My Workouts Before Pregnancy, and in the First Trimester

I have three types of workouts I love- Beachbody (currently 21 Day Fix and T 25), running- (I love half marathons!!), and hot yoga.

Before Pregnancy 

Hot Yoga

Before I got pregnant, I attended hot yoga burn classes 2 or 3 times a week at  Zen Yoga Garage. These classes were at a local yoga studio that I was a member of, and I would go at 6 am, get ready for work, and tackle the day.  These classes were hot- about 90-100 degrees, and were vinyasa yoga classes with weights and HIIT mixed in.  I was addicted to yoga burn!  The workout was amazing- a combination of strength and cardio, plus all the benefits of yoga-clarity, calm, and my favorite part-savasana.  I knew that when I got pregnant I would have to give this up, because your body temperature cannot get too high when you are pregnant. I hoped to still attend other classes like prenatal yoga and their barre classes that are not heated.

Running

I have like running for my whole adult life.  I have struggled with knee pain, which stems from tendonitis in my knee.  Basically, if I add too much mileage or speed onto my training plan, my knee hurts.  I have learned how to work around this, and have been able to successfully run 3 half marathons in the past two years.  Last winter I trained for a half marathon by myself for the first time (previously ran with Jim), and did almost all of my training before work, in the dark, outside, in the middle of winter.  I thought there was no way this would work and that I would probably not finish the training or run in the race.  However, I ended up loving it!  I ran the half marathon in April, and kept running afterwards.

Beachbody Workouts

I have been a Beachbody customer for almost 10 years, and love doing these workouts when I don’t go to yoga or run.  They are always quick and efficient, and a great way to fit in a workout at home. juliaschachtfitness.com

First Trimester Workouts

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I stopped going to hot yoga.  I continued to run but didn’t stopped fairly early on, because I was spotting. I took it easy, and decided to switch to more pregnancy-friendly workouts like Piyo.  Eventually I tried running again, but it felt weird.  Really weird.  I was hoping be a running pregnant lady, but that is just not in the cards for me.  So instead, I have been doing T25, Piyo, and 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I modify all of them, and don’t do the jumping parts.  My doctor said as long as it feels good I can continue.  The jumping didn’t feel good, so I decided to modify.  I still get a good workout in!  I have also been doing prenatal yoga classes online.  I would like to go to a studio soon for prenatal yoga, because I miss the studio vibe, with good music and positive energy.  I have also been walking.  Each night we go for a 2 mile walk, which is a nice way to digest dinner!  I am hoping to continue with my current level of fitness as long as I can.  I work out for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week not including walking and yoga.  My fatigue goes away for a while after I workout, and it is the time that I feel most like “me”.  It also doesn’t hurt to release some endorphins everyday!

Celebrating our First Wedding Anniversary

 Sunday was our first anniversary!  I can’t believe how incredibly fast this year flew by.  Our first year has been easier than I expected.  Everyone told me to have low expectations and to realize that there will be problems and growing pains.  I was pleasantly surprised, and think our relationship got stronger throughout the year.  I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man!


 

   To celebrate our anniversary we spent the whole day together.  It was lovely!  We were going to go out of town, but we have been so busy lately, so we decided to just stay here.  We started our day with our respective workouts- T25 for me, and a run for him.  Then we headed out to the bakery that made our wedding cake.  They have an awesome deal where if you send them some professional pictures from our wedding of the cake, they will make a new cake top for your anniversary for free!  After picking up our cake, we saw the movie Trainwreck, which was hilarious!  I laughed the whole time.  We had dinner downtown at RPM Italian, and totally forgot to take a picture all dressed up!   Afterwards we exchanged gifts, ate our cake, and watched our wedding video.  All in all, a great way to spend our anniversary.  I can’t wait to see where this year takes us!

  

My Weight Loss Story

It was January 2014.  I went to put on a pair of jeans, and I couldn’t physically get them onto my legs.  I knew that I had not been eating well or working out enough for the past few months, but this was my ah ha moment.  I had just gotten engaged and I wanted to get married feeling my best.  I knew this wasn’t my best.  I have never been a person who is overweight, and I was still not overweight at this time.  I never really struggled with weight, and pretty much ate healthy.  However, I noticed that once I turned 30, my metabolism slowed down a little.  I couldn’t just eat wings and fries and drink beer with no repercussions, like I used to.  I had just moved in with Jim that September, and basically ate whatever he ate.  Chips and dip?  Sure!  Craft beer?  Yes please!  Pizza and wings?  Why not!  Needless to say, I wasn’t able to keep that up for long.  Since Jim is 6’2″ and I am 5’4″, I knew I couldn’t eat what he ate on a regular basis.  I also knew that starving myself and using fad diets don’t work for me.  I am not the type of person to try juice cleanses or cabbage soup diets. I went back to my old stand by.  I had completed P90X a few years back, and liked some of the workouts, and the eating plan.  I pulled out my old DVDs and the eating plan.  I started following the eating plan, and doing the cardio and leg workouts.  I also kept going to hot yoga classes.  The weight started coming off!  In January of 2014 I weighed 134 pounds, and by March of 2014 I weighed 125 pounds.  I was so proud of myself!  I added in Insanity to mix things up, and started running again.  At the time of my wedding I weighed 122 pounds.  I didn’t follow the P90X eating plan for long, but it reminded me of the basics of healthy eating.  A protein, healthy carb, and fruit or vegetable with each meal.  Plus 2 snacks a day.  Because I ate this way, I was never starving, and never felt deprived.  I still indulged in treats on a regular basis- either something sweet, or a drink.  I had some dark chocolate instead of a huge dessert.  I had a glass of wine instead of a carb-heavy beer.  One of the most important things I did was to stop eating when I was satisfied.  I never allow myself to get stuffed, because that is when I feel miserable!  I still eat this way, and, for me, it is the key to success.  My workouts have changed throughout the last year and a half.  I continued running and hot yoga.  I did Piyo, T 25, and now am doing 21 Day Fix.  This winter, I was doing Piyo and running a lot, and I added in Shakeology.  I drank Shakeology for my breakfast everyday, and lost 3 more pounds.  Now I have leveled out at 119 pounds, which is a healthy weight for someone who is 5’4″.  I feel great about myself, and I feel healthy.  I am in the best shape of my life!  There was no magic trick, pill or quick fix.  Portion sizes, exercise, and moderation!