body after bump: month 3

This past month has been a struggle. Going in to it, I told myself that it was the holidays and to enjoy myself, not worry about losing weight but still eating mindfully. That’s what I told myself; however, that’s not what I did.

It’s hard to see progress when you’re not doing anything to make progress. Sure, I’ve been running and working out, but quite honestly, my nutrition has been atrocious. Too many handfuls of M&M’s, jelly beans, and chocolate covered pretzels. I need to stop telling myself it’s OK, because it’s obviously not – I have hardly seen the scale budge at all this month.

December 20111

December 20112

1 week postpartum 2 months postpartum 3 months postpartum Difference
Weight 134.4 129.2 128.6 Month: 0.6
Total: 5.8
Arms 10.5 in 10.75 in 10.5 in Month: .25
Total: 0
Chest 32.25 in 31.5 in 31.5 in Month: 0
Total: .75
Waist 31 in 30 in 29.75 in Month: .25
Total: 1.25
Umbilicus 37.5 in 35.25 in 35 in Month: .25
Total: 2.5
Hips 39.25 in 37.5 in 37.5 in Month: 0
Total: 1.75
Thighs 22.25 in 22.25 in 21.5 in Month: .75
Total: .75

I feel like I look about 13 weeks pregnant again – instead of looking 13 weeks postpartum. (It sure doesn’t look like I lost any inches in my tummy, but I’m hoping that’s because I had just eaten dessert! Note to self: take picture BEFORE dessert!) I’m definitely frustrated, but I know I only have myself to blame.

So, it’s time to stop waiting around, stop making excuses, and DO SOMETHING about it! Have you seen Meghann? She wrote a great post on what she changed to take off a few extra pounds she had put on while training for a Half Ironman. And, girl is looking hawt now! Seriously. I’m a tad bit jealous of how awesome she looks. (Not that she looked bad before, of course!) And she didn’t do anything drastic – she focused on eating more protein, moving more, and watching her portions. Simple as that. If she can do it, I know that I can too!

Here’s the plan:

Running

I’m still training and building my endurance, trying to get faster. I would love to just do HIIT workouts all the time because I know I’d see a lot more progress, but training for a half marathon just doesn’t work that way. So, I’m just going to keep my focus the same – getting faster and running longer.

Strength Training

While I absolutely LOVE the concept of New Rules of Lifting for Women, I don’t really have the time to do it right now. I am planning on re-starting the program in the summer, starting at where I’m leaving off half way through Stage 1.

Instead of doing NROLFW, I am going back to my tried-and-true strength training: CrossFit. I’ll be working out harder and won’t be spending nearly as much time in the gym, which is exactly what I need right now. CrossFit kicks my butt, but also keeps me totally motivated and wanting more. I’ve gotten in my best shape with CrossFit and I am hoping it will do the same thing for me now.

Nutrition

Oh, the biggie. Like I said yesterday, I’m trying to eat better. I’m still trying to avoid counting calories, but I have plugged it in a few days last week. There are actually times when I think I’m not eating enough during the day and make up for it with my handfuls of candy. Not good. I’ve been eating about 2000 calories per day, but with breast feeding and running, I definitely think I need closer to 2500. I’m going to count calories for a few days/weeks, aiming for around 2300 calories per day and see if that makes any difference. I think that will keep me a little more satiated during the day so I’m not pigging out at night.

I am also trying to focus on getting more protein in my diet. As a vegetarian, it can be difficult at times. We recently bought a HUGE bag of protein powder at Costco and I am making it a point to put that in my smoothies every morning. I am also adding in more nuts + beans, since I tend to focus on getting my protein through cheese. I’m not giving up cheese and think it’s a great source of vegetarian protein, but it’s also high in saturated fat. Nuts + beans still have some fat, but more good fat than bad. Score.

