My Get Fit Plan

f you followed me on my pregnancy journey, you probably know I struggled in the beginning with my weight gain. Although I knew it was complete normal and encouraged to gain weight while pregnant, I had a lot of trouble coping with it. During my third trimester, however, my insecurities became a thing of the past as I became more focused on the end goal: helping my little one grow big and strong!

Now that Madison is six weeks old, I thought it was a good time to come up with my get fit plan. Three weeks after giving birth, I stepped on the scale and was surprised to see that I had already lost 22 pounds of my 42+ weight gain. Holy water weight, Batman! Now it’s time to focus on losing some of that real baby weight, and here’s how I plan on reaching that goal:

  • Set mini goals: I’m not sure what my ultimate weight loss goal will be yet, but I’m focusing on losing 7 pounds right now, which is totally doable. When I reach that goal, I’ll re-assess and decide what my next one will be.
  • Get active: Cooler weather has finally hit New England, which means I’m only getting out and active about twice a week for walks with Madison. I can definitely do better and need to focus on finding other ways to get moving that don’t necessarily require heading outdoors. I think it’s time to dust off our Wii or start researching workout DVDs! [Suggestions welcome!] My main challenge with this bullet on my action plan is that Madison wants to be held all the time, so it’s hard to find even a half hour to myself.
  • Be mindful of what I eat: This is something that became routine to me before I got pregnant, but I fell off the wagon a bit during my pregnancy. With the help of Weight Watchers, which I’ve found success with before, I know I can get there again.

I used to be a pretty avid novice runner before my pregnancy, but I’m going to keep it in the reserves for a little bit longer. After having major surgery, I don’t think my body is quite up for that level of intensity yet but I know it will be some day soon. It’s all about baby steps!

Along the way, I’ll recap how things are going with my successes, challenges, and any tips I think will be helpful. I know I’m probably in for a bit of rude awakening as I try to find balance between my life as a new mom when I return to my full-time job in December, so I hope it will be helpful to share my experiences for anyone in the same boat. This blog is about living a healthy and happy lifestyle after all, and I hope to get back there again some day soon!

The happy part I’ve got done pat. The healthy part? Well, that’s always a work in progress!

Introducing…

So, life has been a tad bit crazy lately and all’s been quiet on the blog, but for good reason. Two weeks ago, the little peanut decided to finally grace us with her presence after a little bit of coaxing, a lot of medicated help, and nothing at all that went according to plan. But that’s okay!

Madison Mei was born on September 29, 2013 at 8:21 am, weighing in at 6 pounds 2 ounces and 17 3/4 inches long. “Peanut” couldn’t have been a more fitting nickname. 🙂

Madison Mei

Bear with me as we adjust to our new routine because I fully expect things to remain pretty quiet on my small corner of the internet for a tad bit longer. This parenting thing is tough and time consuming, but we’re loving every single moment of it. 🙂

Till then… stay well!

40 Weeks: Pregnancy Update

40 weeks

How far along? 40 weeks and 3 days – This baby is officially LATE as of Sunday!

Baby is the size of a … Jackfruit! Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds.

How has (s)he changed this week? Not much has changed last week. Baby is just growing bigger and stronger!

So far, I’ve gained … 39 – 40 pounds. I didn’t weigh myself this week.

Sleep has been … Bad! I couldn’t fall asleep last night until 1am and was wide awake at 5:15am! Somehow I’m not that tired today.

I feel … Uncomfortable and huge, and I don’t expect that to change until after the baby comes!

I miss … Nothing at the moment

Craving … Carbs galoreeee

Keep me away from … Nothing!

Symptoms?  Frequent bathroom breaks, shortness of breath, baby brain, Braxton Hicks contractions, fatigue, pelvic discomfort, heartburn

Gender? Boy! Or girl. Who knows!

Maternity clothes? Everything and even maternity clothes are getting a little tight!

Movement? The little one has periods of deep sleep but when the baby’s awake, he or she definitely lets me know it!

Exercise? Daily walks to get this baby moving!

Healthy eats? Lots of fruit, veggies, smoothies

Splurges? Chinese food

Wedding rings on or off?  Off – lots of water retention these days….

My best moment was … Lots of one-on-one relaxation time with Rich before our lives change forever – for the better! =)

Looking forward to … Finally meeting the peanut soon! Come onnnnn, baby!