As I’m sitting here in the glider in Baby D’s nursery (which is quickly becoming my favorite new work spot), I am getting more and more eager to meet this precious little one that is making my belly bounce and roll.
Though meeting our sweet baby clearly tops the list on ‘things I’m excited about’, there are a few other items that have made the list, too.
- Enjoying the taste of Hubb’s homebrew
- Finally indulging in fro-yo again
- Being able to lay on my tummy
- GETTING MY BODY BACK
I don’t mean I’m excited to get my body back so I can look like a Victoria’s Secret model again… again? HA! 😉 but I’m pumped up about challenging myself with workouts, being able to wear my clothes again, not getting stared at when out in public and feeling strong and energetic.
This has lead me to spend some time thinking about my plan for my post-baby bod. It’s difficult to plan when I don’t fully know what life will be like once Baby D is here, but I am going to do my best to get back to feeling like me again ASAP.
Here’s the tentative plan:
When I get Home from the Hospital
- Nourish and nuzzle Baby D.
- Spend hours doting and soaking up everything I know I’ll want to remember forever.
- Let my body heal. I know I’ll be sore and learning about all the new ‘functions’ of having a mommy body.
- Take pictures of my body and record stats for my ‘before’. Will I be as ballsy as the inspirational Tina and take pictures in my bathing suit? Probably not. But I’ll choose an outfit that will still reveal my progress.
The First Month
- Stick to my healthy eating habits. I’m so proud I’ve stayed pretty on track with healthy eating throughout pregnancy because there won’t be any shock of ‘oh no, now I have to eat healthy again’. I’ll still need to eat plenty to keep up my milk supply, and with the help of prepared freezer meals, a helpful husband, wonderful grandparents and friends, I think staying on track with eating shouldn’t be too challenging.
- Start moving. Hopefully fall will begin to creep in and I can enjoy some beautiful walks around the neighborhood with Baby D and Hubbs.
- Continue to track progress via pictures, weight and inches.
The Second Month
- Get back in the kitchen. It probably won’t be every night, but I enjoy cooking and hope to begin to get back in the swing of things with preparing some healthy meals.
- As soon as I’m ‘cleared’ by the doctor, I want to start incorporating strength training and cardio into my routine. Cardio may consist of long speed walks at this point. For strength, I’m looking into ordering the Tracy Anderson Method DVD for post-baby. Does anyone know anything about it?!
- Snap some more pictures to share with you and hopefully starting to see some progress by the end of month 2.
The Third Month
- Hopefully by this point I’m adjusting to my new normal. Meal planning will be fun to explore at this stage, and I’m sure I’ll have some new tips to share on staying healthy at meal time when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare! I don’t plan on counting calories, but if progress isn’t where I want it to be at this point, I might do it for a few weeks to see what kind of difference it makes.
- I’d like to keep up with the strength DVDs at home because my gym membership will still be on a freeze. I’m freezing it for 3 months because I don’t think I’ll be comfortable bringing Baby D there before then… and who knows, maybe even longer. For cardio, I plan on restarting the Couch to 5k Program and want to sign up for a 5k to run in early 2012. I loved it last time and want to get back into wogging ASAP.
- Of course, pictures and numbers to share with you. I hope you will enjoy seeing my progress because I really think sharing it with you will help hold me accountable. Plus, any encouraging feedback you can offer will certainly be music to my ears!
So, that’s about as far as I’ve gotten. I feel (perhaps naively so?) that this ‘plan’ is slow-paced enough for me not to be overwhelmed, but structured enough to get me back on my feet.
What do you think?
Is it too aggressive?
Not challenging enough?
Any other tips to offer?