Move More

You’d think that going from sitting at home with a baby for 12 weeks to standing almost 8 hours a day would be movement enough, but I’m realizing I’m not taking advantage of the little things I can get in to move more. My kids run laps every day at the beginning of class. Instead of just watching them run their laps, I am starting to run with them. I’m not running fast – most of the kids can walk faster than I “wog”, but it’s something extra. Plus, when they see me running, they get a little more excited to run themselves. (Let’s face it, some of my students are just flat out lazy.) It’s a win-win situation! I might not do this everyday with every class, but I figured a little extra movement might be enough to help get some of this weight off.

So, that’s the plan. I need to get my butt into gear or I’m never going to see this weight come off. While I don’t think I’m fat whatsoever (oh, pregnancy has changed my perspective on that for sure), I’m definitely not exactly where I want to be. I know I’ll get there, but not if I don’t start trying…

What ways can you add more movement to your day? How are you doing with your goals so far this year?

  • Debbie

    You look great! Stop beating yourself up!

    • Kristen

      Thanks Debbie! I’m eating your soup today for lunch, BTW!

  • Agreed. You look awesome how you are now. Don’t sweat it! 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Thanks! Definitely trying to look past it! It’s not the end of the world, for sure!

  • I know this probably isn’t what you want to hear, but i think you look great!!! And youre a great mom, so that’s the most important thing! And if you don’t want those extra handfuls of MnMs, pass them my way! 😉
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    • Kristen

      Thanks Abby! <3

  • for the record–you’re probably a LOT harder on yourself than you need to be. i don’t blame you bc i know i’ll be the same way, but you look GREAT! …and ultimately you have the cutest baby ever which is better than being a certain weight right?! 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Thanks girl! And yes, I care more about that little girl than I do about my pants size!

  • Amy

    We all hit road blocks from time to time, but it sounds like you have a great plan. I have discovered that doing my own private “30 day challenge” can be really helpful. Sometimes it’s to give up something for 30 days, other times it’s doing something everyday for 30 days. Write now I’m doing a 30DC of what I call the “Skinny Jean Shuffle.” 🙂
    And I agree – you look great =)
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    • Kristen

      I love the idea of a 30 Day Challenge! Definitely something I need to think about doing!

  • Three thoughts – I think you need to give yourself a break for last month. You went back to work full time which was a major adjustment.

    Winter REALLY hit this month. I was doing great getting out walking (my gym membership is still on hold), but have only been able to get out once this week. The weather and the darkness DO matter.

    I am sure you know this, but if you want to lose *weight* you really just need to focus on nutrition/calories. Losing weight is at LEAST 80% food and 20% exercise. You might not be there yet mentally to be counting calories and losing weight.

    It sounds like you are already doing lots of things to put yourself on the right track, but give yourself a break and time to get rolling again. The sleep deprivation is NOT pretty, and I find that nursing is so time consuming, it kills my day (I have a sloooow nurser).
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    • Kristen

      Thanks! That’s why I’m really focusing on nutrition. I workout pretty much everyday because I love it, but I also love M&M’s and cookies, and I need to find moderation when it comes to those things. I definitely don’t want to cut them out, but I can’t keep continuing to think that I can stuff myself silly just because I’m nursing.

  • Don’t beat yourself up! It took you 9 months to change your body, give it 9 months to get back to how it was. And look at your sweet baby girl and think about how she’s worth it all! Sounds like a good plan though!
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    • Kristen

      I agree with the 9 months up, 9 months down concept! I’m not beating myself up too much, but I just hate seeing a stall in my progress. July 7 is my date to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight/size, so I have plenty of time!

  • Melissa

    Hi Kristen, I’ve been reading for a few months now and enjoying your perspectives on fitness and motherhood! My little boy is just a bit older than MacKenna, he was born on October 5. I am impressed with your dedication to get back into running. I stopped when I was about 3 months pregnant due to feeling uncomfortable and then started 6 weeks after my son was born, but stopped again when it got too cold outside! (We live in New England.) I am working hard to be proud of my “mom tummy” due to what my body was able to do rather than beat myself up over not fitting into my old pants yet. I do the same thing with candy- my milk supply goes down when I don’t eat enough and I started telling myself that a “bad calorie” is better than no calories, aka, if candy is all that’s around it’s better to eat it than to eat nothing. I’m not convinced that it’s totally untrue but I need to work a lot harder at having good calories around!

