Body after baby – Meaghan Terzis
Meaghan Terzis is a published fitness model, national level bikini competitor, personal trainer, spokes model and face of FLXyoga and mother of two.
It all started for me four years ago, after the birth of my first child. I had put on 40lbs with the pregnancy. I had no idea about proper nutrition and would eat out regularly. I thought working out was killing yourself at the gym for hours on end. I was feed up and not happy about my body. I became self conscious and embarrassed of the way I looked and felt in my clothes. At this point I know I had to take control and change my lifestyle, but where to start? I contacted an old friend from high school who became a personal trainer and nutritionist. With the help of Renee I started training regularly 4-6 days a week with structured programs that from start to finish were an hour to an hour and twenty minutes long.
My gym time was minimal, my workouts were tough and to the point. Also I found a gym that had daycare so my daughter would come with me. I also went out and bought some workout equipment for my house, so if for whatever reason I couldn’t make it to the gym I could workout in the comfort of my own home. So there were no excuses. Renee also helped me to clean up my diet. She taught me the value of eating healthy and the importance of eating 5-6 meals a day. I took out sugary and salty foods, she introduced complex carbs like sweet potatoes and brown rice instead of breads and pastas. I eat my fruit in the morning and vegetables throughout the day, and she enforced the importance of eating lean sources of protein to help build muscle. Lets not forget about the importance of hydrating our body’s by drinking water. I went from drinking 2 cups a day to drinking 2 litters a day.
I also kept a daily food journal were I kept track of everything I eat. I would list the meals from meal one to meal six. I recorded the time of the meal and how much I eat. I would circle any cheats in red, so I could see where I needed improvement. This is a great tool to have to help keep you on track and focused.
The last thing I did was I took biweekly photos of myself to see my results. The last thing I wanted to do was throw on a bikini for a photo when I wasn’t happy with my body, but I highly recommend it.
As the weeks went by I could really see the weight coming off and my body starting to transform. It’s been four years since I started this journey and have had a second child in-between, and my physic is the best it has ever been all thanks to determination and taking the initiative to change my life. If I can do it so can you.
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