body after bump: 2 months

I have to admit, I really thought that by Christmas I would be at my pre-pregnancy weight.  Of course, I had this thought before I even gave birth (yes, I had pretty high expectations)…

I keep telling myself this “journey” isn’t about weight, but feeling healthy and good about myself.  Most people who see me tell me how great I look at just 2 months postpartum.  I look in the mirror and I do like what I see and keep asking myself how I could possibly still have about 10 pounds to lose.  But, for some reason when I look down, I see the thing I am so desperate to get rid of…

The belly flab.  I remember being about 20 weeks pregnant and wishing my belly was more noticeably pregnant.  Now that my belly looks about the same as it did back in May, I’m wishing it would just magically vanish into thin air.  I know it’s going to take time, but I’m now realizing it’s going to take much longer than I anticipated/want it to.

The good new is my pre-pregnancy jeans finally fit up over my hips, and although I can button and zip them, it’s not without a massive muffin top.  Thank goodness for BeBands that can cover up my open fly.

The other good news:  I did lose weight and inches this month, so I’m still heading in the right direction.  And I was really happy to see my weight break into those last 10 pounds, finally.

  1 month postpartum 2 months postpartum Total lost
Weight: -2.2 lbs -2.8 lbs 21.2 lbs
Arms: -0 inches +0.25 inches 0.5 inches
Chest: -0.75 inches -0 inches 2.5 inches
Waist: +1 inch -2 inches 4.5 inches
Stomach: -2.75 inches -0.75 inches 4.75 inches
Hips: -1.25 inches -0.5 inches 1.75 inches
Thighs: -0.5 inches +0.5 inches 0.25 inches




The Plan for the Next Month

I really need to get over feeling bad about the way I look.  It’s just not healthy for me to think that I look bad when I clearly don’t.  I’m trying to think positive and know that it took me 9 months to gain 30 pounds, so it could take me just as long to get back to where I was.

I am also planning on going through the holidays (Christmas + New Years) without guilt.  There are going to be thousands of cookies and other treats around me and I know I cannot avoid them.  I have a sweet tooth and heck, I’m going to indulge in that.  Just in moderation.  I really need to keep my portions in check much, much more, but I am not going to beat myself up about having a couple cookies every night before bed.

Plus, my reason for wanting to get back into shape is so I could race again.  I miss it and am ready to get back up to speed, literally.  So, I’m focusing on running 4 to 5 days per week and getting about 2 good lifts in per week, maybe 3 if I feel like I have enough time (doubtful).

I’m still feeling pretty good about how this whole process is going, albeit much slower than I’d like.  But, I can’t deny that I’m still losing and inching closer to actually buttoning/zipping my everyday jeans (without a muffin top) and racing again.  I just can’t be upset about that!

**For past months, see the “Body After Bump” page!**

  • It took me 3 months to loose all my pregnancy weight after Garrett and I’d hoped it’d be a little faster this time. I didn’t gain as much and started working out sooner but I still have 10lbs to go also. It’s a little discouraging, but I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I keep reminding myself that now I have a little girl and I want her to have a good body image and that helps me from saying some of the negative things that are floating around in my head. ; ) You’re doing great and you look great, it will come off!
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  • You look fabulous! and you should be really impressed with your mileage!

    • Kristen

      Oh, I’m SO happy with how my running is going!

  • Jen

    You look great, girl! Though I totally see where you’re coming from. I’m 10 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and 15 lbs away from normal. I can’t even get my jeans up my thighs. It is incredibly discouraging. And it’s hard to run w/ all the extra weight. I hope we both get back to our regular bodies soon! 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Your thighs and hips will shrink – it took me about a month before I could get my jeans up over my thighs + hips. With all that stretching they had to do to pop a baby out, it takes awhile for them to go back down a little bit.

  • You look so great for just having a baby 2 months ago! It has to be hard to have that vision of pre-pregnancy fitness and body shape, but just look at MacKenna and see what your body can do!
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    • Kristen

      I know I’ll get there. Setting an example for her is my biggest priority!

  • jen

    just found your blog and started reading a few days ago 🙂

    you honestly look awesome for 2 months post baby or not! but i totally understand that feeling of wanting to feel like yourself again. i struggled with it too after my daughter was born 2 years ago and am there again now 1 month after having our son. that soft, squishy feeling that you are left with post pregnancy belly eventually tightens up, it just doesn’t happen fast. that’s the part that bothers me the most-i’ve got about 10 lbs to go too. you are making great progress-be encouraged by that!

    • Kristen

      Those stubborn last 10 pounds, but don’t you feel like you look great?!

  • You are looking great at 2 months! I love a few things in this post: 1) that you are making and measuring progress by the way you feel and the inches you’ve lost, 2) the fact that you won’t say no to some holiday treats, and 3) that you’re honest about how you feel with post-partum weight loss. It’s painful to see some women (you know, the obnoxious unreal ones like Heidi Klum) who can lose the baby weight in mere weeks. It sets such an unrealistic expectation for other women, I think. What you’re doing now is so much more inspiring – keeping track of what you eat, fitting in great workouts, and celebrating the small victories along the way!

    • Kristen

      Wow, I think this is the nicest comment I’ve ever gotten! I’m slowly but surely getting there, and I’m OK with that!

  • I think you look great and can see a difference from last month. I have been told that the last 10lbs won’t come off till after you finish breast feeding. Personally, I refuse to believe that (for myself, at least). Concentrate on your awesome mileage and progress with that and I am sure your body will tone up and your weight will drop as a result.

    Oh, and DON’T say “no” to cookies:)
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    • Kristen

      Believe me, the cookies have been calling me all day! I treat myself at the end of the day, everyday! 😉

  • You really look fantastic for 2 months! And you are putting in the work to get strong. Whatever your body does is really secondary. It took me 7 months the first time around to loose the weight with the twins. I did it without working out but don’t recommend it because I was exhausted and burning calories like no other-(nursing/wking full time in an active job). I’m at 6 months this round and still have 5 pounds until pre-preg, 10-15 total for ideal. My goal this time around = Running + wts whenever I can, no time limit, I know I will get there at some point this year and baby steps is fine as long as I am headed in the right direction. You are too!

  • girllllllllllllllllllll, you look good! I can see such a difference in the pictures between 1 and 2 months. Keep up whatever you are doing. I just keep thinking that WOW, we are losing weight during the holidays. Pretty awesome 🙂
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