My Kind Of Sweat: Postpartum Fitness Week 1 Update

One week into my April postpartum fitness challenge and I’m feeling pretty damn good! Tired, but good. 😉

This week was one of experimentation and trying to figure out how to fit in all the things, while also maintaining my sanity and trying to get as much sleep as possible.

Overall, I did pretty well. While I changed the schedule a bit (no Beach Ball workout – a walk instead) and had to cut my Sunday yoga short due to a hungry baby, I’m pretty proud I was able to follow through on my goal of moving every single day. 

So…is anyone joining me? Let me know! Let’s encourage each other…

XO

Ps – Stay tuned for next week’s update! I’ll be sharing what I eat in a day.

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PROGRESS

While I do have a goal weight in mind, I’m careful not to share that number here because I think that can get too tricky. I don’t want this challenge to be about comparing numbers on a scale. I want it to be about feeling good in my skin and getting back to me. So, rather than sharing specific weights, I’ll share how many pounds I’ve lost. 

  • 1.5 pounds lost so far. My goal is to lose no more than 2 pounds a week, and I think even that might be too much with breastfeeding. 
  • My clothes are already fitting better! I can definitely tell a difference around my waist. My hips are still too big for most of my pre-baby jeans, but that’ll come. 
  • By the end of the week, I was able to run 2 miles pretty easily. (That wasn’t the case last Saturday.)

 

NUTRITION 

If you know me at all, you know that I’m not adventurous when it comes to food. I just don’t have that “foodie” nature in me. So, it’s really easy for me to eat the same thing every day for like 6 months. Actually, I prefer that, so I know exactly what I’m putting into my body. 

A couple of years ago, I used the Lose It app and it really helped me with portion control, etc. So, I’ve decided to use it again for a few weeks. I’m not super strict on counting calories because I know I need more than normal to make milk for my girl, but I do like having an idea how much I’m consuming each day. 

I also know that if I totally overhaul my diet, I’m not going to stick with it. Small changes are much better for me. Here are a few tweaks I’ve made so far:

  • Switched to coconut milk in my coffee
  • All about portion control with my dark chocolate. I measure out 1 serving size and that’s what I get for the day. It satisfies my sweet tooth without hindering my progress. 
  • No eating after 8pm. This is an easy one, since I’m putting the baby down then anyway. 

CHALLENGES

Not surprising, my biggest challenge has been juggling the daily pull of taking care of two kiddos and finding time for me. Not to mention the whole working at home thing, which, combined with mothering, doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else. BUT, I know 100% that when I do make that time to fit in my workouts, everything else goes more smoothly. I feel better about myself, and let’s face it: I’m a nicer person. 

Another challenge has been comparison. Not to others, but to what my body was able to do 10 months ago. It’s taken the wind out of my sails a couple of times, but I’m trying my best to focus on baby steps. Ha. Get it? 

 

NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Saturday         Run 3 miles 

Sunday           Yoga With Adriene – Fat Burning Yoga  

Monday          Amy Dixon HIIT It Big (a super challenging Tabata workout that is SO GOOD)

Tuesday         Tone It Up – Beach Ball + 1 mile run 

Wednesday    Walk on incline 

Thursday        Walk wearing baby 

Friday             Tone It Up – Fine Toning + run 

16 Comments

  • Lauren

    Yay! Good job, mama! And I used the LoseIt app to lose my baby weight too! Loved it!

  • Stacy Chaplin

    All I can say is YES to all of this🙌🏻
    I’m right there with you mama!
    My regimen has included Shaun T25, a couple treadmill runs per week, no eating after 8pm and juggling the kiddos. I’ll be honest, it’s taking longer this time to drop the baby weight, but frequent visits with my favorite pre-baby jeans in my closet seem to be keeping me motivated (*sigh* one day soon my lovelies).
    Keep it up!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Stacy! I’ve heard so many great things about Shaun T25 – I need to try it! And yeah, I keep visiting my pre-baby jeans, too. They look so lonely just sitting there in my closet 😉 You’ve got this, girl!

  • Nicole Ghea

    Great job Suzanne! I remember after my first, the weight can off easy, almost to easy. After second, a little harder and after third it’s been hard. Even 3 1/2 years later, I’m working to get back where I want. I have 7 pounds to reach my ideal(I want to be healthier and toned) but it’s harder especially as I get older and doing mom stuff that’s keeps me from focusing on me. I love that you are doing this update weekly and giving tips or ideas. You are inspiring me to work harder to get these 7 pounds off and be a healthier me!!!

    • suzanne

      Thank you so much for the support, Nicole! You’ve got this, too, mama 🙂 xo

  • Amberly

    I struggle to find time for me as well! With 2 under 2 I feel like chasing them around all day is hard enough but the days I do workout I feel so much better! Thank you for sharing your weekly schedule! I am going to try and do this with you this week!

    • suzanne

      Yes! It’s nonstop, all day long. I’m so glad you’re doing this with me! xo

  • Vanessa

    Girl you are awesome! I just had my second six weeks ago and started working out right away. I am doing a 90 day challenge at the moment (p90x) and have stayed on top of my goal. How old is your youngest? You look incredible and I love that you are baby wearing! 🙂 I definitely hear ya on the struggle of finding time. I have a 21 month old and a 6 week old but nothing is stopping this mama!!

    • suzanne

      That’s awesome! You rock, lady. My youngest is now 10 weeks. You inspire me! xo

  • Rebecca Hicks

    Yay for progress! Way to go girl. The beach ball workout from TIU is one of my faves. Today I did Rock Your Body and looved the burn! <3
    Keep up the good work next week!

    • suzanne

      Aren’t their workouts THE best?! I love pretty much all of them. So good.

  • val

    Get it girl! I’m 6 weeks pp and my eating is out. of. control. I need to get started on a plan – thanks for the inspiration!

    • suzanne

      It’s so hard to control the eating, right?!

  • Derika

    You go mama! I just started again at 9months post Partum.

    • suzanne

      Get it, girl! xo

    • suzanne

      Go, mama! xo

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