It's 2015! Here's My Postpartum Fitness Plan...
Although I enjoyed the heck out of a festive holiday season, filled with parties and indulgences galore, it got me no closer to my pre-pregnancy weight, after I'd made a ton of progress since my twins were born five months ago.
Now that it's 2015, I'm excited to get back on the postpartum fitness track. Yes, of course there are many obstacles—limited childcare hours, limited sleep, busy workload including many events away from my own kitchen—but that will all make me feel even prouder when I reach my goals. I'll be working hard for results, and honoring the body that miraculously made two people—and I can do this. Here's what I have in store:
Working out: I'm a longtime member of Equinox, and I'm endlessly motivated by the variety of group fitness classes. For me, group fitness means accountability—and fun, too. To that end, I'll splurge from time to time on spendy SoulCycle spinning workouts too, because the inspirational nature of those workouts is priceless. Beyond that, I'm lucky to live in Los Angeles—where I can pop up to Runyon Canyon for a quick hike, even in the middle of a workday, even in winter. (No, that's not me in the picture—but you get the idea!) Sunshine is a great motivator, as is making it to the top of a literal mountain. It's a metaphor I can get behind!
Diastasis recti repair: After delivering my twins, I ended up with a gap in my abdominal muscles, known as diastasis recti. It's a tough blow, emotionally, because it can result in a pregnant-looking tummy, even long after delivery. That said, I'm going to continue to try to chip away at the size of that gap, with a specially focused workout known as the Mutu System, from U.K.-based fitness trainer (and mom) Wendy Powell. The other great thing about it? It comes with access to a private Facebook group of moms dealing with the same issue, who form a unique support system.
Accountability: When I hike with friends, I'm known as "stat girl," the one who's always worn a monitor that records distance, heart rate, duration, and calories burned—I find that info motivating, and I love to share it with friends to keep them going too. To that end, the Goodbye Baby Bump plan from Kiqplan is like a digital weight loss coach specifically meant to help moms get back into shape postpartum—with tools for encouraging exercise, better sleep, and healthier eating. It uses info from my FitBug device, which I can wear around my wrist like a watch, or clip on my clothes, and it sends weekly health tips, workout videos, progress reports, and easy recipes.
Diet: Goodbye holiday sugar cookies and In N Out fries on that last road trip of 2014. (Ugh/yum.) Now, it's onto healthier, leaner, more restrained eating. To help me, I'm eating calorie-controlled meals from The Fresh Diet, which delivers fresh packaged meals each night to my door for the next day. There's no counting, no measuring—and no cheating! So it's a great way for me to kick start a crazy busy year with no excuses.
I'd love to hear what you're doing, or have done, to get back in shape postpartum!
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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom determined to get back in shape, five months postparum. Shels also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
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