Well baby Aren is here, and today marks 4 weeks since she was born. I can’t believe how quickly she is growing up! She definitely uses up a lot of my time and energy, but I’m ready to start taking a little bit of that energy for myself. Somehow between all of the nursing, rocking, nursing, walking, diaper changing, nursing, shushing, entertaining, and nursing, I should be able to find 20-30 minutes to exercise each day, right?
Well finding that block of time might not be as easy as it sounds, but I’m going to make it a goal each day. Today I wanted to work on prep for my BODYPUMP class, getting some practice before I need to teach and record a live class in November. In reality, I was only able to complete about two-thirds of the bicep track before Aren woke up from her nap. Two hours later when she fell asleep again, I got in just a few reps of triceps extensions before my second grader needed help with homework. At least I did something, right?
As long as I continue with the mindset of doing what I can each day, I think I will feel successful and I should start seeing some progress. And doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Initially, I just need to regain my strength. I can tell my body is SO WEAK by how easily my body aches at things that should be easy. Things that I plan to do to slowly increase my strength and fitness:
- Take walks with the stroller
- Do short/easy workouts with body weight or light weights (5 pound dumbbells)
- Take short walks while babywearing
- Stretch tight muscles and incorporate gentle yoga
I’m also becoming more conscious of what I’m eating, although breastfeeding can make me ravenous at times! I’m trying to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and thankfully I’m no longer disgusted at the thought of eating meats. I will occasionally eat a piece of chocolate or some other treat, and I do allow myself one adult beverage in the evenings (oh how I missed my wine and seasonal beers during pregnancy!). But the majority of my calories will come from nutritionally dense foods that are good for both me and my growing girl. Eating according to the 80/20 rule helps me to keep my nutrition on track while still enjoying life!
Do you have any tips for a mom who is getting back in the groove after baby? Any advice on starting exercise postpartum? I’d love to hear it, so please leave a comment!