Wow, it has just been one year I delivered my second daughter! The time flies like crazy.
Several readers of this blog asked me how I continued with workouts / healthy eating after my publicly revealed T25 challenge and what are the current results. Here I want to provide a little summary of the last six months.
Well balanced proper diet is, in my opinion, the most important part of losing baby weight process.
During the last year I carefully observed changes in my body based on what I ate and on intensity of workouts.
I simply found out that even when I didn’t exercise in some periods of time, the changes in my body almost weren’t visible in short term (!). No bigger fat areas, weight remained, but of course my fitness went down a bit. I am not saying you shouldn’t exercise, I just wanted to show what had bigger effect on my body.
When I didn’t stick to my healthy diet the unwanted changes in my body came much earlier and the weight went very slightly up again.
Generally, I must admit that I wasn’t so strict in the second half of the year and I slipped to the junk food more often. But I still ate very well MOST of the time and tried to limit unhealthy food to the minimum.
In case I couldn’t resist to junk food (I love hamburgers) I prefer to make our own from scratch rather than going to some low quality fast food restaurant. It is crucial to know what is in it and choose healthy and simple ingredients without additives. Even the burger might be healthier – it has just more unhealthy fat and carbs than I would usually eat.
The best thing about this diet is that the whole family eats healthy with me. I love it!
I believe that we can teach our baby girls these good eating habits and hopefully they will stick to it when they grow up. So far they eat with us having no problems at all. They don’t know any sweets yet (my older daughter is almost 2.5 years old now) – the fruit is their sweets. The only problem is that they would eat just the fruits if we let them. So sometimes we need to say: “You will get the fruit after you eat your meat!”.
T25 Workout and other Activities
I knew that I cannot stop all workouts after my T25 challenge – this would ruin my previous effort. But I also didn’t want to exercise 6 days a week.
Approximately two months I maintained a good balance of T25 workouts and other sports. I tried to keep at least two T25 workouts a week. I didn’t exercise according to any plan – I mostly chose the workouts I liked and needed (T25 Beta Dynamic Core, T25 Alpha Ab Intervals etc.). The other two days I did some other sport or activity.
I started to climb 8 months after delivery. It was really amazing feeling to start with this sport again because so far I just kept saying that I used to climb many years ago when I was young 🙂 Not anymore, I returned because my excellent fitness allowed me to. Such a great feeling!
The best part of it was our daughters’ presence there with us. Older daughter, not yet 2 years old at that time, was very excited and curious and she immediately made her first climbing attempts too! What could be better than kids who naturally want to do sports without any pushing from parents.
Here is a video from our family climbing including my daughter’s first attempts. First look at my big body in the header of this website and then watch the video, quite a difference right?
Honestly, I didn’t believe this can happen…
We also started to play tennis again and later when the weather was too hot we were often in the pool. But of course the intensity of swimming wasn’t very high, especially with the kids around.
In May we went camping with our baby girls. We hiked there a lot.
We reached several tops of the hills by very strenuous trails, usually caring the girls. I almost didn’t experienced short breath even when going through very steeply hikes. It surprised me how “easy” it was. My fitness at that time was probably the best in the last 5 or 6 years.
I was able to sustain 3 or 4 activities and T25 workouts per week for four months.
Last two months were extremely busy and I almost didn’t workout at all 🙁 I am currently writing a book and have several web blogs to maintain. It was very difficult to be with the kids during the day, work late at nights and find any time and energy for workouts. I was so tired and burned out… Yeah, I know, these are excuses.
But it is OK. We all are busy moms and we shouldn’t feel much guilt that we didn’t stick to the strict schedule. It sometimes happens that we have hard times, right? In fact, nothing serious happened (no I didn’t gain all the weight back). I just don’t have that excellent fitness I had at the time I exercised T25 almost every day.
On the other hand, I know that longer periods without workouts and proper food would jeopardize my previous hard work…
New Workout – Body by You
This situation actually forced me to return to some schedule. I decided NOT to start again with Focus T25 workouts despite I loved it and it helped me to lose more than 90 pounds already.
I wanted something similar to T25 (some training which requires only my body, no machines, no need to go to the gym) which is not prescribed six times a week. I needed something more sustainable what I can do forever. I also wanted less cardio and more strengthening simply because I like it.
I found a great book called Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women’s Fitness written by Mark Lauren, trainer of the most elite levels of the U.S. Special Operations units but also regular women like me or you.
This book includes training program which is only three times a week, one workout is around 30 minutes. There is no jumping or crazy cardio sessions like in Focus T25. It is rather very intense strengthening made in intervals (pauses between hard sessions).
The best part of this program, in my opinion, is a huge variability – the program becomes harder when your fitness improves. I was surprised that it has 25+ difficulty levels compared to 2 in T25! Literally anybody can start with it and adjust it exactly to her needs.
I has just started this program and I am really excited to see the results after couple months.
Besides the bodyweight training the book provides very valuable and deep knowledge of how we should exercise most effectively, how to eat and generally how the body works. And not only how but also explains WHY which is extremely important.
The book busts some myths and provides very good explanations, for example:
- why you don’t need cardio to lose fat
- why you will not look like a Hulk when doing strengthening exercise
- why you will not lose your belly fat by exercising your abs
- why the number of lost pounds is not important etc.
I don’t know how effective this program will be but I know for sure that the information in the book was definitely worth it. If you are interested in the topic of getting to the great shape and want to understand how it works I sincerely recommend to read this book. It costs a little over ten bucks (I have bought Kindle version).
Anyway, I loved to read it and of course I will provide a detailed review after gaining experience with the training program and see some results.
Most of you wanted to know “how much” – here are the overall results.
One year after delivery of my second baby I have lost 93 pounds off my pregnancy weight.
But please be aware that this number showing the weight loss is NOT the most important thing! It depends on many factors how much you can lose. I simply had a lot of fat to lose. That is why I had this large weight loss. I know that looking on the decreasing weight can be so motivating but it shouldn’t make you sad if the numbers are not what you expected.
What really matters the most is being healthy, feeling great and getting rid of the fat and gaining muscles. Don’t be afraid of muscles, you need them to lose the fat! You will still look like a woman, very sexy woman with lean body, not a huge bodybuilder.
Simply said, it is important to feel good and look good, no matter what your weight scale shows!
At this stage, I don’t expect any other weight loss. I am quite lean already and have the weight (146 lbs) which is appropriate to my height (5’11”). But still some body parts need to get rid of the fat (slight weight loss) and replace it with muscles (slight weight gain). That is why the weight is not important anymore.
I focus on strengthening interval training (Body by You) to get me back to the great shape and make my body firmer. Who’s in it with me? 🙂
Summary of the Last Year
This healthy (but not crazy healthy) lifestyle has many benefits for all members of our family. I feel great, less tired and my fitness allows me to do strenuous activities which I couldn’t do for many previous years. I can be very active with kids without exhaustion I felt before.
My daughters also see that workout is normal part of the life and they like to do it with me without any encouragement from my side. They simply want to do what mommy does. So ladies, you do this not only for yourself but for your kids too!
Please let me know how are you all doing and share your experience in comments under this post. Let’s motivate each other.
Thanks for reading!
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