Hello beautiful friends! Today I wanted to share my experience with the BBG program and getting back into shape postpartum. I am currently at the beginning of six months postpartum. Health and being in shape have always been so important to me, so I am determined to get back into my skinny pre-pregnancy jeans. That is my goal. In addition, to BBG I am also training to run in a half marathon in the next few months! I really follow through with a goal when I have something tangible to work towards. And lastly, my hubby married the person I was before baby, so it’s also fair to him that I get back to my old self. Not just appearance wise, but working out seriously makes me a more positive and productive person.
To start off, I wanted to give you a little backstory of the added motivation. I didn’t think I would share this story on a blog post, but here we go. A month after having my little girl, I had to take my car in to get serviced. I was still recovering, my hubby was working so it was only me to get my car serviced and haul my sweet little girl’s things around. I still had a tummy that was flabby and a brown line running down my stomach, also I was still SO sore. As if I wasn’t insecure already, and knowing as soon as my 6 week mark hit I needed to get to the gym, the service employee assisting me asked when I was expecting baby number two… yeah, it knocked the wind out of me. He could tell by the look on my face that he put his foot in his mouth. I politely said, I am still recovering from birthing my tiny miracle, as I just had her ONE MONTH ago. I constantly feel like women are being judged at every point in time. I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect; on top of that I have complete strangers judging me. I just gave birth to my precious miracle, and I am getting told I still look pregnant. As if I’m worrying about enough things. Like just staying a float, and learning how to keep my little baby girl happy and tended to. I’m a first time mom. Shout out to my husband for being so patient with me, and all the emotions that followed giving birth. So, I share that story for one, to use a bad experience for motivation, and two to show you women are warriors and can handle anything put in their path.
Back to the BBG review. I want to start by saying I am no health/exercise/wellness expert. I am just sharing what helped me, and a honest review of the program. So, you are probably seeing everywhere how women are weeks into this BBG thing. BBG stands for the Beach Body Guide created by Kayla Itsines, and I was looking for a program that would not take long, and that I could easily incorporate into my day while my little one naps.
So I just completed week 12, and I am now starting BBG 2.0. I use the SWEAT app which I LOVE. So weekly there are three “resistance workouts” that typically take 25-30 minutes. These focus on “arms and abs”, “legs”, and “full body”. There are also 3-4 cardio days- which I would do long walks, now I am starting to run (trying to train for a half marathon). Starting out I could barely do a burpee, and situps. It was so sad, I lost all my strength, but I am finally getting it back! Then there is a “challenge” and a recovery day. The recovery days are either a rest day, or a low activity stretch. Yes, I am slimming down; but, honestly, I have noticed the most difference in my mind and mood with exercise. I have so much energy after I complete a workout. I am a happier person all together, and I finally feel like I am not in a fog anymore! This program is making me feel like a better version of myself! Week 10 and Week 11 I had a tiny set back. My hubby returned home from a deployment (YAY), so we did celebrate with drinks & treats I normally do not eat, BUT its all about balance. 🙂 Yes, I did eat clean the majority of the time and stuck to a mostly vegetarian diet and I believe that has helped. But, incorporating exercise into your daily routine truly helps your mind & body.
I hope this post has inspired you to get out and get a sweat in today!
Here is week zero on the left, and week 12 on the right!