For those of you that know my educational background you know my first degree is in exercise science. The first part of my career was spent as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in various settings. I have let most of my training jobs go to focus on being a mom first and my dietitian career. There is one training job I have held onto and that is teaching indoor cycling at TurboSpin (note, I did take a break during my last trimester but plan to get back to teaching in the next few weeks).
If you don’t know me then you don’t know I had our third baby on March 7th, 2016. It has been a month and I am focused on getting my pre-baby body back. For the past two weeks I have been going to the YMCA and taking myself through workouts most of which were focused on cardio and some light weights. During these two weeks I saw absolutely NO MOVEMENT on the scale and my clothes were still not fitting how they used to before this baby. My husband, Dunstan, owns his own training business where he trains adults in a boot camp style workout as well as trains athletes. He challenged me to come train with him and one of his boot camp classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He told me I could bring our kids which is the benefit of “knowing the owner” AND bonus for him that he could see the kids. My husband works so much and does not get to see the kids as much as he would like to so this was a win, win scenario. I accepted his challenge and he worked around my aliments (my knees and my rectus diastasis – more on this in a later post). After Monday I was SORE. A good kind of sore, like my muscles were waking up again. In my head I tell myself, with my training background, as a trainer, I should be able to take myself through a challenging workout and get the results I am looking for BUT I could not do it this time. This time I needed someone to tell ME what to do. To ensure I did 3 sets of 50 not just 2 because it is easy to find excuses why fewer reps or fewer sets would be “ok”…… “I just had a baby” or “I need to be careful of my knee.” NOTE, those are good things to do and I would tell client to “LISTEN TO YOUR BODY” and “know your limitations” but I was using those statements as an EXCUSE! This former trainer needed a trainer to hold me accountable. Since Sunday I have completed 2 kick butt workouts. I am happy to report the scale has finally moved for the first time since the initial weight loss after the birth of the baby. I have been stuck at the same weight for 3 weeks. I am now down 4 ½ lbs this week. I would love to give all the credit to workout and my husband BUT as we know it is more about the diet and not just more hours in the gym. Last Sunday I got back into my food journaling and met the nutrient goals I set for myself so creating the perfect combination of solid fueling and solid training = RESULTS!
Take a minute and think about yourself. Are the self-motivator type that can easily set goals and reach them or do you need someone to hold you accountable? Think about this in terms of your workout AND your nutrition. Once you know the answers begin thinking about what steps you need to take to make sure you are reaching the goals you have set for yourself. Do you need a trainer? A group workout? A dietitian to help with your food choices? To food journal? Your spouse to hold you accountable to your workouts? Reflect on this and begin to make ONE CHANGE at a time. Do not set yourself up for failure by overloading yourself with several new goals and changes – but also recognize if doing the same thing over and over again is not getting you to your goals then something needs to change. Do you remember Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”