Six Pack Back – A Post Partum Update

Six Pack Back – A Post Partum Update

Operation six pack back is still in swing; my mission to get myself fitter and my body back to where realistically it will sit at after 2 children.

I feel like Piglet has been with us forever and I keep forgetting where I was with the gremlin at similar times when it come to getting my body back to normal. I also have to stop myself from going too mad. After the gremlin I didn’t actually get back to the gym for 8 weeks. This was due to a late 6 week check and we switched gyms. I know I still had a bit of work to do then. After Piglet I went back after 4 weeks and I had a steady plan which I am loosely sticking too. Piglet is 10 weeks old almost now.

Six Pack Back – The Time is Coming

I can tell my body isn’t ready for full on craziness. I did a little running and my knee where I have had previously had surgery was twinging the next day. I can also feel my shoulders twinging if I do too much and I feel a little delicate sometimes. My joints probably still have some of the lovely hormone relaxin present and it is important not to go too crazy for a little while. I am trying hard!

Weight wise I am 4kg over my pre-Piglet weight of 59kg (which was too low) and I am aiming for a weight of 62kg when I stop breastfeeding, which is where I was before the gremlin. The gremlin literally ate me up with all the feeding. That, the gym and long walks meant I got way too skinny and am hoping to not repeat this. I’m not walking as much due to having the gremlin with me for 3 days of the week so this should help. I’m also eating a good three meals and day and having plenty of snacks. My current faves are fruit, nuts and bread sticks and peanut butter. I don’t do fad diets and love full fat Green yoghurt and a few squares of chocolate most days. All about moderation.

Exercise wise I am hitting the gym around 3 times a week and sometimes doing work outs at home (when I don’t have a cold from one of my girlies). I am not doing any high impact really and sticking to either a 45 minute cardio session of the cross trainer, stair master, rower and bike or a weight session. I am still very nervy about my abs as have a finger width gap between the muscles. Saying that I have done some planks which work everything really but avoided sit ups. I remember it took a while for the ab gap to close with the gremlin. I am definitely toning up; the stair master does wonders for your bum!

Stupidly I haven’t got that many pictures for this post and as I have had a cold and mastitis this week, there has only been walking for exercise.

getting my six pack back

Future plans?

I really want to get back to my high intensity gym classes, spinning and Body Pump soon. It’s harder to make classes as fitting in breast feeds and hubby being around so will see how it goes. I’m planning to wait until after Christmas as I will have given my body a good 3 months since Piglet was born.

It takes 9 months to make our beautiful little ones, so I need to think 9 months at least for my body to recover and my “business as usual” exercise regime to be back.

Will keep you posted on me getting my six pack back.

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35 Comments

  1. December 5, 2016 / 7:03 am

    My God chick you look amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Currently regretting the entire chocolate orange I ate last night!!!!!!!! Well done you, your dedication is incredible xx #MarvMondays

  2. donna
    December 5, 2016 / 7:45 am

    You look amazing! I literally did nothing until The Girl was 4 months! Now she’s nearly 13 months and I’m back to doing nothing because it’s cold and motivation has died! #marvmondays

  3. December 5, 2016 / 8:36 am

    You look fab! I cant remember when I started ab work again…probably too soon knowing me. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x

  4. December 5, 2016 / 10:06 am

    You look great, can’t believe you have a 10 week old! My little boy is 6 months and I have been back at the gym from 3 months (I had a section so waited for 12 weeks before starting exercising again). I love Spin and Bodypump and having an hour to exercise by yourself is good for the mind as well as the body! xx #MarvMondays

  5. December 5, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    You look amazing, even more so for having a 10 week old! I waited until 8 weeks before starting after my daughter too. I’ve had some massive ups and downs though. I’ve got myself back into a 3 sessions / week routine now which I am somehow managing to juggle with work, blogging and general household chores. I should do more but… I must use your post as motivation! Good luck with the continued path back to fitness. Sounds like a great and sensible plan to wait until after Christmas before cranking it up a notch… #MarvMondays

  6. December 5, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, you look amazing. Little Mister H is now five months old and I have barely done any exercise since he was born. Although I do walk everywhere. You are an inspiration lovely. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays

  7. December 6, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Looking incredible well done!! I’m still a little way off where I happily want to be but I’m not beating myself up. I know Bubs completed our family so I’ll never have a post baby bump again so I’m embracing it whilst I’m still training regularly and what with Christmas looming I’m going to enjoy myself but not go crazy and over indulge.
    Totally agree, 9 months in 9 months out!
    #marvmondays

  8. December 6, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Sarah you look amazing, loving the boobies too eh!! Gorgeous lady. #marvmondays

