Well here I am - almost 7 months postpartum. I figured it was time to do a fitness update since I haven't done one since I was 12 weeks postpartum.
So where do I stand? Weight wise I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, give or take a pound or two. I've been back to this weight for quite a while now. BUT that doesn't mean I've got my body back. In fact, it has taught me a very valuable lesson...it really is JUST a number on the scale.
Let's take a step back. I've always relied on the number on the scale. I know it's bad to do...BUT I'm a numbers gal. So I figured once I saw that number on the scale I'd be content. Boy was I WRONG. Just because that number is back to what I'm used to seeing doesn't mean by body is back...by any means. My body is most definitely not the same....and it may never be the same. My stomach, thighs, and butt have always been my weak spots. I definitely carry my weight in these areas. With that being said, right now my stomach is obviously my biggest complaint. But I can't even really complain. Why you ask? Because I haven't been putting the work in like I need to. Sure, I started working out just 2 weeks after giving birth. Sure, I ran a half marathon 8 weeks after having Camden. Yes,I've been working out religiously. So why aren't I where I thought I'd be? My diet. My diet has SUCKED to be honest. I haven't been eating clean like I should be. I pretty much eat whatever I want whenever I want....and it shows! I firmly believe abs are made in the kitchen. Don't get me wrong - I love, love, love working my abs (planks are my jam!) Sure, when I flex my stomach I see a little bit of muscle definition. But I don't walk around with flexed abs. When they aren't flexed I have loose skin...just like most women after they've had a baby (or two...or three.) My belly button looks weird too. And I'm not sure that loose skin will ever go away - even if my diet is spot on. But I also know I haven't been as dedicated as I need to be to get my stomach back to what I'd like it to be. So right now that's one of my biggest goals - watch what I eat and try to eat clean but also splurge once in a while (hello S'more Oreos!)
With all that being said, I'm finally back to loving running again. It took me a while to actually enjoy it again. I've been able to get outside for runs which I know has helped this immensely. My pace has also gotten much better - I'd say I'm probably pretty close to being back at my pre-pregnancy pace (which isn't fast by any means but I'm OK with that.) I'm also really loving the free weights and using the weight machines at the gym. I know I need to lift in order to gain back the muscle I lost while pregnant. So along with getting better with my nutrition I need to focus on weight training - gaining back some muscle. I want definition. I want to be toned. I want to be able to lift heavier weights and get strong.
Soooo that's where I am - could be doing better...could be doing worse. But I'm taking it one day at a time and doing the best I can. Some days are better than others, of course, but as I say with many things...IT IS WHAT IT IS!
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!