We’re all about fitness journeys here at Boldly Fit, so I wanted to share my postpartum journey with all of you. I hope to inspire you to do what it takes to reach your own fitness goals. I’m going through the process with you. Any and all questions welcome.
Originally posted on Ordered Whimsy
I’ve debated about whether or not I would share my post pregnancy journey. My husband and I discussed it and decided that it’s only fitting given what we do and how we seek to help others reach their fitness, nutrition and wellness goals. I’m excited about the process, not rushing anything and just living by the principles I teach others.
Just to look back at my first pregnancy, I did not struggle at all to lose weight. I attribute that mainly to breastfeeding. I feel my diet wasn’t exactly where I needed it to be. I was undernourished, and I truly feel that hurt my milk supply. This time around, I’m being more deliberate with my nutrition to make sure I’m doing everything I can to produce exactly what my baby needs.
In terms of fitness, I was out of the gym for a good nine months post pregnancy with my daughter, Parker. I just didn’t have the desire to exercise. I ran, but that’s about it. It took a whole lot of work to get muscle tone back, and I’m not letting that happen this time. I still have good definition in my arms — my hardest area to build, so that excites me. I didn’t exercise basically for the last two months of this pregnancy. I really only did stretching and walking due to low weight gain. Once my doctor clears me, I will start the program I’m developing for myself. I have a 5 week postpartum visit, and I’m banking on being cleared at that visit.
So this is me one week postpartum.
The first photos are 1 day postpartum. I weighed in at 128.8. I delivered at 133.2. So, I literally only lost the weight of the baby after delivery. One week later, I’m 122.4. I know it’s mostly fluid. I didn’t realize how puffy my feet and legs were starting to look at the end of my pregnancy. My pre-pregnancy weight was 116, so I’m only six pounds off. It’s looking like weight loss won’t be a problem again. For me, however, it’s not about the number. It’s about body composition. I hope by sharing my journey others can embrace that concept. The scale has a way of bringing people down, especially women, when it shouldn’t. If you feel good, you’re exercising and you’re eating a healthy diet, don’t let that number take away your joy. Now if you’re not doing what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle, there is work to be done. It’s about inner and outer wellness. You can’t be inwardly well if you are not treating your body in the way it needs to be treated.
Back to body composition… I have noticed that my stomach is staying a little bigger for a little longer this time around. Not sure if that’s a vaginal vs cesarean thing or a second pregnancy thing. Whatever the case, I’m not stressing — it’s just an observation.
My diet so far has been filled with the same goodness I enjoyed before delivery. I’m not tracking at this point, but eventually I will. I do have a goal, I know I’ve lost muscle, so I know I have to be somewhat on top of what I’m consuming. I will not follow a rigid meal plan, but I will be aware — that’s something we all have to do in order to reach our goals. I have added Garden of Life Raw Organic Unflavored, No Stevia protein. I’m not a supplements person, but I know this can get me over the hump if I do have diet gaps. It’s easy to lose track of time and miss meals when you have a cluster feeding newborn! I’m adding to easy smoothie recipes and it’s perfection. I hate stevia, and most organic, plant based proteins also have stevia. I was so happy when I found this one!
Well, that’s it for my first update. More to come next week.
I’m considering training with a group of 5 or less when I get back into the gym. We’ll meet three days a week and I will also provide two homework, no equipment workouts. I’d love to gauge interest from those located in Louisville. I’m thinking 9 a.m. More details to come if there is some interest.