I am extremely new to the weight lifting community and I am looking for a bit of encouragement and advice. I had my daughter 12 weeks ago and am currently breastfeeding and pumping while at work. I am now 5’2 and 150 pounds and feel like I am living in a stranger’s body with big breasts and strange hips.
I haven’t even lost half of my “baby weight” and have even had a co-worker comment on my post-baby pooch. I have always been thick in my thighs and have strong lower body strength. I did some cardio and walked throughout a good portion of my pregnancy and did body weight squats up until my due date.
I really want to feel like a new and better me. I would like to have lean arms and get rid of this flabby belly and extra fat to my upper and lower back. Any advice on how to achieve this would be greatly appreciated.
My diet consist of mostly protein, eggs and chicken with some carbs thrown in- I just started back working night shift in the emergency room so if I get to eat once or twice in a 12/hr shift then I’m lucky. I know I can’t drop too many calories as I want to keep up my milk supply.
As for my workout, I am currently weightlifting 2 days a week.
Day 1 - High back bar squats, bench press, and pushups all for 5 sets of 8 reps and planks
Day 2- Dead lifts, Dumb bell overhead press, bent over rows, and hanging leg raises for 5 sets of 8 reps.
I run around at work and am on my feet for a good portion of the night, but am thinking about adding in a farmer’s walk/sprint during the week sometime. I am not a runner in the least-and would choose a group exercise like barre class, zumba, or yoga (pretty much anything) over running a mile.
Any advice on how to bounce back for this busy new mom?