Post-Baby Body

So today I’m going to do something I have never done in the history of this little blog, share my opinion on fitness / weight / body after baby and the like. Single girls this post is not for you. Sure you can pin it or bookmark it in some hidden folder on your desktop to dust it off one day but I want to be clear that all the body crazy comes after baby and well, I don’t want to scare you. You see I don’t even really remember what my pre-baby body was like. Sure I have photos to look back on but it’s as if I’m looking at a strange sister that never really existed. Its almost 4 years to the month that I got pregnant for the first time and sometimes I can’t really even remember what tight skin on my tummy felt like or a time when I could get up without my lower lumbar area in pain (diastasis recti can do that to a girl). The other day I held up a pair of size 25 Hudsons and just chuckled and threw them in the will-sell-on-instagram-bc-its-never-gonna-happen-again pile.

What I’m about to say might not be the popular choice. You might disagree with me. You might even be inclined to give me your unsolicited nasty opinions in the comments. Because after all weight and our bodies are a sensitive issue. But let me warn you in advance that you will be wasting your energy and the taps of your finger bc I reserve the right to delete any nastiness from my comments. Ok let’s go.

I feel like whenever I am searching on the internet or scrolling through Pinterest searching for body after baby inspiration or reading up on post-baby bodies I see two types of moms. The “already insanely in-shape, all up in my face, beasting their workouts and surviving on a diet of kale” wonder-moms. Or the “my body is beautiful and created life I’m just going to own my lumps and lay on the couch and eat cheetos forever” types. I’m here to say I want to live in the space in-between. Maybe there isn’t a lot out there on the “fairly in-shape working towards a hot body” mom because it’s boring to read about or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places.

So this post (or series of posts) is for the moms out there who are proud to be working towards a better and healthier version of yourself. You’re not ashamed to say you aren’t 100% pleased with your current level of fitness and you aren’t afraid to give yourself some grace and eat the pizza or order the cheese dip. So if you want to be fit, have energy, lose a couple of lbs and look as damn near close to your pre-baby body as humanly possible then sit down and stay awhile.

Now for the good stuff. When I got pregnant with Hayden I weighted 138 lbs. That was a good 7 lbs of happy-marriage weight added on from when I got married and weighed 131. I gained 38 lbs with Hayden putting me at 176 and then lost it all within 7 months. I also quit working, went to the gym every day and only had one kid so don’t compare yourself to that me. I’m merely explaining it for reference. Over the next couple of months (hello Holidays) I crept back up to 140 and then put on 41 lbs with baby #2 which left me at 181. I’m now 14 months post partum and have only lost 26 lbs meaning I still have 17 more lbs to lose before I get back to 138. If I’m being honest I would love to be back around 135 but I’m going to go for 138 first. You might be shocked right now that I just spilled my weight (it’s 155 btw) but I’m telling you because I honestly don’t care about numbers on the scale and I want to encourage you not to care either. Let’s care instead about inches!! And the jeans we get to buy!

Right now you might be a skeptic about my “I don’t care about weight” comment but let me try and explain. I honestly think your weight doesn’t matter one bit. Sure it can be an indicator of health but there are skin calipers and body fat analyzing scales for that. Really all weight does for me is let me know exactly how many people can fit into an elevator before I need to start having a panic attack. If you’re going to be vein and care what you look like then you should care about inches, not lbs. After all inches are what lets you fit into those skinny jeans and what makes you actually look like you weigh less and are toned. You can be little and solid or big and fluffy and still weigh the same. I choose little and solid every day of the week.

I want to be fit, toned, and able to run 3 miles (run not jog) without feeling like I’m dying. I want to have hard abs again and feel great playing with my kids at the beach and not worrying about all the extra skin hanging around. Judge me if you want to but I feel good when I look good and I’m not afraid to say it.

I’m so focused on getting my tummy back that I do abs and core work constantly but also know I need to really kill the cardio to help burn the excess fat. To help with matters I recently had CoolSculting done at Upstate Medical Sculpting. A friend of mine runs it and wanted me to try it. They put me in a spa-like room, put a gel pad on my mom pooch, hooked up a suction machine to it and literally froze the fat cells off. I thought it was going to hurt but the area they are suctioning goes completely numb after a minute or two and you have an hour to read or nap or just stare at the ceiling (every new mom’s dream). CoolSculpting works because once the fat cells are frozen they die and your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells. Now if you go right back to eating like crap it won’t prevent you from gaining weight but it will help you get rid of stubborn fat areas. (Can anyone say Christmas present?!?) You have to wait three months to see the results and I honestly thought that it didn’t work at all but when I went in for my follow-up to get photos taken I was literally amazed. I even made a point not to suck in for the follow-up photos. The results were so good it has really motivated me to kick my workouts into overdrive and completely flatten out my tummy. (Ps if you are in the Greenville area and want to try it Abi Hall at Upstate Medical Sculpting did mine and she is great. You can email them at upstatesculpting@gmail.com)

So this is where my for real #BodyAfterBaby journey begins. Enough being lazy about it and being semi-motivated. I’ve paid good money to kill my fat cells and now I need to back it up with a little hard work. I’m going to get serious and attempt to completely overhaul my fitness routine and body by Memorial Day. Yes I am aware that is six months away but I want this to be a complete lifestyle change and not some fad diet or cleanse. And I want to do it while still living my life and not being an obsessive crazy person. Here are my tentative goals:

  • To make working out a priority. That’s starting by forcing myself to get up early and workout before my family gets up because at the end of the day that is truly the only time I have for myself.
  • To be serious about tracking my caloric intake. And not just calories but more importantly macros. My daily macro goal is going to be to eat 40% of my calories from protein, 30% fat and 30% carbs. I am going to eat as many natural ingredients as possible but also let myself live a little with 2 cheat meals a week. I say 2 because if we go on date and then I go out with my girfriends or we go out with our friends I want to have some prosecco and cheese, ok? Or maybe I will just have a bad day and need some nuggets so that nobody gets hurt.
  • To run a half marathon or do a sprint-tri sometime this spring. This sounds daunting but I strangely like the idea of making myself do something that I hate (running) to get back in shape. I feel like I will have that much more satisfaction post-race when I’m all “that was the worst thing I’ve ever done and I did it anyways”. More on if I regret this later. Please send all your pointers.
  • When I’m not working towards conquering this run I’ll be doing my Nike Training App, Kayla Itsines workouts or follow videos from Emily Skye.

And what is the point of starting a new fitness journey if you can’t look good while doing so. Here are some items on my fitness apparel wish-list.

If you have any running tips, favorite workout gear, playlists or healthy recipes please put them all in the comments! I need all of the help I can get.