I had this whole post written with picture included. I went to save it and then publish it, but because I never shut down my computer or close any windows and the fact that my computer is like 6 or 7 years old and starting to get tired, I lost everything I had written. So here I go again...
Tuesday I had my postpartum follow up at my doctor. First, I'm going to do a little bragging. :) At my final weigh in before having the baby I was up exactly 30 pounds from my starting weight. I knew it took me nine months to gain all that weight and it was going to take me a while to take it off. But, just two weeks after the baby was born I was already fitting into my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans. My body isn't quite there - I have some swelling around the incision and some rolls I don't quite like - but overall I'm amazed how quickly my body has bounced back. I was really surprised when I weighed in at the doctor's office and had already dropped 23 pounds. I attribute that to (a) not gaining a whole lot of weight and (b) working out before, after, and during my pregnancy. I'm not sure I'm going to try really hard to lose those last seven pounds as I was pretty small when I got pregnant as I was training for a marathon. I am hoping to just tighten everything back up and get back to at least a good fighting weight.
Secondly, let's talk about the good stuff. I asked the doctor about running and swimming. I mentioned to her that I had been walking a lot, including 18+ total miles the previous week. She said I could go ahead and start adding in some light jogging to my walking (um, sure, I might have already done that last week) and that by six weeks postpartum I'd be good to go. She said it was perfectly okay to return to swimming as the cesarean incision was healed.
Leaving the doctor's appointment I was absolutely giddy. I made a "return-to-running" plan. This week I would do 4 minutes of walking, 1 minute of running; next week would be 3 minutes of walking, 2 minutes of running; the following week as 2 minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running etc. until I was back to fully running. Today I headed out for a three mile run/walk and celebrated my return with my margarita socks:
I'm back, y'all.