Our sweet Magnolia turned 3 months yesterday! It’s so exciting to reach milestones like these but it also makes me a little sad. She’s getting so big!! She’s definitely not a newborn anymore, but boy is she a lot of fun!
Around her monthly milestones I like to take some time to reflect on my time postpartum. How I’ve grown as a mother, how different our lives are, and how my body has changed. Each month has been so different, but for the most part, I’m really starting to feel like I did pre-pregnancy. While I’m definitely not as strong as I was pre-pregnancy, I’m regaining my endurance and have been really happy with my weight loss to date. It has been slow and steady these past two months, but as I’m breastfeeding, I feel like I have the best of both worlds right now. I’m providing plenty of food for my daughter and I’m losing excess weight.
Month one – Lost 2 pounds
Month two – Lost 5.8 pounds
As I move into my 4th month postpartum and my 3rd month of weight loss I feel like shaking things up a bit. After the holidays I return to work full time and really want to maximize my lunch break workouts. This past month I used my lunch break to do a little cardio and to lift some weights but I wasn’t following a specific program. While lifting weights is awesome, I know the benefit of following a well designed program. Thankfully my years of powerlifting and discus throwing have left me with some great programs to follow, so I plan on tailoring one of those to fit my current needs. As I’ll be using my lunch break to exclusively lift weights, my plan is to do all of my cardio at home. I’m currently only able to make it to one spin class a week on Sundays, so going for runs or doing in-home workouts will be my best option at this point.
As for my diet, Weight Watchers has been awesome. The key for me is tracking EVERYTHING!!! I tend to overdo it on portions when I don’t track, so I know I need to measure everything, track it in my Weight Watchers app, and then sit down to eat. When I’m rushing to find something to eat or decide to track what I ate later I tend to fall off the wagon a bit. I’ve learned these past few months that in order to be successful, I have to plan ahead and execute (simple yet hard to do at times)!
All in all, I’m really grateful for my postpartum journey. I’ve grown a lot as a woman and it feels great to be working towards my health and fitness goals again! I’ll get a little more specific with things as we move into 2015, but for now I’m really just focused on following Weight Watchers and working out when I can.