Who would’ve thought that it would take me 9 months after having Emma to want to start lifting weights again. Former me would literally walk in the gym and ONLY want to lift...😂
It’s easy to say while your pregnant “I can’t wait until I can workout super hard again” or “I’m gonna get back into the gym exactly when the doctor gives me the all clear"
I was totally one of those people! But when my “time” finally rolled around to get back in the gym - I wasn’t as ready as I thought I would be!
I started to workout again but it was slow and steady and I honestly haven’t lifted consistently until these last few months. I feel like the 3, 6, & 9 month mark are the months where I noticed I felt a little more like myself again.
You can’t rush the process. Don’t let the pressure of “who you used to be” make you feel in a hurry to get back. Everyone is so different, all you can do is take it 1 day and 1 workout at a time. Then the day will come around where you’ll realize you feel more like yourself again and that’s when you will be ready! Don’t rush the motivation - let it find you and avoid burning out the flame before it’s even lit.
Any other mamas feel like this? When did you return to the gym? Did you wait or jump right back in? 💪🏼
Well the time has finally come! Another RP cut is in the books. This time around was a little different than the first since I had another little human to feed and think about the whole time (other than myself!). There were a lot of adjustments made along the way and in the end I was able to find a new balance that worked well for me.
I ended up pulling the cord on this cut a little early. I could tell my body needed some extra fuel for nursing my baby so I decided the best thing to do would be to stop the cut and start slowly adding in some more calories (insert maintenance). It was the best decision for me and I started to feel better within days. I also continued to see good results which is another reason to trust the process and know that eating more food isn't always something to fear.
On an exciting note: I ended up losing about 10lbs! The same amount that I lost the first time I did an RP cut in 2017. Goodbye baby weight!
The most important part is that I feel great! I am happy with where I am at. I found a new balance after having my baby and that is all I really needed/wanted.
That is what I love about this diet and lifestyle. It helps you find a balance - eating the right amount of food (not under eating or over eating) and then you are able to transfer what you learned into your daily life and still enjoy treats when you want them! If anyone feels lost and confused about food/portions and what to eat in general I highly suggest checking out RP Strength. It has worked for me when I was competing in CrossFit (working out hours a day) and also after having a baby, sitting for hours a day, 3-4 workouts a week, and sleep deprived. RP meets you where you are at. You get as much out of it as you put in.
If you'd like to try RP Strength follow the links below and use my discount code AMELIA10
There are 2 options I am a fan of for RP Strength templates - There are lifestyle templates that really break down the process into simple meals. This plan is good for busy people and anyone just trying to find a little balance/guidance.
The regular diet templates go a little more in depth and give you more detailed meals to follow and base them around your training. I would suggest these to anyone who takes the gym very seriously or who is training to compete in CrossFit or any other sport.
What questions do you have for me about RP Strength or life after baby?
Well, here we are again! The 2nd check-in during my 12 weeks of RP Strength.
This month was a little smoother than the last. I didn't have to battle a bad cold (just a little one) and my schedule was more predictable. As a result I was able to lose 5 more lbs! Yay :)
Starting weight was #159 and now I am at #152. This is pretty close to my weight about the time that I found out I was pregnant last year! Getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight wasn't necessarily the "goal" but it feels good to be back to "normal". Now I just have to find out where my muscles went! lol
I started this month trying to get back on track after my rocky 1st month. I was able to get it together and lose 5 lbs. I ended up going down to the fat loss 1 template and stayed there for most of the month. Flashback to my 1st RP post from this cut and I talked about how I am balancing breastfeeding and trying to lose a few lbs. I ended up starting to feel very drained towards the end of February and I felt like it was coming from the diet. Normally I would push past that feeling but since I am nursing, not sleeping as well, and trying to be energized through the day for Emma...I decided to bump myself over to the Maintenance 1 tab (pretty much means I gave myself more calories). Within a day I was already feeling MUCH better and more energized. SO I will not be cutting my calories any lower from where I am now. I just don't think my body can handle it at this time. I think the maintenance 1 tab is as low as I can go for now. After this last month I will continue to gradually add in more calories. I think by staying on maintenance 1 that I will continue to see results as long as I am consistent. So, that is my goal for these last 4 weeks. Consistency!
Also, side note...I for sure eat more than my template tells me (I like snacks...OKAY!? lol BUT my snacks are consistent so it doesn't affect my diet too much) It's not like I'm sneaking a burger when nobody is looking but sometimes you just need a little snack to keep ya going! No harm done :) Don't get crazy people! It's about balance.
