Who-hoo!!!! I can’t believe I’m already at six weeks post-partum and hopefully getting the a-okay tomorrow from my midwife to start working out again! These past six weeks have gone by SO quickly, and I feel so blessed to have lost the pregnancy weight so easily and to have been able to just focus on my time at home with Stella without feeling worried/bummed about my weight.
That being said, these next few months will be when the real hard work begins. I can’t wait to finally get toned and back to my goal weight of 142# – it’s been a decade since I’ve weighed that and felt truly happy with how I looked, but I know I can do this!
1. Reiterate my goal and where I stand in reference to this goal:
Starting Weight: 166#
Last Week’s Weight: 163#
Current Weight: 161# –> 2# loss, and back to my BFP weight!
Goal Weight: 142# (“normal” is 122#-164#)
Starting BMI: 25.2
Last Week’s BMI: 24.8
Current BMI: 24.5
Goal BMI: 21.6 (“normal” is 18.5-24.9)
2. Discuss what I am going to do to achieve my goals:
Progress on last week’s activities:
I did great – drank a lot of water, walked to the post office twice (1mile round trip), and ate pretty healthily. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal (username _josey_ if you want to be friends on there!), and it definitely helped me a lot to be more conscious about what I was eating. For my height and activity level, they want me consuming 1890/day to maintain. I know that breastfeeding requires an extra 200-500/day, so I decided to just shoot for the maintenance level for a bit here and assume that would actually result in a net loss for me. For the six days I tracked last week, I averaged 1833, and that felt good. I wasn’t hungry, but I wasn’t stuffed. We’ll see how that adjusts over the next few weeks. I don’t want to be losing more than 1#/week on average since I’m breastfeeding. We are 19 weeks from June 1st, and I’m 19# from my goal. I would love to be fit and healthy to start my first summer in my 30s!
Activities for this coming week:
If I get the go ahead from my midwife tomorrow, I want to use the elliptical 3x this week and start some sort of ab exercises. I’m going to do some research on how best to get the lower abs back post partum. Any exercises out there that you love or swear by?
On-going Life Style Goals:
Drink 8oz every time I sit down to nurse Stella (drinking roughly 100oz water/day).
Walk the 1 mile to the post office with Stella in her stroller at least 2x.
Count calories using MyFitnessPal.
3. Post a (reasonably healthy) recipe that I’ve tried, a cooking tip, a new idea for working out for people to try, a photo update of my weight loss, or anything else I feel like sharing.
ks @ Inconceivable!?!?! (post-partum)
I love the way you are a planner Josey! I have no doubt you're gonna get it done.
Nice job so far :)As far as ab exercises go, before you start anything you should check if you have a diastasis (google it, you'll find plenty of good links), separation between your abdominal muscles. If you do, there are specific exercises you will need to do to tone your lower abs, and you should stay away from crunches, full situps, pilates style moves like 100's, until the diastasis is better, otherwise you will just make everything worse (speaking from experience here). I also think you looked pretty good at 161 pre-preg – if you're going to get to 142 you will be smoking! 🙂 (And I'm glad you don't have a ridiculous weight goal below that, you're beautiful even as you are!!)
You just look so happy!
awesome work girl!! they say it takes 9 months to be the same shape…although you may weigh the same as before. You look great!!
Great work!! Hoping you get the all clear tomorrow.
6 weeks already??? Hope the appointment goes well!
I'm back to my pre-preg weight but also look very different! Still working on that belly 3.5 months in. I've heard it can take a while to tone back up. My goal is to be looking good again by the summer, 8 months postpartum.
Wow, you looked so good on your BFP day, I can't imagine you 20 pounds lighter than that! You looked perfectly sized and proportioned to me, but rock on with your bas ass self. You're going to be smokin' hot.You are so smart to get into shape before your thirties. It's like night and day. Ugh! YOu gotta stay on top of it. Happy almost b-day!
Looking good! 🙂
Congratulations on getting back to BFP weight! I know I got within 2 lbs of mine, but I'm not sure if I ever got there exactly. Nice Work!
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