Nine months on, nine months off. I know that’s what ‘they’ say. But it’s still not easy to hear.
After eating right and exercising for two years, and losing a hard-fought 26 pounds. I must confess that I am now almost back where I began so long ago.
Those first few weeks after finding out I was pregnant, I tried very hard to stick to a healthy plan and to work out. But despite all the comments I used to get in my youth about having child-bearing hips; my body doesn’t actually handle pregnancy (or birth) very well. For the second time, morning sickness was the norm for nearly six months, and I watched as the scale crept upward.
I wasn’t worried about it during my pregnancy, though. I was on track to stay within the 25-35 pound weight recommendation and had a history of losing at least 20 of those pounds within the first six weeks of childbirth. I figured it was all good, maybe a few extra pounds would stick around, but nothing that couldn’t be handled.
Boy was I wrong. Not once since having E has my weight loss been much more than 10 pounds. I seem to have held on to at least fifteen pounds, and all in my stomach.
To be sure a few pounds are the result of the holidays, but not enough to take all the blame. Most of the weight just never came off. Somehow, my body weight hasn’t even decreased by the combination of my son’s weight and the other fluids that come out during birth. How is that possible?
I’m confessing this now because I’m sick of how it feels. I’m tired of not fitting in any clothes, in having a belly that’s larger that it was even at a higher weight. The extra weight even exacerbates heartburn that I never used to have.
It’s time for a change.
The kids are already signed up for childcare at the gym, and the husband and I have already started counting calories, increasing our protein intake, and looking for races to run in the spring. I’ve been active already more this year than I was for the whole of 2015. It’s good to be back.
I still don’t believe in diet plans, or systems other than keeping it simple and slow. It’s all about making healthy choices to properly nourish the body, lose fat and strengthen muscle mass.
It’s time to take back what was lost last year.
Did you ever lose the baby weight?
Do you use a diet plan to get healthy?
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