You guys, we had such a great weekend. The hubs and I had a date day and went to Oktoberfest, where I had 3 beers. This never happens; me drinking beer, let alone 3. It was a good time. It was also the first time I’ve left EJ for more than an hour. He did awesome for my parents! No surprise there since he’s an angel baby.
Sunday we went to the Seahawks game which is always a good time. And the Hawks smoked the 49ers so that was the perfect end to the weekend. So there’s my weekend update for ya! 🙂
I’m coming up on 6 months postpartum and wanted to share an update on how I’m doing with my health and fitness goals. If you read my postpartum health & fitness plan, then you know my goal was to get in as good of shape as I was 6 months postpartum with Little A. I worked out a little less with this pregnancy because I was in a lot of pain for the last 15 weeks. And I’m also 5 years older than I was during my first pregnancy. So I was concerned that I’d have a harder time losing the baby weight and getting my figure back.
I’ve been documenting my journey on Instagram (@tifflovesfitness), so make sure you’re following me over there because I’ll continue to post photos for a while.
My Workout Schedule
Here’s what I’ve been doing physically the last 6 months.
Once I was cleared to workout, I did the Tone It Up Girls book for the first 4 weeks. I was doing their workouts when I got pregnant, so it was easy for me to start back up with them after I had EJ. The plan has you do 2 workouts a day; a short workout in the morning and a longer workout in the afternoon. I didn’t stick to this plan 100%, but tried to do 2 workouts a day 2-3 times a week.
Once I completed the TIU program, I went straight into the bikini body guide (BBG). When I first thought about what I wanted to do for my postpartum fitness, I didn’t think I’d want to fully commit to doing BBG every day. But once I started the program I knew it was all I wanted to focus on. I’ll be doing a review of BBG in the next week or two, but let’s just say that I am more than happy with the results I’ve gotten from the program.
What’s been on my plate
Since we all know food is more important than fitness when it comes to getting in shape, I really wanted to make sure I was fueling my body appropriately. And let’s just say I haven’t been doing that great. I mean, I’ve been eating really well around 80% of the time. But we haven’t meal prepped in probably a month and a half, and we’ve had pizza more times than I’d like to admit. With our home remodel ongoing (the doors have been delayed for weeks due to the Hanjin bankruptcy, thus delaying the trim and carpet in the house), busy schedules and some big changes that I’ll share more about probably next month, we have been eating out more than usual. Definitely an excuse but one that I own. All of that to say that if my nutrition had been more on point, I would have seen even better results.
Kellen has 2 or 3 more big trips this year, but I’m hoping that between those we can really hone in on our nutrition as we head into the holiday season. I’m talking weekly meal prep, clean lunches and dinners and only 1-2 cheat meals per week. Breakfast is always an easy one for me to do clean because I love egg, ham and spinach scrambles, but if we don’t meal prep I struggle with lunch. So my goal is to make sure I’m making good choices every day for lunch.
How I’m feeling about my progress
Honestly, I’m pretty damn proud of myself. After I had Little A, I was working out with a personal trainer and doing boot camp. Now, I’m working out at home with no one else to motivate me but myself. And I think I’m in as good of, if not better, shape than I was after my first pregnancy. I feel strong, my legs have a lot of definition, my arms are looking good and my stomach is actually looking better than expected.
I’m down 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight and hoping to stay within +5 pounds of this weight once I wean EJ sometime next year. With Little A I gained 10 pounds after I stopped nursing and hope that I can keep the weight off this time around. I don’t want to lose any more weight because I feel like it’s unhealthy for me to be any lower than I currently am. I may also gain a few pounds of muscle in the coming months, which I’m totally fine with because the scale doesn’t matter to me. The mirror says it all.
Overall I’m really happy with how far I’ve come. It’s funny, for the first 3-4 weeks I felt like I wasn’t getting any stronger. Then all of a sudden one day I noticed a difference and I had this moment where I was working out and thought, “Holy shit, this exercise is actually pretty easy for me. I think I’m making good progress.” That’s an awesome feeling to have.
Right now I’m in the middle of BBG 2.0 and loving it. I’ll continue to do that, as well as incorporate some workouts for a special project I’m working on. I’m also hoping to incorporate more cardio next month. That’s one area I struggled with because of the kids, so I’m hoping to find a better way to get my cardio in on the days I’m not doing resistance training.
I just want to say thank you to everyone for your kind words and encouragement as I document my postpartum health and fitness journey. It’s not easy to share unflattering photos of yourself on social media, but everyone has been so supportive. I hope I’ve inspired some women to start their own fitness journey.