*above image found on Etsy.
TGIF! I thought Friday would never come guys! I’m so excited to start a new series on my blog, called the Friday Feature. It is basically an open-book feature, where I can talk about ANYTHING with you. I want to connect with more of you, not just on a fashion level, but on a more personal level. I’m sure there are so many topics that we can discuss and I’d love to hear from you.
For today’s Friday Feature, I thought I would talk about my struggle with losing my postpartum weight and starting an exercise routine. I had my second son, Eli, on April 20th. After my first pregnancy – I lost my pregnancy weight SO fast, I didn’t even try. During that time, I was in law school, studying for the bar, taking care of a newborn – and life was just pretty much hectic all around. AND, a lot of people did tell me that each, subsequent pregnancy just gets harder and losing the weight gets harder as well.
I never really exercised hardcore in the past – but I definitely knew I needed to start to get RID of my belly. Every morning I would wake up and I swear I wanted to cry because none of my clothes were fitting me or they were not flattering. Say what you will – but every girl knows her own body.
My husband, Alex, is really good with setting a diet and knowing what and what not to eat. He told me that 90% is what you eat and 10% is exercise. I started the exercise portion. I’ve been doing two types of exercises and alternating depending on the day. I’ve actually been following Sarah’s Day – she has a 15 minute fat burner workout and she also has a 15 minute ab workout.
What I like about her workouts is that you can do them right at home and whenever you have 15-20 minutes to spare. Even though the exercises are 15 minutes long, you have 4 different types of exercises which you do for 30 seconds each and you repeat them three times in one circuit. In the next circuit, you have a different set of 4 exercises and again, you repeat them three times in the circuit. The purpose is to constantly keep moving and you will feel your muscles burning. I also bought some 5-pound weights and a 5-pound Sports Hoop that I incorporate before the 15 minute workout.
I still have A LOT of work to do – for the past two weeks, I wasn’t able to exercise as much because the kiddos were taking turns getting sick and I haven’t been able to get a few minutes to actually exercise. But I promised myself that I would push myself and start asap – it is SO hard, but I just keep telling myself what my goal is and that is my driving force. These two exercises have been great for me as a starting point. Are there any exercise routines that you recommend to get rid of that postpartum belly? I’d love to hear your suggestions! And, I hope you love the new Friday Feature section on my blog.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!