My Journey Post-Baby


So we are 3 kids into it, although I want 5 kids, we at least want a little space before #4.  The baby (Harper) is already 20 months old, Taylor is 4 and Rylan is 3.  It's hard to think that we might prevent getting pregnant after going through 4 IVFs to get #1 and #2.  But that's another story for another day!

I am currently pretty much where I was before getting prego with baby #2.  And now even better than where I was before having kids.

It wasn't without fluctuations, as you can see here.  And currently the 10 boxes of Girl Scout cookies are staring at me.  I mean who doesn't love a Thin Mint!  But I will have to stick to a few cookies - not a sleeve - for 2 reasons
a) I am not breastfeeding:)
b) I just did our Fierce Lean Out Program after the Christmas Goodies got me, and am back into my clothes.

If you want to see my measurements from pre-prego to 3 weeks to 10 weeks to 20 months post-baby #3, I have them here.

40 comments:

  1. Just out of curiosity do you know what your body fat % is?

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    1. Kelly, what a good question! I have not done a real test since I did the pod testing 2 years ago. It was 12% then. But if I use those machine thingy's (cannot think of the name) it goes anywhere form 10-18% depending on how hydrated I am and how far postpartum I am.

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  2. Oh, those Thin Mints! I don't have any in the house and hope to avoid them like I did last year. You look great and thanks for sharing your measurements with us. I am in week 6 of Lean Out and loving it! Thank you for making these videos and having them available at a good price! The length is so much better than some of the other programs out there and it's actually doable as a mom to get my workout in. Well, TBS was hard, but we did it!

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  3. Lindsay, you are the definition of inspiration. Although I am not yet a mom (hope to be one any day now) I have been using and enjoying your workouts for months. Now if only I could get the nutrition in line... I look forward to tackling the joys of motherhood knowing that losing my body is not a forgone conclusion and that I can still be fit even after kids! You inspire me!

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  4. Lindsey, I am torn for figuring out which of your workouts would be for me. I am post baby #2. He is currently 14 months. No diastis recti (think that's how you spell it) so which do you think would be best for me?

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  5. Hi I have question...I lost 18 pounds in 3 month I was 156 now I'm 138....my stomach was 38 inch now it's 33.5 sometimes 34 when I'm bloated.....and I'm stock my stomach don't shrink nO more....I do HIIT cardio 2 times a week I do regular cardio 1 time a week I do tabata 1 time a week with abs and 5 times a week weight lifting....I'm on healthy diet.....my trainer put me now on only fats and veggie diet to see it will take my few extra pound from my belly....but I don't think it will help I'm trying to see my abs that are under my fat.....please give me any reccomendation if I do something wrong or I need to change something.....thank you....:)

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    1. I think it could be one of two things

      1) overtraining, your body could hold onto everything in this case (and this happens when you are not getting enough calories)

      2) do you vary your core routine? do you work your inner core: transverse abdominis and pelvic floor?

      It sounds like you are dedicated! So let me know what your core regimen is...

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  6. Lindsay, I'm so happy to have found this blog. I've worked out to your postnatal boot camp DVD after both babies and love your style and how you get it done quickly. I'm very interested in buying the Lean Out set, but I've been battling plantar fasciitis for the last 18 months and I'm unable to do much that involves impact. (Which has made it very frustrating to stay in shape.) I can do a couple of sets of light jump squats, a few jumping jacks, but if I get much beyond that, my feet pay for it. I'm concerned that I'll have to modify too much of the Lean Out series but wondered how much of it is jumping, high knees, plyometrics? Can I modify and still get some results? The strength and yoga sections look amazing.

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    1. Kate, the funny thing is Katie (in the Lean Out series) also has plantar fasciitis:)

      Do you do some exercises for it? Or roll your feet on a can before and after working out?

      I think the Anaerobic and Aerobic workouts (2 of the 11 DVDs) will be ones you want to skip. But I think you will be ok modifying the others. We do a lot of getting your heart rate up with speed and heavy weights. Try the Upper Endurance in the free trial and see if it is something you can modify.

      Click free trial under the video>>
      http://www.momsintofitness.com/shop/pretty-fierce-lean-out/

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    2. I ordered the program and I'm just modifying as I go -- I can't do the high knees (I have to keep one foot on the ground at all times and take the impact out, but I go fast, so heart rate is still up there!) and I can't do the alternating feet on the ball (I do mountain climbers instead) or lunge switches, but I do something else to get my heart rate up for those intervals or I modify them so I'm not jumping, and so far it's great.

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  7. Hi, I really want to buy all of your DVD and start working out. my baby is now 2 yrs old.. I am hard of hearing, iI need closed captioned or subtitled to be able to understand. Are your dvdDVD closed captioned or subtitled? I am praying to God that they are. Thanks, Mara

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    1. Mara, hi! I really wish I could say they were. And next time we film I will let my producer know ahead of time!!! I am sorry.

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  8. I am wanting to start getting tone again.

    I am 43 and I have 3 children. 15, 12 .. And we all wanted to adopt and now we have a 7 mo old we adopted this past year.