Looking back at January. I think the initial calorie cut was tough on me and that is probably why I got sick a few times. I went straight from eating chick-fil-a and cookies back to my old chicken, rice and veggies. I for sure FEEL better eating cleaner but it has been tough to figure out the balance between breastfeeding and cutting calories. I think I have finally found a happy medium. Through this process I have really been listening to my body. If I was super hungry one day I would give myself a little extra to eat. I was nowhere close to 100% compliant on the diet (and I wasn't the 1st time either). BUT it just shows that RP really just helps you create balance in your nutrition and if you are consistent most of the time you will definitely see results!
Let's be honest...this picture is only here to see how big my lil squish is getting! She likes to steal the show...and I let her :)
So my plan for this last month is to stay on Maintenance 1. Which means I will be eating more calories than I did during the 2nd month (February). It will be interesting to see if I lose any more weight and to take my final "before and after" pictures. I have a feeling I will still lose a few lbs on the Maintenance 1 template (we shall see!)
I'm not putting any pressure on myself this month. I'm using March as more of a practice month to create some balanced habits that will carry me on once I am done with my 12 weeks. I will continue to refer back to my templates after the diet is over too because it keeps me accountable. That is what I like most about RP. I always have something to fall back on when I feel like I am getting off track!
Overall, I'm feeling great now and looking forward to my last 4 weeks!
Have questions about RP? Feel free to drop a comment below and I'd love to help ya out.
Ready to jump on board? Grab your templates HERE and use my discount code "AMELIA10" to save a little. Get ready for the gainz!
If you need some "meal prep" ideas you can download their cookbook. I've been using it the last few weeks and it has saved me a ton of time!
4 weeks goes by fast! It's been a rollercoaster of a month (feels more like 2 months have gone by) haha. But here I am! Checking in on my RP Diet. I am at the 4 week mark and there are 12 total! I started on Jan. 1st at #159 and I have gone down about 3lbs to #157.
I was originally discouraged BUT I have done this before and I know how RP Strength works. The key is to just trust the process. That is also why I make sure to take before/during/after photos to help track my progress. Even though the scale isn’t always moving in the right direction that doesn't mean there aren't other physical changes happening. That was "thankfully" my case today!
This month I started out strong for about a week hitting my numbers and everything. Then my birthday weekend (Jan. 12) rolled around and I had some cake and wine and then right when I was going to get back on track I got a cold. So there were a few hiccups to start out with but nothing that 8 more weeks of consistency can't fix! This is also LIFE and things happen so you can't beat yourself up about it and that's why I love the RP Strength templates. They prepare you for life and help you bounce back when you need it most! They give me a sense of peace knowing that if/when I need to get my diet back in control I have the steps to take to do it.
SO like I said before, I was originally bummed with the scale since it hadn't moved much. Deep down I knew that I didn't work hard enough to see the results I wanted anyway. My goal these next 8 weeks will be to buckle down and stop eyeing the cookies and wine! haha
For the past 4 weeks I have been using my old 1:1 RP templates, but today I got some new ones to hopefully help me dial everything in a little more. Even though my starting weight is about the same as last time, my training and lifestyle are completely different these days. So now I have an updated template to guide me the rest of the way.
On a more fun note though...I am going to post my 4 week progress photos below! This just shows that EVEN though the scale doesn't always go down like you want it - There are still changes happening! You can see that I have gotten a little leaner and I am definitely feeling better overall. I'm still navigating the breastfeeding and dieting part of everything. I also think the whey or casein protein has been upsetting both of our stomachs a little so I am trying to figure that one out! There are plenty of options to choose from so I just have to find the right one for us.
Left (Jan 1) “before”
Right “4 week check-in” ( Jan.27 - 4 months postpartum)
Don't be hatin' on my Uggs either lol
As for my training. It's still been about the same! Usually 4-5 workouts a week. Most days I do Street Parking + accessory work if I can. Some days I just jump into a class workout if I don't want to workout alone. I've also been throwing in some functional bodybuilding. I love accessory work so I try to squeeze some in whenever I can. My favorite program for that is the Awaken Training Series by Marcus Filly. You can check it out HERE.
As always, If you have questions about the RP Strength diet you can email me or comment below! Check out their templates HERE to get started. If you are ready to jump on board you can use my discount code AMELIA10 to save on your templates :)
Heres to the next 8 weeks! Hopefully these new templates will push me in the right direction. I have a feeling they will!
