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…
Ps – Stay tuned for next week’s postpartum fitness update! I’ll be sharing what I eat in a day.
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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.)
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.
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 POSTPARTUM FITNESS SCHEDULE
Saturday Run 3 miles
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
Find more of the postpartum fitness challenge here!