It’s picture day at Colton’s daycare, which means that our morning was beyond crazy. It took me 15 minutes just to get into the parking lot from the main road!! I’m pretty sure that picture day is 1000x more stressful for parents than it is for the kids, and they are the ones getting moved around in 100 different positions!
Anyway, I’m just popping in (a little late) today to share with you my 4 month Body After Baby update. Things are definitely not changing at the same rate they used to, but I really wanted to be able to share with you guys all of the aspects of my postpartum journey, so I’m going to keep these going for a few more months.
So let’s jump right in!
This month has been a little hard for me, because the physical changes have definitely slowed down a lot. I’m still holding onto about 8 very stubborn pounds. While I’m trying not to focus on numbers, it is definitely hard to look at the scale and see a number much higher than you’d like.
However, if I ignore the numbers part of it, I’m feeling really great. Since the weather has gotten colder, I finally caved and went out and bought a few new clothing pieces for the fall with my birthday money. I was actually pleasantly surprised in how things fit (for the most part), although I did have to go up a size in pants. But all-in-all, it was a shopping trip that actually was a nice boost to my confidence.
In general, I’m feeling pretty great mentally. This has been a fairly stressful month for me in trying to find a good school-home-work-family balance, and while I think we’ve finally started to get a handle on it, there were definitely a few rough days in there. But I’m pretty confident that we’re coming out of that tunnel and finally seeing the light!
Otherwise, I’m really feeling in my groove as a mom. I’ve had a few friends have babies or prepare for adoptions in the past month, and have had people come ask me for advice. Not that I think that I am an expert, by any means, but it’s nice to feel confident enough to be able to help out other new parents!
Erg, eating. Eating has not been so good. I feel like I’m riding this fine balance between being STARVING all the time thanks to breastfeeding (seriously, it’s ridiculous) but not wanting to over eat. Plus I’ve gotten into this seriously bad sweets habit that I used to not have, so that is definitely a problem.
But the first step is admitting the problem, right? haha. Chris and I have talked about ways to try and be a little smarter with our meal choices and get rid of the desserts in our house, because both of us have fallen into some less-than-stellar eating habits lately.
While my exercise routine is still by no means perfect, I’m happy to report that it is going fairly well. At this point I’m making it to the gym about 2-3x a week, which is less than I’d like, but is about all I can manage right now in between classes and parenting duties. So I am doing my best to make the most of those few workouts, and looking at trying to add maybe 1 at home workout a week, if possible. I’m trying not to let myself get too stressed about it, and just working with what I have (type A problems!)
I am also trying to get back into running a little bit, although it’s been a slow process. But it still feels really good to put one foot in front of the other and just get moving!
Overall, I think this has been a pretty solid month. It has felt really good to get into more of a routine and figure out our new normal. While our schedule is definitely not perfect (by any means!), I’m just glad that we’re finally feeling more settled here. I’m just a list and schedule person (again with the type A problems), that just knowing that I can get to the gym a few times a week and still have a balance has made me feel a lot more comfortable.
So tell me: How do you get your eating back on track when you’ve found yourself with less-than-healthy habits?