St. Louis Documentary Photographer | Transformation Tuesday

May 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It’s #TransformationTuesday.  On January 15th, I committed myself to 80 days of clean eating and a rigorous workout program.  I worked my tail off physically with 6 workouts per week and mentally making sure I was getting the appropriate food intake needed to fuel my body.  I was ready to shed the remaining baby weight from my last pregnancy.  I’m proud to say, I did it!  

Katie Gaeta Photography Documentary St. Louis MO BeachBody's 80 day obsession countdown marked off on homemade chalkboard

Katie Gaeta Photography Documentary St. Louis MOTwo photo collage before and after fitness journey with BeachBody's 80 day obsession 31 year old woman iPhone photo credit: To my husband, Tony. Taken on my iPhone because I never intended to really share this on the blog.

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO Postpartum body Four photo collage of fitness journey with BeachBody's 80 day obsession 31 year old woman postpartum iPhone photo credit: To my husband, Tony. Taken on my iPhone because I never intended to really share this on the blog.

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO Documentary Four photo collage fitness journey with BeachBody's 80 day obsession 31 year old woman postpartum iPhone photo credit: To my husband, Tony. Taken on my iPhone because I never intended to really share this on the blog.

Katie Gaeta Photography Documenting Postpartum Body positivityFour photo collage before and after fitness journey with BeachBody's 80 day obsession 31 year old woman postpartum body iPhone photo credit: To my husband, Tony. Taken on my iPhone because I never intended to really share this on the blog.

For 80 days, I consciously thought about every single thing I put in my body which was a shift from what used to be my normal.  I wasn’t grazing.  I planned out every single meal and snack.  Those days where you run around like crazy running errands and shlepping kids from here to there and just stop somewhere to grab a quick bite?  That couldn’t happen.  At first I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to stick to the eating plan, but as time went on, I realized how great it was.  I wasn’t starving by 10am, I wasn’t craving chocolate and sweets by 2pm, and I didn’t “need” an extra bowl of cereal before bed time.  

Katie Gaeta Photography Documenting Postpartum Body Positivity Homemade chalkboard reads "Hakuna Masquata It means nice booty for the rest of your days!!" With 80 squares filled in with KT

Monday through Saturday I religiously woke up at 5am to get my work out in.  Some days it was 43 minutes and some days it was 60 minutes.  Was it hard?  Pressing play wasn't hard for me.  But the workouts were TOUGH and sometimes getting through them was tough, but I did it.  Every day, my husband and I marked off on the calendar with our initial when we completed a workout.  It was great having a mini support group doing the program with me which included my husband, my sister, my niece, and my sister-in-law.  It always feels easier to do something so monumental with people you love and can commiserate to.  Misery loves company, right?!  Ha!

Katie Gaeta Photography Documenting Postpartum Journey St. Louis, MOBeachbody 80 Day Obsession Workout List Landing Page on open laptop Was I frustrated that I still had a belly pooch on day 80?  Yep!  Sure was.  It started to feel like no matter what I did, I was going to forever look pregnant.  Prior to this workout program, I began to think I had really let myself go despite already working out 6 days a week.  I figured it was poor eating habits that led me to this place, so I was starting to beat myself up for it.  Take a look at the photos, and you’ll notice in the photos that I actually look like I might be pregnant again.  Spoiler alert: I’m not!  During my pregnancy with Emma, unbeknownst to me while pregnant, I developed something called diastasis recti which is a separation of the abdominal muscles.  It leaves a gap in your muscles that allows your belly to pooch out.  Ah pregnancy, you never cease to amaze with your long lasting effects and bodily changes.  Thanks to physical therapy with my Physical Therapist, Brooke Brody, who specializes in pelvic floor health, I’m able to work on the diastasic recti to eradicate the issue, but it’s a slow process and I’m most certainly working on it. (Side note: if you are a woman experiencing incontinence - urine leakage, lower back pain, a pooch or bulge in your stomach, feeling of a weak pelvic floor, pelvic floor dysfunction, you should talk to Brooke.  She can help eradicate these type of issues!)

Katie Gaeta Photography owner Documenting postpartum fitness journey Two photo collage before and after fitness journey with BeachBody's 80 day obsession 31 year old woman day 1 and day 80

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis MO Documenting postpartum fitness journeyFree weights dumbbells, Reebok weights, BeachBody workout loops So why am I sharing this with you?  As an advocate for body positivity especially following pregnancies, I am particularly passionate about this and not just because it’s myself we are talking about.  I think being healthy is important and I think it’s important to know this can look different for every body.  I have heard many times in the past that I’m “just lucky” or that I’m “naturally thin” and while genetics may play a role, I *do* have to work hard to stay in shape.  The first place I gain weight is my stomach and it’s a daily battle to work to keep it off.  Dismissing someone’s hard work with comments like “Yeah but you’re naturally thin,” isn’t helping anyone.  The Postpartum period can play an absolute mind game with you especially in regards to your body.  Some day I’m hoping I won’t look pregnant when I’m not.  Some day my stretch marks may fade.  Some day my stretched out belly skin may smooth out.  In the mean time, I’ll embrace the journey.  And I figure if I am asking my clients to show themselves in their most vulnerable states, then I better practice what I preach.

Katie Gaeta Photography Owner Postpartum fitness journey St. Louis, MOTwo photo collage before and after fitness journey with BeachBody's 80 day obsession 31 year old woman back and butt Day 1 and Day 80 Let’s lift each other up and encourage one another regardless of where you might be in your health and fitness journey.  And heck, while we’re at it, let’s get together and document your journey.  


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