During my pregnancy, I joined Fit4Mom‘s Fit4Baby program. Admittedly, I could have (and wish I would have) done this earlier. I loved having other moms who were in the same preggo boat with me to work out with, ask questions of and just talk to about what was to come. Many of us were first time moms, while others were able to provide advice from their past experience. It was great for my body and soul.
After Liam, I struggled (still am) with getting back in shape. My joints ache, I have a million other things I could be doing, and it is significantly harder when you have extra weight. People should refrain from telling moms that they’ll lose most of the weight as soon as they deliver (I gained 14 lbs of fluid IN the hospital!!). Also, don’t tell moms that as long as they nurse the weight will just “fall off.” I’m one of those lucky moms who is holding onto the weight because I’m nursing. Knowing I had to do something, I joined a walking group of moms that I’d met through Fit4Baby and our mommy & me group and then I joined Stroller Strides for a little more of an actual workout.
If we’re being honest, I probably did too much, too soon but between the walks and stroller strides, I thought my legs were going to fall off. At 11 weeks postpartum, I attended a free Body Back class at Southern Village. I was looking for a high-intensity class (though my body disagreed with my mind on this). I was sweating at the end of the warm up and knew I was in for a real challenge. I didn’t die during or after the class but I still felt like I needed more time. I wasn’t 100% or even 80% at that point.
At 14 weeks postpartum, I had recovered from almost all of my complications and felt well enough to try Body Back again. I signed up for the 8 week session which included journaling (everything that goes in your mouth), before and after photos, and measurements. As if the monetary commitment wasn’t enough, seeing my measurements definitely lit a fire under my butt. So for 8 weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I attended an hour long sweat session. I ran and walked on the other days of the week (in blistering heat). I was terrible at journaling but I did eat healthy – Lots of salads, fish and Whole30 recipes!
I even kept doing Stroller Strides! And I made it through 8 weeks. I survived and came out stronger. It was crazy for me to see the change in my assessment numbers. While the scale might not have moved as much as I had hoped, I did lose inches, I gained muscle and I feel so much stronger than before. And I loved the workouts, community and results so much that I’m going to continue with a membership that includes Body Back, Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre (haven’t tried this yet but I’ve never turned down a good workout!).
While I’d encourage any mama-to-be to take all the extra steps to stay in shape while pregnant, I think I’m even more likely to encourage new mamas to give Body Back a try. Give yourself a chance to do something for yourself in a time when so much of you is dedicated to caring for someone else. It is such an incredible and inspirational group of mamas and I’m so grateful to have joined them – but even more grateful that they pushed me and supported me in those early days and the past 8 weeks!
This post isn’t sponsored… I truly just loved the programs and community that much. If you’re in the Triangle and interested in trying Body Back, there’s a free class on August 22nd from 8-9 PM. Leave me a comment to let me know you’re coming and I’ll gladly be your workout buddy! 💪🏼 💪🏼