Fitness Update: 18 Months Postpartum

It’s been a while since I did an update on my fitness, so here it is!

I reached my pre-pregnancy weight in November, 11 months postpartum.  I gained a little back over the holidays,and worked to get solidly back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  But I am not stopping here.  I was at my heaviest when I got pregnant with Tiny One, so my goal now is to get to my wedding weight, which is about 10-15 pounds away.  Then I will be able to wear most of my wardrobe again!  I hope to continue to lose weight so I am healthier before conceiving baby #2.

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6 Weeks Postpartum

Fitness Update: 18 Months Postpartum

17 Months Postpartum

Exercise: I have not been as consistent as I would like with exercise (a common theme throughout my life…), but it is something I am working on. Throughout the summer and fall I went on long walks several times a week.  I love the time outside – it would always help me clear my head, and as an added bonus, Tiny One often took a nap!   Now that the weather is nice again I have been taking the Tiny One out on long walks again and it feels so good! But in the cold, I did not walk as much.  I really don’t like being cold!  To help motivate me to exercise more regularly, I started the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge, which was created by Briana Christine, who lost 100 pounds in a year after her third pregnancy.  Her workouts are intense, but short, to help you get results while fitting it in your schedule.  She is really motivating, and I am definitely stronger!  I was also going to a Zumba class on Wednesday nights, but no longer attend my gym now that we moved. My plan now involves going for a walk at least 4 days a week, and I set up a schedule for getting in strength, cardio, pilates, belly dance, and stretching/yoga.

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Out for a walk.

Nutrition: My diet has really been up and down over the past 18 months.  When I was breastfeeding, I was scared of doing anything to lose what little amount I was making, so I tried to eat healthy, but did not limit myself at all or track my calories.  Once Tiny One was no longer breastfeeding, I started to look at my calorie intake and Mr. S and I did a cleanse.  The cleanse was hard, but helped to jump start more weight loss for me and inspired me to try some new healthy recipes.  Unfortunately, I put some that I lost back on after the cleanse was over, and also struggled during our move.  Now that we’re more settled in our new home, I am back on track with meal planning.  I also use myfitnesspal on my iphone and I love it!  I use it to track my calories and my water intake.  I don’t track every day – since it can be time-consuming – but I try to do it most days to make sure I am on track.  I also set a goal over the next few months to work on my personal recipe book, my meal planning, and my pantry to help make healthy eating easier.

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Tiny One loves “helping” me work out.

Sometimes, weight loss is frustratingly slow, and it is even harder with a young child.  But looking back, I have lost more than 20 pounds over the last year (since last May) and am taking steps to lose more and be healthier.  All I can do is keep trying!  Hopefully, sharing this will give some of you the inspiration you need to keep working towards being healthier even through set-backs and slow progress.  I hope to keep sharing my progress with you, also to motivate myself.

One thought on “Fitness Update: 18 Months Postpartum

  1. Thanks for sharing your tips and struggles. As you know, I am working at losing weight too. If you have any tips on your meal planning, I’d like to see them – I find I need/want to be more intentional about what I eat. I think planning will be a good way to do that. As a single person it hasn’t been a priority; therefore I don’t put much thought into what I eat, or even what I’m hungry for.

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