Once again, I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to pop in and share with you my 2 month postpartum update!
Yea, yea… I know, it’s more like 2.5 months. Cut me some slack, this has been a crazy month! It’s the thought that counts, right?
This month has been a crazy one for me, and so I really wasn’t sure what kind of progress I was going to see. Whenever I go through a stressful period in life, I always find that my eating seems to slip into some bad habits (hello Doritos, my old friend!). Add the fact that I haven’t been able to workout as much as I would like thanks to the move, and it’s no wonder that this hasn’t been my best month physically!
But it’s all about the long-term goal, right? Now that life is finally starting to calm down, I’m ready to take this challenge head on!
After I got through the first 6ish weeks of recovery, everything really seemed to get back to normal. I finally felt like myself pre-pregnancy, and a lot of the typical postpartum symptoms (I’ll spare you the details) were gone. I had my 6 week follow up with my OB and she gave me a clean bill of health and the OK to start exercising again! Hooray!
During my pregnancy I gained about 30 lbs. 2 months in, I’m down about 20ish lbs, which is about the same as after 1 month. I’m not going to lie, I have been a little frustrated when I get on the scale and haven’t been seeing as much of a weight loss since that first month, but I also know that even though the numbers aren’t reflecting it, my body has changed a LOT in the last month.
I feel like at this point, my body is finally ready to really start working out and getting some of the muscle back that I lost during pregnancy. My mid-section is still feeling super fluffy (for lack of a better word), and my poor ab muscles are hidden WAY back in there. So I am definitely ready to start working on that again!
Otherwise, I am really feeling great physically. It’s amazing what our bodies can do just a short time after popping out a baby!
Mentally I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride with this whole motherhood thing. The first month was a huge learning curve, and half the time I felt like I was just kind of in a “fake it until you make it” mentality. Half the time I had NO idea what I was doing!
Now that I have another 4+ weeks under my belt, I’m feeling much more confident. I have gotten to know Colton’s needs and schedule a lot better, so I feel great about handling whatever happens. I am confident going out in public, and most days I feel like I’ve got things under control.
With the move and everything this month, however, I feel like I’ve been a lot more stressed about non-baby things. But I have been doing my best to stay as calm and “go with the flow” as possible (which is really hard for a type-A planner like me!), because I don’t want my stress to effect Colton. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of it, but I am definitely looking forward to life settling down a bit!
Yikes, my eating has not been very good this month. Which has definitely played a part in the lack of weight loss according to the scale.
Not that it’s an excuse, but this move has really thrown a wrench in my healthy eating goals. Over the last several weeks, we’ve either been eating out or trying to eat through the random items in our fridge, which is not always a recipe for healthy choices. Before we left Fredericksburg, we were all about trying to hit up all our favorite restaurants one last time. And now that we’ve arrived in Atlanta, we’ve had a little bit of fun trying out new places with friends and family.
But again, I’m really looking forward to life getting a bit more settled so I can focus on healthy grocery shopping and meal planning!
This seems to be a theme this month, but with life being turned upside down with this move, my return to exercise has been a bit sporadic too! Before the move I was really good about getting out for a 30-45min walk every day. I even did a few at-home workouts and workout DVDs, which felt SO awesome.
Then we hit the road, and have been dealing with a box obstacle course in our new apartment ever since, so I’m not going to lie, working out has been low on my priority list!
I’m really hoping that once classes start next week and we get into a new “normal” schedule, I can start figuring out a time to get in my workouts. I am super lucky and will have access to my new university’s gym and fitness classes for free, so I’m REALLY looking forward to trying all of those out and getting back into some group fitness classes!
All-in-all, I didn’t see as many physical changes this month as I would have liked, but I think a lot of it had to do with the insanity of our life situation with the move. Mentally, however, I feel like I really made a lot of progress this month in my confidence and am totally loving this whole mom thing!
Now I can’t wait to see what month 3 brings!
So tell me: New mamas – anyone have any tips for finding a balance between working out and motherhood?