Body beyond birth


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12 weeks ago I wrote this post about starting Body Beyond Birth's 12 week online Pilates and nutrition program. When I had my mum take my photo as a "before" image I was so self-conscious and even more hesitant to hit publish on that blog post. What if I posted a "before" photo and the "after" one looked no different?! Publishing that post made it real and also made me more accountable to actually making changes to embrace a more healthier lifestyle.

But I did publish that post and for 12 weeks I have been doing the Body Beyond Birth online Pilates sessions and following their nutrition guidelines. The Pilates sessions are generally scheduled for 5 days a week and go for about 20 minutes. As a busy (and tired!) mum of 3, this was perfect for me to fit into my day. I preferred to do the workouts during the day but if it got to the evening and I hadn't done them and I was super tired I just had to tell myself it was 20 minutes and then I could lie on the couch and watch TV!  

Completing my online workout while Bub slept in his swing

The weekly schedule also recommends doing 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week. In all honesty I did try and do this but some weeks I only managed to do cardio once a week. The kids keep me pretty active anyway but I probably didn't put all my effort into the cardio side of the program. I did do every Pilates workout though (apart from a few days when we were on holidays and didn't have good internet connection).

Walking with bub as my cardio workout

Walking with bub as my cardio workout

The nutrition information was excellent and I have completely changed how I eat! I'm eating healthier foods and making sure my portion sizes aren't so large (I do this by usually using a smaller dinner plate so it still looks like I have a big meal!). I've found I need to make sure my snacks and lunch are prepared for the day so I have something healthy to grab to eat when hunger strikes. The easiest way for me to do this is to pack myself a lunch and snacks when I do the kids ones.  

Some of the healthy food I ate over the last 12 weeks. Preparing meals in advance was the key to sticking with the healthy eating for me.

Some of the healthy food I ate over the last 12 weeks. Preparing meals in advance was the key to sticking with the healthy eating for me.

12 weeks later, I can definitely see the changes! People have told me they notice them too, which is so nice to hear :)

Left: 12 weeks ago, Right: Now!

Left: 12 weeks ago, Right: Now!

So now the 12 weeks are up, what next? Well I've just signed up to do another 12 weeks for the next level of the program. I'll keep you updated how I go! 

If you have any questions at all about the changes I've made or the Body Beyond Birth program, feel free to comment below, send me an email or contact the Body Beyond Birth ladies.