Last week, my baby boy turned 2 months old. How?! That also means I’m 2 months postpartum. I’ve been slowly easing back into a fitness routine, which is really exciting for me. It makes me feel like my old self and gives me ‘me’ time.
On the weight loss front, I’m only 2-3 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m sooo happy about that. Honestly, I feel like I’m pretty much back to pre-pregnancy weight because those 2-3 pounds are probably in my boobs. Not even joking. Breastfeeding is doing crazy things to them. Ha.
I’d still like to lose 15-20 pounds, as crazy as that sounds. I’m about 20 pounds above my wedding weight, which just sounds crazy to me. I was in such awesome shape for the wedding. I know maintaining that is pretty unreasonable, but I’d like to get closer to that. So I think I’ll aim to lose 15 pounds and go from there. I think it should be pretty easy since I’m eating a pretty balanced diet and working out 2-4 times per week right now. Plus, the breastfeeding. Did I mention how awesome breastfeeding is? And apparently, the major weight loss/calorie burn from breastfeeding doesn’t even occur until 3-6 months postpartum! It’s seriously a gift I think. A gift for all the woes of pregnancy and the sleepless nights of raising a newborn. It’s like, “You can’t sleep or take a shower right now, but feel free to eat as much as you like and you’ll still lose weight.” Amazing.
Another AMAZING thing is that I did not get stretch marks during pregnancy. I was soooo worried about that. I will have to write a post about how I prevented them (could also be luck…I don’t think it’s genetics because I did get some in high school from growing) because I was pretty religious about a few things to prevent them. I can definitely tell I have gained a little more fat in my midsection, which I’m not surprised about since I did carry a 10+ pound baby and all. But it’s not much and I think strength training, eating right and time will help that go away. Hopefully I can rock a 2-piece in confidence when I take my little man to the pool next summer.
As far as workouts, I’ve been focusing on lifting and trying to get back into running. I think lifting weights is the number one thing that prevented me from gaining a ton of weight in pregnancy, I think it helped me stay active throughout pregnancy, I think it helped me during the pushing stage of labor, and I think it’s the reason I lost weight and my body looks somewhat back to it’s normal form fairly quickly. Lifting weights is just the best and I’m so excited to hit it hard now that I’m not pregnant anymore. I sure wish I could afford a CrossFit membership but I’m too cheap for all that.
I went on my first walk about 1 week postpartum. About 15 minutes. It didn’t feel great, that’s for sure. I slowly increased from there to 20-30 minute walks a few times a week. I did not feel normal for a long time. I definitely felt pain/uncomfortableness during walks until 4-5 weeks postpartum. I just now am starting to feel like there is less pain. However, I still feel cramping-like achey-ness when I run which my doc said is normal. She just kept saying everything gets better with time and I believe that. A lot of my friends said I’d feel normal around 4 weeks postpartum, but, for me, I felt a lot more normal physically around 8 weeks postpartum. And I’m still not pre-pregnancy normal, but I’m sure I’ll get there some day.
I started getting back into running by doing run/walks. I would run for 1-2 minutes and then walk for several minutes. It really helped! My endurance was totally fine because I stayed so active during pregnancy, I just had a lot of pain, so I took it really slow. I finally went on a somewhat normal run this weekend. I ran for 19 minutes at around a 10:30 pace. It felt SO GOOD!! Adam watched the baby while I got out and did my thing. It was nice to listen to music, too, and just zone out. I think doing those things that you love and you used to focus on before having a baby really make you a better parent. You can give more energy and focus to your little one if you get a little me time every day, too.
Overall, I’m just so happy to be getting back to ‘normal’. The added bonus is that I have my little guy in my life now and he just brings me so much happiness! Everything is just about perfect, even if we don’t get that much sleep.