Not sure basketball-orange was a wise color choice for my last day being pregnant.
A few months ago, for some reason, I stopped posting my daily workouts. Not sure why but I aim to change that as I am really proud of the progress I've made on my fitness over the last few months. After having Alice I was so excited to get back into working out and running like I did before I became pregnant. And, for the most part, I did! I ran, biked, and did a little bit of strength work with the hand weights we have in our apartment. I was happy with how my body was righting itself after carrying a baby for 40 weeks and 6 days but I knew I could do more.
I wouldn't consider myself a naturally thin person but luckily I've always loved working out as I am addicted to the endorphins that come with sweat-drenching and heart-pumping exercise. What was lacking before becoming pregnant and after having Alice, though, was regular strength training. I used to run and run and run and run and then I'd do some lunges every once in awhile and then I'd run and run and run some more. I didn't do a lot of core work. I only occasionally worked out my upper body. And I rarely did anything but lunges for my legs.
Then one day my neighbor invited me to come with her to CrossFit. And my life (and my body!) completely changed.
For me, the road to fitness isn't paved in fad diets or pills or elixirs. For me to change my body I've had to work hard. Really hard. And CrossFit is really hard. When I go for a class I know my body will be pushed to the limits. I know in the hour I spend working out that it will be hard and I might feel like puking. And I love every minute of it (although waking up at 4:55AM isn't so fun).
3 weeks post-partum. // 11 months post-partum.
In the six months I've been doing CrossFit I haven't lost any weight. In fact, I weigh about the same in those before and after pictures. But I've lost inches and toned up almost every part of my body. And it's amazing to see how much stronger I've become! I can now do two real pull-ups (!!) without help from a resistance band. I can do 30 push-ups on my toes (I couldn't do even one on my toes when I started). And, just this past Sunday, I deadlifted 200 lbs for two reps.
All of a sudden picking up an almost 24-lbs kid is no big deal!
Any CrossFit lovers out there? What is your favorite CrossFit exercise? I love handstand push-ups and rope climbs. But deadlifts are making their way to the top of that list!