This is most definitely the hardest post to put out there. I have butterflies in my stomach just typing this out. Its not a before and after post because I’m not done yet. I know I will never be exactly how I would like in my mind, simply because I have had 3 kids and it is not realistic. Yes I have stretch marks and my hips are wider then they were before kids. Am I self conscious about this? You betcha.. But I know there is nothing I can do about it. I know I’m not fat or anything, but I have always been very self conscious of my body. Putting these pictures on here like this makes me very terrified. So if anyone else would like to join me and post your before and progress pictures on my forums that would be great! We can motivate each other to keep going! Don’t be ashamed of your body. We all have struggles in some area in life.
I started a 30 day full body killer workout challenge December 1st, 2015, I did it religiously for 26 days. Holy moly 120 burpees! I may have let out a few profanities doing those. Good thing the kids were gone at school! There is no way I could do them all at once without stopping, So I would do about 25-30 at a time. Then take about a 45 second break and do another set. I will say on day one I could hardly make it to 12 in a row and I had to take a break, so I most definitely improved by the end. It was rough though so don’t think it was easy for me!
Then I went and tried to move some heavy furniture (I know, I know, I’m not supposed to be doing that..) and felt it in my back for a few days. I never finished not only because of my back but I was getting kind of bored with it as well. It was taking up a lot of time and I just felt like doing something different.
You can see my problem area around my middle when I first started in December. The other picture was take about two and a half months later. I didn’t work out everyday and I had many days were I overate and ate a lot of sweets. There was Christmas and 4 of my nieces and nephews birthday parties and new years etc… Trust me when I say, I was very bad many days. I am mostly happy with the progress I have made so far but it is harder then I thought it was going to be for sure! I don’t really have any weight to lose, but I want my body to change. I am 108 pounds in the first picture and 107 pounds in the February picture. I don’t really care to lose any weight, but I do want to gain some muscle. I want to look and feel fit. I want to be able to wear a bathing suit this summer and feel good in it. I really want to kick some serious ass during SwampFoot 🙂 So that is my main goal, to have some defined muscles. You cant really tell that well in these pictures but I have improved my arms quite a bit. I just recently realized though that I need to work on my shoulders to get the more defined look in them. I always thought I needed to work on the bicep to have strong looking arms, and it helps of course, but the shoulder muscle comes down the arm and makes them look so much stronger. So that’s something I just started to work on more.
I wasn’t doing much in the way of running or the elliptical for most of this time. Most of my cardio was in the form of HIITs (High Intense Interval Training) Although I have been trying to get back on it more. I have done an hour on the elliptical a few times now. I like to download a book and set my phone or tablet on the elliptical, to help distract myself from the workout. Its great haha! I don’t always have that much time though, even if I can squeeze in 10-20 minutes and a few minutes of weights I am good with that.
Well I guess now that I have it out there, I hope it will motivate me even more to work hard to get the results I want. Join me in this journey, so we can motivate and support each other. I would love to hear your stories of success or struggles. Any tips are welcome because I am no professional. Just an ordinary mom trying to stay healthy and show my kids that hard work can pay off.
While I was working out my 3 year old wanted to be like mommy. She said to me while using the elliptical (for about 45 seconds haha) “when I am bigger, I am going to be super healthy.” That is exactly the thing I want them to think! I wouldn’t want them to workout to be skinny, but to be healthy! I hope that is the message I will instill in my girls. Not they they need to look a certain way, just be active and healthy. I cant even tell you how happy that comment from my sweet 3 year old made me.