Every mother’s least favorite subject — getting back your pre-baby body. I wouldn’t trade my darling baby girl for all the fat rolls in the world, but yeah, I’d totally love to get my body back!
The first 20 pounds melted away in the first 10 days, it was great! The baby, placenta, and all that water weight; every day I got on the scale, I was down another pound or more. So naturally I thought it would magically keep going, right? Not. It came to a screeching halt 15-pounds from my pre-baby weight, and that’s where it’s been for the past 20 days. Ignoring the advice of so many, I quickly started working out, lightly at first, and counting calories, careful to budget an extra 500 for breast-feeding. Every few days I’d weigh in to see if it was budging yet – nope. In fact it rebounded back up a pound. Hmm, week 3, let’s cut a little more calories and increase my exercise intensity. Back on the scale, and back up a pound. Dangit! Okay, so this is going to be harder than I thought.
So one month in and I suddenly understand what everyone was talking about. I’m in the dreaded weight-loss plateau, probably due to trying to cut calories too early while my body was adjusting and burning like crazy for seemingly round-the-clock breastfeeding. Taking a deep breath now, and cuddling my baby girl to remind me that it was all totally worth it. I think I’m ready now to heed the professionals’ advice and not try to lose weight so soon. Let my body adjust and heal. So, I am going to give myself a 1-month vacation… a vacation from the scale and obsessing over calories. I’ll keep eating healthy and doing increasingly intense workouts once given the green-light by my doctor this week, but let my body do it’s thing and stop obsessing. Sigh, easier said than done.