Postpartum Diet Week 2

Here’s my first post in this series:

Also, I have been using the app TwoGrand to track my meals and workouts so I won’t be posting my workouts here anymore. You can follow me on TwoGrand under username margeauxvittoria.

And here’s what I’ve been eating this past week! Saturday and Wednesday were cheat days (in a big way). I also went off plan Tuesday night by stress-ordering a pizza (you’ve been there). But I’m pressing on. My photos are screenshots from the app mentioned above.

Breakfasts:

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1/4 cup steel-cut oats, cooked, with 2 tsp. maple syrup and a splash of 2%
2 scrambled eggs (cooked in coconut oil)
Coffee with 2 Tbsp. 1/2 n 1/2

Lunches (this was a little all over the place):

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-Lentil soup (1/6 of this recipe)
-100 calories carbs (I had pretzels, rice crackers, or quinoa)
-1/4 cup shredded cheese or a piece of fruit
-1/2 cup Edy’s Slow-Churned ice cream

Snacks:
Same as last week’s options

Dinners:

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-Pot roast with potatoes + green salad
-Stuffed butternut squash
-Taco salad
-Roast chicken and carrots with white rice
-The aforementioned pizza

Since I started doing this my weight has been consistently about three lbs. lower than where I was hanging out beforehand. My main goal over the holidays is to not gain any weight but I’m waiting to weigh myself until Wednesday so I don’t discourage myself unintentionally.

Workout Journal (Week of 12.14.14)

Sunday –¬†TIU Total Body Bliss Routine¬†

I’m continuing with the Tone It Up workouts because, since the schedule is already laid out for me, it’s one less thing to think about. I felt pretty good about this workout – it was challenging, but I felt like I could handle it.

Monday –¬†TIU Kettlebell Routine + 30 min. “Run”

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I used a 10 lb. dumbbell for this workout because I don’t have a kettlebell. It was challenging, especially the pistol squats, which I’d never tried before. I’ve decided a few of my short(er) term fitness goals are:

  • 20 full pushups
  • 20 pistol squats (10 each leg)
  • Run a 5K in 27 minutes

This run (my third postpartum) was progress. I ran a full mile with no walking, which was a definite improvement on my previous two runs. I still feel pretty pathetic but I’m pushing through that. (Fireworks added to hide map ūüôā ).

Tuesday –¬†TIU Ab Videos¬†

This¬†is the Tone It Up week schedule I’m working from¬†– I’m tired of doing individual links. Today I¬†added 40 uneven squats to my daily routine, inspired by this video that contains exercises to do to work up to pistol squats.

Wednesday РTIU Yoga + Arms, 1.7 Mile Walk 

Yoga first thing in the morning felt great – I enjoyed walking outside again too.

Thursday Р2 Mile Run + 10 Min. TIU Thigh Video 

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I felt like a badass today! Ran two miles and got into my running “zone” for the first time postpartum, then did 10 min. of thigh exercises plus my uneven squats. Actually feel like I can say I completed a “run” sans the “”.

Friday – 3 Mile Run + TIU Ab + Arm Workout

Ran three miles today with an average¬†11:10/mile! I’m psyched. I also did today’s TIU video plus my uneven squats and a new addition to my daily routine – pushups. I did one yesterday and I did two today. Planning on continuing by adding one a day. It was helpful to watch some YouTube videos about proper pushup form.

Saturday –¬†Rest Day

Had some definite fitness breakthroughs this week. I feel excited about my goals and as if they’re actually possible – always a good feeling! My runs definitely gave me that “runner’s high” feeling I was missing.¬†

Postpartum/Breastfeeding Diet

For the first month after Miles was born, I let myself eat whatever I wanted. I started exercising regularly as soon as I felt like it, but I didn’t make any attempt to change my eating habits.

However, last week I decided to start eating healthier…I still have about 12 lbs. I’d like to lose (10 from before I got pregnant) and my eating choices were making me feel tired and stressed.

My number one priority is to keep it simple. For me, this means…

  • Eating 2,000+ calories a day
  • Eating the same breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day (changing weekly so I don’t get bored)
  • Cooking dinner at home

Basically, I eat a healthy 500 calorie breakfast and lunch and two 250 calorie snacks. I decided not to worry about the calories of my evening meals because I HATE counting calories when cooking (as opposed to when making a salad or breakfast…that’s doable). The dinners I cook are approximately 500 calories, and, if slightly higher, help me make sure I’m breaking 2,000 calories/day (which I feel I need to do in order to maintain breastfeeding and exercising).¬†I’m planning on sticking with this calorie window for a month and then adjusting if necessary.

