Kat was never “fit.” But after becoming a first-time mother, she knew she couldn’t continue down the same path. From light workouts, improved nutrition and balance, Kat transformed her body and her outlook. This is her transformation story.
How it started
Early on a warm summer morning I awoke went to the bathroom. As I washed my hands I glanced up and looked in the mirror. There I stood 6 weeks post partum and fifty pounds heavier than my pregnancy start weight. I was hardly someone I recognized. I had always been average size pear shape, far from fit! I was the occasional cardio bunny and sporadic gym member. I couldn’t do a push up to save my life.
I thought of my mom who bore three children. Who would stand in the mirror and bash her much overweight body. I knew I had to do something. I had to make a change so huge I couldn’t fall back on it.
Late night scrolling through Instagram I found other “fit moms” (#fitmama to be exact) who had transformed their bodies at home while taking care of new babies. I was in awe. So many different types of women who had transformed their bodies. My amazement soon grew to being overwhelmed. How and what path to take??
I knew my diet needed MAJOR clean up. I got so off track during my pregnancy. I was giving in to every craving. I had donuts a few times a week and washed them down with chocolate milk.
I knew I had to do it the right way. Whole unprocessed foods. I prepared and planned my meals to be as healthy as possible. I changed my perspective on food. Food can either be fuel to your body or poison. This may sound harsh but, the landscape of food has changed. There are so many products on the shelves that are filled with chemicals, color and preservatives that are toxic to our precious bodies. I changed my mind about what comfort food meant. Comfort food should be something that heals, nourishes and fuels your body. Not something that hurts it.
I decided the best way for me to stay on track and juggle being a first time parent was to prep all my meals. I sat down and planned my meals for the week went to the store and bought my supplies. I prepped my meals for the week and dove in. I worried the repetitiveness of meals would drive me crazy. It was the opposite. As a breastfeeding mother I was (still am) so tired and spread thin. Knowing that my meals were taken care of was such a huge help. I felt energized because my body was taking in clean nutrient meals. The next week I went out and did the same thing. I looked forward to getting creative with my meal prep. Within two weeks I noticed small changes in my body. After a month it felt so routine. My husband joined in which was a huge help. We also noticed a huge savings of money because we weren’t dining out and buying fast food.
Once I got the go ahead from my doctor to exercise I started with interval runs, yoga and light weights. I added high intensity interval training after about a month. As well as plyometrics. I tracked my progress with photos and measurements. I saw results so quickly in photos. The progress was right there in front of me. It held me so accountable to my goals. I also think sharing my progress so publicly on Instagram really forced me to stay committed to my goals.
My results didn’t happen overnight. It took a few months before I felt I saw any progress at all. But I didn’t give up. I couldn’t do a single push-up. But I kept trying, I would fail and laugh at myself and try again. I spent every day trying to work harder than I did the last. I am still doing that today.
As an exclusively breastfeeding Mom, business owner and wife, getting to the gym is nearly impossible. (Especially early on after my son was born). Out of necessity I started putting together a home gym so I could workout while my newborn took naps. At first I started with no equipment at all. I would nurse my son, lay him down for his morning nap and get right to my workout. I found that the days I put my workout off until later in the day, was generally the day it didn’t happen.
My scheduled workouts and eating habits early on was as follows:
Meal 1- Coffee, ezekiel toast with avocado
9am-10am – Nurse to sleep and lay baby down for a nap
10am-10:30 – HIIT workout in my living room
- 15 Jumping Jacks
- 25Mountain Climbers
- 10 Squats
- 1 min wall sit
- 1 min plank
- 3×20 walking lunges
11:00-Meal 2- 1 scrambled egg + 3 whites, & Fruit
1:00-1:30 30 min Stroller Interval walk (3 min brisk pace, 2 min relaxed pace, repeat for 30 min)
2:00 Lunch for Mommy- 4oz Meal prep Chicken breast, 1 cup mixed greens, 1/2 avocado, chopped tomatoes, 1/2 large sweet potato.
3:30- Snack Edamame+ 2 rice cakes
9:00- Protein Shake
10pm- Bed time