Happy Friday! I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that today I would be sharing some thoughts on postpartum fitness. So, here goes…
I haven’t focused on fitness much on here, even though it’s always been a huge part of my life. I started this blog to help mamas find their style, even in the crazy chaos of motherhood. A huge part of style is confidence and feeling great about yourself. It really doesn’t matter what you wear. If you feel good, you look good.
After I had Harper, the pounds melted off. Granted, I was breastfeeding and she had some sort of intolerance so I gave up all dairy and soy for 5 months, which helped a whole lot. I also had more time to work out, having only one child to keep track of.
This time it’s been harder. I’ve been struggling to drop the last 15 pounds. I think I assumed it was going to be easier, like last time, so it’s hit me a bit harder that it’s taking me longer this time.
Here’s the deal…
For the month of April, I’ve challenged myself to workout or MOVE every single day for the whole month. I know, that might sound crazy, but stick with me. I don’t expect to spend an hour in the gym or pound the pavement every day. But, I do want to get my heart rate up and sweat a little bit every single day.
In the hopes of having some accountability and maybe even inspiring some of you to join me, I’ve decided to document my April fitness progress right here on the blog.
What will that look like?
I’ll share a weekly Fitness Friday update about how I’m feeling, what challenges I’m facing, what’s going right, along with some progress pics (EEEK).
Each week, I’ll also share my postpartum fitness schedule for the upcoming week. I’ve found that if I take the time to plan the workouts and write them down, I’m way more likely to follow through.
(You don’t need to go to the gym or have a home gym. Some of my very favorite workouts are online and are absolutely free.)
Of course, I’ll share my latest fitness gear, because what’s more motivating than cute new clothes to wear for the workouts??
And, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see daily workout pics and videos on my Insta-Stories. Get ready for some not-so-cute sweaty selfies. 😉
So, what about nutrition?
I’m breastfeeding, which makes it hard and unhealthy to focus on drastically cutting calories. Overall, my diet is pretty clean, with the exception of dark chocolate every single day. I will be making some healthy tweaks here and there, and I’ll be sharing those with you, as well.
What do you guys think? Are you up for the challenge?
THANK YOU for supporting me by visiting my little corner of the web. Here goes nothing!
(Yikes. This is tough.)
WEEKLY POSTPARTUM FITNESS SCHEDULE
(Remember, I’m not a physical trainer by any means. This is just my workout plan based on my schedule.)
SATURDAY 2 mile run
SUNDAY Yoga With Adriene – Power Yoga
MONDAY HIIT the Beach – Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD
TUESDAY Fine Toning – Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD + run
WEDNESDAY 2 mile walk on incline
THURSDAY Beach Ball – Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD
Stay tuned for my update next Friday!
Do as much as you can do every day – whatever you do for you is a good thing
First of all, you look amazing! You just had a baby! And second, I love that you’re sharing all this bc maybe it will motivate my lazy butt!
Yes! I love that you are sharing a before picture. I am finishing up my first 3 months of fitness post baby and finding the courage to share my before and after because the before is never the best but you sharing your journey is giving me the boost I need.
You look amazing! My belly looks like that now 23 months post partum! I lost all the weight, but the the skin hung (literally!) around ever since…
Thanks for posting on this. I’m ttc #2 and nervous for what that means for my body afterwards, so I’m actively awaiting your next posts!
I am excited for your journey. My youngest is 2, but I have still struggled to lose weight since having her. I am motivated by you to get myself in gear, I just recently bought new running shoes, time to put them to work!
Looking forward to seeing your progress! Your “before” is my “now” 23 months postpartum 🙂 I too thought the weight would drop off this last time, but after three babies apparently my body has had other ideas. I didn’t worry too much about it while I was breastfeeding and figured it would melt away when she weaned … well, that happened 11 months ago and no such luck. So … I’m making an effort to eat clean and start doing yoga! I have a fridge full of healthy food and yoga gear in the mail, so hopefully April will be a good month for both of us! You’ll rock this … I know you will!
Thanks for the support, mama! And I can’t even imagine having 3 babies. You look great. Yoga is AMAZING. Can’t wait to hear about your progress. You rock 🙂
Awesome, I have been doing my best to work out in SOME way every day too. It’s hard, but it’s definitely worth it, especially for the MENTAL HEALTH benefits.
Good for you! I agree. The mental health benefits are just as important for me, too.
I love that you do Tone it Up too! I LOVE their workouts 😀 And girl, you already look amazing, and I wish you all the best this month! I am planning on working out consistently too. Here’s to April!