Getting Fit After Baby

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I’m about 8.5 weeks postpartum and after walking for a couple weeks, I’m ready to get back into running. I wanted to take some pictures as a baseline to see where I’m at now and to also track my progress. I’ve also signed up for some races next year and will be running a half marathon in April, a full marathon in May and Ragnar, which is a team race in June. I’m going to be checking in periodically on my progress and thought I needed some baseline shots. My pre pregnancy weight was 138, so I’ve got about 18 lbs to go.  I’m not a fan of fad diets and you won’t see me doing them.  I’m a believer in good old clean eating, portion control and exercise.


  • Date: 10/19
  • Current Weight: 156.4
  • Exercising: I can run at a 5.0 for about 5 minutes before I feel winded. I’ve been alternating running and walking depending on how I feel and have been doing 2-3 miles a day to ease back into things. I’m going to focus on some cross and strength training to try to get my marathon time down. I’m also easing into my Skora shoes for running which are a cross between regular and minimal running shoes.
  • Eating: Eating is hard for me, it’s my biggest weakness. I could exercise for hours, but put a soda or a treat in front of me and I’m definitely tempted. I’m keeping lots of fruits and veggies in the house and when I get a craving I’m going to those.



Typically, I hold onto about 5 lbs until I am completely done nursing so I know that I can’t have unrealistic expectations.  I’ll be checking in with updated shots every few weeks so you can see my progress!

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    Deena Briseno says:

    Hit post before I could add- Good Luck on your journey! You’ll get there in no time 🙂

  2. 17
    Deena Briseno says:

    You look like you were glowing pp! My skin did not have that luck at all. I’m 7.5mos pp and just don’t want to workout /: Luckily, breastfeeding has gotten me back to my goal of Sr yr high school weight, just have a lot of toning to do!

  3. 18

    I am going to get fit after the holidays LOL. Go girl!!
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  4. 19

    You’ll get there in no time! For me, it was so hard to get to motivated to exercise since I STAYED tired. 🙁 It was nothing like my first pregnancy where I immediately lost the pregnancy weight and some.
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    You go girl!!!! You are very aspiring and I look forward to reading more on your journey!!
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    You’ve got this girl! I can’t wait to see your updates.
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  7. 22

    You’re doing awesome! Good luck on your journey!
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    Good luck! Getting those last few pounds off is so hard (I’m still working on it). Here’s what I found to be the best postpartum workout:
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    That’s not a scary amount of weight to lose so I’m sure you’ll get there without a problem. I have never been one for the fad diet thing either. Any time I restrict myself, it ends up worse.
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    I have trouble staying motivated. 🙁 And I detest running. 🙂 But I am really going to try to start strength training and make better food choices. I do so love to eat. Sigh. You don’t look big at all, btw, and it sounds like you’ll be down to where you want to be in no time!
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    Eating has been, and will forever be, my biggest weakness too.
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    You are already doing awesome! I will be joining you at the end of Feb. I wish I could run! I’m going to try to do that once baby comes.
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    Vickie Couturier says:

    you are doing awesome,,ive began to start walking again,it is hard for me,but im trying,,im amazed that you are beginning to run so soon,,congrats

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    Good luck on your journey and I look forward to hearing about your progress! Clean eating and portion control are definitely the way to go.
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    I’m looking forward to following along with your progress! I hope to make some big changes in 2014 and drop a lot of weight.
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    Anne Lehnick says:

    I admire you sharing these photos with us. I think you look marvelous! Just say “no” to those sodas 🙂

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