I was wrong. It was not a good idea.
I think I tried on about 15 plus pairs of crops or shorts, and not one of them was even an option.
In the Kohl's dressing room, I had a moment of silence for my pre-baby belly. Which, I'll admit, was not a whole lot to mourn. But, it's still hard to look in the mirror and readily accept the stretch marks (I have a lot of them!) and loose skin.
Believe me, I love my mama pooch for all it represents: our little one's first home and the fact that my body accommodated him for 9 plus months. I don't take that for granted. But, that doesn't mean that I have to resign my belly to a life of tight pants and pudginess.
I have the option to help my body bounce back and stay healthy.
But I have to give myself grace + time. I have to make realistic goals and expectations. If I don't, I'll ignite a battle within me of guilt, feeling annoyed with my body, and getting frustrated.
My hope is to step into this postpartum fitness season with patience + the perspective that getting healthy does not equal quickly losing a whole bunch of weight or having the perfect body.
What I want: to be healthy, exercise to help relieve tension + for stamina (lifting around a baby is no joke!), and eat foods that energize + are good for me. Of course, I do hope to lose a few inches along the way, but that's not my main priority. I was trying to lose weight before I got pregnant, so in a healthy and patient manner, I want to continue that. Strangely, I actually weigh less than I did before I got pregnant, but my clothes definitely do not fit in the same way...oh, well!
Since I am exclusively breastfeeding, I do need to make goals that are safe and healthy for me and Luke. The last thing I want is to loose weight at the expense of my milk supply. So, right now I'm focusing on two things:
1. Exercise: I've created some goals (I've learned that if I don't create goals, I don't sustain it) to help me stay accountable. I figured that I could start with 100 minutes of exercise a week, and in a few weeks, make it 120. I also need to do different types of exercise or I get bored and stop doing it.
So, I'm continuing to use Robin's Long prenatal Pilates program (Balance Beginnings) since it was soooo helpful for when I was pregnant. She has a few workouts for postpartum (which I love!) and I can also use a number of the workouts from the pregnancy series. She has one for upper body strengthening which is super helpful! Luke is 16 lbs, so I need all the strengthening I can get!
Also, before getting pregnant, I was taking Zumba classes at a local studio. I loved them! But, they don't offer any childcare at this studio, and I knew that it would be hard to go as much as I'd like with our schedule. But, they offer on demand classes so I pay a little every month and have access to over 30 videos from their classes. I love this option because I can workout on my own time, have a variety of classes to choose from, and still have fun! (ps. anyone can get their on demand classes, so check them out!)
2. Eating wisely: I'm not counting calories, and I'm not intentionally reducing my calorie intake. I am, however, trying (trying) to choose wisely about what I eat. I'm really trying to incorporate more veggies and lean protein into my diet. Here's an example of my favorite dish right now:
(coffee, watermelon slush, and breakfast taco with a fried egg, roasted sweet potato, kale, and avocado)
I actually enjoy eating healthy, but it's not always easy (especially when you are tired and picking up food sounds better than cooking!) with a new baby.
So, that's probably way more than any of you wanted to know about my mama pooch and what I want to do about it! But, writing it down helps me stay more accountable and focused.
How do you stay healthy? Any suggestions to help loose the pooch?