I never imagined that I would EVER utter the words, “my butt is FLAT!!” But it was true, after a healthy delivery, I had several complications that landed me a stay in the hospital a lot longer than expected. Ultimately, after laying in the hospital bed for about 5 weeks, I lost most of my muscle due to atrophy.
After coming home, I remember looking in my full length mirror as my sister sat on the couch with Sanaa. I lifted my gown for the first time. I turned around, looked over my shoulder..and then stood sideways. After 5 seconds, I just burst into tears. My poor sister didn’t know what to say. I hadn’t realized how much my butt meant to me. It was a body part that I was proud of. My butt symbolized strength. And I cried that day because I felt so weak, physically and mentally. I had been through a lot. I was also determined to get my butt back to what it was!! I looked forward to the day I could run again and lift weights!!
Fast forward several months and here I am! Big shout out to my support system! I am now strong enough to do the things I once did for my butt! Operation GLUTES is in full effect! I’m gradually working my way back. For my Operation GLUTES workout, I did the following:
Squats - 65lbs; 12 reps and 2 sets.
*Rear Foot Elevated Lunges - bodyweight; 12 reps each leg and 2 sets
Single-Leg Burpees - 10 each leg using 15lbs
Step Ups - bodyweight
That’s it, that was my 30-min workout! I’m taking things slowly, as should anyone starting a workout program after time off. The next time you find yourself faced with adversity, keep a positive mindset, lean on your support system and most of all, find something to laugh at! Just like I did after about 30 seconds of weeping - I cracked up at how ridiculous I must have looked to my sister! Then I got over it and was ready to get back the business of Operation GLUTES!!
I also took the advice from my own e-book "The Wagon Has Wheels" and got back on track!
**I want to be clear, we all have different ideals for our body. My ideal is a muscular but still feminine physique.