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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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