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!**