Many start off the year with aspirations of the proverbial…New Year, New You. I took this quite literally as I rounded the corner in 2017 with an amazing year, welcoming our sweet baby boy, Mason in August 2018. After thinking for the majority of my life that I would not have children, I didn’t waste any time at age 36 having our first child, Shaelyn, and a mere 14 months later, Mason arrived. AND, to top it all off, I was going to walk down the aisle a mere 6 months after Mason arrived.
I certainly did not have the time to spare getting the baby weight off and decided to partner with Stark Fitness to get to my goal weight. I had two very difficult pregnancies involving extended hospital stays for weeks at a time and a majority of the pregnancy on bed-rest. This resulted in a total weight gain of 55 lbs, 30 lbs over the recommended weight from my doctor.
Resolution #1: Be unabashedly open and honest during this journey
All too often we see these women who bounce back and are in their skinny jeans a week after pregnancy. I made this mistake of following some of these accounts during the pregnancy, only to have unrealistic expectations for myself. For this reason, I wanted to share my personal journey in hopes it will give perspective from a “normal” person in hopes this will shed some light on the weight loss process. Below you will find a picture of me 1 week before I delivered at full term and the next picture is me 2 weeks after giving birth.
Resolution #2: Hit the Gym 3-4x Per Week
It is not secret I DO NOT LIKE TO SWEAT, or really do any physical activity. So, I knew it would really take a team of to rally around me to help my along this journey. MKC is a sponsor for Miss California and through the years, I had hard contestants and Title Holders mention Stark Fitness (SF), a fellow sponsor, so I decided to check them out. To my surprise, SF has a 360 approach to Health & Wellness, which is exactly what I needed. I was set up for an initial consultation to assess my physical fitness level, which was very low given I had been on bed rest for the last 5 months and a 6 week recovery for my C-Section. Stark crafted a personalized work out program for me to work on not only building a foundation for fitness, but also focusing on regaining my core from the pregnancy.
Resolution #3: Make the Right Food Choices
I did not count calories and ate whatever I wanted during the pregnancy, which included lots of carbs. Now that the party was over and reality has set in, I needed to re-program my food intake to get to my goal. With the help of my nutritionist at Stark, Amir Modalfi, we came up with a meal plan that included lots of protein & veggies, I was armed with the literal recipe for success.
Resolution #4: Drink More Water
I could drink 8 glasses of champagne before the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. I knew hydration was key and ditching all of the beverages with empty calories was an absolute must. I loaded up the office, house, car and anywhere else I was headed with water. To make water more appealing, I have water in beautiful glasses with lemon and a straw.
Resolution #5: Get to my Goal Weight by Wedding Day, If not Sooner
Let’s embark on this journey together and hopefully, cross the finish line at my Goal.