11 weeks postpartum – time to get back to reality

My grand plans of blogging my weekly return to fitness glory have been somewhat side tracked! Between juggling Results in Motion, PD4PTs, life and Charlie, it’s difficult to sit down to write a blog. So this piece from me, is actually a culmination of the last 4 weeks – I literally started writing this, taking pics and measurements etc. when I was 8 weeks postpartum, somehow I seem to have lost the last 4 weeks of my life! Doesn’t matter though, as the main thing is progression and progress and I’m pleased to report, we have success in that departments!

Last time I touched base, I was feeling like recovery was the slowest thing out there, at 5 weeks postpartum, really, I was only able to walk around the streets – max an hour. Well good news is, that has improved MASSIVELY! I’m proud to report that I’m back training, swinging my kettlebells around and loving life. Week 10 I headed back to the studio and completed a strength session – light weights, full body movements and had a great time using Charlie as a push up target. Super low impact and nothing too strenuous but MAN I WAS SORE! Like difficulty sitting on the toilet sore! Charlie was right at home in the Waverley studio and was a good boy, sleeping in his capsule while I ripped off the bandaid and started my exercise return.

That week, my Mother’s Group and I committed to weekly PT sessions in the park with our babies. So in the sunshine, we kicked off the first ever Mums & Bubs Training session and have now done this consistently for a couple of weeks 🙂

From a Training & Fitness angle here’s where I’m at:

  • Week One (week 10 postpartum) completed 2X strength and conditioning workouts
  • Week Two (week 11 postpartum) completed 3X strength and conditioning workout – started to add a tiny bit of high intensity and plyometric (jumping) stuff in
  • This week, and thereafter, I’m committing to 4X workouts per week – the plan is to keep it low impact and strength based for another couple of weeks, and then gradually move into some cardio / impact work

Perhaps the biggest motivator this week has been the decision to sign into Boot Camp. Results in Motion Spring Boot Camp kicked off today, and yep you guessed it, I’m IN!! I need to the support of a group, the motivation of a time deadline and something to focus my nutrition.  100% the hardest thing for me is finding the motivation to pull my eating back into alignment – late nights feeds, tiredness, coffee catch ups and being home are all the reasons I cannot seem to get my shizzle together in the food department. I’m hoping that Boot Camp encourages a change here. Measurement and weight wise I’m fairly happy – some achievements in this area include:

  • 1.3kg drop (66.7kg down to 65.4kg)
  • 19cm drop
  • 10cm alone off my hips
  • 5cm off my tummy

But looking at the images below (4 weeks postpartum TOP and 8 weeks postpartum bottom) you can see I’ve still got a lot of work to do. 

For those coming back from pregnancy, my tip would be stay focused, go slow and try and improve just a little each week. Slow progress is better than no progress and make sure you set realistic goals – my ultimate goal that I’m working toward is:

BE IN SHAPE (back to pre-pregnancy) for my birthday this year – December 5th

I’ll keep you in the loop with my progress and RIM clients, get ready to see me in action at the studio and in the training sessions from now until then!

5 Weeks Postpartum – Recovery Is Slow!

I’m not exactly sure where the last 5 weeks have gone, the days seem long sometimes (when Charlie is kicking off!) but the time genuinely has flown! Life for me as a Baby Mumma has been both enjoyable and stressful as I try to balance work + Charlie time – possibly the worst day ever was attempting to do my Quarter 4 BAS for Results in Motion and PD4PTs (so 6 months of profit & loss statements as opposed to 3) all in one day when Charlie decided to refused to settle. Worst. Day. Ever. Since that horrific day, I’ve tried to pull back on the work front and accepted that I can only do so much with a permanently attached small human!

Charlie and I also have opposing goals on the Health and Fitness front, he’s in a bulking phase and I’m hopefully on the path back to my Health & Fitness glory days. Guess what – it’s a LONG path for me!! ha ha 🙂 Check Charlies bulking action though, he’s definitely getting some quick results! What a legend!

I mentioned last blog that I’m going to be setting some really solid goals and targets for myself, well that will be after my OB check up at the 6 week mark. I’ve decided to do the right thing, allow proper C-section recovery and not push anything on that front. However, in the interim, I’ve made some positive Health and Fitness, nutrition and lifestyle changes over the last 12 days, that I’ll detail out below.

