Seriously. I never thought that I would be praying to God, watching what I eat, and praying that I would fit into a size 10. I know, boo hoo… you’re not really that big. But post pregnancy body is not always forgiving. I really wanted to be one of those ladies that had it all together and worked out, ate right, and bam, looked beautiful right away. Well, I was dreaming. Yes some women have that luxury of fitting right back into the normal clothes (I recently met a mother of a 3 week old that fit back into her size 1 jeans), but that has not been me.
However I try and keep things in perspective. Really hard to do, especially living in an instant gratification world. And I have very sweet women in my life saying, “it took 9 months to put it on, and for some it may take 9 months to take it off, and there is nothing wrong with that”. But I of course want to be “above average”, whatever that means, or at least get out of my maternity clothes. I try and reassure myself that the weight is just a reminder that my baby is healthy, and strong, and my body did that—because I allowed it to gain weight, to ensure and preserve the life that it was growing. But agh…
I know that I am getting closer to getting into those size 10 Gap jeans. I know it! (They go up, but don’t zip) For me the 1st 30 llbs flew off in the 1st month. Water weight, extra blood, and goodness knows what else. Plus, I was completely immersed in breast-feeding Iris. I was always sleeping when she was, and just living in her world. So I really didn’t think much about weight or a specific diet, or even exercise (yea, right!) But now she is just over 2 months old…. and the desire is there. I have been successful with a slow and steady weight loss in the past month. 2-3 pounds a week. And I really do consider that a success. I just miss my real clothes, and the variety that they provided. I do feel a little frumpy in my sweats and workout pants, and my favorite pair of maternity jeans (well, they are getting loose). I think I am going to cave and order 2 AE sweats and hoodies and t’s. Something with color. I’m really a cheery person and all this black and grey is not for me.
So, I’ve been walking a few times, and have done a yoga video (well the 1st 30 mins of it) that my friend gave me. And some days just lugging her around and doing errands wears me out! As far as my diet goes very high in fiber (I had terrible constipation issues… not cool!): cereal in the morning (fruit too if I want), a healthy lunch, snack, and dinner. Right now I am really into oranges, so if I’m still hungry I’ll have another orange and a handful of walnuts. Nothing exciting, but I’m sticking with this until I plateau, then I will have to reassess.
Was it worth it? You bet! Would I do it again. Definitely, in a heartbeat! Iris is perfect, and her smile lights up my life.