    So, even though I was not physically pregnant with our little one, I have been paper pregnant ( an adoption term :) for 3 years ... Fundraising, garage sales, adoption paperwork, grant writing, fundraising more :). I am now out of lean (Instead of out of shape ... im just not lean anymore :) I need to get back to being healthy n fit :). I am not post pardem, but post adoption weight for sure. I am looking to lean up and get some energy back. I have noticed I have been getting more pulled muscles since I have only been able to exercise 2 times a week for the past 3 years. I used to go to a gym 3 times a week for an hour an 10 minutes each time before adoption, but since we started the journey I exercise at home now with weights, elliptical and DVDs. I usually only have 15 to 30 min a day to fit in exercise. But am trying to make it more of a priority.

    I'm not far off the track, but far enough, that I don't want to go any farther.

    So here are a few stats ... I'm 43, 5 ft 8 in, and I weigh 150. I feel better at 140 when I an fit n tone. I naturally exercise 2 to 5 times a week, I'm down to 2 times since we started this adoption journey. I only have 15 to 30 min ... Maybe a good day 45 min. I have been 150 lbs for 3 years and since sweet little one is now home and life is settling, I would love to get into a better routine and get fit again ... Maybe lose a little weight and get to 140 lbs. We eat healthy organic foods, but the exercise needs to be ramped up for me :)

    I was wondering if I am too old for this program, if not, where should I start ... Can I start out slow n work up to avoid injuries? I've looked at the site and the programs and want to start off right so I have fun and not too hard where I burn out easily and give up.

    Thanks for your help

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    1. Kristi, thank you for sharing your story! And congrats on your baby! It sounds like a long, enduring journey.

      I think the Pretty Fierce: Wieght Loss program would be perfect for you. Give it a try here:
      http://www.momsintofitness.com/weight-loss-trial-submission

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  9. hi i had a c section 3 years ago im 24 and have trained so hard lost weight but cant tone my lower stomach or get the weight off my hips can you suggest anything thanks

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    1. What have you been doing? Have you been exercising? Or do you need a jumpstart? We have a free trial if you want tog I've it a try!

      http://www.momsintofitness.com/squeeze-customized-workout/

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  10. I am ready to get my body back ! I have lost a lot of the weight.. I'd be happy with maybe 5lbs less. but I think I've done great. But this TUMMY !! I was looking at the DVD's. I'm a single mom so I'm planning evening workouts. My son is 2 yrs old. Where do I start? Which dvd's should I get?
    Thanks in advance

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    1. I think our Pretty Fierce workouts would be perfect for you. Short on time but great on results. I think they might be in the Baby Steals archive at 50% off http://baby.steals.com/daily/deal/id/3006675/moms-into-fitness-dvds

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    2. You are so awesome for posting about the Baby Steals deal. I got it!

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  11. Hi Lindsay,
    I am currently 12 weeks pregnant - was in decent shape before, and haven't gained weight, but I have been so sick that I haven't been very active, and I think definitely have lost muscle mass. How much weight did you gain during your pregnancies? What would you recommend for the rest of my pregnancy, as far as working out?

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    1. I have to admit, those first 12 weeks are the hardest! As you ease back into it try to be consistent - sporadic can be harmful. Start with 3x/week, move up to 4x/week. And depending on what you have done in the past, you will ease into it. i.e. If you did toning/cardio you shoudl be ok easing back into it with lighter weights. Always staying between 3 and 7 on a scale of 1-10.

      As for me I gained 21, 25 and 29 lbs with my pregnancies! I am 5'1".

      Congrats!

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  12. Hi Lindsay , I found your blog via youtube , and I am so glad ! I had my second baby 2 weeks ago thru emergency c section ( oh God , it wasn't planned at all ) I was attending fit camp (boot camp ) for about 2 years , so I was in really good shape , toned and my stomach was flat with abs , I trained mild till about 6 months pregnant and thought that after a baby I will join my fit camp again as soon as I can , reality now is different because of the c section I actually have no clue what to do , every single answer on auntie google says that YOU WILL NEVER have hour abs back , I mean that just made me feel awful , did you had a section ?! If yes , them you are my light :) , I am currently breastfeeding , my pains from tummy has gone , it's still puffed thought ..
    What would you recommend !? Can't wait for your answer :)
    Elina

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    1. Elina, hi! Congrats on #2! You are not alone, I promise. Yes I had 3 c-sections and yes I know a lot of moms with c-sections that got the abs back! Did you have the bikini cut c-section? If so, the only muscle it cut was your uterus…but afterwards our muscles are loose and we need to train the inner core (especially after c-sections). At your 6 week postpartum checkup, if your doc gives you the green light for exercise give our Postnatal Slimdown workouts a free try here:
      http://www.momsintofitness.com/shop/postnatal-slimdown-workout-dvd/

      It has a progressive core system, working your core from the inside out.

      Then keep me posted! And let me know how you want to proceed!

