Here we are! Almost three months after I’ve given birth to the sweetest, chubbiest baby you will ever see – Lydia Pearl. I’m not joking about the chubby part – she weighed 16 pounds at her 2-month checkup. I wish I could say that I’m losing weight as quickly as she’s gaining it! I think she’s absolutely the coolest baby since my now four-year-old Brynn Magnolia.
Like just about every momma before me, I’m more than anxious to get this baby weight off. I gained the average 35 pounds during my pregnancy. While I was pregnant, I tried to keep a light schedule of activity- either walking or some elliptical workouts. But, I must say I wasn’t as devoted to it as I could have been. Luckily, I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant, which I am hoping will help me in my quest to once again become FABULOUS!
At four weeks post partum, my doctor gave the “GO” to get back to whatever I’d been doing before I got pregnant – within reason. I’d literally had dreams while I was pregnant about running, so I was so excited to get back to it. But, my first trek out left me in quite a bit of pain and wishing that I hadn’t pushed it so early. I decided, on my own, to wait a couple more weeks before really trying to ease back into things. Apparently, I’m not going to be one of those moms you see on TV who are posing for the magazine cover in a bikini three hours after giving birth. For me, this may take some time and some work.
So, now I’ve started trying to make it to the gym at least three times a week. I say, “trying” because some days it’s as much of a challenge to get myself, a four-year-old and a two-month-old dressed and ready to go to the gym than I get from any workout I might accomplish there.
Just as I was getting back into a routine, Mari [Farthing, MetroFamily’s Editor] emailed me with an offer to try out a new class. It’s called “Baby Boot Camp.” According to the website, (babybootcamp.com), it’s a stroller-fitness program that helps moms regain or enhance pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.
The local franchise owner is new mom, Sarah Smith. She said that she wanted a challenging workout she could do with her son Sebastian, instead of just walking around the same route every day. So, she got her personal trainer certification through AFAA and is a certified instructor through Baby Boot Camp. According to Sarah, “Baby Boot Camp is designed for moms to push their babies in a stroller for the workout, but pregnant moms are welcome to attend as well. There is generally a set program for each class; however, individual help and advice is given throughout the class to each participant. Results will vary; however, by just being active, moms will feel better about their bodies, decrease the occurrence of the “baby blues” and the pounds and inches will begin to come off.”
Sarah’s classes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am and Thursday evenings at 5:45pm at Andrews Park in Norman. Starting in November, classes will move to Sooner Mall for the morning classes. Each class costs $15, but packages are available that decrease in price per class. Additionally, your first class is FREE! And, if you sign up for a 6 or 12-month contract, you’ll get your first month at half price. If you’re interested in joining Sarah’s class, you can check out the website listed above or email her directly at email@example.com.
Wish me luck on my journey to being FAB once again! And be sure to follow along with me on my blog, Getting FAB, coming to the MetroFamily site in November!