Waist Training: Get Over Yourself Dr. Oz! It’s Not That Serious

Now that I have your attention, and you’re ready to hear what ratchetness I’m gonna say to/about Dr. Oz, let me first start by saying that I’m no medical expert; however, I do have some actual experience waist training number 1, and number 2 not all shapewear, or shaping garments are created the same, and just like anything else in life…there’s levels to this ish!

I used to turn my nose up at the thought of wearing a waist shaper/cincher.

I had this idea that it was unnatural and created a false illusion of curves, and that amazing hourglass figure some women AND men love so much,

But…

after starting my postpartum weight loss routine about 3 months after having my sun, I found that it was a bit harder to snap back into shape than I thought it would be.

My body was just not the same.

It was taking forever to lose the fat around my mid-section, even with mostly eating healthy AND exercise.

I decided to put my judgments aside and give waist training a try.

The results, in such a short time were unbelievable.

I more than brought sexy back.  I snapped back, and then some.

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Waist training is just as natural as wearing a cast for a broken bone.

It beats surgery any day, and there’s no false illusion of any hourglass shape…okay, maybe at first, but overtime when done properly and consistently using effective shaping garments, it actually trains/shapes the body into the desired figure…just like a cast shapes broken bones back into place.

When done safely over time, there’s no dependency on wearing them just to snatch my waist to fit into a dress for one night.

There seems to be a lot of backlash lately in the media concerning waist training, but HELLO people.

It’s nothing new!

Waist training aka corseting/corsetry aka belly binding has been around for eons.

I first learned of postpartum belly binding from my cousin who gets to binding a day after having her babies.

She might not use a “waist shaper” however, it’s the same concept, and women all over the world are hip to this “new trend” called waist training.

I’m hip now too, and I love it!

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The Verdict is Out! Pre-workout Supplements (While Breastfeeding)

Over the past 3 weeks my Instagram account has increased by over 500 followers.  I’ll write about how that happened in a later post.

Anywho, an overwhelming majority of my new followers want to know the same thing…

Do/Did I use any supplements in conjunction with my fitness/workout plan?!

I hadn’t been at all, but I decided to do a bit of research on some of these popular supplements (creatine, glutamine, etc.) to see if they might enhance my workouts/results, since people seemed to think I was already using them.

Here’s what I experienced after I decided to try a preworkout drink.

Preworkout Supplements While Breastfeeding

Like almost all of the supplements I’ve ever taken, I went straight to Vitacost to see what they had available in terms of creatine, glutamine, protein, and a preworkout supplement.

I love Vitacost, because they mostly carry brands that I would get from my local natural foods stores or co-ops, but sometimes as much as 70% off.

I came across a new line of fitness supplements (Aro) by Vitacost, and decided to go with that.

So, this post is by no means my take on ALL preworkout supplements as much as it is specifically about the Vitacost brand.

Aro by Vitacost: Pre Workout Drink (Pink Lemonade)

My first reaction was DELICIOUS!

I took it about 30 minutes before doing my squat challenge workout for the day.

I pumped some breastmilk prior to just in case I felt weird about nursing Awesome with it in my system.  The package says that nursing/pregnant women should consult a physician before taking it, because one scoop (and it’s teeny tiny) is equivalent to about 2 cups of coffee.

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preworkout supplements while breastfeeding

I’m not a coffee drinker at all.  

Even my green tea that I drink regularly is caffeine-free, so naturally I had some concerns, but if you know anything about The Squat Challenge, you know it’s no joke, and some days I could use a little boost to get me through.

So, I gave it a try.

Here are the pros:

  • Again.  It was delicious, and tasted just like pink lemonade.
  • If I hadn’t experienced the cons (listed below), I could totally see how this supplement could give anyone the boost they needed to finish long and hard workouts. (I haven’t taken it since the first time.  It has become my husband’s, and he LOVES it!)
  • After stopping my workout (more about why I didn’t finish below), I wasn’t sore at all.  I actually felt like I could keep going.
  • I was definitely pumped up and energized.

& The cons:

  • My lips got super dry after a few minutes of consuming the drink.
  • I felt really jittery (remember, I’m not a regular caffeine consumer though).
  • I had an overall “crackhead” feeling.  My mind was racing, and I was really forgetful.  I would be counting out my reps, and totally forget what number I was on ( I’m sure I did more than necessary a few times).
  • I ended my workout prematurely, because I just felt too jittery and off
  • After about an hour of consumption I felt really hot inside
  • After 2 hours of consumption I started to feel REALLY cold
  • And the worst of all 😦 I had to bottle feed Awesome for the first time EVER since he’s been born. (This broke my heart, and is the main reason I decided that this supplement isn’t for me).

Overall, I give it a B+, because it actually did work, it’s just too much for my system.

If you’re looking for a good supplement to give you enough energy to get through a workout, that’s fairly natural, and you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, I would go for it.

If you’re pregnant/breastfeeding, but consume caffeine regularly, I say run it by your healthcare provider, or your good ole intuition to decide if everything else in it is okay for your little one(s).  If you feel good about it I say why not?!

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So, the verdict is out (on Vitacost’s preworkout drink), but meanwhile I still haven’t found anything to really give me that extra boost to get me through my workouts.

What are your suggestions, or advice on supplements that would be good for a non-caffeine-drinking breastfeeding mom?  

Please share in the comments below.

Also, don’t be stingy.  Share this post with your Facebook and Twitter friends.  

How to Make Sense of This Blog: Because I’m Complex!

I started this blog in January 2015 while I was on bed rest and very pregnant with my sun (spelling intentional) Awesome Amari…my rainbow baby!

It was an interesting (to say the least) time in my life for sooo many reasons.  So much had changed.  So much was changing.  And, there was so much more I wanted to change.

So…

I started this blog with the intention of it being an outlet-a place where I could empty my thoughts, and ultimately heal myself particularly from the illness of giving a fuck about others’ opinions about me.

It’s been through some changes (just like I have), but has since evolved into being a blog FOR YOU, but all about ME –Sunshine Cummings, The Real Bossmom. 

You’ll definitely get the best of both worlds, because not only will you get to be all up in my business, but unlike most personal blogs where you think to yourself (about the blogger) “Annnd, you are who again?,” and could give 2 shits about their family vacation to Disney World (that was a mouthful, but you get what I’m saying)…

…you’ll actually learn some shit, be entertained, and if you choose to apply what you learn…Change Your Life.

Follow along…if you can keep up!

*List of categories and what they’re all about*

  • Artist-All things dance and blogging, from tips and how-to’s to general information, because I’m a dancer and I love to write.
  • Creator-I create my life, and so do you!Posts in this category are all about the Law of Attraction, how I use/have used it in my life, and how you can use it too to manifest every and anything you desire, because Anything is Possible!
  • Boss-I’m a Bossmom, entrepreneur, and the badass founder of SnapBack Co.Some folks are ambitious when it comes to moving up in a company, or at a job.That ain’t me!If it’s not you either then posts in this category would be of interest to you as I share my journey of building a global brand, along with tips, tools, and resources that I find useful.
  • Healer-This is my gift!  It’s what I do.  It’s why I chose to come to Earth and be born.For many years I thought I wanted to be a medical doctor, or naturopath, or herbalist, etc. I spent a shitload of time and money studying and learning about chakras, herbs, crystals, midwifery/natural birth, homeopathy, yoga, reflexology, meditation, aromatherapy…you name it!I eventually had to take several seats, step back, and be honest with myself about the fact that I didn’t come here to be a damn compulsive student, and that my gift of healing is unconventional…like me.Posts in this category are all about my journey as a healer, as well as info about healing in several “alternative” modalities.
  • Lover-The juicy stuff!  The things the nosy people in my life wanna know all about, but won’t dare ask.I’m a married woman, yes!  And, I also identify as polyamorous, or should I say non-monogamous meaning I am open to, and desire, intimate relationships with more than just my husband…AND, I am open to him being in intimate relationships with others as well (key word OPEN…not enthused lol).Polyamory is all about the responsible and honest practice of non-monogamy, not that cheating shit most people are familiar with.Posts in these categories will be really real as I share about intimacy in my life and marriage!
  • MILF (Mom in love with freedom)-I’m a free spirit, end of story period.I strongly value freedom, acceptance, freedom of choice, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression.Posts in this category are all about my free spirtedness and my journey of self-acceptance.
  • Mother– I’m a new mom and bonus mom.Being/becoming both have posed major challenges for me prior to, during, and after.Posts in this category are about all things related to mothering (tips, tricks, reviews, motivation, etc.), my ever-evolving journey as a mom, overcoming the loss of 2 babies, overcoming confidence/body image issues postpartum, postpartum weight loss, breastfeeding, and about co-parenting, step-parenting, and attachment parenting.
  • MYLF (Mom You’d Like to F&%*)- All things postpartum fitness/weight loss related as I bring sexy back, and help other moms do the same.
  • Wife-All about married life, and homemaking!

Enjoy!