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?