Postpartum Update

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.

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    A lot of that change in the scale could be from the milk you are making now. :) Be patient with yourself. Wow, I was always 50 pounds above my prepregnancy weight at your same stage. You have done really well. Congratulations on your little one! :)
    1745 days ago
    It sounds like you have a very good plan to follow to lose your baby weight. Plus you didn't gain that much. Remember "I need to be Patient & Gentle with myself."
    It seems you did nicely in your pregnancy with maintaining your weight so its just a matter of finding the balance of food & exercise to get you where you want to be while making sure the baby is getting all it needs! You'll get there~ emoticon emoticon
    1750 days ago
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