postpartum

Hey! I Biked!

It’s only been like 13 months!

The last time I was on my bike was at the beginning of August last year. I think I was like two months pregnant by that time and even though I wasn’t really showing yet, it was definitely getting harder to bike to work like I had been doing. Morning sickness sucked. Then on the ride home my heart rate was getting too high and I just had to take too many breaks. Then my back went out…so biking was pretty much over for the season.

I thought about getting on the bike this summer but I never did. Honestly I don’t know that my core/back was strong enough postpartum until now. I’ve been doing a lot of PT exercises and core exercises to strengthen my back and things have gotten a lot better.

Anyways, Sunday instead of swimming I went for a bike ride. We had plans to go to Michael’s mom’s house for brunch and I (thankfully) got a chance to sleep in a little bit so I didn’t have time to swim.

I got my bike down in the garage and dusted off the cobwebs (seriously, a lot of them) and both tires were flat. I pumped them up and let it sit for a bit while I got dressed and ready to go to make sure that they held air ok before I went out.

Another plus side to wearing a cycling bib instead of shorts? They fit even if you are 20 pounds over your ideal weight!

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It was a little chilly but once I got moving and out of the shade it was the perfect temperature. I biked the route I take into work.

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I got stopped by the train for a few minutes but other than that I didn’t need to make many stops. I was surprised at how easy it felt being back on the bike (other than the saddle, of course). Perhaps the walking/jogging I’ve been doing lately has gotten me back into shape for cycling.

I didn’t go as far as I had wanted to go before I had to turn around. It was getting late and I still needed to go home and clean up and get Logan ready for brunch. So I turned around and went back the same way. And I was surprised, again, at how easy it was going up the killer hill home.

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It doesn’t look like it but this hill is really long, slow and at a constant incline. It’s not incredibly steep but it’s steep enough to get your heart pounding and it’s a constant uphill climb so you never get to coast or really take a break. But this time it was incredibly easy for me to do.

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It was a fantastic little ride. I went pretty hard for my first ride back because I was so short on time. I wanted to get my calorie bang for my buck.

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I was glad I got in a good workout in the nice summer weather. We aren’t going to have many more of these kinds of days!

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After that we went to brunch. There was a lot of tasty food for brunch. Michael’s mom made a cheesy potato casserole, an egg and meat breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, deviled eggs and blueberry scones.

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And I had my first Bloody Mary in like a year and a half. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for brunch!

Logan did great for his first brunch outing. And we got to show him off to some friends and family that haven’t met him yet.

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It was a really good day and a good distraction for me. Monday is the first day of daycare for my little man! So the bike ride and brunch were good distractions … at least until the afternoon.

I’m hoping I can go for a few more bike rides before the weather turns poor. I don’t see myself biking to work this year, though. There’s just too much stuff I have to take to work in order to pump. But by spring next year maybe I can get back into it!

This and That

It’s been a busy (and slightly stressful) few weeks. First, Fat Kitty needed to go to the vet. He was throwing up a lot, which wasn’t all that out of the ordinary but since we switched to special diet cat food that had stopped. He was okay but it was upsetting. I have to give him some pepcid to help his tummy. We’ll see if that makes a difference. It sure is fun trying to give a cat a pill!

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It’s hard to believe my baby is 14 years old now. Until recently he’s been like a 14 year old kitten. He’s starting to slow down a bit. And that makes me sad.

In other pet news…Bella injured herself somehow last week. She split one of her nails. ๐Ÿ™

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She had to be sedated in order for them to fix it. That sucked. But she was a good girl and is taking her meds and healing. I think she’s okay now.

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So it’s been a bit stressful.

In the land of weight loss, I finally weighed myself. I needed to check in. The last time I weighed myself was mid-May. Since then I’ve lost 3 pounds. That was nice to see. I haven’t really been doing anything differently other than trying to be “better” about the snacking and eating junk food.

I am counting my calories and staying within my range. I only create a deficit in calories a few times a week but at least I am not goingย over my calories. I changed the setting in MyFitnessPal to 1800 calories as a base last month and then this week I’ve changed it to 1700 as a base. I often eat back the calories I burn in the gym but not always. It depends on the day, my hunger level, the activity I did in the gym, and Logan. Like I’ve said in the past, breastfeeding makes me starving. I generally have a handle on it but when Logan goes through a growth spurt and wants to eat hourly–you bet my hunger increases!

Anyways, so I am making progress. Slowly, but surely. I am going to stay at the 1700 calorie base for awhile and see how that goes. I am weary of going too low while breastfeeding so my goal is to not go below 1600 while I nurse. I kind of came to terms with the fact that I may not lose the baby weight until I stop nursing, so any loss is kind of a nice treat!

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So that’s what is going on here! I’ll end this post with baby feet. ๐Ÿ™‚