Thursday, March 1, 2012

Diet Starts Tomorrow!

It's no secret that pregnancy wreaks havoc on a woman's body.

You put on weight every where and in the oddest places (fingers? ankles? nose? I didn't sign on for this!). You can barely sleep. Your skin reminds you of being 15, in a bad way. Your hair goes through a bad hair 9 months. And your back aches likes nobody's business.

Then you have the baby and you think, thank God, now everything will go back to how it was before.

And that is where the big secret lies.

Your body doesn't go back to those pre-pregnancy days. Certainly not right away. And in some ways, never again.

For me, the biggest challenge with both my pregnancies was the weight gain. I knew I would gain weight while pregnant, but I wasn't prepared for how much weight I would put on.

With Monkey, I gained somewhere around 65 pounds. I'm not sure what the final number was, but at my last weigh-in a few days before he was born, I clocked in at 207! I'm only 5'4" folks! Obviously, I took the whole eating-for-two thing too literally. I had kept up with gym appointments the entire pregnancy, but it wasn't enough to counter the cravings. Apparently a slow walk on a treadmill for 15 minutes, three times a week, doesn't burn the number of calories in a large milkshake from In and Out - who knew?

I lost 20 pounds right off the bat, but after that everything stalled. I had always heard that breastfeeding helped you lose weight and I was counting on that being true. Well, this is true, but only to an extent. After 3 months, I was only down another 5 pounds. It took 4 more months to drop another 5 pounds. I found it to be really difficult to diet with a new baby in the house - I ate what I could, when I could. And forget about the gym - I couldn't stand the thought of leaving the baby for an hour, even with Daddy. I also found that my child hated the stroller and as a result, it wasn't at all enjoyable to go on walks.

After an entire year and very little progress, I knew I needed to actually start working at losing the weight. We were talking about having another baby and I dreaded the idea of putting another 60 pounds on top of the 30 extra pounds I was still toting around. So I dragged myself back to the gym and started Weight Watchers. Best decision of my life - I lost 20 pounds in three months!

In the end, it took me almost 2 years to take off the "baby weight". It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But, I'm proud to say that I actually ended up in better shape than I was before getting pregnant with Monkey.

So, when I got pregnant with Budsy, I was determined to do better. I really watched what I ate and I tried to keep up with exercise. I kept my cravings in check as much as pregnant-humanly possible. I didn't do great, but I did better - I put on 50 pounds.

Again, I lost 20 pounds right off the bat. From my previous experience, I knew that with breastfeeding I would lose about 5 more pounds during the first 3 months. So I decided to give myself that 3 months and not worry about actively losing weight - I would just try to eat as healthy as possible and not over-indulge.

Well, Budsy turned 3 months yesterday. I've lost 26 pounds since he was born. Now it's time to get serious. I have signed up with Weight Watchers online and I am determined to lose this weight. My short term goal - 15 pounds over the next 3 months. My long term goal - back to pre-pregnancy weight by the end of summer.

Wish me luck! Diet starts tomorrow!


  1. You did it once and you can do it again! Just go easy on yourself, okay?

  2. Luckily WW takes the nursing in to account with points, so it shouldn't be too bad. The hard part is actually towards the end when there's only a few pounds to go... Hopefully I'll be back into gym mode by then :)

  3. I had lost a bit of wait with A, but then it seemed like ir started to come back cuz he was eating so much and so I started to eat more. He was 1.5 yrs when I got pregnant again but I had gotten myself back up to like 170 from about 150 pr-pregnancy. By the time I had the miscarriage I was up to 176. It was about a month and a half later that I realized where I had gotten myself. That's when I did the master cleanse, lost about 12 lbs and then started weight watchers and the gym. A was just about to turn 2. Now with P, I gained about 28lbs, and lost all but about 5 lbs by 6 week appt. Now im still waiting on those 5 lbs. Sure its all the coffee/ caffine. Hopefully by the time P is 6 mo, I can get back to the gym. Gotta work on the belly area, so I know how you feel. Don't think im going back to we, but I still have the points plus stuff :-) good luck mama

    1. You're doing great Tammy! I may try a cleanse too, but only if I'm still not where I want to be once I'm done breastfeeding... I don't want to mess up my milk supply and I could see a cleanse doing that. Good luck with your goals!

  4. are correct. I was totally done breasfeeding A, for almost a year before I did the master cleanse. Lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper are not good for I am gonna need to eat a little healthier when I stop breastfeeding P. Now also but he also eats so much that sometimes you just grab stuff cuz your hungry. I have tried to stay away from the drivethru the last couple weeks. You will do great mama. You did it before. I am actually excited to get back to the gym when I can. For now its Zumba at home with A, which is pretty funny.