Looking forward to another “check-In” on Week 8!
If you missed my 1st post about starting this RP diet - You can check it out HERE
Interested in reading about my first RP cut from a few years ago? You can go HERE to see my results!
If you start the RP templates and are in need of a delicious protein option you can check out my favorite brand that I’ve been using for 6 years now - TryAboutTime - and save with code AMELIA at checkout :)
Real Life: 3 months goes by way too fast! I can't believe its already 2019 and I have a 3 month old to experience life with this year :)
As I sit here with little Emma sleeping in one arm, typing with the other, and Boozer trying to steal a shoe off of my foot...I'm so excited I'm finally finding the time to write this update :)
I feel like we are slowly getting our groove back (or I am) haha. Emma is getting more fun by the day and we love our new adventures as a little family of 3 + Boozy!
Since the New Year is finally here I feel like it's time to get myself together and set some goals for 2019...YAY! This update has all the things mom life, coaching, and my postpartum diet plan for this year!
Mom life is getting better every day - even though every day is different :) We're loving our snuggles, laughs, and she literally just rolled over 30 minutes ago...nothing is safe anymore! lol Today we ventured to the gym for an hour and Emma enjoyed watching me try and get fit again. Lately I've been doing the Street Parking workouts (if you don't know what that is...I'm gonna link it for you cause you should!) It's an online community that posts daily workouts that take 45 mins to an hour. They are seriously awesome and fun and I don't think I'll ever go back to anything else lol #momlife
As for coaching - I'm slowly getting back into it! It's been tough to find the time and while I'm still breastfeeding Emma it's hard to get away for more than 2 hours. But it's worth it :) Once I'm back into my new routine you'll be able to find me with my CrossFit Bound fam and my new gym CrossFit 11:24!! Super excited to be a part of these 2 amazing communities - If you haven't checked them out, please do! If you're in need of a personal trainer in Kennesaw/Marietta just shoot me an email and we can get you started! Or come check out one of my classes when i'm coaching! I'd love to have you :)
Now for the fun part....The RP Strength Transformation Challenge! This is the start of my New Year goals and I hope this can give some motivation to new moms or anyone out there looking to make a lasting change in their diet - so if you know someone who needs some extra motivation...share this little blog with them :)
As the New Year approached and I got closer to 3 months PP I knew it was time to get my nutrition back in check. I'm feeling good in the gym, movements and strength are coming back, but I know my diet has been lacking. I honestly didn't do much working out until a few weeks ago - Emma was born in Oct. and I started consistently working out in Dec. - I really gave my body time to recover until I felt good and less sleep deprived. Now I'm squeezing in 5ish workouts a week and I feel ready to start cleaning up my nutrition.
Anyone that knows me KNOWS that I love me some RP Strength (diet templates). I've had great success with RP in the past - You can read about my first cut I did HERE - I did the 1:1 coaching and I was able to lose 10lbs during the cut and that was 20lbs down from my highest weight ever. After having Emma - I am back to the exact starting weight I was before my first cut (funny I know) and I hope that I will have the same success as my last cut. This time I am following the templates on my own and I am also currently breastfeeding so I may have to tweak some things as I go - but we shall see! I think these next 12 weeks will be more exciting than my last cut and I can't wait to see my postpartum results.
I decided to join the 2019 RP Transformation Challenge to keep me motivated. The extra accountability will be nice since I will be coaching myself this time. Below is my before picture. I can't wait to see the changes that happen and how much Emma grows during that time too :) These will be such fun before and after pictures!
I plan on making 3 blog posts during this diet phase. I'll post at the end of each month to update and keep track of where I'm at. I will be starting at #159 and hope to get back to #148ish (Just like last time)
If you would like to join me on this RP Transformation Challenge - Click my link for the Diet Templates and purchase the templates using the discount code AMELIA10. Then join the RP Clients FB group for further instructions on how to join the challenge (Enter by Jan. 6, 2019) They will also pick a few winners and the top male and female winners get $1500!! If that's not some motivation right there I don't know what is! lol
Comment below with any questions or shoot me an email if you have any questions about RP!
Today I wanted to share about a yummy giveaway I have going on! (Update: Giveaway winner has been chosen) I am giving away 1 tub of this delicious Vegan Protein + Coffee from my long time friends over at TryAboutTime :)
The giveaway is featured on my Instagram @ameliahamilton93 - So hop on over there if you want to enter! (Winner will be chosen Friday 9/14) - If you just can't wait then click the link above to head on over to their site and use the discount code NATURAL to save on your order!
