Only a few weeks after Ryan was born I had dropped all of the pregnancy weight. Everyone I saw raved about how great I looked and how they couldnt believe I had a baby only a few weeks prior. Pretty awesome, huh?
Now I have post-pregnancy weight gain. Yeah, while many women are still struggling to lose the weight they gained with their baby, I already did that. In fact, I was about 2 lbs UNDER my pre-pregnancy weight. Then ... I turned around and gained back about 7 lbs. So in the 2.5 months since I had Ryan I lost about 26 lbs and then gained 7 of them back. I feel like an idiot.
Over the past few months I've been tired. I havent exercised. But, (and I think, most importantly) I have also eaten really poorly. Feeding a two-year-old and newborn is a full time job. Brooke has breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, and dinner. Ryan eats every three hours. All day I am feeding them and I don't feed myself. Brooke is a picky eater and its hard to eat the same as she does, and I dont usually have the time (or energy) to fix two separate meals (one for her and one for me) at breakfast and lunch. And half the time she is eating, I'm using that time to feed Ryan ... so there isnt any time to eat at all.
You would think that the scenario I provided would cause me to lose weight, right? Unfortunately, Im starving all the time. I dont take the time to fix myself meals, or even to buy healthy foods that are quick to eat. So what do you do when you are limited in time and really hungry? Eat junk, of course. Over the past few months I've survived on cookies, crackers, pastries and candy. Lots of lattes and soda. The occasional fast-food-drive-thru and lots of dinners out at restaurants.
My clothes fit pretty great after Ryan was born, something that did not happen with Brooke. But now a few weeks later they are back to not fitting again :( Yes, I'm embarrassed. But, I resolve to change things! I got a latte this morning but ordered an oatmeal instead of a pastry. I got some better food at the grocery store today. And right now I'm sitting down eating a salad (while Ryan sleeps and the sitter is playing with Brooke). I dont want to feel bad about my post post-baby body and need to correct this situation asap.
Baby steps ;)
Updated this post to include the ab workout I did during naptime!
Torso Extensions or “Press Ups” 10 reps
Superman – upper & lower body 20 reps
Front Plank – from toes 20 second, 3X
Bird Dogs – limbs off centered 15 reps, holding 10 sec each
Segmental Hip Bridges 10 reps, 2X
Pelvic Floor Gliding Contractions 120 seconds
Torso Rolls 60 seconds
TransVersus Abdominus (TVA) 15X each leg, 3X
Crunches 15reps, 3X
Roll Downs 10 reps
Modified Pushup 10reps, 2X
Cats & Dogs 10reps