I have a little confession to make. I really, really dreaded the post baby body. After Emerson was born I just felt so uncomfortable and never felt good in my own skin. It took me almost a year to feel good about myself. I didn't like taking pictures and for the first few months I tried to hide the extra flab under baggy shirts.
This time around I vowed I would do things differently. I tried to stay in shape as much as possible by working out when I could but I also promised myself that I would embrace my postpartum body- flab, belly pooch, and all. I also vowed to blog about it. It's crazy to be ashamed of your body when it just did something so amazing! I have to say that I have felt so much better this time around. It's true that I am smaller than I was after Emerson and my belly seems to be going down faster, but I also think my adjustment in attitude has helped a lot. I know that it took a long time to put the weight on and it's going to take some time to get it off. In the meantime I will not hide behind clothes or be ashamed. This body just grew a human being!! :)
I am not one of those people who loses all the weight the day after they come home from the hospital and I know it's going to be slow and steady. Anyway, as promised I plan on blogging about my journey back to my pre-pregnancy body. I don't know if I'll do this weekly or what, but I will be sharing one way or the other.
I gained a total of 32 pounds during my pregnancy. Here is my final belly pic, taken the night before Adelyn was born.
And here I am last Thursday at two weeks postpartum. (I feel like my belly has gone down even more since then, so I'm happy about that! Now I just look a few months pregnant instead of 4 or 5. :) Either way, I really wanted to post these pictures for sake of comparison when it is all said and done.)
So far I have lost about 16 pounds. Halfway there! My weight loss seems to have slowed down now I think it's all up to me and hard work now.
I have to admit that I have been eating like there is no tomorrow. I have been starving and I've been turning to mostly carbs! I do have a plan for getting back into those pre-pregnancy jeans, though! Here it is:
-I joined a health/fitness challenge on Facebook. It officially starts tomorrow and lasts twelve weeks. Each participant chooses one goal to focus on throughout the twelve weeks. I chose to complete at least three workouts per week. I'm super excited to be part of the group and I think it will be great for accountability.
-I haven't been cleared for exercise yet so I started off by walking on Day 8. It was super slow but it felt so good to be moving. I've just did a mile at a time to start with but I was happy that I got out there 4 times this last week. Most days I was pushing E in the jogging stroller and wearing Adelyn so I'm definitely not breaking any speed records. :)
-On Day 15 I was feeling pretty much back to normal so I decided to try to jog a little bit. Although I haven't technically been cleared, I feel like I know my body best and I know when I'm doing too much. I also did run/walk intervals until I was 33 weeks along so I felt comfortable trying it out. I used the first day of Couch to 5k and it felt great. I didn't have any pain and I felt really good afterwards. My legs were a little sore but other than that I felt back to normal.
-Now that I'm easing back into exercise, my goal is to start Body Revolution again. The workouts are only 30 minutes a day so I really have no excuses. I also like that it starts off pretty easy and then gets more difficult as time progresses. I did the first four workouts throughout most of my pregnancy so I'm hoping they won't be as hard when I start again. I have some pictures saved from when I finished my last round of BR and I'm using them as inspiration. At this point it's hard to imagine that I'll ever be in shape like that again, but I know it's possible! For now I plan on just sticking with the first 4 workouts until I'm cleared by my doctor. They are low impact enough that I think I can do them without risking injury or impeding my recovery.
-I really need to clean up my diet. I don't plan on counting calories or dieting at this point because I am nursing, but I do want to get back to making healthier choices and just eating more clean in general. Right now my biggest weakness is carbs (especially dry cereal- I just can't get enough!) I've given myself some leeway over the last few weeks but I know I feel so much better when I eat well. It's time to get back to smoothies and green juices!
I'm hoping by the end of the 12 weeks I will be back at my pre pregnancy weight and be able to fit into my regular jeans. I know I won't have a six pack or anything like that, but I'll be happy if I can least wear my clothes! Any other mommas out there working on shedding the baby weight? Let's cheer each other on!