Well, my baby is 11 weeks tomorrow! How fast time flies. Its time for a progress update.
The first 6 weeks, I lost no additional weight besides the weight loss from the birth. This is due to the fact that my body was in transition between pregnancy and postpartum. Then right at 6 weeks I dropped 6lbs. Ive held that weight steady for about a month.
I still havent lost any scale weight, but I was surprised to find that I lost 6 inches! Why should I be surprised? I knew this, “muscle weighs more than fat”, and this was proof. My clothes felt looser, yet only 6lbs? Here is what happens. When you start a weight training program while trying to lose weight, your body is losing body fat and gaining muscle at the same time. Since muscle takes up less space than fat per pound, you feel leaner. Here is another thing that happens. As your body releases bodyfat, some of the fat cells fill up with water as a “place holder”. No one really knows why, but it could have something to do with evolution. Remember, hundreds of years ago food was scarce and your body held onto fat to survive incase of a famine. So although your are making improvements in your body composition, you may not see big drops on the scale. As you continue to lose bodyfat however, your body will release the water at some point, as if to say, “OK, I dont need you anymore.” This gives your skin time to shrink too, and that’s when you get on the scale and get a “whoosh!”, big drop. However, if you are lifting, and you are lifting hard and heavy, you shouldn’t expect to be a light weight. Which means you could reach your goal size, look leaner and toned, but weigh more than your skinny-fat friends.
Here is what I mean, look below:
Here is a side by side comparison of 5lbs of fat (yellow) and muscle (red). Below this is a picture of me last summer. I was fitting in clothes that fit me when I was 125lbs in college, but I weighed 135lbs. (what’s up with the funny facial expression??)
So what am I doing to help the fat muscle transition? My workouts consist of weight training 3-4 days per week. 1 day per week I take Group Power, 2 days per week I do a full body compound exercise routine with supersets. 1 day a week I try to get in a circuit training cardio routine. I also run/walk the stroller on Sunday mornings, and do Step aerobics at home 1-2 times per week. Each workout it about 30-60 minutes. Seems like a heavy load? Where do I find the time? When exercise is a priority, which it should be, you find the time. If Im working out at home, I do it when baby naps, and his naps are only 40 minutes in the mornings. That means I am dressed and ready to go as soon as he falls asleep. So when people say having a baby ruins your body, that’s because you decided not to make getting your body back a priority.
Till next time………