eight weeks postpartum

Hiiiii babes, the weeks are flying by and I see my baby girl smiling and it makes me so happy to start seeing her personality show a little more.

In my last post, I shared my first four weeks being postpartum and as promised I am here with an update sharing weeks 5-8 which have been a little different because I can feel my strength coming back, and OMG I was also counting down the days for the doctor to clear me to workout again!!!

I want to give you all some insight on everything I’ve been doing as far as food, exercise etc.

Lifestyle:

Overall, I must say that it is extremely important to have “me” time as a mom to have those moments where you can feel like yourself even if it’s just going out for errands which is what I started doing first when stepping out alone. It sounds so crazy but having those moments felt amazing because I was able to recharge, reflect and not be stuck at home with the same routine. As a blogger, I also started going to events again and shooting content which brings me such joy so to feel those things again have been heartwarming and I appreciate it even more.

Food:

Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m not doing any kind of diet. I love food BUT they are home cooked meals so I love my protein and carbs. I do stay away from fast food and I’m sooooo happy I don’t have a craving for that anymore! LOL…Every now and then I still get my Krispy Kreme donuts, I’ll have a couple of cookies here and there but I don’t have them around the house so I am definitely aware of what I’m eating. I only drink water and my protein shakes so that means no juice or soda which is a huge change when I was pregnant because I would say yes to everything (not soda but I would always take a sip or two for cravings). I do eat a lot especially now that I started working out again, I pack on the protein because I want to gain my muscle back.

Working out:

OMG guys, I’m back at the gym!! When the doctor said I would be clear to workout again at 8 weeks I was over the moon excited! It’s definitely a lifestyle that many people might not understand but being used to working out, having a good sweat really makes you feel good. I was missing that adrenaline rush from pushing myself to lift more, go hard and being able to take my mind off of things so to get all of that back had me smiling from ear to ear. I knew it would be baby steps walking back into the gym because of my surgery and not having a big belly to carry in front of me of course! LOL

I worked out throughout my whole pregnancy and even though I lost all of the muscle I had built, I was able to maintain so getting back in there didn’t feel like I was starting back at square one. I am lifting again but I’m still not doing any ab work (I’ll wait a couple of more weeks for that). So you’ll see in the progress pictures, my stomach is still somewhat bloated. Right now I’m focused on getting my strength back in the gym with the rest of my body and as time goes on, I’ll work on my core as well.

I hope you guys are enjoying the process, I am always happy to share these moments with you and to continue this journey as well. You can always leave a comment here, email or DM me on Instagram as well if you have any questions or just want to chat.

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Fitness Q&A+ Favorites

Happy Monday babes, OMG the heat was real this past weekend!

I want to answer a couple questions based on my fitness routine because I have gotten a couple of DM’s through Instagram so I will share as much as I can plus share some of my current favorite athletic wear. Continue reading down below for more.

Top via @runitwear

So let’s start off with my fitness routine, I like to workout 4-5 times a week. I do cardio 20-30 mins before I start lifting and usually consists of the stair master, elliptical and bike whenever I like to change it up.

As for lifting, I like to spread out my workouts. I do lower body twice a week so it’s extremely important to switch it up if you want gain muscle you MUST lift heavy. It’s all a process so keep in mind that everyone starts off somewhere but being consistent will really pay off and show you the results you want as long as you put in the effort all around.

I workout biceps and triceps one day, shoulders another day and back and chest together. YouTube is a great way to learn and follow exercises if you are beginning your fitness journey. I still follow videos when I want to learn new techniques and there’s so many ideas to follow that are super easy as well.

Top via @runitwear

I like to incorporate abs at least 3 times a week which usually fall on the days I workout upper body so I spend about an hour and a half at the gym. Stretching is also a MUST to get your body ready before you workout. I like to use the foam roller for my leg days before and after my workout.

Food:

I LOVE FOOD!!! So I am constantly eating and snacking every 2-3 hours. I usually start my morning with coffee, spinach omelette, bacon and a hash brown with a side of avocado toast. I have chicken/meat with rice for lunch around 11-12 and have another meal around 2-3 but try to substitute the rice for veggies and then have dinner around 7-8. As for my snacks in between, I like to eat fruit or do a protein shake. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely eat what I want but all in moderation. I have my moments of weakness which are pizza and donuts because carbs are life lol BUT I can definitely say I cut out fast food such as Mc Donald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, etc. My top 3 places to eat out for my cheat meals are in n out, panda express and chipotle. LOL

I would say for the most part I do a good job, I don’t count calories, I’ve just learned what I have to cut back on and of course to drink plenty of water. I drink water with all of my meals.

As for the protein I take, I normally take whey protein but don’t have a specific brand. I am currently experimenting to see what goes well with my body. I love mixing my protein powder with banana, peanut butter and almond milk. I take c4 for my pre workout which I buy at Target for $20 but I only take it twice a week when I workout lower body.

I want to keep this information simple and straight to the point for what I do but if you have any questions or other tips you are looking for I am more than happy to answer. You can email me or send me a DM on Instagram.

Instagram: @segagenesis_

Email: segagenesis06@gmail.com

Remember that everyone’s body is different, what works for me might not work for someone else but all I can say is to be consistent and positive in the changes you want to achieve.

Favorite places to shop for athletic wear: 

  • Forever 21
  • Old Navy
  • TJ Maxx/ Marshall’s

I am all about shopping smart and I go crazy with sales so these are my top places to shop and they have so many cute items that are in style so definitely check it out.

 

 

Be A Boss Babe

Happy Thursday babes, today feels like a Monday due to fourth of July and OMG I feel completely lost! LOL

I’m so happy it’s summer and I’m all about the good vibes so let’s have a little inspirational talk…

It is so important to build a network of friends and things that inspire you to do better and be the best version of yourself. It’s so easy to get caught up with daily life and all of its nonsense but it’s crucial that we stay focused and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

5 tips to follow:

  • Let go of anything that no longer serves you whether it’s a friend, a job, a relationship etc.
  • You come first!!!
  • Always choose to be positive.
  • Fall in love with your hobbies, for me it’s the gym so I make it a priority to go. It’s the time where I get to reflect and be a bad ass while lifting.
  • Whatever you do in life, give it your all or don’t bother wasting your time!

Everything in life is a learning experience, we should all be growing and striving for more. Be passionate about what you want in life and just go for it! So on that note, cheers to summer and to becoming a better person each day!