Life has so many chapters – mine has definitely started a new one with the addition of my son! He arrived a little over 5 weeks ago and the time has been flying by. It is absolutely crazy how upside down my life has been flipped since I saw that positive pregnancy test last August. I took a break from this blog since my goals were a bit different and not so weight loss focused. But now that my little guy is here – I have some work to do on myself! So it seemed like a good time to give this blog another go and hopefully I’ll find inspiration among my current followers to help me with this next chapter in my thirty story journey!
First off – you have to meet Daxton. He’s the cutest, right?
I know I’m a bit biased, but I can’t help but to think “we did a good job” every time I see him. It’s so crazy how people say “having kids will change your life!” – and you think, whatever. But it’s true. I agree. My life and my priorities….are just not as important anymore as taking care of him. But in saying that I also realize that taking good care of me means I can be around longer to take care of him. It’s a new type of inspiration – and it’s exactly what I need right now when finding time to exercise seems like an impossible task.
So here’s the update on me and some of my goals post-pregnancy. Here’s the cold, hard truth – I gained 46 pounds during my pregnancy. That was about 16 pounds more than I wanted to gain – but I can’t change that now. I guess the good news is, I didn’t really gain weight all over my body. It really was mostly belly. I know that because now that he’s here – I can wear most of my pre-pregnancy clothes with the exception of things that require buttoning up around my hips/belly area. The legs still fit fine. And of course, my shirts fit a bit differently as I’m now what my dad lovingly refers to as “mobile meals.” Thanks, dad.
I ended up having a c-section after a day of labor. It was unexpected, although not an emergency situation – but still, the recovery has been slow going. Especially since I’m not great at following instructions to “take it easy” and decided I should clean the house, do laundry and take care of my baby the first week I was home from the hospital. That put me right back to square one – and I’ve learned my lesson. Slow and steady in the beginning so I don’t set myself up for injury.
I got the go ahead from my doctor to start working out again – but I’m sure he doesn’t mean – go teach TURBO tomorrow sort of thing. Honestly, I couldn’t even if I wanted to – I’m just out of shape at this point. I’m happy to say I’ve already lost 37 pounds since delivery and that is with no working out. I also haven’t been eating “diet” type foods – but trying not to stuff my face with chocolate or anything.
The hubby and I are making slow progress back toward paleo/primal eating, but it’s slow as well since when people bring you meals you sort of eat whatever people bring you, right?
Here’s a list of my goals right now:
Get to pre-preggo weight: Lose 9 pounds
Find an easy at home work out routine to integrate into my crazy baby centric schedule: Thinking maybe a few sections of my TurboKick each day for maybe 20-30 minutes? Realize this may happen over the course of a few hours as it’s rare to get a huge chunk of interupted time!
Continue to move toward Paleo/Primal Lifestyle again: Already doing this with the meals we make for lunch/dinner. Shooting for an 80/20 pattern at this point.
I think that’s a good start. I am excited about making progress toward these goals. I know that I’m not going to ever be exactly as I was before – and even then, I was a work in progress. I need to not only lose the pounds (plus a few more after that as I wasn’t at my lowest when we got pregnant) but I need to work on adding back muscle and endurance!
Would love any advice or success stories from others in the same boat! Or if you are working on this right now as well – would love to have you join me on my new journey!