lifeguard, sorry about the frustrating weight gain, though a few pounds is not much (as you know) considering the losses you've had!
I would not be surprised if the hips thing is also partly temporary. My DH was talking about the labor- he was applying counter pressure with his hands to the back of my pelvis, and said he could literally feel the pelvis widening as the baby's head moved into my birth canal. He said he knew she was almost born b/c of that. also, ftr, he said he felt my tailbone move. (he did study anatomy in art school so has a basic understanding of the skeletal structures he was feeling).
Anyway, just saying. its been what- a few weeks? IME it takes a while for the bones to come back together.
This lack of sleep is really screwing me over with the weight loss. I've gone up a few pounds this week & there really is no other explanation. I know from experience that if I can get a good solid stretch of sleep I'll see this little increase drop away again. Sigh.
I had two workouts this week & they were great. I'm super pleased with how they went. We kept the weight low with higher reps. No increased bleeding so that is good. My mobility without the belly is astounding (well, not to someone with actual flexibility but for me it's fabulous) & I can definitely see an increase in my strength in body weight exercises (ie. I can do a FULL push-up now!).
How's this for weird - my trainer took my measurements yesterday. When I compared them to my last measurements in February which was a good 20lbs heavier I literally haven't lost any inches - in fact I've gained inches in my hips (but I suspect that might be a bit of a placement issue) & my chest (which isn't surprising). How do you lose 20lbs & it not show up in any of your measurements? No wonder I'm still wearing the same size I was 40lbs ago. Sigh. SO discouraging.