Bye Bye Baby Weight: My love affair with Strength Training

9 Weeks Postpartum


I love to lift weights. I love the feeling of super heavy dumbbells in my hands. The muscle failure, the feeling of invincibility…I adore it all.

Something about pushing my way into the weight room, and showing the guys how its done, it SUPER addictive to me.

Let’s face it, the weights area can be super intimidating, there are men of all sizes pumping ridiculous 100lb+ weights (on each arm), they are grunting, sometimes screaming, giving each other high fives, exuding large amounts of testosterone and just being overall annoying.

I remember when I first started working out, all I did was cardio. I LIVED on the elliptical machine. I would see that weight room and say … no way Jose am I going in there! It was so scary looking! I was so scared that I would go in there and make a total fool of myself.

Eventually a friend convinced me to start taking total body classes at the gym. This was a super easy way to get into resistance training and usually there was no testosterone around and the ladies all lifted manageable 5lb, 10lb, & 15lb weights.

From Like to Love:

During the weight loss journey of my first born, I had plateaued for about two months, nothing I was doing was working. I saw a sign for a small group personal training session for Kettlebells and I signed up.



It was me and two other guys, I should have known I was in trouble.

I was sooo scared to train. Although I signed up on my own, willingly, my trainer had decided that he was going to push me and push me even more. Our conversations would go something like this:

Trainer: “Okay, Pick up the 30lb kettle bell”
Me: “No.”
Trainer:” “Pick it up”
Trainer: “Pick it up”
Me: “I didn’t sleep last night”
Trainer: “Pick it up”
Me: “it’s that time of month…”(wink)
Trainer: “PICK UP THE BELL!”

It was ugly.

I must say, after 8 weeks of training, grunting and complaining, I came out stronger than EVER. All of a sudden the 15 pound body bars I was using in total body class was like lifting feather weights. I didn’t truly realize how much stronger I had gotten until I found myself bench pressing 45 pounds pretty easily.


Since I currently attend the gym at a really busy time, I literally have to wait around for weight machines, but when I get back to work I hope to get more strength training in on a more regular consistent basis. At the very least I always make sure I can grab some dumbbells and at least do some rows, squats w/ weights and bicep work.

Another thing I love about weights is the fact that you don’t bulk up, you just lean out. And trust me MUSCLE is sexy!

This Past Week:

I didn’t eat particularly well this past week, it was a bit of a carb-o-loution. That combined with a gradual increase of the weights=no weight loss. I will be better next week!

Weight Loss this week: 0.0 pounds
Weight Left to lose: 18.7 Pounds

Total Weight Loss: 1.3 lbs 

Workouts last week:
Thursday: HIIT Training on the ARC, Plyos
Friday: HIIT Training on the ARC, C25k Week 1, legs
Saturday: Spinning, chest
Monday: C25k Week 1, arms, chest
Tuesday: C25k Week 1, legs

Have you ever tried Kettlebells?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I love strength training too. It is very difficult for me but I love that the results are pretty instantaneous. I have commited to upper body training this year and the results are already evident. I still have a long way to go but I have the motivation to get there.

  2. I too love strength training! I usually stick to the weight machines but do some work with dumbbells too if I am not taking 24 Lift (a total body strength training class using dumbbells, barbells, plates, and your own body weight). I love the results! When I first started about 6 years ago, I was a bit suspicious of the trainer who recommended it – I worried I would be too "muscle-ly" :)
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  3. I enjoy weight training too, but I have not ventured into the heavy stuff. I stick with the 5, 8, 10 dumbbells and the 15lb kettlebell. You are really getting it in!! You go momma!!
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  4. I've been wondering about how to get started with strength training. Do you have a regular circuit for weight lifting you could post? That's why I don't enter that room… I have no idea what to do! And no one is back there (trainer-wise) to help… Aside from bulky macho men who can't tear their eyes off of looking at themselves in the mirror.
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  5. I was introduced to kettle bells when I did CrossFit for awhile. You just reminded me to pick mine up again!
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  6. journekapri says:

    I was just reading about kettle bells on spark people (postpartum forum) and all the women who have done them said that it helped them get rid of their pp stomachs. I am supposed to be getting some. In the meantime I have started lifting weights and I can say that it is helping the inches come off a little faster.
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  7. You go beautiful Mama.

  8. Ohh I loveee when girls show up the men! Show them how it's done girl 😉 hahaha Who said men are the only ones that can life weights?

  9. you go girl!! I was so motivated after I had my babies..i think i excerised every day. It was easy to motivate too..because they had free babysitting at the gym…and to have someone watch my kids while I worked out seemed a pretty good deal to me!!
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  10. Amen to that, the results are pretty amazing.

  11. i can't wait to use my kettle bell again. oh how i miss it so. :())
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  12. I have to agree with you on this one…I too love strength training! I used to be afraid to lift weights because I thought it would make me too bulky. It wasn't until the weight started coming off that I realized that dumbbells are a gift from God! I do like the kettle bells because they allow you to do different types of lifts that you can't do with traditional dumbbells. Keep going!
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  13. that 24 lift class sounds kinda amazing!

  14. Come to the dark side Latorsha! lol

  15. Yes, I will do a post of exactly what I do, what a great idea!

  16. yes I've actually wanted to do Crossfit but nowhere around here really teaches it :/

  17. I wish I had some at home, I gotta get some I only have dumbbells in the house.

  18. I suck at weight training. You are doing great with your bye bye baby weight.
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