8 months ppt

From the start, I knew that I’m not the sort of person who can somehow return back to their pre-pregger state within a span of 3 months. I also knew that it would require a lot of discipline to get back into shape. As it took 9 months to grow a baby and put on +16kg, I gave myself 9 months to lose it and try and fit back into all my pre-pregger clothes. Finally, after 8 months, the scale has returned to the pre-Nat figure in 2016 and am now aiming for my pre-wedding state in 2014 (-2kg more) haha. I’ll set a realistic goal for the end of the year because if we travel again, it always ruins my diet/exercise plans. 

As I didn’t chart my pregnancy and post-pregnancy journey, I only have these to reference how many kilos I had to lose

I also hate to say this but HJ was right in asking me to at least document some “bellypics” i.e. to basically witness it expand and then shrink back. Owell, maybe next time but by then, it would be much harder to maintain I’m sure. 

As it is, going back to work has somewhat slowed down my frequency of exercise, which shouldn’t be the case. Actually, it was  a bout of sickness in May and a fall right after I recovered that started the whole retardation process. 

Even two days ago, just doing some arm workouts at the gym is enough to make my right shoulder feel wonky again. So I have to hold off the weights until after I get my shoulder fixed this Thursday, with a deknotting massage. 

Besides the return to my norm, having a regular exercise routine be it jogging, gyming or swimming really makes a difference in terms of overall wellbeing. Whenever I feel crappy, I need to at least have an estate run. 

Whatever it is, I am just glad the toughest part is over i.e. shedding the last few kilos when I have the freedom to eat and drink anything I want. 

However, alcohol is still hard because of the sheer calories that beer has. Everything in moderation it shall be then. It’s like for every bottle I consume, I have to go and jog it off haha. 

– CK 

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Baby Back Woes

I just went to see my chiropractor because of a persistent pain in my neck/shoulder that started last weekend. As it is, I’ve scoliosis (my spine is “S” shaped), imbalanced hips and flat feet so having Nat ard 8kg doesn’t help. Things get worse as I get older and even some exercises are off limits now. Morale of story is… I need to stop carrying Nat only using my right side and using the carrier is the last resort for me 😦

I started going to Family Chiropractic at Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 in 2015 through a friend’s recommendation because the change in office environment and sitting at my table looking at a computer monitor left me with a dull pain in my right neck/shoulder.

Thereafter, I regularly went back to get adjustments roughly once every 3 months.

Even when I was pregnant, I still went to get my back adjusted because as I approached the 3rd trimester, the extra weight left me with lower back aches and pelvis pain.

It’s really to each his own because some, like my mom would advise against seeing the chiro or going for foot massages when pregnant but I only went ahead after checking with my gynae and I was also no longer in the first trimester. Moreover, I had been seeing my chiro since 2015 and she was someone I could trust. I think the foot massages did have a part to play in keeping water retention at bay because my feet didn’t swell much at all throughout my pregnancy.

Due to my scoliosis, there’s nothing that can permanently fix my spine but how I take care of my back is entirely within my control. The tricky thing is that now I have a growing baby who is only going to get heavier.

So here’s what I should keep in mind:

  1. When sitting down, try not to cross my legs because of my imbalanced hips so my bad habit of crossing my legs worsens the misalignment. This is a hard one to kick because I tend to cross my legs almost every time I’m seated except when driving!?
  2. Try not to jog/run too long a distance because of my flat feet and the impact it has on my ankles, which affects how I walk and also contributes to further hip imbalance. Previously doing 3-5km didn’t have much of an impact whereas now 2.4km is my max because I get a strange feeling in my ankle so I stop.
  3. Be conscious to carry Nat using my left side and not only on my right as much as the latter is very intrinsic to me.

Sigh. I just hope I can feel a bit better in a day or two so that I can resume my gym/exercise activities, which I’ve stopped for a few days to rest my neck/shoulder and back. I wrongly assumed that once I gave birth, my back problems won’t come back to haunt me. In fact, last December saw me going to the chiro because we kept bending over to carry Nat up from his crib and rocker.

So… as much as I find him so irresistibly cute, with those mesmerizing eyes….

Sorry son, your father’s gonna be doing most of the carrying from now on!

– CK

Working Out Post-Baby 

So it’s been 3 months post-partum (ppt) and I’m 6.5kg away from my pre-baby weight after quite a slow start but considering that I started from 68.5kg at 38.5weeks preggers, I’m quite glad that some progress is being made haha 

Rewind back to my 29-30weeks appointment when my Doc told us that Nat wasn’t gaining enough weight and to fatten him up, I had to consume more rich (basically fatty) food such as cheese and durian?! At that time I had put on 10.5kg but it apparently wasn’t sufficient. So I started regularly eating red meat, cheese and durian until I was 68kg at full term (37 weeks)! Total weight gained throughout pregnancy was 15kg. 

Sometimes you think to yourself that you would like to put on 12kg at the end of the pregnancy but one can’t always control such things. 

Thereafter at the end of my 1st month ppt, I was about 61.5kg (-7kg since Nat’s birth). At this point, I was not yet exercising so most of it was probably the baby + the placenta + water weight? I didn’t really have very bad water retention during pregnancy so maybe there wasn’t much to lose? 

Between Dec ’16  and Jan ’17, I did visit my gym but not very often (1x a week?) and because I was breastfeeding/pumping every 3hours, I felt hungry very often?! Food wise I was also still eating anything and everything since most of the time was spent on just coping and learning how to take care of Nat. 

It was only after end-Jan did my visits to the gym become more regular (at least 4x a week) at either our place or my mum’s.

There’s something I love very much about the gym at my old place, which I visit once a week when we go there – it’s old but very peaceful to have a workout especially when you want some “me-time”. 

Strangely, I’ve come to look forward to my gym sessions at night. They are not very long – usually 30mins because I always go down after 9pm when Nat has been put to bed and I’m back by 10pm to shower. Perhaps, it’s the variety of circuit exercises that I found which makes things a bit less mundane. Circuits are also better for me physically because running on the threadmill for anything more than 2.4km would always require a visit to my chiropractor due to my left ankle injury. 

Below are some of the circuit workouts/stretches that I follow: 

So at 3 months ppt, the scale is hovering around 59kg and I’ve got about 6kg more to go but strength-wise, things feel different. I guess at the end of the day, the number on the scale is one thing but I’ve also managed to benefit from re-building muscle strength and just getting into a regular exercise routine, something I did not have when I was pregnant but now looking back, I wish I did. 

– CK 

Working out with limits

So now that I am with the kiddo at home, I can’t go to the gym/pool on weekday AMs. Furthermore, an old and recurrent left ankle sprain as well as imbalanced hips due to my “S” shaped spine renders jogging anything more than 2km problematic or rather, needs a follow up visit to the chiropractor.

As a result, my AM stretch/workout routine on weekdays is now as such…

A mat, resistance bands and a skip rope (with the wind in my hair and fresh air :p).

Day 1: 25 mins – warming things up.

Such was only possible after Nat’s 9am feed. Hopefully it can become a daily or alternate day routine since his schedules are quite fixed.

– CK