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Postpartum Body Thoughts

So did I really miss blogging the entire month of March?? Yep I did. Besides the kiddos keeping me very occupied, I have been busy finishing up my Pop Pilates certification and finding an instructing job- eek! I will share all the deets soon in a separate post, now that it’s official, and I will have my very own class starting in May!

Wiritng a post about my postpartum body has been on my mind for awhile. Being a fitness instructor and enthusiast, I feel like I should share my voice on this topic. In all honesty, it wasn’t until Donovan turned 10 months that I began to feel more like myself. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (that boy liked to eat and still does). The first 20 came off easily but the last 10 hung around for awhile. There were times I was frustrated as I’ve always been “in shape.”  Breastfeeding, not sleeping much, and taking care of 2 kids took a lot of time away from normal exercise routine.

It’s ridiculous how much pressure we put on ourselves to “get your body back” asap. I was basically pregnant for 2 years straight and SO anxious to get back to my pre-pregnancy self. Looking back, I tried to do too much too soon and didn’t just relax and just give myself time. I know it’s so much easier to say that versus actually live it! Instead of just taking a nap, sometimes I’d push myself to workout. Now I’m at a place that I want to work out because it feels good, not because I feel like I have to.

Right now I am working out about 4-5 times a week. I try to run 2x a week and do one HIIT routine (Tone it Up and Sarah Fit) and one Pop Pilates routine. The variety has been the best for my body. My diet has been a factor in losing the baby weigh as well, I try to eat pretty healthy during the week and then allow myself 2 cheat meals on the weekends. (I mean, I love queso and margaritas and won’t be giving those up anytime soon!) I’m no longer breastfeeding and feel like that was when the shift started to happen. Some people lose weight when they are breastfeeding but that wasn’t me. I was ALWAYS hungry and ate like I was training for a marathon at times. Again, Donovan likes to eat!

“What? Who Me?

(This was taken at Miss Charlott’es 2nd birthday early March).

To all you Mamas out there, you are doing a great job no matter where you are on your post baby bod y journey!  Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back again soon!

XO, M

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Body After Baby Thoughts

First of all can we talk about how in the hell anyone looks like this after giving birth??

Because I did not!

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Changing out of the hospital gown was way too much effort for me the first 24 hours. And wearing heels? Forget it! My feet and ankles were so swollen that I could only wear flip flops. Thankfully there weren’t photographers and fans waiting outside for me to leave the hospital!

I documented some of my “bump pictures” throughout the pregnancy but haven’t had the urge to document it postpartum. Mainly because I don’t want to put some ridiculous pressure on myself to loose all the baby weight right away and look super fit and toned.

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The most I have jogged has been 2 miles and it feels like 6 miles.  My dog is also out of shape so we are building back up together, lol. I have a ways to go with getting my endurance back. But it feels wonderful to get out there and sweat again, I missed this so much the last 5 months.

My abs are also shot. Like seriously I think they disappeared. I didn’t know I could shake so much while doing a forearm plank. ON MY KNEES. Oy!

I still have a little baby pooch and feel a little impatient to get rid of it. But you know what? It is what it is! It is seriously amazing what our bodies go through and how they change to create and grow a life.

 I try to eat relatively healthy and have always incorporated exercise into my life. While it is important for me to get back into shape, it isn’t my number 1 priority right now.

This little munckin is. A happy and healthy Charlotte!

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No more pictures MOM!

One of the main reasons I love exercise is HOW I FEEL during and afterwards. Of course I want to have a toned body (who doesn’t) but it isn’t all about the aesthetics. I like the time that is just for myself, to sweat, and to feel my muscles working.

I am learning now it’s best for me to take everything one day at a time and not put unnecessary pressure on myself.

This is how I have been feeling most days!

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The baby snuggles make it all worth it!!

Do you feel like your body bounced back after baby?

What are your thoughts on postpartum body image?