Posts Tagged by Body After Baby
|March 10, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 0-3 Months, Post Baby Body, Postpartum|
Hey there guys! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I sure did. This is the first Monday in a LONG time that I don’t have a test. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself over the weekend. I had so much TIME! I went running with a friend on Saturday, ran errands with my family without worrying about how much work I had to do, got our food prepped for the week, played outside, and of course still snuck in a few hours of studying. Dare I say I felt relaxed? I definitely needed a weekend like that as I gear up for finals since they start 2 weeks from today (!!!). I am also getting caught up on here and have some fun things to share with you guys! First, my three month post baby body update since I am surely late on this
What do the numbers say?
Guys I have to be honest with you … I am thrilled with these numbers. I honestly thought some of them were going to increase based on my terrible food choices and lack of exercise. Breastfeeding for the win
HA. I have been fitting in workouts when I can but I am averaging about 3-4 per week. I feel like I have to accept that this is my new normal. I try to get up at 5AM to fit in a workout but that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it’s the kids, sometimes I am just too tired. I definitely try to get some workouts in on the weekend and then just do what I can during the week. I have to remind myself that as long as I am moving that I am a-ok and this is only for one more year. I have been working out mainly at home and will be sharing some of my favorite ways to do so with you guys soon!
Another FAIL. I have to admit I have gone through the Chick-Fil-A drive thru way too many times. In fact I just looked at my bank account and the number of times it appears on there makes me a little sick. Chris and I sat down and talked about some of our goals over this weekend and now it’s just time to get on them. I prepped healthy lunches and snacks for the week and am shaking off the past and heading into the future.
Overall this month I am just happy not to have gone backwards. I know the areas that I need to improve on and am excited to do that and face the challenge ahead!
If you’ve hit a plateau how did you motivate yourself to get through it?
|January 30, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Post Baby Body, Postpartum|
Whew … this “winter storm” that hit Savannah as paralyzed our little city. While a little bit of ice is no sweat of your back if you’re from the north, down here where the cities aren’t prepared for it it makes a huge impact! I was called off school yesterday and now have late start today. Unfortunately that means we still have 4 classes to make up in an already jam-packed schedule. I did however love the extra time with my family and studying in my sweat pants
Yesterday I shared with you guys Bryn’s two month update and I still can’t believe my little bug is getting so big! Now it’s time to fill you guys in on how mama is doing.
What do the numbers say?
I have to say I am incredibly excited about the progress that I made this month! I think both the pictures and the numbers show significant improvement and change
I have to admit I was really worried to see how my fitness would be impacted with started full time grad school. While I am not THRILLED with the fact that I have to get up at 5AM some mornings to work out, I am really happy that I have fallen into the routine pretty easily. In order to fit them in I sit down on the weekend and plan my workouts for the week and schedule them into available times. I have been averaging 20 miles of running a week and 3-4 strength sessions. I haven’t made it to yoga in a week or so and hope to change that this weekend
Oh goodness … I have fallen off the healthy food wagon the last couple of weeks. My Diet Coke consumption is higher than I’d like and so are my “treats”. While I’ve stuck with it for dinners, my lunches and snacks definitely need some improvement. Last week I was fighting a bad cold and when I don’t feel good all I want is terrible food. While I am happy that my numbers are good, I definitely don’t FEEL the greatest because of what I am fueling my body with.
Overall I am feeling pretty good. My core still feels squishy and isn’t nearly as tones as I would like. It took me about 4 months after having Em for my stomach to start to change towards normal and I am expecting the same type of time frame this time. What I have found this go round is I am much kinder to myself about my progress and I am feeling substantially prouder and more confident. :)
Excited to see what the next month brings! Have a happy Thursday
|December 30, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Post Baby Body, Postpartum|
I am in complete denial over here. On Saturday my sweet Bryn turned one month old! I am still working on her photos and will have an update on her later this week. She is seriously quite the baby and is so very different than her big sister in many ways. Since it has been a month, it’s time to update you guys on how mama is doing in operation get her body back.
This is where I was at at one week postpartum:
And here is my one month progress:
I feel like the biggest visual difference is in my belly which the numbers below back up. Same tired eyes though
What do the numbers say?
