It’s crazy to think that almost one year ago I was giving birth to my daughter. But with all of the joys of pregnancy comes the annoying baby weight that seems to never go away. I don’t know if every mama experiences what I did but I hated my body. No matter how much I lost in a month it was never enough. I always felt gross and embarrassed of my post preggo body. I remember getting undressed in front of my husband and catching his eye. I was mortified! “Don’t look at me! I’m disgusting!” I cannot believe how crazy I was about the weight looking back now.
Fast Forward 8 Months
8 months post baby and I’ve finally met my pre pregnancy weight! It doesn’t happen over night ladies. It takes a while. So don’t think that you’re going to walk out of the delivery room looking like your old self like I did. Don’t feel disappointed when your old pants don’t fit or insult yourself by calling yourself fat. I still remember going home from the hospital thinking I’ll fit in my old clothes (shaking my head). How could I think that? You would be surprised how many women do the same thing I did.
The Value I Learned Through My Journey
The things I learned is patience, and allowing time to melt away the baby weight. You will one day look at yourself in the mirror and appreciate your new body. No, it will not be the same as it was previously because the weight has been distributed to other places other than your once pregnant belly. However, that is ok. I have learned to love what I see in the mirror and understand that I have the power to change my body. It’s not easy! But if it is what is going to make me feel better about myself then Let’s do it!!
The great thing about being pregnant is that you can eat whatever you want and blame it on the cravings. Now your without that cutie in your belly, so what’s your excuse? The judgment that you receive isn’t the best either. Some people make their inconsiderate comments like “How old is your baby? Oh wow, 5 months! Don’t worry that weight will melt off. You’re breastfeeding right?” The look on their face when you respond with a firm “No!” Priceless. I’ve learned that people don’t mean to be deliberately mean about your post pregnancy body. Sometimes they just fall in the category of thinking all women are freaks of nature and your belly magically disappears over night like the models and actresses in Hollywood, think again! If you are one of those people I truly envy your amazing genetics. But if your like me, Don’t sweat it mama! Just allow these things to give you the motivation that you need to become the perfect post mommy body for yourself and not for anyone else. Making yourself feel better is number one! When you feel great everyone else around you does too! The new you is well on her way. In the mean time do little things that make you feel good. Do your hair, makeup, or whatever it is that makes you feel great.
Things that I Did
Eyeliner and Mascara was pretty much all I had time for. But I felt great by just spending 10 minutes on myself. Even if your still wearing your pregnancy jeans that’s ok. No one knows unless you lift your shirt up, which you won’t. So don’t feel bad about it. It’s better then sweat pants.
What I did to lose the first 30 pounds
Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding. Throughout your pregnancy everyone says it over and over. Breastfeed and you’ll loose all your baby weight. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to continue my breastfeeding journey like I had planned. It was very short lived because of my daughters reflux, which sucked. So there I stood at a standstill on the scale at 148, 3 months post partum. At first I was obsessed with the fact that I couldn’t lose the extra pounds on my own. But as I became more aware of what I was eating I was able to pinpoint why I hadn’t lost anymore weight. I was still on that quick meal plan also known as “fast food”. When your a new mom it seems like you’ll eat anything that’s quick. However quick isn’t always the healthiest option.
Portions, Exercise, and Being Cognizant of What’s Going In Your Mouth
I realized in my journey that it is important to start with real expectations that are obtainable. Start small.
- Work up a sweat (Going for a walk with your baby in the stroller)
- Portion control
- More frequent meals throughout the day
- Allow yourself one cheat meal or piece of chocolate (because if you don’t you’ll really want it, which leads to bigger cheats)
- Be honest with yourself
- Cut the soda and any other sugar (if your a sugar feen like me)
- Make healthier choices
The rest is up to you. Just remember mind over matter. Stay positive, Stay focused!! Whatever your heart desires you can obtain with hard work. You can do it! If you have any questions in regards to this post leave me a comment! If you enjoyed this read let me know by liking. Oh and subscribe for all future posts to come! Get ready mama.. Stay tuned.