I can’t believe Winter is 4 months old today! It’s amazing how quickly time flies by. In the early weeks (and months), time seemed to move a tad slower, but now that I know what I’m doing and have a solid routine down, time is flying! It’s time for another monthly post baby body update.
At four months post-partum, I am feeling fantastic about my progress in regards to my health and fitness! I have settled into a good fitness regime and have been training for my upcoming half marathon race for a month. Less than two months until race day in April! I continue to see positive changes in my body. Running is getting easier, my clothes are fitting better, and the number on the scale continues to drop as keep faithful to my fitness and eating goals.
If you missed my previous “Post Baby Body” updates, you can catch up here:
Here is how I’m looking now:
Here is a comparison of last month versus this month:
And here is a look back at 2 months, 3 months and 4 months:
For me it is exciting to still be seeing changes in my body. There were times I felt discouraged that I wouldn’t ever be as fit as I wanted to be again. My discouraged days are gone because I am continually seeing my body change, shrink, tighten up and overall improve. I don’t know why I expected to get into tip-top shape within 5 minutes of giving birth! 🙂 Now I know it’s a process that takes a little time, and I’m liking the positive changes more and more as I put in the work and time goes on. My waist is still getting smaller — my waistbands aren’t as snug as they were (even from just a month ago!). My abs are getting stronger. My clothes are fitting better overall. My legs and arms are feeling more trim. My endurance is increasing — I can run for longer without having to stop for breaks. My face looks thinner to me than it used to. All good things! I’m feeling very happy with the process and I’m not trying to expect myself to be perfect.
During my pregnancy, I gained a total of 23 lbs. After 2 months I was down those 23 lbs (exactly). At 3 months I was down 28 lbs. Now, at 4 months I am down 33 lbs!! So I’ve lost another 5 lbs since last month. I started my pregnancy at a higher weight than I’d have liked, so I have a goal in mind of where I’d like to end up weight wise. I’m getting close to that goal, and would like to settle at that goal weight within the next 2 months (by 6 months postpartum).
I am faithful to myfitnesspal app on my phone to track my daily calories. Because of breastfeeding, I am still successfully losing weight by eating approximately 1900 calories per day. I would say that I usually do well at tracking my calories 6 out of 7 days per week. At least 1 or 2 days per week I do run over my calorie limit, but I’m not too worried about that. Some days I just feel more hungry than others — so I listen to my body and eat more. Occasionally I do have a bowl of ice cream, but for the most part I try to limit any desserts or sweets. I mainly eat healthy foods. Lots of fresh produce, lean proteins, greek yogurt, protein granola bars, etc.
I started training for my upcoming half marathon a month ago. After 4 weeks of training, I can say that my stamina and endurance are improving! I usually run 4 days per week and cross train at the gym 2 days per week. My weekday runs are currently 3.5 or 4 mile distances and my weekend runs are were I do my “long distance” run. This weekend I ran 7 miles. Every weekend my long distance run increases by a half mile or mile. Race day I’ll be trained and ready for 13.1 miles! I love getting outdoors and running with my BOB stroller with the baby in tow, but on especially cold weather days, I’m grateful I can run on my treadmill. My hubby has been so sweet to join Winter and I on our weekend long runs, and now I’ve finally convinced him to sign up for the race and run it with me!!! This will be his first race besides doing a 5K. I feel honored that he is training with me despite his strong dislike of running.
I’m still working towards my half marathon goal (maybe even a new PR!). This month I want to continue to be faithful to my training program and not miss scheduled runs or workouts. I’m hoping to lose another 4 pounds by next month.
I’m really happy with the changes in my body. Though I’m happy with myself, it’s very important for me to remind myself NOT to compare myself with others. There are always the “flaws” in our bodies that will never fully be perfect. We are our own worst critics. My body type might never be the body type of another woman, so I need to remember to only compare my body with MYSELF and not with OTHERS!! So important to continually remind myself of this!
Here is a comparison of the days after birth versus 4 months postpartum: