Last week I decided it was time to start working on losing some of the postpartum weight. I don’t necessarily need to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight immediately (not that it wouldn’t be nice), but I know that may take time, especially with breastfeeding.
I definitely got a little lax with my diet during pregnancy (as most of us do) and it carried over to the first few weeks postpartum. Now that Brynn is a month old it’s time to get back to a healthier diet. I want to see where my body falls after I clean up my eating so I know what extra weight is naturally from postpartum and what is from eating too many treats!
Here’s an update after week one:
Does anyone else need to be told what to do? I am so much better if someone just gives me a plan, so this week I started Well Belly’s 28 Day Real Food Jump Start. I am so proud to say that I stayed on the plan all week and allowed myself one cheat meal last night (pizza and beer)! The first 4 days I had mad sugar cravings, but I resisted. It wasn’t easy being home all day on maternity leave with a bag of M&M’s in the pantry (potty training rewards), but I didn’t touch a single one. We also went to DQ to celebrate the first day of school and I didn’t have even a lick. And when we got Subway to have a Friday night picnic at the pool I ordered a salad with oil and vinegar. By Friday I wasn’t thinking about sugar as much, which my sister (she’s Well Belly) tells me means my blood sugar is regulating.
The plan focuses on eliminating the processed junk from our diet and eating real foods. This allows our bodies to function as they were built to which means more energy, fewer digestive issues, and falling at our ideal body weight. Check out the rest of the Well Belly site for recipes and other nutrition and health related info.
I still haven’t been for my 6 week checkup, so I’m not back to full blown workouts. I’m just trying to get some movement in and listen to my body. Getting everyone out of the house for school this week was a workout on its own, but I also got out for 2 walks with the stroller and a few random sets of squats and pushups. Primarily, I did the Pregnancy and Postpartum Stretching With Dat least a bit every day. I’m awesome at following instructions (if I do say so myself), so this perfect for me. I do what they tell me and I don’t have to think too hard 🙂 When I try to create my own plans (either exercise or diet) I’m usually not as good at sticking to them. as much as possible and it felt soooo good. Pregnancy we know is hard on our bodies, but I still have so many aches and pains postpartum too. The site also has a great blog too, so spend a little time clicking around.
Breastfeeding is killer on my upper back, because I don’t always use great posture when I’m feeding her. I also find myself in awkward positions when I am holding the baby during her nap, cosleeping, or if I’m wearing her in a carrier. The first half of the stretching guide focuses on the upper body and oh my gosh, I love it! I wish I could explain how it feels all tingly and like blood is flowing again (it just feels like my body is waking up). The guide is a digital download, so I actually printed it and put stars by the exercises that felt the best the most right now. I like that it’s not a video because I can do as many stretches as time will allow. I think sometimes I don’t even start a workout because I know with 4 kids I’m not going to get all of the way through it, so why bother? (Bad attitude, I know) Anyway, this lets me pick up and do a few quick moves. I also love that the guide tells me what to do so I don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same 2 or 3 moves every time.
- Prepregnancy weight: 130 lbs
- Birth Day weight: 162 lbs
- One month postpartum (start of plan): 147 lbs
- One week update: 144 lbs
- Pounds lost: 3
- Pounds left to lose: 14
- I haven’t tried on any pre-pregnancy clothes and I’m not sure I see a difference yet, so for now the scale is my reward and motivation.
Here’s a refresher of my starting place. I didn’t take a progress pic this week as I don’t think there’s a huge difference. This week I’m celebrating moving every day and resisting the M&M’s as they were screaming my name!
Thank you all for allowing me to share this. It helps me to be accountable and stay motivated!