On Monday my favorite little guy turned 2 months old! I love him more with each passing day. I remember before I was ever pregnant with Max thinking, “How could I ever love another child as much as I love Claire?” As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Max my heart just grew bigger and I had more room to love another child just as much. It is amazing what God does with our hearts!
He currently weights 12 lbs. 4 oz. and his 3 month clothes are getting snug. He smiles up a storm and makes all kinds of noises. Tummy time is not going so well for him as he usually starts to fall asleep. I think once he can roll from back to belly he might become a tummy sleeper. He is not a big fan of the pacifier, but seems he might eventually find his thumb or fingers. He is a rockstar sleeper and has been sleeping anywhere from 7-9 hours a night for the last week and a half. We have been blessed with good sleepers!
My pre-pregnancy weight: 129
My healthy, comfortable weight: 130-133
My weight at 40 & 4 days weeks: 174
My weight 1 week postpartum: 161
My weight 2 weeks postpartum: 155
My weight 1 month postpartum: 149
My weight 2 months postpartum: 146
I knew the weight would start to slow down and I only lost 3 lbs. this last month. I know I should not get frustrated because everyone is different, but sometimes I really have to make a conscious effort not to give into the negative self talk. It took my body 9 months to put this weight on and it may take that long to get it off. The interesting thing is I went about 2.5 weeks without losing a single pound. I then looked back through my fitness journal that I kept after having Claire and at the exact same point post pregnancy I had written that I was frustrated that I had stalled. I have no explanation for this, but thought it was interesting.
My Fitness Level
I have been working out five to six times per week. I teach four times a week at the gym right now, add in my own lifting sessions and usually a long run and an interval run each week. I feel like I am increasing my fitness level and am able to do more each week- I am pleased.
Running: My shorter runs are still about an 8:45-9:00 minute pace. My longest run has been 6.75 miles at a 9:15 minute pace.
Strength: In my classes that include weights, I start with 12-15 lb. dumbbell since we do a lot of reps. When I bench press I can get in one full set at 75 pounds. Pull-ups are the hardest for me. I have to use a band to help me, but they are still hard for me. I hope to be able to do three pull-ups with out the band by the summer.
My Food Intake
I am still working with the nutrition coach to help me better understand what works well for my body. She has increased my daily calories since last month to make up for my increased fitness level and what I am burning when I am nursing. I am getting much better on meeting my protein macros and most days I meet them or am very close. I am still going over on my fat and actually coming under on my carbohydrates. Overall I feel I am learning to eat much more balanced.
- Eat dessert or sweets only 1-2 times per week (I have been having a “treat” almost everyday.)
- Continue to lift on my own 2 times per week
- 5-6 workouts per week
- Eat more vegetables
- Train and run 10k (average pace 8:59)
- Piyo 1x per week (this is going to be the hardest for me)
Review of last month’s goals
- Get in 5 workouts a week (45 minutes or more)- Check!
- Once I get back to the gym, make it a priority to lift heavy (outside of the classes I teach) twice a week- The first two weeks I was back I didn’t get this done, but last week I did.
- Run a 10k in December (an average of 8:59 pace)- I am working on this. My shorter runs are at this pace and I am doing speed work to help me get here for my longer runs.
- Eat more veggies for snacks- I struggle here. I was good for a couple of weeks and then fell off the wagon the last two weeks.
- Increase my protein in take- egg whites in my oatmeal, hard boiled eggs for snacks, and protein smoothies in the afternoon. I am trying, but this is hard for me.
LeAnn @ Real Fit, Real Food Mom says
Keep up the great work! It sounds like you’re doing an excellent job of taking care of yourself…but also not beating yourself up about it. You’re absolutely right: these things take time, but I have no doubt you’ll get there with all the great things you’re doing! Good job!
Thanks for the encouragement LeAnn!
Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections says
Wow, this is very interesting to me to really look at the numbers for baby and post-baby weight. I am 20 weeks preggo with my first right now and not really paying attention to weight gain.
Your progress looks awesome. Dang you work out a lot! That is really interesting about the “stall” at the same time for both your kids. All your health goals look great. Keep it up!
I didn’t pay attention to weight gain with my first until the very end, but I tracked it with my second.
I do workout a lot, but I love it and it is my way of getting out of the house. Plus my daughter loves “playing” at our gym while I workout. It is also my circle of friends as all of my stay-at-home friends also go to the gym where I go so it is my social time.
Wow! You are awesome! I don’t even know what I was doing when my son was 2 months old. haha I think I was just trying to stay awake! Are you training for an upcoming race? You have a great pace!
Thanks Tricia! I am not training for anything right now. I ran a 10K in December, that was what I was working towards post baby. I will run a half marathon in the Spring, but I don’t know which one yet- I guess I better get on that. What about you? Are you training for a race?