Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend. It’s going to be a busy one, both of my sisters are graduating from college tomorrow and then of course Mother’s Day. Since both my mom and my mother in law live in town it’s usually a bit of a hectic day, but it’s really nice to be able to see both of them.
It’s been over six months since I posted my last postpartum fitness update, and I’ve been pretty active recently, so I wanted to share that again with you all. I’m super proud of myself for accomplishing my goal of running a 10k last month. I need to sign up for another one so I can keep my momentum going because running made the largest difference for me in getting my body back to a place that I feel happy with. I do try to run 2-3 times a week when the weather is nice. Most of the time I run with Mara in our jogging stroller and those are short runs. I don’t nessasarily feel tired or too winded, it’s that the stroller is so heavy that my arms hurt really bad! I know that it’s a good workout, but I love the runs where it’s just me and a podcast running several miles.
It doesn’t look like I’ve made a ton of progress from 6 months ago to now, but I know that I have. I feel better, I can run and exercise more, and I fit in my clothes SO MUCH BETTER. I’m wearing jeans and shorts that I could barely fit in before I got pregnant. I seriously feel pretty amazing on most days. There are days that I eat a little too much junk food and give into cravings but it’s not as often as it used to be.
Ok, so here you can really tell that the more recent weightloss has been my butt and hips. Which is why pants are fitting better. I also have done a ton of exercises for correcting diastasis recti. I did some workouts from Jillian Michael’s app for awhile and would sub in bridge ups, braces, and pelvic tilts for her ab moves. Also, running. For months after every run my core would be on fire. I would get cramps and even my lady bits would be sore (sorry if that’s TMI). Everything was just tightening back up.
I had my 1 year postpartum/annual lady doctor check-up last week and things have healed nicely. I even got the ok to start doing actual ab work again since my ab seperation has healed significantly. I did also find out that my pooch area is also not going to completely go away no matter how many ab workouts I do. It’s mostly just loose skin from the pregnancy. While that was a little disappointing to hear, there is nothing I can do about it. I’m not done having kids, so I’m not going to pay for any medical procedures at this point. All I can do is stay healthy, active and happy with myself. I’ve also learned to embrace some different fashion choices like higher waisted pants and skirts and looser tops. I may also buy a pair of spanks to help smooth out some areas so I can wear a few of my old dresses occasionally.
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is that it’s not about a number on the scale (though that can be nice sometimes) or about not looking like you ever had a baby. It’s about being your best self, about looking in the mirror and being happy with what you see despite the extra skin or stretch marks. Don’t give up on your fitness goals. Just work hard and then work what you’ve got!