Two months down?? Holy cow!!
In case you missed it, you can find my 1-month postpartum update here. And this what I looked like then:
How have things changed?
Well I realized I wasn’t eating enough calories. When you are breastfeeding you need to add 300-500 more calories to your BMR (basal metabolic rate) just to maintain your current weight. Adding in exercise means you need to add in calories. Calories are essential for maintaining a good milk supply and you actually won’t lost weight if you aren’t eating enough. So I am counting calories. I am counting to make sure I am fueling my body properly every day. My goal is around 2250 on days I exercise and around 2000 on days I don’t.
I am proud to say that I am getting to the gym 5-6 times per week! Working out is a way I keep my sanity and ensures that Emmalyne and I get out of the house at least once per day. I am even getting BodyFlow certified this weekend and will start teaching in the spring 🙂
What are my workouts consisting of?
I am trying to do BodyPump and RPM at least once per week. Other than that I am doing a lot on the treadmill (HIIT, intervals, steady state runs, etc.) and incorporating weight training and CrossFit.
I am trying to be more realistic in my goals. I honestly thought I would have made more progress by now. SO my goal is to look somewhat decent in a bikini by May. That will put me at 7 months post-partum. It took 9 months to get this way … not to mention the trauma of labor and delivery … it is going to take time to go back.
One thing I have to grips with is that I may actually never wear my pre-pregnancy pants again. I had a very boyish shape before pregnancy … no boobs, no butt, no hips. I now have boobs (38D … smh), a butt, and definitely hips. I was a size 2/4 before pregnancy … I am now closer to an 8. I bought jeans in a bigger size and it has helped SO much being able to button them and feel confident. I also moved all my pants that don’t fit to the guest room. This way I don’t have to see them everyday and be reminded of my size. BUT I am holding on to them on the off chance my hips do go down and I can once again zip them up 🙂
Anyways there you have it! I am in a happyish place right now. Would I like things better … heck yes. Will I get there? Absolutely. 🙂