Well, I DID IT!
I committed to completing 60 days of the Core de Force workout program and I am feeling pretty darn good about myself.
Core de Force is an MMA-inspired cardio + toning program. I streamed the workouts every day in our spare bedroom, modified the core workouts, and felt like a badass after the end of the 60 days.
This is technically a 30 day program, but I felt like I was just getting into my groove, so I added on another round and spread out my journey through this program over 2 months.
And…. here are the official photos!
Notice they are also coinciding with how far along I am in my pregnancy. This is my first pregnancy, and with being very active I haven’t really “popped” yet, but I know that’s coming 🙂
Though I will say, I am so, so grateful to able to exercise every day of this pregnancy so far. I believe it’s given me more energy, kept my focused & working on my business daily, and helped to keep my appetite in check (no I am NOT a perfect eater, and I’ve had my fair share of ice cream during this timeframe, but I have been mindful not to overeat. I aim to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full).
So. What did I modify in this workout program??
- I didn’t do any moves on my stomach. I would modify by doing a similar-type moving standing up
- I did the core workouts, but used a lot of support. I didn’t actively “crunch” my abs, but I did work my obliques & held planks
- I was mindful to not push the heavy cardio days if I was tired. I got through the movements at my pace, and didn’t worry if I wasn’t up to par — heck, I’m proud of myself for pushing play everyday — who cares if I’m not the most intense person showing up?!
- Other than that, I followed the workout schedule to a T, occasionally shifting around some workouts days but always getting them in
Okay Ash, what’s the point of this blog post?
Well, first, it’s to toot my own horn a bit 🙂 I’m PROUD I completed 60 days of working out 6-7 days a week without missing a beat. I’m proud of the strength that my body has developed, and even if I can’t do a ton of push-ups, they have gotten better because I’ve gotten stronger.
But it’s also to be real with you & share my pregnancy journey. I was active before becoming pregnant, and I’m active now. My body & baby are safe. Sometimes we get scared of the things that “could” happen. Fortunately, I’m not a worrier by nature (I DO get stressed, but that’s another topic for another day), and I adapt a mindset of, it is happens, we deal with it. I’m not going to spend my time worrying about what COULD happen, though I do my part in taking care of my body and keeping my health & Baby H’s health as the priority.
I don’t judge any woman with what they choose to do or not do during their pregnancy. I’m just here sharing my story in the hopes it inspires some people to make healthy choices.. whether you’re carrying a child or not.
I firmly believe my pregnancy is as smooth as it is because of my lifestyle choices, compounded over time. It’s the little things we do each day that curve us to success, or curve us to failure, right? (If you want to read more on that, pick up a copy of The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Today. Seriously, do it.)
Okay, that’s all for now. I’ve gotta figure out what workout program is next on my list, starting tomorrow!
More next week!