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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Yesterday was my first Cathe workout since having my baby 5 weeks ago. I did a few Cathe workouts during my pregnancy but not to the extend that I did prior to getting pregnant. I chose to start back by doing 40 mins of Drill Max which is one of my favorite fitness dvds. I LOVE this workout!! I used to be able to get through the dvd, tired, sweaty and feeling good but yesterday just the warm up KILLED ME!!! LOL!!

It was obvious within the first 10 mins that I was NOT the same Jen I was 10 months ago and I have a LONG way to go in order to get back to where I used to be. During the second drill Cathe has a pushup set that include core pushups along with dive bombers. I used to love these . Well, yesterday I struggled to make it through just TWO dive bombers!!! I did a total of 32 pushups yesterday but these really worked me hard. I need to make it a goal to work on these each week as I really do feel they work the entire core along with the arms.

I am now ordering Cathe's new Cardio dvds as I think they will add an extra MUCH NEEDED boost to my fitness regimen. I have seen such wonderful results with her dvds in the past and I am hoping the new set will be no exception. I also have her STS series and I am debating when to start as it is an advanced system and I have not lifted hard and heavy since August, before I was pregnant. It is similar to P90X which I loved so I am hoping it will help me regain my tone.

In terms of the weight loss, I am quite certain that loosing these last few pounds are going to require a great deal of work. I am not weighing much these days. Instead I am focusing on my monthly challenge and how my clothes fit.

Yesterday for a moment I felt really down. I felt as if I would never see the fit Jen that I worked so hard to become. I was remembering what it felt like walking on the treadmill back in 2006, 70 pounds heavier and so out of shape. I was so depressed thinking I would never loose my weight and get back to where I was in college. I now need to remember that I am not my best right now not because of laziness or anything but because I just had a baby. It is ok to recover and take things slow, in fact it is better. I do not want to rush into trying to become something I am not at this moment. It will come in time and I will be back racing and tearing up those workouts!!

Out for a workout with my girl!!!

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    You're doing a great job mommy!
    4010 days ago
    Oh my goodness! She is adorable! You've got it right - you just had a baby and it is ok to slow down a little and spend time with her as your body gears back up for the mega workouts you used to do. take it slow and easy and you'll be back where you know before you know it. (because time flies once you start compairing it to how fast your babies grow up!)
    4010 days ago
    Girl--You are doing GREAT! :) You WILL get back to where you were...just give it time...

    Just some encouragement--yesterday I got out all my summer clothes that DEFINITELY DID NOT fit me last summer (when my baby girl was just a few months old...)...They ALL fit! There are two that were just a tad tight in the waist, but I am PROUD! What a great feeling...Last summer I wore a pair of smaller maternity jean capris just about every day...and this feels like a whole new wardrobe and it feels GOOD!

    You will do it! You can do it! :)
    4010 days ago
    Motivation is sitting in your SparkMotivator community which is your PEER group and my hope. Many a woman is in JennsFit pre-baby condition and they have 3-4 children. Seek them out and be encouraged, just as many have sought you and been encouraged by you (me being among your encouragee's). Super-cute baby you have, with hair even!
    4012 days ago
    you ARE doing so great taking time to take care of you & by doing so, you're setting an AMAZING example for sweet Michaela!!! Don't forget that!
    4012 days ago
    i think its great that you are realising you need to look at the whole picture -- be pleased with your progress and motivation yet continuing to expect of yourself.. you WILL get there!!
    4013 days ago
    Aww, she is just gorgeous!
    I can't believe it's been 5 weeks already!

