Week 5 Competition Prep (10 Weeks Postpartum)

So week five is complete. I continue to make progress each week. See highlights from this week below!

ENERGY LEVEL
I am getting plenty of sleep thanks to the baby’s new Magic Sleep Suit!! So, I have plenty of energy.  I still drink my Spark pre-workout however since my lifting plan has gotten more challenging!

WORKOUTS
I am lifting 5 days a week.  Honestly sometimes for more than an hour at this point.  Adding drop sets has increased the time it takes me to finish. It also makes the workout BRUTAL. As for cardio I am doing two HIIT workouts (20 minutes each) and two steady state sessions for 40 minutes.

SORENESS
I am doing pretty well now.  I feel like my soreness is normal. Not like in the beginning where I couldn’t walk down the stairs:-)

SUPPLEMENTS

I am still taking the following products which are breastfeeding safe and seem to be really helping with the weight-loss, energy and soreness.

-OmegaPlex (Omega 3’s)
-Catalyst (Amino Acids)
-Coreplex (Multi Vitamin)
-Spark (B-12 Energy Drink)

Interested in Breastfeeding safe supplements? Checkout my 24 Day Challenge Breastfeeding bundle.

BREAST FEEDING (MILK SUPPLY)

I attribute my good milk supply to slowly losing weight (about 2 pounds a week) and feeding regularly. SO, far this has worked really well for me.

RESULTS
This week I lost another 2 pounds (ONLY 3 MORE POUNDS OF FAT TO GO for PRE-BABY Weight).  Thats a total of 34 pounds lost!! Once I reach my stage weight goal (150) I will share my progress photos from beginning to end!! Watch out for future posts! Only 7 weeks of prep left:-)

Week 3 Bikini Competition Prep (8 Weeks PostPartum)

So week three is complete. I continue to make progress each week. See highlights from this week below!

ENERGY LEVEL
My energy level has really improved.  I am getting plenty of sleep.  However, on those extra long days I drink my spark and I have plenty of energy to make it through.

WORKOUTS
I continue to lift for an hour or more a day. I am also doing cardio following my lift. I have been able to up the weight each. So I feel like my lifts are really improving.

SORENESS
The soreness has gotten much better.  I feel like I am getting back to a normal sore after lifting. This has really been helpful in adding additional weight and reps.

SUPPLEMENTS

I am now taking the following products which are breastfeeding safe and seem to be really helping with the weight-loss, energy and soreness.

-OmegaPlex (Omega 3’s)
-Catalyst (Amino Acids)
-Coreplex (Multi Vitamin)
-Spark (B-12 Energy Drink)

Interested in Breastfeeding safe supplements? Checkout my 24 Day Challenge Breastfeeding bundle.

BREAST FEEDING (MILK SUPPLY)

Even while losing weight I am able to keep up my milk supply. It seems that as long as your nutrition is in check, you can continue to produce milk without any issue.That being said, having a large milk supply while doing plyo or push presses at the gym makes for any excellent show for all.  LOL Even with a good sports bra.

RESULTS
This week I lost another pound (ONLY 5 MORE POUNDS OF FAT TO GO).  Once I reach my goal I will share my progress photos from beginning to end!! Watch out for future posts! Only 9 weeks of prep left:-)

WEEK 1: Bikini Competition Prep (6 Weeks Postpartum)

So week one of new weight training and cleaning eating program is complete. Its amazing how much harder is it for me to lift weights! In any case I am determined so I will continue to eat clean and workout each and everyday. I have highlighted details on my supplements, energy level, soreness and results below. Look for my updates each week for the next 11 weeks!

FOOD PREP
It’s essential to prepare your food ahead of time and package your meals to be successful. So, I spent Sunday cooking food and filling up my 6 pack containers. Four out of my 6 meals consist of Chicken Breast, Spinach and Brown Rice. For meal one I spice it up with oatmeal and egg whites. Sometimes I add cinnamon and stevia to the oatmeal for a sweet treat. My post workout meal is a Chocolate Muscle Gain shake with a whole banana. Nom Nom Nom

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ENERGY LEVEL
Well breastfeeding a cutie pie infant every two hours in addition to working out does often require me to nap! However, I typically start off each day fairly energetic after drinking my Mango Strawberry Spark. So, I am able to tend to the baby and get my workouts in without any problem. Fingers crossed I can maintain this energy level for the next 11 weeks.

