If you follow most things fitness related on social media, like me, then you’ll know that Tuesdays are all about transformation. Hence, the term/hashtag ‘transformation Tuesday’.
Until recently, I have never had that ‘before and after’ transformation. Sure, I’ve lost weight, gained muscle and the reverse over time, however, I have never really had a lot of weight to lose as my weight has been steady around the 59-60kg mark for the past 15 or so years. So, whenever I went to the gym or started and finished an exercise programme, my results were visible but, they were never those ‘WOW look at the difference’ results.
I was an avid gym-goer until, I saw an infomercial for the infamous Insanity workout by Shaun T. I watched it and thought, that’s a total madness, no one can do that workout, surely. My inner self took that as a challenge and next thing you know, I ordered this workout from Beachbody the next day. I saw it as a way to get fit and lean for my wedding which, was scheduled for summer 2014. Sure enough, I completed three rounds of Insanity back-to-back January through to June 2014 and was in the best shape of my life when I got married in July 2014. But still, I never really saw it as a huge transformation, since I was just looking to lean out a little and feel comfortable in my wedding dress.
Fast forward to Autumn 2015 – half way through a third round of Insanity Max:30 (I describe this programme as Insanity’s beastly younger, shorter brother), I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Not wanting to risk the pregnancy, I continued with the programme but modified throughout to eliminate the plyometric and abdominal exercises. As my pregnancy went on, I continued fitnessing with Focus T25 but again, modifying and leaving out any plyo or ab moves until, the third trimester, when I started pregnancy yoga to prepare my mind and body for delivery.
Although I ate reasonably well throughout my pregnancy and exercised, I still gained 12kg. Granted, my little dumpling was quite a chunk when he was born (and still is!) but a lot of that weight was exactly that, weight! Weight I had never had before. After I delivered my little boy in June 2016, I weighed 69kg.
That may not seem like much but, for me, having always maintained a steady 60kg weight, give or take 1 or 2 kg either way, it was A LOT. I didn’t fret about it though, as my main priority was to nurse and nurture my little boy, especially in the early days and months.
It wasn’t until I was 10 weeks postpartum in August 2016, when I decided to start working out again. I decided to start with Focus T25, as that has a modifier and is only 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week; perfect for a new mummy not wanting to spend an hour away from baby, beasting herself!
I did one round of Focus T25, Alpha through to Gamma, which was 14 weeks in total and managed to lose 7 of the 12kg I had gained during pregnancy. At the end of Gamma, I weighed 63.5kg and started to gain back some of the muscle tone I used to have.
I ended 2016 with a round of 21 Day Fix Extreme and after finishing that, my weight was almost back to what it was pre-pregnancy, at 62kg. However, I still have a lot of work to do to regain muscle strength and tone in my body and to get to my pre-pregnancy weight of 60kg +/-. I will get to that weight eventually, I have no doubt about that.
Now, you may be wondering, why the *&%$ is she going on about her fitness story for no apparent reason?
Queue my point; once I reach my ‘goal weight’ that’s not the end of my fitnessing. My journey will continue indefinitely as I try to maintain that weight (+/-…I’m not fixated on the number on the scale), going forward. I want to be in the best shape I can be to feel comfortable and happy within my body.
It has taken me over 6 months to reach the point where I feel I can do these exercises unmodified and with the confidence I had pre-pregnancy. This has been a journey for me, a transformation, if you will. I have had to transform the way I treat my body and exercise with it. I’ve had to transform my attitude towards fitness, health and life in general. Gone, are the days where I could workout whenever I want; I am a mother now and I must put the needs of my little dumpling first and foremost. But, that doesn’t give me a reason to fall off or give up; he is now my reason not to. Lead by example and all that!
So, as I continue on my fitness journey, I know it has no final destination but rather, it’s a lifestyle which will continue indefinitely. The only difference is that, I have now experienced that ‘before and after’ transformation. Not outwardly however, but internally and mentally…
Next up on this journey, starting tomorrow, is my first ever round of 22 Minute Hard Corps. Its 22 minutes, its Tony Horton…wish me luck!
I will keep you posted 😉