Hi everyone :)! It has been 10 weeks since I had my beautiful little girl and it’s time for my postpartum fitness and weight loss update.
There’s not much to update on the scale this week. I’ve only lost one pound since my last update two weeks ago…that puts me at 143 (down 28 lbs from the day I gave birth, 13 away from my pre-pregnancy weight and 19 away from my goal). While this can be very frustrating, it also allows me a great opportunity to address the scale and how it’s not always an accurate measure of progress and hard work.
When tracking weight loss it’s also important to take your measurements and to have your body fat percentage measured if you can as well. The easiest way is to try on your clothes…if they’re looser or actually fit, you are obviously doing something right. If you are doing all the right things (remember 80% is what you eat and only 20% is fitness) don’t beat yourself up if the scale doesn’t budge for a few weeks.
Even though I’m only down a pound, I’m proud of myself for these past two weeks because I’ve really concentrated on my nutrition and I feel so much better. I can actually feel and almost see my abs now and I couldn’t say that two weeks ago.
Here’s my newest progress picture.
It is really really hard for me to post these pictures because I’m not even close to where I want to be, but I promised to show my progress and I want this to be as real as possible. I want to show women who are in a similar situation, that unlike many women in Hollywood who unveil their body at 6 weeks postpartum and appear to be flawless, that it takes a lot of time and hard work. There is no magic pill or quick fix. I also want to show that it is absolutely doable for a busy mom to reach their weight loss goals.
It is SO important to take progress pictures so you can compare them every few weeks to show yourself how far you’ve come. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s a slow process and I can’t give up…and these pictures really help (especially when I look back to what I looked like at one week postpartum). I know if I continue what I’ve been doing I will most definitely get to where I want to be.
The past two weeks I have really focused on my nutrition…not calorie counting, but what I’m actually putting in my mouth. I did some research and determined that to reach my goals of fat loss and to build lean muscle I have to concentrate on these few points:
- Significantly increase my protein intake. I’ve always aimed for 65 g of protein each day which is .5 g per pound of my pre-pregnancy weight. I’ve increased that to 130+ grams of protein each day. A daily protein shake and Quest protein bar has helped me reach this goal in addition to lean meat and LOTS of eggs.
- Eliminate as many processed foods as I can.
- Decrease my sugar intake.
- Drink a gallon of water each day. This is a lot harder than I thought but I’m working on it!
The MyFitnessPal app has really helped me with my nutrition because it allows me to track my macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), and I can also see the percentages of each in my diet for that day. It’s awesome and helps me stay on track. I’ve been doing really good during the week (with the occasional piece of chocolate :)) while being more lenient on the weekends.
As for what I’ve been doing in the fitness department, I’ve been increasing the intensity of my workouts. I combine HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts with my strength training. I’ve recently went out and purchased a set of dumbbells and a kettlebell for my home gym, aka my living room. At the moment I workout for about 30-45 minutes about five days a week.
My happy girl is 10 weeks old today <3
So that is all for this week! Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
I hope you have a great weekend!