Today’s post is about ABS. I have always loved staying fit — I loved a junior high weight lifting class I took and since have been into fitness. I always knew that (supposedly) if you have stronger abs BEFORE you get pregnant then you will bounce back faster. With Atticus that was especially true for me. I had pretty fit abs and continued to do ab work outs until my bump was too big (my doc said this was fine.) I bounced back pretty quick with him even though I gained 50 lbs with his pregnancy. With my second pregnancy I wasn’t as in shape beforehand — I had lost all the weight but didn’t have as much muscle. During my pregnancy I was so busy with Atticus that I didn’t have as much time to work out so I would often just do quick work outs or a soul cycle class here and there but really, didn’t work out much and had little desire to. During that time I forgot what it was like to enjoy working out because I dreaded it. I gained around 50 lbs with my second pregnancy too – somehow weight just sticks to me. After three months with little Rosie I decided to try working out so I bought the BBG program. When it came time to do a sit up I laid flat and couldn’t for the life of me even do one single sit up. I had never felt so weak and discouraged knowing I had such a long ways to go because I knew how hard it is to build muscle. Especially since my body doesn’t build muscle very quickly. I also knew I had to have Diastasis Recti (when your ab muscles are separated after pregnancy) — because I could feel how far apart they were.
So, I kind of lost motivation to work out and decided I wanted to first lose the weight. For around 2 months I did a no carb no sugar diet (the ketogenic diet) and I lost the remaining 25 or so lbs pretty quick. Once the weight was gone, I stopped dieting and ate normal and decided to start working out but I wanted to get a trainer to help with my ab situation and the whole separation so I didn’t make it worse. My trainer taught me a bunch of really great work outs and also got me to love working out again which was really nice. I still have a bit of separation that my doctor says will unfortunately probably be there for now on unless I choose to get it fixed (you can get the ab muscles sewn together when you are completely done having children but I have no idea what that entails! I just know she told me that, ha.) Anyways, I wanted to share some of my favorite ab work outs – I am NOT a personal trainer or fitness expert – I am a tall, lerpy, and uncoordinated human just trying to be fit lol so don’t judge my form because, trust me, I KNOW! And if you have diastisis recti you should consult a a doctor before working out and if possible talk to a trained professional to see what is best for your situation!! Some of these I didn’t start doing until AFTER my separation was getting a lot better so best to consult someone 🙂
And for any mama’s out there who were in my same boat don’t feel discouraged! Changes do not happen overnight and I didn’t start seeing results for a solid 6 months. And like I said I seriously couldn’t do a 10 second plank or a sit up if I wanted to – so it took lots of baby steps at first! I kinda wish I had taken a before picture but you definitely don’t think to strip and take a photo after having a baby – especially when its winter and you’re pasty white like I was lol.
Currently I am doing the BBG work out program and I am on week 14. I don’t diet but I try to eat healthy when healthy options are available. I don’t worry too much if I have shaved ice like we did tonight 😉 its good to treat yourself.
Anyways, hopefully this helped and let me know if you have any other questions! I also filmed my favorite butt work outs and will post that one soon too 🙂 xoxo