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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. Sure I have photos to look back on, but it’s as if I’m looking at a strange sister that never really existed. It’s almost four years to the month that I got pregnant for the first time, and sometimes I can’t 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 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.

Whenever I am searching on the internet or scrolling through Pinterest searching for post-baby workouts or meal 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 a 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 perhaps I’m just looking in the wrong places.

This post 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.

I don’t care about how much I weigh because your weight doesn’t necessarily indicate health, muscle tone, or overall fitness. Honestly, I 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. 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 care what you look like, you should care about inches, not lbs. After all, inches are what lets you fit into those skinny jeans and what makes you look like you weigh less and are toned. You can be little and muscular or big and fluffy and still weigh the same. I choose little and muscular 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.

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 overhaul my fitness routine and body by Memorial Day completely. Yes, I am aware that it 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 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 will 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 two cheat meals a week. I say two because if we go on a date, and then go out with my girlfriends or go out with our friends, I want to have some prosecco and cheese, ok? Or maybe I will 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 anyway.” 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.

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  1. This is amazing!!! So many props to you, mama for getting real about post baby weight! it’s not easy for the vast majority of women out there and it’s so refreshing to hear an honest perspective outside of the Instagram fluff. You look amazing and are so beautiful…can’t wait to follow along!!! xoxoxo

  2. Katie C says:

    Well let me just put down my prosecco and cheese and shout “Amen!”

  3. Kate says:

    Get it girl! So excited to run our race together and get our bodies back but more importantly minds back. So hard being a mom but when I put myself first (typically at 5:30 AM) its when I have my best days with my family. It took courage to put that out there and I have nothing but positive vibes to send your way! Excited to follow along on your journey!!!

  4. Jordan says:

    I love this! Thanks for the inspiration!! I’m with you! Time to get serious!!!

  5. Emily Lowes says:
    Looks like a cool event so much.

  6. Ashley sellars says:

    Getting baby weight off is super hard and I so struggle with it too. I’m In the obsessive workout mom spectrum and still have 10lbs that won’t come off. Best tip I’ve done: eMeals. No, it’s not food to your house (so expensive by the way)- its weekly planned recipes . It gives you a grocery list of exact ingredients and tells you what to Cook every night. I hate cooking and want to do something fast and easy- and I hate to admit this has been awesome. I selected “clean eating ” and everything has been easy to make, and super delicious. I too haven’t weighed myself lately but anything to help me not think of what to make every night is a win! And it seriously is $44 a year. So that’s my tip- and drink tons of water. I also limit drinks to 3 a week (wine). So not deprivation but I feel like I can tell things are happening!

    That’s what I have to offer and my husband loves it too (did I mention I loathe cooking) and ironically ? There was a chicken and kale recipe which was so good and we were both surprised bc kale is like cardboard and you are starving after. Totally not the case here

    Ashley sellars

    • Gosh it is so hard! And you’re a freak at the working out so that’s good to know it’s not only the semi-unmotivated. I think it just takes longer with each baby to balance out the hormones too! And the recipe thing sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to check it out!

  7. Amanda Schiltz says:

    Cristin, this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear!! Literally, I thought I was reading my life just now…except I have one baby instead of two! I have been wanting to lose some of my baby weight from the first before we get serious about having another one. And more than that, I agree with you in that I simply want to be a strong, fit mom that can hold her own. I want to look good and feel good and lead an overall healthy lifestyle (with some pizza every now and then!). I have been folllowing your blog/Instagram for awhile and I love it! My bank account has suffered from the purchases I’ve made from Nordstrom, but I love that you represent the everyday mom with style and class! Keep it coming! You have motivated as well, thank you!

    • Thanks!! And you can do it!!! Just take it one step at a time! And I’m so happy you like the blog!

      • Stacey O'Keefe says:

        My first visit to your blog was to read this article! There are so many of us in exactly the same place! I have a 4yr old and 18 month old twins and my only coping mechanism with all of that has been stress eating. I’m hoping to change that and be able to turn to healthy foods and exercise for coping in the future! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Margie Bear says:

    Preach sister!! We all want someone REAL to look to and learn from. You are the realist, true to yourself person I know. I love this!

