more pictures because what’s a fitness post without some vanity pics:
In terms of diet, I still didn’t eat too many breads or rice. But, I also didn’t really stick to Paleo like my previous months. We eat Korean food a lot for dinner, so that helped a lot– all I had to do was avoid the rice. And in general, I still tried to be conscious of portion control and not overeating. Anyway, as I head into May, I am gearing up to go hardcore 90/10 Paleo.
A typical day of meals looks like this:
Breakfast: Banana, black coffee, apple, eggs
Lunch: Entree (Salad, Sandwich, etc.) from Cafe or leftovers
Dinner: Meat entree + Veggie Sides
Snacks: Nuts! Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, etc. Ice cream
My normal: 128 lbs
Pre-pregnancy: 136 lbs (+8)
Pregnancy: 174 lbs (+46)
Post-pregnancy: 162 lbs (+34) (6 weeks pp)
LAST UPDATE: 147 lbs (+19) (18 weeks pp)
TODAY: 143 lbs (+15) (22 weeks pp)
Goal: 7 lbs ’til BFP weight | 15 lbs+ ’til GOAL weight