Body After Baby {4 Months}

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok as part of the Body After Baby series.

My little peanut is 4 months old today! Holy moly, time is flying!

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This is my final blog post in the Body After Baby series, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my postpartum weight loss and fitness journey. Ok, let’s get right to it because I have a sweeeeet giveaway for you guys!

MY WEIGHT

My pre-pregnancy weight: 130-133

My weight at 41 weeks pregnant: 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

My weight 3 months postpartum: 137

My weight 4 months postpartum: 133

As you can see, I’m back at my pregnancy weight, which is great and wonderful and all that jazz, but I’m surprised that I’m not more happy about it. Well, of course, I am happy about it (hello, my clothes fit again!), but I thought I’d feel more… thrilled? excited? proud? I dunno. I remember losing 25 pounds after college, and it was one of the best feelings and accomplishments of my life. I guess it’s just not the same this time. Let me explain…

Right after I had Quinn, I was on a mission to lose the baby weight. I ate healthier and documented my meals on CNC. I moved as much as possible and started back at CrossFit just 5 weeks after giving birth. But, as the weeks and months passed, losing weight became less and less important to me. (I couldn’t even bring myself to track calories on a regular basis!) It just wasn’t a top priority for me anymore.

So, what happened? I fell more and more in love with Quinn and my attention moved from me (and weight loss) to him. Obviously, I didn’t throw in the towel with healthy eating and exercise all together, but I focused more on enjoying Quinn and our time together. I started to listen to my body and ate when I was hungry, like it the middle of the night after I nursed him. (Oh, so much cereal!) I also gave into my cravings on a regular basis (i.e. egg and cheese sandwiches with extra bacon for breakfast just about every morning and donuts whenever I bought an iced coffee at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru). Basically, I ate what made me happy, and I didn’t stress about it. Of course, I ate plenty of nutritious foods too (I’m breastfeeding after all), so when I mixed mostly healthy eating with lots of nursing and regular workouts, the weight came off. And I absolutely, 100% believe staying active during my pregnancy helped the pounds come off too.

PROGRESS PICS

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When I was pregnant and my belly was massive, I really didn’t think my stomach would ever be flat again. I just thought losing it was all part of having a baby. Well, to my surprise, things went right back to where they once were! Again, I think regular exercise during my pregnancy helped make this happen. I never let my body get out of shape, so it bounced right back.

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4 months

MY FITNESS LEVEL

I’m feeling great! I’m getting stronger at CrossFit and using most of my pre-pregnancy weights in workouts once again. Upper body stuff is pretty much back to normal, but lower body and core stuff are still coming along. When I was pregnant, I went lighter on lower body movements and nixed a lot of the core stuff, so it makes sense that it’s taking a little more time and effort to get them back. They’re coming along though, and I have a feeling I’ll be back to my old self at CrossFit in the next couple of months.

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As far as running goes, it is coming along too. I’m comfortable running 3 or 4 miles without stopping at a pretty good pace, but I’ve experienced some lower back pain when I run longer distances. I assume it’s related to pregnancy, so maybe it’ll work itself out as time progresses and I get stronger on my runs? I sure hope so. In the meantime, I’m choosing to run slower and just taking it day-by-day and run-by-run. I just need to keep at it and stick to a consistent running routine.

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Outfit: Studio Burnout Crew Tee/CrossFit Chase Capri/CrossFit Nano 4.0/JUNK Flex Tie Headband

REVIEW OF LAST MONTH’S GOALS

Sunday meal prep – Yes! We rocked the meal prep last month. Sometimes our meals weren’t very exciting (lots of chicken + veggies and crockpot meals), but we ate pretty healthy thanks to Sunday meal prep.

Make a workout plan for each week –  Yes! Mal and I coordinated each week, so we were able to fit in our usual workouts.

Register for a 10K – Yes! I finally registered. The race is at the end of the month. Woohoo!

Giveaway time!

Since this is my final post in the Body After Baby series, Reebok offered to give away some really awesome prizes on CNC. Listen to this: FOUR lucky winners will each win a pair of Skyscapes AND a pair of ZQUICK Electrify! That’s right, two pairs of shoes for each winner! How awesome is that!?! You definitely want to enter this one!

