Now that I have healed enough from my c-section and have the go-ahead from my doctor, I am very excited to be able to focus more on my fitness, health, and wellbeing (and let’s be honest – fitting into my jeans again). Each Friday morning I will share my postpartum wellness plan with you including what I am doing mentally and physically to be the new me. This will also include my triumphs and my challenges along the way. I don’t want to say “get back to where I was before I became pregnant” because with each pregnancy your body changes and now that I’ve been through two pregnancies, I am not sure if I’ll ever be the same and or back to where I was before I became pregnant. I embrace my new body and the new me. I have been blessed to carry and birth two babies and every stretch mark and incision scar is a reminder that I am a mom of two beautiful, smart, healthy babies.
Because of my subsequent surgery, my doctor told me to take it slow. So first and foremost, I am going to mentally get my mind right by waking up each morning and writing in my gratitude journal. I am also going to write myself some affirmations on a piece of printer sized paper that will encourage, motivate and inspire me. I am going to ask my daughter to color and decorate them (I always try to tie in my creative projects into a toddler craft) and hang them up in various places – on the fridge, on the garage door, on my bathroom mirror, etc.
Then I am making a goal for myself to take a walk in the neighborhood with my children once a day. I am aspiring to walk just over 3 miles or what is equivalent to a 5k. If for some reason we are out and about on a certain day, I want to walk the same amount or more. This will be easy to do on the days we visit the Zoo or Disneyland. If for any reason it is raining or one of them is sick, I will do my best to walk on the treadmill in the garage.
I am also going to make a smoothie for breakfast at least once a week and have a salad at least once a week for lunch. When I make goals, I like to start small and work my way up to a bigger challenge. I do this so I can be successful in my beginning endeavors so I feel empowered. If my goals are too lofty at the beginning, I feel defeated and lose motivation and interest. So once a week it is for now. Plus smoothies are the only way my toddler eats her vegetables. She likes to make the smoothie with me and then we share it together.
Although I have an ultimate goal of losing 20-25 pounds throughout this postpartum wellness journey, I will only weigh myself once a week (possibly on my own and or on my Instagram stories). I am trying not to focus on the number as much as how I feel and how I fit into my clothes. I will track my weekly weight progress, my miles walked (with my new FitBit), and my food diary progress and share my progress with all of you each Friday morning during my new segment #postpartumwellnessplan.
To me it’s an all encompassing plan. It’s more than fitness. It’s more than diet. It’s my new lifestyle for the new me.
My favorite smoothie recipe is:
6 organic baby carrots
1 handful of organic spinach
1 handful of frozen fruit (I prefer blueberries and strawberries or mango and pineapple)
1 heaping tablespoon of ground flax seed (good for boosting milk supply for breastfeeding)
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of shredded coconut
1 handful of almonds
1/2 cup hemp milk
1/2 cup water