WORKOUTS
I am lifting for atleast one hour 5 days a week. Each day is dedicated to two different body parts. I also do cardio following each lift. It’s pretty challenging. But I love being in the gym!

SORENESS
AHHHHH So this is my biggest problem after week one. I would normally take a post workout recovery drink to help with the soreness. However, I am not able to take that while breastfeeding. So, I am limited to hot epson salt baths 🙁 They do help a little. However, all of my muscles are incredibly sore.

RESULTS
This week I lost another 2 pounds (ONLY 6 MORE POUNDS OF FAT TO GO) and I have noticed my muscle memory kicking in. Also, I feel like my belly has flattened out a lot more. So I am super excited about my progress and excited for the weeks to come. Interested in Breastfeeding safe supplements? Checkout my 24 Day Challenge Breastfeeding bundle.

 

Losing the Baby Weight While Breastfeeding – 1 Month Post Partum

Before pregnancy as most of your know I was actively competing in NPC Bikini competitions. Over a 17 week period I transformed my body into that of a national competitor. See my transformation stage pics below.

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HOW DID I MAKE THIS TRANSFORMATION?

I get this question a lot and of course no one likes the answer. Its not magic. Clean eating, regular workouts and supplementation. There is a science to making your body into a machine! That being said ANYONE CAN DO IT. Anyone that can stick to a plan that is:-) For more information on my daily workouts see my bodybuilding.com article.

PREGNANCY

It was a couple of weeks after nationals that I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were thrilled. However, once the initial excitement
wore off, I thought to myself how am I going to stay in shape during my pregnancy? Well, it was a challenge. I gradually had to cut back on my
lifting. However I was able to continue my advocare supplements and TRX workouts throughout my pregnancy.

I attribute my Spark and TRX workouts to allowing me to have enough energy to teach TRX even at 9 months pregnant!! In addition, I did my best
to eat clean and avoid excessive weight gain. However, my baby was two weeks late. So, what does that mean? She weighed in at 9 pounds. Yes,
that is not a typo. lol

Anyway, what that mean for me was more weight gain than I had hoped. In the end I put on 37 pounds. Checkout my pre-pregnancy to 9 months
preggers transformation photos below.

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ONE MONTH POST-PREGNANCY

After gaining 37 pounds and weighing in at a enormous 192, I am determined to drop the weight. I am currently one month post pregnancy and have
dropped 29 pounds now weighing in at 163.

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I still have 8 pounds of fat to lose and I am working everyday to accomplish this. I plan to drop the remaining 8 pounds over the next 8 weeks and here is how..

How am I do I plan to acheive these results? I am glad you asked. Ready for the answer?

Clean eating, regular workouts and supplementation. LOL No one likes that answer. Let me elaborate. I am following the 24_day_challenge_for_nursing_and_pregnant_moms. This includes all of your meals and supplement plans. In addition, I am working out for 1 hour 5 days a week.

It’s not an easy journey. But ANYONE CAN DO IT. Are you a Mom looking to drop the extra pounds? Contact me or purchase the 24 Day
Breastfeeding Mom Challenge and get started today!!

STAY TUNED FOR MY UPCOMING WEEKLY PROGRESS POSTS…

In the gym again. My first day lifting post baby.

This morning I was able to lift after nearly a year off. OMG.  I feel so weak, but it was still awesome. Ooh and I got to wear my new Saucony running shoes.

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Here is this morning’s routine: Shoulders/ Arms 2 sets x 12, 1 sets x 10, 1 set x 8

          Superset:

  • Arnold Shoulder Press, Preacher curls
  • Straight bar front raise, Weighted Dips on bench-
  •  Upright Rows, Alternating dumbbell curls-
  • Lateral Raise, Tricep rope extensionAbs:
  • 3 sets x 1 min planks, side planks,Cardio: 30 min treadmill

MEAL TIME

This mornings lift was challenging and I had to go light on the weights, but I finished feeling super energized! Immediately after I drank my post workout protein shake. Yumm chocolate muscle gain and banana. Luckily I was able to make it home from the gym just in time to feed my munchkin! After she finished I ate meal 2 of 6. Chicken and brown rice.

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NOW WHAT?

Now that my first lift is complete, I am super excited to start training for my next Bikini competition. So, I am giving myself 12 weeks to prep for the Excalibur in December. I am very excited to go back to clean eating, starting my breastfeeding safe Advocare Products and lifting on a daily basis! You can follow my journey through this blog!

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