I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  The whole family hit up CrossFit Counter Culture yesterday where Sean did the CrossFit workout Murph and I did a modified version of the Filthy 50 (because Murph would have killed me and crushed my soul as my first true WOD after babies).

I think it’s safe to say that I have been humbled by my current lack of fitness.  Maybe even floored.  I knew that it was going to be a long and difficult road back but I didn’t think that something as simple as rowing for 10 minutes (not fast I might add) would have my lungs on FIRE so bad that it took another 5 minutes to recover.  The first thing that came to mind was “oh, how the mighty have fallen”.  Ok, so that’s probably a bit much but you get the idea.

Since I started exercising about a month ago, each day has gotten a little easier, which is just fuel for the fire to keep plugging along.  In fact, my squats felt so good that I increased the weight a bit (I started at 65# instead of 45# and I’ve been adding 10# a week).  I’ve had a few days where I end up squatting late at night but a busy twin mom’s gotta do what a twin mom’s gotta do.

Garage squats and rowing with Griswold (he’s clearly a fitness nut)

I was actually a little surprised at how well I did on the WOD yesterday.  My body felt pretty good overall and I’m only a little sore today (thank goodness).  It was really just my lungs that slowed me down.  My strength is coming back – it’ll be a while before I’m doing 20# wallballs again but I did my first WOD and that was the biggest hurdle.

Here’s the current progress bouncing back from my massive baby bump. The good news is that my legs and butt are coming back.  The somewhat good news is that the twin skin is progressing, albeit very very slowly.  I’ve been using Mederma Stretch Mark lotion on that awkward dinner plate section of white stretch marks and it has definitely helped.  I’m going to try an exfoliating scrub my friend Kira suggested as well (thanks Kira!!).

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The week I delivered, 9 days postpartum, 4 weeks postpartum, 11 weeks postpartum
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4 weeks vs 11 weeks postpartum

I have to say, the exercise of putting together the side-by-side progress pics has been great motivation.  It’s so easy to get discouraged because we see our own bodies everyday and little changes go unnoticed.  But when I actually put these images next to each other, I can really see how far I’ve come.  Lots more work to do but I’m on it….

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