Before I got pregnant with Hayden I was feeling great about myself and my body. I had lost a bit of weight and was in the best physical shape of my life. I was teaching circuit training and running around 15-20 miles a week.
I ran a half marathon while I was pregnant (but didn’t know it).
I was good about keeping my workouts up through my pregnancy and taught circuit classes and worked out through my 36th week of pregnancy. I gave birth 2 and a half weeks later.
I did a post about my thoughts on pregnancy and exercise here.
Once Hayden was born, exercise honestly got pushed to the back burner. I wanted to spend every waking minute I had with him and it was SO HOT this summer, it was almost impossible to get outside to run. When it was cool enough we did go on a lot of walks.
Slowly but surely I got back into the swing of things and have consistently been working out about 3 (4 If I’m lucky) days a week. Would I like more, yes? But with daycare and having to pick Hayden up by 5:30 this is all I can squeeze in for now.
I still teach circuit classes every Thursday and my parents gave me a membership to a gym near work, for Christmas. So there, I get some miles in on the treadmill.
(You can hate me now) but I was lucky enough to be one of the women who dropped the baby weight very quickly. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was in good physical condition prior to getting pregnant and I also believe that breastfeeding helped me a TON.
So now that I have stopped nursing and pumping, I won’t be burning those extra 600ish calories a day. And this terrifies me.
Currently I am a good 15 lbs less than I was when I got pregnant with Hayden. That is crazy to me. Remember, I was happy with my body then? I’m even happier now. But the whole not pumping anymore thing, really scares me. I am really nervous that I’m going to gain a ton of weight back.
Does anyone else have experience with this?
The problem is I have a HUGE sweet tooth now. I don’t know what pregnancy did to me, but since having Hayden I crave sweets like crazy. I never used to be that way. And it seems like I am constantly hungry! I know with nursing/pumping it’s normal to be hungrier, so I’m hoping that now that I am done with that, the crazy hunger will go away too.
So putting this all out there makes me hopeful that I will try to curb the sweet tooth, stay consistent with my workouts, and keep the healthy eating in check.
I have quite a few races that I’m wanting to do this spring/summer and I’m hoping that the weather warms up soon so I can hit the pavement and get off the stinkin dreadmill!