Body After Baby #2: 9 Months

Now that Bryn is nine months old and I shared how she is doing, it’s time for another body after baby post! Post Baby Body 9 Months

Body After Baby Measurements – 8 Months

9 Months Post Baby Measurements Notice something in those numbers? Yup. I’m up a couple of pounds. Nothing to blame other than some pretty awful eating the month of August. I don’t know about you but when I am tired and stressed I tend to eat high fat foods and I made a couple trips too many to Chick-Fil-A. That is life.

Fitness

I’ve been doing pretty good the last couple of weeks fitting in some solid weight sessions. My goals right now include building some solid muscle and I think I am on my way. I just bumped up my weights for bicep curls and lateral raises which is an awesome no-scale victory! PiYo is also REALLY helping my flexibility. I’ve been dealing with a painful SI joint in my right hip but my chiropractor is working his magic and it’s starting to feel better :) Running has taken a back-seat but hopefully with cooler weather my love for it will come back. I have minimal motivation to run in summer because it’s HOT and I am a wimp.

Eating

On the note of eating, obviously I can improve. Less for the scale and more for ME. I eat junk when I’m tired but eating junk makes me MORE tired. I am planning a FREE clean eating challenge in September. Would you be interested?? I am trying to get myself back on track over my break and would love some of you to join me! Leave me a comment or shoot me an email at foodfitnessandfamily @ gmail . com if you want in! We all need a do-over and this is mine :) I am going to need all the energy in the world going into a tough 4th quarter ha. Overall I am feeling really good. I don’t define myself by the scale and merely use it as a tracking tool since I like numbers. Right now I am more focused on FEELING good and that’s why I need to improve my eating habits and make sure to fit in exercise. I am at my best when I am eating right and moving more and PA school definitely makes that a challenge. My 3-week break is going to be SO good for a number of reasons – more time for my family and more time to focus on me! It’s all about that HARMONY instead of balance! Thanks Carla for teaching me that ūüėČ

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Body After Baby #2: Eight Months

Now that I shared what Bryn is up to at eight months it’s time to update you guys on my progress!

Body After Baby 8 Months

 

Body After Baby Measurements – 8 Months

8 Months Post Baby Body

Fitness

I am happy to report that I am actually doing really well this month with my workouts! I successfully completed Gina’s Summer Shape Up and I start my PiYo Challenge group today (still time to join!). I also purchased the Pipehitter Workout from Ashley Cline (Horner) and am a week into that. PH is a CrossFit style workout program and it’s intense in the best kind of way. I am loving pushing my body and hope to build some muscle along the way. PiYo is also going to be great to keep my flexibility and my muscles long!

Eating

There’s always room for me to improve here but for the most part I am doing ok. I need to watch the number of PB&Js I eat at night though ūüėČ I am a true believer in the 80/20 rule and you will never see me completely give me up less-than-healthy foods all the time. I am just working on practicing moderation.

I am really happy with my progress and can imagine that I might plateau here a bit. I tend to hold on to a few pounds and fat while nursing to help keep my supply up. I am in a happy place but will continue to document through a year for completeness and personal reasons :)

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Body After Baby #2: Seven Months

Believe it or not friends it has been seven months from when I gave birth to Bryn.  I have a post dedicated to her awesomeness later this week so today I am focusing on my body after baby progress.  Seems like I am getting this updates done every 2 months at this point but they are still coming!

 

Body After Baby 2 7 Months

Body After Baby Measurements – 7 Months

7 Months Post Baby Body Measurements

 

Overall I am thrilled with where I am. ¬†In fact, I looked back on where I was at 7 months¬†after having Emmalyne and I am sitting pretty! ¬†While numbers are a good way to track progress they also don’t¬†define my progress. ¬†Also, this is a reflection of my journey. ¬†Everyone has a different journey and we are all doing our best :)

 

Fitness

Fitness wise I am hanging in there. ¬†I have recently reevaluated my goals when it comes to working out. ¬†Given my school schedule and my commitment to my family there often isn’t time for a long workout. ¬†Now, I am shooting for 3-5 days a week in workouts and count it as a win if that means a 20 minute walk one day. ¬†A far cry from what I used to consider “quality” but¬†I am happy. ¬†I am currently doing Gina’s Summer Shape Up and am LOVING it.

 

Eating

While I am satisfied with my workouts my eating habits are blah. ¬†When I get tired mid-afternoon I reach for the worst of the worst. ¬†I do not make good choices when I am tired. ¬†I am making a better effort to get things on track because when I don’t eat well I feel worse. ¬†For me this means not bringing the junk into the house. ¬†That’s going to be step one. ¬†The next step may include bringing no money to school so I can’t buy junk. ¬†We shall see!

 

Overall I am really proud of my progress thus far.  My longterm goals are a tad lofty but right now, given my situation and PA school, I am putting them on hold.  I WILL reach them but right now I am celebrating the small victories and doing what I can, when I can.  And that is enough.

 

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Body After Baby #2: Five Months

Just like with Bryn’s updates, I also fell a month behind on my post baby body progress! ¬†I shared my last update at 3 months postpartum and I feel like I am moving right along!

 

Body After Baby 2 5 Months

 

 

What do the numbers say?

5 Months Post Baby Body

 

 

Numbers wise I am slowly but surely getting there. ¬†I am officially one pound away from my pre-pregnancy weight and about 6 pounds away from my big goal. ¬†However, I only use these numbers as a reference point and REALLY go by how much clothes are fitting ūüėČ ¬†Considering the last 2 months included my first set of finals and spring break I am pretty happy with where I am.

 

Fitness

I am trying VERY hard to fit in my workouts, however, I am having to get creative and sneaky with it. ¬†I try to wake up around 5:00AM some mornings to get in a short workout. ¬†However I am realizing that I definitely can’t run that early and on an empty stomach. ¬†So, instead I do incline walking, T25, or a Nike Training Club workout. ¬†At night I do more incline walking while I study. ¬†Have to multitask ūüėČ ¬†I haven’t gotten as much running in which makes me sad but I have been getting a few miles in via sprints. ¬†Overall I am doing the best I can and that’s cool.

 

Eating

Another area that I am working on improving. ¬†I am back to tracking calories and macros a bit to try to curb my junk food consumption at school. ¬†I have found that sitting in a classroom ALL day is the best way to crave junk. ¬†By tracking my numbers a bit I can visually see where I am spending my calories. ¬†I have been using LoseIt! and love the app. ¬†I am aiming for ~2300 calories a day to support both weight loss and breastfeeding and so far that’s working for me. ¬†I am really good about getting in my water though everyday which I think is apparent in my milk supply.

 

Overall I am very satisfied with my progress. ¬†I feel like I am closer to my “normal” at five months after Bryn than I was after Emmalyne. ¬†For reference, here is my post from then! ¬†My goal for the next month is to work on my abs a bit since beach season is here and I am ready to rock a bikini :)

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Baby After Baby #2: Three Months

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 :)

 

3 Months Post-Baby Body

 

 

What do the numbers say?

3 Months Post Baby Body Measurements

 

 

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 ūüėČ

 

Fitness

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!

 

Eating

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?

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