Happy New Years friends!
I’ve been waiting for this day and post for quite a while now. I want to take you down reflection lane! Here’s an unfiltered inside scoop on my post-baby weight loss journey.
Today, I reflect upon this past year. I had such amazing highs and what seemed like some really bad lows. I gave birth to Baby Shugs on January 8, 2014 and had many failed attempts and setbacks with weight loss throughout this year. With this being my first pregnancy, I wasn’t so sure what to expect. I eventually gained over 50 lbs during pregnancy. I stayed pretty active and ate well throughout my whole pregnancy… well except for the craving for chocolate custard from Culver’s – that struggle was very real.
If I didn’t persevere, I wouldn’t be where I am today… back down to my pre baby weight and starting prep for my next fitness competition.
Here I am! Mark and I on New Years’ Eve 2013 and just one more day til my due date. We had delicious Thai food, which I ordered extra spicy in hopes to get the contractions going. Definitely a failed attempt along with the bouncing on the exercise ball and playing Dance Revolution for hours a day on the Wii.
Here I am! At the gym on my due date! I’ll be honest, I just walked on the treadmill, but it was exercise, and it counted 😉 The gym is my playground so it wasn’t too hard to keep me from going all throughout my pregnancy. I do want to mention that I became pregnant shortly after a fitness competition.
Rewind to my first bikini fitness competition. I took 3rd place in my division! Then a month later, I found out that I was pregnant!
I continued weight training and bootcamp style workouts (with my doctor’s permission) all the way through the beginning of my 3rd trimester.
I even ran a 10K at 23 weeks prego!
Day 1 – Madison Claire is here! I have no idea how to express my feelings in words. It’s just the most incredible feeling in the world. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I grew this tiny baby. She was inside my body nourishing from the food I provided her. Besides the additional chocolate, I ate with great intention. Every food I consumed was to grow this healthy child. That pushed me to make as many meals as I could count! I have absolutely no regrets on how I treated my body. I know I treated it very well.
Here it is. It’s go time. Motherhood… I can do this….
I have to admit, the first 2 weeks were tough and became a blur (probably a good thing). I started getting the itch to get back into the gym about 2 weeks after. I consulted with my physician, and he allowed me walks and some simple exercises around 2 1/2 weeks. With breastfeeding and the every 2-3 hour feeds, my energy level stayed down. That made it hard to get motivated to get to the gym. There was a lot of couch time and couch selfies with baby sleeping. I knew I had to focus on getting a successful routine of clean eating and exercise due to the decrease in normal activity. Let me take a wild guess that sitting on a couch taking selfies burns a max of 50-75 calories per day. (Mark and I came up with an equation of a resting metabolic rate of a low 1200 calories per day divided by 24 hours = 50 calories. I probably spent an hour total a day taking baby and me selfies.) In order to get this baby weight off, it was going to take more than sitting on the couch breathing.
Here I am, a real unfiltered moment of me at 4 weeks post-baby. I am now at 147# which is 30# from my pre-baby weight. I had the green light to get to the gym and start back with my old routine. I have a huge smile on my face because I just knew this weight would come off in no time. Little did I know that was not the case.
Disclosure: That sports bra and shorts are from pre-baby workout collection. I did in fact wear pants and long sleeves to the gym. It was a high of a whopping 4 degrees.
Here I am burning another 50 calories at 8 weeks post-baby. Haha…. No but seriously, I was losing weight slowly at a consistent 3/4 – 1 pound a week. That is actually the healthiest and safest way to lose weight. I realized at this point in my gym training that I am unable to do certain exercises due to my pelvic floor still needing time to heal… this struggle in fact was very real. It took me about 7 months to have no pain associated with my pelvic floor.
Well, here I am again… 4 weeks later, taking another couch selfie with baby. I had no idea that this little person ate and slept so much. The most movement I did in a day was an 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours I got in at the gym. So my nutrition was going to be the key to my weight loss success.
Here I am, on vacation getting ready for the gym! I am 16 weeks post-baby. I am weighing in at 130#. I did in fact lose an extra 5 pounds more than what was forecasted. I had continued dealing with food aversions, nausea and stress due to lack of sleep and hardships from being a new parent. I did not neglect myself of tasty treats and other indulgences, but I continued to stay on track and kept my goals within reach. I have to admit I was frustrated with the weight loss…. I just wanted to snap my fingers and be back to normal. Each week I had different struggles and had moments of weakness and self doubt…. but I kept getting up and getting to the gym and staying focused.
Back home and with the late start to summer in Minneapolis the real struggle happened. At the beginning of June, I got a really bad virus. After a long hard week of treating the symptoms, I could barely eat and drink due to nausea. I eventually resorted to drinking meal replacement shakes and Ensure and finally went to the urgent care. There I realized I was dehydrated. I fought this virus for 3 weeks and was feeling good enough to go spend the 4th of July with friends. Soon after the holiday, Madison was sick…. long story short, I missed most of June and July due to illnesses. I lost weight but the wrong weight and had to start over again at the gym. At this point, the disappointment of so many set backs was starting to set in. Am I ever going to lose to weight? Will I ever be able to lift the same weight again? Did having a baby disfigure my body forever? Is this the time where I just throw in the towel? Is this my new normal?
No I can’t give up. Mark reminded me constantly how far I came. Every time I thought I was starting over I was actually just taking a few steps back.
My mind was not seeing what my body had already achieved.
Here I am, at 32 weeks weighing in at 119#. I just finished my favorite annual 10K (same race as the photo at 23 weeks prego) with only 5 weeks of training. This goal was to finish not to PR.
Here we are on our anniversary. I am feeling incrediably happy with my weight loss results! I am officially at my pre baby weight. Just in time to start my next chapter of launching Fit Body Nourish!
Here I am at 40 weeks post- baby. I can’t believe that it took 40 weeks to gain and close to 40 weeks to take off. Having accomplished the goal of losing the baby weight was like having a heavy load lifted off my shoulders. But since I’m into heavy lifting, I figured, “Why not use Baby Shugs to replace the negative weight with a positive weight!” This is a reminder of how far I came and where I’m headed next.
Here I am at 42 weeks and in the gym while on vacation. Just because the weight is off doesn’t mean you stop the effort. New goals emerge and you continue to reach new heights.
Here at 51 weeks post – baby. I am officially starting competition prep. I am 16 weeks out! Good luck to me. If your interested in seeing this transformation – follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more up to date information.
I know this post was long, but I wanted to give you a real, unfiltered view of how it took me 40 weeks to get my body back the healthy way!
It takes commitment, dedication and motivation to achieve goals.
No more procrastination. It’s January 1st, so get out there and make a change. You deserve it! Be the change you want to see!