    • Kristen

      I LOVE your thought process! I think I’m having difficulty wrapping my mind around the thought that eating more calories will help me lose weight. My milk supply is still doing good (not great) so I know I’m at least eating enough for that!

  • Gah! I *think* we are training for the same half (Go! St. Louis) and like you, I need to focus on nutrition! I’m such a night time snacker, last night I ate 1 brownie and finished the bag of Goldfish crackers! I love working out but can’t seem to get my eating on track.

    To add more movement to my desk job, I’ve created a perch (a la fANNEtasticfood). I’m standing, swaying, walking, etc more. Even an extra 100 calories a day from this movement is a sometime!
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    • Kristen

      YES! Have you run it before? It’s definitely not my favorite race because the course is hard, but it’s the closest to home. And I understand with the night time snacking – I’m really bad about trying to make up for calories missed at night. I need to do better at spreading them out throughout the day.

      • Agh night time snacking is my weakness!!!
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      • I haven’t ran it before! My sister recently moved to Southern Illinois and this was a race close to her, so I’m coming down from Michigan.

        I’ve heard the course is hard and honestly, I’m not looking forward to it at all 🙁
        Katie @ cooklaughmove recently posted..New Years Eve 2011

        • Kristen

          It’s not the worst I’m sure, but a bunch of rolling hills the whole time. Do hills!

  • You look great momma…give youself some credit. I hit a plateau right around 3-4 months postpartum as well. Sounds like you know what you need to do and I love how you said ‘It’s hard to see progress when you’re not doing anything to make progress’…something lots of people need to admit to themselves, myself included at times! 🙂
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  • Kristen’s Mom and M’s Gigi

    I need to remember what you said and apply it to myself: Don’t expect progress (weight loss) if you are not doing anything to make progress! We are leaving for the Caribbean in 25 days! I don’t think I can lose 25 pounds by then, so it makes me want to not do anything. I know – stupid! I need to focus on losing 5 pounds before I go – at least a little more realistic! (And I’m so sorry that I passed down the “M&M and cookie” gene to you!)

  • Jen

    I think you look great and your runs keep impressing me! But I know how you feel. Isn’t breast-feeding supposed to help the pounds melt off? I am just as frustrated with my body, too. At 8weeks pregnant, I bought jeans in a size bigger than my usual size. I can’t even get into those jeans yet. Ugh. I know we’ll both get there eventually! I think making small nutrition changes is key for me, too. Good luck, girl!
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  • You look awesome!! Seriously, I know how hard it is to still feel like you have a “pooch” in your stomach. I still feel like that and my third baby is 7 months old. It took me an entire year to lose that pooch with my first two babies so I am not beating myself up nearly as much this time around. I am a teacher too and went back to work full time after my first and second baby so I can totally relate to the early wake up calls, pumping wherever you can find time and trying to still get that workout in to keep your sanity in check. I can also relate to wanting to eat m&m’s and chocolate covered pretzels:). Running a half-marathon is a great goal for you right now and to be able to do that while working full time, being a mom and still find time for training is amazing. You do a great job of staying positive about the not so great stuff like having to go back to work with a newborn in daycare.

    As a runner myself I know how great it feels to start to get that speed back and feel like yourself again. Don’t beat yourself up too bad. You are doing great, your little girl is adorable and before you know it all those pounds will be gone!! Thanks for sharing your journey. Its honestly inspiring to me!

  • For what it’s worth.. I think you look awesome. I’m 11 weeks PP and wish I looked that good. Drat to the 60 pounds I gained. 😉 You can be my inspiration! Haha.

    • Kristen

      Aw, we’ll get there! 🙂

  • Really, you’re looking great girl. You’re definitely an inspiration!
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    • Kristen

      Thank you!

  • You.look.amazing! I know we set some expectations for ourselves and when they are not me it is easy to be hard on your ownself, but really you are doing very well. I want to have the same motivation post baby.
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    • Kristen

      Thank you! And yes, I am definitely hard on myself, but I think having high expectations keeps me motivated to achieve them.