*DISCLAIMER* – Any blog posts, e-mails, or social media posts you see from me over the next few months may have more spelling and grammatical errors than normal. I may even forget to finish one thought before moving on to the next one. This is due to the recent addition of a tiny human to our family and the decrease in amount of sleep and brain function. Please disregard errors and bring by some coffee.
The other day I posted a picture of myself in my fitness and nutrition Facebook group. This wasn’t just a selfie, but a before picture for a 16 week body challenge I just entered, a week after giving birth to my son. I debated posting it at all because I didn’t love what I saw. But I thought since I am a leader in that group that I should be real, show my vulnerable side and that I am on a weight loss journey like many others in the group as well.
I had a lot of encouragement on that post, and also had friends telling me not to beat myself up because I just had a baby. I really appreciated them telling me that because having a baby is no small task on a woman’s body. All moms out there should be amazed at what their body went through for their children! And I am so thankful that I have even had the need to lose baby weight three times, after having such a difficult time getting pregnant.
A week after giving birth may seem like a very short amount of time to start thinking about getting my body back. But I know myself, and I know If I don’t make good nutrition and exercise a priority now, it will be easy to let it go for a while. Especially now because I am taking a break from personal training at the moment to focus on the kids. (My kids won’t notice as much as my clients would if I am carrying the extra weight around for a while.)
I have to admit that at the end of my pregnancy my sweet tooth was something fierce. I was craving sour candy like crazy, and I am not usually a candy person. (chocolate yes, candy, not so much). And after little man was born, I still wanted (want) sugar. Go figure. I have been working at taming my sweet tooth again, so that was another reason I wanted to sign up for the challenge now and not wait for a couple months.
Breastfeeding my son is one of my top priorities right now and I wouldn’t do anything to my body to sacrifice what I can give him. I’m also not planning to exercise (except walking) before my doctor approves me to do so. The extra risks before the 6 week mark aren’t worth it to me. But I don’t want to let months go by before I start feeling like myself again. I am not a fan of dieting, but I am a fan of feeding the body the best nutrition possible (with of course some room for chocolate). And what better time to give my body good nutrition than when I am responsible for the sole nutrition of a little one.
So here we go on this journey (again). I know it is not an easy one. Some women have the weight fall right off of them after having a baby. Sadly I am not one of those people. Ha. I am glad to have all of you to keep accountable to, so thank you! I really appreciate it!
I am also starting a 16 week group training challenge geared toward moms, starting May 9th for those interested in improving their health/nutrition/fitness and looking for accountability. (It is not free). It will include:
- Metabolic Effect workouts per week to do at home via DVD or online download. These workouts are 15-20 minutes (yes that’s it!) are highly effective, and can be tailored to different fitness levels.
- Walking 4-5x per week (10,000-15,000 steps per day).
- Customized nutrition plan
- Taking pictures and measurements before starting and at end of 16 weeks, and weekly weigh-ins measurements every Friday morning.
- Coaching and accountability to me (personal trainer and nutrition coach).
Signups end May 2nd for this group so please let me know if you are interested in joining in and I will get you all the details.
I would love to hear from you:
Did you or someone you know have any weird pregnancy cravings? Did they stick around after the baby was born?