Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Why am I posting this? I am crazy I guess. ;)

A few weeks after I had Charly my body was a mess. Normal right? But then I see people on social media who had their babies around the same time as me wearing bikinis and sporting a six pack already. Obviously a six pack is not realistic for me even in my skinny days, but seeing all of these photos made me hate myself. I was so bitter and mad and felt like my body had failed me. I cried over it way too much and didn't even look at my body for days on end because I just couldn't handle it. Why wasn't my body bouncing back like those other girls? 

Well, let's be honest here. Obviously most women do not bounce back like that. What we see on social media is the perfect side of things, not the real life side of things. This is why I am sharing my story, my journey, and my very very hard experience. I hope to encourage those who may feel alone or who felt the same feelings I did. 

While pregnant I got stretch marks, and a lot of them. I expected this, but didn't expect them to be as bad as they were. I got PUPP during the last trimester of my pregnancy through the first month of PP (postpartum) which made my stretch marks even worse. I wanted to die. It was the most miserable thing I have ever experienced. The picture below is my stretch marks bleeding because they are being stretched even more along with my PUPP. :(

Since having Charly I have tried EVERYTHING there is for stretch marks. Not because I am ashamed of them, but I don't see anything wrong with helping them fade a little! Since trying so many different things I wanted to share what worked for me. I tried all of this on my own dime and experimented with a lot of different products! Here is what worked for me:

3. Red Light Therapy

The Maderma products helped so much and I visibly could see my stretch marks fading every day. I would use the overnight scar cream overnight by putting it on my stretch marks and then pulling spanx over to hold in the cream. I would do the stretch mark cream on the necessary places during the day and again keep it locked in with spanx. Since I got PUPP the last couple months of pregnancy and had it until 2 months PP, I couldn't use those creams anymore. :( At that point I read that Vicks worked and I was skeptical, but I tried it and loved it! Vicks has been known to fade stretch marks. Better yet, it cools, so it helped my PUPP so much!!

Red Light Therapy is a tricky one. I have loved this so far but outside of the city I live in I am not sure where this is offered or how you can find it. Not only does Red Light Therapy work on stretch marks and scars but it helps reduce cellulite. Pretty cool technology! If you are interested in this I would turn to google to see where you can find red light therapy in your area!

Now onto BBG. If you haven't heard of BBG it is a at home workout program that lasts 12 weeks. I just finished up week 6 and am on week 7 this week. When I started BBG I thought I was going to die. I couldn't believe how unbelievably hard it was to do a push up, a sit up, or anything! My body was so weak from not working out for over a year and a half. Although my results are not amazing yet, I have worked so hard to get where I am. I am so much stronger and I have confidence like I have never had before. Even with the loose skin and a lot of stretch marks. Working out on a daily basis has helped me in every aspect of my life and I am so grateful for it! So here are my 6 week results below. This is only doing the program at 50% (due to back issues/ knee issues/ and pretty much zero muscle after not working out for over a year) so I can't wait to see what the next 6 weeks will bring and the next 12 after that!

Bikini Body Guide, BBG, Home Workout, Resuls, Before and After

Before: BBG week 1, 4 months postpartum, and 170 pounds
After: BBG week 6, almost 6 months postpartum, and 159 pounds

Let's chat food. I haven't been doing any crazy diets, just eating healthy. I cut out bad carbs (bread/pasta) and sugar. Sugar being the biggest! Healthy eating is sometimes the hardest thing to do, ever. I hear over and over that eating healthy makes up for 80% of your diet, so that shows you how important it really is!

The moral of the story is no matter where you are at, you can do it. I gained 65 pounds while I was pregnant and it is almost gone! I still have a ton of work to do, skin to tighten, fat to loose,  and muscle to gain, but I feel like a whole new person already. Making sure I stay healthy and strong is so important to me and more importantly, for Charly. 

Thank you for reading all this, I hope I didn't gross you out too much with these photos. I love you all, thank you for your love and support!


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