Posted at 10:58 AM , on January 11, 2016
Throughout the days of my pregnancy I had very big goals of losing my baby weight super fast. I have a friends wedding at the end of February and I was determined to be my ‘old self’ by then. This was before the reality of how your body feels post pregnancy, not being able to breastfeed (I am told this helps loose the baby weight a bit faster) and just the reality of how much time I spend focusing on the baby and not myself.
Not to say I haven’t been working at it! At 5.5 weeks postpartum I was back at the gym and I have been getting there 2-3 times a week ever since. However the reality of this wedding and oh a little trip to the Bahamas in 2 weeks has set in… So I felt that I needed a bit of a kick starter to help get me into high gear.
Now that the cold weather has arrived I have shortened the walks with the dog (sorry Lucy!!) but man it’s cold out there, and I have moved my mini workouts inside. To help me get my six pack in order and get some cardio in I have challenged myself to this little basement workout every other day until the wedding.
Day one complete. Bring it on!
What have you done to kick start your postpartum weight loss?
Picture via google images.
Until next time day dreamers.
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Posted at 9:11 AM , on November 24, 2015
I am going to give it to you straight.
Being pregnant was the easy part, no matter how often I complained about being tired, that weird pain in my leg, the swelling, well that was a breeze compared to dealing with your own body and a newborn. I know everyone is different and everyone will have different pregnancy and postpartum experiences, but here are some ‘truths’ from me to you.
- You need to look after you. Regardless of how labour went you will need to take care of yourself afterwards. That might mean caring for stitches, swelling, and general discomfort. My advice here is ask your significant other/parents/in-laws for help. For the first two weeks I would take the time each evening to take a salts bath, get ready for bed and just have a few minutes of me time. This helped with healing and gave me a mental breather at night (which I found the hardest knowing that I wouldn’t be in for a good nights sleep). This also gives you a moment alone to cry. I did cry (a lot) and it made me feel much better…
- Tired. Exhausted. Those are not strong enough words to describe how I feel. Babies wake up A LOT. According to stories from friends/family I actually have a good sleeper (meaning in between feedings I typically get 2 hours of sleep) many only get 30 mins to an hour. Also, remember when I said I was super tired when I was pregnant… well thats what naps are for…not so easy now.
- Your hormones will make you feel like crap. Mine have made me very prone to crying, feeling guilty and looking at my kid and thinking why have you done this to me. The bright side? Give it a few days/weeks and you should start to feel like yourself again. At about week 4 I was finally feeling a connection with baby B and was no longer thinking of shipping him away so I can sleep again.
- Getting your body back. After 9 long months I was excited to feel like me again. The good news is in the first week or so you will loose weight. I lost about 25 pounds in two weeks, so much so I was feeling pretty smug about getting my before baby body back. Then…I levelled out. Looks like the last 20 I am going to have to work for.
- Breastfeeding is no easy task. I gave it a solid 4 weeks before I threw in the towel. We had to start supplementing at the hospital just to get discharged, so this might be part of the reason it didn’t work out for me. Is breast best? Nope, keeping your kid healthy and alive is best. Remember that.
- Recovering takes time. Things I have figured out about myself recently…I am super impatient! I was recovering well, so I asked my midwife about getting back to the gym. She said I could start back, but not do certain movements (FINE! I’ll take it). So I have been back at the gym for a few weeks now and overall it feels great. Then I do some movements that you think would be fine and I again find myself in pain. I want to be 100% back, but I also must remind myself that I am only just over 8 weeks postpartum. Slow down and give yourself time to get back.
- Your significant other. In the 7 years we have been together I have never thought about D in such a negative way. When my hormones were going nuts it was as if he was navigating threw a war zone every time he spoke to me. Now that I have levelled out it is getting easier, but you still need to hold back from trying to correct your significant others every move. I want the help, but cringe sometimes as he doesn’t do things the way I would. Just be prepared, your relationship is truly tested when a newborn is in the house.
This new adventure called being a mom is nothing how I thought it would be. Some aspects are better than I thought, others are way harder than I could ever imagine. Either way, the whole thing is not as
scary bewildering as I thought it would be, it is amazing how you just figure it out and realize one day that you are naturally a pro.
If you are expecting and wondering about what is to come, I hope this puts you at ease and prepares you somewhat. Good luck new mommas!
Until next time day dreamers.
Posted at 9:11 AM , on November 12, 2015
Its official I am back in the game!
After about 4 weeks postpartum I was starting to become antsy about getting back out there, but I wanted to get the go ahead from my midwife before I did anything more than walking. I have to hold out on a few lower body movements for another week or two, but I am good to go for cardio and anything upper body, so here I go!
As of last week I decided it was time to get into a routine and shed the baby weight. This I might add is no easy task. I am not sure if you know this or not but having a newborn is a lot of work and attempting to juggle eating well and moving in the hour time frame I might have during the babies nap is not easy. So here is the plan:
- My Garmin vivosmart (step counter) promptly went back on my wrist. My goal for now is to get to 10,000 steps a day, last week every day but friday I actually exceeded this goal (wooo go me!)
- Track my calories. MyFitnessPal is a great app AND it links with my Garmin and adjusts my remaining calories based on activities that I do throughout the day. It has been a breeze to track my meals and I love just watching my intake rather than cutting a food group (or two) completely out.
- Walk the dog. I let my dog walker go – a little sad for Lucy, but it means I HAVE to get out with the dog everyday. So as soon as baby has his breakfast (between 7-8:00am) we all head out for an hour-long walk. I pop in my head phones and just wander around the neighbourhood. This has actually become my favourite part of my day and it is a great mental break to just walk and listen to some tunes.
- CROSSFIT. I have seriously missed it. Yes, I did go until the end of August, but it just wasn’t the same. Last week I went to my first class in about 2 months and it was amazing. It was tough, but it felt good to be back and to know that I can start to push hard again. D and I are taking shifts so we are both able to get to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. Again, this is a great mental break and gives daddy and baby some alone time too! :)
So we are officially into week 2 and I am feeling great. Just making a few small changes last week and I am already feeling better and loosing a few pounds too (wahoo!). As Bennett gets older I am hoping I can do more and the poor guy might become a weight now and again, but I will keep you in the loop with my progress.
Until next time day dreamers!