Getting Fit After Giving Birth – one program at a time

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Combatting the “Mommy Tummy”

English: Abdominal muscles on a woman's belly.

English: Abdominal muscles on a woman’s belly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If you’ve ever had a kid, you probably know what I am talking about.  If you’ve experienced multiple pregnancies, then I am sure you’ve experienced what I am talking about.  That little pooch in the front of your midsection that lingers around after you’ve had a baby.  Most of the time it dissipates largely in a few months.  However, in my situation, it never had time to dissipate at all.  I gained a whopping 60 lbs when I was pregnant with my son (Before you judge me, please know that becoming pregnant with him immediately cured me from the lingering threat of anorexia).  When he was three months old, I got pregnant with his sister (We wanted them that close together, I LOVE it).  I managed to only gain 30 lbs when I was pregnant with her (I did lose 20 lbs during the first 24 weeks because I was sick as a dog!).  When she was six months old, however, I found myself pregnant once again.  So, in the three years that I spent being pregnant (Exactly, the month of conception of my oldest, three years later, was the month of birth of my youngest).

 

I never had time to get rid of that pooch before I had to add on to it.  Add to that the scar tissue from one c-section, and a spiderweb of stretchmarks, I felt that my poor stomach would forever look to be 4-6 months pregnant.  Also, because of the timing of my children (don’t forget the major abdominal surgery of the c-section), I suffered from TERRIBLE diastasis recti.  That is a painless separation of your abdominal muscles.  I have spent almost 8 months now working on healing the diastasis recti, and I am actually quite proud to say that I have gone from an almost four finger-width of separation to 1/2 a finger-width of separation.  The secret to THIS is planks, and lots and lots of patience!

 

Working out at the YMCA this past month and working on other areas of my body as well as aerobic excersizing now means that for the first time in almost 5 years, I can accomplish a sit-up.  No more crunches for me!  I’ve still got quite a ways to go to get my stomach back in shape, but I now believe that the idea that your body wont ever be the same after having a baby is just an excuse to not even try (and an excuse to hold off on having children to begin with).  I am still nursing my baby (who will be 18 months old next month), and while I am suspecting some saggy breasts (especially after having 1-2 nursing children for 4 years straight), I know that they don’t have to be saggy forever.  And the added bonus is, by getting rid of my mommy tummy in this way, I am actually in better shape than I was before my mommy tummy even developed!  And I can be more proud of it too, because I’ve actually had to work for it!

 

 

 

Getting Started with the C25K Running Program

From the start of my first pregnancy to the end of this last pregnancy has been a little over 3 years.  CRAZY!  If you’ll bare with me, I’ll go into a bit of some detail, I’ll try to keep it short for ya!

I’m sort of a wall-flower when it comes to being social.  Very introvertive and completely fitting the stereotype of middle child.  I’ve tried a whole slew of different sports: Gymnastics, softball, soccer, hockey, football, volleyball, and a few other artistic talents (piano, violin, theatre).  Never could really find my niche.  I have never really been overweight either (Average of 140-145 lbs. at 5’5″).

In college, I struggled with an eating disorder (anorexia, not because I wanted to be skinny, but because I had an issue with food, it’s a whole different story).  Then, I got married after my sophomore year (I was only 19, I know, SUPER young).  6 months later, I got pregnant with my son (eating disorder conquered!).  Gained 65 lbs.  When he was 3 months old, I weighed 195-200 lbs and found myself pregnant again, this time with a girl.  Lost 20 lbs because of horrible morning sickness, gained 30 back.  A total of 10 lbs.  When she was about 8 months old, I weighed in at 165 lbs.

I had seen a few of my friends posting facebook statusi (statuses, statuspeople?) about this couch to 5k running program (C25K) and I decided to give it a shot.  I loved it!  The first time I went, I came back so high on endorphins – sunshine, no children, no worries, just me and the pavement.  I got through the third week and found out that I was 7 weeks pregnant (another girl).  So, I had to stop.  I gained about 25 lbs total.

I was anxious to start running again, and I was good and waited until she was 6 weeks old.  I weighed in at 175 lbs.  Then, I had to wait until the weather was good (she was a winter baby).  She’ll be 5 months old in three days and tonight was my first run and it was incredible!

There are dozens, nay hundreds, well probably thousands, of women who have had just one child, and have struggled to get their figure back.  I know what they are going through.  I would LOVE to hear from them.  This is the beginning of my journey to get fit after giving birth.

Today’s Stats:

Total Time (From walking on to walking off the track): 23:28.1

  • Warm-up: 5:00.1
  • Run: 1:02.0
  • Walk: 1:31.2
  • Run: 1:01.9
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:01.0
  • Walk: 1:31.1
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:00.4
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:00.3
  • Walk: 1:30.9
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk to complete around the track: 2:14.7

Total Distance: 1.5 Miles

Calories Burned: 205

Pace: 15:39

Sound Track

  • Yellow Card – Back Home
  • Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
  • Relient K – Must’ve Done Something Right
  • Disney’s Mulan – I’ll Make a Man out of You
  • Reliant K – Must’ve Done Something Right (played twice, what’s up with that?)
  • Stepenwolf – Born to Be Wild
  • Relient K – Mood Rings
  • Smashmouth – All Star

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