Train YOUR Body

Not everybody is the same, so why train every body the same? Assumptions and stereotypes of what our bodies should be doing are dangerous and counterproductive.

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Nutrition is geared towards your needs, sleep is geared towards your needs, why shouldn't exercise be geared towards your needs? Yes, there are the basics but sometimes we have individual needs that need special work.

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Here is a less common outcome that I thought was "uncommon" until researching: breastfeeding made me gain weight. The first picture is two weeks postpartum and the second is about 6 weeks.

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I struggled with milk significantly through these pictures and my weight dropped down to within ten pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. No effort, no exercise, no strict eating regime. However, soon after this (with HEAPS effort) my milk supply kicked in and I gained significant weight. I mean about 40-50lbs in two months.

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I was told I should've lost weight breastfeeding and I must be doing something wrong. I went to multiple doctors and nutritionists. They said what stereotypes don't: woman can gain weight breastfeeding. The stress takes its


toll on the body and metabolism. No matter what I didn't lose weight and if I exercised or restricted calories, I had no milk. I hated myself, and this stereotype made me feel like a failed woman. I had to choose between weight loss or breastfeeding.

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I chose nursing and I'm glad I could supply that to Juliette for 17 months. While it was heaps stressful and hard on my confidence, it was what was best for our family and Juliette and I got to have a wonderful bonding experience (I of course don't think breastfeeding is the only way for this, just one of).

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My point is, don't hold onto stereotypes. Don't hold on to expectations of what your body should be doing or should look like. There are so many factors: genetics, hormones, menstrual phases, illness, injuries, etc that impact your body's progress.

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Create attainable goals and crush them. Appreciate your body and make goals based on you and you alone. Strive for greatness but also adjust and embrace any obstacles that take you away from "the norm".

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You're capable of great things, don't cut yourself short looking at someone else's highlights.

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What goals do you make for you? What stereotypes have you encountered? If you're ready to crush some goals and need a bit of guidance contact me!


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