Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nine Months Postpartum: Brutal Honesty

Last week, I had a really bad weigh-in. I mean, really bad. I didn't even want to share it, but I have to be honest. Actually, I'm about to be brutally honest.

Remember when I shared that one post on how I lost all of my baby weight in just 10 days postpartum? {In case you forgot, you can read all about it, here: How I Lost My Baby Weight.}

When I had reached my pre-pregnancy weight in just 10 days postpartum, I was so surprised; I couldn't believe it! I didn't even do anything to lose the weight (aside from deliver a 9 lb. 6 oz. baby, breastfeed and, drink a lot of water).

Fast forward to the present, another nine months later, and I've gained 15 pounds since that time. Last week's weigh-in was an alarming: 248 lbs. I guess doing nothing and losing weight really isn't a thing, after all. Not that I really believed it was, anyway.

Here's some brutal honesty in list form:

-weight, pre-pregnancy: 233 lbs (April 1, 2014)
-weight, nine months pregnant: 271 lbs (January 21, 2015)
-weight, ten days postpartum: 233 lbs (January 31, 2015)
-weight, nine months postpartum: 248 lbs (November 1, 2015)

Have you heard of the freshman fifteen? Well, I think I just gained the new-mom fifteen. Or rather, the new stay-at-home-mom fifteen. Actually, change that to a stay-at-home mom turned new home-business-owning mom. This year has been full of change; beautiful, hard, amazing, all-I-ever-wanted change!

In these past nine months, I have learned that whether it's good change or bad change; change isn't easy. Trust me, I know. All of my change this year has been good, no - it's been great change; but it still came with some difficulty. When things get hard, I have this bad tendency to turn to food for comfort. I know that about myself, and it's a truth I'm willing to admit. I turned to food (bad, late-night comfort food) a lot these past nine months; the proof is on the scale.

If I continued going on without getting brutally honest with myself, who knows where I'd end up. I needed to lay all of this out for myself, and; hopefully in doing so, this will help others wherever they may be in their journey, too.

Now comes some more change; some more good change. As you may have read in yesterday's post, I have bought a 3-month membership to a local Jazzercise studio. My goal is to make it to Jazzercise at least three times a week, all while keeping grace nearby for the weeks when I don't quite reach that goal.

Last week, I went to Jazzercise three times and I felt amazing! By the end of the week, I was reminded that when I feel better, I make better choices.

Working out more consistently has already motivated me to eat better. I'm motivated to eat better during the day, because my body is going to need good, healthy fuel to get me through my workouts.

As for that pesky water goal that has been so hard for me to reach this year; I am reaching it now! I am so thirsty from working out; I don't even have to think about trying to drink water throughout the day - I just need to do it!

I have been working out in the evenings (from 5:45 - 6:45). I've tried morning workouts but working out at night just really works for me! It helps keep me away from all of that late-night food I was finding comfort in these past nine months. After a workout, I don't even think about going to the snack cupboard because I'm still feeling all the endorphins from my workout and I'm not about to undo all of that hard work I just put in.

So, these past nine months have been a struggle with weight-loss. I feel like I got into a rut but, I am truly trying climbing my way out of it, now!


  1. You can do this. You've done it before, so you have the tools needed to be successful. Breaking my goals into mini goals makes it easier for me to stay on track then to look at the whole picture at once. I've kind of changed my food intake to fuel me better so I don't get so hungry end of day and eat a bunch of junk. Lots of protein and water for me. I've also cut back on the bad carbs. After 2 week its amazing how much better I feel. Best of luck to you! I know you will do great.

    1. Thank you for the comment, Melissa! It was so nice to read.

      And you're right - mini goals are a great tool to use! Good job at making some changes, yourself! Keep up the great work!! :)

  2. I gained weight (quite a bit, actually) following the birth of both of my kids... being a new mom is HARD, and a lot of those good habits we had go right out the window once that baby takes over. Good for you for taking action before those 15 pounds turn into 30! You can do this!

    1. Thank you, Christina! I appreciate the support so much!

  3. I've done similar. I didn't get down to my prepregnancy weight but I have but on fifteen pounds. But now that I'm moving home I'm joining a gym with my best friend! Keep up the good work even when it doesn't go as planned.

    1. Thanks for commenting - it's great to hear from you! This first year is definitely filled with ups and downs. Joining a gym with your best friend sounds great!

  4. I highly recommend having PROTIEN with every meal/snack!!!!!

  5. It's so easy to getting a rut when you are a SAHM. Running your own business is just more stress and another thing to pull your focus off of yourself. Reign it in and try to put yourself first. Jazzercise is your first step! You can do this! :)

    1. Yes - getting time to focus on myself is harder than I imagined this first year. Jazzercise is my "me time" and I'm loving it so far! Thanks, Lori!