I feel really good about my progress in the last 3 weeks. I have lost a total of 6 inches and one pound. If my postpartum progress is anything like Em I won’t see a big change on the scale for another month or so. I am VERY happy with where I am at.
If you read yesterday’s post you would have seen that I got a solid week of workouts in last week. I feel so very lucky to be falling back into my fitness routine so easily. After I had Emmalyne it literally took me MONTHS to break 10-minutes on my mile pace and on Saturday I ran 4-miles and averaged 9:35/mile. I am thankful that my body let me run until 36 weeks pregnant because I think that is the reason I am getting back into the game that much sooner. I also started adding in some weights last week and got to my normal Sunday yoga class. Overall I feel great and am definitely loving the post-workout endorphins because they help me battle sleep deprivation with a smile
This is where I want to get my head back in the game. With Christmas last week I had a lot of decadent and fun foods and enjoyed every second of it. Maybe that’s why I only last one pound in the last 3 weeks eh? Ha … so not sorry on that one. I am really trying to get back into my healthy habits and am even hoping to drastically limit my Diet Coke consumption to one a day or only when out. Chris is having a lot of fun enforcing this one. You should have seen my face when he poured my freshly open can down the drain because it was my second one that day. With school starting in a week (!!!!!) I feel like I will have an easier time making good choices since I have to pack my lunch and snacks most days and won’t be mindlessly eating at home.
Overall I feel great both physically and mentally. Sure I am tired, and not every day is easy, but overall I feel like I have things pretty together. I am thrilled to be fitting back into my pre-pregnancy jeans since it took me 5 months to do so after Em but more importantly I am thrilled to just be happy and moving. I’m really looking forward to sharing Bryn’s one month update with you guys too!
I hope you have a fantastic Monday and are starting to think about New Year’s goals. I have been thinking about mine a lot lately and reflecting on those from 2013. Can’t wait to share my favorite moments of 2013 with you guys tomorrow and my goals for 2014!
|December 12, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Post Baby Body, Postpartum|
Edited to add: if you’re pregnant or a new mom and find yourself falling into the comparison trap you might want to skip this post. I got really lucky this pregnancy with my post baby body progress. While sharing this aspect of my life might make others think negatively about themselves I try to keep things real here. After documenting my journey with Em (and all my struggles) I want to document it with Bryn too. However, I don’t want my journey to negatively impact someone else’s thinking.
Two marks two weeks since I had Bryn and I can’t believe it has gone so fast! With Emmalyne growing in a blink of an eye I have been extra appreciative of every newborn snuggle because I know this stage goes by in an instant. The best part (other that soaking up newborn cuteness of course) is that I don’t FEEL like I just had a baby. I thought today would be the perfect time to update you guys a bit on my postpartum recovery.
How I Feel
I am honestly feeling great! I didn’t tear with Bryn and therefore recovery has been a ton easier. By the time I left the hospital I was feeling pretty darn normal and that was only 36 hours after she was born. I knew that more often than not recovery is easier with your second baby but I wasn’t anticipating it being quite this easy. I know I am lucky. I have been able to get out and about whenever I want and that feels so good! In fact, hours after arriving home from the hospital my mom and I had to run to Carters to get Bryn some newborn clothes since we had literally two sleepers since Em was so big when she was born.
Breastfeeding couldn’t be going better. Other than some initial nipple soreness the first few days we have had zero problems. Bryn latched correctly from the beginning and has been a nursing champ. Our biggest issue was having to wake her to eat because she would rather sleep. Now my only issue is a pretty epic supply. Bryn is a lazy nurser in middle of the night and I have found myself pumping sometime between 2:30-3AM. The upside to this is I have a pretty good freezer stash going
I had to go to the OB on Monday for an unrelated issue but at the same time got the OK to start easing back into working out. Music to my ears! While I am feeling pretty normal I know that I need to take it slow in this area. I have done two easy and short workouts since then. I did 1.5 miles of jog/walk intervals and then another 20 minutes of incline walking. I felt really good after both of these and am excited to keep at it.
Post Baby Body
I posted my one-week update last week for you guys but I wanted to touch base again today. I am truly amazed at how much as already changed. I feel about 1000x more confident this time than I did with the Emster. Also, my body is bouncing back much quicker than it did with her. I attribute this to being in better shape when I got pregnant and then maintaining my fitness throughout my pregnancy. Good genetics probably played a role too. Regardless, I have some muscle mass to regain and I can’t wait to lift heavy again.
