Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Getting my body back: 3 months post-partum

My baby is now 3 months old, and so is my post-partum body. It still shocks me when I think of the changes my body went though during my pregnancy and then immediately following my son's birth. In a lot of ways I feel like I have the same body I did a year ago, but there is still a lot of work ahead of me.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I started tracking what I'm eating with Weight Watchers online. A few extra pounds may seem trivial when I'm tasked with the awesome responsibility of caring for a baby, but I'm a believer in the oxygen mask theory, that you need to help yourself before you can help someone else. And it wasn't so much a matter of losing weight, but eating better. When you're sleep deprived and having the life sucked out of you (Seriously, breast feeding can leave you feeling completed depleted, almost like you've been drugged) you tend to reach for whatever will keep you going, which isn't almost the best for you. Tracking my food makes me accountable, and ultimately that's a good thing.

I have lost 8 pounds since I started tracking my weight, leaving me just a few pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight, so extra weight is not what's slowing me down these days. What I'm really concerned about, and what I hope to focus on more, is regaining my strength, most notably in my abdominal muscles.

When I measured my waist recently, I discovered that I am up 11cm. Since waist circumference is an indicator of various health risks, it's something worth looking at for more than how your pants fit.

Following Weight Watchers  is keeping my eating in check and I will continue to follow the program to maintain my weight loss and hopefully lose a few more pounds. Along with weighing in each week, I will also me measuring my waist on a monthly basis. My next challenge is to fit more exercise into my days, with an emphasis on increasing core strength.

It sounds like a classic cop-out, but I've been having a hard time making time for exercise. Right now, my goal is try to go on a walk with the baby (either in the stroller or the carrier) on most days, and try to sneak in some kind of strength training every second day, with a real workout on the weekend when my partner is home. Workouts that can be done on the floor, such as pilates, seem to work well for us because I can keep the baby within arms reach while he plays. When he's having a particularly bad day, I just do squats with him in my arms and crunches with him on my legs.

Progress is slow, but I'm in it for the long haul.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, keep up the good work! You will have your 6-pack back in no time!