I’ve seen other bloggers do a post like this so yep, I’m going to be a follower.
I’ve heard lots of people talk about how you’ll drop all the pregnancy weight (and then some) breastfeeding. This sounded awesome to me. And easy. Yes, please! Unfortunately (and wouldn’t you know it), this has not been the case for me. One week out of delivery, I was within a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. This was not from breastfeeding. It was from getting Leo and all his accompanying goods out the door. Two weeks out of delivery I was at my pre-pregnancy weight. Score, right? Well, kind of. I was happy to be back down, but I had been 8-10 pounds higher than I wanted to be when I got pregnant (3 marathons in 3 months will, actually, sometimes make you gain weight rather than lose it. Strange phenonmenon.). So basically I was at my pre-pregnancy weight, but not my “feel-good” weight. My body was also shaped differently. As in no general tone or musculature, except maybe in my legs. My abs felt really floppy. I’ve never had stellar abs anyway, but this was a whole new level of floppiness.
I’m still at the same weight I was two weeks post-delivery. It’s weird, because the weight will not budge. I can eat really well for a week and exercise or I can eat whatever I want and not move much and the scale stays just about the same. I’ve done a little research and I think it’s possible that your body holds on to weight when you’re breastfeeding to try to feed your supply. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it seems the likeliest story for why healthy diet and exercise don’t seem to have an effect on me. (Disclaimer: naturally, the scale is not the be-all-end-all. I just want to be at a place where I feel confident and strong.)
However, one thing has been working lately. Since I’ve started the Moms Into Fitness dvds, I’ve noticed that I feel more toned. My stomach feels a little less floppy. My arms and shoulders feel stronger. Dave says he’s noticed the changes too!
Right now I’m not paying attention to the scale. If my body needs the weight to feed Leo, so be it. I honestly don’t care what weight I”m at anyway – it’s more about how I feel and where I feel my best physically and mentally. I am loving doing the Moms Into Fitness – both because it’s new and different but also because I can see changes. Case in point: my runs recently have felt awesome and I honestly think it’s because my whole body is stronger now.
So, all this was a little scattered but the general gist: I’m at my pre-pregnancy weight but not exactly the weight I want to be at but I’m working on muscle toning and not worrying about a few extra pounds. I’ll tackle them post-breastfeeding, if necessary.
Okay, I know I have some moms out there and also some brand-new moms. So, moms: how was losing the pregnancy weight for you? I know it can be encouraging for new moms to read a variety of stories – it was for me!