I've been using this protein coffee every day for the last month or so of my pregnancy and it has been awesome. I am sensitive to caffeine (but I love my daily coffee) and I was looking for a way to drink less caffeine and not go over the 200mg limit they set for us preggo people. SO this supplement has been an easy and tasty way for me to know that in 1 serving I am getting 60mg of caffeine (and I'm in the clear!) + with the 16g protein it's a win win!
This has become a staple in my breakfast routine! I have been mixing it in my mini ninja blender with almond milk, ice, cocoa powder, and pb2. A super easy shake that will give you your morning coffee fix and hold you over for a little while :) Even Boozy likes it!
Click here to go get some right now! Make sure to use code "amelia" to save at checkout!
Sitting here at 37 weeks + 3 days...(19 days left!) I thought now would be a good time for a little baby update since we are quickly approaching our due date! :) It kinda feels like the past 9 months flew by buuut also took their good ole time... So many fun memories were made as we have prepared for baby girls arrival - Getting her room set up, picking out the cutest little clothes for her, and reading (too many) "how to prepare for a baby" articles online...haha
As for me, I am still feeling good and getting in some workouts. Ya never know which one could be the last! Which is kinda exciting :) For my training I have been roughly following BirthFit while switching things up and adding in different things that I like/need + I aim for 5 workouts every week depending on how I feel. Some days I just consider walking my dog around the block as my workout :) It's HOT and I get tireeed + Boozy thinks his walks are supposed to be FOR TIME not leisure. Which is prooobably my own fault since I used to run him so that they would take up less time :)
Food cravings haven't been too crazy. It started out as fruit, lots of water, Starbucks, and mexican food, then added in my current favorites: Newks, Chik-Fil-A, Milk, and a little ice cream sometimes :) We've still been cooking our Hello Fresh meals for dinner which have been a life saver.
We finally decided on a name! So no more worrying about that. My bags are packed (after lots of insisting from my sister...Thank you Grace. Always looking out for me hehe) and NOW we just wait! There's not much else to do so we are just busy getting more and more excited to meet her!
But for now, Until she arrives and I get to spam everyone with baby pictures...You can enjoy these fun ones of my growing belly! Almost there!!!
Can't wait to do a reverse transformation in the coming months :) Looking forward to getting back to my RPStrength too...OH and wine + mimosas on Saturdays + unlimited coffee. I've probably most definitely missed those the most haha
Estimated due date is September 25! Comment with your best guesses on when she will make her arrival!
Hi, Hello, & Happy Summer! This post is just a little update on what foods I have been cooking for dinner for the past 3 months. While being pregnant and not really craving my own cooking skills...I had to get creative in the kitchen. I heard of people trying out meal delivery services, but I had never given it much thought. After feeling sick for weeks and finally starting to get my appetite back I decided to try out Hello Fresh. Side note: I was also starving my husband of dinner because I couldn't stand the smell of cooking anything haha so I felt bad!
I signed us up for the Classic Plan of 3 meals a week for 2 people - and I was excited to give it a try! The very first meal I made for us was called Sesame Sriracha Beef Stir Fry - I love stir fry and this meal did not disappoint! Long story short...we were hooked after the first week of meals. It has made cooking dinner so much easier and fun!
HOW IT WORKS:
LOCAL OPTIONS - Garnish & Gather
After using Hello Fresh for a while we decided to test out a local food delivery service to see how it compared. Garnish & Gather is a local Atlanta based food service - They use local farmers to provide the ingredients. They provide delivery or pickup locations. The pickup locations are nice because you are able to reuse packaging and not waste boxes/plastic/ice packs. Our meal from G&G was called Turkey Meatballs & Harissa Sauce Over Artichoke-Herb Orzo with Peas & Feta Crema. It was super delicious and we had no complaints about the meal!
In the end we decided to stick with our Hello Fresh subscription just because it was cheaper. G&G uses more local and organic ingredients which is awesome, but that is why it is a little more expensive. Definitely a great option for Atlanta locals though.
If you'd like to give it a try - Take $10 off with the discount code: AMELIAHAMILTON1
The Hello Fresh delivery meals have been so awesome for our little growing family. It takes the stress out of worrying about what to cook for dinner. I go to the grocery maybe 1x a week instead of 1936584x for little things throughout the week. The meals are delicious and we feel great with the portion sizes they provide. It will also be super convenient to have healthy meals delivered to us once the baby gets here :) Nobody wants a hangry momma!
