Body After Baby: One Month

Today marks one month since I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. I cannot believe how quickly the month has flown by!

My body is starting to feel more healed…but definitely not back to “normal”. Even though I have not yet received the “all clear” from my doctor to return to an exercise regime, I am officially declaring today as the start of my journey to being a healthy, active, sexy mama. :)

Here is my plan for that journey…

Cardio: Over the next two weeks, I plan to walk 30 minutes every day. One reader commented that mall walking is a great alternative when the weather is so hot out. You’d be amazed at how much time I spend just sitting on the couch, so committing myself to walking at least 30 minutes every day is really important.

I headed out this morning at 6:15am for a walk. Because it gets so hot so quickly, if I happen to be awake at that time, I try to get out the door and take advantage of the opportunity. I pretty much just roll out of bed and go – glasses and all. :)

Once I get the “all clear” from my doctor, I plan to start the “Couch to 5k” program. While I had been running up to 6 miles before I got pregnant, I have not ran at all since October of last year. I’m hoping my body remembers what it is doing, but I think the gradual increase of the Couch to 5k plan will probably be exactly what my out of practice body needs. It’s a little disheartening to start over from scratch, but I think approaching it this way will save me from injury and frustration. I’m excited to get going!

Strength Training: This is SO important for me, especially because of my issues with loose joints. Building muscle helps to hold my joints in place, and keeps me feeling strong. I’m thinking about picking up the “New Rules of Lifting for Women” after seeing today’s post by Kelly – amazing! But our gym membership is on hold right now and until we reactivate that, I am going to be doing my lifting at home with my 5lb weights. There are so many things I can do to build my strength even without a ton of gym equipment – I’ll be sharing some ideas as time goes by.

For now, I’m keeping my blue 5lb weights in view so I think to pick them up for a quick set of bicep curls or tricep kick backs. Hopefully I’ll come up with more of a plan soon, but every little bit helps!

Diet: This is going to (hopefully) be one of my biggest focuses over the next two weeks and beyond. No, I don’t plan to go on a “diet”. But I do plan on being more mindful about what I am eating. Before I got pregnant, I focused a lot on eating “real food” instead of processed junk. Unfortunately, my discipline wasn’t as good while I was pregnant, but I’m hoping to get back to that way of eating. I felt so much better when I ate that way, and I know it will be better for my baby too since he relies on me for all his nutrition.

So there you have it…a loose outline of what the next few weeks and months will hold.

And here’s what you have been waiting for…the “before” photos! I’m not as brave as others who will wear a bathing suit for these photos, but I’m hoping this outfit will help show progress over time. Here I am, one month post-partum:

This is my reality and I’m excited to see my progress. I have 20 pounds to lose to get to get to my pre-pregnancy weight so I’ll be posting updates on that as well. I tried to take some measurements but I’m not really sure how and I’m afraid my measurements wouldn’t be consistent and might show a false gain or loss. Instead, I’ll be relying on my clothing – and hoping some of it starts to fit before I go back to work in August.

Thanks for joining me on this journey – I’m going to need all the support I can get!

Anyone else joining me on the journey to a healthy body after baby?

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21 Responses to Body After Baby: One Month

  1. good luck! i love the balanced approach you’re taking

  2. Jen

    You look beautiful! I hope I look as happy and refreshed as you one month post-partum. I can’t wait to follow your progress!

  3. I will be… after I have my baby first. :)

    You look awesome to start with. And I love your plan – it’s realistic and balanced and simple. All things that make it achievable!

  4. I’m excited for you!! If anyone can do this, it’s you.

  5. Your plan sounds great. And wahoo! on the “before” photos. Keeping it real is the best :) You are beautiful NOW (and are the most beautiful thing in the universe to one little guy for sure). Thanks for sharing your journey.

  6. Good luck! You’re going to do great!!

  7. You’ll lose that extra weight no problem! I’m a year out from having a baby and I’m actually smaller now than I was before (mostly because I’m running ultras now). Get a good jogging stroller when you get the all clear from the pedi, that’s the best way to fit it in. Also, you can do toning exercises when he’s having tummy time.

    Some days after a long night or if the baby is just fussy, a workout won’t happen, but don’t give up, just try again the next day!

  8. You will do great! Its very brave of you or anyone in bloggy land who will chart their progress, post-baby in such a public forum and I totally admire you for it. I’m excited to see your progress, it’ll be killer, I am sure!

  9. You can do it Callie! You have a great plan set up! LOVE the first picture of you and the little man! SO SWEET!

  10. You are beautiful :)

    If you ever need a friend to help push the jogging stroller – let me know :) You are going to rock this girl!

  11. Good luck! What a beautiful first picture of you and your son.

  12. Amy

    Hi! It’s my first time commenting. Congratulations on the new addition! Take you time getting back into shape and try not to be frustrated if it doesn’t happen as fast as you want. It took me a good 9 months to get back to where i was fitness-wise after the births of my boys. Take Care.

  13. What a smart idea to do the Couch to 5k program! I only ran a handful of times during my first trimester and I have often wondered how I will get it back after I get the clear to exercise. I love following these posts and wish you all the best in your postpartum health journey!

  14. Hi Callie! I’m going to try this Couch to 5k! Thanks for sharing the info!

  15. Sooo proud of you for taking your before photos & getting going wtih this! I will be doing a “Body After Baby” series, too. (If this baby will ever come out! 38 weeks & counting now…) Can’t wait to see your progress!

  16. Jacquelyn

    You are one BEAUTIFUL MOMMA!!! You will do just fine! With your drive you are sure to succeed! We are all rooting for you!

  17. You are beautiful already but I know what you mean by wanting to take care of your health and get back to that fit and in shape feeling/place. Your plan sounds perfect! I approached my plans for getting in shape post baby the same way and it works. :)

  18. Fitting in exercise has been really hard for me – especially once I returned to work. In the morning, I’d be busy nursing Lucy and getting her ready for daycare, and in the evening once she went to bed, I’d just collapse in a tired heap! That said, I’m finally to a point where I can fit in fitness. I’m working on the last few pounds to get to my pre-baby weight, as well. We can do it!

  19. You’re awesome mama!
    Breastfeeding will help, believe it or not. That’s a LOT of calories burned.
    I like your realistic goals. You’ll be sleeping less than usual for awhile, so no need to jump into a crazy regime that leaves you miserable.
    Plus, my guess is you’re holding that baby a lot. Lifting, carrying, etc. My other guess is he’s more than those 5lbs weights.
    Between lifting him, doing light weight training, walking 30 min a day and eating whole/less processed foods, you’ll drop the leftover baby weight in no time.
    It’ll take time to tone up, but remember to be happy and healthy and spend time with that awesome fresh baby!

  20. Yes!!! I started a post a few weeks ago and didn’t get around to finishing so I waited until the one month mark as well to share progress…posting tomorrow. You are doing great as a mom and you’re obviously very motivated and on the right track with your plan to get your body back. I’m looking forward to hearing more!!

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