I am officially 4 weeks post-part-um and things are slowly getting easier with Miss Hannah. For starters, I am gradually getting to know what her different cries mean and that is extremely helpful. I’m also getting better about living on broken sleep; makes for a more productive mommy while Hannah naps! I also love how she seems to know my voice. She’s such a sweetpea.
As for post baby body? I am really getting antsy to fit back in to my pre-pregnancy clothes!!! Granted, it’s only been 4 weeks since I had Miss Hannah, but who doesn’t want to wear their old skinny jeans after 10 months in maternity clothes? But let’s be honest here…not going to happen for awhile. With about 14 more pounds to go, here’s what the belly looks like.
It’s been a long time since I’ve actually had to lose any substantial amount of weight. It’s not a fun process!!!
Since last week’s update, I’ve had my good moments and my bad moments in regards to my body. I mostly get upset because I have nothing to wear. I am living in stretchy pants/shorts and baggy T’s. I know I need to give my body plenty of time to heal, but I also don’t want to go out and spend money on more clothes just to feel less frumpy.
I know there are A LOT of women who get depressed about their post-baby body and this is why I feel it so important to document my journey. I want to share and be honest about my ups and downs. This past week I’ve been more down, but I’m not going to let depression happen to me. I think people set unrealistic expectations for themselves or feel pressure from others to bounce back in 6 weeks. I know I feel pressure being a dietitian. The reality is healing and weight-loss don’t happen that way! There’s no such thing as overnight results. If you want to see change, you have to work for it slowly over time. After having a baby, you need to take care of YOU. Dieting and extreme exercising will only lead to fatigue and injury.
Ultimately, I’d like to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight by March 2013. I may reach that goal sooner, but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. I am in my friend’s wedding and feel March is a realistic goal. I’m no celebrity; 6 weeks just ain’t gonna happen, sorry people! 9 months to gain, 9 months to lose!!
Week 4 Exercise:
- Monday: Mall trip with a friend and 30 minutes elliptical.
- Tuesday: Strength and tone session; biceps/triceps/hips/thighs.
- Wednesday: 1 hour walk with Miss Hannah in tow.
- Thursday: Yoga/Pilates
- Friday: 30 minutes Elliptical.
- Saturday: REST
- Sunday: Workout DVD including strength and cardio
Week 4 Dinner Eats:
- Monday: Grass-fed burgers + salad
- Tuesday: Whole wheat pancakes + fruit
- Wednesday: Pesto+ veggie paninis + broccoli
- Thursday: Eggs + veggies + fruit
- Friday: TBD
- Saturday: BBQ with friends
- Sunday: TBD