Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Working Mom Wednesday

Linking to Work, Wife,Mom...Life! for Working Mommy Wednesday. For this week I'm creating my own prompt and it's all about how I fit exercise into my work schedule.

Today is September 1st and my first day of working out postpartum 5 weeks. I went to the doctor's yesterday and got my clearance papers to go back to a normal life. She advised that I take it easy at first but that's not really my style and don't even think about talking me out of this because I will just ignore you.

I have 7lbs to lose to regain my post baby figure and I'm planning to do a half hour of exercise Monday through Thursday; that's half of what I do normally and I'm doing half so I can continue breast feeding without any impact to milk production. If I do see an impact then I will scale back to a less aggressive form of exercise like yoga.

Exercise is an important part of my life for these reasons:
  • it gives me energy to get through a very hectic work and home schedule
  • it makes me feel good about myself
  • makes me strong enough to hold a 23lb daughter and 11lb boy (at the same time occasionally)
  • I have trouble with circulation in my legs which causes pain and any form of leg exercise helps (walking, running, biking, aerobics)
I woke this morning planning to work out but hadn't managed to secure workout clothes or find video the night before so it took almost 30 minutes to find everything. I highly recommend pulling out all workout gear the night before.

We live in a condo complex that surrounds a pond and it's 1/3 mile walking distance circumference. I started today walking one lap while lifting 2 five pound weights, 70 arm curl reps, 50 reps lifting the weights straight up post arm curl.

I then did two laps holding Sam in the Baby Bjorn carrier. He was awake and husband joined me for one lap with Charlotte so we made it a family walk.

So first day of working out = one mile with weights and 11 pound baby strapped to my chest. Not a very aggressive workout but it's a start!

Thanks to husband I had the following for breakfast (he totally rocks!!!)
  • 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and red pepper flakes
  • 1 slice of wheat toast (partially shared with Charlotte)
  • 8oz orange juice
  • 8oz plain yogurt with splenda, cinnamon and handful of fresh raspberries (yum!)
  • Cafe Du Monde coffee
Finally I have to give partial credit to Miss Candy for her Project Skinny Me that I've been watching for several weeks now. She's going an awesome job of losing weight and has given me loads of inspiration!!!

12 comments:

Susan DiMickele said...

Keep it up! You can do it. I admire your determination. And yeah to hubby for being a support.

Susan DiMickele said...

BTW, just read your comment on D's post and I had a good chuckle. You're right -- it gets harder!

crazywildberry said...

Sounds like you have it all thought out. Good plan! I should probably do something too. I haven't been able to get down to my pre-pregnant weight. I just don't know when to fit it in. Life with three keeps me at home a lot. :(

Julia said...

good for you!! i still haven't gotten back to you with some post partum exercises. i'll work on that!!

Amy Sullivan said...

OK fine...you've inspired me. I will not do one more thing on this computer until I get my butt outside and walk. Bye for now.

Thanks for the push.

Amy Sullivan said...

OK fine...you've inspired me. I will not do one more thing on this computer until I get my butt outside and walk. Bye for now.

Thanks for the push.

Miss. Candy said...

Aww, THANK YOU!!!! What a great post!!! Sounds like your husband is super supportive and you are super dedicated!!!

Mommycrat said...

Very good idea for a post - and well done for getting back into it so soon.

I joined a gym about 6 weeks after giving birth to my daughter and did very well until about May when I sprained my ankle (I know, excuses, excuses), and then when I went back to work in July, things really got bad on the exercise front - thanks for the inspiration. I'll try to schedule it in!

Kerri said...

Way to get back out there! One mile with your weights and your little guy strapped to you is a great start I think!! I'm participating in Project Skinny Me with Miss Candy...so I will be checking back in!

Rachel M. said...

@ Susan - thanks and yes my husband is a great support!

@ CWB - I swear by Jillian Michael's Shread DVD that only takes 20 minutes per day to get through. If you can find 20 minutes per day I guarantee you will lose the weight!

@ Julia - thanks, looking forward to it!

@ Amy - hope you enjoyed your walk!

@ Miss Candy - yes I'm committed! Still enjoying your journey and looking forward to Monday's now!

@ Mommycrat - I do hate it when an injury takes us off of exercise! Hope you feel better soon.

@ Kerri - thanks for joining! I look forward to getting to know you.

ruthhill74 said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. We're all in this together, and I envy that you live in Florida! I spent many years in Lakeland, and I sometimes miss it. Blessings to you as you go for it!!

Rachel M. said...

@ Ruth - welcome! Lakeland is near Disney, I'm sure that was fun at times!