I can hardly believe my baby's girl is 1 now! Such a special milestone for us! It's been an interesting year. By far the most challenging and yet most magical year of my life. Would I change it? No, do I wish it was easier? Of course I do! But yet, no. Because the hardest things in life bring the most growth! AND she is the most precious little gift! Full of life, laughter and love. She is super fun loving and definitely here on earth for the good times! (But, next time I have a new born, I won't be buying a business 🙈). Lately I've been reflecting on the last year and thinking about 'results'. Looking at before and after pictures from my pregnancy and postpartum journey has me thinking about how this looks so different and unique for all of us as mums.
My goal was never to 'get my pre baby body back', get 'skinny' or 'lose weight'. The results that excite me are being able to run the city to surf without any 'symptoms' or sign of pelvic floor dysfunction, it's being able to lift weights again and know my core system is strong enough to support a challenging load, it's being able to do 'whatever I want' (within reason) when it comes to my fitness and know my body is up for the challenge. For me It's been about how well my body functions as a whole rather than just my physical appearance. Although that is important to me, it takes a back seat.
My nutrition goals haven't been related to fat loss, calories or macros! Eating is about getting NUTRIENTS in, having a healthy gut and good digestion. (Gut and bowel health also have an impact on your pelvic floor, but that's a whole new topic). I need enough nutrients to support not only myself but for my baby to thrive. To create milk that my baby doesn't 'react' to due to her intolerances. For me that means a restricted diet and the side affect of that being weight loss (not complaining about the fat loss part). But it sure hasn't come without its challenges!
I want to feel fit, I want to be strong and I want my body to function well. I want to exercise and get out side because it's great for my physical AND mental health.
Looking back on your postpartum journey so far, what are YOUR reflections and goals?