It has been a little over a month since I shared the first installment of my postpartum weight loss. I have seen some encouraging changes but also old insecurities. In this second installment of my postpartum weight loss part 2, I am going to share an update on eating habits, workouts, measurements, and struggles.
My eating habits have been ok. We have eaten pizza and ice cream but for the most part our meals have been home-made. I could definitely make better choices and cut out the sweets. The problem is I love food…haha! I do believe if I were more creative with healthy dishes I would enjoy healthy meals more. My goal for April is to eat more fruit, vegetables, and have a salad for lunch at least three times a week. I do not eat super unhealthily but I can definitely improve in this area.
I have been working out two times a week for at least an hour each time for the past month. The workouts consist of cardio, light weights high rep, core training, and stretching. I have seen good results from this schedule but I feel that in order to get the results I want I will need to add in one if not two more workouts a week at least 30 minutes each. Due to my age and the fact that this was my second full term pregnancy I will need to step up my workout game.
On Saturday, April 1st, I took another set of measurements. I am happy with the results so far but know I have more work to do.
Weight: 150 lbs.
Waist: 29 inches
Right Thigh: 24.5 inches
Left Thigh: 23.75 inches
Right Bicep: 11 inches
Left Bicep: 11 inches
When I went back to compare measurements I had lost an inch in every area except my arms. Which is great! Even though my weight stayed the same I am able to fit into two pairs of my pre-pregnancy jeans and a lot more tops. That alone is so encouraging! I am officially out of all my pregnancy pants/shorts.
To view last month’s measurements click Postpartum Weight Loss Vol. 1
When I began this weight loss journey, I feared my feelings of self dislike would come back from years past of struggling with self-image and it did. Let me first say that I want to be able to fit back into my “goal clothing”. I want that for me and not for anyone else. I believe that a one part of being happy in life is being happy with yourself. My goal for clothing and being healthy is how I do that. However, I have to be vigilant in fighting negative thoughts and not comparing myself to anyone else.
Over the past month, I have fallen in the comparison trap. Comparing myself to others is never good, in yet I have done that. I have stared at myself in the mirror and thought about all the things I want to change instead of celebrating how far I have come. How I plan on fighting that is to celebrate the victories. I have come a long way in this journey and it should be acknowledged. Another way I will fight this negativity is to be more in my Bible. Strengthening my spiritual walk will help this tremendously. Last but not least, believe the compliments. It is very easy to disregard those statements and believe the lie that I am not “in shape” enough.
To view last month’s photos click Postpartum Weight Loss Vol. 1
Below are update photos from Saturday, April 1st. My body has definitely changed and that is awesome!
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