    ..now I have to go figure out what dive bombers are..
    4013 days ago
  • JBMT08
    you are doing great girl....keep blogging, I am taking what you are going through as bible for after I deliver...I have a little less thank two months to go until I show my pics of my baby girl!! She is beautiful by the way. You are very encouraging....letting me know that you can maybe start exercising about 5 weeks after birth! GO YOU!!!! emoticon
    4013 days ago
    You are doing great! Enjoy every moment!
    4014 days ago
    You are doing AWESOME! Love the pictures of your sweet little girl!
    4014 days ago
    sweetie!!! you are doing WONDERFUL.. and you are nursing your beautiful baby that in itself will help you along with your healthy eating!!! enjoy these moments with your princess... they go WAY WAY too fast... speaking from experience!!! My 5th and LAST baby will be 1 next month :(
    4015 days ago
  • LP2278
    Wow! My doctor wouldn't even let me load the dishwasher or fold laundry until my baby was six weeks old. Of course, I had a c-section, so that may be different, but you are really doing well for 5 weeks post-delivery. My baby is 21 months, and I weigh less now than I did before I had her, so just keep up the good work, and you'll get there!
    4015 days ago
    I love Cathe's workout videos! Before I joined a gym, I worked out to her videos everyday! She will definitely get you back into your "fit Jen" body! I love her step aerobics videos, they are really fun, and her weight training videos are muscle pumping great! Have fun!
    4015 days ago
    You are doing great! Don't be too hard on yourself! You WILL reach your goal!
    4015 days ago
    I'll share with you what the nurse who led our childbirth classes told all of us. (She was also a pilates and group fitness instructor). She said to not think of it as getting back into your old jeans, going back to your pre-baby weight, or back to your level of fitness before the baby, etc. That can set you up to be sad or depressed. Instead, think of it as moving forward toward your new body, where you want to be. It seems like such a small change in mind-set, but it might be helpful. You're doing amazing!! :-)
    4015 days ago
    Oh my goodness Jen, I feel like those hormones might have been kicked in yesterday because you have NOTHING to be down about! Women aren't even going back to work by now and you are expecting yourself to be superwoman (haha - yes, superwoman is equivalent to the "old Jen"). Not only has your body just produced a new human life - but your sleep pattern is not the same, your schedule is not the same, you are NURSING!, ...come on, there are boundaries for anybody and I think you have ACED fitness pre-, during, and post-pregnancy! Have patience with yourself - you will get back to and surpass where you were! There are just way too many goals to accomplish still yet!! :)
    4016 days ago
    You're doing such a great job, Jen and you look wonderful! It IS hard to reconcile the difference between your pre-baby body and after. Just remind yourself what a wonderful gift you gave to both yourself and your daughter by keeping your weight down and keeping so fit during your pregnancy. I imagine you will be back to your old self in no time. Keep up the awesome job and kisses to baby Michaela!! emoticon
    4016 days ago
    Try not to compare the new Jen to the "old Jen". You are a new and improved model. Be patient, focus on being healthy and eating healthy. After each of my children was born I got smaller than I had originally been! Breast feeding is the best way to lose weight in my opinion!
    4016 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/11/2010 6:48:32 PM
    You are doing a great job. You are working out like a rock star and you just had a baby, you should be proud of yourself. I hope that I am that ambitious and "up to it" at 5 weeks after delivery.

    Your little one is so adorable, and so smart...she is showing us she is 5 (weeks) already.
    4016 days ago
    You look great! As stated by previous sparkers, your determination alone could power the nation's electric grid:)You are doing it!
    4016 days ago
    You look wonderful! Don't be hard on your self, it takes a little bit to for your body to get back into the swing of things. Keep up the great work girl!!

    4016 days ago
    You're doing great! You will get your body back. I found that I lost a lot of muscle during my pregnancy because I didn't weight train at all. Like you, I was within a couple pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight just a few weeks after having my daughter, but I just couldn't lose them and none of my clothes fit. What worked for me was first rebuilding my muscle mass, this allowed me to burn more calories each day. Then I focused on shedding the excess body fat by increasing my cardio intensity. My daughter is 2 now. I am still working on reducing my body fat even more, but I am proud to say I am below my pre-pregnancy weight and I have my 6-pack abs back! You can do it! Congrats on your daughter, she is beautiful.
    4016 days ago
    Awesome job Jen! Sounds like you are motivated and well on your way to a very quick bounce back after baby! I can only hope I have a fraction of that success!
    4016 days ago
    you're doing great! any you have such a wonderful place to come and say what you need to say! Take it a day at a time, listen to your body, and enjoy these precious moments with Michaela. You'll be right back to the "fit" Jen before you know it! I got faith in ya, girl!


