Hey there to anyone that is reading this! Anyone?
I have not been on spark for a while. Life happened. I got married, 13 months later had a beautiful son, who is now 14 months already!?! Where has the time gone?!?
Life is finally, finally settling down. In 2011 I was planning my dream wedding, 2012 I was getting married and buying a house, 2013 I was getting pregnant (didn't take too long! haha!) and having a baby. 2014 I was learning (and still am) how to juggle my new life of being a full time working mom and wife.
I was pretty much sleep deprived for the first 10 months of my son's life thanks to him not loving sleep. But we finally (fingers crossed) have that under control and he is sleeping at least 10-11 hours every night, which is GLORIOUS.
Oh! I should mention also that 2013/14 I was RECOVERING from my pregnancy. Around 7 months I ended up developing this condition called SPD (Symphasis Pubic Dysfunction). Basically, when you are pregnant your body releases a hormone called relaxin so it can relax the joints and allow your pelvis to open up and have the baby. With SPD, your body over produces the hormone and too soon, thus making the joints in your pelvic area unstable and VERY VERY VERY painful. The pain can be located anywhere in the pelvis but mine was particularly in my pubic bone. Toward the end of my pregnancy I couldn't do anything without being in severe pain. Walking, getting in and out of a car, getting into bed, there was NO way I could lay on my side or even roll over. I couldn't even lift my legs high enough off of the ground to get my own pants on. So my husband had to do EVERYTHING just about for me. Thankfully I could still shower and go to the bathroom on my own...but everything else, I really depended on him for a lot of things. Long story short, my recovery was a long one and I had to do physical therapy after my son was born. I didn't feel healthy and stable enough to even attempt exercising until he was 6 months old.
Well, I'm happy to report that I am 98% recovered! I say 98% because occasionally will feel subtle reminders of pain in that area (usually around the TOM) sorry if any guys are reading this, but get over it! It's a fact of life that women's bodies are AMAZING and can do all sorts of stuff yours can't! haha! But anyway! I am back to normal, I have even ran in 2 5ks since feeling well and have worked out off and on to turbo fire, body revolution and some denise austin pilates stuff.
BUT....I still have some weight to lose. Not too much though. My top weight when I gave birth was 185ish (YIKES!! I'm only 5'1!) But now I am back down to 145. I would like to get to 130 and would LOVE to get to 120. I am trying to be kind and realistic to myself and know that my body will never be the "same" now that I have given birth, and that's ok because the payoff of my son was and is more beautiful than any dream body that I could ever pine after.
With that said, I am not giving up. I'm not taking on the mentality of, "Well, I'm married and a mom now, so who cares? I'll just let myself go." No. One because yeah, I am a little vain and I want to drop pounds to look good. But also now that I am in my mid 30s I am a little older and wiser, I want to stay healthy for as long as I can and now I have a little boy that I need to chase after and play with so I need the energy for that as well.
So now that life is settling into my "new" normal, I am ready to get back at it with my workouts. I have dabbled in it since becoming a mom but I am going to try something new. The biggest challenge has been carving out the time and finding the energy. The funny thing about working out is how you GET energy after you work out. So I tried the get up at 4 a.m. thing (remember I work out of the home) and yeah, no. That is just no fun. I like the fact that it's done and out of the way but I don't like getting up that early and honestly I don't feel like I put as much OOMPH in my workouts that early. I tried the workout as soon as I get home thing. NO WAY. I don't get home until 6 pm, my son goes to sleep by 7:30. I think you can do the math on that one and figure out why I am not willing to sacrifice my 90 minutes I get with him for an hour of working out....
So my solution? Work out AFTER he goes to bed. Which means I will be working out around 8 pm and will be done no later than 9 and ready to get in bed. After my long, hot shower or bubble bath! ME TIME! Sounds like a perfect plan to me!
Now the question is which workout program do I do? It's a toss up between Turbo Fire or Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I like Turbo because I really feel like I get a good workout. What I don't like is how long a lot of the routines are. With Body Revolution, I LOVE that each workout is only around 30 minutes but I'm not sure I would get the results I get with turbo fire. Turbo Fire is more high intensity cardio with some strength built in, HIIT workouts and 1 yoga type workout. Body revolution is like Jillian's 30 day shred...circuit training, 1 or 2 days are cardio only and the rest are circuit training days with a lot of strength, abs, and some 1 minute cardio intervals built in. I'm sure I'd get good results with both, just trying to figure out what to do.
I start on Monday with my plan and I will be blogging on how it's going. Hopefully I get some people to read this...if not, I guess it's my own personal diary. So win-win either way.