Here’s a picture of me 1 year after having my daughter Mila. A year. Yes. While I don’t look super overweight…can you see the expression on my face, the excess weight around my face, my complexion? I was not a happy camper. And Mila doesn’t look happy either — although I will admit it was almost nap time when this picture was taken.
The year after I had my first baby…and losing most of my baby weight, I was a Pilates Instructor with a Muffin Top. People ask me if I did pilates to lose weight and regain my health. My answer always surprises them because it’s not a simple yes.
Here are the exact steps I took to finally get myself back in shape and a lot healthier!
I’m not holding anything back…This is the exact process I used and still use to stay in shape and help my pilates classes do the same.
Total Weight Loss is now 10 lbs.
2 inches lost off Chest – ok I was breastfeeding before, but still this is crazy, right?
4 inches off my Waist
2.5 inches off my Hips
Now, I was never overweight, so if that’s you now, then you might actually get better results because it’s often hardest to lose the last 10 pounds or the last 5 pounds.
I’ll also say that everyone’s body works a bit differently in reaction to food, exercise, and stress…in addition some people do have difficulty losing weight due to hormonal fluctuations and abnormalities in their body.
People have asked exactly what I did…so that’s what I’m going to tell you about…my results.
Step 1: Made a Decision & Acted Immediately
Step 2: Wrote down what I wanted to achieve with my body – specifically
Step 3: Got in my Bikini and had my husband take pictures of me…
Step 4: Took My Measurements
Step 5: Did a Complete Kitchen Purge – only keeping the good food. If you don’t know what good food is…read Clean Eating for one viewpoint on this. This book’s philosophy is a HUGE part of my success. After I talk about the exercise, I’ll tell you more about how I eat specifically.
Step 6: Bought Valerie Water’s Red Carpet Ready program. I am just about to start her current program Action Hero Babe. If you are a beginner, start with the RCR program. Now – I have never purchased an online program before, but something about Valerie’s approach appealed to me. Now, I go to the RCR club forum on a daily basis for inspiration, support and to stay committed to my own workouts. I’m not trying to sell RCR, you need to find a program or trainer who offers something that fits with your lifestyle. This will help you stay committed.
Step 7: Integrated the RCR Program with Pilates and Cardio – I worked out 6 days per week for about 30-40 minutes each time. I often did pilates mat exercises in front of my television on my rest day and my cardio days.
At the end of 6 weeks had lost the first 2 inches off my chest, 2 inches off my waist, and was down 6 pounds. I had more energy, my jeans were falling off me, and my bras no longer fit. People were asking what I was doing. So, it didn’t take long to get visible results.
Now, I do 2 RCR workouts per week, try to do 2 cardio interval training sessions, and do pilates exercises throughout the week…several times.
I have seen the results and that’s what keeps me moving in the right direction. I’m not perfect and I do have breakdowns and fall off track, but I have the tools now to go back in the right direction.
So, you can see that a combination of pilates with clean eating and a strength training regimen brought me some really great results. I’ll admit that the first few weeks were tough, but the toughest was and still is reminding myself how to eat, making the right choices and deciding to eat well day after day.
Tomorrow I’ll share my eating rules…