Loosing Weight After Having A Baby
How was your weekend? Ours was pretty awesome. We had Leo's 1st Birthday Party on Saturday. Then took him to a park with castle jungle gyms on Sunday. ONTOP of that I tried on my jeans from the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy. And they fit! The new lifestyle of healthy eating is starting to pay off.
Before I became pregnant I was slim all of my life. Not perfect. I had jiggly bits and cellulite dimples in places. But if you saw my walking down the street you wouldn't notice any of that.
One of the hardest parts of after pregnancy for me was the weight gain. During I didn't care because I was growing a human inside of me.
Two weeks after Leo was born I was down 12 lbs and feeling good. I had 10 more lbs to loose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. Then I could work off all the weight I had put on while trying to get pregnant.
Some of my clothing was starting to fit again and my body wasn't feeling so foreign to me anymore.
Then one day I went to put on a pair of pants and couldn't get them buttoned. I checked the scale and my weight had gone UP by 5 lbs.
It didn't stop there my weight kept escalating until I was back at what I weighed the day I gave birth!
It was disheartening. When I was pregnant everything was balanced out by my belly. But now it was all over. I didn't recognize myself when I looked in the mirror. The worst was when one day I went into a local shop to pick up groceries for dinner and the person behind the counter congratulated me on being pregnant.....again.
I spoke to other moms about it. How long did it take you to loose the weight. Did yours go up as well. Did you have allot of trouble loosing weight after the baby. None of them seemed to have a problem. They all said that breastfeeding must have been why they lost the pregnancy weight.
But I was breastfeeding too.
One day I was on the phone with a friend while trying to get dressed to leave the house. I kept asking her to hold on while I struggled in and out of items looking for anything that would button.
When she asked I told her the whole story. She broke out her analytical mind and had me rewind it back to give her a synopsis of what a typical day of eating and activity was like for myself before baby. Then what was a typical day of eating and activity since baby.
There is was. The answer. My lifestyle was different. 100% different. I was home almost all day sitting down breastfeeding instead of of moving around. I wasn't sleeping at night, which slows down your metabolism. The lack of sleep was also affecting my diet making me crave carbs, fats and sugar to keep going.
Just knowing that there was something I could do to make an immediate difference made me instantly feel better.
I started making different choices. Instead of a breakfast sandwich,a yogurt in a squeeze tube (so I could eat it one handed). Instead of soda late at night to keep me up, I kept unsweetened iced green tea in the fridge.
In the mornings when I ran out to get a coffee with Leo I tried to walk an extra 10 minutes, if I was able to. If not when Marcelo got home we would all go out for a short family walk around the neighborhood together.
Slowly the scale started going back down. By the time Leo was 5 months old I was down 14 lbs.
I'm not down to my pre-pregnancy weight yet. I recently got back to the weight I was at shortly after he was born. But I feel motivated and the healthy eating just makes me feel good.
Currently my goal is to get to my pre-pregnancy weight by this summer. In time to fit back into all my summer outfits! Bonus all the exercising boosts my energy so when Leo is really running this summer I can keep up with him at the park. If that's not motivation I don't know what is.
What about you? Did you have trouble with weight gain or loosing weight after your baby was born? How did you handle it? I'd love to hear your stories and thoughts.