Getting into Shape Post-Baby by Callie

Today I have a guest post by Callie of The Wannabe Athlete. She is one of my FitFluential friends and one awesome mama! Annnnnd guess what? She’s gonna be a mama again! Congratulations on your  second baby announcement! I am so so excited for you and can’t wait to follow your journey – again!

Callie’s post today is all about getting back into shape after you’ve had a baby — I hope you enjoy her insights!

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When I got pregnant, I was arguably in the best shape of my adult life. I had just completed my first sprint triathlon and actually ran my first 10k the day after I found out we were expecting. I had grand visions of working out through my pregnancy, barely gaining any weight, and fitting right back into my pre-pregnancy clothes after having my baby.

It didn’t happen like that.

I gained about 40 pounds during pregnancy and could barely walk, let alone workout, over the second half of my pregnancy due to some complications.

But still – I naively believed that my body would just bounce back and I’d get right back in shape after having a baby. People tried to tell me, “You were pregnant for 9 months; it will take you at least 9 months to lose the baby weight.” I didn’t believe them.

Well, they were right.

Here I am at nine months post-partum and I am finally within two pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. And I am pretty darn proud of that.

It didn’t happen overnight. The pounds didn’t “magically” melt off because I was breast feeding. No, it took a lot of hard work but I did it. And you know what? You can do it too. Here are my best suggestions for getting back in shape after having a baby:

1) Be easy on yourself.

You’re a new mom. Life is crazy. You are probably operating on less sleep than you ever dreamed possible. You know that workout routine you had before getting pregnant? Throw it out the window. I’m serious. It’s a whole new ballgame, folks. It’s going to take some time to get back to where you were. That’s okay. YOU JUST GREW A HUMAN BEING INSIDE YOU. Your body is pretty freaking amazing already.

2) Find a routine.

A routine is something we all crave as moms, right? We would love to figure out when our baby wants to eat, sleep or even poop. We live by schedules and drive ourselves crazy trying to keep them. But I really do think a “routine” is a good idea for trying to get back into shape. It doesn’t have to be exact. Just commit to running three times a week. Or going to the gym twice a week. Figure out what time works best for you. For me, the best time is to go really early in the morning, before work and before my husband and son wake up. It’s early, but it’s worth it.

3) Be flexible.

This is really just advice for parenting in general. There are no “typical” days. Despite your best efforts to establish a routine, there will be nights when the baby is up all night, days when he is just fussy beyond explanation and times when a snuggle fest on the couch just sounds more appealing than a three mile run. That’s okay.

“Fitness” is a journey, not a destination. It is a compilation of individual choices to live a little healthier than you did yesterday. Be easy on yourself, find what works for you and stay flexible. Don’t compare yourself to other moms – each journey is unique and individual. Stay focused on your goals and you will achieve them!

Thank you so much Callie! I think this is a great reminder to all those who are pregnant or recently had a baby!

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