    She believed she could, so she did!
    4016 days ago
    with the way you workout and your determination you will get back to being fit - maybe not the same shape, but healthy and fit before you know it.
    4016 days ago
    You look great and you have the right mindset, you did just have a baby and bring your daughter to this world. It will take a bit longer but it will happen.

    She's a doll!
    4016 days ago
    Your baby is adorable!! Don't worry you will be back in tip top shape in no time. You are such a hard worker and I know you won't give up until you are back to where you want to be. You are such an inspiration to so many people. If I worked half as hard as you do I would be in great shape.

    Just remember to treat yourself as you would treat anyone else who just had a baby and I know you would treat them with kindness and patience.


    4016 days ago
    You're doing great! It took much so much longer than 5 weeks to start getting back into shape after my babies. And now I'm going backwards! LOL! Hang in there. You're so inspiring, even to someone like me whose baby is 3!!!
    4016 days ago
    I think you'll never ever be the same after having a baby.
    You'll have your body back, though, if you want to, it just takes some time, and you'll be stronger/faster than ever before. Because being a Mum makes you tougher and stronger. You'll deal with difficulties easier, you'll make more out of your time (as I see you already do).
    Your daughter is beautiful. And she smiles a lot. She is so watchful from the beginning, my babies got here at around 3-4 months!
    4016 days ago
    I know a thing or two about being out of shape--- it's frustrating, yes, depressing. And here I am again, hoping that this foot thing will heal and basically going a few steps back again. Where is the fit girl from 2008? But, I know she is in me and like Sharon said, reaching all those milestones anew is what's it's about--- that feeling of being accomplished. It's rough for me not to compare the past, but look at the wonderful changes that God gave you in your life and the "rest" that your knee probably really needed.
    I think our body protects us from our overzealous selfs. We simply can't compare to some other person's body, but rather be happy with the one we got. I am not giving up, just laughing at the detours.. sometimes I yell at the detours and cry or eat over them, but then I get up, get a workout in and feel lucky that I can do what I can. Today I did 40 min on the elliptical and am proud that I worked it hard enough to feel it!
    Enjoy the journey!
    4016 days ago
  • SHAY72
    u will get to where u want to be it just takes a little patience & time, u just had a baby,but u look really good ,so take ur time practice makes perfect
    4016 days ago
  • ERIN1022
    Oh Jen, I certainly understand why you felt a little down yesterday, but you really are doing an AMAZING job bouncing back after the birth. Everything takes time, and all you can do is what you are currently doing: work your hardest and best each day! You will get there again if that's what you want. I have no doubts! emoticon
    4016 days ago
    Jen, don't despair! Having a baby is a MAJOR event - it's not like you just took a few months off! I'm sure it must be frustrating to the MAX to struggle so much with things that were doable a few months ago. But look at it this way, it's NOT like starting over. Your body has "memory" and you will bounce back quicker than if you had never been in shape. And you get to hit all the cool milestones again! Think of how much fun it will be to conquer those DVD's and hit the 5 mile mark while running again! Enjoy the journey!
    4016 days ago
    You are doing so well!! My son will be 6 months old tomorrow and I'm STILL struggling....LOL. I've heard great reviews about Cathe's DVDs so I'm going to check them out. Maybe it will help me get over this seemingly plateau I'm experiencing. Your motivation and attitude about getting back on track has really helped me bump it up!!! You're so inspiring....thank you!!! emoticon
    4016 days ago
    so beautiful!! u are doing an amazing job!!
    4016 days ago
    Slow and steady mom! You don't want to go too fast and hurt youself!
    4016 days ago
    WOW you are doing awesome! It took me almost 8 months to get moving after my youngest was born. You will be able to do it...it may take longer then you would like but the in the end it will be so rewarding for you hun! You will have worked hard for that body and your body worked hard for you...producing that beautiful little girl. Give yourself a break...you only had her 5 weeks ago. You will get yourself back to the weight before pregnancy. Enjoy every moment! It goes by so fast!

