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Postpartum Fitness: Month Five

Friday, December 28, 2012

I have been dreaming of getting back into a workout routine since I got pregnant. Every so often I have tried to pick up where I left off only to find that getting sleep in 1-2 hour intervals at night just doesn't leave a body with a whole lot of extra to give at the end of the day.

Nevertheless, I have lost many inches (43 inches to 28 inches in four months!) since giving birth and many pounds (180+ to 135 in four months!). I am wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans, though I am a long way from being able to fit into any old shirts since my breasts are so big. In short, I have been losing weight steadily and heartily -- and it's a good thing because I just haven't had the stamina to add exercise to my workout bonanza of 24-hour breastfeeding. Can I get a medal? Little O is an Olympian.

In the past few weeks I have reestablished my yoga regiment formally. It has become more than just stretching those super tight after-birth hips and become more of getting into deep poses and breathing, visualization, and motivation. For me, of course, this is never really enough. I have joined a yoga challenge through Yoga Journal to kick off the new year. I have also started doing floor exercises again.

I salivate just thinking about getting back into weightlifting and aerobics and cycling. But honestly, my body can't handle it right now.

Here at 5 1/2 months postpartum I am ready to finally get into a regular routine of power yoga and core work. I guess that is the best I can ask for. I have to be sincere with my physical capacities. A woman can do a lot. A woman can even do a lot with three hours of broken sleep a night and an intense infant. A woman can't, though, deny that her body has limitations of health.
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