Banishing the Baby Bulge: Month 5

Did you miss my first three baby weight updates?

Hard to believe it’s that time again. It’s also November and it’s snowed twice here already. Are we in for a long winter or what?

I’ve been back to work for two months now. Some days are a complete whirlwind. (Did you see my examples of a day I go to work and a day working at home with my baby?)

Daycare is going well. Some things drive me a little crazy like having to pay for the day they didn’t have power so they weren’t open, but most things are awesome like the friends that he’s making, the care he’s receiving and the art projects that he does with his teachers.

Last month I was really frustrated with where I was at with my weight loss progress. At that point I had already started cutting out pumping sessions mainly because of time constraints. I was pumping three times a day for a several weeks and decided to cut out the middle of the day session about a month ago. I figured I would pump twice a day for another month or so at least, but my body started rebelling a bit and my milk production slowed way down. I ended up stopping nursing/pumping about 2 weeks ago and although I wanted to go longer I know that this is what’s best for me and my son right now. I’m happy that I was able to give him breast milk every day for almost 5 months.

Baby boy at 5 months

I had a feeling that my stall in post baby weight loss was due to my body holding onto a bit of extra fat so I could still continue to make milk. Since stopping 2 weeks ago I am already feeling like I have much more energy, I’ve lost a few pounds and I can finally button almost all of my pants again. Many of my clothes still fit differently than they did before, but I’m feeling really great about where I am at.

Workout Update:

Workouts are going well this month. I’ve been doing lots of squats, pullups and swings. I’m getting much better with my kettlebell snatches. I got 100 snatches in 6:35 last week! My husband is helping me tweak my form on goblet squats and double swings. I’m squatting the 20K easily now and I’ve squatted the 28K for 3×6 as well. I’m working on double swings with the 14K and 16K kettlebells.

I’ve been sticking to about five workouts each week. Three real butt-kicker workouts (Tues/Thurs/Sat) and two easier days where my main goals are to move and sweat. I’ve been working out with my husband on Saturday mornings a lot which has been really fun.

I’m trying to move more on the days that I’m at work since usually I am  glued to my chair. I’m taking walks most days even if it’s just for 15 minutes to get some fresh air and get the blood flowing.

Nutrition Update:

When the power went out and Halloween was cancelled, we couldn’t go to the grocery store or anything. I didn’t eat badly, but since I was out of whack and strayed from a normal routine, my body rebelled. I had no energy for a few days and even got a bit of a head cold.

Otherwise, I’ve still been eating lots of oatmeal, nut butters, salads, protein shakes (with Vegan Warrior – yum!), grilled chicken, fruit and roasted vegetables. Am I perfect? Nope. We make homemade pizza once a week so I eat that and usually eat a few less than perfect meals over the weekend as well.

Progress Pictures, Weight and Measurements Update:

I lost a few pounds, mainly towards the end of this month. As mentioned, my clothes are finally starting to fit better and I’m feeling great about where I am at. My stomach is a lot leaner than it was even a few weeks ago. While my focus has been more on gaining strength and preparing for the RKC, I know if I keep my eyes on those goals I’ll lose the remaining few pounds. Weight loss will be a side effect of getting stronger and sticking to my workouts as well as eating healthy foods MOST of the time.

I lost an inch around my waist and an inch around my hips. I told you slow and steady would pay off. Despite last month’s frustration (I would even call it a bit of a set back), I made up for it this month without making any crazy changes in my nutrition or training plans.

