I’ve always prided myself on sitting with great posture, standing tall, and not slouching. Then came pregnancy. While I always made sure I had good back support, the weight was still a whole lot for my body.
I’ve been recently diagnosed with Spondylosis – degeneration in my lower lumbar muscles and bones. Treatment? I need to strengthen my core. What does that mean for me? I need more yoga, more running, and more core strengthening.
Keeping my body fit has to be a daily lifestyle ritual, not just by hourly appointment. I mean, how else am I going to get Jada Pinkett-Smith’s body?? Or at least her mom’s.
This bod isn’t going to sculpt itself. I want abs and it’s time to go get ’em. Ok, maybe I’m being a little ambitious – I’ll settle for a Spanx-free wardrobe.
So I’m doing three things daily to help me get there:
- Practicing yoga – I’ve been challenging myself to explore new poses and challenges and to hold difficult poses for longer periods of time. I found a 30-day challenge on YouTube that I can practice in my living room after the kids go to sleep.
- Walking/running 10,000 steps – using a Fitbit and participating in challenges helps in reaching this goal. At first I wasn’t really interested nor motivated. Then one day it just clicked. The first time my Fitbit buzzed and cheered me on for reaching 10,000 steps I was hooked. Now I’m up to running 5 miles a day and I’m addicted.
- Yoni Egg practice – Yoni eggs are known to strengthen your pelvic muscles with regular practice. It’s basically like weight-lifting for your lower abdominal area. I received my yoni egg from http://www.ashleysnaturals.com. Visit their website to learn more about Yoni Eggs.
I’ve come a long way. From not exercising at all – October 2014:
I’ve still got a long way to go. But I am loving my progress thus far. My body is more toned, more healthy, and one step closer to being spanx-free 🙂 I can’t wait to see where this fitness journey takes me – hopefully into a bikini next summer.
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