One of my biggest fears in getting pregnant was that I wasn’t going to get my body back. Between stretch marks, and a stretched out stomach I didn’t want to end up looking like a pear shaped mother. I didn’t gain too much during my pregnancy, 15-16lbs, I stayed active jogging up a large hill in my city until the weather turned for the winter, I then used a reclined excercise bike until my belly was too big and my knees would hit it. Everyday I walked, even if it was an hour and a half in the school gym doing loser laps in the morning.
I was back to my weight in a matter of three weeks giving birth but I still didn’t feel like a yummy mommy, my butt was huge, my thighs were still larger than I had cared to have them… I looked good but not as good as I wanted to look. During my pregnancy my Vanity Husband had gone out and bought a beach body dvd set called “Insanity” in which he ended up losing over 30lbs and toned up. I figured that I would give it a try because sitting on my ass wasn’t getting me anywhere.
Welcome to Insanity, it simply is insane and even though I hated it I loved it at the same time. You didn’t need weights or any equipment, you could do the workouts in your own home, and afterwards you felt so damn amazing. So when babe went for a nap hubby and I worked out. I had something to prove because my husband said that he had burned so many copies for friends and that nobody was able to actually do the workout because it was too hard, everyone quit in the first week. I was not weak, I was a mother dammit and I could do anything and so I started this torture of an excercise program.
After the first day I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a bus multiple times, hubby told me to keep going the next day. I did the warm up and as my muscles warmed the pain left me. The weeks got easier and suddenly that body that I was promised at the end of the program was in reach, Shawn T with his perfectly sculpted body would say “keep pushing” and I would flip him off as I was drenched in sweat but I kept going.
At the end of the trial I had gone back down to a size and weight I hadn’t been since early highschool, I ate properly using the nutrition guide and even though I’m not hung up with work and a child who runs me ragged when I have time I still slip in a dvd and work up a sweat.
All mom’s out there, I know it’s easier said than done but it’s NOT impossible. Commit, strive, and just do it. Whether you’re pressing play, putting on jogging runners, or driving to the gym, you can do it. Whoever said having a child was going to ruin their body obviously never tried to regain their body because it can happen.