almost 4 weeks
1) the human body is incredible. as are HORMONES. i continue to be amazed observing the powers of endocrinology at work! [guess i picked the right career.]
2) i need [NEED, NEED] my hair cut and straightened.
3) i’d like my pregnancy glow back, please. [it really does do something magical to your skin tone!]
40 weeks — and ~44 weeks!
don’t get me wrong — i still have plenty of clothes that don’t fit, my midsection is not back to its original state, and there is no question that i lost considerable muscle mass during the pregnancy, especially in my upper body. after all, i can no longer do ‘real’ pushups, whereas i used to bang out two sets of 12, no problem. but slowly, i’m starting to have more wardrobe options [more than 1 pair of jeans! woohoo!].
orla kiely for uniqlo top that sweet lindsay helped me to get!!
and even more importantly, i feel really good. normal. rested, even.
i feel well — and ambitious enough — to take on some new goals for may! as i write this, my parents are currently on their last day of visiting, so i’ve had extra time over the past week that i won’t necessarily have after they leave.
sleeping on her grandfather’s lap. [i promise she’s normally on her back!!]
plus, annabel will hit the magical 6-week mark — a period which healthy sleep habits, happy child describes as the peak of fussiness for most babies [less sleep, more crying].
therefore, i need to be careful not to put too much pressure on myself. so, here’s a short list of things i’d like to work on and accomplish during this lovely month:
✿ projects – fairly self-explanatory!
workouts –> essentially, my goals are to work on improving my running endurance [using the ‘fitness’ plan from daniels running formula] and to start working on bringing back some strength.
specifically, i am going to aim for 3-4 runs/week and at least 2 strength workouts. hopefully i’ll be able to do true pushups again soon enough!
diet/nutrition –> i know that i need to eat really well in order to a) maintain my breast milk supply and b) replete nutrients lost during pregnancy. lately i have been in a serious dietary RUT — eating the same things over and over [and they’re not even the most fantastically nutrient-packed things].
basically, i’d just like to to diversify my diet this month. i want to incorporate some different grains, more vegetables, and just more options than just the same old things day in and day out. to help me do this, i am going to plan ahead when i am grocery/farmer’s market shopping to ensure that i make a few meals each week that are a little bit outside my usual box. and of course, i’ll write about these creations here.
i also want to start tracking my water intake to ensure i’m getting enough [for milk supply purposes]. i’m sure there’s an app for that 🙂
basically, i just want to NOT get too caught up in plans/goals/projects [even though obviously i do have a few!] and remember to savor every day with this brand new little one. the feedings, singing to her, cuddling — these are little things but all so important, and i know i will miss them so much when she gets older — not to mention during the day when i head back to work in 8 weeks. she’s growing up so fast already.
pretty soon she’ll need actual shoes . . .
mother of 3 // MD // south floridian // ESFJ // upholder.
into: planners, great food, running, reading, writing, mornings, podcasting, and coffee.
Target sells these awesome water bottles for $7.99 that have a counter built into the lid so you can track how many bottles you drink in a day. You just turn the dial each time you finish a bottle. Genius!
You look incredible!!!!!!!!
As for different grains, am a big fan of quinoa and bulgar wheat.
I like your drive and ambition !
That 4 week transformation is pretty amazing
you look AWESOME!!!!
You look great! I’m sure you’ll be back to banging out push ups in no time.
What do the various letters mean in your workouts?