Now 3.5 months post-partum, I am really feeling like my old self. Stopping breastfeeding contributed to the final push to help me feel most normal again.
This past month, I got into a routine of exercise. It is too hot for me to do things outside, so I do all exercise indoors. The goal for the week is two days of Define Body and two days of gym things like elliptical, treadmill, and free weights, kettlebells, barbells. I’m enjoying adding things back that I used to like such as jumping rope, the StairMaster, and kettlebell swings.
Four days of a normal week is really all I can fit in right now outside of the house. Throughout the day, I go up and down the stairs carrying Logan and other odds and ends, we walk Lily outside (very short walks), and we bounce and play. Running errands with Logan is also a workout and tiring. It’s exhausting just being at home.
As far as food, I am trying to eat pretty simply. I just don’t have the time for detailed meals or for baking, which is a good thing for weight loss. I know you can bake healthy (and really enjoy and miss it), but not baking also helps. I eat cereal and Greek yogurt and fruit for breakfast, avocado/hummus/cheese sandwiches for lunch or leftovers from dinner, and try to cook dinners at home a few times a week. We do pasta, ground turkey dishes, and slow cooker dishes often. And try to make take-out dinners last for two meals. PBJ sandwiches are pretty common too. Fast, nutrient-dense and simple are really important!
I actually find myself too busy to eat or snack often, which shows staying busy really helps ward off mindless eating. When I have spare time, I try to clean, shower, do things on the computer, or get ready for the next feeding/bath time/get the diaper bag ready, etc. Then I’ll realize I’m hungry and eat something.
I am 100% positive that staying active and eating healthy during pregnancy helped get fit faster after and am so glad I was active.
I haven’t started jogging again, and probably won’t for a while. I enjoy being outdoors but it’s just too hot until about October or November.
Hoping to keep up what I’m doing and just feel good!