I started writing this post on November 26th, 2015… two weeks after Zachary was born. I’m only just now getting to finish it.
I’ve been in the health and fitness world for about 9 years, and I’ve been a parent for about two weeks (now almost 6 months). Before two weeks ago I always thought parents were making excuses when they used their kids as a reason not to come to the gym. “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have time”, “I have to take my kids to_______”… It always seemed like there was a reason or an excuse from parents not to workout. Well, lesson learned.
After Z was born, I didn’t sleep at all during the first two weeks and that meant I didn’t move my body much. One of our gym members (a parent of 3 boys) said to me that I’m no longer going to be just tired anymore, it’s now going to be complete and utter exhaustion. It was a new level that I had never felt before and that you won’t ever understand until you have a baby.
My first workout back to the gym was a nightmare. I can’t remember what it was but it was six days after Z was born and all I remember is that everything felt heavy and that I had no endurance, I had no strength, everything was just really hard. It was brutal. Even though it was a short 20 minute workout, and it wasn’t the most demanding work out, I still got it done and it was a step back in the right direction. Working out has never been hard for me and for the first time in my life, it was hard, but I was moving again and from there my goal was just to work my way back up to what I used to be. It took me about five weeks, but I eventually got there.
The next problem was my diet. I leaned out and lost about 8lbs when G got preggers because we cleaned up our diet and made it perfect. While Z was growing we had a lot of people say things like “eat whatever you want, you’re pregnant”, but our approach and way of thinking was to think about how everything she ate went straight to our baby, and why would you want to feed our growing little human ice cream and pizza every day? So, she ate perfectly and I ate healthy right along with her. That stopped about 2 hours after Z was born and I packed on a good 12-15 lbs.
I struggled for about 3 months with my added weight and my diet but I’ve recently fixed my diet and lost 12 lbs. I can’t take full credit for this, I have to give most of it, if not all of it, to getting on meal prep by Performance Meals. I haven’t changed my workout routine at all, I’ve just saved a lot of time by having all of my meals prepared and portioned for me and delivered to my door. I’ve added 900 calories to my diet and I’ve leaned out, lost weight and added strength, all because my food is so clean, delicious and done for me. Obviously not everyone has the ability for this kind of service (although the math for per meal is only about $11 a meal… WELL WORTH IT), but it goes to show what diet can do for you.
I had full intentions on making this post a “tips” post, but since it’s taken me almost 6 months to write I’ll stop here and I’ll tell you to go check out “How to be healthy and fit while pregnant; advice from my wife” and “Advice for expecting dads” and promise to write more often and give you some tips on how to be a healthy and active parent.