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Dawn-Before

For someone who has been active and relatively fit her whole life, having a baby was a very humbling experience. By the time I gave birth, I weighed in at 210 pounds. Chalk some of that up to too many triple ice cream scoops…The last month of my pregnancy, I felt so huge and miserable and exercising was near impossible. Despite the fact that it took nine months for my body to attain it’s Michelin Man stature, I somehow expected it to go back to normal in a matter of weeks. This did not magically happen, much to my dismay.

“I can finally fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans without sporting a muffin top. It feels great to not want to hide my body every time I get dressed in the morning.”

~Dawn

My first weeks back were definitely a challenge. Going from being 80% sedentary to 100% committed to getting my health back was hard- really hard. I recall thinking during thigh in my first class back that I might actually fall over in fold over. I had no core strength to speak of, my shoulders were permanently rolled forward with no muscles to help pull them back, and my balance was completely off kilter. Adding to the physical challenges was the challenge I faced at home surrounding scheduling time to come to class 5 times a week with a newborn and a new job. These dedicated class hours were the only hours I was getting to exercise, so it was up to me to make every one of them count!

It’s taken almost three months, but… things had finally clicked. I got lower in thigh than I ever had, even in waterski (my nemesis!). I was doing push ups on my toes again and back to using 4lb weights during warm up. I resumed level two classes and finally am able to take the lifted arm options during curl. I can finally fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans without sporting a muffin top. It feels great to not want to hide my body every time I get dressed in the morning.

Dawn-after

I could not have done any of this without the support of my family, which includes my Bar Method family. Everyone has been so encouraging and uplifting. Reaching my goals has felt amazing and now its time to set new ones. Continuing to push myself has not only strengthened my body, but my overall resolve. The discipline this challenge has afforded me has spilled into every aspect of my life, and I am so grateful!