Training and Fitness

  • Daily walks – this has now increased to an hour per day minimum, I’m hoping that as my recovery keeps improving, i can pick up the pace, include more hills and turn these from a stroll in the sun into a workout. 12 days ago I could barely make it around the block, so can definitely feel some improvement on these! Image below of my mega sunshine walk the other day 🙂
  • Mini strength session – these has been a little tougher as I need to be so careful with jumping into this too early – it’s not much of a routine, but every 2-3 days I’m trying to complete the following:
    • 50 dips
    • 50 calf raises
    • 50 squats (mixture of wide sumo and regular)
    • 20 incline push ups (being VERY careful of angle etc. and stomach control

From the nutrition angle, I’ve been super relaxed with my diet + eating and have no intention of jumping on to a strict plan yet. I’m quickly learning to accept that I’ll never eat a piping hot meal again and that sometimes I have to eat whatever I can lay my hands on – so scrambled eggs on dense nutritious bread for breakky has been replaced with 3 weetbix & milk simply for convenience (i.e. I can make and eat this in 4 min as opposed to 15!) My changes over the last fortnight include:

  • Committing to drinking 1.5L of water daily
  • Making sure that I’m having 1 meal per day with a stack of veggies
  • Enjoying equivalent to 1 piece of fruit

Wellness and Lifestyle

Perhaps the most important thing at the moment, at 5 weeks postpartum is the “wellness and lifestyle” component. There’s a huge focus on this at all my maternal health check ups – avoiding post natal depression, mum’s mental health etc. Whilst I’m a happy and task driven person, I can 100% see how this whole motherhood thing can get lonely, frustrating, boring so it’s important for me at least to keep to a routine, give myself daily goals and just go with the flow. Some things I’ve implemented that I’ve found of use include the following:

  • Set up daily tasks and goals on a whiteboard and mark them off as they are completed (avoids the day in day out feeling)
  • Make sure that whatever happens I have a shower, eat all my meals, put on make up, keep up to date with social media, log into work – this normality helps!
  • Take time to get hair dyed, brows done, nails done – you need to feel human!
  • EAT THE CAKE IF I WANT IT! Some days you’ve just got to have a cupcake peeps!

Next week is a big one for us, my 6 week OB appointment, Charlie’s vaccines, me back driving around! Hopefully I’ll be able to utilise the time to set some real goals and get back into the zone!

 

Return to Fitness Glory – The Hard Truth

Wow – I’m 23 days postpartum and I barely recognise myself in the mirror! There is absolutely nothing glam about C-section recovery, looking after a newborn and the physical deconditioning that I’m feeling right now! 10 days ago, I decided that it was time to move into a “health and fitness” mindset, and indeed I’ve started to make the changes to commence the “Return to Fitness Glory” journey – but let me stress- they’re SMALL and SLOW behavioural changes. I’m not cutting hours of laps around the block, counting my macros and being ridiculous, I’m enjoying my new phase as a baby mumma and will take my time in getting back on track.

As with any client setting a Health and Fitness goal, I have spent a bit of time this week clarifying what my end targets are, what it is that I want to achieve – I will nut these out in more detail in a later blog post as some of them will be determined by my 6 week assessment with the OB. E.g. can I return to high impact training? Do I have diastasis recti (abdominal separation)? It’s important to have an end point, something to aim for, but I think it’s equally important to establish a baseline. This week involved a weigh in, measurements and some “before” pics – well postpartum photos but they are my official “hard truth” – this is where I’m at size wise, weight wise and aesthetic wise. It’s too early for me to test myself out on a fitness capactiy, but I know from how difficult it was to walk around the block, exactly where I’m at!

So here you have it people – my before measurements – this is the heaviest that I’ve been in my life and definitely the biggest measurement wise.

Below are my regular measurements and a more normal weight for me – overall it looks like I need to lose about 10kg and something like 63cm. MASSIVE goals!! But achievable with slow, steady focused training and nutrition

Numbers are numbers but what I think is perhaps more confronting are the postpartum images I took the other day – it’s certainly not what I expected to be 23 days out from the birth, but perhaps my expectations were a little unrealistic. My tummy is swollen and squishy and yes, it still feels like my insides are going to fall out at any given moment. There will 100% be no proper training until this feeling disappears – only basic Pilates movements, walks around the block and slow controlled body weight compound exercises like dips and squats (after OB clearance).

Here I am in all my postpartum glory – ready to commence my return to fitness and happy to have you along for the journey! 🙂