  9. The Hippy Christian Mum
    December 7, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Wow you are comitted! Sorry to hear you’re suffering with mastitis hope you feel better soon #bestandworst

  10. Fern (The Fern Life)
    December 7, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Holy crap! Your baby is only 10 weeks old and you look like that?! AMAZING! That’s some serious hard work and dedication right there. Go you! #bestandworst

  11. December 7, 2016 / 8:00 am

    You’re doing amazing! I’m a couple of kg below my pre Piglet weight (thanks breastfeeding!) but I’m still wobbly in the tummy area. I walk the dog daily but only do a proper workout once a week now thanks to a dodgy knee ๐Ÿ™ #bestandworst

  12. Rach
    December 7, 2016 / 8:03 am

    You are incred. Your stomach has WAY more definition than mine and I had a baby over 3 years ago! I’m off to do some crunches (eat some chocolate more like!) #bestandworst

  13. December 7, 2016 / 8:41 am

    I am in outright awe. I know I need to get my ass in gear and starting working the belly but I have yet to summon the willpower! Well done! You look amazing #bestandworst

  14. December 7, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Looking amazing to me, don’t push things too hard #Best&Worst

  15. December 7, 2016 / 10:36 am

    You look fab, well done on all that hard work, it’s certainly paid off #bestandworst x

  16. December 7, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Oh, I envy you just a bit, as I cannot do intense workout anymore due to my back injury! But I was all for pump and spinning and kick-box… You look amazing, by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰ #bestandworst

  17. December 7, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I am beginning to think that you are not even human! Holy COW you look amazing!

    #runjumpscrap

  18. December 7, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I can’t believe you have actually had a baby?? You look amazing and I admire your dedication, wish I was that strong willed. I haven’t been to the gym in a few weeks as I keep getting sore throats and colds so I really need to get back into it. xx #bestnworst

  19. December 7, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    You look amazing hon! I really could do with a pinch of your determination – you’re an inspiration lady. You must be so proud x Thanks for hosting #bestandworst

  20. December 7, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    You look amazing!!!I have my 6 week check tomorrow but I’d be lying if I said I will be running off to the gym once I’ve been told my body is good for exercise again. I have been walking loads since Alex was born though and pushing the pram with the buggy board is a cardio workout in itself. Sorry to hear you’ve got mastitis, that sucks. Hope you feel better soon xx #marvmondays

  21. December 7, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Sounds like you are doing well so far. I know it must be hard with two kids, but keep up the good work! You’ll get there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. December 7, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Well done you! I was eager to get back into it too, here’s to a happy and fit new year!

    #BestandWorst

  23. December 7, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    You look amazing! I think muscle memory is very important, I have always had a six pack despite the fact that I don’t exercise, so after I had the children I was quite lucky that I kept that definition. You clearly kept in amazing shape during pregnancy, I admire your dedication!! #bestandworst

  24. December 7, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Thats pretty impressive for 10 week after giving birth.

    aiming for a 6pack is a lofty goal, just remember that a lot of models don’t have abs most of the time. They put in extra effort before photo shoots to make them come out, the rest of the time they look like regular folk.

  25. December 8, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Hey lovely, you are looking fantastic. I love that you enjoy working out and have done throughout your pregnancy with Piglet. You should do a post, (if you haven’t already) on gentle exercises post baby for new Mums. It can be daunting getting back into exercise after giving birth x #bestandworst

  26. Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson
    December 9, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    You look like a million bucks! While 8 weeks seems like a long time to you, I’m extremely impressed that you were dedicated enough to your fitness that you got back that soon! Very inspirational. ๐Ÿ™‚
    #bestandworst

  27. December 10, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Oh dear mastititis is not nice. Hope you get over that soon. #bestandworst

  28. December 10, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    I’ve definitely found it takes a while to get back to pre-pregnancy fitness levels – and it took longer the second time than the first #bestandworst

  29. December 11, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Wow you are clearly on a mission. I remember with my eldest I returned to my pre-baby weight very quickly but found it harder after my youngest and really gave up very early on for which I think I am still paying the price. You need to strike whilst the iron is hot and get on with it. Well done you! #MarvMondays

  30. Jaki
    December 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    10 weeks and you look like that? Are you sure the stork didn’t bring Piglet?!? You look incredible. I’m super jealous. Well done you! #bestandworst

  31. Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    December 12, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Wow! You look slick! I so admire you for this. I want to have the determination like you! <3 #BestandWorst

  32. December 15, 2016 / 8:05 am

    sounds like you’re being really sensible with it all – love your attitude! Your six pack will be there soon I’m sure!