Today is part one, of many, of my postpartum weight loss || part 1 ||. Throughout this series I will be sharing photos, measurements, food, workouts, and goals. I will be honest and upfront; sharing the highs and lows. I am excited to blog about this but also terrified. Showing my imperfections is not something that I am good at. I hold myself at an impossibly high standard, something I am working on, and feel the need to convince people that I have it all together. One thing I have learned about myself since I started blogging was I have more pride than I thought.
So, putting my pride to the side, I am going to do my best to give you the most truthful and open account of what it is like to get my body back after having my second child. And here begins my postpartum weight loss!
The first thing I need to do is get myself in the right mindset. Any time a physical transformation takes place a mental one does too. When I was in high school I began having distorted views about my body. I was bullied, not necessarily about my body but bullied none-the-less, and the way I channeled that negativity was by eating less. My weight never got dangerously low, which I am so thankful for, but the view of myself suffered greatly. I have done much healing since then but the distorted view of my body is always near.
Since that is my history I have to be very careful about how I approach this. My goal will not be a number on a scale, although I will be publishing those numbers along with other measurements because I know some people like to see a transformation in numbers. My goal will be based on a few articles of clothing I own. One is a pair of high-waisted shorts, the second is a form-fitting strapless dress and the last item is my wedding dress. All of these items I was able to fit into before this most recent pregnancy, which makes them realistic goals. If I was trying to fit into jeans from tenth grade I would need to do some adjusting.
The other component that goes hand-in-hand with mindset is spiritual health. When I focus on my body it can become a slippery slope. The way I keep that in check is by staying in the Word. Reading my Bible. Believing that the One who created me loves me just as I am. Imperfections and all. If I am not in the Word I believe that truth less and less.
Below Are My Clothing Goals
Food & Drink
I really don’t like to use the word “diet”. It makes this season feel temporary in the way that I will just return back to my current version once I have reached my goal. I want this change to stay. When the word “diet” is eliminated I then focus on a lifestyle change. Again avoiding something that is temporary and making this change permanent. This process is a marathon NOT a sprint! On a day-to-day basis I like to take it one meal at a time. When I wake up I try to make a healthy choice for breakfast. I love bagels and cream cheese so this will be tough. 🙂 I do the same thing for lunch and dinner.
To help me make healthy choices at home, I do my best to buy healthy items at the grocery store. When I meal plan, which I am terrible at but I do my best, I choose recipes that are healthy. I am a big believer in having a cheat day! It is tough to be on target all the time so having a cheat day helps keep me traveling down the right path. I do not struggle with eating out, which is a huge plus for me. The very few times I eat fast food I feel terrible afterward so I try to keep that in mind. I was also taught how to cook from my mom, who is an incredible cook, so I have trouble paying for something that I can make. Plus I know what ingredients are going into the recipe which is a big plus!
And finally, beverages. Water and coffee are pretty much all I drink. I don’t think I could ever give up coffee. I have about two cups in the morning and then the rest of the day is all about the water. Over time I have figured out that I drink more water when I use a straw. So, all of my cups, that I drink from, have a straw. Much like not struggling with eating out, I do not struggle with drinking water. It is my drink of choice. My daily goal is to drink 128 ounces. Which is four of the water bottle below.
Let’s begin the measurements at week 39 of my pregnancy. This way there is a complete picture. At week 39 I weighed 176 pounds. Then one week post delivery I weighed 164 pounds. Four weeks after that I weighed 158 pounds.
As of February 21, here are my measurements:
Weight: 150 pounds.
Waist: 30.5 inches
Hips: 41.5 inches
Right Thigh: 25.5 inches
Left Thigh: 24.75
Right Bicep: 11.25 inches
Left Bicep: 11.25 inches
Unfortunately I do not have the legs, arms, hips, and waist measurements from just after delivery. (I thought of it too late)
Throughout this process I will be keeping track of the measurements. That way I can have numerical account of whether or not I am heading down the right path.
Up until this week I have not being doing specific workouts. Due to the fact that I had a c-section I have been taking it easy in the physical fitness department. The incision was made in the low abdominal area and was very painful to use my abs for several weeks. The core is used for almost every single motion the body does. Knowing this, I waited a several weeks to ensure optimum healing.
The activities I did do, once I felt up to it, were stretching, walks in the neighborhood, housework, chasing my two-year old, carrying my two-year old, carrying my baby, and loving on them both. 🙂 Just from those activities alone I lost 12-14 pounds.
What To Expect
After each week’s fitness classes I will publish my exact workout routine along with the playlist I use. I will share meal highlights. Different foods I have been loving or hating. My goal is to be as honest and open as possible. My desire is to inspire. If one person reading this is inspired to take care of their body on any level then I have succeeded. The journey is tough and I don’t believe we are to walk it alone.
Body Update As Of February 5, 2017
(No editing has been done to these images)
Have you ever gone through postpartum weight loss? If so, what worked for you? If not, what are some things that have helped you lose weight? Let me know in the comments below!
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