Friday, August 19, 2011

Operation: Get my body back - 4 wks post-preg

So it has been 4 weeks after I've had my son.  I gained a total of about 35 lbs with this pregnancy and am down 25 lbs.  There hasn't been much I've been doing exercise-wise except for walking, as I'm not suppose to start any "real" exercise until after my 6 week postpartum check-up.  So after allowing myself about 2 weeks of recovery, what I've been doing these past  weeks is walking for about 30 minutes about 4 times a week.  I haven't really changed much as far as diet--but I am being just a bit more conscious.  I'm getting back to eating more fish and seafood, which was restricted somewhat because of pregnancy, and have lessened the amount of sugary juices and drinks that I craved (and drank) through my whole pregnancy.  I'm also about to jump on the "green smoothie" bandwagon and will start incorporating those into my diet, as well.  Just recently, I stumbled upon a blog post talking about the benefits of taking 2-3 tablespoons of organic ACV daily, and how it helps prevent all kinds of ailments, gives energy, helps with digestion and also encourages weightloss.  I haven't made it to Whole Foods yet, but will add this to my regimen as well.  So without further ado, here are my 4 week pics.  (please, pardon the crappy pics--I sold my "good" camera in preparation for an upgrade)

As you can see, I still have a bit of a gut, and yes, that damned dark line (also known as the "linea negra") is still there.  With my last pregnancy, it took a full YEAR for it to fade completely and I'm expecting no difference this time around.  I can get in most of my pre-preg clothes, but it's not comfortable and I feel like a stuffed sausage, so I've been kickin' it in my leggings and loose tops still.

After my 6 week check-up, I'll be able to hit the gym again and start some light weight lifting which works WONDERS.  I'm also planning to give Bikram (hot) yoga a try--thanks to Groupon. Stay tuned for my next update in a couple of weeks!  I plan to go into more detail regarding my workout regimen once I'm back into full workout mode again. :)



  1. You look great! Hell that's how my stomach looks and I'm 7 mos post....but I'm short w/ a short torso and had another 8lber so my skin was really stretched. My skin is wrinkly and that's the part I hate. I did the ACV last year and it was great, but nasty. Funny, I'm starting my bikram in a week! Don't forget to post your workout reggie at 6-wks!

  2. I think you look great! You'll be where you want to be in no time good luck! I look forward to your updates :)

  3. Mother of 2? You look awesome.

  4. You look great! I also enjoy walking and have had incredible results.

  5. You look great Nik! I have NO doubt u will bounce back in NO time. You have always been good with keeping things tight.

    I need to follow your lead... I am the mother of one...10 year old!

    You should find those folks that said you would not bounce back after the second one....LOL I would love to see the looks on their faces! HA!

  6. You look great Nik! I will be following you as I just had a baby and am in need of looking for a regimen and some inspiration. I would love to read your results and I will be taking some pointers from you ;).

  7. Wow! Only 4 weeks?!! Girl, you look so good already!

  8. Nikstar! Bikram is the Biz! I just wish I could get to more sessions to melt off this extra fat completely - ready for a comeback just like you babe!


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