very excited to share this client spotlight from my first official BOD AFTER + BEFORE BABY #2 client, parastou bartley. parastou, clint (her hubby) + i worked together for about four months :) from workout guidance to meal options, they stuck through it all!
she is a mama of one (yes yes, mama of my cute nephew eliott!) + joined PEGACTIVE to get her body back in pre-natal shape before she gets pregnant with baby number two!
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They say it's only detrimental to compare yourself to others. But what if you are comparing to your past self? Three years back, I was at my leanest. I loved my body for the first time. Even my legs (ugh I have always been frustrated with my legs). Then baby came.
Well, not that easy. Required me to put on a little more weight, tone down my cardio & be more aware of how heavy my weights were. That was hard on me mentally. Then I realized being pregnant & giving birth was really hard me physically. I would like to say I had a hard time dropping the weight, but honestly I felt like i did it too fast. I was back into my regular clothes 3 months later & starting seeing muscle definition 3 months after that. I kept thinking this was easier than I thought. Eat right, workout, be patient. Then Eliott got older.
He was more needy & I was too tired to workout as often. He started eating "real" food & I was eating his leftovers (cheddar bunnies anyone?). One thing led to another & something didn't feel right. I didn't feel like myself. I started researching if PPD can start after a baby turns a year old. I had low energy. I was eating anything I wanted out of moderation. I hadn't run a mile in months. I was well, simply sad & disappointed with myself. The pressure of having a second child was making it worse. I am so grateful to be able to carry & bare a child. But the reality is, mentality the thought of my body going through the physical transformation made me fearful. I'm not ready. I'm not in a habit of control & right level of discipline for my physical, mental & emotional health.
In March I started Pegah's Baby before Baby program & my husband Clint was happy to join me along. The first month was awesome. I felt less bloated, I had more energy. I ate clean but had proper balance on her meal plan. I explained how my time is limited & she adjusted my workouts to be as effective as possible in the little time I had the in mornings. I saw three pounds come off! Then I hit a wall.
Work becoming overwhelming. I was traveling & found it hard to stay on routine. The second month was difficult. I gained the three pounds back. I remember having a meltdown in the locker room one morning back from travel. I immediately texted Pegah that I wanted to quit. She pulled me off ledge, got me back to focusing on REAL goals. On something I can sustain. Today wasn't the time for me to be lean. I need to keep my body strong for growing my family.
I got back at it & finished my 12 weeks. I haven't dropped a pound, you guys. Same weight, but different body composition...it's amazing. More muscle, more strength. This isn't a one time fix. You keep trying, keep pushing. Know there will be days of defeat & days of victory. Focus on the victories.