Transformation Tuesday: 9 Months Postpartum

October 24, 2017

Last month, I stepped on the scale and stared at the number glowing back at me. I got off and then got back on again to make sure it wasn’t broken. I hadn’t seen that number since before I was pregnant. It was the old me physically, even though I’m not the old me. I’ve never measured my growth or success or worth by any number on the scale, and I’m not about to start now. But it was an inflection point in my journey. A small little reminder that I’m strong and getting stronger. That we can go through a lot of physical and mental challenges and still claw our way back to the best version of ourselves, whatever that may be at various stages in our lives.

I have no transformation photos to share with you; only baby pictures and photos of my running shoes and sunrises from early morning workouts. But it isn’t about that. When I first started sharing my postpartum progress, every few weeks I’d show side-by-side photos to mark the physical shrinking over time (read my most recent update from six months postpartum). I was looking forward to this moment when I’d get to say I’d found my way back. Ironically, it turns out that the real transformation has happened in my head and in my heart. Yes, it has radiated to the outside too (which helps for fitting into all my clothes again), but the real pride and strength is in a place you’ll never be able to see with your eyes. For so many years, I’d look in the mirror and see all the things that could or should be different or better. Today, I feel the opposite. Today, I’m freaking proud of myself. I’m completely imperfect. I make plenty of poor choices. But I make amazing choices, too. I balance reality and discipline so they both get to win on the right days. That’s all we can really do, right?

The past month has brought many changes. Baby rUnladylike turned nine months old, officially being on this side of the Earth longer than she was on the inside. My running has improved, my weekly mileage has crept up and my paces have quickened slightly. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching related to my passions and my purpose and am getting closer to turning questions into answers. My old clothes fit the way they used to many moons ago. I’ve become an expert at singing all children’s songs, doing goofy kitchen dances and reciting bedtime stories by heart. It has seemed like a long time and also like the past nine months (plus the nine months before these) have happened in just a blink of an eye. I know I’ll be saying that for the rest of my life.

In two and a half weeks, I’ll be heading to New Hampshire to run my first postpartum half marathon. I’ll share more about my expectations and goals soon, but in the meantime, here’s what my past week of training looked like:

  • Monday: REST
  • Tuesday: 1-hour of circuit training alternating speed work on the treadmill with strength training at the end of my work day (1.5 miles running)
  • Wednesday: 5.2-mile run at 6 a.m.
  • Thursday: 1-hour strength training at barre at 5:45 a.m.
  • Friday: 13 miles at 5:30 a.m. + walked 8 miles around Disney afterwards
  • Saturday: REST + 60-minute massage
  • Sunday: 4-mile run on the treadmill with 3 x 5 minutes at 5K pace with 3 minutes of recovery jogging between each
My view from a recent long run

To find daily updates of my journey, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I share more frequently throughout the week.

What is new in your life? If you’ve been training for a fall race, tell me about it! If you have any questions you want me to answer or topics you’d like me to address in a future post, please share your thoughts and feedback!


Nicole @ fitnessfatale

I love this! Motherhood truly does change us from the inside out.


Best Transformation Tuesday post ever! I love your focus on your head and your heart ❤️. Little ones give us a renewed perspective on what’s most important in life. Keep up the good work mama!!!

Sandra D Laflamme

You are awesome Jess!!!! And yes, much of the transformation takes place in the heart. Cannot wait to see you in a few weeks!


I love this reflective post. At 3 months postpartum, I’m so in love with my child and in awe of what my body did in pregnancy and birth. My running times and the number on the scale are far from where I was a year ago, but I’m trying to focus on the strength and clarity I gain from working out and not what the numbers say. Thank you for the reminder 🙂


Congrats mama! Isn’t it the best!? I can assure you that you will be and feel so much stronger in just a few months. I was still struggling A LOT at three months postpartum while one of my good friends was running strong at that same point. We are all so different. I found that just doing what I wanted to do and found enjoyment in without pressure or unnecessary expectations was so helpful. Enjoy every second. It goes by so fast. xoxo

Amanda N

It is so nice to see you so happy with the mom life and with baby Runladylike! She is SO adorable!! It truly is a transformation in so many ways, for the best reason. Glad to hear your running is really taking off lately – seems you will be prepared for the half! Wish I was going to be in NH, would have gone to the dinner but we’ll actually be in FL for a wedding. Can’t wait to hear about how it goes for you!


First – HOLY FRIDAY! The only time I did not run on a vacation was when we took two 4 year-old boys to Disney. That is truly amazing.
As for the rest? I’m not surprised in the least. Motherhood changes us in all the best possible ways and makes us a lot less selfish and introspective. It’s all about your daughter now and will remain that way 🙂 Love reading this and so bummed I won’t be seeing you this year…