I posted these photos on Instagram the other day and got a big response (thank you!), so I decided to write a short blog post to briefly tell you what I’ve been up to.
This is me, 11 months post-pregnancy and about 16-17% body fat. As you can see, I still have my lovely little baby line on my tummy, which I love. It’s proof she was “just” in there cooking! I am feeling amazing and so strong! I am lifting heavy (for me) in the gym and at home (mostly at home). With working from home and being with Brinkley, my schedule feels jam-packed most days.
Some nights I go to the gym just to get out of the house, but I get my most effective workouts at home. You can actually find my FREE post-pregnancy home fitness plan here on my blog, Fit Body After Baby. It even provides a sample meal plan to help you build and plan your meals. Nutrition determines 80% of your results.
I set a timer on my phone to help remind me to eat and I drink a gallon of water a day. I eat every 3 hours, 5-7 meals a day. It works like a charm for fat burning! Proper nutrition plus training = achieving your fitness goals. Consistency is everything!
A lot of women have asked me if I lost weight while breastfeeding. It was hard, but I did. Breastfeeding didn’t magically just make the pounds melt off for me like it does some women. We are all different. Be okay with that!
I just stuck to what I know best, which is proper nutrition and training. By 6 months postpartum, I had dropped all but a few pounds of my baby weight. I stopped breastfeeding then when I started back to grad school. It was just the right decision for me because I get super stressed as a student and it was really important for our family’s future that I finish my degree. I want to set an example for Brinkley and show her that follow-through is so important in life.
No matter how you feed your baby, do what’s right for you. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. I am thankful that Brinkley is strong and healthy. At not even 12 months old, she is wearing size 24 month clothes, which blows me away. I think she’s going to be tall like her mama. 😉
If you’re breastfeeding, ACOG recommends eating at least 1,800 calories to maintain your milk supply. I added 300-400 extra calories for training and it worked fine.
Don’t get discouraged if the weight is not dropping off. Just stay consistent and never give up! Things started to tighten up more and more with weight training. It tones your body like no other!
I gained about 30 pounds with my pregnancy and it took me a few months to get comfortable again after baby Brinkley was born. The most important thing is to focus on rest, because that’s hard to come by those first few months. Then focus on eating when your baby eats. Stay hydrated. Get outside and take a walk. Be active. Then ease back into a fitness plan.
Don’t feel rushed or compare yourself to other moms…or especially women that don’t have kiddos. Our priority is our sweet little one, so give them all the love you can and just know that you have to make time for yourself. We are at our best when we feel great.
Love you all! I hope this post helps someone!