Back To Square One

The time has come.

Baby Anastasia is 6 weeks old and the Doc gave me clearance to return to normal. For me, that is basically a big neon sign flashing TIME TO GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET BACK IN SHAPE!

I actually did pretty well throughout the entire pregnancy with my fitness.  I worked out pretty hardcore until the beginning of month 7 and then moved over to shorter workouts until the end of month 8. But by the time month 9 rolled in I was tapped out.

I carried the baby in the very front and, even with my support belt, anything besides waddling and swimming was 86’d. The 90° Georgia weather wasn’t much of a help either. (Note to Georgians: DO NOT be pregnant in your 3rd trimester during the summer if you can help it…it’s brutal!)


You would think that I would remember just how pregnant you look AFTER you give birth, but apparently I blocked that out after the first child. Turns out I also blocked out the ridiculous lack of sleep the first month home. Smh.

But the time has come for me to put on my big girl panties and get my butt on the mat while simultaneously cutting out the sweets and fries. It will be interested to see which one is harder to do!

Here’s my plan for the rest of the month:

  • Workout every other day for 60 minutes
  • Increase my water intake to 1/2 my weight (in ounces) daily
  • Cut out sweets, except dark chocolate 1x/week
  • Nix the fries and other starchy carbs
  • Keep complex carbs low and increase healthy fats and increase lean protein

I’m also going to start holding weekly FACEBOOK LIVE sessions to help keep me accountable. I’d love it if you came and hung out with me! I could seriously use the accountability and I’d like to share what’s working and what’s not and see what’s worked for you all. If you’re interested they’ll be every Thursday at 12:30pm EST on the Body Rebooted Facebook Page. 🙂

Alright, I’ve vented and moaned and bitched and I’m ready to take this body and get it back to its former state. Wish me luck and if you want to ride this journey with me, don’t forget to join us on Thursdays or just head over to BodyRebooted on facebook and watch the replay!



  1. Christina, I am so proud of you, Pal! You have courage, compassion and passion. Not to mention that you kick butt!
    So, if you are back to square one, then I’m there with you. Let the journey continue!
    Much love, as always!

    Comment by Cliff Able — 12 September, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

  2. You ROCK Cliff! Hope you are doing well in NV!

    Comment by Christina Russell — 13 September, 2016 @ 11:23 am

  3. When I had twins 7 years ago, I didn’t even think about starting back with exercise and mindful eating until they were like 5-6 months old….so 6 weeks is amazing!! You are very inspirational!!!

    Comment by Laura — 13 September, 2016 @ 7:01 am

  4. Thank you so much Laura!

    Comment by Christina Russell — 13 September, 2016 @ 11:23 am

  5. Wow, you are amazing. I know all of our bodies are different, but there is no way I was ready at 6 wks postpartum to “get back to normal”.
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    Comment by Coach Henness — 13 September, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

  6. I think I’m just more ready to be comfortable in my skin again

    Comment by Christina Russell — 13 September, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

  7. Congrats on the baby, and I am very sure that you will get back on track! They say that getting started is the hardest step, so congrats on getting the will to get back to your routine! Love your will power.

    Comment by Bethanny Sudibyo — 4 October, 2016 @ 12:10 am

  8. Oh my goodness. I do not have a child to show for this but that image with the leggings? SO. ME.
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    Comment by Divya @ Eat Teach Blog — 4 October, 2016 @ 6:53 am

  9. Oh wow you are one tough momma! How do you find the time to work out so hard and so soon after having the baby. You are amazing!

    Comment by Houx — 4 October, 2016 @ 8:33 am

  10. Sounds like a great plan! I did yoga after my second child and that helped me get back into shape really quick. I started off going 3 days per week and then I moved up to 4 days per week. I also made a few changes in my diet similar to yours.

    Comment by Briana Marie — 4 October, 2016 @ 9:07 am

  11. We should have more courageous people like you. You make a difference. Though, weight gain has never been an issue for me.., I always seem to have stuck with those last 5 pounds you know. 🙂
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    Comment by Aish Padihari — 4 October, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

  12. I could not imagine doing all this just 6 weeks after having a baby. I have a cesarean but even if I didnt I could not get into a program and be so disciplined. You are one tough cookie!

    Comment by Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life — 4 October, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

  13. 6 weeks! Ugh, I miss that age so, so much. Sounds like a plan though, good for you 🙂

    Comment by Tessa — 4 October, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

  14. This is so incredible and such a feat! I wish you the best to reach your fitness goals! Such an inspiration.

    Comment by Janine Good — 4 October, 2016 @ 5:48 pm

  15. You’re amazing for simply working out while pregnant. I have fallen off severely but I am ready to get back into the swing of things. I’m sure you have your own insecurities (like the rest of us) but to everyone else you look great! Keep it up.

    Comment by CJ from Thirty30Courtney — 4 October, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

  16. Congratulations for having your little angel! And now we are excited to your fitness goals 😀 You are an inspiration for all Moms, and Moms-wannabes

    Comment by blair villanueva — 4 October, 2016 @ 10:11 pm

  17. Im still on my journey to get back to what i was after two babies, good luck 🙂
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    Comment by Marie Barber — 5 October, 2016 @ 2:15 am

  18. I’m so tired of trying to lose weight. It’s so hard.

    Comment by Valerie — 5 October, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

  19. I know! It’s very hard, but you’re not alone!!

    Comment by Christina Russell — 5 October, 2016 @ 2:02 pm

  20. I can’t wait until my baby arrives and I get signed off to start workout out again.
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    Comment by Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — 6 October, 2016 @ 9:21 am

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