5 Things To Encourage You On Your Postpartum Weight Loss Journey
I would be lying if I told you that prior to getting pregnant with Baby E that I was happy with my weight. It’s not that I was unhappy … I guess you could say I was content.
Weight loss is a work in progress.
Well, at least for me. It seems like the older, I get the harder it is to lose and/or maintain my ideal weight. Typically I don’t like sharing much about this topic because I understand how it varies from person to person. I also understand and am very aware that there are women that would like to be at the weight that I currently am.
Today I wanted to share with you some of my challenges with my postpartum weight loss journey. If losing weight didn’t already come jammed-packed with its own struggles and challenges, postpartum weight loss is a different kind of challenge.
A little background…
Prior to getting pregnant with Baby E, I started to get back active in the gym and I even started taking classes with a personal trainer. For some reason, I fell off and I wasn’t being as consistent as I needed to be. Long story short, I found out we were pregnant with our surprise baby.
My “pre-pregnancy” (if I can actually call it that) was 138 pounds.
My goal was to get down to 125-130.
Just looking at these numbers is comical to me now. When I gave birth to Baby E, I weighed 170. At my 6-weeks postpartum checkup, I weighed 150. I was excited and impressed because I knew that I would be able to “snap back” to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes and get back to it.
Not so fast…
COVID-19 happened and this mamma started to stress and eat up all of the kids’ snacks (don’t judge me). To be honest, I did not do all the right things because I was being lazy. So, a part of me feels like I started to let myself go. Putting everyone and everything else in front of me taking care of myself. This is something that I am still struggling with.
My husband can find the time to go to the gym for 1-2 hours and then come back home to go running with the neighbor for the extra workout. Meanwhile, I’m stuck in the house taking care of the kids and trying to have some sense of normalcy. It makes me sad that I “feel” like I have let myself go and that I am not doing everything to make sure that I get the same time to focus on me and my health.
When I look in the mirror, I see a body that has birthed 3 WHOLE humans and that alone is a beautiful thing. However, I don’t “feel” beautiful.
I see all the work that needs to be done in order to achieve a healthy goal weight where I can feel happy with me. Don’t get me wrong: I have no problem with putting in the work to achieve this goal.
It has gotten to the point where I no longer want to be in photos. I recently took pictures with a photographer and although I wasn’t ready to be in front of anyone’s camera I pushed through anyway. When I received the images back, the first thing I saw was the fact that I still look 3 months pregnant.
My own opinion, of course.
I don’t want this post to read as if I am wanting to lose the weight for vanity reasons. That is not the case. I just want to feel happy and comfortable in my own skin again. Remember, we were not planning to have any more kids. Baby E is such a blessing and I am always in awe when I look at her.
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Losing weight after having a 3rd baby is even more challenging!
Shedding the postpartum weight has been a challenge that I was never really prepared for. Talking with some of my other mom friends with multiple children, the consensus has been pretty consistent across the board. It is hardened to lose that “baby weight” after your third child.
With all that being said, here are a few things that I am working on to help me with this postpartum weight loss journey. Hopefully, you will find them helpful for you as well.
5 Things To Help Encourage You On Your Postpartum Weightloss Journey
- Be sure to make and take time for yourself.
- Find an exercise routine that you can commit to.
- Try your best to stay away from the SNACKS.
- Get a reliable accountability partner.
- Speak positive affirmations daily.
Have you recently had a baby? What are some tips or words of encouragement you would like to share? Leave them in the comment box below.
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