It’s April already, and I thought I’d follow up on my new year resolution on getting stronger and healthier. After having Ashton in November last year, I rested for 2 months before slowly starting on yoga. I did Yoga With Adrienne’s 30 days of yoga, and it was awesome! The videos were initially short and then went to as long as half an hour. It was a good kick start to get in touch with my body again. After the 30 days, I did some of her yoga for weight loss videos and some of her technique videos. If you haven’t checked her out yet, you really should. I love her quirky sense of humour, and she makes yoga fun.
I still do my yoga about twice a week for flexibility and balance, but I’ve been lifting for about 5 weeks now and I’m enjoying it. Basically, it’s 4 days of lifting and 2 days of high intensity interval training, with 1 rest day. This article here sums up what I’m doing relatively well. If you’re interested in my schedule, the breakdown is such:
Monday: Lower body workout targeting big muscle groups to burn more calories
Tuesday: Heavy lifting, upper body workout (more on chest and back)
Friday: Heavy lifting, lower body workout
Saturday: Upper body workout, lower weights, higher repetitions
The key is moderation when it comes to food intake. I take more protein and less carbs, but I don’t cut it off completely. I love my rice and noodles. In the past 5 weeks, I have lost about 3kgs (about 6.6 pounds) and it’s especially noticeable around my belly. My butt is less jiggly and my pre pregnancy clothes are now loose. That’s just a number though. My ultimate goal is fat loss and muscle gain, NOT weight loss. I also want to fit into my clothes before I got married. Why muscle gain? So many benefits as we get older, people. This article says exactly what I think.
Phase 1 complete – pre 3rd pregnancy clothes now fit and a little loose. Phase 2 is a working progress, that is to fit into clothes pre 2nd pregnancy. Phase 3 is to fit into clothes before I got pregnant at all. How long will it take? Well, as long as it takes. This is a lifestyle change!
I’ll update again in a couple of months’ time. Workouts are tough and there isn’t a day I don’t get sore muscles but it feels satisfying. Food is erm, yeah but seeing the numbers drop motivates me. I still can’t do a chin up yet, but I’m aiming to do that. Oh, and I want to do a headstand one day, like Larie did on her Instagram. So bad ass.