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Fitness Update: My First Postpartum Mile

Happy New Year!

As of today, I am 3 pounds away from my pre-baby weight. I’m pretty excited about it. However, I could care less about the number on the scale. I’m more concerned with simply getting back to the fitness level I was at around this time last year. I started noticing myself feeling the most unconfident that I’ve ever felt with how my body looks, and it’s definitely been a mental block to get over. I finally told myself, “Self, you grew an Adeline. Literally, your body grew a human who is now thriving and happy and beautiful. Your body is amazing, and capable of so many things. Just the fact that one minute you had a living being inside of your body and the next she was outside of your body is absolutely a miracle.” Point being, I’m working really hard to focus more on getting into a fitness shape where I am stronger and healthier, and less focused on what size my jeans are now. (Although, that still makes me a little sad. I’m pretty sure I’ll never see those sizes again, ha!)

Two nights ago I was able to sneak off to the gym again, thanks to a cooperative baby and a sweet as pie husband. (Did I just say sweet as pie? I’m turning into a mom. ACTUALLY, I’m ok with that. I aspire every day to be more and more like Beverly Goldberg.) I decided it was finally time to conquer my biggest postpartum fear…

THE FIRST MILE.

I’ve been super nervous about stepping back on the treadmill for two reasons:

1. Will my sports bra support my now-upgraded chest or will I want to die and go back to being a member of the itty bitty titty committee?

2. How out of shape am I really? How bad is this first mile going to hurt? Can I even still run? Do my hips remember how? Am I going to pee my pants????

Well folks, it was a long 12 minutes, but I successfully ran my first mile without stopping!

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I walked for a few minutes before to warm up, and a few minutes after to cool down, and in between a glorious thing happened…I RAN AGAIN!!! Well, a slow jog, but still. It wasn’t exactly the 8:00 something pace I’m used to, but for 12 minutes I was a runner again and I was so stinking excited!

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The hardest and scariest part of any journey is taking the first step, and I am officially so relieved to have it behind me!

Before I headed home, I tackled some core exercises to really guarantee a good soreness the next day. I did 5 sets of 12 yoga ball crunches, and 2 1-minute bosu ball planks. The bosu ball is. the devil. I’m sure of it!

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So, if you’re also a new mom who’s scared to jump back into her gym game, go for it! You can do it!!

How was your postpartum fitness journey? What is your current fitness goal?

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11 Comments

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    Nikki S
    January 1, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I had my baby girl in April and I definitely felt pressure (from myself, no one else) to get back to where I was fitness wise. I gave myself a pass for the first 6 weeks, reminding myself that I grew a baby and that’s an amazing and transformative thing to go through. I started teaching yoga/pilates again about 6 weeks post partum and that really helped get me back into a fitness routine. I started slow and have built up my workouts and stamina from there. I’m actually more fit than before pregnancy now! I’m stronger for myself and my baby girl. 🙂 You just have to let the guilt of not being with them for that time go and know that it’s important.

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    Lauren @ The Foodie Runner
    January 1, 2016 at 11:49 am

    yayy!!! The first run back from injury or any time off is always scary before you start! I remember wondering “do I even still know HOW to run?” So you are not alone!! What a great place to be in going into the new year!

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    Nicole
    January 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats! The first run is hard but it gets way easier! You were smart to just do a mile too! I’m almost 3 months pp and no where near my old jeans (my thighs and hips are in the way!!) but have been working out hard for the last month and it has made me feel way more confident despite that! We have a journey ahead of us but like you said, we just freaking created human life, so we have to cut ourselves some slack (and thank you for the reminder because I often forget).
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    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    January 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Yayyy!! You’re doing fantastic, girl! Awesome being 3 lb away! I think I’m still like 10, and 15 from where I was before my first weigh in at the dr., lol. I’m having a way harder time with my body after baby than I thought. Definitely telling myself the same things you are over and over to feel better! The first run I did was definitely hard and humbling, but once you know you can do THAT, you’re golden!
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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    January 1, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I’m currently focusing on my core- which is humbling! 😉
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    Kathy
    January 3, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Congratulations on a big milestone!!

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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you!!! Now if I could only get back and try for two miles…maybe this weekend????

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    Autumn
    January 4, 2016 at 10:23 am

    That is AWESOME! I’ve never had a baby, but I did take a little running break over the summer (because humidity) and I remember my first run this fall being pretty badddd. I was like, “wait, how did this get so hard in just a few months.” So you are awesome.
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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Hahah! Yes!! It’s amazing how quickly you get out of shape and then it suuuucccckkkssss getting back into shape!!

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    Matilda
    January 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    3lbs, girl that is nothing.

    I stacked it on with both my 2, less so with my 2nd than my first, but I was still overweight.

    10 years on (omg my 1st born is 10 this year! noooooooooooooooo), I weigh less than I was when I go pregnant, so must be doing something right.

    You look fantastic either way.
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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Haha! Aww you’re sweet 🙂 10 years!!! WOW!! I can barely handle the fact that Adeline is 11 weeks!!

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