Body After Baby #2: Three Months

I haven’t been shy when it comes to admitting that it’s been hard for me to get into a postpartum fitness routine this time around. I mean, can you blame me? Hanging out with these two is way more fun than any workout.

postpartum fitness

Maybe I can work on including them more often. I guess it’s time to invest in a double jogger, you guys. Who am I kidding? I’d still make excuses. That being said, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. I feel really good, so the rest will fall into place eventually.

Mind: Like I mentioned before, I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I don’t hate myself for being a little lazy. I think, for me at least, it’s more important for me to enjoy the workouts I do complete than to worry about how many I’m completing. It’s freeing to realize that you can choose to change priorities at a moment’s notice, too. Just because I thought I was going to run or lift on a certain day, doesn’t mean I have to, you know? Skipping workouts used to give me anxiety, which isn’t something I’m dealing with right now. I’m pretty stoked about that.

Health: No complaints, really. The only thing bugging me this month has been reoccurring day-long headaches. I’d be willing to bet it’s still related to my hormones trying to regulate themselves. Either that, or I should drink more coffee. I should totally drink more coffee, right? Right.

Fitness: I’m feeling pretty strong, even though I don’t feel like I’ve put in the effort to get there. I’m finally able to sprint up and down our stairs without wanting to die. I forget things every single morning on the way out of the door, so it’s imperative that I can tackle those like a champ. I can also carry Maddux and Hudson at the same time now, so I’m pretty much in permanent #beastmode these days. In all seriousness, the one thing I really want to work on is my endurance. I can do anything for a short period of time. After a few minutes, though, I am done. I’d really like to work on that, which means I need to start carving out some time for longer runs soon.

Here’s how I’m looking these days. Excuse my mascara-less eyes and undone hair; we were feeling the frumpy vibes, y’all. I’d also like to send a shout out to this extremely tight grey tank for holding in all the new mom skin. It’s the real MVP.

three months postpartum

STATS

Weight: 130 lbs (-2) Waist: 27.5 in (-1.0) Hips: 38 in (-0.5) Right Arm: 9.5 in (-0.0) Right Thigh: 20.5 in (-1.0)

FIT TEST

1 Mile Run: 8:05 min (-11 sec) Push Ups: 5 (+1) Pull Ups: Who knows. No Bar! Plank: 1:13 min (+3 sec)

There wasn’t a huge change from last month, but “slow and steady” is totally my new motto. We’ll see what next month brings!

April Workouts: Prepare to be Underwhelmed

Well, April wasn’t much better than March for me. I did, however, finally complete my first outdoor run since having Hudson. I didn’t keel over, so it was definitely a success.

first postpartum run

That run was one of five workouts that I completed this month. Yep, only one more workout than last month. It is what it is, you guys. Since there are only a few, I’ll break each of them down for you. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

Running: This was my first outdoor run since the baby, and I managed to make it 3 miles deep into my neighborhood before crashing and burning. I walked home.

Walking: I lasted on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, alternating between running and incline walking. I’ll go ahead and admit there was way more walking involved.

Lower Body: Squats, lunges, and deadlifts took place. I’ve missed weight training, so this was actually a really fun workout. I’ll leave out the part where I couldn’t walk the next day.

Upper Body: I paired bicep curls, shoulder presses, tricep dips, and a few other things with 2 miles of random sprints. I say “other things” and “random sprints” because I honestly can’t remember what I did.

Total Body: I used the Nike Training app for a total body workout. Y’all, that was the first time I’ve purposely done any ab work and I’ve never felt so weak in my life.

Oh, and just for fun, this is the text I sent Ryne after bragging on Instagram that I had actually gone for a run. I couldn’t have run another step if a rabid bear was chasing me.

postpartum running

I’m hoping to complete my fit test tonight, but I’m definitely playing that one by ear. We’ve got to be up bright and early in the morning, so I may end up choosing sleeping over sweating. Cross your fingers that I make the right call, y’all.

Body After Baby #2: Two Months

Monday really got away from me, y’all. We’ve been going non-stop lately, and today flew by as well. I’ll recap our weekend soon, but the best part was definitely taking Hudson to the Augusta National for the first time. He slept through the excitement, but it still totally counts.

baby at the masters

I may not have time to recap our weekend, but I most certainly have time to discuss my postpartum fitness adventures. That’s primarily because there isn’t much to report. Without further ado, here’s how I’ve been doing lately.

Mind: I really can’t complain about the current state of affairs. I’m getting decent sleep right now, I’m making some time for myself here and there, and I have had some awesome outings with my boys. Honestly, the only thing that has affected my mood lately is the stress that comes with trying to accomplish all the things while at home with a baby. I’m working from home for a while, and it’s been difficult trying to find time to get things done. It’s a daily struggle to prioritize my time, but it’s definitely getting better every day. He’s napping more predictably now, which is huge. It’s like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you guys. Who knows, I may even get the dishes done tomorrow. Maybe.

