Fitness Update - Oh, The Flab

Flabby.

That would be the word to describe my stomach right now.

It doesn't look so bad when I'm standing up. That's one of the benefits of having a long torso. But when I sit down, I have a nice little roll of left over pregnancy flab. I've been doing workouts for three weeks trying to get rid of it, and it just seems to be getting worse.

It's a little depressing.

Granted, I haven't been eating all that well. There is way too much sugar in my diet right now. When I was pregnant with Wyatt I mostly wanted to eat healthy and/or salty things, but I guess now that I'm not pregnant anymore, the long lost sweet tooth has made a reappearance.

When I wanted to get in better shape before pregnancy, I would know how I was doing by what the scale said. If I gained a pound, I'd know to lay off of the smothered burritos. If I lost a pound, I'd know the salad I ate for lunch worked like a charm.

But somehow, someway, I actually weigh less than when I got pregnant (don't ask me how - all those extra calories I'm allowed to eat right now that I don't end up eating I guess). But the flabbiness remains. So the scale really isn't a good indicator of what kind of shape I'm in right now.

And honestly, I'm lacking motivation. It's hard to stay motivated when there's no good indicator of improvement.

Enter the blog post on fitness and the tape measure. Blogland can be a great source of motivation, and I figure a better way to determine how I'm doing is measuring my stomach at it's thickest point. Maybe if I can see the inches going away little by little, I'll have more motivation to keep going.

Now I know my stomach will probably never be as flat as it was before I had Wyatt - but there is a decent amount of pinch-able fatty tissue that I think I can lose. I just need to work at it. I want to look decent in my swimsuit this summer.

So here is the summary for the past week:

Inches around my stomach: 33.
Workouts: 4. But admittedly I wasn't really giving it all I've got.
Diet: Not so good. Way too much fudge and candy. I'm going to do better.

So, any suggestions for good lower abdominal exercises? Good workout videos (no time to go to the gym - I have to sneak in workouts during naptime)?

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LeAnna said...

Well, considering I'm sitting here eating a piece of chocolate cake at 11 a.m. in the morning, I'm pretty sure I'm not qualified to answer any of these questions. ;) I tried doing The Shred for a while, lost interest. Core workouts have never been a favorite of mine. I will say tho, that if you'll make a conscious effort to suck in your stomach (working those ab muscles) while you do day to day stuff (moving laundry from washer to dryer, mopping, etc) it helps tone. But other than that, I'm in the same boat. Only...my little muffin top doesn't bug me too bad to quit eating chocolate cake. ;) I don't eat any dairy, though - and coming from a girl who loves cheese, I'm sure it balances out somewhere...ha...

{N} Jones said...

Oh girl, you are being too hard on yourself! Goodness you just had a baby ;) I am sure I will be just like you though after I have ours. Anyway, I would really recommend doing planks and cardio, cardio, cardio. I hope this helps, even if it's a little bit. Hope everything else is going well!!

Megan said...

Oh the flab is the hardest to lose. I am right there with you. But you are right the blog world can help motivate and you can also gain ideas! I think that running does wonders for the ab area! Good luck on the weight loss journey!!!!

Emily P. said...

maybe try a mom and baby pilates video. I don't like yoga but I do love pilates because it targets your core muscles. Good luck...but honestly, you look GREAT!

Anna said...

Aw, you will get back to normal, Callie! It IS possible to regain a flat stomach. I did a lot of pilates and walking and got mine back super fast. I don't say that to brag, because I never lost the last 10 pregnancy pounds. I had lost 10 pounds the year before I got pregnant, and my body just went back to that weight and refused to budge. But my stomach did get back to normal, and now watching it begin to grow again is a little scary!

However, in the first trimester this time I've lost 5 pounds, so I'm super close to where I was before Christian. So ironic. :)

But yeah, I love pilates. The one I use (I'll include the link at the end) has 10-minute segments. Once you get stronger you can combine various segments if you want.

http://www.amazon.com/Hit-Spot-Pilates-Denise-Austin/dp/B000A6T1LS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1301069749&sr=8-3

Kara @ Just1Step said...

I should join you. I'm also back at my pre-pregnancy weight, but my body just doesn't look quite the same.

Ashley said...

I have found pilates to be great in toning my stomach! I still have flabby skin though, no workout will take that away unfortunately. It tighten over time, though. I think of it as a loving reminder of the beautiful boy I carried for 9 months!

Hannah said...

I know the feeling. I also lost all my weight fairly quickly but still have the flab. I think it partly has to do with the elasticity? of our skin. Running has really helped my stomach to tighten back up. I take Lydia to the gym with me and she sits by the treadmill in her carseat napping while I run. I've also gone on runs at a local park and she loves to sleep in the jogger.

Keep up the exercise. Don't be too worried about it. He really hasn't been out of you that long:)

Diana Hill said...

