The Art of Non-Fitness
Clearly my fitness posts have been lacking. Well, not quite lacking, more like non-existent. But I have a good excuse! I’m 35 weeks pregnant, I live in Virginia where it’s like a minimum of 95 degrees everyday right now and 300% humidity, and did I say I’m pregnant?
For real though, I have always thrived when I am active. I’ve been an athlete since I was old enough for my parents to sign me up for tot soccer. During college, Mike and I really got into running and triathlons. We competed in a few triathlons together and have run numerous road races – including half marathons and a marathon. I’ve even won some money from running. It’s a fun hobby once you get past the initial training phase and I am looking forward to getting back into shape so that I can compete again.
With that said, I haven't seriously worked out since, like, September 2015, when I found out I was pregnant with the twins. When I asked my OB about working out while pregnant with the twins he was like “Really?” and I was all “Yeah, dude”. Long story short he asked me if I could just stick to walking so that’s what I did. Then, at 29 weeks, after I went into pre-term labor the first time, Doc pulled the “you ain’t walking anywhere except to the bathroom and to shower and, please, keep those to a minimum” – thanks, bro! Bed rest it was until the twins came at 33 weeks.
Now, I was only on bed rest for 4 weeks and some change but not using your muscles for that long really takes a toll. After I delivered the twins, I could hardly walk without getting winded. It was mentally and emotionally demoralizing.
Post-twins, I didn’t have the opportunity to do any physical activity or make healthy meals. The twins were in the NICU for about 6 weeks in Charlottesville and I was at the hospital every single day. And when I say every single day, I mean every single day. I was living at a friend’s house (who are the nicest couple on the planet to let me move in for that long) and I would get up and get to the hospital as early as possible and I generally wouldn’t leave until the night shift change happened, which was at like 9:00 p.m. I ate terribly and basically didn’t move all day long. My only “physical activity” consisted of pumping round-the-clock.
So, when the twins got discharged I started walking with them. I was nervous about exercise because my muscles were so weak and I had read so many stories about diastasis recti and how you have to be careful when beginning to work out again. So, I just walked, mixed in a little light yoga here and there, and got back to eating right. I didn’t really know how I was going to safely get my body back.
At about 8 months post-partum I found the Sweat with Kayla Bikini Body Guide program (website linked in Sweat Logo below). You can’t deny that the women following her program have some real results. I started this program and found out I was pregnant again the following month – whoops!
The Sweat BBG program is no joke. You can follow the program by downloading the app from Apple on your phone or apple watch. I continued using it as long as I could this pregnancy but it became too difficult and I couldn’t do all of the workouts with a pregnant belly. I also have/had serious anxiety about doing anything that might cause me to go into pre-term labor because I do not want to go through the NICU experience again. So, I was back to walking.
But, something really exciting has changed for my post-pregnancy physical journey this time. First, hopefully we will be avoiding the NICU all together. Second, the Sweat with Kayla program has launched a new platform called SELF Post-Pregnancy with Kelsey Wells. I have linked Kelsey's Instagram to her photo, below, so you can see some of the transformation photos she has shared and read about her personal journey. I am so excited to have a workout program I can easily follow that is designed for post-partum moms to safely regain strength. Best of all, the workouts can all be done at home with little to no additional equipment.
I’m really looking forward to starting this program and sharing more about it with you all as I go along! You can email me or DM me on Insta or Facebook if you are using this program or Kayla’s BBG program too and let me know how you’re doing with it!