Post Preg Mom Bod

Ah yes, we are going to talk about weight and getting back what I’m calling a “Post Preg Mom Bod.” Even though it will make most of us cringe and sweat and possibly break out into hives, it is still a topic worth discussing. This is NOT a fun topic and can also be extremely emotional as it is an individual journey that we are all faced with soon after our bundle of joy is birthed. But I also think it is a topic that most of my mom friends and I discuss on a fairly regular basis so I thought I would put it all out there in hopes that my honesty and “current” motivation (emphasis on current) will be a motivation for others as well.

{Background}

When I was pregnant with Abbey my goal was to only gain 30 pounds or less for the entire pregnancy, one is because I’m so short and really couldn’t gain much more and still make it from point A to point B and the other is because my doctor strongly suggested the limit. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulged on some foods that I would not normally enjoy as care-free like I did when pregnant but I was also lucky enough to crave weird things like broccoli. About two weeks after having Abbey I had pretty much lost all the weight (about 28-29 lbs) I had gained while pregnant and I really appreciate that it came off so fast. I had lost a few extra pounds around this same time but then pretty much teetered at the same exact weight for 8 long months.

{Here is what I thought}

  • I am breast feeding and this weight is supposed to literally melt away so that I’m automatically skinny by the time Abbey turns one. {false}
  • I am at my pre-pregnancy weight but not my pre-pre-pregnancy weight and I have an excuse because I lost our baby. {not a great “excuse” but I used it}
  • I will be more active when Abbey is active and again it will just melt right off. {did I think weight came off via some sort of crazy weight-loss microwave?}
  • I will walk every night with Abbey when I get home from work so I’ll lose the weight easily. {working full time and trying to squeeze in dinner, play time, bath time and then bed time within a two hour window, NO time for a walk}
  • I am supposed to eat a crazy amount of food anytime that I want because I am breast feeding. {while this is slightly true, you still just can’t have 3 Oreos every night}
  • I am breast feeding still and this weight will just fall off, right? {ummm NO, see first excuse answer}

As you can see, I was coming up with all kinds of awesome excuses in my head and I really had myself believing that most of them were really good and I was even telling people some of these crazy things out loud. The best one is the “I am breast feeding and the weight will just fall off” because this is really the biggest misconception. I believe that breast feeding helped me to maintain my weight for the 8 months that it never changed but that is because I still ate like a pregnant woman.

{The reality}

When I saw myself in pictures and realized that Abbey was almost as old as the months that she was in my belly, I finally realized that I needed to make a change. I purchased an app on my phone called “Ease Into 5K” and started working on the weekly walk-run combos that would help ease me back into running. The only way that I could make time for this a few nights a week is getting Abbey on a solid bedtime routine and of course with the help of George! Once I started running and feeling like I was on a solid track I still felt like I wasn’t losing any weight. OH-kay here is a big confession, I had been paying for a Weight Watchers online membership since January and was ignoring the emails and ignoring the program. Whew, now that I got that off my chest! I went ahead and really looked back into Weight Watchers and decided that my problem was the food. I decided that it was time to put 100% back into tracking what I put in my mouth.  And after some research I could add additional points because I was still nursing Abbey, which eased my concern of making sure I was eating enough for the two of us still.

Starting weight on 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

Weight today = 188.2 lbs

10% Target weight = 174.1 lbs

Ultimate weight goal = 130 lbs

I know that I have lofty goals but we’ll see where this journey takes me. There was a time before George and I got married that I was at my lowest weight ever because of Weight Watchers but since then I haven’t been able to give 100% to the program. I’m hoping that I can continue to make this a more important priority in my life. Losing weight can feel like a part-time job but the payout is much greater than what I was doing before which was making excuses, eating Oreos and plopping my butt in front of the TV when Abbey finally went to sleep. There are times when I still want to do that but then I miss out on my “Post Preg Mom Bod” journey which includes getting honked at when running (wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or they were making fun of me because I look like I’m about to pass out) and FINALLY fitting in some pre-pre-pregnancy jeans!

Please share any of your own “Post Preg Mom Bod” journey stories with me so we can help to motivate each other.

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9 thoughts on “Post Preg Mom Bod

  1. Just putting ‘that number’ out there is a huge step in the right direction….and a gutsy one at that. How many women are going to respond with their weight in writing (hush up all you 120# ‘ers !!)? Taking ownership is step one and now we can cheer you on as you go down this path to goal, I know you will do it Jesy! So proud and happy for your first 5!

  2. Can ‘t remember much about mine, but I know you can do it…you can do anything you set your mind to! you are one determined woman ( and I mean that in a good way)! Go Jesy, go Jesy!

  3. Jesy-I commend you for this blog. It takes a lot of curage to announce your weight. I must say I am in the same boat. Ava is almost 5 months and I started a program a month ago and already down 17lbs. All I did was cut out carbs, processed foods and sugar. I know that doesn’t sound like much fun but it melts off you! Good luck on your journey! And always remember….Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!!!!

    • Love that line, thanks Kathy! I have no shame in posting my weight, I have a beautiful and healthy baby girl so what if I’m the heaviest I have ever been. It was totally worth it. Now I would just like to look a bit HOT again 🙂

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