So, Uh, About that Postpartum Fitness Thing…

Postpartum Fitness

I’ve ignored these for too long…

I fell off the postpartum fitness wagon about three months ago.  I’ve gained back all of the weight that I lost, plus another two pounds.  Darn it.

I’m going to have to re-evaluate what I was doing as part of my weight loss plan.  After all, it wasn’t just about losing weight.  It was about getting fit and providing a good example for my children.  Okay, vanity had a lot to do with it, too.  I miss my old body.  My post-baby body after I’d had Andy was just smoking hot.  I look at pictures of me from back then and think… yeah, I’d date me.  Or at the very least, I’d hit on me.  Now that I’m older, though, I have to work harder at postpartum fitness.

I have all kinds of excuses.

I don’t sleep well.  I have insomnia that is a side effect of my migraine medication, which causes me to take copious amounts of sleeping aids (with medical advice).  Then I get up early.  It doesn’t matter when I go to bed.  I still wake up at 5:30.  I usually stay in bed as quiet as can be so that I don’t wake anyone up.

I can’t do my breakfast shakes.  I have to make my shake before Norton is up if I actually want to have it.  I can’t run the blender because it will wake up Eudora.  And I don’t have any of my precious sugar-free Jello Cheesecake pudding.  I really enjoyed the strawberry cheesecake shakes.

Norton doesn’t nap anymore, and it’s hard to get him to even go spend time in his room for quiet time anymore.

I can’t take the kids out for a run in the woods anymore because there’s a bucket load of snow.  No lie, there’s eight inches of snow on my picnic table in the back yard.  Without snowshoes, it’s probably not feasible to go out to Forest for the World, which was my favorite place to go with T’akaya.

I’m fairly busy with two kids, two dogs, two websites, and I’ve started working with Cloth for a Cause, a cloth diapering charity.  I also enjoy doing those things and am not about to give up any of it.

Can’t, can’t, can’t.  All of these stupid excuses.  And really, that’s what they are: excuses for slacking off on postpartum fitness efforts.

So, that’s it.  It’s time.  Tomorrow, I start using the time that I’m up early to get a workout in.  Even if it’s only a twenty minute Turbo Jam workout, it’s still something.  Even if I have to have my shake in the bathroom so that I can actually have it, it’s still doable.  Really, there’s no reason in the world for slacking off as much as I have.

So it’s time to stop.  It’s time to look amazing for Christmas, and maybe figure out how to make my Christmas baking slightly less evil while keeping it still delicious.  I can do this.

Who’s with me?

 

Postpartum Workout and Two Roads Diverged

The view of Shane Lake along the trail

For all of the things that I grumble about when it comes to living in Prince George, BC (the crappy shopping being the biggest one), there’s one thing that I do love about this place: it really is beautiful.  This is a city that actually has urban forests.  Since forestry is a huge industry here, this isn’t a city that’s completely divorced from nature.  Plus, summers are pretty mild here… so that means I’ve got a lot of options for a postpartum workout.  I could get my postpartum workout done by going swimming in one of the many lakes, or by going for a swim in one of the gentler areas of the river.  Or I could go for one of my favorite ways of taking in the beauty of British Columbia and getting a good postpartum workout done: go for a hike.

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Postpartum Fitness, Two Left Feet, and Turbo Jam

Oh, Chalene.  You’re so happy, but you also seem like you have the ability to be snarky.  You’re cheerful, but you’re not the cheerleader fake perky type.  You push, but you’re not obnoxious.  You’re awesome.  I enjoyed ChaLEAN Extreme‘s weight lifting circuits, and I heard awesome things about your Turbo Jam series.  It seemed to make perfect sense to integrate Turbo Jam into my postpartum fitness routine.  After all, my postpartum fitness plans aren’t just limited to fixing the flab that didn’t tighten up after baby came out… my postpartum fitness routine is also intended to slim me down to at least the size I was for my wedding.

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Postpartum Fitness and Becoming a Super Mommy

I’ve had so many goals on my quest to become a “super mommy” that I had to break them down in parts to make it more doable.

Goal 1: Keep up the house.

Goal 2: Cook dinner

Goal 3: Take Norton and Eudora to the park every day

Goal 4: Read Norton a story every day

Goal 5: Focus on postpartum fitness and health.  (Or, work out every day.)

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Planning a Postpartum Workout Plan

I know what I’m looking the most forward to about no longer being pregnant.  Okay, maybe not 100% the most (that probably goes to “sleeping on my stomach” and “no longer having to stab myself daily for gestational diabetes  testing”), but it’s certainly right up there: getting my postpartum body back to where I want it.  I have a two prong approach to my plan: a good postpartum workout to be done daily and starting the Body by Vi 90 day challenge.  Well, maybe it’s a one and a half prong approach: a good postpartum workout to be done daily and starting the Body by Vi 90 day challenge when breastfeeding or pumping are taken off the table.

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