I recently started a happiness project ala Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project. For the months of April and May, I chose the word "control" as my theme. I am focusing on the things I can control, rather than the things I cannot. I decided to follow the author's lead by dividing my monthly theme into small attainable goals. Here are my goals for control:
Create a visually happy environment (Project Micro-Makeovers!)still working on more micro-makeovers to share!
- Eat right & exercise (Project Un-preggify!)
- Focus on the "here and now" (Project No More Flashbacks and No More Flashforwards!)
- Spring clean (Project Declutter!)
- Avoid "baby bombs" (Project Stay Happy!)
- Maintain the right attitude (Project Pooping Butterflies! ha, can't wait to explain this one!!!)
- Accept the One who really has control (Project Let God Do His Thang!)
If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that I have had several unpleasant encounters with nosy strangers asking if I am pregnant. The leftover baby weight makes people curious...is she? or isn't she? It has been such a struggle to stay positive because the second I start to feel good about myself, I just happen to get beat down again by the rude questions. It can be quite deflating.
I am happy to check in with you, however, and tell you that I have been following my plan and it's gone so well! I am renaming the plan "Project Un-preggify" and I copied/pasted the original post and wrote my updates in red:
Weeks 1-2: Lay in bed and cry. It’s ok. Give yourself time to heal. (Check. Did this, and then some.) Weeks 3-6: Walk- going for long walks is healing because it gives you time to think and process your emotions. My doctor said this was fine as long as I went slow and listened to my body. Even if it’s just around the block…at least it was something. (Check.) Week 6-8 (after doctor’s blessing)-Week 12:
- Start “From the Couch to the 5K” program. It uses interval training to increase your endurance. I started after my 6 week postpartum checkup and I am now on week 2 UPDATE: I am on week 7 of the Couch to 5K program:-) Two more weeks to go. I had a brief period where I had to switch from the treadmill to the elliptical because my stomach was kind of hurting. I was nervous I was doing too much, so I "listened to my body" and was able to keep on track using the more gentle cardio equipment. No worries...went to the doctor and everything is A-OK. Apparently, they weren't kidding when they said that C-section recovery is longer and harder than the good ol' regular way. I'm back on the treadmill again and have built up a lot more stamina.
- Do yoga/pilates at the gym or with a video. Gentle strength training, and healing meditation at the same time… winning combo. This is going well :-) I took some time off for the same reason I mentioned above, but I am back at it. I love yoga so much. It is challenging and relaxing at the same time. And the meditation time at the end is my 'moment of zen' where I cry and no one thinks it's weird.
- Hit the gym hard! Go to group classes at the gym like weight lifting, step aerobics, zumba, kickboxing, etc. This is the beginning of week 13, I have highlighted the classes on the gym schedule that I would like to do :-) I'm going to try sprinkling them into my routine slowly since I am still doing the Couch to the 5K. Hopefully, they have room for the uncoordinated people in the back of the room (a.k.a. ME!).
- Sign up for a 5K and train for it! 2 more weeks left in the Couch to 5K! I use their app when I run and I love that it tells me when to start and stop. John and I will be running a 5K on Memorial Day weekend!
Diet: Great resource for diet- http://assets.babycenter.com/ims/Content/post_baby_diet.pdf I like that it has portion size visuals I really hate the idea of counting calories, but I realized that I needed to pay more attention to what I was eating. I keep a food diary on My Fitness Pal. It has an iPhone app that makes it incredibly easy. Very helpful! :)
I also wrote in my original post about attire and attitude. I am working on the attire thing. I need to go shopping for some new pants! Woohoo! Attitude...well, I am still working on the attitude. Mostly, I have to keep reminding myself that it has only been 13 weeks. I am super guilty of dwelling how far I have left to go instead of how far I have come. Slowly, but surely I am making progress. I am trying to improve upon this though!
I have lost 6 lbs and an inch on my waist since my original post...25 lbs since coming home from the hospital :-) I gained a total of 38 lbs with Callie so that means 13 left to go! I'm really glad that I am sharing this with you all, because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to hold myself accountable without this. Project Un-Preggify is well underway. Thanks for all of your support!!