Getting Back To Your Goal Weight
While loving and enjoying your most amazing and precious gift, a question may have popped in your head… Now that I have given birth, how am I going to get rid of the rest of this baby weight? I was at 10 1/2 months postpartum when I officially scaled down to my pre pregnancy weight! Before I get into what I did to help get back to my pre pregnancy weight, let me share with you what kind of shape I was in before I found out I was pregnant.
My Body Before Pregnancy
For me personally, I try not to set “weight goals”. This is because the numbers on the scale constantly fluctuate for a number of different factors… sometimes this can be super frustrating or even discouraging. I like to use how my clothes fit as a gauge to achieve my body shape goals. For instance, I have ALOT of clothes in my closet that are too small for me to fit in…but I keep them as a motivation to help me measure my progress.
So before motherhood began, I was an avid runner…but not to the extent where I could run a marathon. BUT that was my goal that I was working towards. I would run anywhere from 3-5 miles a day about 3-4 days a week. I also did body weight workouts 3-4 days a week, and hike at least once a week. So I feel like I worked out pretty consistent, and I was in pretty good shape. I wasn’t really where I wanted to be size wise, or endurance wise. Naturally, I have a small-ish frame, but as my biggest self critic I was never satisfied with my appearance (being a mom has definitely helped me to appreciate my body).
How My Body Changed During Pregnancy
Once I became pregnant, that first trimester nausea hit me hard. For me it was not “morning sickness” it was “24/7 sickness”. This put a nice big pause on working out. Then by second trimester I felt MUCH better, and started to run again. For doctor appointments, I saw midwives at the clinic, but I also saw a Nurse Practitioner at a private practice who incorporates integrative medicine. During one of my visits at the private practice, she manually checked my Blood Pressure, and it read abnormally low. So I was advised to hold off on running so I don’t continue to stress my adrenals and try something more relaxing such as walking or yoga. So I decided to go for walks.
41 weeks pregnant and I weighed 50 Pounds heavier than before I was pregnant. I was told during pregnancy women gain 25-40 pounds, and I obviously exceeded that. I have always had an appetite, and I eat ALOT, and being pregnant made me even more hungry. So I am sure between lack of exercise and overeating, I just kept on gaining weight.
How I lost The Baby Weight
The day after giving birth, I was instantly down 20 pounds, 8 lbs 13 oz of it being my beautiful baby girl. Now I just needed to lose 30 pounds to get where I was before.
I do admit I still focus fitting back into my smaller clothes, but I have been fixated on losing those numbers on the scale as a peace of mind to help me get back on track to get in shape, and stay healthy.
I know many people start right back into working out as soon as they get the go ahead from their doctors like 6 weeks after giving birth, and I envy them and their willpower/dedication/determination and most important their energy! As a 24/7 cafeteria milk lady, my energy gets sucked out with the milk. Over the last 10 months I have probably done a total of THREE 1 mile jogs, and TWO body weight workouts.
Well… then what did you do to lose the weight you ask?
BREASTFEED, WALK, BREASTFEED, WALK, BREASTFEED, WALK, and BREASTFEED and WALK some more.
I probably walk at least 2 miles most likely more…about 5 days a week, and then obviously breastfeed on demand it feels like 30 times a day but its definitely less. It is said that you can burn up to 500 calories a day with breastfeeding!
**UPDATE ON WEIGHT
One year now after giving birth, I am smaller than I was before when I originally got pregnant. I am still nursing, walking, and now I hike 4 times a week. I have lost my 50 lb pregnancy weight, and an additional 3 lbs. While I know 3 lbs may not be a lot, my clothes fitting me different is what matters for me! I am able to fit into small pants sizes that I haven’t worn in YEARS.
Challenges On Losing Weight
For the Mamas who were not able to breastfeed , I totally get it sometimes things happen in life for whatever reason where we have no choice because:
- not enough milk is being produced
- going back to work
- constant infections
- or whatever else may inhibit you to breastfeed, you can still get to your pre pregnancy weight too!
- Consuming enough water is VERY important and plays a key role. My goal is to drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces a day.
My biggest challenge at the moment is fine tuning my diet. I know once I start being more regimen on my food intake (and incorporate more exercise) I will progress even more! I don’t like to say I am dieting or going on a diet, I believe eating healthy is a lifestyle change! I never consider myself as an unhealthy eater. Do I consume junk food? YES, every once in a while. AND so I don’t feel 100% guilty I eat organic/NON GMO junk food, so therefore it is still bad for me but it doesn’t have pesticides in it so consciously I feel better. I really do try to limit the junk food because it isn’t fair for my baby who I am nursing to get this through my breast milk, and it is something I want to strive to perfect.
Tips On Losing The Baby Weight
Eating a healthy nutritious diet is by far the biggest tip. Eliminate processed and sugary foods. Now is the time to start implementing meal prepping!
My food plan of choice is paleo. I have always followed this in the past and it has worked for me, and I will continue to eat this way (although I am not a strict follower). I know a lot of other people follow keto, and these moms have gotten a lot of success from following keto! I believe you should follow whatever works best for you and your body/lifestyle.
There is not one perfect solution that fits everyone. But what will work for everyone is:
- Drinking more water
- Limiting Sugar (especially refined sugar)
- Watching your carbohydrate intake (breads/pastas/flours/etc.)
- Exercise! (walking, jogging, hiking, at home workouts, swimming, go to the gym)
- Eliminate Stressors (face it, being a mom usually means your house is going to be a bit messy – just don’t stress about it!)
- Most important, be kind and loving to yourself!
What Are Your Weight loss Success Tips?
What have you done to help you lose the baby weight, and how long did it take?