Here I am now on the other side of my pregnancy journey. It was a good one, but I was ready for it to end, especially with the prize at the end being a beautiful baby girl!! I want to post about my weight loss journey to show all of you that even though I’m a personal trainer, I am a normal human being too! I won’t be posting a bunch of baby related posts, unless they concern weight loss, nutrition and exercise. I will save my baby posts for another blog, I know not everyone wants to hear about baby things.
I have avoided the scales pretty much my entire pregnancy. When I would go to the doctor’s office I would stare at the wall above me to avoid looking at the number. There was one nurse who would always say the number out loud so apparently she didn’t see my attempt to skip out on this part of the procedure. I know many of you would say, ‘it’s ok, you’re pregnant.’ And while I know this in my head, I also know seeing the weight go up could potentially effect how I feel about myself. This is especially true because of my profession. Every day I help people exercise and encourage good eating habits in order to help people reduce or manage their weight, and with my weight going up and up I felt that my words were not as valid.
But now pregnancy is over and I decided that tomorrow I would step on the scale to see how much work I have a head of me. I still don’t want to obsess about a number, but I want to make sure that I am on and stay on the right track. I figured a week after giving birth would be a good first time to see how things are going. I am not doing anything crazy like dieting while breastfeeding or starting exercise before my doctor clears me, but I’m just making sure all the food going in my body will give it good nutrition, and I’m going to start walking with the stroller soon.
As a new mom my time is no longer my own so I will need to figure out how to make things work. And just because I want to get my body back in shape does not mean I love or care for my little girl any less! I want her to grow up knowing the benefits of taking care of the bodies God gave us, after all they are His temple. I think it is really important for parents to take care of themselves along with their children so the whole family benefits from a healthy active lifestyle.