Today is brag about myself day on the old blog, so go ahead and run away now if you think tooting your horn every now and then isn’t OK… but back to the subject at hand…after 6 long months of blood, sweat, and tears (well no blood, but loads of sweat and tears), I can finally say I am back down to my pre-pregnant weight. Seeing 117 on the scale felt AMAZING and I am so excited that I completed a goal that had been nagging at me for quite awhile now.
It took a lot of foregoing desserts, a lot of time spent on the treadmill and lifting weights, and a lot of encouraging comments from friends and family, but I feel like I have my “normal” body back again.
Some people have it easy…the weight falls right off, and some of that is assisted by breastfeeding for a long span of time, but I knew I was going to have to work harder since I quit nursing Caroline at 2.5 months.
I was back down to a happy weight at 3 months, but I still had some toning up to do, most certainly in that glorious mid-section that got streteched for 9 months, and I knew it wasn’t going to be an overnight fix either, which made it more difficult because I needed to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What’s funny is that now my weight is the same as it was before I got pregnant, yet my clothes fit differently. Since I’ve focused more on weight training, my arms are more toned, my legs have more muscle definition than ever before, and my BMI has gone way done…thank you Lord!
I heard this time and time again, but it’s SO TRUE: “your body will never be the same after you have a baby”…I used to be terrified of that statement, but now I can fully embrace what I look like and just how much my body changed during pregnancy, not to mention what I had to go through to get to where I am at now.
I’m still eating 5 small meals a day, working out 3 to 4 days a week, and staying as active as possible. It’s all about small, attainable goals, and holding yourself accountable. If you give in and have pizza at lunch, don’t call it a day and say you’ll get back on the wagon tomorrow…just have a salad for dinner and forego your evening glass of vino. There are plenty of reasons to treat yourself every once in awhile…ice cream is necessary sometimes after you’ve had a rough day ;).
To everyone who has been so kind in helping me reach this goal, I appreciate your advice, tips, and sweet encouragement so very much! I am an open book when it comes to topics like this and am always happy to answer any questions y’all have related to health, fitness, etc. too so send them my way.