I also lost an inch and a half around my chest. Not shocking for a mom who stopped breastfeeding. ;-)

First full day home (4 days after giving birth):

4 days post partum picture
4 days post partum side view

One month after giving birth:

Mom one month after giving birth
Side picture one month after giving birth

Two months after giving birth:

2 Months Postparum belly picture
Mom 2 Months Postpaartum Side View

Three months after giving birth:

Postpartum weight loss 3 month progress
Postpartum weight loss side view after 3 months

Four months after giving birth:


Five months after giving birth:

Five Month Progress Numbers

  Weight Waist Hips Shoulder Girth Right Thigh Left Thigh
One week Postpartum 137.2 lbs 33 in 36.5 in 41 in 21.5 in 22.25 in
One Month 131.4 lbs 30.5 in 35 in 38.75 in 21.25 in 21.5 in
Two Months 130.0 lbs 29.5 in 34.5 in 39 in 21.25 in 21.5 in
Three Months 128.0 lbs 29.5 in 34.5 in 39.5 in 21.0 in 21.25 in
Four Months 128.8 lbs 29.5 in 34.0 in 38.5 in 21.25 in 21.5 in
Five Months 126.4 lbs 28.5 in 33.0 in 38.5 in 20.75 in 21.5 in
Change From Last Month -2.4 lbs -1 in -1 in 0 in - .5 in 0 in
Overall Change -10.8 lbs -4.5 in -3.5 in -2.5 in -.75 in -.75 in

I can’t believe that next time I do one of these posts my baby is going to be 6 months old. That’s half of a year. How on earth did that happen???

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16 Responses

  • You look fantastic! I’ve heard that the body can hold on to extra weight for breastfeeding purposes. Interesting! Glad you’re feeling energetic :)

    • Amanda Perry says:

      Thank you! Yes, it’s definitely true for some people (I really think it was for me) although not for everyone. I was really hungry all the time when I was nursing so that was probably part of the problem too. ;-)

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  • Jen says:

    You look amazing! And breastfeeding for 5 months is awesome girl! I hope I’m just as successful as you :)

  • jobo says:

    Wow, you look fantastic! And you have a great mindset to your body after having a baby. While I of course don’t have kids, I can imagine how difficult it will be mentally for me to realize that it won’t happen overnight, but to look THIS good 5 months after baby? You are doing awesome!!

    • Amanda Perry says:

      You are so sweet…thanks so much. :) I’ve definitely had my ups and downs w/ my patience, but I know that having a healthy baby is such a blessing. To carry a little extra weight for awhile is SO minimal in comparison!

  • Brooke says:

    Great job!! And Ps. I can’t believe you had to pay for daycare when they were closed?!!?!?!!? What??

    • Amanda Perry says:

      Unfortunately, I think most daycares are like that. Same thing for snow days…they try really hard to be open, but if not you have to pay. You also pay for holidays and days that you are away on vaca or don’t send you kid too.

  • You look great! I’m looking to start weaning him from nursing as soon as we get back from our trip. I may even start there … Its bitter sweet but I bet it feels so good to have your body to yourself again. 5 months is a long time, good work mama!

    • Amanda Perry says:

      Thank you! It’s definitely bitter sweet, but just remember what a great thing you did for your baby and you have to do what’s best for you guys NOW. Lots has changed in just a few short months and what was good then may not work now. Just a tip…it was a bit painful to wean so keep that in mind… ;-)

  • Jess says:

    Seriously my dear — you look SO GOOD and fit!! You’ve done this in such a balanced and healthy and realistic way and I really admire that about you! Hot mama alert :-)

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve never left a comment before but I love(stalk) your blog (: ….You have been such an inspiration to me while pregnant! Our little girl will be here in the next few weeks, I am so anxious to meet her! I’m also anxious to get back to working out the way I did pre-pregnancy…I’ve already printed out my own personal Banish the Baby Bulge Progress sheet-this will be great to chart my slow and steady progress. Thanks for sharing your awesome workout and Mommy routines and info- Keep it up, you are a great motivator for us all!! Many Blessings!

    • Amanda Perry says:

      Hi Kelly! Thanks for commenting. :)

      Congrats to you on your pregnancy…such an exciting time for you coming up!!!! I’m sure you are so excited to meet your sweet girl.

      Good luck with your labor and delivery and keep us posted! I’d love to hear how things are going. :)

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