Being an average mom who had trouble loosing weight postpartum, and the struggle is hard, I wanted to share my tips and mistakes (so you don't repeat them) here. I was 5'3 115 pounds at my lightest and about 125 when I got pregnant. First few pregnancy months were awesome, I didn't gain any weight, probably as a result of throwing up all the time. I stared at myself in the mirror hoping my tummy will bulge out soon. I wanted to really feel pregnant (it was my first, becareful for what you wish for!). I ended up gaining a huge amount, 50 pounds. I blame it partially on the Kaiser doctor who criticized me for my fast weight gain, and then the other Obgyn (who I switched to when we had a different insurance) that really didn't care about my weight. Where was the middle? I was super active before pregnancy and the first few months really did it in for me. I slept for 14 hours a day, don't ask me how I managed to pass my 5th term of graduate school! I ended up not exercising at all. It was the worst decision I made. Not only for my body, but also for my mind. I promised myself that I would start working out right after pregnancy but at that point there was too much going on and I just couldn't fit it in to my schedule. Wrong move. I packed on some more weight during breastfeeding, something my mother promised would come off as soon as I stopped. Wrong again. Two and a half years later my mother handed me a book. That book helped me start to make changes in my life. I started the diet that she claimed works so well because she did it herself, but honestly all bodies are different. After literally two days I felt like I was going to die. All I was eating were fruits! Seriously fruit? I've gone through nutrition classes during school and I knew this was not healthy. I just couldn't do it. It was going to ruin my body and my health. I didn't want a diet that would let me loose weight and once I get off of it I would gain everything back if not more. I started my own diet plan, not actually a diet but a lifestyle change. I incorporated exercising, and not just any kind, I would work out with other moms in groups. They pushed me so hard and I am forever grateful. They made me run when I thought I couldn't anymore, they pushed me to keep going when I wanted to stop, and together we exercised not only for us but for our babies. In that one month span I was able to loose more weight than in the last years postpartum. I was able to start exercising on my own time and making sure I could keep up with the group. I had unfortunate circumstances occur in these last few months after that stopped me in my path to loose more weight. I was injured and am in the process of Chiropractic care. I also found out that I am a stress eater, but what mom isn't? My injury made led me to a slight depression stage because I couldn't work out anymore. I cannot wait to recover and share my secrets with you! Loosing weight should be fun and I have the formula to a healthy, happy postpartum lifestyle!
*Please consult with your care providers on exercising and diets, especially if you are pregnant. Everything posted should be taken with a grain of salt. It is just an opinion that I am sharing that worked for me!
Thank you and I can't wait to start our journey to a healthier future with you!