Hello My Loves!
So, yeah, about this baby weight. LOL.
I gained about 40 lbs when I was pregnant and I didn't step on a scale until Ezaias was 4 weeks old. By that time I had lost 20 lbs. Since arriving home from the hospital, I could tell each day that my tummy was going down, but I was in no rush to get on a scale.
When I went for my 6 week check up, I had lost 5 more lbs - leaving me with 15 more lbs to lose to return to my pre-baby weight.
Not too long after, I came across Mama Dweeb's Blog and her weight loss challenge. Coincidentally, I was telling a friend of mine that same week that I want to lose all (or most) of my baby weight by my birthday/the time I return to work. My birthday is July 4th and I return to work on July 5th. Mama Dweeb's weight loss challenge encourages us to lose 15 lbs by June and I want to join that challenge!
Even before pregnancy and almost my entire life, I have had to work to have the body that I wanted - the type that I was comfortable in. So, this is nothing new for me. However, my body has changed so much that this may be more difficult that it has ever been for me.
How I Plan To Achieve This:
- Since having Ezaias, I havent been too strict with my diet (I've read you're not really supposed to when breastfeeding anyway). However, the way I ate when I was pregnant compared with how I eat now is totally different and I know that alone is helping me to shed pounds.
- I am exclusively breastfeeding and as I've read (I read alot), breastfeeding burns quite a few calories. Although I have heard for some women their bodies seem to hold on to fat as they breastfeed. I am not sure how breastfeeding will be for me (yet).
- I hopped back on my workout plan 2 weeks ago (after my 6 week check up). My goal is to workout 4-5x a week (so far, so good). I currently do Tae-Bo workouts, Jillian Michael workouts and other workout DVDs I have at home. Also, ExerciseTV on Comcast's OnDemand has quite a few workouts I am interested in. I also plan to get back into the gym so that I can have accountability partners (friends who will be able to work out with me).
Will you join the challenge? How long did it take you to shed your baby weight? How did you do it? Are you having any issues with it?