Wow, I am totally in your shoes! I too, am back to my pre-pregnancy weight but have this horrile squishyness, like a deflated tire, around my belly. I still have 1 more week before my MD clears me to start running agian, so hoepfully that will hgelp. Ialso find it hard to get motivated, especially when I am constantly tired! I have been walking alot and luckily I have not been hungry, but like you, I can't follow the scale b/c it is not an indicator of fitness right now! I am going to start doing situps and the plank, which helped pre=pregnancy. The plank you get on your elbows and toes so your back is flat like a plank and hold it. I will probably start holding it for 30seconds and work my way up to a minute and a half. IT does'nt sound hard but it gives you a pretty good burn.
I hope you have success!!

Lauren said...

Ok, God works in mysterious ways. I was just going to do a post about my amazing work out video when insaw your comment...I hopped over to see your blog and love it!!!! Then, I saw your post. It's a God thing, so glad I found you. So....with no further adu (sp?) if you're ready to change your life--well just your tummy--try Tracy Anderson's Post Pregnancy workout., I'll blog with more details. Warning: your abs will be sore for days, but it's amazing how the skin comes back to the muscle. :)

Anne said...

"The Shred" and other of Jillian Michaels workout DVD's are supposed to be wonderful.
Good luck with the tummy! It's definitely an area I've struggled with all my life and still haven't found the perfect "fix" for it!

Ashley said...

Well first I have to say that you look amazing in all your pictures :) Now that being said, I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to track visable results for the work you are putting in. I think the tape measurer is actually a more accurate measurement than the scale and hopefully it will give you some motivation. You also just had a little guy and I have heard that it can take some people longer for the tummy skin to stretch back. One of my friends had this problem and the doctor said she has muscle seperation, which although a little discouraging it gave her and answer. Before I started running I lived off workout dvds and now that I can't run that much I am back to those. I love anything by Ellen Barratt and Karen Voight (both on amazon). I also just came across Lindsay Brin who has a lot of post pregnancy dvd's and she also has amazing abs after having her how baby. I hope that helps and hang in there girl!

Rebecca Louise. said...

I have heard pilates is really good for the abdomen :)

Anonymous said...

The Tracy Anderson Project: Post-pregnancy Workout DVD

Jenene said...

Yeah, I've got the flab now too, but I'm telling myself it's too early to be worrying about it. I hear there are lots of workout videos on YouTube, specifically for post pregnancy.

Mrs. Lukie said...

I'm sure I'll be feeling the same way post delivery. But do realize that your skin needs some time to "shrink" back to its somewhat normal state. And it took your body 10 months to allow for stretching of your belly skin to get as large as it needed to accommodate for Wyatt, thus, it won't magically shrink back to it's normal state overnight...or even in a matter of months.

I know you'll get back to where you want to be and where you feel comfortable, so don't be too hard on yourself! You DO look great :)

Jonathan and Telcia said...

I don't think you're being too hard on yourself. Breastfeeding is the perfect time to lose that motherly storage and the sooner the better. I'm not a mother (yet), so it's easy for me to say.
As for the weight loss, you looked great in your pictures. I just found this blog today and I like it a lot, so it's not like I know you or anything, or you know me.
Anyway, I TOTALLY understand the weighing in and flabby thing.
Try getting an exercise ball and doing sit ups on that.
no more suggestions from a stranger though. I'm working on my flab so i can be PRE pregnancy healthy!
so, if you wanna, visit MY blog.
telciam.blogspot.com

and as for the eating, try to satisfy your sweet tooth with low/non-fat COMPLEX CARBS and starches.

Sarah Louise said...

I agree with Mrs. Lukie! I don't have any experience with this because I've never been pregnant, but I can imagine how you are feeling. Just remember you only had your babe a short while ago...you have all summer to be outside and be active. It will just take time. I was going to suggest pilates or yoga...both really focus on strengthening the core muscles. I really like the Biggest Loser yoga DVD...you can customize your work-out and make them as short as 20 minutes, or as long as a hour. I have also been told the P90X ab DVD is KILLER!

cait said...

oh girl, don't be too hard on yourself! Discipline is good...but you just made it possible for a sweet new life to enter this world! I'm sure you look much more gorgeous than you think. I really like Jillian Michael's 30 day shred...it's just about 20 minutes but you work up a great sweat and work-out your entire body. It also has various levels that you can use once you feel ready to take the next step to challenge yourself.

Julie said...

I was doing the Zumba for Wii a while ago and it was so much fun! I'm sure that they have regular DVD's you could use - trust me I have ZERO coordination but I can do it and it is fun!

And way to go girl, posting stats on your blog - so not happening for me, haha!

I've also recently gotten into drinking Green Smoothies that contain spinach and superfood mix or protein powder. They taste good and are very easy to make! My fav one comes from here:
http://lauravirginia.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/ive-created-a-monster/

Mandie said...

I agree with {N} Jones, you are being too hard on yourself. To be back at your normal weight so fast is excellent. It took me MUCH longer to lose all my weight...almost a year. And yes, I still have flab even though I am back at my normal weight. I had a c-section so I had to wait several weeks before I could do any exercise and then getting back into working out was slow as I continued to heal. So from the beginning I didn't get into a regular routine, my workouts have been sporadic. The look is old and cheesy, but I like The Firm 5 Day Abs - short routines but I always feel it the next day.
I'm also going to check out that Tracy Anderson Post Pregnancy one since I saw two people recommend it.

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