DIY: Getting In Shape After Pregnancy3:27 PM
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!
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.