Welp, this is real life. Cause this week although I FELT like I made progress, not only can you NOT tell, but my weight went up. If it wasn’t for the sake of accountability and accuracy, I wouldn’t even hit publish on this post. But this is real life and how the journey works. I will say it is frustrating to know I am working out considerably more and to not SEE the results in photo form.
First we will start with the numbers…
Than my photos from 4 Weeks
and now my current, 6 week Postpartum Photos
YIKES! However, discouraging it is to look at these photos and NOT see progress and to weigh myself and see weight gain. I know there are a few hormonal factors that are coming into play. Up until yesterday, I looked and felt a lot smaller… but as of last week I have stopped breastfeeding. For those who don’t know breastfeeding is considered a natural way to lose weight fast, because you are burning a lot of calories when you feed. On top of that if you are breastfeeding, your body will usually suppress whatever hormones you need/have to begin your period again. So, since I stopped breastfeeding my body is preparing to essentially start my period back up, pms, ovulation, etc. Which will cause bloating. So, i am going to chalk this weeks progress report to that.
With that being said, what have I been doing the past two weeks.. I upped my work out routine, just a little bit. Adding in some very light core work, doing arms with weights, stretching and the past 5 days I have made it my goal to get in 100 squats, as well as other leg exercises. Weather has been hit or miss, so not a lot of cardio. As far as food, been keeping it very light and clean as possible. With the exception of soda (i know, i know!).
My plan for the next two weeks and my 2 month mark. Today was my 6 week PP check up and everything looks good! Which means I can resume working out as normal!! YAY! MY body is still not physically able to push myself SUPER hard, BUT I am going to definitely increase the intensity and for how long I work out. Which honestly, makes me SO excited. I am going to look into taking a few classes as well. As far as food goes.. I am not going to change much… with the exception of increasing my water intake even more. I would say I currently average about 48oz a day (which for me is actually pretty impressive) and obviously decrease my soda intake.
Oh and one more nerve wracking thing.. since I am working on my legs and butt. I plan on my photos from here on out to be a little more revealing and pants less. Just so we can see the progress accurately there as well. The only reason this weeks photos aren’t that way is because our house is getting painted and surrounded by painters lol.
Wish me luck! And the next update will be May 3rd.