Body After Baby — Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

You see this?

ATM-bibIt’s the race bib for the race I didn’t run yesterday.

I was signed up for the Army 10 Miler. As in, I was supposed to run 10 miles yesterday.

At 6 weeks postpartum, I decided to sign up for the race. So, I put together a running plan. This left me 8 weeks to get ready. Definitely not long enough to be running any PRs but enough to be back in shape and do some decent splits.

Workouts got a bit tough toward the end of pregnancy, but I kept up with it. Once Callan arrived and I was feeling better, we started going on walks. Sometimes in the stroller and sometimes in the Moby. We started walking at about 3 weeks and it was too soon. (PM me if you want to know how I knew.) We tried again around 4 weeks and I was good to go. The weather was so hot and that kept us in a few days but we tried as much as we could.

Then I started my race training. By the end of the first week, I was already hitting a wall. I’d lost my motivation. I knew it would be hard to get back into it, but I also thought running would come fairly easily. I mean, I’ve just dropped 23 pounds and should feel weightless, right? My legs were just tired and heavy. I kept it up for a few weeks but once things got a bit busy, I basically stopped. So, for the last three weeks, I’ve been quite lazy.

Honestly, the biggest motivation for me staying active is to stay thin. I hit my pre-pregnancy weight right at 6 weeks postpartum. Since then, I’ve even dropped a few extra. Unfortunately, losing the weight so quickly kind of made me lose my motivation.

39 Weeks – Oh, that looks painful now. And, my puffy eyes!

39 Weeks

A few days after Callan was born.

Callan Andrew-0470

Yes, some of it’s genes; but, I did work out my entire pregnancy and started back-up as soon as I could. I know that, plus breast feeding, contributed to losing the weight. That doesn’t mean things look the same. There is some major toning needed.

Here’s what I’m struggling with:

  1. I’m at my happy weight so less motivated to work out.
  2. We don’t belong to a gym anymore and it’s getting colder outside. I hate being cold and I really do miss the equipment at a gym. (Joining a gym isn’t an option as they’re too far from our house.)
  3. Timing. I can’t just leave the house while Little Dude sleeps and I’m much better at working out in the morning than in the evening.

Here’s what should be motivating me:

  1. I’m not toned and even though the number on the scale looks good, I’m not happy with the way I look.
  2. I usually enjoy working out.
  3. Callan – It’s very important he sees us healthy and active.

So, what’s a girl to do?

My first step in getting back into the groove is joining in with some others. I’m going to Best Body Bootcamp!!! I’ve seen a few other bloggers getting involved so I couldn’t wait to sign-up for the next session. Here we go!

Day 1 — a success!

I need your help mommies (and others!). How do I motivate myself? How long did it take you to get back into shape?

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4 thoughts on “Body After Baby — Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

  1. I am a new mommy of a 12 week old and a runner. Unfortunately it has been tough for me to start running again because I still feel pain. Although I can’t run I have been doing circuit training and other at home workouts that have really worked out well for me so far! I post all my workouts so they are available on my blog if your interested! Good luck and congrats on your new edition!

  2. You’re doing great already it sounds like! I hear you on motivation waning, though. I try to set specific goals. So you could have goals to increase the number of push-ups you can do, how long you can hold a plank (great post baby core exercise), specific running goals again, burpees, anything really! I would aim to have a goal (the weekly BBB ones are good too) and then use the groups for motivaiton too. I’m always just a tweet/email/etc away too. You’re going to do great!

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