2 Months Postpartum & My View On Losing The Baby Weight
2 Months Postpartum (cant wait for that dark pregnancy line to fade away!)
Oh boy I'm a little behind on my posts because I have a few giveaways in the works for you lovely readers. So Needless to say, the above picture is from a few weeks ago and my sweet boy is now 10 1/2 weeks old! They just grow so quickly (ill try my best to finish his 2 months old post as well this week).
My little work out buddy
This is 8 weeks postpartum after a cardio session, feels so good to sweat again!
I lost 19 pounds of my gained pregnancy weight by 3 weeks postpartum. Since then I haven't lost any more weight. I gained 21 lbs while pregnant so I have 2 lbs to go until I reach "pre-baby weight". I just think "pre-baby weight" is such a silly term because although you might reach the same weight, your body can look & feel completely different than "pre-baby". I think I have a few lbs of body fat to lose & a few lbs of muscle to gain back. Our society has this strange fixation on getting back to "pre-baby weight" ..of course theres weight to lose since you have to gain a healthy amount while pregnant, but the biggest difference is toning up and letting your body adjust from having a huge baby inside of it (not necessarily losing that last bit of weight). For example, your uterus has to go back to its normal size (it goes from the size of a watermelon at 40 weeks pregnant, to the size of a pear while not pregnant) this takes at least 3 months after you've had your baby. I think it's about feeling confidant and great in & out of clothes again. And maybe it's a new confidence as a human that has now birthed another human?!. My point is, weight shouldn't be the goal.. The number on the scale really doesn't mean much & shouldn't define us. I aim to be strong, to be healthy & happy for my husband & son, to be an example & light for my Savior to use, & to feel great inside & out while taking care of my body so I can live a long joyful life with those i love while feeling good and energized. That's MY goal. I've done the whole "I'm hunnnngry and starving and cranky all the time" thing & the "overwork yourself and miss out on life" thing AND the "eat crappy and feel crappy" thing. Its a mess, it makes you feel like a mess, and its no way to live life abundantly the way we are meant to, the way God intended for us to.
So if you are coming on this journey with me lets look at this from a healthy lens and encourage and lift each other up to be our best selves, love and embrace ourselves, and get to a place were we feel confident, and for lack of a better term,.. g r e a t.
Making time to work out is tough and requires a bit more planning than when you can just pop into your car and go whenever you want (pre baby). I have to either plan it perfectly for him to be napping (hes still young enough to do this and take him along in his carseat while i work out really quick), or on nights when my hubby is home early enough for me to go really quick, i will sometimes go but its hard to miss out on time alone with my husband while the baby is sleeping. I work out probably 4 days a week doing cardio and i've been trying to do weights at least 1 time a week in a class..sometimes i can get in 2 times a week.
I havent been as focused on getting back in shape (or more toned rather) than i have been on being happy and enjoying these moments with my family & juggling going back to work twice a week & spending quality time alone with my husband. Its tough when you also cook & clean and JUST moved a month ago and still have so much that needs to be done. I slowly but surely will get to a place where im completely satisfied with my level of fitness and strength, but right now its not on my list of top priorities and i think thats a great thing.
I will work out when I can, stay motivated, and be okay with that. I feel great right now, I may not look the same as I use to prebaby but I feel so amazing for just having made a life and getting to spend every day with my two boys. I feel healthy.. minus my stinkin sweet tooth (i can thank breastfeeding for that one). I feel like my body is naturally going back to its shape somewhat, and i didnt have expectations of how long that would take or what the end result will be. Im not on any diet, im actually eating a little less healthy than i use to just because my cravings are really strong for fatty foods and sugar while breastfeeding but im okay with that too. My goal is to not be hard on myself and to ENJOY living in the present with my family.. because why strive so hard and stress myself out when i could be gone tomorrow and lose out on the really important moments with my two favorite people sharing giggles and cuddles.
I havent noticed that much of a change since a few weeks ago, other than my uterus shrinking day by day (not using a wrap or anything for it just letting my body naturally do what its supposed to). I think i'll kick up trying to tone up maybe in a few months when we're more in a groove of doing things around here and when we can establish more of a routine as he gets older and my husband and i figure out working and babysitting etc.
Stay tuned for my 3 month postpartum check in next month! I love doing this journey with all of you other mamas. Share your thoughts below!