Fitness after a baby

Hello everyone!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve written, and that’s for a very good reason… I HAD A BABY!!  Actually, my baby is now 8 months old, but life has been very different to say the least.  Dean Tyler Brand was born on August 28, 2008.  He is our miracle baby in every way, as I was infertile for 8 1/2 years.  Fortunately, I finally found a doctor who made a correct diagnosis, and after a simple non-invasive outpatient procedure I got pregnant immediately!  So, I have been adjusting to the whirlwind and have taken a very long break from my blogs.

For those who are interested, I did continue to work out (both weights and cardio) all the way through my pregnancy.  I had a very easy pregnancy, and Dean is extremely healthy.  I also gained 40 pounds!!  However, I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight in about 4 or 5 months.  I’m glad to finally have the experience of being pregnant and having a child so that I can better identify with other women who are trying to exercise during pregnancy and/or lose that baby weight.  Let me tell you, it’s not easy!!  You have to be very highly motivated and determined to stick to your guns.

My best advice I can give a new mom is to resume exercise as soon as physically possible after the baby is born.  Then, take any opportunity you can find to fit exercise and activity into your day.  When Dean was born, he was allergic to something in my breast milk which caused him to scream for hours on end.  I literally had to hold him almost all day long.  So, I would often do squats and walking lunges around my house while holding him.  Push ups became my friend, because I could do a set here & a set there whenever I had a chance.  I would also strap him in the Baby Bjorn and run up and down my stairs (being careful & keeping my hand near the hand rail so I wouldn’t trip, of course!).  Now that the weather is nice, I take him out in the jog stroller for either a walk or a jog.  Although I prefer to do my workout all at once, I’ve been known to break it up into 3 or 4 small sessions  during the day just to get it in when I can.  The important thing is to just do it however and whenever you can.  If you lose your “exercise momentum”, it’s very hard to start again – so it’s better to do SOMETHING just to keep the momentum going.  The benefits are enormous!  I feel so much better after exercising, and I have a lot of energy during the day to keep up with him.  Someone told me just last week that I don’t look like a mother!  I took that as a compliment – especially since I’m 37 years old.

Anyway, I hope this helps some of you.  I also hope to blog more now that I’m starting to adjust to being a mommy!

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Post Thanksgiving damage control

Ah… the week after Thanksgiving.  If you’re anything like me, then you probably feel like eating REALLY healthy for a while!  Just thinking about all of that kind of food makes me feel sick to my stomach now.  I had two different Thanksgiving feasts to attend, and although I don’t think I overate – I know I consumed A LOT of calories!  I did notice something very interesting, though.  Since I am unaccustomed to eating such heavy foods, my stomach immediately started to rebel against me and let me know it was not happy!  I had the worst stomach ache on Friday.  I guess this is a good thing, because it serves as a natural deterrent from doing it again any time soon! 

I can tell by the way my clothes fit that I did store some fat, so my plan is to “reign it in” until I get back to normal.  This is how I maintain my weight.  Although I did a heck of a lot of cardio last week, I still apparently consumed more calories than I used.  So, this week I plan to keep the cardio up (6 days a week – preferably for one hour each day).  I also plan to cut out the bread, since that’s a high calorie food.  No sweets either.  My snacks are either protein shakes, fruit, or nuts.  I will eat a salad and a yogurt for lunch, and we will probably eat a lot of soup this week for dinner.  I will also be mindful of eating plenty of fiber and protein since both of these will keep me full for long periods of time. 

 I just thought I would share with you some of the things I do after indulging too much to keep from gaining weight.  I hope it helps!

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