When I became pregnant, I knew I would gain weight. I was basically trying to work out often and crossing fingers that the scale didn't go up too much and the weight stayed mostly in the belly region. I do think I got lucky, because I definitely didn't eat as healthy as I should have, and I did tend to gain mostly in the stomach. However, I did gain a total of 34lbs at the time I had Baylor. Which was great and led me to have a healthy baby.
But now that means that weight must come off.
I have always heard about breastfeeding and "oh how quickly the weight will fall off if you do it" or how you "burn 1600 calories per day!". Truth is, I think breastfeeding helps, but the experience as related to weight loss differs from woman to woman.
After having such a big belly, once I delivered Baylor I thought almost immediately I was looking good. I mean, a little bump sure is better than the big one I was toting around at 39 weeks! I was eager to weigh myself a mere 2-3 days after having him, while I was still in the hospital. To my dismay I had at that time only lost 10lbs. "But 10lbs?!" I thought, the baby weighed almost 9! What gives!?
Luckily, by about 2 weeks post-delivery I was down almost all of my weight. I had lost about 26lbs and the weight was pretty much falling off like everyone had said. But then I hit a plateau. I didn't think much about it and just figured that since I only had about 8lbs to go that it would just be more gradual than the other lbs that had come off so quickly.
So I waited, a few weeks. And waited some more. I lost another pound. That's it.
Alright, so yes, I know I am probably talking crazy because as I type this Baylor has just turned 8 weeks old, but I want my old body back! And I want it back ASAP! I have also read that when you are breastfeeding, your body may hold onto the last 5lbs or so as almost an emergency energy reserve. But I can't let that be an excuse! I gotta fit back into my clothes. Comfortably!
At 4 weeks post pardom my doctor gave me the okay to work out. I ran a few times, up to even about 3 miles. I still wasn't seeing any weight loss, but I wasn't really eating well either.
So I have now stepped it up. I have started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, which I have used in the past and loved. And I am running about 1 mile 3-4 times on top of that. I have started to count my calories. I heard that exercise and cutting calories could effect my milk supply, but so far I haven't noticed any issues (fingers crossed). I have lost another 2lbs with a total of about 5 to go before I will be content.
I know this is all vain to talk about, but it is important for me to be honest with how I feel. And I do like the way I look now and feel great, I just want to be back 100% to my old self. And if that only takes losing 5 more lbs, than I can do that easily. Hopefully.