    She is getting more and more adorable with every picture you post! She is just darling! Have a wonderful week! emoticon
    4016 days ago
    You're doing great,Jen! I'm with you though,I'm feeling like I may never get back to where I was last fall...and Daniel's only 3 1/2 weeks! I'm so impatient! I've got just 8 lb from pregnancy left but I'm way out of shape. I haven't started any core work but try to do something for ST 5x a week(key word:TRY)
    4016 days ago
    Cathe is beyond awesome you'll be back in shape in no time if you sick with her. It takes time to get back in shape enjoy the journey and don't get too stressed. I haven't been brave enough to try doing all of drill max. Her only workouts that I do completely are kick/punch/crunch, cardio kicks, & pyramid lower + upper body.
    4016 days ago
    You can and will do this! You have a great start so keep it up!!! Have a terrific Tuesday.
    4016 days ago
    Great outlook on it! Slow and steady wins the race! You'll get your pre-baby body back in no time.
    4016 days ago
  • MRS.NG.06
    OH Jen, I feel you on so many levels today. Though I havent had my baby yet, I had a moment today of overwhelming just.."UGH" with my body today! But remember..this is only temporary, its not permanent. (I feel like I should be talking to myself here! LOL) I read in one of my books, the best way to think about post baby weight loss is that it took 9 months to gain, it'll take 9 months to lose and ya know what? YOU my dear are WAY ahead of the game : ) so take comfort in the fact that you have less than 10 pounds to lose..you are doing great!!! Keep up the good work and BE PATIENT with yourself..(again I'm preaching to the choir LOL) xooxox *HUGS*
    4016 days ago
    You'll be back there in no time! You're doing great! Your LO is sooooo adorable!
    4016 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Take it easy on yourself. You just had a baby and your body is still changing inside and out. You WILL get back into shape. Just remember that having a baby may change your body. Some women get back to their prepreggo weight but they are in a different size because the shape of their body changed.

    Just easy into the workouts. Trust me, I wanted to jump right back into my old gym routine BUT no way. I had to start easy. I felt so defeated because a simple 5 minutes on the stairmill was too much for me. I was remembering doing 30 minutes. I've worked up to 15 minutes in a short amount of time.

    I believe that as long as you are on the journey and you will get there. They say 9 months on 9 months off. So give it time. Also I read that some breastfeeding moms hold on to the last couple of pound until the baby is weaned and then the weight falls off. I know for me that I really did start to lose weight until Lillian was 5 months. I just maintained no matter how much I dieted or exercised.

    So I wrote all of that to say that everyone is different. So listen to your body and go slow. emoticon
    4016 days ago
    You are doing a fantastic job! And remember (I'm sure you've heard this a million times) it took 9 months to put on the weight so it will take a while to get it back off. And once you get all the weight back off, you won't be the old Jen, you will BETTER - you will have the old Jen body but you will also have that precious little girl! emoticon
    4016 days ago
    emoticon you have taught yourself all the right ways to lose weight and stay healthy and you did such a great job maintaining while pregnant- I'm sure it will take some time but you have all the tools you need and will get there before you know!!
    4016 days ago
  • *MADHU*
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    4016 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4155065
    Ur totally on the right track! And yes, you just had a baby! it takes time for your body to bounce back but you will get there and it will happen before you even realize it! You will do great!! emoticon emoticon
    4016 days ago
    When I had to start losing weight again, I realized how hard it was to start again, But what I try to do is go back to my photo of me 50 lbs heavier and then 40, 30, 20, 10 and looked at the dates on those photos and told myself look how long it took you to drop those 1st 30 lbs, 3 month, 3 months is nothing,

    I've read most of your blog during your pregnancy and you kept your self going. and you can do it again, and you will look back 3 months from now and say wow, I did it.

    4016 days ago
    You'll get there Jen! No worries there. You haven't lost your determination and will power...I know you'll see results soon. Just keep up the healthy choices and you'll do great!
    4016 days ago
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