If you read through My Journey, you know that weight/food/body image has been a struggle of mine most of my life. After finally losing the weight, figuring out how to “keep it off” in a healthy way, and accepting myself for the way I am, I then started to fear the one thing I knew I would have to go through at LEAST once in my life; pregnancy.
To me, pregnancy was not something that meant bringing a beautiful baby in to the world. Instead, pregnancy meant gaining weight and the fear of what would happen…after.
Well, here I am in the “after.” I’m 10 weeks postpartum and not feeling as down on myself as I had envisioned. For one thing, I have a gorgeous baby girl who keeps me smiling every day. Sure, I’m still self-conscious, but I’ve been exercising, eating as healthy as I always have, and doing lots of NEAT activity (aka housework); what more can you do?
I keep reading from other mothers to just enjoy my time with Hannah…the weight will come off with time. Wise words.
In the past, I would have made SERIOUS efforts to get the weight off; extreme dieting, over-exercising, obsessing about calories; you name it! But now? I’m just trying to relish my time with Hannah and want the weight to come off with a healthier approach. I can admit that about a month ago I WAS having obsessive thoughts and driving myself crazy with calorie counting. However, about 2 weeks ago, I decided to start cutting myself some slack.
Instead of counting every calorie and worrying about how to kill myself in a workout, I just started listening to my body. I ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was satisfied. I also cut back on my exercise because I felt I was doing too much. Exercise is supposed to make you feel GREAT, not achy and horrible. As a result? I lost 2 pounds after weeks without any loss…8 more til I reach my goal!
The moral of this post is simply this: love yourself no matter what. It’s NOT “all about the weight-loss!!!” As women, our bodies go through IMMENSE changes during pregnancy and after. Those of us (including myself) who put too much pressure on themselves to look a certain way end up stressing our bodies and stalling any progress anyway. New moms; relax and relish this time with your little one…you won’t get it back!
QUESTION: What was your strategy to get the baby weight off? Did you count calories, exercise more, not worry about it? Share your story!Print