I also went through the calendar for the next month and chose 5 cheat days where I can eat whatever I want. This is the only way I figured I can survive the holidays – plus the occasional calorie surplus will help keep my metabolism guessing.

This is the food I’ve eaten this past week, the first of my program. I’ve included daily treats because otherwise I will binge on sugar. It makes the most sense to me to have a little something sweet everyday instead of depriving myself and being miserable.

I tried to think this through carefully and come up with something that is doable for me. I’ve tried and failed many more rigorous diets and I don’t have the energy or time to do that again!

Week of 12.11.14

Breakfast:

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  • 1 piece fruit
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats, cooked, with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and a splash of 2%
  • Coffee with 2 tablespoons half and half (if I feel like it)

Lunch:

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  • Big veggie salad with 3 oz. pepper turkey, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 2 tablespoons toasted pecans, and 1 tablespoon Caesar dressing
  • 1/2 cup Edy’s Slow-Churned Ice Cream

Two 250 Calorie Snacks:

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  • Peanut butter Ritz Bitz and an apple
  • Greek yogurt and 100-calorie popcorn bag
  • Larabar
  • 1/3 ChocoLove chocolate bar + 100-calorie popcorn bag
  • Protein shake
  • Starbucks Grande Peppermint Mocha with sugar-free syrup
  • A beer (this was at our pub trivia night ūüôā )

Dinners (all gluten-free):

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  • Crockpot ribs, green beans, corn muffins
  • Corn chowder topped with cheddar, saut√©ed Brussels sprouts
  • Tomato soup with toast and saut√©ed zucchini
  • Crockpot curried chicken thighs, saut√©ed broccoli, quinoa
  • Venison broccoli stirfry, rice

A note about Zach:
Zach likes to sleep in until the last possible moment, so part of my meal plan is keeping a grab-and-go breakfast on hand for him. This week I made paleomg.com’s Easy Breakfast Casserole. Lunch is a free-for-all…I just try to have ingredients on hand for meals Zach makes for himself (omelettes, GF pizza, etc.). We obviously eat dinner together. I’ve found the only way to make a meal plan work for me is for it to work for both of us – otherwise it’s just too much effort.

More weeks to come!

Workout Journal (Week of 12.7.14)

Sunday РNTC Ab Routine (15 min.)

I’m really liking the Nike Training Club app. Zach and I did a 15 minute ab routine on the living room floor while discussing how we wanted Ben and Jerry’s and it was surprisingly hard. We didn’t get ice cream afterwards either.

Monday Р1 Hour Zumba Class

Same class as last week but with a substitute teacher. It’s amazing how different Zumba teachers can be – the regular is definitely much more fun. Zumba can really easily become step aerobics which I HATE. The usual teacher turns it into actual dancing, though.

Tuesday Р20 Min. PiYo Video

Zach did this BeachBody program while I was pregnant and I’m just now getting into it. I like it – however, after my recent hour-long yoga classes, this workout felt kind of like a cop-out.

Wednesday Р1.7 Mile Walk

I went walking with the same friend at the same park again this week. We go around 4:30 just when the sun is setting and, oddly enough, I enjoy the cold and dark. It’s nice to get in touch with nature even when nature isn’t particularly inviting. We saw a bunch of geese, two muskrats, and a few rabbits.

Thursday –¬†20 Min. PiYo Video

This was an upper body workout with a lot of pushups…I needed it. I can barely do full-body pushups anymore and I miss having that ability – one of my short-term goals is to regain that!

Friday –¬†Tone It Up Video + 30 Min. “Run”

As much as I dislike the style of Tone It Up (the pastel colors, trashy outfits, use of the word “tone” – which is pretty much irrelevant in fitness culture now – and general sorority vibe) their workouts are decent and work for my current fitness level and lack of gym membership. The arm workout I did was challenging with my 10 lb. weights. This week’s attempt at running was about as sorry as last week’s. My phone died halfway through so I don’t know what my exact pace was, but let’s just say it wasn’t great.