As of right now - I have been less strict on my RP Strength diet during this pregnancy. I basically try to stay kinda close to my normal meal sizes with extra snacks (lots of fruit, popcorn, & carbs) during the day and then I eat whatever our HelloFresh meal is for dinner at night :) If you'd like to read more about my normal diet - You can find that here
Discount Codes! YAY!
Hello Fresh: $30 off your first order HELLOAPP
Garnish & Gather: AMELIAHAMILTON1
RPStrength Templates: AMELIA10
Today I am sharing my favorite healthy breakfast option (I make it almost every day!) - This delicious breakfast is a good balance of protein, fats, and carbs + will keep you full for hours!
In the picture above we have about: 346 Calories - 34 Carbs, 13 Fats, 21 Protein
Feel free to add extra veggies to your eggs if you'd like + customize your favorite coffee or TWO :) I promise you'll thank me later for helping you fight off your morning hunger. Nobody likes to be hangry in the morning! - So set aside 10 extra minutes tomorrow and GET COOKING! All you'll need is 1 pan and a toaster - Yay for a quick clean up and no mess! You'll be full + happy all the way until lunch time! Unless your preggo like me and you might just be hungry for some ice cream an hour later :)
Enjoy your breakfast and let me know how you like it! Post your pictures to instagram and tag me @ameliahamilton93 or comment below to share how delicious it was :)
P.S. For my RP friends - this breakfast can be made to match your templates!
Wondering what RP is or want to learn more? Check out my post here
Hello Hello! 2018 has officially started off with a bang! So many exciting things have been going on that I figured it might be a good time to do a little life update to keep it all organized. Enjoy!
Life update number 1:
WE ARE HAVING A BABY! Baby Hamilton is due September 25, 2018 and we can’t wait to meet him OR her! Stay tuned for another update next month when we do our gender reveal! Any guesses on what it may be!?
I am about 5 months along now (17 weeks). Feeling great and still getting in my daily workouts (5 days a week). I modify movements based on how I feel that day and I just signed up to start adding in some training from BIRTHFIT. They have a Prenatal Program to keep mama and baby happy and healthy throughout pregnancy. I can’t wait to see how it goes – I’ll make sure to do another update on that later on too!
Update #2: Crossfit
This preggo lady survived the 2018 Crossfit Open. It was a blast and definitely VERY different from my past years competing in the Open. I learned a lot about myself and it was fun getting to do the workouts with a more relaxed approach. I started out the Open with a little bit of morning sickness – Luckily each week it seemed to get a little better! So by the end of the 5 weeks I was pretty much morning sickness FREE. Yay, hallelujah, no more saltines and ginger ale…haha Even though I secretly LOVE saltines + ginger ale...!
If you’d like to hear more about competing in the Open while pregnant – Let me know! I’d love to share more about it and how my training has been so far.
Photo: BrittGPhotography - 12 weeks pregnant here during 18.4
Update #3: Preggo Diet
Since I have been feeling much better lately I have been able to follow my RP Strength diet a little better. It has been nice to have meals to plan my day around. I add little snacks here and there to fill in the gaps (since I am obviously not dieting or trying to be super lean + I am alwaysss hungry). RP Strength does not promote their diet for pregnant women (for obvious reasons), but since I have been doing it for over a year now, it has been keeping me on track – Making sure I get my protein/veggies in and not overdoing it on the chips & salsa/ reeses pieces/ Halo Top. Buuut YES I do give in to those yummy cravings every now and then :) Like today when I bought 3 pints of Halo Top at the grocery...you never know what flavor you might start to crave!! haha
I also recently signed us up for the meal delivery service Hello Fresh! I was honestly a little skeptical, "Like how could it be that good!?" - BUT after our first week I was hooked. I went from like 3 trips to the grocery a week to 1! It’s amazing and it saves so much time. The meals are DELICIOUS and only take between 20-30 minutes to cook. They are like restaurant quality food and I feel like I am learning how to cook so many new things throughout the process. I definitely recommend them and I’m sure I will still be using it once baby arrives to make sure I am getting in those quick and healthy meals each week.
Last but not least, my favorite TryAboutTime supplement (AminoHydrate) was approved by my doctor so now I have a tasty drink to sip on during my workouts and throughout the day. A nice change from plain water and much healthier than a diet soda or sugar filled drink. I wrote about this supplement as my very first blog post if you’d like to read more about it here !
Here's a Boozer photo bomb to brighten your day :) He loved that avocado...until he destroyed it! Poor avocadoooo
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