How I Lost The Baby Weight
It feels appropriate to hit publish on this post on the last day of summer and as I set my alarm for 6am on a Saturday to wake up and workout. If you follow me on Instagram you are probably well aware that I have become a die-hard Orange Theory fan. I joined OTF on Sept 12, 2017 after taking and loving my first class the week prior.
Now that I’ve been a member for a little over one year, I wanted to share a bit about my OTF experience with you and how (when combined with a healthy diet) it’s totally changed my body,
Let me start by saying I’ve tried a LOT of workout classes. Basically everything that’s out there. I’ve done Soulcycle/Flywheel/Zengo Cycle, Pure Barre, Physique57, CrossFit, Bikram Yoga, etc. I enjoy those other classes (and still take them occasionally to keep things well-rounded), but nothing really compares to the intensity/challenge that is OTF.
When I had Everly in 2014, the baby weight literally fell off with barely any effort on my part. I was back in my old clothes by the time I returned to work 3 months post-partum. I gained about the same amount with Addie (a little over 30 pounds) but for some reason, found it MUCH harder to lose the second time around. Maybe it was because I was a few years older, or maybe because I was a LOT more tired now that I had a newborn + a two year-old and had less energy to exercise. After 6 months of the scale not budging I knew I’d need to put in some serious effort, so I turned to OTF for something new and different. When I first started - my only goal was to start feeling healthy again and to get my energy back….little did I know it would become so much more.
I could barely finish that first class. I walked on the treadmill and found the entire hour to be extremely challenging. I remember that I was sore for days after my first few classes. One of the reasons I really love this workout in particular is because each class is different, which means I don’t get bored. The studio is divided into three sections; treadmills, water rowers and then the floor (where you use dumbbells and your own bodyweight), and you spend about 20 minutes per section (or 30 if it’s a smaller, two-group class). Since each class is different, you’re always working through different exercises or types of intervals within the three stations. The key is that you wear a heart rate monitor that connects to TVs throughout the room so you can always see which “zone” you’re in. The goal as you move through the HIIT workout is to keep your heart rate up so that you spend as much time in the “orange zone” as possible, which means you’re working at 84 - 90ish % of your max heart rate (a pace that creates the most caloric burn and afterburn effect). The trainers and the loud music are super motivating and push you to challenge yourself to run harder and row faster.
A few months ago I noticed I was hitting a plateau so I made some tweaks to my diet, which allowed me to lose another 10 pounds. I started reading up on the benefits of fiber from various sources and focused on eating lean protein, fiber and a little healthy fat at every meal. I cut out any refined carbs (bread, pasta, etc) and really tried to up my fiber intake. I read The F Factor and started eating these fiber crackers with almond butter and berries for breakfast. I take them with me to work, when I travel, etc, especially when I think I might have trouble accessing high-fiber foods while on the go. They keep me full for hours on end and I find that I eat less throughout the day when I start the day off with a really high-fiber breakfast. I also mentioned in my last post how I try to fast for about 14 hours between dinner and breakfast and eat a light-ish dinner.
All in all - I’ve lost 25 pounds and 2-3 dress sizes over the last 12 months and actually weigh less than I did before getting pregnant the first time 5 years ago. I feel better in my clothes and have so much energy now. I have found OTF to be really addicting and it’s so fun/rewarding to see your progress improve over time. Like I said, when I started a year ago I could barely finish the class. Now I can run for the whole treadmill block (20-30 minutes of intervals at different speeds) and lift 20 lb dumbbells easily. It’s amazing to see your body change and become stronger, but the MOST important aspect to me is that I FEEL good and have the energy to get through my busy days. Also, it’s really important to me that I serve as a healthy role model to my two daughters, so they grow up knowing the importance of taking care of our bodies and mind. I absolutely recommend you try out a class for yourself; the first time is free! Find a location near you HERE.
Hopefully this has been helpful and if I’ve motivated at least one of you to try something new for yourself, that’s a win in my book. Let me know if you try OTF and what you think in the comments below!!! #KEEPBURNING