I am super excited to be in a “maintenance” phase with my body. It took me around 8 months to lose the pregnancy weight I gained with Gianluca.
I did things a lot slower than normal because I wanted to keep muscle on my body plus I am just too old to be starving and killing myself doing cardio…
…OKAY, I lack the motivation — haha!
But I’m glad I did this time around because now I can say YOU CAN DO THIS! It’s not about KILLING yourself, it’s about being smart to not overtrain and set up a system that works for your schedule that you will be more likely to comply too.
I really really had to allow myself to take things one week at a time, one day at a time even.
I started slow after my c-section doing mostly bodyweight. Then I added some light weights, and then advanced from there.
You can see my entire process Here on the blog:
You see, I am not one to take things easy. I like to push myself, sweat and tell myself that if I want to look better than others, I have to do what others aren’t doing.
That’s all fine and dandy but when you have 2 kids under 2, not sleeping through the night and running a business, YOU CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH!
So here I was seriously lacking the motivation to continue, thinking I wouldn’t have my body back and allowing myself to believe that having 2 c-sections may have destroyed my physical appearance.
Even though I may have seemed motived to you, there were times I struggled so so badly.
I AM JUST LIKE YOU
I cried many times. I cried because I hated my body. I cried because I was tired. I cried because I was taking time away from being with the kids to workout.
Hello mother’s guilt. I had that most of all!
But no matter how much I struggled, I knew what would make me the happiest; getting my body back. Not sure why this is so important to me, but it is.
Whenever I didn’t workout, I felt gross. I felt depressed and I hated it. So I set a plan in motion to workout 5 days a week and as of February of this year, I stuck to it.
It didn’t come over night. It didn’t even come 3 months down the road. It took me five and a half months to get there – eight months since I started working out after the baby.
I learned soooo much about myself, so much about patience, so much about my willpower, my nutrition and exercise. I always learn whenever I lose weight. There are always lessons in life where there is struggle.
So, I can now say, “I Love My Body” and I want you to say that too.
Without further ado, here is my new workout schedule. Don’t be fooled by the word maintenance. I only say maintenance because I am not trying to lose weight. I still have to work hard to keep my body lean but I don’t have to do anything over and above like l shared with you in the last email leading up to my photoshoot.
The only real difference from the last workout regime is the decrease of cardio to 2 days a week and the addition of a cheat meal every week, once a week.
If I start to gain weight, I’ll just add in another cardio session and move the cheat meal to once every 2 weeks until my goal is obtained.
Workouts stay the same(ish).
Thanks for reading and for cheering me on. Let me do the same for you.
New Workout Routine:
Monday: glutes & hams
Tuesday: back, chest, abs, HIIT
Thursday: shoulders, abs, cardio
Friday: glutes & quads
Saturday: bi’s, tri’s, abs and HIIT
This should take me into September shredded with abs & muscle
Note: Cheat day 1x week when goal reached or 1x every 2 weeks until goal obtained
Goal Weight: 113 Ibs with meat on my butt! Right now I am at 116lbs
Day 1: Hams, Glutes & Calves
|C1||Lying Leg Curl||3012||10||5||15|
|C2||Weighted Banded Bridges||2012||4||10||60|
|D1||Leg Press (feet high and wide)||3110||10||4||15|
|D2||45* Hip Extension||2014||10||4||60|
|E1||HEAVY Standing Calf Raise toes pointed in||1011||7-9||4||10|
|E2||Seated Calf Raise toes pointed in||1016||15||4||75|
Day 2: Chest & Back & HIIT
|A1||Rope Straight Arm Pullover||3111||10||6||60|
|B1||Overhead Lat Pulldown Machine w/ Underhand Grip||3112||10||5||60|
|C1||Seated Row Overhand Neutral Grip||3112||10||5||15|
|D1||DB Chest Flies Flat Bench||3111||10||5||60|
|E1||Cable Chest Press||3112||10||4||60|
|F1||Barbell Flat Bench Press||3211||10||4||60|
*HIIT 20 Minutes (Prowler, Stair Climber or Sprints)
Day 3: Shoulders, Abs & Cardio
|A1||Cable Lateral Raise||3111||10||4||60|
|B1||DB Lateral Raise||3111||10||4||10|
|B2||DB Front Raise||3111||10||4||60|
|C1||DB Shoulder Press||2111||10||4||10|
|C2||DB "L" Lateral Raise||2111||10||4||60|
|E1||High Cable Rear Delt||3111||10||4||60|
|F1||Standing Bent Over Rear Delt With Plates||3112||10||4||10|
|F2||Reverse Machine Pec Dec||3112||10||4||75|
Optional Cardio – 30-40 minute run when I feel like taking a run 🙂
** I just added some hip raises and cable crunches during my rest periods for lateral raises.
Day 4: Quads, Glutes & Calves
|A1||Bulgarian Split Squat||3020||5||5||60|
|B1||Leg Press (Feet Narrow & Low)||3110||10||5||15|
|D1||Donkey Calf Raise||1011||7-9||6||60|
Day 5: Biceps, Triceps, Abs & HIIT
|A1||DB Seated Biceps Curl||2112||10||4||15|
|A2||Triceps Skull Crusher||3111||10||4||60|
|B1||Standing Biceps Low Cable Curl||3212||10||4||60|
|B2||Staying Bent Over DB Triceps Extension||2112||10||4||60|
|C1||Standing DB Hammer Curl||2111||10||4||15|
|C2||Standing DB Triceps Kickbacks||3112||10||4||60|
HIIT 20 Minutes
** Again I just did some Russian twists off the bench during my rest periods after the hammer curls and standing cable side-bend (little weight) after the extensions.
Both my HIIT sessions this week were right after my workouts on the stair climber. I did 45 seconds at the maximum level, rested for 45 seconds. Did that until 20 minutes was reached.