This picture below was so me—I remember holding my very first plank after giving birth to the boys (first set of twins.) I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in the group fitness industry for almost 5 years at this point and I could NOT hold a plank -COULD not—it took everything in me to attend a class at the gym where I used to teach these ladies around me and here I was on the other side struggling and embarrassed of how weak I was and how much I had gained. Do you know what an aweful feeling this was for me? A year prior I was teaching people how to hold planks and telling them “you can do anything for a minute” and now here I was – I could not hold a plank from my knees much less my toes. Weighing in at over 230 pounds I was struggling—STRUGGLING BAD!! I was so pissed off at myself for letting it get this out of control during that first pregnancy. I mean, I gained almost 100 pounds—Everyone said- “o your having twins – it is ok” but it was not ok—that is not ok- I was not healthy at all. Many reasons surround that weight gain- most of them being me stopping my life completely for 9 months because I was SO afraid of ANYTHING happening to this pregnancy. It took SO many years to get pregnant and I just did not want to do anything to harm these precious babies—but in reality I DID everything to harm them by sitting on my butt for 9 months an eating like s*it. I did too- I ate everything I wanted- everything in sight- I gave up working out (which I LOVE and makes me who I am) but I gave it up- I gave up coffee (which I know a lot do but I was miserable—have the damn coffee!! The doc even said too!) I gave up people—I gave up being around people — I was so uncomfortable with myself that I just didn’t even want to be around them….NOTE: I was extremely happy to be pregnant just walking on eggshells for 9 months was incredibly isolating and depressing. I then was put on bed rest for 7 weeks which was pretty much what I was doing already except I stopped working too. My delivery went ok but recovery was awful and so was getting back into working out—it took me so so long to start again – but I did – I started…….i lost about 75 pounds (following my program I teach now) within 16 months……then ….pregnant again! Twins again—The reason that I know the first time around pregnancy was not healthy is because my second time I worked out the entire pregnancy 36 weeks to be exact! I worked at the salon up to 36 weeks and I also followed my eating program and did my shakes—I felt AMAZING at delivery and was running (slow and with doc approval) at 4 weeks postpartum. It was a breeze this second time—because of staying healthy the entire pregnancy—still gaining 55 lbs – but that was ok! I felt great and got back into it right away……so at this point I believe I weighed in at 200 pounds. My first plank again was a challenge – it was—but I started from my knees and just pushed a little harder everyday—I PUT IN THE WORK! I did! Now my babies are 20 months old…..I was at my goal weight about 4-5 months ago and now below my goal weight. Feeling strong and healthy—BUT WE ALL START FROM somewhere—IT IS NOT EASY but it is SO worth it! It is—slow and steady—not fast fix….SLOW AND STEADY ALWAYS WINS! Exercise – Eat healthy—that is it…….***want more info or help getting started on a new plan? Let me help you! Message me! I am here—I know where you are – you might not need to lose 100 pounds maybe not even 10 pounds but you might want to be stronger or healthier or feel more energy— if you need a little lift I would love to help!