Ugh, how is my baby girl already 1 month old?! I’m not liking how fast the time is going by and I’m doing my best not to think about going back to work in January. I guess the good thing is that I am off through the holidays… #brightside
I am slowly but surely making progress back to my pre-pregnancy size, but it is going much slower than I expected. People have been telling me that as long as I’m breastfeeding, the weight will just melt right off. Well, after a month of breastfeeding, I’ve only lost 2 pounds. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s melting right off.
I think breastfeeding is turning out way different for me than most people. I haven’t had that uncomfortable engorgement feeling everyone talks about. I have used the nipple cream maybe 2 or 3 times. I’m not ravenously hungry every day (some days I am, but most days I’m not). And I definitely don’t feel like my throat or lips are any drier than usual. I guess this is just another way that each woman is different. Or, I’m just strange and everyone else is normal. But, I really think my body is going to tend to hold on to that weight as long as I’m breastfeeding. I tend to hold on to weight when I need it most, like marathon training, etc. It’s just how my body functions. So, we’ll see in a few months what happens when/if I’m no longer breastfeeding. OK, end of tangent.
However, I’m doing my best not to focus on the number on the scale. Would I like to get back to my pre-preggo weight? Of course! But, it’s not my ultimate goal. My number 1 goal (besides caring for my precious baby) is getting back into running, which I’ve luckily been able to do this week!
I am starting off extremely slow. I only took a month off of running, so I’m sure I could jump back in pretty easily, but I know my body is still trying to heal and I tend to get injured fairly easily, so I want to take my time with it and do it right. I am following Run University’s 10-week Couch to 10K training plan since it’s a bit more aggressive than other plans. I chose it because it seems to fit my training level and ability, but is still a bit conservative on how quickly you get back to just running (no walking) and how many miles per week you run. And I am feeling pretty good after completing the first week of the plan. (I’ll be reporting back on Monday to tell you exactly how it went.)
Let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we?
|1 week postpartum||1 month postpartum||Total lost|
|Weight:||-16.2 lbs||-2.2 lbs||18.4 pounds|
|Arms:||-0.75 inches||-0 inches||0.75 inches|
|Chest:||-1.75 inches||-0.75 inches||2.5 inches|
|Waist:||-3.5 inches||+1 inch||2.5 inches|
|Stomach:||-1.25 inches||-2.75 inches||4 inches|
|Hips:||-0 inches||-1.25 inches||1.25 inches|
|Thighs:||-0.25 inches||-0.5||0.75 inches|
[I’d say there some postural changes that account for some of the differences in the 2nd picture.]
My biggest concerns are my hips + stomach, as that’s where I tend to carry most of my weight and gain easily in those areas. (Although the fact that my waist went up an inch makes me think otherwise.) I am pretty lucky to be back in most of my pre-preggo clothes, although I wore most of them throughout pregnancy. The one clothing item I would really like to get back into though are my jeans since I hate my maternity jeans with a flaming passion.
Unfortunately, I tried them on this past weekend and still couldn’t get them over my hips. Boo. But, I’m happy to see that I actually lost some inches on my hips, so hopefully I will be telling you next month that they actually fit! Until then, I am going to buy another pair of jeans a size bigger until those jeans fit.
I am happy to be back running (ish), but I know that all the exercise in the world isn’t going to get me back to where I would like to be. I really have to crack down on my eating in order to get there. I’m finding it really difficult to go from the pregnant mindset of “I can eat whatever I want because I’m pregnant” to “I really need to start eating much better because I’m not pregnant anymore.” Like I said, breastfeeding is not helping me in this department. I’m trying to really focus on eating healthier food with the occasional indulgences (handfuls of M&M’s probably are a little too frequent in my diet), thus the weekly What I Ate Wednesday posts to keep me accountable.
So, there you have it. I’m happy to see progress, although it’s much slower than I expected. But, I feel really good with how I look and am ecstatic to be back in my running shoes regularly again!