On Monday, after updating everyone on Grant, I thought it might be time to get an update written about myself – finally! I had originally intended to do these posts once a month, just to keep track of my progress. When it really came down to it, I just didn’t care to do them. Time passed by way to fast, and I did not take the time to take photos of myself or track my weight. I figured I might as well write it all down since I’m now 4 months post partum!
Here is a look back to just a month after Grant’s arrival:
Before trying to get pregnant, I weighed 138 pounds. Now, I am at a solid 145 pounds. A lot of my clothes are fitting me again, and have been for quite some time, however I am still not fitting into the shorts I wore pre-pregnancy. My hips are still wider than they were before (although they have shrunk a lot!), so I have definitely invested in some new shorts for now. If there is one piece of advice I have for new moms, it is to go and buy some new clothes you feel good in after you have your baby. You don’t have to spend a ton on it either. Old Navy has been my favorite place to find affordable options while my body is in the transition into my clothes from before. I’ve been able to find a few pair of m y favorite shorts for only $12. I can wear them now, and when it is time for baby #2, I’ll be able to wear them for the first bit as well – especially if I add a belly band.
I’ve been really proud of myself in the exercise department. I’ve been able to get out in the morning before work for about 30-45 minutes, three to four times a week, and usually once on the weekend. This means my alarm is blaring at 4:45am, but if I want to get it in, early mornings are my only choice. Afternoons here have been filled with thunderstorms and I would much rather come home from work to spend time with Grant than have to worry about getting out for a run. I’ve also been strength training 2-3 days a week at lunch. My office has a gym we have the privilege of having access to, so I am very thankful for that perk. I am not sure how I would get it in otherwise. Unfortunately, activities like yoga and swimming are currently non-existent. I am still working on how to fit those into my schedule.
I eat so much more now than I ever did while I was pregnant. I have been cognizant of eating healthy items, but I tend to eat a whole lot of them. I can not go more than 3 hours without eating something, or I start to feel very woozy. Exclusively breastfeeding Grant has made my body burn quite the large amount of calories – pair that with exercising each day, and my body needs a lot of sustenance to keep it going. Every time I think I should cut back a little on the food intake to try to lose the extra 5 pounds I am still holding onto, I immediately regret the decision. If I want to exercise like I am while continuing to pump, then it is my only option. I am not saying good-bye to either of those things, so a few extra pounds will just have to stick with me for a while.
I have to say, this past week I have been completely over not being able to fit into the rest of my clothes. I mentioned to both my sister, Emily as well as to Marcus, about why on earth my hips have not yet gone back down to their original size. They reassured me that it has still only been a few months since I had Grant, and even less time since I got the green light to exercise. My body did quite an amazing thing (birthing a baby!), so I need to cut myself a little bit of slack. After all, this little guy is worth each and every pound and extra inch!
Anyone else need a good pep talk about post baby body progress at one point or another?