Body After Baby {4 Months}

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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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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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!

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1,355 Comments

  1. I love the skyskapes runaround in pink camoflower and the ZQuicks in neon blue and solar green! I usually keep my workout bottoms basic black, but I always love to add a pop of color with my shoes, so cute!

  2. I would love the Team Purple or Pink Fusion Skyscape Runarounds and the Neon Blue/Solar Green or Color Flat Grey/Ultima Purple (although all the color schemes are awesome, love the look of this shoe!)

  3. i love the skyscrapper chase print in red and the electrify in the gray/pink colors.

    You look absolutly amazing!

  4. For the skyscapes I like the persian blue/timeless teal shoes. For the zquick, I like the black/teal/pink/white. I have a similar colored pair and they go with everything from workout to running errands.

  5. You’re very lucky. I never let my body get out of shape either and now I have a lovely pooch and wrinkled belly. Though pg again, I wound-up ten pounds thinner than prepregnancy. Genetics play a role too.

  6. I got my first pair of skyscape’s in the light grey and white, and now I am loving the black/flat grey and persian blue polka dots!!!

  7. yes please, would luv to hav the black /flat grey in SkyScape and Black/neon pink in ZQuick. Thx for the giveaway!

  8. You are looking great Tina. I truly believe breast feeding helps with weight loss and tightening up the abs.

    I’d probably choose the Runaround Skyscapes in Pink Fusion/Chalk and the Zquick Electrify in Black/Pink/White/Timeless Teal.

    Wish me luck!

  9. You look amazing! I’m 8 month postpartum and have lost all the weight, just working on tightening up 🙂 I love the pink runarounds and the blue/green zquick combo!

  10. I love the skyscape RunAround in Electro Pink / China Red / Chalk / Camoflowr ..super cute!!!
    For the ZQUICK, I really love the Flat Grey / Ultima Purple / Pink / White..they are so different from any I have right now!

  11. I love the ZQuick Electrify in Timeless Teal. Reebok always comes out with great looking and performing shoes.

  12. I am totally loving the ZQuicks the best! I would definitely buy the Grey/Purple/Pink colored ones. The chase print in the Skyscrape sneakers are also lots of fun! … Quinn is the cutest baby boy ever… Can we arrange a marriage between him and my Sophia? haha

  13. Love the Skyscape Chase Prints in Black / Impact Blue / Ultima Purple and ZQuick’s in Black / Pink / White / Timeless Teal

  14. I loved reading this post and seeing how awesome you look while still enjoying and focusing on motherhood. Makes me less nervous about pregnancy (not there yet but thinking about it). And I love those blue and green Zquicks. Perfect for the gym!

  15. I like the Impact Blue/Ultima Purple Skyscapes and I LOVE the Black/White/Pink/Timeless Teal Zquicks!!! I really hope I win these!

  16. I love the Skyscape in Magenta Pop/Purple Shadow/Weathered White polka dots! So cute! The ZQuick Electrify look awesome in neon blue/solar green/white! You look amazing by the way! Such an inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle 🙂

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