Actually, the title of this post should be, Headline: Mom Of Four Tries An Exercise Class For The First Time After Having Twins, Makes An Ass Of Herself And Doesn’t Care! I recently made the decision to up my exercise game. I have been working hard to go from post-pregnancy with twins, to almost back to pre-pregnancy body.I am fifteen pounds away from my goal weight to be exact, but who’s counting? Me. I typically go by the way my clothes feel and how I feel and avoid the scale. But over the last couple months I was getting a little more lazy each day and treating myself a little more. My body was getting a little softer and my clothes a little tighter. Plus, this cloud of lack of motivation and low grade depression was starting to take residence over my head. I kept waiting for that burst of energy and inspiration to hit me, where the stars align and I just nail the diet and exercise thing. But it wasn’t happening.That’s when I decided to force myself out of my comfort zone, stop waiting and start having fun along the way. I am celebrating and loving my body now. No more punishing and no more waiting. I want to live right now, not tomorrow or the next day.
My motive? First I want to feel better. That means listening to my gut. Literally. I am increasingly aware that certain foods, like garlic, are just not my friend anymore. So instead of going on a weight loss diet, I am going on an eating clean, happy tummy diet. More specifically the FODMAP Diet.
Second, I want to be strong and pain free. I once again threw my back out this week. I have always had a weak core, but four kids, including twins has turned my abs into jello.Third, vanity. HA! You are shocked I am admitting that, right? But I promise I will always be honest with you and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care how I felt in clothes or in a bathing suit. I feel pretty damn good right now, but I am into celebrating done being pregnant, and it is okay to want to feel pretty. I have given of myself and my body a lot over the past six years and although I have found my path as a mom and blogger, it is time to feel great in my skin again.
So, I am getting out there and trying a variety of new exercise classes, sports and activities. I am a very lazy and uncoordinated person by nature, but I am going to go out into the world and do it anyways. I am going to be documenting all of it and sharing it with you. So, if you were wondering what an exercise class, rock-climbing or pilates is like, I will be trying it out for you. Plus I will not hold back and prove that I am not a secret ninja. Instead include footage of me, very real me, doing my best, but not caring if it isn’t perfect. Hopefully this will inspire you to move out of your comfort zone as well.Last night I went to my first exercise class since having twins. Zumba to be exact, which is an exercise class using a variety of dance moves. I have never tried Zumba before, and I obviously do not have much rhythm. But I had fun and kept my body moving. So without further introduction, here is me trying Zumba:
So, what did I think of Zumba? Very fun, very sweaty and a great exercise. I wasn’t too sore this morning but I can feel it in my thighs. In a good way. This would be great for anyone starting up a new exercise routine. Just don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get the moves right away. There is a lot of choreography.
Please let me know if there are any activities you’d like me to try out for you in the comments below!
Thank you to my friends at Oxygen Pilates and Fitness for the fantastic Zumba class!
Make sure you remember to follow Nesting Story on Instagram where I will be adding photos of my exercise adventures in real time with the hashtag #mynewbodyafterbaby. I encourage you to include your exercise and new body after baby photos on Instagram, under the hashtag #mynewbodyafterbaby as well, to be featured in a future blog post!