Thursday 14 April 2016

Postpartum | health/fitness update #1

I'm not going to call this a 'weight loss' update because even though I am losing weight.. I don't ever know how much because I never weigh myself. I'm not a fan of the scales and I get obsessed about the numbers rather than being healthy so I prefer to go by how I feel, how I look and how my clothes fit.

I'm into my 4th week now and I have noticed a difference so thought I'd document it. It's probably not as good as it could have been as we had Easter within that and I did eat quite a lot of chocolate! Whoops!

I haven't been doing anything crazy.. no specific diet or anything, just trying to eat clean and trying to choose better options. Salads or omelettes instead of sandwiches and eating lots of healthy fats such as avocado and coconut oil (it helps burn the bad fat!). I've also been cutting down on the chocolate and processed biscuits etc. I have been posting a few of my meals on my other Instagram account so you can follow that here if you want to see more of what I eat. I will also be doing 'What I eat in a day' videos on my YouTube more regularly.

In terms of exercise, I have been trying to fit in as much as I can but it is obviously hard with 2 kids and trying to work from home and having a life in general. I have been documenting all my workouts for you so you can see exactly what I have done and I have linked them as well so you can give them a go ;) I do all my workouts at home and from YouTube videos.. I don't believe you need to get an expensive gym membership to get fit and healthy!

Here's my workout log:

(nearly 5 weeks postpartum)
March 21st- 30 min cardio kickboxing workout 
24th- Love your body HIIT

29th- Bikini Kettlebell
31st - The body coach 15 min fat burning HIIT

4th April- 15 min insanity workout
7thLove your body HIIT
9th- 15 min easy walk carrying Aria in the wrap & 2 rounds of simple at home workout

11thBikini abs (workout cut short.. the girls needed me!)
12th- 20 min easy walk carrying Aria in the wrap, perfect legs WOI really like you squat challenge <--- hard="" nbsp="" so="" span="">
13th- Dance workoutPush plank challenge (had to stop twice, my back hurt), ultimate back, butt & arms.
14th- Quick cardio booty blast6 mins to a sexy booty5 best butt moves.

I started at 2 workouts a week and focused on mainly cardio/HIIT to burn the fat and then you can see I have upped it to 3 times a week and I am focusing more on toning and specific body parts. They also get your heart rate up and make you sweat so you're still burning fat but you're also burning out muscles to get definition. On the days I've been tired due to lack of sleep with a newborn I have chose to walk instead carrying Aria and added a bit of toning on.

weight loss progress pics

I don't really like posting these pictures but I want to document as honest as possible to inspire other women who have had babies and show it can be done. This is just over 2 weeks difference.. the left picture was taken on 29th March and the one of the right was taken 14th April. I can see quite a big difference in my waist and my tummy isn't so rounded. I don't see much difference in my legs but these have always been my 'problem area' and I feel it takes a lot to slim them down.

It's really important to keep taking pictures or measurements so you can SEE the progress.. I haven't really felt this change at all.. I thought I hadn't been doing enough exercise and still eating too much chocolate to see any changes but these pictures proved me wrong and now it's motivated me to keep going!

I hope I see even more progress in another 2 weeks!

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