Hin 31 árs gamla Anna Stroude fæddi tvíbura – en níu mánuðum seinna var hún komin með suddalegan six-pack.
“Ég hélt að eftir að ég fæddi tvíburana – myndi ég fá sama líkama aftur og áður en ég varð ólétt – en það var svo langt frá því. Ein kona spurði mig meira að segja hvenær ég ætti að eiga. Og þá var ég búin að eiga!”, segir Anna.
Hún fór svo hins vegar að vinna í því að fá líkamann aftur.
“Ég las fallega grein sem minnti mig á að það hafði tekið mig 9 mánuði að vera ólétt – ég gæti því ekki búist við að fá sama líkama samstundis aftur.”
Þannig Anna tók þá ákvörðun að nota 9 mánuði til að koma sér í form aftur.
“Ég vann að þessu jafnt og þétt – reyndi að hreyfa mig minnst 20-30 mínútur á dag heima hjá mér – og þetta sýnir að maður þarf ekki dýr líkamsræktarkort eða brjálaða megrunarkúra.”
When I was still in hospital with Lachie and Samuel (we were there for 12 days after their birth) I went to see the hospital physio to get some compression pants. When I walked into the room she asked how many weeks I was – thinking I was still pregnant! I burst into tears and sobbed ‘I’ve already had my babies’. Truth is, I actually thought once I had given birth I would walk out of hospital with my ‘pre-baby body’. I’d read stories how women leave the hospital in their size 6 or 8 jeans so I naturally thought ‘ok babies out, body back’
So when I looked in the mirror and walked the hospital corridors I was so incredibly embarrassed and ashamed that I still had such a big belly. I was texting friends that had babies asking ‘how long until my tummy goes back to normal?!’ Someone told me ‘2 weeks’ so I thought I could handle that. 2 weeks later when I still looked 20 weeks pregnant I was again devastated and upset.
But then, I came across a beautiful article that reminded me my body had made two babies and it had taken 9 whole months to do that… How could I possibly expect it to ‘bounce back?!’ So I figured if it took 9 months to make 2 babies, I would give myself 9 months to get my body back. I soon realised that I couldn’t train how I used to though, I was time poor and running on minimal hours of sleep so I dedicated 20 minutes a day to SWEAT and it’s worked… And here we are – 9 months postpartum and actually much fitter than I’ve ever been in my life. This is proof that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a gym membership, work out for hours a day or go on crazy fad diets… 20 – 30 mins a day at home, choose healthy and fresh food, treat yourself every so often, exercise even when you can’t be bothered, set goals and BELIEVE in why you started!
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