  9. Lynn Thow says:

    Great post!! It’s defiantly a journey! I wish you all the best!

  10. Adrienne Solesbee says:

    This really hit home Cristin!! I am now pregnant with #4 and already dreading losing these pounds I’m gaining by the minute! One program changed my life and it’s free and online- it’s There are no gimmicks- just workouts you can choose based on time, intensity level, area to work out, and equipment. Follow them on Instagram for some motivation. They encourage eating lots of real food and no true dieting- it’s awesome, uplifting and motivating. There’s so many of us on this crazy journey!

    • Thanks Adrienne! I will definitely check it out! This is so funny but I still remember one time from before a dance team practice when you were bragging about how much you weighed bc you had so much muscle. I thought heck yes if tiny Adrienne is solid muscle I don’t feel bad about it either. So thanks for helping 14 year old me with future self confidence 🙂 And four…. holy moly you’re a superwoman!

  11. Suzanne Beaty says:

    This is awesome. Good for you!
    I am currently training for a half marathon with two friends, and our run is 3 wks away. I weigh very close to what you do, at 5’2″, but it’s dropping as I run longer distances. Give yourself the first month to get truly fit- it takes time to get a good breathing rhythm, pace, and acclimate to hills and distance. Before you know it, you will run 5 really well and can keep going. You will be hungrier as your metabolism gets boosted, so meal and snack-prepping is your friend. I eat well during the week, but am more free on wknds, and I still drink wine, prosecco, etc. Stay hydrated.
    Like you, I am doing this for me. I will be 40 next year, and I just need to know I still have it. However, I am not racing, I am finishing this half.
    May your Memorial Day body be its best yet, and the prize of honesty, determination, and hard work! You got this!

  12. Meg says:


    This is so great. I’m not single, obviously don’t have kids and I NEEDED to read this. My 60 hour work weeks and Atlanta commute shot my wedding body to heck. Not to mention there is a little stress and eating on the go. I am just getting back to going to the gym at 5:30 and getting ready for work there (I know. Gross.. that’s why I had to join a fancy adult gym). I am trying to prepare my body for kids the best I can. Knowing that the women of instagram that bounce back in a month are NOT the norm. I would rather read about what to expect from real women I know than think I need to achieve a crazy level of fitness just to bounce back. If you want to throw in tips for before the baby, I’m for it. I’m glad you are doing Kayla workouts… you know those are my favorite! I have the majority of the girls at the office reading your blog now. We could dup your closet combined and love it. Xoxo

  13. First of all, I love this and felt inspired and I don’t even have babies to help with my weight issues (yikes!) I have been LOVING SkyFit App for running — they have treadmill, yoga, strength training, and race training trainers and it’s fab. Thanks for this post, lady!

  14. Lindsay says:

    A few days late reading this, but LOVE it! I am in the same place and my youngest is two! I’m only 5-7 lbs more than my pre-baby body from 9 years ago, but everything is in a different place. Also, 5AM is really the only time I have to actually work out and that happens for a few weeks and then the bed just feels too good to get out of! I hope you track your journey- I need the inspiration. : )

  15. Jena Pate says:

    Always love your posts, but especially this one! I had my second 6 months ago and used to personal train and do figure comps (pre babies) and weight lifting is where it’s at!! I know bodies don’t go back to how they were before babies, but I think the new version can be even better with the right workout and diet! I hate running, too so I’m doing the Cooper River Bridge run in CHS again this spring ha

  16. Jen says:

    I love this post… just started following you…I love your transparency and “realness” You are beautiful and I am with you… don’t focus on #s but feeling healthy and improving on you whatever that may look like. Comparison is the thief of JOY!

  17. Ashley says:

    I am extremely late reading this I know, but this is precisely what I needed to read. I’m 31, mom of 2 (who are 20 months apart), and needing motivation. After baby #1, the weight seemed to fall off. Baby #2, coming off at a snail’s pace, and he will be 14 months old next week. I still have baby weight to lose, and am currently 155-157 pounds (but I’m not muscle 155, I’m fluffy 155 lol). I have been jogging 2.5 miles several days a week, and struggling to get speed up. So, I say all that to essentially reveal exactly why I needed this today. Thank you for being real!