This last 30 day challenge, I lost 2 more pounds. Whoop Whoop! I'm not usually a scale girl because I can become obsessed. I usually just hop on a couple times a year and at the doctor. That being said, I've been on it every 30 days until I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Back at my 6 week postop dr apt, I was 5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight on their scale. My scale at home has always said differently, but it's been consistent. LOL On my scale at home I was about 5 pounds away too, the number is just higher on that scale. So now, at home, I'm almost to the pre-pregnancy number. I'll hop on one or two more times and then I'll stop and just go by the way I look and my clothes fit. (Which is mostly what I do anyway)
Ok, all that being said. I'm feeling a lot better this time. My last update I was a little discouraged and having a lot of negative self talk happening. Several things have happened in the last 30+ days since my last post: I went back to counseling a few times, which helped tremendously with the negative self talk. I have felt a lot better when I look in the mirror. I'm toning up, gaining muscle, and slimming down. BUT...more than that, is that I'm just happier with myself as a wife and Mom than I was on my last update. :) God is good! Another positive - that makes me SUPER happy - is that my clothes are fitting better. I have a set of "post baby clothes" that I wore after having Landon and pulled back out after having Allie. It's 3-4 pairs of shorts that are sizes bigger than my "normal" and are my "in between" clothes while I tone back up and slim down. I'm still in bigger shirts because I'm a nursing Mom and well, that's just how things go when you're nursing. :)
This month, I really watched my bread intake. I LOVE bread, but I notice a LOT of bloating and overall yucky feeling when I eat a lot of it. I cut back quite a bit and aim to just have my English Muffin at breakfast (with my Oatmeal). I've noticed a big difference in my tummy by doing that. I also started running consistently each week. I aim for 1-2 days a week. I'd LOVE to do more than that, but I just can't with 2 kids and our schedule. I'm working out at least 3 days a week and usually 4-5 days. I'm working HARD during my workouts! I've been doing 22 Minute Hard Corps which I LOVE! Bootcamp style workouts done in just 22 minutes!? Yes please! It's perfect for a quick nap time workout and shower! We also bought some battle ropes that I'm OBSESSED with! Oh my word, I love those things. I looked up tons of exercises on Youtube and have been incorporating them into my weekly routine at least once a week. It's killer cardio and good for my core and upper body too. I'm doing other things like my own created workouts, Les Mills Combat (kickboxing), 21 Day Fix, and Les Mills Body Pump. I like variety, so I switch it up each week and do something different each day.
I'm still healing my distasis recti (ab seperation due to pregnancy) and avoiding majority of ab exercises. Both because of the distatsis recti and because of having a C-section. Some moves are simply not possible after a C-section due to the muscles being cut. I have 5-6 distasis recti moves I do after each workout that work my core yet work to heal and close the separation. I've seen some improvement in the width of my separation. When I first checked it, right around my 6 week apt, I was right around 3 fingers wide. Now I'm about 2-2.5. That is almost healed as 2-2.5 is considered "normal" by most experts. I'm still working to heal it and avoiding the no-no exercises for a while more. My core is also getting stronger and my back isn't as sore and weak, yes!
I'm really proud of some achievements this month. I ran 2 miles without stopping. It felt amazing! I went out one night after the kids went to bed, as the sun was setting and banged out 2 miles. I had only ran with the stroller and no longer than 6 minutes at a time without taking breaks. I have also done box jumps again!! I tried around the 6 week mark and did one but it felt weak and weird so I waited until I'd recovered more and built up more strength and went for it a couple weeks ago. I was SO excited! I was working out with a friend and she laughed at all my celebrating. I've since done several of them in other workouts too. It feels so good to get those back. I LOVE box jumps! I also do most of the push-ups during workouts on my toes. I still have to go to my knees occasionally, but do most of them on my toes! Yes!!!!
These pieces of progress, mixed with the way I feel, the toning I'm seeing and just an overall good headspace has really made it a great 30+ days! I'm so thankful for these 30 day challenges to keep me accountable to my weekly routine, my daily eating, and remembering my focus --- to honor Christ with my body. PLUS, I'm so happy to have KILLER at-home workout programs I can do without having to take my 3 month old to the gym daycare.
One thing I'm hoping to implement this month is a gym class or two. Simply put, I need to be better at "Mommy only time". It's been hard because I'm nursing Allie and she isn't taking a bottle. (Grrr!) Ben and I have talked about it though and we're hoping I can get to a class on Saturdays here and there for a little "me time"! I'm also going to try and register for a 5K in the Fall this month to keep me motivated for running. I love having goals to meet.
So that's where I'm at, at 17 weeks postpartum with baby #2 -- after my SECOND C-section!!
Ladies, it IS possible to feel good in your skin and look in the mirror and smile after babies. Even after C-sections! It's also possible to have BUSY schedules and still get in KICK BUTT workouts at home! I'd love to have you join my next 30 day challenge and see for yourself. If you want information, shoot me an email: teamshape.her@gmail
If you're needing a new workout, I'd be happy to help you there too! Maybe you want info on some of the programs I'm doing currently? 21 Day Fix or 22 Minute Hard Corps. If so, let me know!!!