- I just had a baby. I need the rest
- I'll lose weight from breastfeeding
- It's too hot to exercise in the summer
- Breastfeeding is too time consuming to have time to exercise
- The baby kept waking up at night, so too sleep deprived to exercise
- Ha! This is my favorite: my husband will love me no matter what I look like.
- Start off slow (this is my second c-section after all). I started off with stretching and yoga for 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week.
- Eventually I graduated to doing cardio for 15 minutes a day 2 days a week. After a month, I increased the cardio to 25 minutes a day, 4 days a week.
- Ab exercises: alternating between plank, reverse curl ups, crunches, side planks, etc. at least 3 days a week.
- Walk for 40-60 minutes outdoors pushing a stroller whenever weather permits.
- Bikini season: Ok, call me vain but I want to look good in a bikini again. I have invested in 2 set of really gorgeous bikinis and I would love to look great in it while frolicking at the beach with my husband and kids.
- Shape: I'm going to be honest and come out to say that parts of me are just not where they used to be pre baby. Fellow moms should catch my drift on this. I'm not hoping to have flat abs but I am hoping to decrease the baby bulge a little. I'm not hoping for perky boobs again but to delay any further sagging. Not too much to ask for right?
- Travel: A trip to Spain at 6 months postpartum really taught me how much energy I needed while traveling with a baby and a toddler. I need to stay fit so I can haul the kids and baby equipment up and down flights of stairs, buses, and trains. As much as I love to travel, there is just no stopping me.
- Hot wife: Here is my vanity taking over again. I want my husband to still find me hot despite the fact that I did give birth twice. I know he loves me no matter what but finding me still desirable after all these years is just an added bonus.
- Food: I exercise so I don't have to give up the foods I love; such as brownies and Mexican food.
This is perhaps the most difficult part of executing my exercise plan. Time! Between cooking, laundry, baby, toddler and husband care, where am I suppose to find the time to exercise? Ha! But I do. I sneak in a 40 minute jog on weekend mornings when the household sleeps in; and sometimes getting breakfast on the way back. And yes, it is really hard sacrificing sleep to exercise. But the sacrifice is worth it looking into the mirror everyday and see results.
When Allie takes her long nap in the afternoon (usually about 2 hours), I would sneak in some cardio that doesn't make too much noise such as jogging around the living room, or hula hooping. Baby's nap times are also good for yoga or Pilates. It's a good way to enjoy some quiet time and recover some sanity. This is not to say that I get a full 2 hours to myself everyday but when I do, I make the most out of it. Chores can be done later because as soon as I tuck in Allie for her nap, it's ME time. Oh how I love me time!
Well, after all that's said and done, how am I doing now that it's already one year postpartum? I now weigh 10 pounds less than I did pre pregnancy. The baby bulge definitely got a lot smaller, still don't have a flat stomach though. I've stuck to my 25 minutes of cardio, 4 days a week. On rainy days I jog around the house. On sunny days I wake up before the hubby goes to work to jog outdoors. I walk to the grocery store (1 km from my house) for groceries every chance I get. The ab exercises are always done immediately after the cardio so I don't put it off 'til...never. Now for the real excitement... In April, I will be adding a dance class to my fitness regimen. Not just any dance class, but a belly dance class. Yes, you read correctly! I will bare my stomach in front of a class of 10 hot, young, skinny, childless, women and learn to belly dance. But I will save that for another post, for another time. Now, I just want to pat myself on the back for 6 months of hard work and dedication.