Friday, January 4, 2013

Fitness update

It's been a mixed bag this week...

  • Exercise.  Exercise is going really well.  I'm continuing to able to walk more and faster on the treadmill without any pain, and I'm excited to be cleared to workout (I'm assuming) at my post-partum check up next week.  As per my January resolution, for the last two days I've gone down to walk on the treadmill one feeding earlier so I'm starting at about 6:30am rather than 8:30 or 9am.  I'd really like to move this back another hour, but it works for now because Daniel is flexible with when he can get to school.  In the long term, I think if I can pump/feed at 5am with the goal of exercising out at 5:30am, Daniel can get out the door at 7am to leave for school, and I can finish getting Scott ready and to daycare with the goal of being at work at 8:30???  However, that depends somewhat on being able to get more...

  • Sleep.  Sleep is not so good.  It's not any worse than for any other parent of an infant, (and is probably better than for many) but the lack of sleep is draining.  Some nights are better than others, but yesterday was a feeding frenzy from 6 to 8:30 pm and then a loop of eat, cry, change diaper, cry, eat, cry, spit up, cry, etc. for about 2 hours from 8:30 to 10:30 (at least that's when I stopped looking at the clock).  Once he's asleep at night we usually get one decent chunk of about 3 or maybe 4 hours and then he's up every 2 hours for the rest of the night.  Good thing he's so cute... but it's leading me to bad...

  • Eating habits.   I actually do pretty well during the day, but I've developed a "witching hour" after dinner and before Scott finally goes to sleep when I can't escape the call of the Christmas candy from the kitchen.  We're not talking about one square of dark chocolate here, either.  If chocolate is good for you, I've eaten so many antioxidants in the last 3 weeks I'll never die.  And I'm not eating because I'm hungry - it's just because its there and it tastes good and I'm tired and a little stressed out knowing that my baby is probably going to start screaming and I may or may not know how to make him happy and I'm certainly not going to get to sleep any time soon.  BUT, I do want to lose the baby weight, and I don't want to sabotage the good I'm doing by hauling myself out of bed early in the morning to exercise.  I know the answer is to shut the door to the kitchen and try to go to bed earlier, but so far I haven't found the willpower to do it.  

  • Weight loss.  Last Friday I was 136.8 lbs and today I was 135.2 lbs.  I think this was a real change because I feel like my mid-section is flatter than before, but it's probably a result of water weight lost rather than any actual body composition changes.  It's somewhat annoying, but I'll take it - especially considering the junk food situation.          
So anyway... kind of a whiny post, but it's my blog so I can whine if I want to, right?  Hopefully I'll be all smiles and unicorns next Friday.


  1. Ami Neiberger-MillerJanuary 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Hang in there. it gets easier. And you are doing a good job.

  2. Ami Neiberger-MillerJanuary 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I wanted to add that I thought these pictures were hysterically funny. You can whine on your blog if you want to. I think it's good you recognize the eating habit thing now - I am now trying to lose a lot of weight i put on over the last few years - some of it gained from bad eating while Gabby was an infant - and it is not easy. Exercising when your child is asleep is a great routine to start - although when I joined a gym last year and went early, Gabby would sometimes wake up early and be upset i was not home - and many of the classes were not offered during times she was sleeping, so I felt like i was losing mommy time with her by going to work out. Go easy on yourself and enjoy your baby.

  3. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm learning quickly that motherhood is all about flexibility!