Talk about a priority shift.
I thought for sure I would be so eager to do anything I could to lose my baby weight immediately after giving birth.
The reality is, though, that by the end of my day spent nursing, entertaining & changing the diapers/clothes of a newborn, and handling the duties of our household, the last thing on my mind is weight loss.Admittedly, working out the entirety of my pregnancy and watching what I ate helped with the post-baby bounce-back. My lifestyle choices paid off and I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight (I am absolutely not bragging, I’m just happy that now I’m reaping the benefits of choosing to go to the gym when all I really wanted to do was take a long nap and eat pizza and ice-cream during 10 months of pregnancy!), however, my body is shaped a bit differently and I’ve definitely lost some of my muscle tone. SO, instead of weight loss, my post-baby goals are all focused on re-gaining my strength and the cardiovascular stamina I had prior to pregnancy! I yearn to feel strong in my workouts and run a 5k without feeling like my lungs are going to explode. I can’t wait to ring the gym’s PR (personal record) bell for a squat and deadlift!
I don’t have a magical plan or course or action except that by January 2016, I want to:
- complete 3 5k’s, each taking 28 minutes or less
- lift a combined weight of 475 lbs in backsquat/push press/deadlift
- string together 10 Toes-To Bar
As I work toward these goals, I have no doubt my body will regain it’s strength and muscle tone.
To me, it was very empowering that my body grew and birthed a baby and now I feed that baby (about 59 times a day, or so it feels..) with milk that I produce. It all still blows my mind. Every day I wake up extremely grateful that I was and am able to do all of the above. The female body really is incredible– so I choose to embrace the awesomeness instead of picking myself apart in a mirror.
A big part of feeling good, for me, is eating well. While nursing, balanced eating has been more important to me than ever. I haven’t thrown a meal plan out there in a while, so here’s what’s on the menu at our house this week:
Monday: Asparagus Orzo Salad
Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash, Bacon, Spinach, Feta Bowl
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken & Black Bean Taco Salad
Thursday: Pizza Stir Fry with a side salad
Friday: Breakfast For Dinner (Paleo pancakes and veggie omlets)
I also make a weekly batch of these amazing lactation cookies.
I’m always hungry and snack all day long on: almonds, cinnamon peanut butter filled celery sticks, apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, turkey roll-ups (turkey, avocado, Franks Red Sauce), and green smoothies.
‘Till next time…