Posts Tagged by Body After Baby
|July 1, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Post Baby Body, Postpartum|
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 Measurements – 7 Months
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 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.
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.
|May 7, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Month Updates, Post Baby Body|
What do the numbers say?
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 Considering the last 2 months included my first set of finals and spring break I am pretty happy with where I am.
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 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.
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
|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!