Challenge Accepted! Return to a healthy lifestyle after having a baby

I accepted the Transformation Challenge at Combine Fitness Personal Training Studio in Stockton, CA to start this new year. And I must say – I did my best! My goal was to develop consistency. Four months post-cesarean section and without a regular exercise “routine” for over one year, I needed to find a true first step back towards a healthy lifestyle.

My goal: develop consistency

What worked?

Family support – My husband and children handled the homefront. I have to trust they can in order not to worry or become distracted while I’m getting ready for the gym and also while I’m at the gym. Find help, whether you have 1 person or several people available and importantly you have to trust their care. Incidently, if you find it hard to ask for help, or you have a “guilty” feeling, that’s an issue you’ll need to confront before you can truly progress. There is no shame in asking and receiving help!

Committing to myself – Without distractions from the homefront, I can focus on my challenge. I can listen my voice telling me, “I want to commit to this challenge”. Our inner voice is powerful. Create a positive message and listen.

Scheduling – It took several attempts throughout the month but I did find a convienent gym time and scheduled those workouts using the MindBody app. Kudos to me for going each Saturday too!

Tools to hold myself accountable – Our Challege handbook and a spiral notebook, as simple as that. That little notebook was the actually hard.  Writing each food item; but actually, I wonder if that’s because I hadn’t really prepped my meals….

Proper gear – I didn’t feel 100% excited to workout until all these pieces came together. A Latex waist trainer ( held in my panza (tummy) so I could actually jump and run without feeling like my insides were sliding around; cesarean’s will do that to you. Moving Comfort’s Juno sports bra ( was a total lifesaver holding my nursing boobs in place so that I could jump higher and run faster without feeling uncomfortable and hurting myself; not to mention taming that embarassing bouncing. I can’t leave out KT Tape because I once had plantar fasciitis and I just feel better running with my foot taped.

All together, this is how I was able to develop consistency and confidentlly take the first step back to a healthy lifestyle.

What do I need to improve? Because there’s always something I can do better; that’s my attitude.

New gym shoes – of course I need new shoes! I could use a pair for the bootcamp style workouts. And because I’m not a very good personal shopper (we’ll dive into that some other time…) I haven’t actually bought a new pair of gym tennies in a couple years.

Food prepping – I will agree there is a true benefit to preparing your weekly meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, at one time then packing them in individual containers ready to be eaten at their appropriate times. Finding the time to shop, prepare and cook, and then package takes planning. I wasn’t ready to juggle in this step into my life. But I will! This will be a separate post with how I’m able to finally get this together!

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