body after bump: month 5

I’m so close.  So close I can taste it.  This is the first month where I’ve felt my pre-pregnancy weight was within reach.  And does it feel good?!  I’ve been working really hard to keep my diet in check and I’m really pushing myself on my workouts and I can tell that it’s making a difference.  While the inches didn’t really budge this month, I am still seeing some changes in the way things fit and my confidence is higher than it’s ever been.


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4 Months

5 Months


Weight: 134.4 lbs 126.6 lbs 123.6 lbs Month: -3 lbs
Total: -10.8 lbs
Arms: 10.5 in 10.25 in 10.5 in Month: +0.5
Total: 0
Chest: 32.25 in 28 in 29 in Month: +1
Total: –3.25
Waist: 31 in 28 in 27.75 in Month: –0.25
Total: –3.25
Umbilicus: 37.5 in 33 in 32.75 in Month: –0.25
Total: –4.75
Hips: 39.25 in 36 in 36 in Month: 0
Total: –3.25
Thighs: 22.25 in 21.5 in 21.5 in

Month: 0
Total: –0.75




Not a lot of change in the numbers, but I can see much more definition in my arms and abs.  I just finished the 2nd stage of NROLFW (I HATE wide grip deadlifts) and am excited for the next several stages.  It continues to challenge me every day and I definitely think it is helping me gain my strength back to where it was pre-pregnancy.

Now that I am getting closer to my “goal” weight, I’m starting to think of non-weight related goals to keep me motivated.  One thing that is on my fitness bucket list is to be able to do an unassisted pullup from a dead hang (I can do one starting with my elbows slightly bent, but I think that’s cheating).  I’ve started adding negative pullups (start with your chin above the bar and slowly lower down – these are killer!) and inverted rows to my workouts in an attempt to do this.  I am getting close, but I still have a lot of work to do.

As far as running goes, I have time goals I want to eventually hit (a sub-19:30 5K is my dream), but I’m not close to those yet, so I am wanting to add more barefoot runs to my schedule and also increase my training load with a few 2-a-days when I have the time.  These sort of go hand-in-hand as I need to increase barefoot time and mileage slowly, so my extra runs will be my barefoot runs (does that make sense?).  I read recently that training load/volume is actually more important than running long, so I figure, why not give it a shot?!

While I didn’t see a ton of changes in my body this month, my body has still changed significantly.  My hips are wider.  My stomach is poochier (due to stretched out skin).  I still have  a faint vertical line running down the center of my stomach.  I have a 4 inch scar that is still bright red, raised, and sensitive to the touch.  My body is different than it used to be before I had a baby and I’m starting to realize that just like a baby changes your life, your body is going to be totally different too.  I don’t think I’ll ever fit into those coveted “skinny” jeans again and I’m OK with that.  I am loving my new added curves and the little pooch that I have is less of a deal now than it would have been pre-pregnancy.  Oh, and that scar?  It’s my tattoo that reminds me on a daily basis that I grew a baby in my belly and brought her to life.  And that is AMAZING!  I’ve never loved my body as much as I do now because I know that it can do incredible things!

And I have a beautiful little girl to prove just how amazing it is! 


What are some of your non-weight related goals?

  • I think you are doing a fantastic job! You look great 🙂

  • I’ve made my piece with the fact that it will be all tankinis for me from now on. Seeing as how I’m almost 30 and have had two children, it’s probably a good idea anyway. ; )

  • Love that you are doing dead lifts! Your goals sound great. If your scar is still sensitive, you should look in to scar mobilization. It will also help your body (incision area) get ready for the next one if you go down that road =). And BTW, my body is permanently changed with three kids too but would not change it in place of healthy babies. Those that bounce back perfectly should thank genetics. Great effort getting back in shape with work+baby!
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  • Awesome work, gives me hope I’ll get there at some point

  • Great job Kristen! Looks at that baby smile! 🙂