Monday, April 22, 2013


Getting my body back post-baby has been an interesting journey these past four months.  But I have to be honest and say that I haven't put forth a whole lot of effort.  I go in spurts of being good about walking/jogging - and those spurts are usually reflective of the weather and how busy I am with school.

Excuses, excuses.

While those are valid excuses, I'm tired of making them.  (And, by the way, in less than two weeks - one will no longer be an issue!)

About half of the 27 pounds I gained during my pregnancy came off pretty quickly after giving birth, but I was still hanging onto 10 or so pounds.  I know that breastfeeding helped, but I was sort of at a standstill.  Since returning to work (and running around like a crazy person), another 4 or 5 pounds have come off, leaving me with 5 or so pounds left to drop.

A couple of ladies I work with have told me that they are jealous of how quickly my body "bounced back."  I laugh, thank them for being too kind, and quickly retort, "You wouldn't be saying that if you saw me naked."

In all seriousness, even when I do get back to my pre-baby weight, I know my body isn't going to look the same as it did once upon a time.  And I struggle with that.  But I also look at my baby boy and know it was all worth it.

I have always been pretty fit and (overall) happy with my body, so seeing myself the way I do has been hard.  But again, I haven't taken it all super seriously, so it's up to me to make the changes necessary to see the results I want.

With that said, I'm getting ready to start a Beachbody Challenge that I'm doing with Haus of Girls.

With Marta as my coach, I purchased a Beachbody Challenge pack that included a Beachbody workout program (I chose Insanity: Asylum), 30 days worth of Shakeology, and her support.

We haven't started yet but this challenge is already motivating me to get my body back and into shape.  I say "already," and I mean that I got excited when a big box was delivered to our doorstep this morning.

I just finished my "Pre-Athletic Assessment" and it took about one minute for me to realize just how out of shape I am.  It also gave me frightening flashbacks of our strength training/conditioning practices with Mista Coach Klein in college.  I never want to hear or see the letters GPP together again.

Anyway, I took some "before" pictures last night and am eager to share my progress once this 30 day challenge is over - just in time for Memorial Day.

Here's to yelling at the TV, and telling Shaun T. that I hate his guts.

Wish me luck!

Take Luck,


  1. Luck!!! You'll do great Lou. You are a very focused person and I have no doubt that you will kick some serious butt!

  2. You're going to do GREAT! Love this. You're motivating me...

  3. You look amazeballs my sweet sister, but I so admire your determination & will power (send some over here, please).


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