That’s about all I got for you guys right now! If you have any more specific questions I would be happy to answer them. Have a happy Thursday
|July 15, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Post Baby Body, Postpartum, Pregnancy|
I feel compelled to write something after reading Presley’s post this weekend and Ashley’s subsequent follow-up. Read both of theirs too to understand what prompted this post from me You’re also getting a “twofer” from me today! Shocker. If you missed it, I posed my 20 week pregnancy update and gender revel this morning
As I have said over the last 4 months one of my biggest goals this pregnancy, besides grow a healthy baby, is to maintain a Fit Pregnancy. I was really lucky to be able to work out with Emmalyne until the day I delivered and hope to do the same this time around.
There are so many benefits to exercising during pregnancy that are important (source):
- Increase your mood and energy
- Helps reduce constipation, back pain, bloating, and swelling
- Improves your posture
- Promotes muscle strength, tone, and endurance (<-important for labor!)
- May help prevent or gestational diabetes
- Improves your sleep
- May help with your ability to cope with labor and make it easier to get back into shape after baby is born
What a “Fit Pregnancy” looks like for me isn’t going to be what it looks like for someone else. It’s based on what you were doing before you got pregnant, medical limitations, and your personal comfort levels. Only you and your medical provider can determine what is best for your pregnancy. Sometimes being “fit” during pregnancy means taking it easy because your body needs the rest to grow your miracle. Sometimes it means being able to run a half-marathon in your third trimester. Everyone is different.
The real complication is what happens after delivery. We as women feel like we have to get our bodies back to pre-pregnancy shape as quickly as possible, often forgetting that the process to grow the baby took 9 months. Are immediate results realistic? Probably not. There are thew few who are able to maintain their fitness and are blessed with truly awesome genetics that DO bounce back almost immediately. I wasn’t one of them.
It took me nearly 6 months to be able to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans again. My hips alone expanded 4 inches during pregnancy and time was the only thing that would let them shrink again. I struggled to find the right amount of calories to eat to support both breastfeeding and weight loss (It ended up being ~2500 a day – my post on counting calories is HERE). I learned to love my mom body. It was a journey and I chose to share it with all of you … all the triumphs and struggles included. And to be honest? I am damn proud of how everything turned out. I worked hard for my successes and before getting pregnant again was in close to the best shape of my life. My entire postpartum journey is HERE.
While having a fit pregnancy probably played a contributing factor in my ultimate success, it doesn’t get the award for being the end-all-be-all of a post-baby body. Hard work, dedication, and a balanced life does. Heck, I would have had way better abs if I was willing to give up buffalo wings and beer but I wasn’t. Now? I just wish I HAD abs … I kid, I kid.
Looking back do I cringe a little on the negative self-image I had those first few months? YOU BET. But I had Emmalyne at the beginning of the blogger baby boom and my issues weren’t because of reading about other people’s successes. I wasn’t comparing myself to others – I was dealing with my own insecurities. It was a lesson learned. And this time around I am excited about my postpartum journey and I have the tools to make it successful. Now I am sure there will be new challenges – IE: having two small children, potentially starting grad school, and so much more. But I have a bring it attitude when it comes to these things and I am ready for it. What I am getting at, is I think that reading about how other women bounce back after baby is interesting to me … as long as I don’t put myself into a comparison trap. I know what is going to work for me and that may not be what works for you but gathering perspective from others can help you find your own way.
I don’t define fitness by a picture. A picture is worth a thousand unsaid words. There are so many factors that come into play when discussing postpartum progress. Are they blessed with awesome genetics? Did they have a c-section (can prolong recovery)? Are they nursing (NO – nursing does NOT guarantee you to lose weight. I held on to 5 lbs until Em weaned)? Etc. Just take everything you see, and read, with a grain of salt.
I define fit as feeling your best. Are you able to beat your kid to the street when they make a beeline for it? Can you carry around a 30lb toddler all day like it aint no thang? Do you feel confident in your body and what it can do? Then to me, that’s what fitness is.
What are your thoughts on a Fit Pregnancy? How do you define “fit”?