Back in 2017 when I had Liam I worked SUPER hard to get the weight off. It took 9 months. Just like they say, it takes 9 months to put it on and it took 9 months to get it off. This time when I got pregnant I swore I wouldn’t gain the same amount of weight. Spoiler alert I did. I realized that some people just gain weight and that’s how our bodies handle pregnancy. Sure it was disheartening after losing it all but in the end, I was growing a baby. I wrote this post 3 years ago and so much of it is still raw for me. I want to share my postpartum health and fitness plans this time now that I am nearly 3 months postpartum (WHAT!?) and what I have been doing and plan to do moving forward.
Postpartum Health and Fitness Plans
Food: I am doing Weight Watchers again (not sponsored) but it worked great for me last time and so far it’s working again. I like being able to track food and it’s just easy for me. I like being able to see what I am eating and it really helps me get back to normal portions. I also don’t use extra points UNLESS they are activity points. Meaning unless I earned them. I am eating minimal bread, processed foods, sugar that is not natural (fruit), and VERY minimal eating out of our house. I just like knowing what I am putting into my body. I am not opposed to going out to eat but I know as far as portions and sauces etc I just like to make food at home. Last time I did this for about 17 months. The last 8 months were just maintaining until I felt like I didn’t need to track anymore. So I do plan to do this for quite a while this time but not sure on the exact amount.
Fitness: I am doing a mix of a few things. I working with a trainer once a week for an hour. I am working out at the gym 3-4 days a week doing cardio and weights. I am doing barre/yoga 1-2 days a week. I am walking EVERY day! I take Charlotte for walks either indoor at a mall or outside if the weather is good. I hit 10,000 steps daily which was huge for me last time. On weekends we go for family walks which are MY FAVORITE! My plan is to continue this until I feel like I need to add or take something away. I try to do 30 minutes of cardio a day (aside from walking) so either rowing or elliptical. I think it’s important to not feel bored.
Other: I am using Collagen in my coffee which I do believe helps A TON. I drink 100 oz of water a day. Sometimes if I am bored with water I use my infuser bottle and have cucumber/strawberry/pineapple in it. I am super regimented with my vitamins and supplements. I am trying to sleep as much as possible at night.
These are my postpartum health and fitness plans. This is what works for me. I know it may not work for everyone or be everyone’s cup of tea. I feel my best when I am in good shape, eating right, and exercising. I don’t let it run my life but I know I am at my most confident doing this.
What if anything did you do to return to your best self after having a baby?