It is here. My final postpartum post. My baby has officially been out of the womb as long as he was in and it is the most bittersweet feeling. Typing this post makes me feel like my baby days are over. I know I still have a lot of time left with little munchkins in my house, but knowing that there will be no more babies makes me a little sad.
Little Boy, S
Before we get to me and this postpartum journey of mine, let’s chat about this adorable little boy of mine because oh my is he ever fun! He has been army crawling across the floor for quite some time now. Now he is coming up on all fours and pulling himself up to things. He is a good sleeper loves to eat real foods and still just cracks up at his brother and sister. He officially has four teeth with another one about to break through. He is still rocking the open mouth kiss which I adore, waves and loves to clap. He is going to be one tough little boy because his big bother always tries to wrestle him. Life with these three makes my heart so full!
My fitness is just my lifestyle, plain and simple as that. I workout 5 times a week like I always have. Some weeks I might get in a sixth workout, some weeks I might not. Most of my workouts include lifting and some type of quick cardio intervals. I do love to go out for a 5 or 6 mile run on the weekends, but that doesn’t always happen. Now that it is getting warmer I hope to do more of that because it is a great way for me to clear my mind.
I am officially stronger than I have ever been! I squatted 165 lbs and bench pressed 115 lbs! I can do one assisted pull-up and still working on three of them.
My eating has been very good because like fitness, it has become a lifestyle. I eat very well most of the time and occasionally I have some treats. I am very much a creature of habit so it is pretty easy for me to stay on track and get the nutrition I need to feel my best. After all these years I have learned what to eat and when to eat it to feel my very best.
And here is the question everyone is wondering, “Have you lost all your weight?” I haven’t focused on my weight in most of my other posts because the number on the scale can be so deceiving. I also don’t want people to compare how much they weigh to how much I weigh (which is why I have decided to never share how much I actually weigh). Truth be told, when most people guess how much I weigh I always laugh because I do weigh a lot more than people think.
The answer is YES, I have lost all of my weight (on most days). As a nursing mom, sometimes the scale fluctuates a little and that is normal as I continue to nurse three times a day. Although I have lost all of my weight I am not the same as I was after having my first child. I am hanging onto about 5 pounds that I never got rid of after my second. The thing with this is I am okay with this! I am okay if this weight never falls off.
Since having my second child, I have gained a lot of muscle. After MD I started lifting heavy weights and continued with this postpartum journey too. I am not willing to lose muscle in order to see a different number on the scale.
The thing that is most important to me is that I am healthy and I feel great. I am able to carry both of my boys up the stairs at once! I can keep up with C on my two feet as she is riding around the block (but maybe not for long and might have to resort to my own bike). I continue to be able to teach fitness classes and motivate all my momma friends in their faith and fitness journey. Most importantly, I feel like I am doing what God has called me to do.
As I conclude this final postpartum journey I want to continue to be healthy and fit for my children and my husband. Of course I hope to run a half marathon this year, have fun at the Spartan Race, do a few pull-ups while at the park this summer, and get up on one ski. Most importantly I hope to just actively enjoy life with the three little munchkins and one handsome guy that God has given me to be mom and wife to.
And as for you moms out there who are on this journey too; remember, it takes time. It took you 9 months to grow these precious babes, it can take 9 months or longer to get the extra weight off. And if it never all comes off, that is okay. Your body is an amazing machine that grows and nourishes human beings. When you focus on feeling good, fueling your body properly and using exercise to give you strength the rest will fall in place… I promise.
If you are a new mom, seasoned mom or a woman looking to find your fitness, I’d love to help you. Lifting weights has changed my life and I’d love to help it change yours too. It is never too late to start or improve your fitness journey.
Hollie Nicholson Fitness
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You can find all my postpartum fitness posts from baby #2 here!