Happy 5 months to Winter and happy 28th birthday to me today! I am working on Winter’s 5 month update that will be posted this week, but for now it’ time to get an up-to-date glance at Mommy’s postpartum progress in relation to health and fitness!
Here is how I’m looking now:
Here is a comparison of last month versus this month:
And here is a look back:
28 years old today…I can’t believe I’m just 2 years shy of 30, which is exciting! I think 30 is a fun age to be. Not only am I marking a new age today, we are also celebrating Winter turning 5 months old. She is such a sweet little girl. My baby is much less of a newborn and much more of an interactive sweet baby girl!
I’ve continued making great progress in regards to my post baby body. At 5 months postpartum, I weigh less than I did when I got pregnant, my jeans are all fitting me better than they have in a long time, and I even am able to wear some of my size 4 jeans that haven’t been able to fit me for several years! It feels really great to whip my body into better shape than it was when I first got pregnant. I wasn’t happy with my pregnancy starting weight, so now I have taken control of my fitness and am getting close to my goal: getting back to my wedding weight from 2008. I’m almost there!!
If you missed my previous “Post Baby Body” updates, you can catch up here:
To date I’ve lost 38 pounds. Wow! I lost another 5 lbs since my 4 month update in February. I’m getting so close to my goal weight! My goal weight is my wedding weight from 6 years ago 🙂
My calories are logged every day on myfitnesspal app on my phone. I’m eating anywhere from 2000-2200 calories per day. Previously I had reduced my caloric intake to 1900 and I found that it was unrealistic for me. Giving myself an extra hundred (or two or three!) calories makes me feel like I’m able to relax a little bit more. Obviously I’ve still been able to lose weight even though I increased my calories a bit. Breastfeeding really helps me be able to eat this much and still lose weight!! During the first week of March, I participated in a “7 Day Clean Eating Challenge.” During the entire week I only ate clean foods: mainly fruits, vegetables and chicken. It was kind of fun to “clean out” my body and focus on consuming zero processed or sweetened foods for an entire week. It was hard at some points, but overall I enjoyed the experience. It got me to eat a lot more vegetables than I’m used to eating. I made tons of fruit smoothies, which were absolutely delicious. After a week of 100% only clean foods, I feel lighter, fresher, and more energetic!
I workout 5-6 days per week (usually 6). I’m pretty much mostly running for the main source of my exercise. We are 4 weeks out from our half marathon, and yesterday we did a 9 mile training run. I felt GREAT on this run! My gym days are almost nonexistent. I am making it there barely once per week. But the reason is because I’d much rather run outside or workout at home because it saves so much time. When I go to the gym, I am restricted to evenings (so that Eric is home and can watch Winter) and I also waste 20-30 minutes roundtrip commuting=dumb! So I run outside, run on my treadmill, do kickboxing DVD in my livingroom and use my stability ball for exercise. My half marathon training has me running 3-4 times per week (2-3 shorter runs of 4-5 miles and one long run on the weekends). The non running days are either gym (approx. 1 time per week) or a kickboxing DVD.
I want to successfully complete my half marathon in 4 weeks from now! I don’t know that I’ll achieve a new PR (personal record), but if I do, I would be absolutely thrilled!!
Life isn’t going to go perfectly 100% of the time and sometimes I’m going to miss workouts. No biggie. We all got sick in this house recently. When I was sick I had to take a break from running for several days to allow my body the time to rest so I could recuperate. With my personality, it’s difficult for me to slow down and relax/take a break from fitness. But it was good that I took a few days off. We had to skip our long weekend training run–but honestly it was perfect timing because both weekend days that particular weekend were snowing and too cold to take a baby out. Such is life…sometimes we need a break.
I’m glad that I have a healthy mentality about my body. This has not always been the case. Years ago, I struggled with negative self-talk and basing my self worth on what the scale said. To help my disordered mentality, I put away the scale for about 5 years and didn’t weigh myself until a year ago when I started my pregnancy. The scale and I are now in a healthy relationship with each other, praise God! Instead of basing my value on how much I weigh or how I look, I now put my self worth in how Christ sees me–I am a daughter of the King! God sees me and loves me no matter what size jeans I wear, so I choose to love me regardless of that too. If you have struggles with negative self-talk and feeling insecure about yourself and your body, I encourage you — you aren’t alone! Though it never 100% goes away, it can get better, and I find that viewing myself through God’s eyes has been very helpful for me.
Here is a comparison looking back (wearing the same top!):