Testimonial – From C-Section to Bikini Ready!

Testimonial – From C-Section to Bikini Ready!

Courtney’s story…From C-section to Bikini Ready!

In Courtney words I have battled my weight my whole life. When I found out I was pregnant August 14, 2010 with my first child, I was over joyed! I did the best I could to eat healthy for my baby and myself.  Having issues with my weight, I knew that I had better be careful and not give into cravings or I would totally blow up.  As my belly continued to expand, I began to worry about what my body would look like “post baby”.  I wanted the body I had before I got pregnant, and possibly even better.  I made a promise to myself and my baby girl that I would maintain my health, fitness, and youth to the best of my ability.

UGH- Towards the end of my third trimester I felt HUGE.  I had gained 65 lbs and I was in a lot of pain.  The pain was caused not by my growing baby, but the fact that my amniotic fluid was not dissipating. I wore belly bands for support, but there was no relief.  Finally, my Doctor became concerned for my health and scheduled a C-section a week before my due date.  That week wasn’t enough, so the delivery was moved  up and my daughter arrived 3 days earlier by c-section.

What a mess– Although I was overjoyed to have such a beautiful healthy baby girl, I couldn’t help feeling totally discouraged with c-sectionthe horrible mess my body was in. I was naive to how severe a c-section really is. I was looking down at a 12 inch cut with staples across my abdomen, purple and red stretchmarks.  I really didn’t have any hope for recovery, or even to be able to wear a bathing suit in public ever again.

My journey back- I felt fat, alone and tired.  I was in pain all the time. I had terrible back pain from my core being so weak due to the c-section.  I had been in a terrible motorcycle accident in 2009 which gave me  permanent injuries to my neck, right shoulder, and back.  The pain from the c-section was making those old injuries worse and I was forced to bed rest for 4 weeks after birth.  Yet, though all of that…somehow…I was still determined!

Baby Steps (mine!)– I started with what I could do. I did small arm workouts with 5lbs weights and once I was able, I started to walk around the block.  At this time I was eating healthy, but not clean. I didn’t have much will-power against sugar, Mexican food, or pizza.  I finally just stopped eating out and began to watch my portions more closely.  I ate chicken, veggies, and rice everyday in an attempt to lose weight.  That is all I knew, so that is what I did.  That lasted about a week until the boredom got to me…I just couldn’t do it anymore!  I went back to the diet I followed when I was in great shape in my early 30’s.

EXCUSES set in.  I couldn’t stick to the diet because I didn’t have the time to prep meals.  I was so busy with the baby, recovering and domestic duties, NOT to mention the fact that I am a horrible cook!  I have no patience for cooking.  I gave up on following the diet…so back to chicken and rice it was.  🙁

Classes- I decided to join a pilates classs for a month.  It was very expensive but helped me to regain the strength in my core!  I still wasn’t thrilled with my weight so I decided to join a CrossFit gym for a month. It was a kick butt workout but because of my old motorcycle injuries, the pain set in and I quit.  What was I going to do now?

Why was this so hard?  That is when I reached out to my friend Natalie Jill.  Natalie has been a friend for over 10 years, and I had done here make-up on several occasions the past year or so when she started fitness modeling.  I have seen first hand how passionate she is about health and fitness. She works incredible hard and is a mother herself. I knew Natalie would understand my needs, fears and concerns.

I called Natalie, she reassured me that  all my fears and frustrations would not get in the way of my goals if I was determined.  She told me what she went through and how she regained her figure after her baby. She told me I was being to hard on myself, that I needed to relax, and that it takes a little bit of time. I would always see the celebrities “stepping out” 30 days after giving birth and they looked better than I did my whole life. That’s what I was basing my progress on!

Natalie told me that was NOT realistic, so I was just setting myself up for disappointment by trying to compare myself to those hollywood stories.  When I called her, THIS was when she was FIRST walking on here ORIGINAL 7 day jump start program.  I could barely wait to try it! Although she offered to give it to me for free (I am her good friend and she was just launching it) I was scared I wouldn’t follow through and do it. When it came out I purchased it right away and actually even used a different name because I didn’t want her to know I was doing it! I wanted to make sure if I “quit” I wouldn’t have to hear it from her.

What happened next totally surprised me. The recipes were easy and the food was actually really good and EASY to prepare. I was surprised to see that it wasn’t a diet, but a lifestyle change that I could stick to for years to come!  Some of my friends even decided to do it with me, so I was pumped!

The first few days– I noticed right away how much BETTER I felt! I had so much more energy and went from a pot of coffee all day, to one cup in the morning! The food was light, I never felt weighed down. I lost 4.5 lbs in the first week! 3lbs the next! Because the recipes are gluten free and incorporate healthy fats, I believe it works great for so many. It taught me so much about unprocessing my diet.

