Saturday, April 12, 2014

Operation MILF | Day One

I have the c section shelf (so gross) plus a tummy pouch for a repulsive ripple effect. As the first phase in Operation MILF, I decided to do the 30 Day Abs Challenge

Source: http://30dayfitnesschallenges.com/30-day-abs-challenge/
My core muscles have always been strong and my stomach has (almost) always been flat. During pregnancy and my c section, abdominal muscles were separated from their homes so to speak. In fact, post-op you cannot use your ab muscles at all (and you discover how much you need them!). I know rebuilding these muscles will help me achieve my shelf-free objective. I did not anticipate how much strength I lost in those muscles! This morning I did day one and was thinking 'wow, this is going to be so easy - guess I will do it a few times'. 10 situps, 5 crunches, 5 leg raises and a 10 second plank. Please. That is not an ab workout, that's an easy set.

It was not easy. It was the most challenging one of my life. 

It became apparent there is still a lot of healing going on in my abs - and I'm kind of questioning if I will be able to complete this 30 day challenge. But at the same time, letting those muscles atrophy further will not solution anything. So I'm going to see how far I can go, and if it becomes genuinely painful I will certainly stop.

I will check back in next week with an update!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting my Body Back (AKA - Operation MILF)

Six weeks post-partum I am one pound off of my pre-pregnancy weight (yay!), but in no way near my pre-pregnancy shape. Extra inches are loitering on my hips/thighs/tummy - not cool! I don't want to feel bad about it and complain and not do anything about it, so I decided to do something about it. So I'm starting Operation MILF. 

I want to be healthy not only for me, but to set a good example for my son, but also for my husband who did not marry a slightly pudgy frumpy lady (no, he has not said this, and has been very complimentary of my post-baby body, and in fairness I have always worn leggings an awful lot, just not daily). And did I mention I had a respectable (and not inexpensive) wardrobe I would like to fit into again.

Armed with clearance from my doctor to resume exercise, I'm excited to resume an active lifestyle beyond walking, and to tone my body. I'm settling into life with my new one and figuring out how to mind the baby and return to doing my own meal preparation the majority of the time (when the baby is not sleeping in the kitchen - he loves that fan!). 

To keep accountable, and for anyone else who's trying to get back to normal post-pregnancy / post-c section, I'm blogging about it! I will do my best with posts, photos, etc, apologies in advance if I fall off the wagon - a good amount of time I am working from my phone while feeding the little one! And I still have a return to work and a move which will make me have to recalibrate everything again in a few weeks.

If you're working on getting your pre-pregnancy body back post-pregnancy, or if you already have, tell me about it in the comments!

Wish me luck! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gluten Free Pregnancy | Week 39

 How far along? 39 Weeks / 40 when this posts :S
Total weight gain: None
Maternity clothes? Yep!
Stretch marks? Nope!
Sleep: So bad again! Except one day I was sick, I am very good at sleeping when I am sick!
Best moment this week: Since Bricklet chose not to arrive, my husband and I took advantage of another weekend of it being the two of us - we went for a nice dinner, went to a Broadway show (Chicago), and my hubby finally took me for a horse carriage ride in Central Park! 
Miss anything? Breathing through both nostrils, being able to speak! And still my flat stomach.
Movement: Yes, he continues to be beat me up from the inside.  
Food cravings: Nope.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, I was sick this week. We actually thought that maybe I was in early labor on Tuesday, but it turns out I was just really ill and having related aches and pains. Being sick and 39 weeks pregnant is not fun by the way!
Gender: Boy.
Labor signs: Again, maybe some Braxton Hicks, but I'm still not sure that I'm feeling them. Other than that Bricklet is apparently dropped a bit more, but he seems to be comfortable and hasn't made his evacuation attempt yet.
Symptoms: Sore back, swelling/puffiness, general discomfort caused by being a hippopotamus.
Belly button in or out? Mostly in, but a bit of it is out which is really freaky (I am omphalophobic)  .
Wedding rings on or off? Mostly off, I still do not want to risk them getting stuck!
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody! I was sick, am massive, and just want Bricklet out. 
What are you looking forward to? Not being pregnant anymore! The end is in sight one way or another, the day this posts is my actual due date, and my OB will be scheduling induction if I don't have him. I'm terrified of pitocin, so really hoping it does not come to that, but whatever gets him out at this point.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gluten Free Bumpdate | Week 38

