Somehow, Henry is going to be 4 months old tomorrow which means that four short months have passed since I heard “we’re going to have to induce you” and Henry made his appearance into the world. Good god, time flies. I’m now back at work at almost full capacity, our nanny has started and that arrangement seems to be going pretty well, and I’ve given myself the kick in the butt to start working on this out-of-shape saggy body of mine.
All things considered, I’m not too disappointed with where I’m at. My pregnancy was 9 long months of nausea and eating whatever I craved and could keep down, which means my body went to hell. I hardly exercised because my hip pain was so excruciating. (Remind me of all this when I start talking about Baby #2, would ya?)
Pre-pregnancy lowest weight: 172
Weight the day I got pregnant: 180
Weight the day before I gave birth: 235 (wow, a whopping 55 pounds gained)
Current weight: 204.
So as you can see, I’m up roughly 25 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m starting with 180 as my goal, with 170 a long-term goal. I’m also giving myself a pretty extreme break since I am exclusively breastfeeding my son. I can’t really cut calories or do some extreme keto diet because it’s important that I keep my milk supply up and have a balanced diet for Henry. So it’s going to be slow going, which makes for boring blog updates but hopefully a diet that’s well-rounded and not putting a bunch of unneeded pressure on this mama.
My “Workout” Schedule:
- Walking every day, a 1.3 mile loop at minimum (with a 16 pound baby strapped to my chest)
- Orangetheory bootcamp fitness class on Fridays
- Hiking 1x a week
- Riding my horse on Saturdays
My Diet Changes:
- Eating at least 1800 calories a day for breastfeeding purposes
- Cutting sugar WAY back, with one meal per week as a cheat meal
- No sugary drinks! No more soda, no Starbucks Chai Lattes (unless I want to use my cheat meal for that)
- More vegetables and proteins, less carbs (but not extreme low-carb or anything)
I already started the sugar detox almost two weeks ago and I feel great. My weight loss had been plateaued for awhile and quitting sugar was what I needed to drop a few more pounds.
I haven’t measured my waist or anything, but I can say that the postpartum jeans I bought for myself one month after having Henry are now too big. I am probably still one size up from my lowest size (a 16 rather than a 14) but I’m starting to fit into more of my clothing, which feels good.
I’m not stressing or obsessing about any of this. I’m proud of what I made with this amazing body and I’m looking forward to getting fit again. 🙂
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