CONFESSION: After my first child, my baby weight basically fell off (side note: she was born 2 months, but I had already gained about 35 pounds). My second child was full term and I gained about 55 pounds (yikes!). I lost about 25 pounds right away and thought to myself, “Oh, this will be easy...” Boy, was I wrong. It may not be fair (or accurate) to say, but it’s now 5 years later and I think I’m still holding on to some of that baby weight.
You see, after my second child I tried #allthethings to lose the baby weight.
I breastfed for 18 months - breastfeeding makes the weight fall off doesn’t it? It can help, but not always.
I counted calories.
I obsessed over the scale.
I drank a lot of coffee and didn’t eat a lot (this was also because I was extremely sleep deprived, as we all are with a new baby).
I tried a juice cleanse, a little exercising, and just about every diet I could try.
And you know what happened?
Not a whole lot. I maybe lost 5 or 10 pounds only to quickly gain them back.
I started not caring how I dressed, because I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin or the clothes I was wearing.
I avoided going out or dressing up at all costs.
I wore oversized sweaters and yoga pants became a staple (let’s be real, they still are!).
I hated shopping for clothes, something I used to love, and I avoided mirrors as much as possible.
And the crazy part about all of this, I was really only 10-15 pounds heavier than my pre-baby weight. And my body just friggen gave birth to a human!!
It’s crazy how magical our bodies are and yet, as women we have very little appreciation for it after childbirth.
I hear from clients all of the time, “I just need to lose this baby weight.” or “If only I could wear my favorite pre-baby jeans again….” or “I can’t stand my post-baby body”.
But the thing is we are not going to get anywhere HATING our bodies. This quite often is the exact reason we end up overeating, binging, or emotional eating. And that’s not what we want is it?