How far along?  38 weeks / 39 when this posts 
Total weight gain: At least week's appointment I had lost 1 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Certainly.
Stretch marks? Still none!
Sleep: This weekend has probably been the best sleep I've had all pregnancy. I actually slept 10 hours one night (minus about 30 minutes or so when I did have to get up to go to the loo and didn't fall asleep immediately). 
Best moment this week: Being told labor was imminent (more on this later) and my husband gave me my push present early (and it is gorg!!)
Miss anything? In a nutshell I miss not being a hippopotamus. I'm so huge!
Movement: Still lots!
Food cravings: Not really, but having a lot of mango popsicles and pineapple.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I still had a bit of reflux this week and felt really nauseous on Saturday. 
Gender: A boy until proven otherwise.
Labor signs: He seems to have 'dropped' - can feel it when moving around and my bladder is probably the size of a peanut now. My doctor informed me at my checkup last week that I am 3cm dilated, and his guess was labor was 4-5 days away. *TMI altert - please skip to Symptoms if you are grossed out by gross stuff* I had 'show' this week, which is thoroughly disgusting, but made me really helpful for labor being imminent. Sadly I'm on day 5 since my last appointment and Bricklet is still quite cozy, unless something happens overnight once I've posted this. 
Symptoms: Sore back, pregnancy acne flared up a bit, and my feet and hands are definitely swollen.
Belly button in or out? Still in mostly!
Wedding rings on or off? Mostly off. I did force on either my wedding band or engagement ring a couple of times, but have mostly been home and have just left them off for the fear of them getting stuck.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, until Saturday. Saturday was very moody (i.e. there were tears) since Bricklet hadn't shown up yet. Once mid-day, and once in the evening. I really thought he was going to come this week. I'm very done with being pregnant and I am very ready to meet him.
What are you looking forward to? Meeting Bricklet and seeing what he's like. My husband getting to hold him. The next part of the adventure really!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Gluten Free Bumpdate | Week 37

How far along? 37 weeks / 38 when this posts!
Total weight gain: Lots of water weight last week at my doctors appointment (I've been swelling a lot)
Maternity clothes? Still yes!
Stretch marks? None yet!
Sleep: Overall still very bad, however last night I slept for about 6 hours straight.
Best moment this week: I think we're ready for Bricklet. We have all the essentials for him. Also, a couple of months ago I decided to knit him a baby blanket - and I finally finished it. I did a terrible job, but it's done and he's just going to get poop on it anyway, right?
Miss anything? Nice weather, sleep, and last night vodka.
Movement: Yep, he's still a maniac
Food cravings: I cannot say no to the chocolate almonds in my office! Good thing I'm working remote for the rest of my pregnancy!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Lots of nausea this week, it was just a long week.
Gender: Still a boy.
Labor signs: I wish! I was more dilated at my last appointment than the week prior, apparently almost but not quiet 2cm. This week I hope I walk in to news that I'm like 4cm haha. I may have felt some Braxton Hicks... still not sure though. We know I am contracting, I guess I'm just blessed to not notice!
Symptoms: Still have acid reflux though it has settled down a lot, insomnia, swelling.
Belly button in or out? Still in! I think I might make it without it popping!
Wedding rings on or off? Kinda on. Getting them off is generally no problem, on in the morning is a bit harder. I don't want to risk having them cut off so I have either been skipping wearing them, or wear just my band or just my engagement ring.
Happy or moody most of the time: Overall happy this week, with some definite moody points. As I said, it was a long week, and life coping skills were at an all time low this past week!
What are you looking forward to? Bricklet arriving. Anytime dude. 

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