Happy Birthday Matti! My Bikini Body One Year Postpartum

One year ago today I gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Matilyn. Along with this beautiful child came 40 extra pounds which I was all to aware of as the weeks past. Being a former Bikini competitor I was determined to get my body back. So, I began lifting again and documented my progress after four months in my previous post “Losing the Baby Weight 4 Months PostPartum“.  Well, 8 months later I have put together my best personal physique yet. So, ladies if you have recently had a child and feel like you will never get your body back, never say never!! Let me be your motivation. Contact me if you need any advice!

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Losing the Baby Weight: 4 Months Postpartum

For most women its not being pregnant that causes stress in terms of weight gain. Rather, its once you come home with the baby and your once large and firm belly has turned into unsightly excess fat and skin.  In fact, I had many people tell me that I would never get my pre-baby body back. However, for me this was nothing more than encouragement!!

So, from day one while I was unable to exercise I was determined to make some progress on my weight-loss. I decided to start with my nutrition. While I could not lower my calorie intake because of breastfeeding, I could eat clean and supplement. That is exactly what I did using the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. One month postpartum, I had gone from 192 pounds to 166.5 (Pictures Below)

It was at this time that my doctor cleared me for light exercise. I decided to continue my Advocare supplements (spark, omegas & catalyst) and incorporate walking into my routine. So, each day I began to walk 1 to 3 miles around the neighborhood with the baby. After another month I was down to 160.5. Please with my progress and feeling like I had regained my strength, I decided to add weight training to my routine. For the next month I worked my way from body weight to light weights a few days a week. I managed to lose an additional 5 pounds and my body began to feel more firm.

My fourth month I really pushed my self. I was finally back to my normal amount of weights in the gym and even added light cardio. At this point I was lifting 5 days a week, eating clean taking my supplements (spark, omega 3s, catalyst and muscle gain whey protein). At the end of month 4 I have lost a total of 42 pounds. My weight is 5 pounds lower than pre-pregnancy. The entire time I continued to breastfeed as my milk supply was not impacted by my weight-loss.

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I now weigh 150 pounds. Below are my photos from 12/11/14. So, if you are a mother and are interesting in getting your pre-baby body back or better, get started with the 24 Day Challenge! If you need additional guidance on workouts or meal planning contact me. I have heard every excuse you can think of. However, even if you dont have access to a gym, you can achieve your goal. I am have a full time job and I am a new mother. So, if I can find the time to eat right and workout you can too!!

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There is no time like the present!!!!!!!!!

STATS
Pre Baby Weight:155
Pregnancy Weight: 192
1 Month PostPartum: 166.5
2 Months PostPartum: 160.5
3 Months PostPartum: 155.5
4 Months PostPartum: 150
Total Weightloss: 42 Pounds

RESOURCES
My Advocare Site
The 24 Day Challenge