Today, Maddux is officially three months old. That means I am three months into my postpartum journey! I have to say, as much as I complain, I really am happy with the progress I’ve been making. I knew not to expect any miracles, so slow and steady is alright with me. Everyone says it takes 9 months to get there, so it should take 9 months to get back. I’m really excited to see where I’ll be at 9 months postpartum now!
Here is how I’m looking now (please excuse my hair, as always):
I usually show a bare belly picture from the side, but I feel like that is really misleading. I’m slimming up from that angle, but I am still wider than normal from the front. I’m carrying the extra weight in my “love handles” and thighs! I’m not surprised, because extra weight clings to those areas the way I cling to cupcakes. (Hmm, maybe there is a causal relationship there? Nahhh. Cupcakes are calorie free.)
I still can’t believe that three months ago, I looked like this:
I’m only 8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m more than 8 pounds worth of work from where I was before. My body composition is way different than it was before. I have much less muscle now, and I really need to work on getting that back. I wouldn’t be upset if I maintained the same weight from here on out, as long as I’m building muscle! Here are my stats:
I really want to mention that I am not concerned with the numbers/how I look as much as I am with my progress in running and lifting. Those are the true measures of my fitness level. Size schmize, ya know? I could weigh more or less than I do now, but it wouldn’t matter if I couldn’t enjoy working out.
Running is getting slighty easier for me, but I still haven’t run more than 4 miles yet. Distance is the killer for me at this point. I think my energy levels just haven’t risen much. I literally wake up just as tired as when I went to bed. I’m ready to get some real sleep! I would pay BIG bucks at this point for a full night’s rest. If I had big bucks, that is. So, that’s basically where I stand right now. I need to work on my stamina more than anything. Here’s to hoping I figure it all out soon!
How does your quality of sleep affect your workouts? Can you plow through a great workout with little sleep? If so, you are a beast! 😉