Saturday – Rest Day

I’m feeling slightly discouraged fitness-wise this week. As a person, I have a hard time being patient while working towards a goal that is still really far away. I’ve been in much better shape in the past than I am currently and that’s hard for me mentally. But I’m sticking with it! Exercising every day has helped me keep my emotions in check postpartum and upped my confidence too.

Workout Journal (Week of 12.1.14)

As some of you may know, I had a baby in November! Sweet little Miles was born 11/11 and he has upended our whole world (in a good way). Just this week I am beginning to feel as if I can manage my life again – the fact that I’m actually getting more than five hours of sleep a night now may have something to do with that.

I told myself during the last month of pregnancy that I would be slow and careful about returning to exercise/normal routines postpartum and really give myself a chance to recover and relax. This was definitely needed (for me) during the first two weeks with Miles, which were cuh-razy. Lots of crying, excessive laundry piling up around our apartment, and Oreo-eating. And general “what is life now” philosophical despair.

However, it gets better! I feel pretty great this week, I’m within four pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight (I’d like to lose 14 lbs. total though, but that’s a different post), and I’ve actually felt like exercising again. I can’t get over how much easier EVERYTHING is without a giant belly. A sun salutation is a revelation. Pushups, walking, squats – even Christmas tree decorating – feel so much more do-able. Which makes me want to do them.

Hence this post, and (hopefully) weekly exercise posts, since I want to stay accountable to myself to be active everyday. Plus the nosy stalker in me loves to read about other people’s workouts, and perhaps¬†you’re the same (I got this idea from paleomg.com¬†and katheats.com). Many of my workouts are done at home/using free resources, so maybe they’ll provide inspiration for your exercise routine. If you have any suggestions for me, let me know!

Monday Р1 Hour Zumba Class

Zumba

My brother-in-law’s college offers a great free Zumba class and he has intermittently¬†snuck me in since I moved to WI. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. College is so expensive that we justify little things like this to ourselves.

I was wondering if Zumba would be too intense so soon after giving birth but (as I’ve heard from other women concerning postpartum exercise) I was impressed by my cardiovascular capacity and actually felt semi-coordinated.

Tuesday¬†– NTC Leah Kim’s Advanced Yoga Workout (45 min.)

Nike Training Club is an amazing free app with HIIT-style workouts that are easy-to-follow, challenging, and really high quality. Most of their workouts are more strength/calisthenics-oriented, so I was curious to see what this yoga workout would be like. It was okay Рa basic gym-style flow with some nice transitions and balancing routines. I felt weak and kind of missed my restorative (AKA easy)  pregnancy yoga.

Wednesday Р1.7 Mile Walk

Walk

Miles and I met a friend at a local park for a walk – I used my Baby Bjorn to carry him and wore my father-in-law’s giant coat over both of us. It worked quite well! He stayed really warm and I got a little bit of an added workout.

Thursday Р1 Hour Yoga Class

I’ve been going to a local community yoga class on Thursdays for most of the summer – it only costs $3 and I’ve learned a lot from the teacher. She’s very knowledgable but still chill and fun and brings her sweet dog Shala to most classes. This was my first time back after Baby and it felt great to see everyone again and be able to participate in the whole practice, unimpeded by my belly.

Friday¬†– NTC Better Butt Workout (15 min.) + 1.7 Mile “Run”

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This was my first attempt at running postpartum and it was really just a sad run/walk. I’m proud of myself for getting out there but I definitely have a ways to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy running ability. It didn’t help that I did the NTC routine first – it gives me jello legs! I did this routine last week as well and definitely saw major improvements between the two attempts, although it’s definitely a tougher workout for me at this point.

Saturday Р1 Hour Yoga Class

Another $3 Community Class. This one was tough! The class focused on standing balances and twists¬†– so lots of Chair and Warrior Series with deep closed twists. My thighs were killing me after yesterday’s workout. It’s a 9:05 AM class though so it was a good way to start the day.

Simple 30 Min. Prenatal Workout

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I know. You don’t feel like exercising. Neither do I. Just promise yourself you’ll start…this is a simple thirty minute routine that will help maintain your muscles and prepare you for labor. It might also improve your mood ūüôā Results are inconclusive as to whether it will actually induce labor though…my due date was Thursday and I’m still waiting!