Half a year… holy moly! On one hand, I am so incredibly relieved to have reached the 6 month mark. On the other hand, I can not believe Magnolia is already 6 months old. It is a bittersweet time! She’s getting sooooo big!
In 6 months we’ve…
-Rested and regained strength through 6 weeks of maternity leave
-Welcome grandparents, uncles, and aunts into our home
-Traveled to Cleveland to meet cousins
-Run a 5K and 5 Miler
-Traveled to Texas to celebrate Christmas
-Returned to work full time and started daycare
-Made it through winter!
The weeks legitimately fly by, so now more than ever, I am trying to enjoy each moment. Every day is so special and I want to treasure my little baby. I know she’ll be crawling before we know it, so this month my goal is to enjoy all of the cuddles and snuggles while she’ll let me.
Personally, last month was bonkers! I had a lot on my plate and ended up having to be selective with what I spent my time on. One thing I didn’t sacrifice though was my time in the gym. Sure there were days when I’d snooze through my alarm and/or miss a workout, but for the most part, I stuck to my 3 days of lifting and 2 days of spin a week. I also started running on the treadmill once a week, which has been great.
In my 6th month postpartum I lost 9.8 inches (!!!), which I almost fully attribute to my virtual personal training program from The Working Body. Julie has done an amazing job of creating a program to help me rebuild muscle and I’m really grateful for the direction working with her has provided me! Virtual training is new to me, but I’m enjoying it! Julie sends me an updated program/workout every weekend for the week ahead and she checks in with me once a week. It’s great having someone who is invested in your journey and who celebrates each milestone along the way! Since January 26, 2015 I have lost 13.5 inches, 3.5 inches from my waist and 3.5 inches from my abdomen!
My diet this past month has been good. I didn’t follow my plan over Valentine’s weekend, which was the weekend Magnolia turned 5 months. Since February 18th though, I have worked hard to track and measure everything I’m eating. I have worked to move away from a restrictive lifestyle and am learning to fit all foods into my diet plan. Measuring the foods I’m eating as been a real eye-opening experience and I’m enjoying making a habit out of it.
The hardest days for me, hands down, are Saturdays and Sundays. Monday-Friday is easy because I eat breakfast at home, pack a lunch and snacks for the work day, and close out the day with a healthy dinner. Week days are all about routine and I love it! Saturdays and Sundays are hard because our plans vary, I don’t always plan ahead, and I’m not as consistent with my measurements. I’m trying to be 100% each day, but during my 6th month postpartum weekends were tough.
Still, I have dedicated myself to tracking what I’m eating, weighing myself once a week, and working out 5 days a week. My body is changing and I’m happy.