Hitch Fit Living Magazine Volume 1 July/August 2015 - Page 30

Throughout my pregnancy, I did my best to do workouts when I could and ate the best that I could, but let’s be honest... I was far from perfect! Chicken, veggies and protein shakes were the last thing that I craved, which I took that as a sign that my body was rejecting the foods I had been eating so much of! After our little girl arrived, I was anxious to get back at it. Since I had a c-section, it was 6 weeks without gym time and I had to focus on what I did have control over... what I was eating! I started with a few rules: 1. 2. 3. Eat whole foods as much as possible The baby eats = you eat. This keeps you on a 2-3 hour schedule during the day. Drink 1 gallon of water every single day Although they are simple, definitely not easy with a newborn but so very important when it comes to taking care of yourself after baby. The laundry, the dishes, and other household tasks can wait! Then, once I received medical clearance to get back to working out, I started with only 2-3 workouts per week for about 30 minutes each. Nothing too strenuous, just listening to my body and doing what I FELT like doing so I would enjoy it! Flash forward a few months to January 2015, when it became time to start prepping for my return to fitness competitions. I specifically picked the WBFF show in Kansas City for a few reasons: It was where it all began for me in 2012 as the first show that I competed in AND it marked a very specific time milestone. My pregnancy went to 41 weeks and the show was 41 weeks and 5 days from her birthday. I figured if it took 9.5 months to make a child, it could take me 9.5 months to get my body back! Sara kept up with her training throughout her pregnancy, check out her pregnancy workout tips featured on KCTV5's Better Kansas City show.