Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Two weeks after my baby was born my weight was down to 3 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight. Yahoo! Much of that weight had been muscle and was now fat, but still. Only 3 lbs.
Well, two weeks later and I'm up 7 lbs, to be 10 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight. Well that's fine. 10 lbs isn't too bad. But WTF? Why would I suddenly gain 7 lbs in a couple of weeks?
I'm now a month postpartum and I'm ready to start exercising. I feel well enough healed and have the energy, so I'm going to go ahead, even though I technically haven't been cleared for exercise by my midwife yet.
I've decided to do the TurboFire program. It looks like a lot of fun. I've done two workouts so far, and I know I'll like it.
However, given the fact that I haven't exercised in months and my body is totally out of it because of the pregnancy, I think I'll start with the 9 week prep schedule, rather than jumping right into the HIIT workouts.
So yesterday I did the Fire30 workout and oh my word! It was hard! Just fast paced and unfamiliar choreography. I know I'll enjoy it once I get the hang of it. Today was Stretch40 which was just a yoga session. It felt so good! But now I feel like I need to go for a run, since I didn't really get my heart rate up today or burn any calories. But I am really looking forward to doing that workout again and increasing my flexibility.
I'm trying really hard to feel good about my body right now. I just had a freaking baby, after all. I need to be patient and gentle with myself. But mostly I just feel yucky and ugly. I want to jumpstart things. Figuring out how much to exercise (but not too much too soon) and how much to eat to lose weight but not compromise my milk supply is frustrating. I keep seeing the scale creep up, and I'd really like to see that change direction.
I'd LOVE to lose 10 lbs by the end of the summer. But with breastfeeding, I don't know if that will happen. I didn't lose weight while breastfeeding the last two times, so I'm not terribly optimistic. But I didn't put the effort in the last two times like I'm motivated to this time.