If you’re here, I’m guessing you probably saw my abs on Instagram and want my secret. Well lucky for you all you have to do is buy my flat tummy tea for 6 installments of $49.99 and you too can look like me!!
Lmao NOT. The secret really isn’t a secret. You have to work your ass off. And disclaimer: I am not an expert. I am not a personal trainer. I do not have a degree in nutrition. This is just what worked for me.
First off, I think it’s important to know that not every form of exercise is what’s best for every person. I used to be a cross country runner. I’ve ran 2 half marathons. And guess what? I was still soft. I had no definition in my abs. At best, it upped my metabolism and gave me a rounder butt. I have also lifted weights. I felt a little stronger but doing it alone at the gym made it difficult to lift heavy and be consistent (aka quitting when I got tired). I have always benefited from group classes. I am competitive at heart and if the person next to me is killing it then I’m definitely not gunna be the wussy next to them that quits.
That being said, I think spin class is what made me fall in love with exercising. Imagine a dark room, loud ass music, a fit instructor telling you “you’ve got this!” And a whole room of other people working their ass off. Now that’s motivating. And I totally get that things like soul cycle are expensive AF but most offer free trials so just try it! Bounce around to different studios using the free trials and then decide if you can swing it. Your health is worth it!
Flywheel was my jam during my entire pregnancy with Miller and oh. My. God. The difference in an active Vs non active pregnancy is mind blowing. With Navy, I put on 50lbs, had high blood pressure, was crazy swollen and all around felt awful. With Miller, I gained a healthy 30lbs, never had to take off my wedding ring, and felt all around great! The day after my due date I told my midwife “I’m ready to meet him, but I feel great!”
Anyway. That’s the back story. Fast forward to November 2017. I was 7 months post partum and not loving what I saw in the mirror. Enter this lovely “before” photo:
A month later we got a Pelaton bike. And to be honest, I didn’t use it for a while. But once I did, I started to see small changes. Keep in mind, my diet is still shit at this point. But anyway here are some “progress” pics from May-July 2018
Now enter YOGA. In July we decided Justin might benefit from incorporating yoga into his workouts. For flexibility, recover and injury prevention. We hired a private instructor (@a_hotyogini), I took one class with her, and I was hooked. Then my friend Sam told me about Corepower. I had never done hot yoga and I was sure that I would hate it. She drug me to a class and I never looked back. Not only did I feel GREAT after every class, but this is when I REALLY started to notice a change in my body. And let me tell you, NOTHING is more motivating than your own progress.
In December the football season was nearing a close and I decided to up my workouts to get ready for our off-season vacation. I started going to Sculpt classes (like a yoga-Pilates hybrid) at Corepower. And I think these next pictures speak for themselves:
This was the point where I looked in the mirror and LOVED what I saw. That was a feeling I have never felt and it felt DAMN GOOD! THAT is what it’s all about. I felt strong and healthy and proud and THAT’s what it’s about!!
In February we went back to Missouri and I couldn’t for the life of me find a decent yoga studio. So I took some time off. I put on about 3 lbs, but honestly I was getting too skinny for my liking so I welcomed the weight. And here is today:
I should also mention that at some point in there I also started to change my diet. I can’t remember when exactly but at some point after starting hot yoga, I started ordering from NWFit Meals. Which honestly is probably what made the biggest difference. But you don’t have to order from a meal service. I can’t really give nutrition advice Bc I don’t feel qualified and everyone is different. I’m super lucky to have a naturally high metabolism so even just small changes and eating “cleaner” made a huge difference for me. I didn’t go on a crazy diet or cut anything specific out but I do try to limit sugar and processed food, eat veggies with every meal, lean protein, healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, limited dairy. If you try to just cut everything out cold turkey you’re most likely going to crash. Just slow, small changes and don’t deprive yourself! So I order 5 meals a week (most weeks) from NWFit Meals for my lunches and then I cook almost every night. I’ve started meal prepping for Justin lately too! I can do a separate post on some of the meals I make Bc Jesus Christ this is long already. Let me know if you’re interested!
Xoxo, fitness girl
And since I try to be somewhat transparent I want to also include some recent pictures where I’m not flexing as hard or where you can see my stretch marks. Progress, not perfection!