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To enter: Just click over to Reebok, check out the Skyscapes and ZQUICK Electrify, and leave a comment on this post about which colors/styles you like best. I will randomly pick FOUR winners on Tuesday!

Good luck!

1,355 Comments

  1. You look so amazing and I love how you’ve documented through the last four months. It’s such a testament to staying active throughout pregnancy and reminding everyone that you don’t just bounce back in a couple of weeks 🙂

    I love the Runaround Skyscape’s in black and the ZQuick’s in the black/pink/white and timeless teal. Reebok has done such a great job with these collections!

  2. Ohhh I’m 5 months PP and need new tennis shoes SO badly! I love the blue skyscape chase print and the gray/pink/purple reeboks! 🙂

  3. You look unbelievable. So impressed with your progress! The orange/solar yellow zquicks are the bomb and the black/flat grey sky scape.

  4. Oh they are all awesome!! I love the Color Black / Ultima Purple / Rebel Berry / Red skyscapes and the orange/yellow zquicks are beautiful!!

  5. I can’t even believe you’ve had a baby – your body looks fantastic and it’s so nice to see you focus on your new baby and not stress about your weight. What a great giveaway! My husband has been Crossfitting for a while now and keeps telling me to join him but I’m scared….and SO out of shape! Maybe some new kicks will help motivate me? 🙂 I do love the Black/Impact Blue/Purple pattern of the Skyscape Chase and the Black/Pink/White/Teal ZQuicks are awesome!!

  6. I love the Flat Grey / Ultima Purple / Pink / White zquiks shoes and the sky scape Color English Emerald / Chalk / Camoflowr.

  7. Congrats on all your progress – you look amazing! LOVE the black/pink/teal zquicks and the emerald camo skyscrapers!

  8. These Reebok shoes are so cute! I am digging the Skyscape Chase black/flat grey for a sophisticated but fun shoe! Seriously though, I am in love with the Zquick Electrify black/pink/white/timeless teal! How fun would these be to workout in?! Agh!!

  9. I really like the Skyscapes in the multi blue print. I am in desperate need of new shoes so these would be awesome.

  10. I’m loving your blog, and look forward to reading it. I’m loving today’s give away. The skyscapes I’d wear are the runaround, in pink fusion. Then the zquick shoes I’d workout in are the flatgrey/Ultima purple/pink/white combo. Those are just amazing. And you look great post baby!!

  11. Holy S&#*%. You look great. I know that isn’t your main focus right now, but that is wonderful that living life the way you want results in a healthy body. Also, you looked happy last year, but oh so happy this year. I can relate. Also (this is a long post), but we must have similar taste because I clicked on the links, and my favoites are the ones you have right on this page. Thanks!

  12. I love the Skyscape Chase Print in Happy Pink / Flux Orange / Chalk and the ZQuick Electrify in Neon Blue / Solar Green / White. They are all such fun colors!

  13. I like the Skyscape/Runaround in red with polka dots and the solid pink color. The Zquick shoe is really cute in neon Turquoise color.

  14. I had my first baby boy on July 21st of this year! I stayed exercising throughout my whole pregnancy (was even kayaking on the day I gave birth) but I still have 12 pounds to lose! The scale doesn’t seem to be moving but love the motivation from you & from Reebok with this giveaway!
    Loving the black Skyscapes and the grey/purple/pink ZQuicks!

  15. You look SO great!!!! Love your perspective on your body. So inspiring!

    I LOVE the neon blue/solar green ZQuick and the Gravel/Black/Cement Skyscapes!!

  16. Just discovered your blog through HRG’s Stoneyfield post. Love it so far, you look amazing! I like the skyscapes in the picture and the zquick I like the grey/pink/purple/white ones. Thanks for the chance at such a cool giveaway!

  17. I love the black and flat grey skyscrapes, neutrals are my favorites! Would look super cute with some jeans and a tee.

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  20. that’s great! i’m halfway through my fit pregnancy journey. my crossfit days per week has dropped some, but still trying to get 2 days per and then back to normal post-baby!

  21. I just came across this blog when I searched post pregnancy and weight loss. This is amazing! I’m a little late but congratulations on becoming a mom and getting back into such great shape with a plan that requires such dedication ❤️ I’m four months and finally feeling more myself and in love with my pumpkin.

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