The day has finally arrived, Ava turned 1! Her birthday was as exciting as a 1st birthday can get and she was in a good mood! That is all I can ask for. Her cake eating wasn’t as exciting as I have seen before, but she enjoyed it. She has started walking, started daycare 2 days a week, which she loves, and she is learning so much!
As for me postpartum wise, things are pretty much the same as 9 months postpartum. My milk will start to dry up from here as Ava starts drinking cows milk and then I am hoping I will really start to see some changes. I really would like to see an increase in my strength. I feel so weak and gangly from breast-feeding. I feel like the combination of my already semi fast metabolism plus the calories burned from making milk plus me going to the gym 3-4 days a week lifting weights (which results in more calories burned) is making it hard for me to gain any strength. I don’t like feeling weak, but I am not going to just sit on my butt to save calories because I actually enjoy being physically active!
My mindset has changed a little bit about working out though. I am aware I do not need to workout to lose weight and since I feel like I won’t really be able to make progress with gaining strength till breastfeeding starts to go away, I’ve started to just look at working out as staying healthy. Yes, I am aware that this is a huge part of working out, but my focus was always muscle and strength and then I just knew the healthy part would follow.
Because of this new mindset if I don’t have time for a strength-training workout I don’t beat myself up, I just get in 30 minutes of cardio for the health benefits and also any kind of exercise is a stress reliever for me and helps me out mentally. Obviously it would be great to be able to get in the gym 6 days a week like I did before baby, but that is not realistic for me anymore and that is not realistic for a lot of people. I think the first goal of working out should be health and then comes weight loss/what you strive your body to look like.
I think a lot of times people get too focused on how they want their body to look and forget about the health component and before they know it they are killing themselves through diet and exercise, but it is to extreme and they are no longer healthy and still haven’t achieved their “dream body”. For weight loss and health, a lot of times it only takes a 10% weight loss to help eliminate health issues caused by weight gain. I think we all need to stop working towards the “perfect body” and work towards feeling healthy both mentally and physically. This should be the first goal of exercise.
Last year was amazing, exciting and exhausting all at once. I am really looking forward to this year and all the changes I think I will continue to see with my body and of course all of the huge milestones Ava will be hitting! She will start to become a real little child and it is so crazy to think about that.