Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby Weight

I was quite open about weight gain during my pregnancy. I ate a lot, and I gained a lot. I was both hungry and had an amazing ability to eat an enormous quantity of food. Put these variables together, and Presto! I packed on 45 pounds! 

A week after Paul's birth I successfully lost 20 of the 45 pounds without any effort. Three weeks later I have maybe lost a pound of those remaining 25 pounds. I'm not being hard on myself about it, because I realize A) I had a baby three weeks ago B) I had a baby three weeks ago, and C) I had a baby three weeks ago. Still, I'm anxious to fit into my capris from last summer, and to see my normal body return. After Luke I was under  my pre-baby weight once he was six months old. Thinking that I'm almost three years older and am caring for two children now, my guide will be "nine months to put it on, nine months to take it off."If it's happens faster than that, wonderful, but I want to motivate, not discourage myself. 

So, every Wednesday I'll post what I'm doing that week to work toward my goal. This week it's eating breakfast. Other than a few cups of coffee in the morning I haven't eaten breakfast since the baby has been born. By noon I'm starving and then it seems like I'm trying to catch up on calories for the rest of the day. In an effort to be healthy and to start the day on the right foot I'm going to try very hard to eat breakfast every morning. I started this morning with oatmeal. Hopefully I'll see an impact in my energy  and a leveling of my hunger level. Here's to happy, healthy mamas!  


Monica said...

Way to have a great perspective on baby weight! I have to say, I have seen pictures of you and you look absolutely fabulous! I find it hard to believe that you have an extra 25 pounds on you! That being said, I know what it's like being on your side of things and knowing that nothing fits right and wanting to get back to "normal". :) It can be frustrating, so I think your approach is perfect. I love it that you are holding yourself accountable to making some healthy changes by setting and publishing weekly goals. You are one smart mama! The key is not to stress about it. It will come.
P.S. I love your blog...I'm so glad we're friends. :)

Mallory said...

I'm glad we're friend, t00 ;)

You hit the nail on the head, it's just frustrating to have everything fit too tight or too short, etc. I just have to make teeny-tiny goals, because initially I want to do so much, but I end up overwhelmed and lose the drive, but I'm hoping with baby steps I can stay confident and motivated to keep working.

P.S. I'm so happy for you and #3!!