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Gettin’ Naked Series: 6 Weeks Postpartum Pics and Plan

I’m clear for take off.  Had my check-up with the OB, got a new battery for my scale, and I reset all of my info on my online food log to be adjusted for nursing calories.  I’m ready to dial in on what I’m taking in for nutrition and turn my workouts up a notch.  Ok, I all ready did that.  If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve seen that I’ve been doing Tabata workouts.  If you’ve never done one, they are quick bursts of high intensity followed by short rest periods.  It’s interval training on speed.  If you only have a few times a week to workout, this is a workout you’ll want to include.  I am also doing circuit training (lifting with cardio included) to keep my calorie burn up while strengthening and building muscle (my fat burners).  I am shooting for 4 workouts/week now, 2 are the circuit training and 2 are interval cardio.  All of my workouts are now 45-60 minutes each.  I will be working out 1x/week at home and I will share what I do on Facebook and Pinterest because I know many of you mamas need ideas of what you can do at home, especially with the kiddlings around.  I never know how much information is too much information.  So, if you read this and want more information on what I am doing for workouts, please comment and let me know.  I’d be happy to go into more detail about my workouts.  I just don’t want to bore you with the unnecessary details.

Last week, my nutrition goals were drinking 2 big bottles of water each day and limiting my sugar intake to 2 treats out of 7 days.  Happy to say I met both of those goals, but not without some struggle and accountability.  (I’m going to talk about that in another post this week.)  Another overall goal or focus I have is to fight the fat talk.  I don’t remember every saying or even thinking fat talk this last week!  I even got on the scale at the doctor’s office and while the number was a little higher than I thought it would be, it didn’t bother me.  That’s a victory for this person who always tends to have too high of expectations.

Another something exciting happened this week.

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My wedding ring fits again!  Yee haw!

Now to be honest, I’d really like to fit into pants that aren’t maternity pants.  The belly band at the top is annoying without a pregnant belly and they tend to slide down.  But, knowing I am ready to focus in on the next season of post-partum, I am sure the weight will come off and I’ll be in my other pants.  Insert “apply patience” here.

Here are my 6 week postpartum stats.

  • My wedding ring fits, but my non-maternity pants don’t.
  • I have lost 24.5 pounds since having the baby (without focusing on weight loss…it’s just what happens after delivery.)
  • I have roughly 20 pounds left to lose.  I remember with my last pregnancy, I was about 8 weeks post-partum when I had about 10-12 pounds left to lose.  I also remember that for my first and third pregnancy, it took almost 4 months to be at pre-pregnancy weight, but probably more like 9 months to look more like my pre-pregnancy body.  Keeping that in mind to stay realistic and patient.
  • I bought a battery for my scale so I’ll weigh in each week to let you know how it’s going, but also to make sure I am getting the right amount of calories with nursing.

This week’s plan and goals:

Plan:

Exercise:  As I mentioned before, I will workout 4x.  Two of them will be interval cardio and the other two will be circuit strength training that includes cardio bursts.  I am going to keep tabs on how much weight I am using so that I can challenge myself each week.

Nutrition:  I am staying with 2 treats out of 7 days again.  I want to replace my habit with a healthy habit and identify when I am craving it to see what my body REALLY needs.  (I am going to talk about this in my next post as well.)  I am also going to keep a food log on sparkpeople.com.  I’ve set my calorie range for 1700-2000 to begin.  This is important for many reasons.  It keeps me accountable to my goal.  It helps me identify the right amount of calories for my body.  It also keeps me from mindless eating.

Overall focus stays the same.  No fat talk!  I have been taking my strips off of my wall and I am working on celebrating small successes!  I painted my toes one night instead of doing something “productive” as a “me treat” for not eating my treats :)  I am also going to download a few new songs this week for my cardio workouts.

Here I am again, 6 weeks from having my Baby numero quatro!

6 weeks post partum

 

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