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!
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!