All I knew in that moment was my determination to get back to a healthy lifestyle was fierce and motivated.
I asked on my Snapchat if y'all would be interested in hearing about my health journey from this point out here on the blog and the response was WAY bigger than I expected. First of all, I was encouraged by so many of you b-e-a-utiful ladies reminding me to be easy on myself considering I am incubating a human and all. Thank you for that! And then I was also asked to share my happenings here on the blog along the way.
You ask and you shall receive my friends! I've been going strong for two weeks so I thought I would start sharing what I'm doing.
I thought I would kick it off with a quick recap of how I got to this point and what my intentions are now as of this moment. Sound good?
I have always been athletic, playing sports my entire childhood/high-school life. Then I went into the police academy and my love for strength and fitness grew even stronger as I was constantly pushed to my limits. Soon after graduating and marrying Jon I gained a little bit of "happiness" weight, but it was a fluctuating 5lbs. No big deal to me, but I had a desire to get back to my strong/fit self again so Jon and I joined Planet Fitness in June of 2014. We went every day after work for 4 weeks and ate clean on top of it and it showed. I was so happy with where I was at this point. Healthy, strong and lean. You can see what I looked like after 4 weeks in this post. I even started sharing a series on my blog of my workouts from the gym like this back and bicep routine, but I never finished sharing because...
A few short weeks after those pictures were taken we found out we were pregnant! I was extremely happy to be pregnant and I credited it to my health because we had been trying for over a year. You can read about that here, here and here.
I gained about 30lbs with Maddox so after he was born and a few short months of nursing and working out I was back to my per-pregnancy body once again. And then... we found out we were pregnant again this year! Another HUGE blessing! Except for with this pregnancy I have dove off the healthy bandwagon. I continually have blamed it on baby girl wanting every sweet and sugary along side taking care of a toddler and not having the time or energy to make healthy food or workout.
EXCUSES! And it has shown on my body. I've gained a ton of weight already and I'm only 26 weeks. I have love handles, cellulite, spider veins, acne, my face has gained weight. I am groggy and have zero energy most days and that's unfair to my 15 month old.
So now you are all up to date and we are here, two weeks in on my journey back to healthy living. I have been taking it easy on the workout side of things (doctors orders) and only working out lightly 2-3 days a week. I have changed my diet in a major way - you Snapchat peeps know because I share every meal over there to keep me accountable! I know I have to be extremely careful to still get enough nutrients for baby girl so I have gone lean, clean and green. Lots of water. And I am still finding ways to have a sweet, but healthy snack during the day or at night when the sugar bugs comes out strong. So far it's working like a charm. I have more energy, my face has cleared up and I feel less "chubby" already even though you can't tell since my belly is constantly growing!
I am so excited to not only share my journey with y'all along the way, but to be motivated by you and your sweet support! Thank you for continually being kind and offering encouragement to me! Y'all are the best thing since fried rice! Mmmmm.... fried rice. #justkidding #sortof #willpower