I’ve had quite a few questions about my postpartum gym routine and how I’ve lost my baby weight so I’ve put together a rather long winded post about it. If you survive the read, I hope it’s worth it!
Isla is now 6 months old and I can honestly say I didn’t expect to feel this comfortable with my body at this stage. That’s not to say I want to stay like this – I want to tone up, feel stronger and fitter but I can wholeheartedly say I’m not completely unhappy with the way my body looks at this moment in time. I no way look like I did before I had Isla, and I’m not expecting to but that doesn’t mean I have to look any worse off, I’m aiming for better!
Although I am happy with my body now, I haven’t always been and it’s taken me until this point to feel comfortable in my own skin again. I have mentioned before in a previous post, that after having Isla I still looked pregnant for a considerable number of weeks, months even, and was on the receiving end of comments like ‘still got a baby in there?’. ASSHOLES. It wasn’t until my first period at approx 4 months postpartum, that I lost a great deal of my weight. This could have just been a coincidence, but I’m almost certain that the evening out of hormones in my system kick started the release of my fat stores.
I worked out for the first few months of my pregnancy but I pretty much sat on my butt from about 4 months onwards – unless trips backwards and forwards to the fridge count?!By the time I was full term at 37 weeks, I had gained two and a half stone and although I didn’t weigh myself closer to Isla’s birth date, I’m sure I managed to chuck on an extra half a stone by that point. This took me to an impressive 3 stone weight gain over my 40 week pregnancy!
Since Isla was 6 weeks old and I was given the go ahead by my doctor, I have been exercising both at home and in the gym. I haven’t always been consistent, that’s near on impossible with a baby right?! But when I’ve found the time, I’ve given it my all and worked my arse off to be the reddest, sweatest tomato you have ever seen!
Prior to having Isla, I was into my fitness and spent at least 4/5 days out of the week in the gym but believe you me, it didn’t feel like it when I first started back after having her! I was so unfit and I remember one ocassion a lady in her 70s lapped me in a circuits class and then went on to squat double the weight that I could. I seriously had some work to do!
From 6 weeks to 4 months postpartum, I focused on cardio to help kick start my weight loss. This involved a mix of HIIT training and a circuits class at the gym. I done all of my HIIT training at home because if the truth be known, I was too embarrassed to do it at the gym! I didn’t want to knock anyone out with flying body parts.. lots of praise to whoever invented shock absorbing sports bras!
This was my weekly routine:
Monday – 15 minutes of HIIT
Tuesday – 1hr Circuits class
Wednesday – 15 minutes of HIIT
Thursday – 15 minutes of HIIT
Friday – 15 minutes of HIIT
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – Rest day
All of my HIIT workouts I done first thing in the morning before I ate breakfast (to save bringing it up!). My workout was as follows:
- High knees – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
- Mountain climbers – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
- Burpees – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
I would repeat the circuit 5 times, making a total of 15 minutes.
These three exercises are bodyweight exercises so you don’t need any equipment and only a small space to do it in and believe me, if you do this right, you won’t want to do it again!
The circuits class is a mix of cardio and resistance training which was great for helping me to gradually start toning up. To some, this might not seem like a great deal of exercise but it worked perfectly for me and I was loosing anything from between 1-3lbs per week, diet dependant.
Just like exercise, healthy eating has also played a massive part in my weight loss. At times, especially because of breastfeeding, this has been a real effort! I’m sure I’m not the only one to devour a nutella waffle after a never ending day of cluster feeding but I have tried my hardest to eat balanced meals and not overindulge on carbs! If you are interested in what my diet looks like, please let me know as I’m more than happy to share it with you!
At current, I am 3lbs heavier than my pre-baby weight and I’m very happy with that. I no longer focus my exercise effort on cardio and I’m back to doing what I love – lifting weights! For now, I will continue with the circuits class as it’s good for my cardiovascular health (and the stubborn bit of of blubber on my belly!) but my main mission ahead of hot pant season is to tone up. Don’t worry, I have no intention of wearing hot pants!
I will probably always have loose skin and my boobs will be saggier but I don’t care! While you are sat there worrying about dimpled bottoms and cellulite, just remember that you can grow human brains inside of you whilst being a frigging bossgal at work, looking after other children, running a home and just being pretty damn spectacular!
Currently, I’m lifting weights 4 times a week whilst still training circuits and I’m really enjoying it – Once I have made progress (and can see I’m getting results!), I will share my routine with you. I know some of you have already shown an interest in getting to know more about it but I’m not confident enough to share it until I know it works! No one likes a time waster…
Hope this helps for now!
Lots of love