DIY: Getting In Shape After Pregnancy

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I had a baby a little over 3 months ago and I am determined to get my body back to normal! I have been taking baby steps so I don't want to throw in the towel. Here's what I have been doing...

I have added this wonderful shake into my diet! No joke, it is the best thing to hit my stomach. My body craves it everyday. I must have really been lacking in nutrients. Here's a shout out to my friend Erin for posting it on her blog! Here is the recipe.



This shake makes a lot! My hubby and I usually split it. Even then it is still a lot but I try and get it all down in one setting. It makes for a good breakfast with all the fruit and nutrients. I will sometimes put my half in the fridge and snack on it throughout the day.



I drink a ton more water! I love my Nalgene bottle. It is really durable which is great since I use it all the time! It really helps me to realize how much water I have had in a day. I try and refill it as much as possible.




I hate running, but I decided to give it a try since runners are extremely healthy and have fabulous bodies. But I started SLOW so I wouldn't want to give up right away. About 6 weeks after having my baby, I just walked for 10 minutes everyday for a week. Then the next week, I walked 8 minutes and ran 2. The next week I walked 7 minutes and ran 3 minutes. Now, I have stretched out my workout to 15 minutes and 5 of those minutes are running. Slowly but surely I will become a runner lady! Oh ya, I keep the treadmill at a 3% incline. That way the intensity is more like being outside.


After having a baby, your core can be left a mess. I know mine is! 
So...
Hubby and I love to watch a little TV at night, and our favorite part about watching our shows is that we do our core exercises at the same time. :) I'm talking about the plank, the bridge, the bird dog, the superman, and windshield wipers. Seriously, Biggest Looser, American Idol, and The Office are not the same without our exercises.


Bridge: 2 sets of 20 held for 4 seconds each




Plank: 2 sets held for 30 seconds in each position. Be sure to do each side.




Bird Dog: 2 sets of 20. Hold for 4 seconds each, alternating arm and leg each time.




Superman: 2 sets of 10 held for 4 seconds each




Windshield Wipers: 2 sets of 20, dropping legs down to each side and back up.





Now I just need to cut some crappy food out of my diet and add more veggies. I will be posting some healthy yummy recipes as I find them on my journey to getting my body in shape after having a baby.



Stephanie

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6 comments

  1. yeah for getting in shape! i'm in the same boat and i've been doing the "couch to 5k" program and i think you would love it! check it out!!
    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

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  2. I totally am going to do the couch to 5k! I love it! thanks!

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  3. You're such an inspiration. I just need to DO IT!

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  4. Good for you. Keep at the treadmill. I used to hate running, but you grow into it and you'll start to wonder how you ever could have hated it. That smoothie sounds awesome. I want to try it. P.S. I don't know how the prices compare to where you get them. But we sell several of those ingredients at our store and we're told we're usually cheaper than health food stores and other places. No pressure, but just so you know. : )

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  5. Rebekah, I need all the info you can give me about your store! I know several people who want to buy from you, aswell as myself :)

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  6. Oh thank, you thank you! I needed a post pregnancy workout. Totally going to start this.

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