The baby is four weeks old, the Hubs is headed back to work (cue the elephant tears), the kids are in their routine and this mommy of four is kicking butt and taking names.
What in the world am I talking about, you ask!? Working out, drinking water and eating better (or at least trying to!) and so far, so good.
It is time to buckle down and I HAVE to focus on my health and get myself back in shape.
For awhile, I knew we would have more kids. Its not that I didn’t work out or try to work out in between babies, I just don’t think I was all that motivated knowing that in the near future, I would more than likely get pregnant, have a belly and gain a solid 20-30+ lbs. Then I would have to loose it again and the back and forth just didn’t motivate me.
Now that we are done having babies (at least thats what my husband says ;)) its time to focus. No more of this putting off stuff and no more excuses.
I mentioned that I felt really great post delivery and was pretty antsy to get out. I only had three stitches, never filled any pain meds and was up and moving immediately. My Hubs has had four weeks of paternity (its been pretty amazing) and the time off has allowed me to test the working out waters and to slowly try to find routine.
Around week 2.5 post partum, I went on two slow walks. I posted in a moms group about when they started getting out and a lot of the responses were “wait til your doctor clears you at six weeks” or “watch out for bleeding.” That kind of made me nervous, but I took it slow and felt good.
Around week three post partum, I did a slow run/walk and I climbed the mountain that we live close to. I went slow and incorporated lots of stretching and sit ups and a few push ups into (again) my slow workout. After both of these, I felt good, but my hips and pelvis were pretty achy so I rested a few days.
That next week, at a whopping 3.5 weeks post delivery, I went for my OB clearance check.
Whhhaaaaa?? Yes. When I called to schedule my post-delivery follow up appointment, the lady told me they do them that early. I was a bit shocked, but since I felt good, I went for it. The doc cleared me for anything and everything and said to listen to my body and as long as I feel good, to go for it. He said I could have another baby if I wanted…the hubs vetoed that one, just in case you were wondering.
Last week, I climbed the mountain again (Hubs and Baby came with me) and tackled two more walks. There are a few trails and roads you can take on the mountain, but the up and down route I have been doing is just over 2.5 miles. One of my walks was shorter (1.5 miles) and then one longer (almost 4 miles) and then today, I climbed the mountain again!
I do not own a scale. We don’t have one at all in our house and so if it weren’t for going to the doctor a week ago, I would have no idea how much I even weigh. From that appointment though, I do know that I am 5 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. All of my maternity clothes are saggy, but I don’t yet fit into my old jeans, so I bought a few new pair yesterday. Honestly, I would love to drop around 40 lbs but right now, I am focused on getting out and getting it done.
So far, I have been pleased with the amount I have been able to do and I am feeling positive about it all. I have not made excuses about being tired, breastfeeding, baby or whatever. I have worn the baby every time I have gone and have just taken my time and gotten it done.
The kids have cheered me on and the Hubs keeps telling me, “looking good Momma” in his best loud, awkward, redneck voice, over and over again. Ha. I’m begging him to stop before I have little copycats mimicking him!!
My current goal is to keep moving. I hope to exercise consistently on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. A quickie may happen the other days of the week, but three or four days a week are my goal.
I also am focused on drinking more water. In the past four weeks, I have only drank water and coffee (mainly decaf) so doing decent there.
My main issue is food consumption and time of day…I tend to snack off and on and then when the kids eat I am so busy up and down helping them, sometimes I eat and sometimes I don’t. If I don’t eat with them, then I snack or binge eat at night – which is totally unhealthy. I also am a carbs and sugar lover. I am trying to cut back on that by not buying it and only occasionally indulging. Major changes needed there, but one step at a time and one day at a time.
I’ll keep you posted and hopefully, I will be running 10k’s and for real, kicking butt and taking names!