I’m 6 months into this postpartum journey and my fitness has dramatically improved since the 3 month mark. I’m getting more sleep which means I’m healthier and have more energy. Which means I’m doing a lot better with after baby running and weight loss! I hope by sharing this helps others see another version of what “normal” looks like 6 months after baby.
Nope, it didn’t just come back to me as soon as I popped the baby out. You can skim and scan this post to catch up on the reasons why. When I was able to resume running, I started with #justonemile for a couple weeks. A physically and emotionally non-threatening goal. It worked. I was getting the mile in and positive feelings bred more positive feelings and motivation to keep running.
In August, I ran my first race of about a 10K’s distance. Loved it. And then I started inviting friends to meet me 3 times a week for a morning run/walk. We’re doing 3:1 intervals and I end up getting in 4+ miles. I feel like I could do more, but with no races planned, I also don’t feel like I have too. It’s a good place to be.
I’ve learned more about my body. I know a slow return to regular running is the smart play. My feet, more than anything, need rest days. My goal for the remainder of this year is get to a place where 15 miles a week is feeling easy.
Postpartum Weight Loss
YES! As my body befriends running again, it’s also starting to let go of those awesome pregnancy pounds. No surprise there, but definitely relief. Here’s a recap by-the-numbers of my postpartum weight journey.
Month 1: 165 (24 lbs above my starting weight)
Month 2: 167 (Ugh)
Month 3: 159 (Partially sickness induced weight loss.)
Month 4: 155 (Starting to sleep better)
Month 5: 150 (Eating better and running more)
Month 6: 147 (7 lbs to go)
I am mainly glad that my body is healthier and stronger. It’s also encouraging to see steady weight loss of about 1 pound per week right now. My favorite clothes are making an appearance again. I could be back to my pre-baby weight by Thanksgiving!
“Goals” For Months 6 – 9
I hesitate to say these are goals, because I’m not really making a strategic plan to achieve them. I don’t have the mental energy to focus on these things in that way. So these are more projections of what I foresee will occur over the next 3 months if life continues on the current trajectory. Make sense?
- Back to pre-baby weight, as in the weight I was when I got pregnant. I believe it was the low 140s.
- Up to 15 miles a week of running, minimum – mainly have that feel easy.
- Continuing to increase local, fresh food and decrease processed items that have just “been easier” to make in a pinch.
- Begin swimming – perhaps taking a private lesson to learn how to properly swim & breathe so I can do laps for fitness, and give my joints a rest.
How about you?
How are your running goals coming along? Or other fitness goals?
For my other mommies out there – what do you remember about the first 6 months after baby?