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  13. Hi Lindsay! I am 6 weeks postpartum after baby #3. My other two are 3 and 18 months, so finding time to workout can be hard. I was able to lose the weight after babies 1 and 2, but never quite got the core definition I'm after. I really really want nice toned abs, but don't have a lot of time to do it in. Do you have any recommendations for me?
    Thank you!
    Bethany

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    1. Bathany, congrats! It is fight or flight right now! My daughter has just turned 3 when I had a 16 month old and newborn….and it is all a blur for those first several months:)

      I recommend 4x/week, 20 minutes (25-30 if you can get it). And try to schedule it - I will use that word loosely. For me it was a few early mornings and bed time workouts. Just do what you can to get in 4 workouts a week, then re-assess your schedule in another 6 weeks when the baby is on a better schedule.

      What type of workouts are you doing or wanting to do?

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    2. I saw on your blog that you had kids spaced the same as mine, and it was really encouraging!! Right now I'm doing some light jogging about two times a week, and a pregnancy workout dvd on days I don't run. I feel like my body is ready for more of a challenge now though, and I'd like to find something that can help me strengthen my core. I don't tend to have trouble losing weight, but I don't just want to be skinny; I want to be strong. I've got a lot of child-lugging in my future. :)

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    4. If I can fit in two of the ten minute workouts on the Postnatal Slimdown DVD four times a week, should that be enough to make a difference? There aren't a lot of reviews out on it yet, so you seemed a good person to ask. ;) Also, would I have to do them back-to-back, or just whenever I can fit them in?

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    5. Hey Bethany! Yes, strong mom is what we are looking for. It's always fun battling a 2 year old, carrying a car seat and trying to keep your 3 year old from running out in the parking lot:) Ho-Hum strong arms!

      Absolutely 4x/week will make a difference. Just make sure you do not train the same muscles group within 48 hours. The Simdown comes with a calendar you can tentatively follow or just mix n' match.

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    6. Awesome! I tried some of the free sample workouts online, and I really love them. I will be ordering a dvd! Thank you! :)

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  14. After 3 kids my stomach is pretty good except for when I sit. Then I have a huge skin roll that depresses me. I'm 3 weeks in to boot camp 2, will this roll ever go away or is it hopeless?

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    1. Yes, it will get better! The core toning exercises will help pull it all in. And the cardio will help minimize fat (which we all have as women right on our bellies since we were made to have babies).

      And by the way, we all get that roll when we sit:) Just be patient and consistent.

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    2. Should I continue with the printed 8 week calendar or add more core toning to it? I need this roll to go away by June for vacation!, kids r 5, 4, & 2 mths

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    3. Keep the core training to every other day, but you can always do 1 at the beginning of the workout and 1 at the end! And cardio on the days between toning days…I cannot remember how the 8 week calendar is laid out of the top of my head:) Shoot for 5-6 days a week getting ready for vacation!

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  15. Lindsay I can't tell you enough how much I love your website! I've been pouring over all the information and am ready to purchase some DVDs, but I feel like I need some guidance because I'm not really sure which one(s) I should be purchasing. I'm 10 months postpartum with baby #2, am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but am still not happy with my stomach. I wish I could attach a picture to this comment so you could see what I look like and better lead me in the right direction. I can't seem to get my stomach (mainly the lower half by my belly button) to be flat. I feel like I have strong abs, but I still have this pooch like I'm a few months pregnant. I can't figure out if I need to lose more weight, if there are specific core exercises I need to be doing to help this, etc. If there's any way for you to take a look at some pics maybe and then give me some guidance on which of your exercise programs to purchase that would be amazing. Thanks in advance!!

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    1. Hey Coco! I think I answered your email. Hope it helps!

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  16. Hi Lindsay! I love your website. I just started your Fierce Weight Loss program and am feeling really hopeful. I'm 13 months postpartum and still about 20 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight (which was still overweight for my height). I tried working out when I was breastfeeding but my pumping output always tanked and so I told myself that after the 1st year (which was my breastfeeding goal) I would start working out. Even though I know I consciously made that decision and feel like it was the best choice for my son I still have a lot of days where I feel like I'm "a loser" because I haven't lost the weight. Your website gives me hope though that I can at least get back to where I started - but hopefully even better than that!

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    1. You absolutely can do it! And I cannot wait to hear about your progress. Please keep us posted!

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  17. I started your Postnatal Slimdown last week and already love the fact that I can actually get through the entire workout, unlike others I have done in the past! I chose beginner 5 day program, but I was wondering how will I know when to go to advanced? I have DR of about a 2 to 3 finger width, had 2 mandatory c-sections, one in 2011 and the other in 2012 and still have 30 pounds of baby weight to lose and I want to be FIT for the first time in my life!!! I follow a Paleo lifestyle so my eating habits are much healthier. So when do I switch to advanced? And on average how long until I start noticing results? Thanks. PS...you look AMAZING and I am desperate to get my body as fit as yours....plz hekp

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    1. Annie, hi! You are so motivating, I love it!

      After about 4 weeks you can always try the advanced workouts - the first 3 weeks of the advanced workouts are an accelerated portion of the beginner workouts. So if you are feeling it, hop into week 4 of the Advanced calendar. Your body will tell you if it's too much. And we always have Amy as the DR modifier!

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