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We all know the saying, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Well, I think whoever originally said this quote was talking about a woman’s body before a baby vs. after a baby!!! I never really considered myself thin. While I never had to work out or diet to keep up my body, I didn’t consider it a body worth showing off. Now as I look at my current body I realize that the old body was hotttt. Haha! I envy myself! I wish I could have that body back dangit!!!
First, I want to let all the pregnant ladies know that the whole breastfeeding-will-take-the-weight-right-off thing is a myth. At least it has been for me. I gained 39 lb with my pregnancy and when I left the hospital I had dropped about 20, leaving me 19 to lose to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Well I weighed myself on Sunday the 3rd which was 2 months post partum and I still had 16 lb to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight! SIXTEEN which means in 8 weeks of breastfeeding I’d only lost THREE pounds. THREE!!!!
My plan with my baby weight was to just breastfeed and not diet until after Paris since Paris fell at 7 weeks post partum I thought that’d give my body plenty of time to adjust and then I wouldn’t have to diet in Paris I’d just start when we got home. You know those tiny 3 lb I lost since the hospital? I lost all three while on the trip! We did so much walking plus I was pumping so much that it finally took off a few pounds!
While on the trip we came in contact with a lot of Aflac moms who offered me some advice! The lady next to me at Moulin Rouge said she did Weight Watchers and that is was awesome! I know it worked years ago for my mom and even my dad so I thought I’d look into it when I got home. We checked it out and they have a new online program where you don’t have to go to meetings, you can track your points online, and easily look up what points things are worth. I signed up for it and I LOVE IT!!! You get to eat whatever you want just as long as you stay within your daily allotted points (which are based off your weight and how much you plan to lose). They even adjust the points for nursing mothers, which was important for me because I didn’t want to do a diet that risked my milk supply (as if I have to worry about that at all!)
So far, I’m really enjoying it and seeing results on the scale. Since the 3rd I have lost 7.5 lb!!! NO joke! I’m only 8 away from my pre-pregnancy weight and 4 away from my goal! Pretty awesome right? Well…it’s honestly not as exciting as I thought it would be! NONE of my clothes fit still! None! I am “usually” a size 4 and 6 but when I first got pregnant I bought some size 8s because I didn’t want to invest in maternity pants and I still can’t even button THOSE! I’m stuck, 10 weeks post partum, still in maternity pants (and lets remember I only have like one pair of jeans, capris, black, and khaki…very limiting). My shirt size? Always used to be a small or medium…now a large and extra large. NO JOKE. Is that not depressing?
It is so frustrating for me that the scale looks good but the body doesn’t match the numbers I see. After we got married and I went off my I’m-gonna-be-ultra-thin-for-my-wedding diet I gained the most weight I’d ever gained up to that point of my life. I actually weighed what I do now back in March of 2008. But yet my clothes all still fit fine! Sure I may have had a little more tummy but I could still BUTTON them dangit!
I realize that the reason my stuff isn’t fitting is because little Mr. Kye has been in my body moving everything around. I about lost it though when I went to buy a bathing suit the other day and realized that even size LARGE one pieces and tankinis looked awful. If anyone has ever seen me in a bathing suit it’s common knowledge that I favor the skimpiest thing I can find (hello…the more skin you show the better tan you get) and now I’m stuck in a freaking tankini that SCREAMS “I’m somebody’s mom!” YUCK.
It’s super depressing especially for me because I’ve always been pretty confident in the looks department. I knew I’ve never been the most beautiful girl or the thinest or whatever but I never cared and always felt pretty good about how I looked. Now I don’t even have that 🙁
I pray that maybe my body hasn’t gotten the message that I’m nursing and one day I’ll wake up and everything will look better! But I have a feeling that won’t happen. Zach and I talked about it and I’m going to start doing crunches, and lots of them. While cardio may help some I really think I need everything to tighten up and the way to do that is crunches! We also talked about the fact that having a baby changes the body forever and that I may have to accept the fact that those size 4s may never fit again. My hips are wider now and I don’t know if all the dieting in the WORLD will change that! If I can have a relatively flat tummy, no love handles, and look (and FEEL) good in a bikini again I can cope if I’m forever a size 6…or maybe even an 8. As long as they close!!! 🙂
I’m going to keep at this Weight Watchers thing and going to walk when I can and do tons of crunches and see what kind of results I get. I hope it’s not this hard with every baby…doesn’t it get easier? Since I’ll have another kid running around won’t the next baby weight fall off? I hope so! Isn’t it just my luck that soooooo many women lost all their baby weight (and some women lost even more) just from breastfeeding alone and I’ve lost nothing from it? I did read that some women hold onto the fat because they are breastfeeding. I’m thinking that could be my situation because since I’m producing MORE milk than I need wouldn’t it also make sense that I’m keeping more fat than I need too?
Going through old pictures really motivates me to look that good again! I’ve included a backwards timeline of my weight to remind me where I used to be and what I want to get back to!!!
On our honeymoon
In 2005…sure I was 20 years old…but I could look like this agian (minus the bad hair) right?
Anyone lost their baby weight and have some tips? I’m willing to do whatever it takes to look good again!!