Let me start by saying that I am in no way certified in nutrition or in fitness. Please consult your doctor before starting any workout routine and/or dietary changes.
Now that I got that out of the way, I want to share with you my personal story on how I got in shape (and still getting in shape. Not there yet, but I’m close to my goals).
After having my second son almost 5 years ago, it took a while to lose that baby weight. It was much more difficult than the first time around. I worked hard at the gym, ate well and even joined Isagenix, a nutritional products company, and tried selling it for a hot minute, but it wasn’t for me. I loved the products, just not the selling and recruiting part. It did help tremendously, the protein is high quality and has everything your body needs post workout.
So, I finally lost the weight and was on my way to getting fitter and fitter. That was until I injured my back. A combination of scoliosis, an extremely arched back, a herniated disk and a difficult pregnancy that took a serious toll on my hips and back, was the perfect storm for this injury and one day I could barely walk. I went 5 months in agony; walking, sitting, laying down, doing any house chores, everything made it hurt. I visited all kinds of different doctors and my last resort was a spinal surgeon, who ironically did not recommend surgery (thankfully, because it was the last thing I wanted). He gave me some serious muscle relaxers and after 10 days the pain was gone. Hallelujah! I still have to be careful.
But those 5 months of not being able to work out, the frustration of the pain and not being able to do anything also made me not care what I ate, sooooo I gained the weight back. Yes, the same post baby weight! For a year and a half I tried and tried the same thing I did previously, but this time it didn’t work. Nothing was helping.
Through Annie Spano and the Style Collective blogging community, I was introduced to Courtney Bentley. Courtney is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Coach, and just about the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. She lives in Nevada and I in North Carolina, but she’s does an excellent job at keeping me motivated and focused. I first started doing her free 4 minute workouts and loved them so much that I joined her Fit and Fabulous Club. Once I joined, I realized that what wasn’t working before was my mindset, it was just not really there 100%.
In the Fit and Fabulous Club, I get different monthly workout programs that can be customized to each person, meal plans, nutrition workshops, grocery lists, motivational support and much more. Courtney checks up on me regularly and I take full advantage of that by asking her questions or requesting something more challenging but that takes less time, for example. Which brings me to my next point. Her workouts are specifically designed for the busy woman, so they are quick and effective! Who doesn’t want that? Oh and by the way, her program is affordable so you have no excuse. I do them at home and I actually have fun doing them. My time for working out is very limited, I have between the time my oldest gets on the bus to the time I have to get the little one out of bed and ready for school. That’s about 15-20 minutes max.
But her workouts are not the only thing that has helped me get back into shape. Through Courtney, I learned how to cut back on my portions, which has always been difficult for me as I eat like a lumber jack, seriously, ask my husband and my dad. I learned how to stop eating when I’m 80% full, cutting back on my portions significantly and actually eating more often. This was life changing! Within 6 weeks or so I lost the weight I wanted to. I still drink my Isagenix protein shakes in the morning post workout as my breakfast and add instant coffee or matcha. Now I am working on getting stronger and leaner.
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So, all this has lead me to become more and more obsessed with my work out clothes. I recently discovered Zobha Clothing, and let me tell you, they have the cutest athletic gear. The leggings are of great quality and don’t slide down as you squat (very important), they’re snug and just feel great on. I have two pairs already and wear them in XS, I’m normally a Small.
As for the sports bra, this one is super cute and I love the back details. However, I am big chested naturally, which means the girls need extra support and this bra does not offer that much support. I ordered a Medium and had to exchange to a Small because of that. Thankfully, it still covered me all the way around but the extra support needed is not there. With that being said, if you are smaller chested and don’t need that much support, then by all means go ahead and look super cute in this. OR, I could recommend this sports bra for work outs with less impact, like yoga.
I hope this post has given you some motivation and great information about the Fit and Fabulous Program. Thanks so much for stopping by!
**Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored by Courtney Bentley or the Fit and Fabulous Program. However, the athletic wear is c/o Zobha Clothing. All opinions are 100% my own.