14 Months Postpartum Progress
Well….I think I’m done with the postpartum blogs…I didn’t blog at the one year mark but posted on my page enough for everyone to see my progress..this was my 12 months progress pics…it took me the entire year with lot’s of hard work to get back to my pre-baby body…and I was okay with that.
But my focus is more specific now….working my way back to the Figure stage!!!
I knew before I got pregnant with TJ that I wasn’t done competing…. but I also knew I would be in no hurry to get back to the stage after he was born. My body changes drastically during pregnancy, my postpartum weight doesn’t just fall off, and it would take some time to catch back up to where I was pre-pregnancy, not to mention I wanted to enjoy my new baby without any pressure on myself to attain something that may not be realistic at the time.
Before we decided on baby #3 I was finally getting into a good mental state with competing and what that meant for me. I became more in love with the feeling of strong than the stage body…… and Figure was just my outlet, my end goal to all the hard work that I would be doing anyways….I finally realized that I needed to take time off from dieting to change my shape more drastically and found my happy medium with building muscle and living day to day….AND I also knew I would hire a prep coach for my next show….to be competitive I would need someone other than me planning my nutrition and training…..
BUT…..we decided on baby #3 and that just just put me on reset, back at square one. And while I certainly didn’t look the part my mind was sharpening, beginning to understand that I am a compeittor whether it be at figure or something else
So I have my sights set on Figure….with my main goal to be better than I was for my last three shows. Not to be pro…and not even to have a career at it….just better than my last best!!! I have no dates set but I would like to think sometime next year I will be ready….
So my progress photos and blogs are no longer going to be postpartum but my mission to muscle….my mission to be better than my best….and to show all of you that even the ordinary mom can achieve extraordinary things if she just tries.
That the stage body usually happens just a few weeks before the stage and most women who compete don’t stay that lean for more than a few days. AND THE SCALE WON’T SHOW ME THIS KINDA PROGRESS…..the pictures below are 5 pounds between each set…..
Here is where I started at 4 months postpartum (the black top and bottom)……and then again at 8 months and 13 months (in the figure suit which will humble the crap out of you)!!
I feel GREAT in clothes, and even in a bathing suit….but put on a figure suit and you get a clear vision of the work that needs to be done!
I‘ve wanted to be nothing but honest with yall on this journey back to strong, so sharing these, while embarrassing, while help you understand that the process….IS A SLOW PROCESS….but one of small daily efforts that add up to big change over time!! But you have to start, right?
Getting Started, Still Going,
Love. Sweat. Grit.