When I walked out of the hospital with MAD I was 25 lbs lighter then when I got pregnant. My body reacts to pregnancy in a different way then most women’s bodies do. I don’t get crazy cravings. Ice cream holds no appeal. I forget to eat. Sweets sound gross. As a result, during both pregnancies my net has been a pretty good weight loss.
However, once the baby is out and nursing begins my sugar cravings go through the roof. I can’t get enough sweets. I don’t have to fight to get the baby weight off. I have to fight to keep the nursing weight off. Which is where I am right now. Luckily during this time of year I can usually satisfy these cravings with fresh fruit. Every night I have a big bowl of fresh, local berries and milk. But it’s so easy to make up a batch of homemade shortcake to go with the strawberries, or sprinkle my blueberries with sugar.
With M I exercised throughout my pregnancy. I walked almost daily and took a weekly prenatal yoga class. With MAD, I barely did anything. A cardio class here and there. A few dates with a treadmill and that was it. I might have been down in weight but I was completely out of shape.
So a couple of weeks ago, when a neighborhood girl dropped off a flyer about her babysitting services I called her the next day. After 2 days of me staying home while she was a “mother’s helper” for a few hours, I was confident MAD was ready for me to leave him in the sitter’s care. The next day I looked at the class offerings at my gym and attended one.
Last week I went to five classes. I went to Total Conditioning with Pauline and got my ass kicked several times over. I tried a boxing class using weighted gloves. A barbell strength class that should be renamed “do squats for an hour while lifting” was awesome. And Zumba had me laughing at myself the entire hour (I am SO not a dancer!). I feel great. I’m sore and tired but it’s such a good feeling, one I haven’t had in awhile. The squats are getting easier. I feel strong again.
This week it’s the same thing. And I’ve already booked the sitter for next week, too. Then I go back to work.
My gym only offers one late evening class a week (something I am really trying to get them to change). I’m bummed because I love classes. I love mixing it up and pushing through an hour of moves. I challenge myself much more in a class then I would on my own. I did burpees today!! I would NEVER do those on my own. But, I’m trying to come up with a plan to keep me motivated after I return to work.
I think I will start the C25k program which I can do outside or on our treadmill after the kids are in bed. I’m going to try to make it to that Monday night class. My office has yoga on Thursdays which I will start again. Maybe I’ll do the 30 Day Shred or Power 90 a couple of times a week. Or head to the gym after the kids are in bet to use the weights. I have to do something to keep the nursing weight off.
Now, if I can only kick this insane sugar craving. I’m reading about AndreAnna‘s journey with great interest. I know that’s the next step, but one I’m not quite ready to make. Yet.