MILF Check-In: 7.5 Months Postpartum

Well, somehow I got off schedule from writing my monthly fitness updates, but I’m happy to report that I’m still at it and seeing results on the scale! I started both pregnancies at 161# (I’m 5’8″ tall), and I saw 156.6# on the scale this morning! My goal is to get down to 150#, and I’m feeling great about the prospect of that happening. 🙂

That being said, I have 6 weeks left until I’m 9 months postpartum, and I want to take these next 6 weeks to really work on my toning. I weigh slightly less than I did pre-pregnancy, but my body is still measuring about a size bigger thanks to a lack of tone. People always say that it takes 9 months to put it on so you should give yourself 9 months to get it off, and I want to be proud of where I’m at 9 months postpartum with Harvey!

I’m a check mark girl, so here is the calendar I made up to follow for the next 6 weeks. Every day I do the workout, I get to mark it off the calendar. It makes my type-A self happy. 🙂

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In addition to the workouts, I’m trying to keep my diet on point by tracking everything in MyFitnessPal. I love that it syncs with my FitBit, so I get more/fewer calories allowed based on my movement that day. However, I’ve realized that shooting for 10k+ steps every day really isn’t a benefit for me at this point in time. I need to focus on toning exercises – not just walking walking walking. With a little effort I can get to 6k/day and with a lot of effort I get to 10k/day, but I’d rather focus on a targeted exercise videos for those extra couple thousand steps than walking circles in my bedroom watching Bachelor in Paradise to get to 10k. Walking circles won’t give me any cardio/toning benefit, and that needs to not be the goal right now. If I stay in the top 10 of my Fitbit friends I tend to be around 70k/week, so I’d love to average 10k steps/day, but I’m going to make peace with the face that I won’t hit 15k/day to be on top. Quality over quantity. (for me – maybe those of you doing 15k are doing quality steps – but I was not!)

My goal for the next 6 weeks:

  • Keep tracking my food on MyFitnessPal at least 6 days a week.
  • Follow my workout calendar – even though it will mean a lot of 5am workouts!
  • Be securely in the low 150s by October 12.

May 1, 2013: 161# – 4w pregnant
January 12: 181.2# – 40w4d pregnant
January 15: 166.5# – 3d postpartum
February 12: 163.9# – 1m postpartum
March 12: 162.3# – 2m postpartum
March 15: My SIL died. I eat & drink my way through grief.
April 12: 167.0# – 3m postpartum
May 12: 168.3#​ – 4m postpartum
June 12: 163.0# – 5m postpartum
July 12: 160.2# – 6m postpartum
August 31: 156.6# – 7.5m postartum

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11 comments

  1. We Type A’s are something else! It’s amazing how accountable we feel to spreadsheets, check boxes, and others. I feel terribly guilty if I don’t get to put an exercise or two in the box daily, even though my goal is 6 days a week. Bonus points for that 7th day? In my head, somewhere, the answer is yes, even though nobody else gives a shit. Ha!

    I like your plan – it looks great! Aggressive… I love it!

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    1. Just did my workout at 9pm with everyone else in bed. GAH! Glad I have this calendar to motivate me. 🙂

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  2. lparsons15 · · Reply

    Way to go!

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  3. mcmissis · · Reply

    I haven’t been needing to pace around the house to get to 10,000 anymore, which made me super happy, but now that the rain is coming, something is definitely going to have to change 😦

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  4. Looking good! And thanks for the continued motivation!!

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  5. After seeing your schedule I’m thinking I need to try that too. I write everything else on calendars, so why not my plans for exercise!?! Way to go on seeing that 156! That’s awesome 🙂

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  6. I can assure you that it’s not really possible to hit 15k/day walking in circles around a bedroom. 🙂 a treadmill might be different, You’re doing an amazing job! L’s 9 months and I’m just now fitting into my pre-baby pants. It took 6 months the first time and 9 the second.

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    1. Ya, I hit 15k/day fairly often, but it’s still just from walking around town and not doing targeted exercises to help with toning. For me at least, the toning is NOT happening thanks to simply walking, to it’s time to up my game!

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  7. NIce work! I love myfitness pal OCD about it.

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  8. Way to go! I love the marking off the calendar idea. I would totally be motivated by that, too!

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  9. […] got inspired by Josey’s fitness chart and thought about printing a calendar and filling in the dates with what exercises I want to do and […]

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