The Jogging Begins . . . And Stalls

I got my jogging stroller! I found an AWESOME deal on Ebay that I couldn’t pass up. Saved me a couple hundred bucks on a brand new Bob! Since we’ve been spending quite a bit on baby over the last few months it was nice to get a great deal.

I LOVE my jogging stroller. Not only because it is a quality product and so far has been easy to jog with, but the newfound freedom this stroller provides is priceless. I get out of the house, baby and I can do something together besides the survival necessities (feeding, cuddling, sleeping), and it seriously helps me cope with all the responsibilities of being a new mom.

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There she is! So . . . before any of you get all judgmental on me . . . please know that I have taken every precaution to jog safely with my baby girl. After consulting other jogging moms in my Stroller Warriors group and talking with my husband we decided that it would be safe as long as she was not being jostled around! The solution to that problem is a Snuzzler! This thing fits around her so nicely and she stays put (especially her head which is the most important thing). But, its not like I can run very fast right now anyway – I’m at a serious snail pace. I’m ok with that, really. Not only am I pushing a stroller, and a baby, and baby things, but I also haven’t jogged since before getting pregnant, and am about 30 pounds heavier than my per-pregnancy weight.  I will get faster with time and lots of jogging.

My goal was to get in 3 jogs per week and I was able to do that two weeks ago! Then my shins started hurting to the point that jogging was painful and all I could do was walk. So, last week I took a break and tried to keep off my feet the best I could. This week my legs are feeling much better, though still sore and so I am back to walking 3 times per week until they are healed. Another goal I have is to lift weights 2-3 times per week, but since I will be doing that at home it all depends on my daughter’s sleep schedule and so far she doesn’t like to sleep much during the day unless it is in my arms!

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I have a confession . . .

So far I have only been to the gym once since having Sierra and as much as I loved getting back in the weight room, I was honestly depressed and cried the whole way home. Curse those mirrors! I have SO far to go, and I don’t look anywhere near what I did before getting pregnant and I can’t lie and say I was happy about it. I couldn’t even do one pull-up. This pregnancy took a toll on my body and I am getting used to having to take things slowly. I am not quite ready to share my progress pictures, but will at some point. So far trying to lose those pregnancy pounds has been hard and trying especially as I am figuring out how to do while nursing and taking care of a newborn. I am making fitness and my health a priority and will eventually reach my goals (though probably not fast enough), and for those hard days I will constantly tell myself this:

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Love those cute baby memes. So, here’s to making goals in September! To help me reach them, I joined the No Excuse Moms Transformation Challenge! Can’t say how much progress I’ll make in 12 weeks, but you can be sure I will do my best!

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My Postpartum Journey Back to My Pre-Prego Self Begins!

I am finally the mom of a beautiful 2 month old girl, my whole world has changed, and I couldn’t be more happy and excited for this new adventure in life! With it comes the struggle of adapting to life with a newborn and finding time to get those workouts in to get those pregnancy pounds off!

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I am currently 10 weeks postpartum and ready to get back in the game and get back down to my pre-pregnancy size. I want to share my journey with you, including my struggles and triumphs, as well as offer ideas and advice to help you on your own journey to a healthier and more fit you! I will document my progress through measurements, pictures, and gains in strength and endurance, and will be held accountable through my blog posts and support of friends and family!

I had heard of the struggles of postpartum (pp) weight loss, and it wasn’t until having this first child I realized the reality of how difficult it can be to eat healthy and get those workouts in. I thought I would be ready to go at 4 weeks pp, but between fighting fatigue, figuring out and meeting the ever changing needs of my daughter, and trying to scrounge something to eat, let alone get in a shower, I simply did not have the time to workout. In my head I was ready to get back at it, and I had healed rather quickly, but any spare time I had was taken by the bare necessities: taking care of baby, eating, sleeping, minimal housekeeping, and taking a shower!

I get it – I totally get the struggle, and perhaps that is why a lot of us don’t make time for working out and eating healthy, because there simply isn’t much time available when you are taking care of a child (or children)! I have realized that you really have to want it. It has to become a top priority or it will never get done.

Fast forward to 4-7 weeks pp. I felt this unquenchable thirst to do something. To get out of the house and be active. Every day I would tell myself I would get in a 20-30 minute workout. By this time baby girl started to take several small naps during the day and usually one longer one, but every time she fell asleep I found myself frantically tidying up the house, doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, taking a shower, or prepping dinner for the husband. Then she would wake up and I would be out of time. I mentally struggled with not being able to go to the gym (and still do), but eventually realized that I needed to find something we could do together. After talking to a friend who suggested our local Stroller Warriors mom group I knew that this would be it! As much as running is not my favorite form of exercise, this was something I could do 2-3 times per week with my baby.

So, I joined the group, found out the next time they were meeting, loaded up my stroller and baby and we went! The first couple of times the only thing I could do was walk because the stroller I have is not designed for jogging, nor did I have the protective padding for baby girl to make sure it was safe. BUT, those walks were invigorating and exactly what I needed to jumpstart me getting back into shape. Lucky for me I was able to snag a jogging stroller from Ebay at a great deal, finally put it together, and can’t wait to get my first jog in! I know I will be slow at the start, but I get to do something active with my daughter and I am so excited at this newfound freedom!

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