Postpartum Journey- 13 weeks

I wanted to give an update on what life has been like since my last postpartum update at I did at 6 weeks.

Things have progressively gotten better with Lily adjusting, and to my hormones adjusting as well. I mentioned in my last post how sometimes while I nursed I felt really sad and emotional( I have with every baby, but I felt a little extra low maybe due to it being winter?). Each week it has gotten a lot better and I only feel those feelings every so often now(maybe once every 2 weeks or so). For me, it just takes time for my hormones and body to adjust and not fluctuate so much. I’m still very happy, healthy, and so very blessed with my sweet babes. I just wanted to address this so that those that go through baby blues know it’s normal and that it passes with time.

I’m on week 7 of BBG by Kayla Itsines. I love her workouts because you can do them all at home and they change each week so I don’t get bored. I should be on week 9, but I got sick one week and the other week I was in Disneyland. I don’t like to move on until I have finished the whole week. Each week I’m feeling stronger and that’s such a great feeling. I’ve decided to measure my progress in different ways instead of on a scale. I was so glad that I could keep up physically when we went to Disney with Josh’s family. The 2 days we were in the park we walked 7-10 miles!! To me, that’s progress, not what a scale says.

I have been working really hard on having a healthy body image. I want to love my body in all its stages and be grateful for all it’s capable of. I don’t ever want to take that for granted.  I want my kids to know I think they’re beautiful and strong just the way they are, so I need to be an example of that too. Most days I don’t feel like I HAVE to wear makeup(before I totally did). I feel beautiful in my own skin and I’ve never felt that kind of confidence. I love dressing up and getting ready for the day every day, but I love the freedom of doing makeup only if I feel like it.

I think a lot of how I’ve grown throughout the years is who I surround myself with. My husband is always encouraging and loving to me and the kids. I also have such strong, beautiful, confident, kind, sweet and nurturing women I get to call my family and best friends. I’m also grateful for my calling at church because I serve with so many great examples of hard working, selfless women.

I’ve really been enjoying these sweet kids, they are my joy!   Here some fun pics of life lately and of course a progress pic because those are fun! The one on the left is day one of BBG when I was 4 weeks postpartum. The pic on the right is of me today after my cardio workout.

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J is learning about presidents at preschool, can you tell which one he is?

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About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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4 Responses to Postpartum Journey- 13 weeks

  1. Ashlee says:

    Sharsti,

    Love your post! Postpartum is so real, I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with it. Progress comes slowly one day at a time. Keep up the good work and know that you are beautiful with or without makeup! Hugs!

  2. what love! thank you for sharing your thoughts, hopefully it helps others (I’m not there yet, but I still like reading about it!)

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