My Life Today

Natalie has since revised the 7 Day Jump Start Program several times and added more to it and made it even better. I have truly made it a lifestyle. It has now been a few years since the 7 Day Jump Start Program helped me change my life. I followed the program exactly as written the first week, and then I began to swap meals around with my own substitutions on the “allowed list” Courtney 7 Day Jump Startthe second week. I also since purchased ALL of Natalie Jills various workout and nutrition programs. NO stomach aches or bloating here!  I also LOVE her recipes and tips. Family and friends are always telling me how good I look (I think they are shocked that I was able to do it! haha!) I feel good and have the motivation to keep this going!  After all…it IS my lifestyle now!

Success! I have not only reached my original goal weight but I have exceeded my expecations and am in the best shape of my life.   I am not trying to be a fitness model, just a mom wanting to be the best I can be for my Daughter and Me 🙂

I believe that good old fashion diet and exercise is the key to losing weight.. No fad diets, living on shakes, juice fasts, pills, lap bands, etc for me!  All you need is motivation, a realistic plan for the future, and self control.  Natalie provided me with the plan and the ideas, she helped with motivation, but I had to do the work. Self control is critical. Nobody can make you put the cupcake down but you.  Make up your mind to live a healthy lifestyle. I HIGHLY suggest her programs for your weight loss goals.

-Thank you Natalie for helping me achieve my goals! Much love, Courtney and Baby Shayla

To learn more about the 7 Day Jump Start Program and other programs Courtney now uses to maintain her body go HERE

 

 

 

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Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, life, and business goals. Natalie is a well-known Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and Functional Fitness Trainer who specializes in weight loss and core training. . Natalie is also the bestselling author of Unprocess Your Diet . Natalie has been gluten free for over 15 years as she has Celiac Sprue. Learn how Natalie handled adversity and find out how she "made her own luck" and turned it all around! . To know more about Natalie Jill, you can visit her Facebook Profile.

14 Comments
  • jackie
    Posted at 21:19h, 12 September

    Hey Natalie, I have been following you for the last few months. What program of yours should I start with if I exercise regularly and eat pretty much a vegan diet. I want that lean cut look you have established. Your instagram site is awesome! Thanks a bunch for being such an inspiration!

  • Sylvia
    Posted at 13:28h, 26 September

    My c section is from my belly button down…. How do I get ads from that? I’m 49 years old….thank need help in that area…

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 08:47h, 29 September

      The best thing you can do is consistently eat healthy and do quality workouts. That will help you get lean and develop muscle tone. Whether or not you will have the same abdominal structure after your c-section is hard to tell. But either way, by being consistent, eating properly and working out, you will feel great and at a minimum get that ‘flat belly’ back. I hope this helps!

  • Tasha
    Posted at 07:04h, 03 December

    Hi Natalie! I have been following you on FB for some time…You have inspired me to get my body back. My baby is going to be 2yrs old in January. I am 41yrs old, 5 1″, 164lbs. I have had 3 C-sections!!! I started the gym a few months ago, and have gone from a size 14 to 9…but the amount of fat around my midsection has not moved. I would LOVE to incorporate your programs…any suggestions as to where I should start? And can I utilize your workout sessions in the gym?
    Thanks! Tasha

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 01:38h, 04 December

      Hi Tasha! That is great that you are down 5 sizes! All you need to do is be consistent and keep going! I would recommend the 7 day Jump Start bundle as it has nutrition/workouts/meals/info/& more, and you can totally use the workouts in the gym if you want! The jump start will help you dial in your nutrition so that you lose all the extra baby weight. I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Nicole
    Posted at 07:03h, 12 January

    Yes! Finally a success story post cesarean. Thank you! Waiting (not so) patiently to be released to start exercising again.

  • sandu
    Posted at 10:08h, 18 April

    I am 50 yes old and I had a hysterectomy over 6 years ago. Since I had the hysterectomy that’s when my weight started going up. I have struggled with the weight gain and I was wondering if you have any answers and how to get my self started at once again. I don’t take any kind of medicines or anything when I had a hysterectomy I put on over 25 pounds and everything I do anything you do it doesn’t seem like I’m right thing. I struggling with starting something and never finishing what I start can you please help me.I am like your friend that I read about the one that did your 7 day start program I’m very hard on myself and want to get immediate results. But I know that’s not going to happen. it seems like I’ll do it for about a week and then stop try to eat right and that doesn’t work. So again can you please help me

  • Samantha
    Posted at 15:50h, 26 April

    Hi Natalie! Is the 7 day jump start safe for breast feeding? If not what would you recommend? Thank you!!

  • Chris
    Posted at 18:07h, 30 May

    Hi Natalie,
    Just found your website! Ive had 3 csections. Someone told me recently that certain ab exercises for csectioners can make the pouch bigger! Is that true?

  • kathy
    Posted at 03:26h, 29 May

    Natalie, my biggest concern about the 7 day jump start is that I won’t like the food. Right off the bat, I don’t eat eggs or fish. Is this going to be a menu where I have to eat this or are there swap out meals right from day 1 ?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 22:56h, 20 June

      There are swap out lists that can be used for EVERY meal, so that you eat the foods you like to eat! TONS of self proclaimed ‘picky eaters’ have done great on the program. If you don’t like, can’t get, or are allergic to a food, you just swap it out! I hope this helps! https://www.nataliejillfitness.com/the-plan/