Today I'm 11 weeks postpartum. I've been eating (mostly) clean — cutting out gluten, dairy, and sugar, and eating lean meats and lots of vegetables. I've been seeing a personal trainer that is helping me rebuild my core. I've walk two times a day, or a walk and bike ride every day.
In the past when I've stuck to a disciplined, healthy diet and moved my body throughout the day, any excess weight has fallen off. In this new postpartum body, I'm learning things work a lot differently.
Today I walked a mile, climbed 400 stairs in a gorgeous park, and walked a mile back. I made it in under an hour, which means I'm getting faster — and stronger. I was feeling proud of myself for where I've come since week 1 in postpartum when I could barely walk 1/2 a block. I excitedly hopped on the scale when I returned home, but the number hadn't changed since I weighed myself two weeks ago.
Despite the discouragement of not seeing a difference on the scale, I'm trying to tell myself to watch my progress, and not the numbers on the scale. It helps to remind myself of areas that I am improving in when the number reads the same.
Progress, But Not Weight Loss
- Diastasis Recti healing
- Learning how to rebuild and engage my entire core, not just some muscles
- Posture changing
- The length of time I can walk is increasing
- Speed of walk is increasing
- Strength in my legs is increasing
- Experiencing less pain in my ankles and knees
- Mood is boosted
- I have more energy
These are small steps, and although I'd like things to be progressing much faster, I am progressing in some ways. I just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other — and relearn how this new body functions with food and exercise.