Well, here I am. 3 1/2 months post partum. At this point with my first daughter, Lennon, I wasn’t even beginning to think about getting back in shape. It was a rocky experience mentally with her post partum and I didn’t end up kicking it into full gear until she was about 7 months old. By the time she was 10 months I had achieved the best body I’d ever had through macro counting and consistent work outs. This time around with Ellie it has been a lot easier physically, mentally, and emotionally. (I like to think it’s just because I’m such a badass pro-mom now but I know that has little to do with it and every post partum experience is different.) So, things have gotten started a little sooner in terms of getting this post baby body back in line.
I started easing back into work outs after I had Ellie when I was 2 weeks post partum. Just easy rows and slow and controlled low impact body weight exercises at home. At a month post partum I was back in the gym doing my regular work outs just scaling back to lighter weights. Today I’m back up to using the same weights I did pre-pregnancy, my cardio level is almost back to where it was, and strength is getting there. I work out no less than 5 days a week. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far in terms of getting back into the gym. But, I’m not proud of how slack I’ve been with my nutrition.
I’ve been counting macros since one month post partum but it’s been really loose. Loose as in I’ll do great during the week with being strict and consistent, but then the weekend comes and I bathe in baths full of pizza and ice cream and chips and cereal and all the deliciousness. GET IT TOGETHER, CHRISTY. That’s what I tell myself every Sunday night…that I’ll start fresh on Monday and do better this time. And I do…until Friday rolls around again and I’m rolling around again in all the snacks and desserts. Hunger is definitely an issue for me since I’m nursing and if you have or are nursing you know that you’re a ravenous monster a lot of the time. So that’s definitely something to keep in mind while counting macros…I keep a very close eye on my milk supply and hunger levels, and keep the well being of my daughter above my need to diet.
So all that brings me to this. I need accountability, so I’m going public. My journey is going to be available for all to see. I’m going to stick to my macros, stick to my minimum 5 work outs a week, and get my butt in gear. But, I’m going to be realistic. I’m going to have a “free meal” once a week that I don’t track, just enjoy. You gotta live! I’m going to update here in my Lifestyle section of the blog every Wednesday with how my week went, the ups, the downs, the wins, and the “try better next” weeks. I’m also going to post weekly progress pics because nothing will keep the shit food out of your mouth more than knowing you’re gonna have to post up a half naked pic of yourself on the internet for people to see.
So here’s where I am so far (pic below). This is one month post partum through this morning. Clearly after the first couple months I was slacking on my nutrition because progress was minimal. I was working out consistently but very little control with my eating. But minimal progress is still progress! I have to learn to not be so hard on myself as I’m sure many of you do as well. Mom life is hard and we have to give ourselves some grace!
I invite you to come along with me and see that the struggle is REAL but DOABLE (especially when you’re not sleeping, you’re a milk cow, and your 3 year old is a Tasmanian devil in sassy pants on speed) and that you’re not alone in your journey, or won’t be alone when your journey starts. If I can do it, trust me, you can too. If you’re currently on your post partum journey or are wanting to get started, I’d love for you to join me and start today. Along with my weekly rundown here on the blog on Wednesdays I’ll also be posting something on our Instagram account, mommyfit21159, so you can comment there about how your week went, ask questions, gripe and complain, pat yourself on the back, etc.
LET’S DO THIS!!!!