Yes, so I decided I’d write my first book.
I figured I’d write about striving for fit during the childbearing years (particularly for women in their 30s and more).
So often women feel that after 30 it’s all downhill. I’ve found that to be further from the truth.
Truth is I began working out when I was 32. Yup 32. By then I’d already had my 2 kids. I was working a good 40 hour a week job and everything was all good until a summer morning in 2012 when I got into a bizarre one person accident.
My SUV dipped into the gravel on the side of the road, lost traction, and I flipped over once (bystanders said twice). As my life flashed before my eyes, I said a flash prayer, “God Be With Me.” Once I did, I felt as though I was wrapped in a tight bubble of Angels. God spared me, and my life changed from there on out. It was my wake up call that God kept me here on earth for a good reason. I vowed to be my healthiest so I could fulfill my mission – to be a role model to women and girls, and let all know that it’s a choice to decide to be fit, and if I can do it, so can any other woman.
I tell my story here:
That stared my fitness journey. From walking at least 4 times a week on the treadmill during my lunch hour at work to hiring a personal trainer at least once a week and then following her workout programs to creating my own workout plans and then enrolling to become a Certified Personal Trainer myself. I became a fitness bookworm. Since 2012, I’ve studied health and fitness, completed many different workout plans, and become the fitness expert myself.
I began building my client base, but I then became pregnant unexpectedly! Advanced maternal age at 36. And here I was about to prepare for my first women’s fitness competition!!!
I was a bit depressed, to be honest with you. In fact my first trimester, I gained the most weight I had ever gained in month (or less). I added 13 pounds, and it wasn’t even baby (a lot for my petite 4′ 11″ frame). My personal trainer conscience snapped me back into it fit fast.
In my second and third trimesters I created and executed my own prenatal plans, maintained muscle, a healthy weight, and only gained 21 pounds total. The low end is 25 lbs! Even though my metabolism isn’t what it was in my 20s, the way I ate, and exercised, combined with purpose and my goals allowed me to have a super fit pregnancy and even recover quickly afterwards.
Here I am almost 8 weeks post natal, and I’m at my pre-pregnancy weight, wearing my regular clothes and jeans. While I’m not as muscular as I was in December 2015, I’m back on track to being the healthiest I’ve ever been. My ab definition never completely left and is coming back. I’m not saying this to brag, but to impress upon you that if I can do this, you can too.
The key is the right nutrition, consistent physical activity, and having a goal to motivate you to stay consistent.
I’m looking forward to sharing all my tips with you in the book! Stay posted.
Dali Burgado is an Amazon #1 Best-selling Author of “Defeat It! A Woman’s Guide To Crushing Life’s Challenges And Finally Living The Fit Life”, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Weight Management Specialist, and Certified Group Fitness Instructor based in Stafford, VA. She does online and in-home personal training in Northern Virginia.