Health: Other than my eternal battle with pollen, I’m pleasantly surprised by how good I’ve felt the past month. I’ve been experimenting with eating a little cleaner throughout the week, and it’s made me realize just how much room for growth I had in the veggie-eating department. I’m trying to eat some sort of plant at every single meal now. It doesn’t always happen, especially when I’m shoveling oatmeal into my mouth while trying to wrestle a three-year-old into socks and shoes. Oh well. I’m a work in progress.

Fitness: This is probably my biggest fail of the month. I cannot get into any type of workout routine to save my life. I’ve worked out five times the past month, and one of those was a quick fit-test just to see where I stand. I’m hoping to turn a corner in this department soon, but I’m not quite sure when it will happen. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. Apparently there isn’t enough time to brush my hair, either. My bad.

two months postpartum

STATS

Weight: 132 lbs (-4) Waist: 28.5 in (-1.5) Hips: 38.5 in (-1.5) Right Arm: 9.5 in (-.5) Right Thigh: 21.5 in (-.5)

FIT TEST

1 Mile Run: 8:16 min (-47 sec) Push Ups: 4 (+.5)  Pull Ups: Ha! Maybe like 1/2 of one Plank: 1:10 min (+9 sec)

While I haven’t improved all that much in most areas, I am excited to see what I can do when I finally force myself to put in the effort. I’d love to be able to do pull ups again, but these shrimpy arms need some serious work. I can’t be too upset, though. It’s only been two months! I’ll grow a muscle somewhere eventually.

Now if you want to see a much cuter two month update, go read Hudson’s. See y’all soon!

Back to the Gym: My First Postpartum Workouts

I just wanted to quickly check-in and discuss my workouts from the past month. I think I should preface this by saying that there were only four of them. Yep. For the entire month. That’s still four more than I completed last month, so there’s always that. I like to give myself credit for small wins, you guys.

postpartum workouts

This months workouts looked a little something like this:

Upper Body: Randomly worked my biceps, triceps, and shoulders while staring at the monitor one night after the baby went to bed.

Running: Ran 2.5 steady-paced miles that seemed like 12.5 miles.

Running: Ran three 1-mile repeats with a two minute rest that I wish was a two hour rest.

Lower Body: I did some weighted squats while Ryne played with the kids and then my legs died forever.

The last to-be-completed workout of this month will be my fit test. I’m hoping there will be a tiny bit of progress with my one-mile time, but I’m pretty sure the rest of the numbers will be unchanged. Remember, small wins count. Right? Just say yes.

Body after Baby #2: One Month

I recently filled you guys in on how Hudson was doing, but I failed to mention how I was handling postpartum life. I’m a little late posting this, but let’s just pretend I shared this exactly one month after having him. Deal? Deal. I mean, I’ve been busy hanging with these two instead. (No infants were harmed in the taking of this photo.)

brothers

Mind: To be completely honest, I had the “baby blues” for a few days after we brought Hudson home. I was exhausted, frustrated, and completely freaking out about how I was going to handle two boys in the house. Then, those feelings left as quickly as they came. I feel incredibly lucky this time around, because I had much more extreme emotions after having Maddux. With Hudson, it was just a short wave of hormones and it was over. Right now, I’m still tired of course, but I have a much more healthy mindset. I definitely have my moments of panic (“OMG, why is he crying? I’m the worst mom in the world!”), but it’s a whole lot more manageable. I think going into it knowing that it’s going to suck a little helps a lot. I’m totally serious, y’all. I know now to expect the unexpected and I can deal with rough days that much better. I’ve also openly asked for help this time around. Please, please, please do that if you are in the throes of newborn-ness. Trust me. It makes all the difference.

Health: Again, my biggest issue this first month was hormones. I felt a bit crazy, I got a tad (or a lot) cranky, and I had some serious night sweats. No one warned me about that last part, and it didn’t happen the first go round. It’s as glamorous as it sounds. When I’d finally get some sleep, I’d wake up looking like I’d run the entirety of Badwater while wearing a snowsuit. It was ugly. Other than that, I can’t really complain. I had the typical aches and pains after labor, but nothing to write home about. I did my best to take better care of myself this time. I didn’t even think about working out the first four weeks, I tried to rest when I could, and I attempted to make myself eat my veggies. I may or may not have had ice cream for dinner multiple times, though. Oops. I did my best.

Fitness: The only actual workout I’ve completed so far is a “fit test” just to see where I stand. It was so bleak, you guys. So bleak. Weak doesn’t even begin to describe my current state. I’ll post the results of my test along with my current pictures and stats below. I need accountability, or I’ll certainly just continue lounging around eating Cheetos like a boss.

one month postpartum

STATS

Weight: 136 lbs  Waist: 30 in  Hips: 40 in  Right Arm: 10 in  Right Thigh: 22 in

FIT TEST

1 Mile Run: 9:03 min  Push Ups: 3 1/2  Pull Ups: Mark it zero, Dude  Plank: 1:01 min

Well, that’s about it. Hopefully I’ll have some progress to report in a month or so. Until then, I’ll try to pop in when I can. Hope you all had a great weekend!