My baby was born 6 weeks ago, yesterday evening. Whaaaat? My my how time flies, cliche, cliche, yada, yada.
No more postpartum excuses. In fact I had my 6-week check-up yesterday, so I’m all cleared. Time. Is. Up.
Actually, truth be told, I’m doing pretty good. We have a good daily routine, Carter is loving Kindergarten, and I weighed my lowest this morning since having the baby.
Life is good. Especially the hours between 9am and 2pm. Those are mine, all mine! Well, and Vanessa’s and Harrison’s too, but they are usually pretty good for me.
“Look Mom, we are dancing!”
I’ve been using that time to pay a lot more attention to this blog than I’ve been able to the past few months, which is exciting for me. I’ve also been keeping up really well with housework; I love it when I’m in “maintenance mode” (all the rooms are in good shape, just needing a little daily pickup/light cleaning, nothing in need of deep cleaning). Nothing pleases my OCD mind more than getting each room back to its “default setting.”
Annnnd, I’ve been working out! I’ve started with Revolt Fitness, an online fitness plan that provides users with a workout and diet plan, including online workout videos.
Revolt does a monthly “uprising” which is a new workout and diet plan for each month. I joined just in time for the August White Hot Challenge, and I’ve done three of the workouts so far. I hadn’t been cleared for exercise when I did the first two, so I just did them without using weights. This morning I added them in!
Here’s what I like about the program so far:
They are short and to-the-point. Nichole spends the first few minutes of the video explaining how to properly do all of the exercises, and then she takes you through the circuits. When it’s time to repeat a workout, it will be easy to skip past the explanation portion and get straight to the workout. There is no wasted time!
The founder of the program, Nichole is adorable and upbeat, and doing the exercises along with her keeps me motivated and inspired by her rockin’ bod.
Revolt has several active Facebook groups for the participants to help and support one another along the way. They are a great resource for questions and advice, in addition to the motivational support.
The monthly guide includes a detailed explanation of the program’s goals, which are to lose body fat (not just weight) and gain lean muscle. It tells you how to calculate your goal weight, based on body fat percentage and not just the number you’d like to see on the scale, because we know that is not always exactly representative of what you see on the outside.
There’s not really anything I don’t like so far, but I know I will have some trouble following the meal plan. One reason is because we are budgeting very strictly, down to the dollar, and the meal plan involves a lot of meat. Also, there are just four daily sets of meals for the month, which means you eat all the same meals for a week, and then you do the second set of meals for the second week, and so on. That is a lot of repetition for my family of five. She does provide a long list of acceptable substitutions for foods, so that might help in providing a little bit of variety.
As of today, I have lost 30 pounds since having Harrison. I have 6-11 to go before I’m at my pre-pregnancy weight, and then we’ll go from there! I hit a little bit of a plateau last week, but I think it was adding in exercise that helped me to push through it, and now I’m ready to keep losing!
Stay tuned for an announcement of a new weekly linkup series, for all things fitness, nutrition, wellness, and weight loss! Keep working on your goals- there’s still a lot of greatness to achieve in August!