So, now that I’ve resumed my workouts, I’m back in peak physical condition, right? Fortunately for you other moms out there who may be struggling to get back into shape postpartum: NOPE! Not even close. So no worries, there won’t be any belly-baring photos here any time soon. (Ever, actually, haha.)
I feel like I’ve slimmed down a bit—my stomach is definitely flatter—but it isn’t registering on the scale quite yet. I have the feeling that like last time, that 10 extra pounds is going to hang on until the breastfeeding slows down a bit. So now I’m in the stage where my normal jeans are too tight and a pair I bought postpartum in a size bigger keeps trying to slide off my body. The in-between clothing sizes of pregnancy and the postpartum life never fail to be frustrating.
Zumba has been going great. I do love the workout, and it’s great for my mental state to get out of the house for an hour. I love that Zumba is great cardio, but you also throw in toning moves, like squats and standing ab-work, so you really feel like you hit up your body from head to toe. I don’t remember Zumba being this physically demanding, but it is getting easier as my cardio improves. Plus, I really give the workout my all, moving as much of my body as far and as hard as I can. It’s my longest stretch dedicated to a real workout during the week, so I have to make it count. And I always come out of class flushed and sweating, feeling great.
Other workouts? It’s admittedly a huge challenge to fit them in. I’m walking with the kids. And I’ll throw in a four-minute workout here and there. But it’s inevitable that when my daughter is down for her nap, my son wakes up fussy. Or I get five minutes into a workout and he wants to be held. So sometimes I’ll hold him and modify moves for added resistance. Other days I simply have to be happy with getting that five minutes in.
I know it’ll get easier. I know that eventually the little one will have a more predictable schedule. He’ll sleep longer. He won’t want or need to be held all the time. There may even come a time when he naps at the same time as my daughter. Or gives me a couple of hours with just the toddler to contend with. Either way, until things settle down just a tad, I have to be happy with the small chunks of workout time here and there that I’m getting to do. And I’m not discounting all of the baby-carrying and bending and standing up I do all day. My biceps remain fierce!
Did you have to adjust your mindset when it comes to postpartum workouts? Be happy with what time you get to yourself? —Erin