I can't believe it's been 8 weeks since I gave birth to Quinn. Crazy, right? In those 8 weeks, my body has undergone so many changes””more than I could ever imagine. Being 41 weeks pregnant, I thought I would be ALL about losing the baby weight as quickly as possible, but, truthfully, weight loss hasn't been my main focus during these past couple of months.
Between caring for Q and finding time to do everything else, losing weight just hasn't been a top priority. Sure, I'm exercising on a regular basis, but it's more for my own personal happiness and sanity than it is for weight loss. (I get very sad when I can't CrossFit. And exercise energizes me!) Plus, with breastfeeding and being constantly hungry (so much more so than when I was pregnant), I haven't been paying too much attention to what I'm eating. Well, ok, I'm doing my best to eat healthy, but I'm eating plenty of treats too (i.e. brownies for dinner). I'm basically just eating when I am hungry, which is all the time. ALL THE TIME, people!
Ok, so even though losing weight hasn't been my main focus recently, getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight is definitely something I want to achieve in the next few months, which is why I want to blog about my experience. I need the motivation and accountability, especially since the last few pounds are always the hardest to lose. That said, I want to fill you guys in on what's been happening on the “body after baby” front and tell you about some of my goals for the coming weeks.
I'm not a big numbers person when it comes to weight (here's why), but I do think they are helpful when it comes to tracking your progress.
My pre-pregnancy weight: 130-133
My weight at 41 weeks: 172
My weight 1 week postpartum: 152
My weight 2 weeks postpartum: 145
My weight 1 month postpartum: 142
My weight 2 months postpartum: 140
As you can see, the baby weight came off quickly (20 pounds in one week), but it has slowed down considerably (2 pounds in one month). I'm about 7-10 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, and I know those pounds will be the hardest to lose. I'm already feeling more like my old self, and I know the weight will eventually come off. I just need to be patient and get it together with my diet.
The photos below were taken approximately 2 weeks, 1 month, and 2 months postpartum, respectively.
I'm actually really surprised how quickly my body “bounced back” after giving birth. It's definitely not back to where it once was, but it's getting there. I think a lot of “bouncing back” was because I stayed active during all 41 weeks of my pregnancy. I never really stopped working out (I went to CrossFit up until 38 weeks), so I think that helped me get right back into the swing of things after giving birth.
I used the Belly Bandit, on and off, for the first two weeks after giving birth. However, it was SO UNCOMFORTABLE that I hardly ever wore it. Basically, it was a big waste of money for me, BUT wearing it and feeling that “drawing in” (like when you do a plank) encouraged me to pull in my abs on my own whenever I was standing or walking. I actually still do a lot of that “drawing in,” which I think is helping me get my abs back.
MY FITNESS LEVEL
Overall, I'm really happy with where I am, fitness-wise. I exercised all 41 weeks of my pregnancy and then returned to light exercise (power walking and body weight strength training) at 3 weeks postpartum and then ramped it up with CrossFit and running at 5 weeks postpartum. (I talked to my doctor about all of this, so be sure to talk to yours before you return to exercise after pregnancy.)
Initially, I noticed some overall weakness in my strength, especially my lower body (“Bambi legs”), but my cardio hasn't seemed to suffer too much. I'm definitely not back to my pre-pregnancy fitness level, but I'm feeling really good””better than expected! I even ran a couple of 5Ks without stopping last week, and I didn't feel like death the entire time! Haha!
I'm 8 weeks postpartum now, and I'm just starting to really push myself at CrossFit. (Rx workouts! Whoop!) Lower body strength stuff is still kind of weird, but I am getting there. And my CrossFit skills (pull-ups, toes-to-bar, handstand push-ups) definitely need some work since I didn't do much of them for 9+ months, but I know I'll get ”˜em back soon enough. Hard work and patience, baby. And, of course, in the meantime, there are plenty of exercise modifications that I can do.
As I mentioned above, I would really like to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, so I decided to set some goals for myself to keep in mind over the next month or so. (I will check in with you guys at 3 months postpartum to let you know how I am doing.)
- Clean up my diet and lay off the treats.
- Track my calories in MyFitnessPal at least a few days each week. (I would say everyday, but I know I won't do it!)
- Eat eggs for breakfast more often. (Kind of random, but they satisfy me better than other breakfasts.)
- Work out 5 times per week.
- Cover 10,000 steps most days of the week.
- Sleep! Try for 8 hours per night.
- Do 5 consecutive Toes-to-Bar.
- Do 10 consecutive Kipping Pull-ups.
That's it for now! I hope you guys found this post interesting, and if there is anything you would like to see in next month's update, please leave a comment and let me know!
Questions of the Day
Moms: Any tips or advice for losing the baby weight?
Anything you want to see/know in next month's update?