Bye Bye Baby Weight: Breaking the Cycle

17 Weeks Postpartum
Since I have been back at work I have been having trouble focusing.
All of a sudden there is the challenge of balance and just not enough hours in the day.
I knew it would be different, granted, I had done this before…returning to work previously was not easy. As a matter of fact, when I returned to work after having my first son I did what I was doing now for 6 months. Sure, I went to the gym, often. But my eating was crazy and unconscious. I really just went to the gym for the break in the day, not necessarily to *work*.
Week three back at work and I have yet to find my routine, by the time I pick up the kids and come home, it’s nonstop. Packing bags, feeding dinner, cleaning, eating—-How do you mommies do it?! There has to be a trick that I’m missing!
It IS however, my responsibility to get back on the course. I am still working out, I was more focused last week than the week before. Unfortunately my eating is just blah. I am eating just to be full, or just because its lunch or dinnertime. Calorie counting? Non existent. My Fitness Pal? Catching dust.
I spent a little bit of time this weekend trying to figure out where things went wrong, obviously throwing work into the mix was a huge adjustment, but I also figured out that I lost something in my work return.
My resolve.
Even reading prior posts, I was so excited to continue this weight loss and go hard especially since summer was coming and all that. Now it’s like I’m stuck in some crazy cycle, where I am just going through the motions, trying to get to the next day. 
 I started this series to show my journey, the real and the uncut. This is the realest. I have been off kilter for about 2 weeks now, and it may take me a while to get back to where I was, but I will get there!
I will work on the following small changes over the next couple of weeks:
  •         Drink more water (I have completely dried up since returning to work!)
  •          Eat better, smaller meals
  •          Pay attention and focus on my workouts
o   Complete them ALL (go 4-5x a week)
o   Focus on keeping heart rate up
o   Doing some things that are challenging and new but still staying conscious that I am still recovering from the c-section
o   Take one day to just strength train, nothing else
I am planning on making some small changes right now, because I’m pretty sure that is the only way to get out of this funk. 
I haven’t stepped on the scale in forever three weeks. Every time I see it in the bathroom I weep a little try to gather the courage to get on. I’m still working on it. :)
Workouts this past week:
Monday : Running Freestyle (ran my first 8 minute stretch!)
Tuesday: 15 Minutes on Elliptical another 10 doing strength exercises (I had absolutely NO energy that day)
Wednesday: Spinning
Friday: Freestyle Spinning 40 Minutes


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Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Great post and I bet it's been a challenge returning to work. Definitely drink lots of water to stay hydrated with all you have to do. You are on a good track!
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  2. Resolve. Oh yeah, THAT is what I've been missing the past month! UGH. Thanks for the reminder…
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  3. you'll get into your rhythm soon enough. my guess is it takes longer because you have two babies now. in due time chica! :)
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  4. you are welcome girlie, we are in this together. We are gonna get there one way or another.

  5. you are so right cam, this two babies stuff is brand NEW, but you will get some first hand experience soon enough :)

  6. Mrs. Pancakes says:

    It sounds like you are still getting out there! Dont be discouraged you are doing better than most that didn't just ave a baby like myself! Have an awesome weekend!
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  7. The transition from having one baby to having two babies is a steep one. Two to three is easier. When you have a baby and you learn all the little tricks, you tend to think you've got it down pat. Then along comes a new baby with a new personality and different needs and everything is thrown into mayhem. Take everything moment by moment. Don't expect to do too much too soon. Eat healthy 5 little meals at work and at home, and that way you won't need as much exercise. Take the stairs at work. Walk on your lunch break instead of taking a lunch with co-workers. Don't beat yourself up when things fall apart. Eventually, you'll get into a workable routine, but it won't be perfect. Remember to take time for yourself.
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  8. You are doing better than most. Just keep setting realistic goals and modify as needed. You can do it.
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  9. I feel you mama!!! Stay focused! You've got this!!!

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