My baby girl is 14 months old and I’ve officially been rebuilding my body for nearly 10 months. I thought it would be a good time and a helpful personal record to look at my journey so far, to talk about my milestones and to answer in full, one of my most frequently asked questions.
“When did if first see change?”
Day one week one.
I love that I had the courage to post a my before picture at the very beginning of my Instagram account.
I was so unhappy and felt so very uncomfortable in my own skin. At 4 months postpartum as I was a woman who was taking wonderful care of her baby but who wasn’t taking great care of herself. I’m so grateful to my former self that I can now look right back to day 1 and see how far i have come today.
I speak to to many women who feel too embarrassed. They think that they can’t post their before picture until they have seen some change and can couple it with and after picture that they are proud of.
For me I felt differently, I worked for change every week because this picture existed. I didn’t want this image of myself to be all the only representation of my body. So I fought for each and every image that came after.
This was the first time that I felt a change and saw a change. In five short weeks I had gone from doing crunches to sit ups, I could now do 5 push-ups on my toes and I could plank for the first time since having my baby. Physically I was starting to drop body fat, I was exclusively breastfeeding at this point and eating around 2000 calories per day to sustain my milk, but I could still feel myself leaning out.
The first appearance of tummy definition. I remember this picture so well.
I was so happy to be entering my final two weeks of BBG1.0 I felt like I had achieved more with my physical condition than I ever thought I would.
I had stopped breastfeeding and was now eating clean and consuming around 1600 calories a day. Although I was still fairly wobbly through the tummy hips and thighs, with clean eating I was leaning out quite quickly. I felt slim again and I could see the front of my stomach really beginning to change.
By week 14 I was now two weeks into my second round of BBG1.0 and I felt stronger and firmer all over.
I was also only 4 weeks away from my Florida holiday. I had been shopping for swimwear for the last month but this particular week was the first time I felt confident about my body in a bikini again.
This photograph was taken a week after I returned from my holiday. I had eaten a varied, much higher calorie and higher fat diet whilst abroad. I discovered that my body now, actually thrived on a lot more food.
2 weeks earlier (week 18), when looking at my progress picture, I realised I did not want to lose any more weight. I didn’t want to appear ‘skinny’. I wanted to work on looking more, toned and more athletic. However I knew if I continued to eat around 1600 calories a day and exercise 6 days a week, I would continue to diminish. This was such a huge turning point for me. I continued to practice clean eating but with a slightly more relaxed approach and I consciously increased my portion sizes and the number of meals I was eating a day. (To read more about what I ate from this point onwards click here)
The end of BBG1.0 round 2. Bye bye back fat.
This was and still is the leanest I have ever been through my lower back.
I carry a little more weight here today than I did in week 24 but that is to be expected as I have been eating a lot more calories for a much longer period of time.
Booty gains. 6 weeks into BBG2.0. Finally after 30 weeks of exercise and a diet of around 2000 calories a day, I was starting to see real progress regarding my derriere. In my eyes, my body shape is beginning to change from looking slim to looking athletically curvy and I love that… and to this day, it’s what I continue to work for.
A year older, 9 months of working out, 10lbs of weight loss, a body rebuilt, a healthy and more balanced relationship with food and a lighter, lovelier, livelier way of living. I turned 35 at the same time I completed 3 whole rounds of the BBG program ( 2 x BBG1.0 and 1 x BBG2.0) and this is by far my most favourite Eve progress picture. Turning 35 ended up being a great milestone for me.
4 weeks away from completing my first round of BBG3.o and my 4th round of BBG in total.
I’m happily and proudly at a stage of maintenance. Ideally I’m still working on bigger guns and still trying to build that booty, but if my body and lifestyle remain as they are today,I’m content with that.
It’s just as hard maintaining what you worked for as it was when you were building it. But it’s liberating and gratifying at the same time. Each day I earn my keep with my body is a win and I’ve never felt more successful.