- My abs (and muscles in general)
- My endurance
- My lung capacity
This is what I learned tonight after doing my first real postpartum workout, excluding walks. Let’s hope I can still move tomorrow… or at least enough to carry Maddie around from place to place.
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!
I don’t normally promote specific brands or products on the blog unless I truly believe in them and find them useful. However, I’ve made an exception for Southern California-based company BIC Bands who are doing something extra special to benefit those injured and affected by the horrific events that occurred in Boston on April 15. If you’ve ever seen me running (a race, errands, or otherwise) wearing my sparkly shiny headband, you’re already familiar with BIC Bands whether you know it or not.
[I’ve already written a full review of my experience with these bands on my blog, so I won’t repeat it here.]
If you’re looking for a special way to contribute to the cause, please consider purchasing these limited edition Boston Strong headbands for which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity. BIC Bands have already sold 750 bands in the last 24 hours, which is equal to $9,600 which will directly benefit The One Fund and those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy! How amazing is that?! This is further evidence of how last week’s events have drawn the running community (and the world) even closer together, showing that hope truly does conquer.
Bands can be ordered in three sizes: small (19″ for children or small-headed adults like myself), standard (20″), or large (21″ and I’ll assume that means you’re smarter than most of us.) Show your support by clicking the link and pre-ordering your BIC Band. They’ll be on their way shortly!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for my endorsement of this product. The views and opinions expressed on this post are purely my own.