I am so excited to be teaming up with “Big MOMMA Olsen” this week ladies! She is such an inspiration to working out during and after pregnancy. It is so important to love your body in all stages (even the ones we just don’t want to love!). MOMMA Olsen shares her journey and workouts inspiring other moms who have the same desire to feel great and be strong. We are also so excited to have a special giveaway going on this week! For now read below and be inspired and make sure to comment below for an entry to the giveaway!
Hi, I am Jessica Olsen from ‘Big MOMMA Olsen’. I’m a wife to a handsome man, momma to three precious little spirits and a health and fitness enthusiast. I am so excited to be featured today on the Sincerely Rose Blog!
Today I’m going to be sharing a little bit about my fitness journey and answering some of your questions!
First a little background// I have always been the so-called “jock.” I grew up being super active in sports and loved working out. I loved it so much I studied and then graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition. During that time I met and married a like-minded, physical fitness loving man who also had a passion for health. We spent our days taking our college classes together and our date nights at the gym. Babies came next and we popped out a few pretty quickly. I was absolutely shocked at the physical changes my body went through and I especially struggled accepting those changes during my first pregnancy.
I was surprised at how hard it was to accept my post baby body and the struggle to loose the weight and get back into the shape was real! I put on a significant amount of weight and it did not magically fall off from breastfeeding (like everyone told me it did haha!) I had to put in a lot of work. I lost most of the weight by cleaning up my diet, walking and doing a lot of at home workouts with my baby.
I was able to create a little community of mom friends who also had similar goals and we all kept each other motivated.
After baby number two I jumped into the Crossfit craze and lost over 50lbs in just a few months. I quickly became obsessed! I loved the high intensity/high volume workouts. Not only was I leaning out, but I was getting stronger. We conceived baby number 3 during that time and I continued to stay active all the way up until delivery. It was my best and easiest pregnancy. It was also the fastest delivery and recovery I ever had.
Now that I’m almost a year post-partum I’ve been doing all my workouts from home. It’s certainly been a lot harder to get back in shape with three littles running around. They are my reason, not my excuse. Like everyone, I have my off days, sometimes weeks! It takes a lot planning to get my workouts in, either at nap time/bedtime, or to be creative and think of ways to involve them.
Staying active and eating healthy has totally changed my life. I want to be an example to my babies that STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL and that it’s important to love yourself in every stage.
So that being said, my passion is helping other moms both post partum and expecting, get back on track to where they want to be.
I’ve lived it, I’ve been there. I know how hard it is to be motivated on little sleep. But it IS possible if you want it bad enough. My babies are my reason and involving them has made all the difference. This is my passion.
Working out and feeling strong is beautiful. You are beautiful in every stage.
Q & A TIME!
What workouts do you recommend for someone who has never worked out but wants to do something each week?
WALKING! Anyone can walk. Start walking around your neighborhood a few times per week. Take you baby, your dog, your husband, a friend- anyone! Just get out and move. Set a distance goal per week like 5 miles total- then walk 1 mile, 5 days that week. From there you can slowly increase to jogging, running etc.
Body weight movements like squats, pushups, sit-ups and lunges are also fairly simple. There are so many free resources online that you can find free body weight workouts that take less than 10 minutes to do!
What is safe to do during 1/2/3 trimesters?
Before you do anything, ask your DR.
It will really depend on how much you were working out before you got pregnant. The latest research says to maintain whatever level you were at before! I was doing Crossfit 4 days a week for almost an entire year before baby number 3 so I was able to maintain a pretty high level of activity during my pregnancy. I was very honest and clear with my Dr. about my specific lifts; intensity of workouts, etc and he cleared me to continue and just told me to really pay attention to my body.
Yes, I did Crossfit during pregnancy but I also modified so many of the movements. If the weight was too heavy, I decreased. If something felt weird during a run, I’d walk instead.
You’ll know when you’re overdoing it!
For someone who hasn’t done ANY sort of activity before pregnancy, refer to questions 1 ☺
When is it safe to workout after baby is born?
This will really depend person to person. The recommended is 6 weeks and I think that is really a good timeframe. I recovered super quick after number 3 and started a little sooner- Nothing too crazy but I was anxious to move some weights around haha!
I’d suggest getting outside and with your newborn either pushing in a stroller or baby wearing can deg be done before 6 weeks-Listen to your body- you’ll know what you can do.
If you’re stumped ask your Dr. too!
Do you have meal plans or training programs available?
For those wanting personal training online and meal plans, we have a program in the works and check back soon with Big MOMMA Olsen!
Follow me on insta for workouts and progess updates @bigmommaolsen until then!
Giveaway will begin tomorrow morning! So comment below for first entry!
What is your favorite thing about pregnancy and working out?
GIVEAWAY SNEAK PEAK!
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