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GUEST WRITER BIO: I live in a family of four consisting of myself, my husband Wilson (who we call Willie), and our two sons, Joshua and Gabriel. I would say to sum up my title, I am a full-time everything! I work full time, used to go to school full time but needed to put that on the back burner â€™til hubby returned from his deployment to Afghanistan, and most importantly I am a full timeâ€¦all the time mother (that is my fav job of all). I am for sure kept busy and even more so this past year since I am went solo on this mommy thing, but life couldnâ€™t get any better or chaotic, and that is my little family!!
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Hello, beautiful ladies that are reading this post! Iâ€™m so excited to guest post about this amazing and yet sometimes devastating subject…my body after baby!
How I coped with my body after baby…I learned to embrace the line, â€śIt took you nine months to put on the weight, so you have to give it at least 9 months to take it off.â€ť Ladies, that is a horrible but mostly accurate statement! There will be many women that shed their baby weight off quite fast; for them I applaud them, I envy them, and then I call them a heifer behind closed doors! I love to see those women lose the weight so quickly, because it is absolutely motivating and empowering to see. I, however, still have weight to lose from my pregnancy that was three years ago! Iâ€™m definitely not perfect, nor did I try the way I should have to lose the weight after I had my son Gabriel.
I can say I did desire to lose the weight, and I did try, but I have to be honest, Iâ€™m married to a Puerto Rican man, and he does not like me really skinny, and he wants rice cooked like daily! So there were so many times that I just threw in the towel so to speak on trying new diets, since I was always the one cooking dinner at my house, and I just couldnâ€™t justify wasting perfectly good dinner I cooked in lieu of a healthy salad.
When I did get started on my journey to lose weight, we were able to afford for me to go to the gym (I must also say that there were many other times that we could not afford a gym membership). I would go a lot, because I chose an all womenâ€™s gym nearby where I live that offers child care.
My husband is in the military, so that means he was gone a lot! I had to be somewhere that offered childcare or else there was no workout. I loved the gym and went often, but it wasnâ€™t the same for me; not like it had been prior to having my son. I too was in the Army and chose to get out when my eight years of service was over with. I couldnâ€™t see myself having to leave our children to go on a year-long deployment. When our son was very young, it was much easier to work out, as I could put him in his swing, bassinet etc., and I could work out with nothing stopping me. Now however, that would be impossible! Funny thing my son does, every time I want to work out, if Iâ€™m doing sit ups, he usually sits on top of me which makes it impossible for me to continue! Especially is he is bouncing along on top of my stomach! It is fun but also challenging with children running around you, while youâ€™re trying to get a workout in. So I usually try to work out either very early in the morning, or after I put my youngest son to bed.
When I was able to have a gym membership, I enjoyed participating in free classes that were offered through the gym, such as Zumba, ab core classes, step class, some yoga, Pilates, and using the weights. The days that I could not or probably (I dread saying/admitting this) did not want to go to the gym, I would get out and walk with my son in his stroller. I love our community that we live in. Our subdivision is pretty nice, but to venture out into the community is so refreshing, and it also offers a pretty view as well. I started to really push myself when I went on walks; at first only going for about 30 minutes, but then after about a week of that I would go much longer than just 30 minutes. I would just walk until I got tired. I then began to get resourceful, and if I needed something from the store, if it was just a few items, I would walk to the store rather than drive and buy whatever I needed, store it in the undertow holder on my sonâ€™s stroller and continue on home.
Walking, jogging, or even riding a bike outside is something that is so relaxing and healthy to do. I know have a workout buddy, a neighbor and close friend of mine that has committed herself to losing weight and changing her eating habits to healthier choices. I am all about trying new â€śdietsâ€ť as some people call them, but one thing I always try to focus on is that it isnâ€™t so much a diet, but healthier choices of foods to eat. Some people call it a diet, because I donâ€™t always fully commit to eating healthy dailyâ€¦â€¦still quite a work in progress on that. Something that isnâ€™t new to me but what I am planning to eliminate from my daily consumption is carbonated beverages. I did eliminate carbonated beverages before (my drug of choiceâ€¦Coca Cola), and I had very quick, obvious results immediately after discontinuing drinking anything carbonated.
I strongly believe that you can set a goal and achieve it. Nobody should tell you otherwise of that, but sadly our own worst critic is usually ourselves. I think the most important thing to remember about your body after having a baby is to be so proud of yourself! Having a baby takes a tremendous amount of energy, strength, compassion and so much more. Babies are miracles that we helped to create, so to hate your body after having a baby is almost the equivalent of condemning yourself for having a beautiful blessing from God! How blessed are the women that are able to carry a little miracle inside of them for such a short period of time! I know I still have some weight to lose from my pregnancy, and some major toning, but Iâ€™m working towards it and stay positive that one day I will be back to pre-pregnancy weight, and my goals are to surpass the health I once had and strive to be that much more healthier as well as be an example to my family! I applaud anyone who has read these posts about Body after Baby, and I pray that you overcome any and all obstacles that will be put in your way and that you find comfort in the body you were blessed with! Set a goal, and work your butt off to achieve it! The more you push yourself in the positive direction, the closer you will be to obtaining your goal!
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I am starting my weight loss journey after having my baby boy. It has been a struggle for me but I can’t wait to get to my goal!
