My weight has been all over the board the past few years. In three years, I’ve been pregnant twice and had two c-sections. I didn’t lose all of my baby weight with AG until after she was a year old and I finished breastfeeding. Three months after she turned one, I hit my lowest weight in years. I was working out daily and finally felt good with where I was. Two months, later I became pregnant with L. With L’s pregnancy I gained 40 lbs. I went from 124 to 164.
After he was born, I gave myself a twelve week grace period. With AG, I started trying to lose weight at 5 weeks post-partum by signing up for Weight Watchers. I did lose weight but with that went a bit of my milk supply. This time around, I didn’t worry about anything having to do with my weight in the beginning. I enjoyed the holidays and all the food that came with. I let my body heal while I adjusted to life with two littles at home. Come January 1st, I was going to start working to get my body back. And that is where my weight loss journey after L began.
During my time of healing, my friend Tricia contacted me about the 21 Day Fix/ Beachbody program. I immediately did a lot of research. I talked to mamas who have done it and decided to give it a go. With this program, I wasn’t looking for a fast fix. I wanted a program that would give me the tools to succeed and I wanted it to be easy.
When it comes to losing weight for me, my problem is SUGAR! I’m one of those girls who will work out to eat more. Yes, it feels good to gain strength. But that “reward” I gave myself afterwards was my motivation. I didn’t feel as guilty about the Starbucks latte or cookie because I worked out that day. I do not have good self control when it comes to food, mainly sweets. I can easily cook and eat healthy meals. I would say 4 out of 5 meals I cook are clean eating recipes. It’s the snacking and desserts that are my downfall. The hardest time of the day for me is nap time. Both kids are down (sometimes,) I survived the morning and now I just want a treat. Everyday, that is my mentality. And when I say treat, some days that meant 3 -4 cookies or more M&M’s than I can count. Note to self- no more buying M&M’s for potty training rewards.
Not only did I need to change my mentality, I needed to make a lifestyle change.
Below, you’ll see my before picture. It takes a lot to put this picture out there but I wanted to be completely honest about where I was before I started the 21 Day Fix. This picture was my wakeup call. I knew my clothes didn’t fit comfortably. Getting dressed over the holidays for events was miserable. My confidence was nonexistent. But I don’t think I really saw it until I uploaded this picture to my computer. It was exactly what I needed for my motivation. I wasn’t happy with who I saw and I was going to make sure I didn’t see that girl again. It was time for me to take control back.
Fast forward 21 days and this is my after picture. I have another post dedicated to the 21 Day Fix. I will tell you what I ate. How I managed to continue nursing Luke without a drop in my milk supply. How I feel and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
In this picture below, I am 8 lbs and 14.5 inches less than the one above. I went from 147lbs to 139lbs. I went from barely squeezing into my size 6 post partum jeans to being able to button a size 2. I worked hard over 21 days and am proud of my results. I learned what to eat more of and how to curb my sugar cravings. The junk food in the house is gone and my energy is through the roof. Most of all, I’m happy with who I see in the mirror. I feel good in my clothes and will continue to work hard until I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
**Please excuse my handprint covered mirrors…real life with a toddler**