Postpartum Fitness: One Year Mark

I have just recently reached the one-year postpartum mark and, all things considered, I'm fairly satisfied with my level of fitness. I have reached some of my goals and tanked on others. It's time for some accountability. Time for a regroup and a renewal...

Goals reached:

~ I have reached my target weight and have maintained for about two months without significant difficulty. BMI is solidly happy.

~ I am fitting in my "normal" wardrobe again, including jeans and pretty dresses.

~ I was able to play beach volleyball with my husband. Not in the Summer sun (thanks to a delay from a broken toe) but 40 degrees and rainy is better than nothing (or so I was repeatedly telling myself on the near frozen court). My play was rusty but it was good to be outdoors, moving and laughing with the Chief (before he broke his toe, too, of course).

~ My energy level is higher than it was. Not as much as I'd hoped but I'll take a little over none.

Needs improvement:

~ In spite of being at a healthy weight I am weak, weak, weak. Watching caloric intake is not nearly as challenging as living an active lifestyle. The first is simply not eating too much... the second is hard work.

~ I have barely exercised since I broke my toe. Yes, I was derailed. It has been hard to get back on track.

~ My food choices have been lousy. I know how to keep my calories in a good range; however, replacing a meal with cheesecake and leftover All Saints' candy is not ideal. And cereal. I eat a lot of cereal. I would eat cereal for every meal if I could.

~ Low energy. This is obviously affected by my lack of exercise and my terrible diet.

Beginning Again:

Getting back on track used to scare me a bit. Can I do this? I'm no longer intimidated. I've done it before and I know what to do. The body is a little older but it'll work out. Sickness, injury, fatigue... all probable. Keep the game plan flexible.

My plan is to heavily incorporate The Catholic Workout into my routine. It's a great program and keeps my focus on Christ, which is just where it needs to be.

I'd like to come up with some measurable goals and mark my progress here. In the meantime, the thing is just to begin.

Posted on November 15, 2011 .