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Gettin’ Fit

Just shy of two months postpartum and I’m feeling pretty good. I was itching to get back to some kind of fitness, even if it was going to be low-key and not as intense as I used to do. Even if it was just walking, I wanted to do something and it felt good to workout again.

I’m getting back into the swing of things and slowly introducing stuff back into my routine.

One thing I’ve found is that I feel really good when I workout and right afterward but later in the day I feel really tired. Not exhausted, but definitely depleted. It’s like my body has a limited amount of energy these days and on days that I workout I definitely need a nap because I can’t power through it like I used to be able to. And rest days I don’t need that nap to avoid feeling overly tired. I never had this issue before–I could go, go, go and rarely sat still but now? That’s not the case at all.

Saturday

I decided to ease back in to weight lifting at almost 6 weeks postpartum. It had been a little over a month since I lifted weights and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be but I took it easy nonetheless. (And I was surprisingly sore the next day.)

 

Then later that afternoon a friend and I went for a walk with Logan. It was such a nice day out! I took a little nap (and I mean little because Mr. Man decided he didn’t want to nap) and then my friend and I did a walk. It felt good to get outside.

 

 

Sunday

Michael and IΒ finally got a chance to go for that “hike” we attempted to do a few weeks ago. It was going to be a lovely, hot day in Portland but we were up pretty early and out the door before it was much hotter than 65.

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We went to Mount Tabor Park and parked in the residential neighborhood near the base of the park entrance. Then we loaded up the dog and baby and hiked up to the top of the park. It’s a great little urban hike with tons of trails (dirt) and then paved roads for bicyclists, skateboarders, runners, walkers, you name it. Everyone was out on such a nice day.

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It was all uphill. We hiked to the top, did a circle around the top, went back down and then hiked back up part way before heading back down to the car. We both burned more calories than we anticipated.

 

It was a good little workout though. I think we will do this more in the future on nice days. We’re up early because Logan gets us up at the crack of dawn, so we are able to get to the park before it’s too crowded or too hot. It’s not far from the house, either, so the drive time doesn’t make it too difficult to do right now.

Monday

Monday I woke up and just needed to get out of the house so I decided Logan and I would go for a walk first thing before it got too hot. We stopped for iced coffee on our route first. πŸ™‚

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It was a good walk and I got to clear my head and move my body and get out of the house.

 

Tuesday

Took Bella and Logan for a short walk before lunch today. Looking at the forecast I figured it might be the last opportunity for a walk for a few days.

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When Michael got home from work I went to the gym for yoga class. Unfortunately, when I got there class was cancelled. πŸ™ I ended up on the elliptical and did 3 miles in about 35 minutes and then went home. And my heart rate monitor died on me, so no idea on the calories. Bummer of an evening!

Wednesday and Thursday

Rest Days! And it was kind of rainy and blah so no walking. Β But honestly I needed the rest days, so that’s ok.

Friday

I’ve been itching to try running again (especially considering I have two 5k’s in a few months) but wanted to wait until I was ready physically. I think it’s going to be a slow process to get it all back.

 

I did a slow walk/jog on the treadmill. I did intervals of about 90 seconds jogging, then 60-90 seconds walking, and so on. It was okay but my knees felt a little creaky. I cut it short and then did the elliptical for the rest of the workout.

Saturday

I wanted to do something a little different this day. Instead of the treadmill I did the stair master. I used to LOVE the stair master. It is a major calorie burn. Even short sessions would make me drenched in sweat. But with my knees I kind of stopped using it. I’ve been slowly getting back to it.

 

This week I hope to go to yoga class, swim, and try running again.

What are you fitness goals for this week?

 

Detox After Deep Fry

I came home feeling like I’d gained about 5 pounds over the weekend. It was hard NOT to feel that way after eating fried foods at the Fair. It’s funny because it’s actually hard to find fried food here in Portland (or maybe I just don’t know where to look) so it’s not something I have much experience with. I don’t crave fried foods, I don’t seek them out. The Texas State Fair was a once in a lifetime experience. I’m glad I did it, I’m glad I tried the foods I tried but I can’t say it’s something I want to experience again!

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Tuesday

We got home from the airport after running some errands and getting groceries and I headed to the gym. I desperately needed to move my body after being in a cramped airplane for most of the morning. It felt so good to run. I ran on treadmill since it was raining outside. I missed running outside like I did on vacation.


After my run I worked on weight lifting–back and abs this time. I used a 10 pound medicine ball for my ab workout and finished up with stretching.


Gym Stats:
Time: 1:20
Calories Burned: 510

Dinner was easy and quick–and healthy, which was sorely needed after the fried foods I’d eaten. I made quick polenta with sauteed shallots and Michael blackened salmon.


I added a scoop of cottage cheese to my plate and I cut my salmon in half to take to work for lunch the next day. I also had some tomatoes. The last of the tomatoes from our garden.

I am so glad that I found an easy polenta to make. It’s so delicious!

Wednesday

Wednesday after work I went to the gym. It was my fourth day in a row of exercising and mentally I was starting to wear down. I didn’t give it my all but something was better than nothing. I know myself–and four days or more of exercise in a row is mentally trying. That’s one of the reasons I try to schedule my rest days split up.

I hit the stairmaster for 30 minutes and started to ache a big in my left knee. I switched to the elliptical for the rest of my cardio workout. I finished up withΒ weight lifting- chest, arms and shoulders this time. I was a bit sore from Tuesday’s lifting even though I was using different muscles.

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:13
Calories Burned: 520


Dinner was something simple: Costco ravioli. I know, I know, nothing spectacular. But after a long day at work and after being out of town two weekends in a row we barely have any food in the house. This time I made the butternut squash ravioli from Costco, which I like a lot. It’s sweet. My only complaint is the serving sizes on the package are confusing as hell.

I roasted the last of our cherry tomatoes from the garden and topped the ravioli with a little olive oil, sprinkled some shredded white cheddar cheese on it, salt and pepper and then topped it with the roasted tomatoes. The tomatoes balanced out the sweetness of the squash. It was nice.

I’d eaten my spinach salad while I was waiting for the ravioli and tomatoes to cook. I was famished after my workout. I added chopped carrots, red onion, croutons and broccoli to the salad and used Light Ranch dressing for a change.

Final Thoughts

I’m avoiding the scale for a few weeks. I think for my mental health it’s the wise decision. I’m back at my normal eating, my normal calories, I’m working out regularly. I think in a few weeks I will be able to get back on track. In a few weeks it will be time to own up to any weight gain that’s hanging on and right the ship. I hope the damage isn’t too bad (I did work out while on vacation, that has to count for something right?)

QUESTION: How do you detox? Do you avoid the scale for awhile in order to even things out?Β