Let’s take a quick moment to review just how HUGE I was just a few months ago:
(37 weeks pregnant: BLAH!)
(40 weeks: Induction day. Can you see the RELIEF?)
It’s been nearly three months since Dean’s birth, which means its been six weeks since I was released to resume all normal activities, which let’s be honest the only activity I really cared about was a return to exercise. Call me vain, but after gaining 30 lbs and being so miserable at the end I was ready to whip this mound of flesh into some semblance of shape.
I gained the same amount of weight this time around as I did with Isabella, but, for me at least, this pregnancy’s weight did not pile on nor did it come off in the same way as the first. Perhaps those differences can be attributed to age, gender of the baby, my fitness level before and during the pregnancy, stress, or the unknown, but all I know is I sprinted home from my six week’s post-partum appointment and promptly popped in Gillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones and never looked back.
I also downloaded the Couch to 5k app and have been faithfully following the 3 day/week running program. I had been running during this pregnancy, but at 36 weeks I was told to cease all unnecessary activity, so when it came time to start running again I thought it wise to start out slowly. Six weeks later I know this was a really smart decision as I’ve not suffered any injuries and have been able to easily follow the program. I dare to say it’s been a little easy since I already have years of running under my belt, but I like that I am injury free, am getting stronger, and most importantly, I love being able to cue up the music, turn on the app and Nike+, and mindlessly run while someone else dictates what I am doing and for how long.
In fact, I wish someone would create a marathon training app that would do the same thing. Not that I am in any kind of shape to run another marathon yet, but I’ve got my eyes set on one late spring of 2011 or mid fall of 2011. (It all depends on if I can talk Melissa to run Chicago with me! )
The other thing factoring into my get “hot” again pursuit is the fact that I am successfully breastfeeding this time around. Everything I’ve read says it is okay to exercise regularly, but I think I am still a tad trepidatious about exercising as rigorously as I would like on a regular basis. If I felt truly free to exercise as I wish I would probably be at my pre-pregnancy weight by now instead of 5lbs away. Those 5lbs have been lingering for a few weeks now, so I suspect that a few of them, at least, are settled in my milk jugs and won’t disappear until the little one stops suckling at the teat.
I also want to try Gillian Michael’s Making the Cut diet and exercise program, but I fear the diet will mess with my milk supply. It’s not so much a “diet” in the sense of really restricting calories as it is a “diet” that helps you eat for your metabolic type with the purpose of helping you shed fat to showcase the muscles beneath. For my metabolic type I would still consume 1200 calories, which I’m not even sure I actually consume on a daily basis, so it isn’t like I would be starving myself, but I would hate for nursing to end because of my vanity so I am being responsible and holding off on this part of O.G.H.A. until Dean is weened.
But really, who cares about any of this, if there aren’t some before and work in progress shots. Please bare in mind that no miracles have been performed in the six weeks since I began exercising again, but nonethless I think you can see that some small change is being made.
(This is a few days after my six week appointment. Isabella and I were playing princess. That look of displeasure is less about playing dress up and more about the dismal state of affairs that was my gut.)
Work in Progress:
(I guess that goofy expression in the first work in progress picture is my way of saying what did you expect, it’s only been six weeks! I know the arm shots are silly, especially given I really don’t have muscular arms, but I wanted some sort of documentation of how they look now so I can compare them after I do Making the Cut. Plus, this wouldn’t really be a great blog post if there weren’t some pretentious pictures!)