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Realistic Post-Partum Weightloss

A few weeks ago, we headed to the park in the morning. I basically rolled out of bed, put some clothes on, and covered my bed-head with a hat. We had a great time and took some pictures.

Later that day when I looked through the pictures, my eyes were immediately drawn to the extra weight hanging around my belly and my back.When I see pictures of my ever present post-partum belly, I sometimes get down on myself and wish that I could get my old waistline back. Finding contentment with the mommy body is something that I am trying to work on as I am sure many women are. 

 
Discouraged about your mommy body? Check out this realistic tips for losing the weight!

It helps when I remember the little blessing that gave me that waistline. I try to count the extra rolls as a blessing in disguise!

While this body may not be perfect, it carried a tiny human for 9 months, brought a beautiful baby into the world, and fed and cared for him too.

If you are discouraged about your post-preggo body, remember the miracle it performed and don’t be too hard on yourself!

As moms we have to be careful not to compare our weight loss journey to other moms. We all have different bodies, metabolisms, home environments, and work situations that contribute to our unique story and situation.

Discouraged about your mommy body? Check out this realistic tips for losing the weight!

For me, it took 6 months to loose all of my 40 pounds of pregnancy weight, and about a year to really fit back into my clothes again.

Here’s what helped me, and I hope may help you too!

Breastfeed
Breastfeeding for an entire year burns thousands of calories. I also believe that it helped take off stored fat in my thighs. That is just my opinion, I don’t know if it is always true! If you would like to read tips on breastfeeding, you can check out my practical tips.

Stay Active
I believe I was able to get under my pre-pregnacy weight partially because I was constantly running after my little one. But I also try to make walking a priority at least 3 times a week and limit screen time during the day.

Eat a Fruit or Veggie at Mealtimes
I have found that I eat more fruits and veggies when they are easy to grab-and-go like apples, bananas, or grapes. I also love frozen veggies because there is no peeling or cutting involved.

Don’t Deprive Yourself

Let me confess something. I have dessert almost every night! It is easier to eat the “healthy foods” throughout the day when I know that I’ll get a treat that evening.

Don’t Give Up
You will have bad days, but that doesn’t mean it has to turn into a bad week. Do your best each day, and don’t be too hard on yourself!

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13 Comments


  1. //

    Great post, Emily! I love the first photo. Your smile radiates joy. Truly beautiful. I like to focus on the amazing things my body can do. I work in health care and I see people every day that struggle to do even basic tasks. The fact that I can walk, use my hands and breathe on my own is an incredible gift. I try to remind myself of this when I am feeling blue about my body. It is pretty effective! Your postpartum weight loss tips are realistic and healthy. It is nice to see a plan that cares for the body, rather than abuses it. I appreciate that. :).


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      I love your perspective! When we think about all the amazing things that our bodies can do, it helps us to be thankful even for our imperfections. I gave up extreme dieting/abusing my body years ago when I realized healthy isn't always measured by a number on the scale. We have to take care of our bodies!


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    Great tips and so very true. We're too hard on our bodies sometimes–we focus more on what we once had, and not so much on what it did and what we have now. But like you said, if you consider all that our body did during and after pregnancy, it's well worth it for that extra weight. And yes, realistically, it takes a year (and for some even more) to truly feel like ourselves again, but look at the benefits in the meantime. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post, Emily! So glad I found you on Tuesday Talk


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      Maria, thank you for stopping by from the link-up. Yes, taking off the baby weight takes a different amount of time for each of us. I think it is so important to focus on what is healthy for ourselves as individuals rather than comparing to others and even our pre-baby bodies!


    2. //

      This post is just as motivating and inspiring as it was the first time I read it. Thank you for sharing it on #SHINEbloghop.It's great that you were able to join us this week! Have a great rest of your day!


  3. //

    Wonderful post and you've shared so many great tips here.

    I struggle with my post-partum body. I think part of it is my body bounced back pretty good after my first daughter but my body was a wasteland after my second. I too try to remind myself that I created two beautiful, healthy babies.

    The key is good health.

    Thank you so much for sharing.
    xoxo


    1. //

      Yes, I have learned that healthy isn't a perfect body shape or pant size. It is an encouragement when we remember that our imperfect bodies are the reason we have our beautiful children!


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    Two kids and two years later and I have a LOT of work to do. It sucks so bad! I feel very unhappy with myself but I barely have time to sleep let alone take care of myself and my diet and exercise. It's really hard though.


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      Hil, I know what it feels like to be unhappy with our bodies. You are right it does take a lot of work, but thinking of it in small steps and taking it a day at a time makes it seem more doable. I tried to make simple choices one at a time like grabbing an apple instead of a cookie or drinking a glass of ice water instead of a soda. I didn't always make the healthiest choices, but I've learned that it is never to late to start (or start over). I hope that you can find some time to take care of yourself. You are important!!


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    Yes! You are so right, I think so many women follow the models on TV and expect to be poof! back to what they were and it's just not possible. Time and work.

    liz @ sundays with sophie


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      Yes, I had no idea how much time it would take. I had to learn not to compare myself to anyone else but me.


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    Don't be discouraged. As long as you make healthy choices, keep moving and remember why you have the extra weight, it keeps everything in perspective. It won't be like this forever. And remember, photos, they are not always our friend. Keep up the good work. Appreciate you sharing your story and honesty with our readers on Tuesday Talk this week. Do come back next week because it is COOKIE SWAP time. You can splurge here and bake up some treats to swap with the rest of us. Calories won't count!!!! 🙂


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      Ha! Who's counting calories anyways?! 😉 Thank you for hosting Tuesday Talk! I always enjoy it!

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