(sorry guys, I didn’t realize I was responding incorrectly)
When you say you are a beginner, have you lifted before?
Yes, before baby I was in great shape. I did crossfit 3x’s a week, had a PT 2 times a week and did hot yoga 2 times a week for recovery
Do you have access to a gym with machines?
I currently do not, but am working on getting into a gym twice a week. It is a 45 min drive, but I am currently in nursing school there twice a week so I will do lifting before class. I also have some access to weights in my own backyard because my husband lifts daily.
Are you experienced/ comfortable with barbell training?
I am somewhat comfortable, but not experienced or confident that I am experienced. I did crossfit solid for 3 years and never quite felt “confident” with barbell training.
How many times per week do you have time for weight training?
I want to do weight training 3-4 times a week as I see that would work best for me beginning.
Can you get out and walk with the stroller for 30 minutes once or twice a day?
I do get out and walk a lot, as well as take my daughter to the park and chase her.
Nutrition is KEY to fat loss. Do you know where your trouble spots are with diet (It’s different for everybody).
THIS is where I struggle. I am a comfort eater. If I have a bad day I want to eat, if I have a good day I am happy and want to eat more. I tend to go toward the typical meat and potato with very little veggies “diet”. I am working on the veggies thing. They are hard for me to swallow sometimes because I am super picky about texture/taste etc (not in a good way, I tend to like “bad” food). I love making home made bread and baking, which I’ve cut back on a lot. But, that is usually my idea of “down time”. It is relaxing to me. Then I hate myself for having cake readily available for the rest of the week that I have to eat because my hubby doesn’t eat these things…he’s also in shape haha
Do you have a plan for nutrition yet? Are you doing a program with an eating plan?
I have no nutrition plan except to literally grill a steak, make a potato and some veggies on the side until I get too sick to eat any more. Bad plan, I know. I do a lot of back and forth with recipes, but I often get discouraged and tired of trying to modify this and that. I end up giving up. [/quote]
Lately there have been a lot of threads from people saying “I’ve tried everything, and nothing works.” Or “I’m training like crazy and have my nutrition dialed in but I’m still fat.” Your thread is WAY better.
You already have a history of success with working out regularly and being in shape before the baby. BUENO!!
With a toddler and nursing school - BUSY!! - I’d fit in a short workout at the university gym before class a couple of times per week if you can, but otherwise I’d walk and run around at the park with your daughter, do step-ups to the park bench, chins on the bars, pushup variations… WALK with stroller, and train at home with the hubs so you can tag team the baby between sets. Since you are familiar with Crossfit, you could do something similar at home with him, or maybe do a short full body routine at home? Twice a week lifting at home, if you’re finding the time to get to the school gym a couple of times, would be fabulous.
That said, the part that NONE of us really enjoy is modifying diet, but that’s where it’s at, unfortunately. No matter what you do at the gym, you will “eat your results” really easily. You will have to find a calming and enjoyable, and celebratory substitute for food. ERG. I can totally relate. My downfall is chocolate, and lots and lots of chips and salsa.
Honestly, I had my three kids before I started lifting and I lost my baby weight mostly by being mindful about eating. I did a lot of walking, and had a morning jogging routine. Wish I’d known about lifting then. My BFF just lost all her baby weight coming back from her third pregnancy by taking Zumba classes and using weight machines at the gym after class, but the MAIN thing was she stopped the high calorie mocha drinks in the morning, and stopped eating cookies and ice cream in the evening. She loves taking Zumba classes, so that’s her thing and she’s doing really well with it in terms of fat loss goals.
About diet - There’s a lot of information on this site. Personally, I like The Zone, and a lot of people who lift can do pretty well with Zone macros (30% Pro, 40% Carb, 30% fats). I like to eat small meals 4-5 times per day, but other people do really well with other diet plans. The trick is finding what is sustainable for YOU.
If you follow Jamie Eason on FB, she has some nice daily workouts, complete with videos. Some machines, and some with free weights you might have at home. I have a friend at the gym who just follows her programs and loves it. She also has an eating plan, and recommended food list. I just finished reading the Christmas Abbott book, The Badass Body Diet. You might like her since she’s a Crossfit person and so that would be familiar, but her book has a healthy foods list, eating plan (which I haven’t done), as well as a lot of BW exercises in the back that you could use at home. Nice stuff for conditioning, and the whole book is written for women specifically. I checked it out from the library.
Thanks, I actually just signed up for a gym that is near my school so I can go the 2 days a week I am in “town” (we live in a town with a population of 3000 and nothing around for 45 miles). I HATE waking up early, but I’m going to have to do it before class because I know after I’m going to be like “screw working out I want to go home”. Then, the other 2 days when I’m not in town I am going to do running (quick 30 min jog to warm up at 5:30am), then lifting at home in the backyard once the little one is awake (6’ish).
Nutrition is going to be the hardest for me. I LOVE to bake and I love warm yummy drinks (especially when winter comes). I will definitely look into Jamie Eason. I did read some forum on here about people who have very little time to work out and have made somewhat of a plan I think:
A: Heavy Lowerbody
B: Heavy Push
C: Heavy Pull
alternating with 1 day of rest inbetween
Heavy reps 3-6
3 sets of each
I believe this will be a good start, but let me know what you think.