Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Some Pain, No Gain {Weekly Summary}

Weight: 217
Weekly Change: -2
Overall Change: -3 from post-baby "starting weight" of 220
Pregnancy Weight Lost: 27 lbs.
Pregnancy Weight Still to Lose: 3 lbs.
Next goal weight: 214 (pre-pregnancy weight)
BMI: 31.6 (obese)
Jeans Size: N/A -- haven't attempted jeans yet, still wearing just stretchy, soft clothes
Total "Workouts": 5
Highest Daily Step Count: unknown, still haven't gotten the battery for my pedometer
C-Section Recovery Report: My recovery continues to go reasonably well. As I get more and more active, obviously I'm going to experience more pain. I'm trying to listen to my body and take the pain as a cue to slow down and get more rest. It seems like heavy lifting causes more pain than being on my feet for extended periods does. I probably should not carry my toddler around as much as I do, but sometimes it can't be helped. I'm finding that I can handle one long or two shorter outings per day, but after that I need to rest. My baby was born four weeks ago and sometimes I get frustrated, thinking I should feel closer to normal by now. Even though I've had less pain than in previous recoveries, the amount that I do have doesn't seem to be going away just yet. This is a really busy month for our family, and I wish I could be back to 100% already, but that is definitely not the case. Fortunately I still have pain meds to help me through the roughest days. The good part of being so busy is that I'm having no trouble doing enough physical activity to help aid the healing. The bad side of that is that I haven't had the time for sustained walking as regular exercise. That's not the end of the world or anything, but the longer it takes me to get into the habit of regular walking, the longer it will take to see any results from it.
Last Week's Goal(s): Failed at all of them so repeating this week.
Next Event Goal: Hoping to enter the Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K again this year, even if I have to walk a lot of it.
This Week's Goals: (1) Go for at least one walk outside. (2) Start going up and down the stairs at least once each day. (3) Get a new battery for my pedometer so I can start keeping track of my daily steps.

Hmmm. I guess I really did most of my analysis in the C-Section Recovery Report. I don't think I have much more to add at this time. The next couple of weeks probably won't be much different, unless something unusual happens, like a setback in my recovery. Once the pain is gone and I'm able to do exercise beyond just walking, then the real work begins. I do want to point out that the pregnancy weight has just been dropping right off of me, much faster than I've ever noticed it doing before. This is the key time now where I need to keep the numbers going down and don't allow myself to start gaining again. Postpartum hormones plus sleep deprivation lead to a lot of emotional eating and sweets consumption in my world, so I need to be careful to keep all that under control and don't go overboard. Easier said than done!

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