Awesome Jennifer, you got this! Just remember the workout equation…what you put in is what you will get out! So just continue to push yourself and you will do great!
Bravo to Lindsay – it IS possible to get your pre-baby body back post-baby!
To answer your question, I think so! Maybe it is more about getting your pre-baby weight back, because your body changes a lot during pregnancy so I’m not a doctor but I would venture to say that you don’t actually get your pre baby body back, but you get so much more after the baby! Some of it you want to shed, but the story behind the stretch marks, hours of labor…..would you really want to go back to before you had the baby! I say no, but one thing is for sure, all mothers want to lose the weight caused from having a baby! Just remember to do everything in moderation, the results will follow!
You look great. I lost 15 lbs and am now trying to keep my weight under 95 lbs.
Thanks Garf! Congratulations to you as well! 95lbs is tiny! But if that is your goal then I hope you achieve it! Good luck!
Wow, what an inspiration! My son is 16 months old and I still have those last 20 to lose!
Danielle, thank you! Well I am still in that same boat! While I may not need to lose 20lbs to get back to pre-pregnancy weight, I would still like to lose it anyways to achieve a weight that I desire to be again! You will do it and once you have achieved that weight loss it will be awesome! Just remember, moderation! Do everything in moderation and stay determined and you will do great!
Good for you! you look great! keep it up! xo xo
Thanks Cindy! Love the motivation!
Thanks for these tips. From what I understand, the main key to weight loss is persistance. Don’t give up, keep working and the weight will eventually come off.
You’re so welcome! And yes, I believe persistence, determination and moderation are all the keys to success! Believe in yourself, your body will do the rest!
LOL at your little one sitting on you while you’re doing sit ups, or rather TRYING to do them, hahahaha.
I have so been there. đź™‚
Rosey haha, so you can so get the mental picture huh! lol, he does keep things interesting to say the least!
I ended up losing all my baby weight almost immediately after my son was born. However, after my milk dried up (much earlier than I was ready for…) I gained back more than when I was pregnant.
Well congratulations because you know you can do this! Yes you may have gained it back but that has been an issue I have had as well the past 3 yrs! Sometimes I lose a lot of weight, keep it off and then have a downward slope and gain the weight back…if not more! The key is to stay motivated! You will achieve your goal, keep motivation, moderation and dedication as your focus! You will get there! Good luck!
i love pregnant pictures!
Kim, thanks! Me too! I love babies, so preggo pictures just makes it all better! lol
Great post! This is so inspiring. Keep it up! đź™‚
Thank you so much! I am glad my testimony inspires others!
I have many friends who are currently bursting and ready to give birth in a few days or weeks….and I know they are all concerned about losing the weight afterwards. I’m like you … I like going for long walks and prefer it over gym memberships. You look great!
That is exactly what I like, So much more peaceful! But congrats to your soon to be mommy friends and just be a source of motivation to them! So many women need to hear that they’re do a good job, that they are worth every compliment they receive! It is sad how low so women can feel about their body after having the baby; me personally…I feel pretty bad-ass about my body! Sure there are imperfections with it, but even if I was 125lbs I would still find imperfections with my body. I choose to look at the amazing side of every stretch mark, I earned every one of them with my 8lb, 3 oz beautiful baby boy!
Great job, mama! I’m there with you…. I dropped my pregnancy weight within 2 months of giving birth because of breastfeeding, and continually chipped away at the extra weight I had on when I got pregnant. 16 months later, now that my son is breastfeeding less, I’m losing those last few pounds towards my goal weight (I’m one of the lucky ones that holds onto weight while breastfeeding).
Thanks! And congrats to you!!!!!!!!!!! I feel ya, while I did lose some weight initially upon breastfeeding, after a few weeks, my body hit a plateau and I didn’t lose much more! Although there have been times after giving birth that I have lost a lot and much more importantly…toned up, there are so many more times that I have gained back weight. It is all about your comfort level and what your desires are for your body! While I want to be back to a good, toned body like before I had my son, I also enjoy eating pizza and drinking a soda with it which sometimes defeats some of my hard attempts to get a certain body size! lol, moderation!!!
I have been telling myself for 5 years that I will lose the baby weight (which lets face it is no longer considered baby weight). I will get motivated for about a week and than get sick or sore and BAM motivation gone (
I go in spurts too…I’ll be great for a couple of weeks, then terrible for a couple, and so on, so on…I feel like I made zero progress over the summer. What helps me the most is working out with friends.
I feel ya girly! I do the same sometimes! Even though we don’t want to consider it baby weight anymore, having the baby and putting on that weight during the pregnancy was the major contributor to having the weight that you still have now. So call it for what it is! Don’t beat yourself up about it! The weight will come off, dedication and hard work will get you the results with the sooner rather than later approach! What you put into a work out and healthy eating regime will determine what results you get out of it. So just keep it up and you will do great!!!!
Congratulations on your weight loss and keep up the good work. I have been struggling with weight loss since multiple surgeries and it sucks. I love how you incorporate your little ones into your routine! Mommy and kid time!
Congrats on your weight loss, post baby. I know your body is never the same afterwards. But I love to see women work on embracing their new bodies, being healthy, and getting to a size that they are comfortable with.
Thanks Taylor!!! I think that is the key to life, embracing change and turning everything into a positive outlook!