I’m 4 months into this mom of two stuff and I can honestly say it’s busier than I imagined it to be. I knew having two kids would mean more of my time, and I eagerly signed up for it, but as a no-excuse-make-it-happen kind of girl, it’s a bit humbling.
I haven’t been to the gym in a couple of weeks. I throw Kaitlyn off her schedule so frequently that when she has the opportunity to get a nice nap in at home, I let her have it.
Cooking meals this week has been tough. I knew it was going to be a busy week (I was even back in the WCCB studio yesterday- as was Kaitlyn- for some mommy review fun with Kristine!), so I gave myself a break and didn’t plan out must-make meals for each night.
I realize that may sound like I’ve given up, but I haven’t. I’ve adjusted my expectations. I’ve accepted that I won’t be running any fall races this year most likely or creating elaborate meals in the kitchen. However, that doesn’t mean I’m throwing myhealth aside.
I haven’t made it to the gym, but I’ve been doing workout videos a couple of times a week. It’s not my favorite, but it gets me sweating and Hailey will even join in sometimes and it makes it a lot of fun! I’ve been focused on staying active with afternoon walks with the girls and short runs when David is home and I have the opportunity.
I also may or may not have prematurely spent some birthday money on some new workout gear. SQUEE!
This week I didn’t really have a meal plan. However, instead of planned out meals, I grabbed some staples- chicken, steak and several veggies- and we’ve been eating simple meals of grill-it-or-roast-it-all. The meals won’t win any culinary awards, but they are quick and good for us.
I guess at 4 months in I’m at a place of doing what I can when I can. I don’t want to create unrealistic expectations and set myself up for failure, so I’m readjusting. I’m striving for progress, whatever the speed.
When I was a health coach I worked with many moms that had basically thrown in the towel. I remember encouraging them (how they must have loved that from a non-mom) to take baby steps and acknowledge the small wins along the way. I found if you could get that positive energy building, the rest often fell into place. Don’t you find that if you get in a workout that you want something a little healthier to eat? Or if you take your vitamins that you are more likely to drink an extra glass of water? I know I do and that’s all I’m shooting for right now.
So with that being said…
And the numbers…
|3 Months Postpartum||4 Months Postpartum||Difference|
|Around Belly Button||32.75”||31.5”||-1.25”|
Progress …even though the weight loss may be mostly a result of my haircut!
I refuse to compare my results to when I was 4 months postpartum with Hailey. I’m in a different place now, I’m juggling more and I’m even a couple years older. So even though things may not be progressing as quickly, progress is still progress, no matter the speed.
When is a time you’ve had to readjust your expectations?