It’s fall!!! And I am hugging myself every morning. I have a new baby, I have my energy back as well as the ability to bend over, Once Upon a Time and Dancing With the Stars are back on TV, and everywhere I look there is pumpkin spice everything. I am actually not a fan of pumpkin spice BUT when I see it I know that the air will soon be crisp and my favorite time of year is here!
So to celebrate, I am doing 12 Days of Fitness here on TKP. Kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas but for fitness, get it? 🙂 It will be 12 steps toward feeling good this fall.
Starting Saturday October 1st, I will be sharing one easy step toward fitness each day. This will be fun. The first step is to simply daydream of a new and improved you!
I hope you follow along and maybe even take the steps. It’s only 12 days! Who doesn’t want to feel good in such a good season?
What do you all think about moving the TKP Journal to The TKP Facebook Page? I’m thinking that way we can all post our food and exercise anytime we want and you all can be much more interactive on there. Instead of just me posting pictures and you all commenting, YOU can post pictures, share your success, and share neat things that you come across about fitness and nutrition! What do you think? Opinions please!
*Note- I have been trying to finish this post for days now. I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors or things that just don’t make any sense haha.
Well there has certainly been some changes around here. I finally have a moment to catch you all up on what’s been going on!
Anna Kate Teal was born at 10:37 pm on September 12, 2016. She is wonderful and beautiful and just perfect in every way. I feel like a big idiot for ever thinking that I couldn’t possibly love another child as much as I love Ryan. I am amazed at how much love my heart can hold. I love her just as much as Ryan and feel so blessed to have two beautiful children. Every morning since Ryan was born I have been in complete awe. I look at him and feel that I have my own personal Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls to view daily right in my own home. Now I have two Grand Canyons. I am amazed at God’s creation and master craftsmanship.
A WHIRLWIND! Anna will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and time has absolutely flown! We have had tons of visitors to see the baby which I have to say I find wonderful. I was so miserable the past few weeks of my pregnancy I pretty much stayed in my hole and only came out to go grocery shopping. It’s been so nice seeing everyone and catching up and just acting like a human being in general haha! Also, I feel amazing now so I have been buzzing around the house between Anna’s feedings getting all the things done that I was too lazy to do pregnant. Bending over is so easy! No acid reflux or feeling like I am going to bust! So between taking care of my 3 year old and baby, visitors, housework, and trying to sleep my day is full! I am not able to work out yet because it’s only been two weeks but I honestly feel like I am more active now than I ever was in my third trimester even with my workout haha! It feels so good to have energy and be able to move!
Volumetrics is the diet that I am currently on in my little adventure to try 12 diets in 12 months. I have to say this diet is really easy to stick too! I have been able to stick to it through my stay in the hospital and even with the chaos of newborn life. I don’t even watch calories or anything. I just make sure that every time I eat I choose low calorie things like chicken, eggs, egg whites, apples, veggies, almond milk and V8. I have been consistently losing and haven’t really had to think about my diet much. So I totally recommend Volumetrics for the new mom!
Those of you who have children know how GLORIOUS you feel right after having a baby. Sure, you just gave birth, you’re still a little slow, but the lack of acid reflux, lethargy, and baby/fluid weight brings a feeling nothing short of ecstatic. I just want to hug myself everyday haha. I have a new beautiful baby in addition to my already beautiful child, I feel amazing, and IT”S FALL!!! My absolute favorite time of year! The coming of fall totally compounds all of my already awesome things happening in my life! YEEEEEEEE!!!
As far as weight goes, I have lost 24 pounds in 2 weeks which is pretty fantastic. The first 15 was in 3 days. So weird. But I still have 16 pounds to go before I reach my pre-pregnancy weight. That’s ok though! I know it’s strange but every time I have weight to lose there is a part of my that gets super excited. Like I have a lump of clay in front of me just waiting to be molded. It’s actually pretty cool!
I’m going to go ahead and share this because I have yet to see it anywhere on the internet. I KNOW some woman out there has to be experiencing the same thing. I keep seeing all these almost flat bellies on on Instagram just a week or even days post pregnancy. While I am glad for them (and envious), this was definitely NOT the case for me with either of my pregnancies. Here is the SLOW deflation of my bump so far. At 4 days postpartum I still looked a good 6 months pregnant. At Day 11 the bump was a good bit smaller but definitely still a bump. This morning was Day 14 postpartum and it’s a little smaller but I still have a good while to go before I have my pre-pregnancy tummy back. So, if this is your story, just know you are not alone.
That’s pretty much what I have been up to in my “maternity leave” from TKP. I am so glad to be back! I have missed hearing from all of you and hope you are well. Please tell me what you have been up to and what’s been going on. How is fit life? Do you love fall as much as I do? How long did it take for your tummy to return to normal after your pregnancy?
Have a great day yall!
What’s been going on?
How is fit life?
Do you love fall? Not love fall?
How long did it take for your tummy to return to normal after pregnancy?
I have to say Volumetrics is my favorite diet that I have tried so far. It’s so easy because you just fill up on a bunch of low calorie foods. I’m never hungry and as long as I keep an abundance of the foods from “Category 1” around, I have no problem staying around my calorie range and never feel deprived. So far so good on Volumetrics!
Here is yesterday’s food!
Breakfast- Usual scramble, apple
Snack- Vegan chocolate Shakeology, 2 cups almond milk, seaweed
Lunch- 6 oz tofu, Normandy blend, 1/2 cup brown jasmine rice, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, seaweed
Dinner- 4 oz pork loin, broccoli, 2 tbs yogurt dressing, apple, V8
Snack- apple, almond milk
Can you tell my latest craving is no doubt apples? HAS TO BE FUJI!
Exercise – Country Heat Giddy Up!
I committed to doing a Beachbody Health Bet for as much of this month as I could (since baby is coming). Even though Anna is due, I needed something to keep me on track. The past few months, if I don’t eat healthy and include some sort of exercise, I swell up like a tick! This Health Bet was just what I needed. I will be starting my own Challenge Group in October and can’t wait. Details to come!
How are all of you doing? I love seeing your food and exercise everyday. It really keeps me going. Some days it is SO HARD to do anything at all and then some days I feel pretty good. I can’t thank you enough for the motivation you ladies give.