It’s taken me a little longer than I thought it would to get round to writing about my plans to “lose the baby weight.” And that’s because it’s taking me a little longer than I thought it would to get round to actually try to lose the baby weight.
pregnancy weight gain
You may know that I’ve just had baby number three. He is now eight weeks old, and my pregnancy with him was my healthiest ever. Ordinarily I put on about three stone in pregnancy, but this time around I was determined not to do that. So I joined SlimmingWorld, exercised until 38 weeks and prioritised sleep. The result? I gained just 7lbs.
I can’t put in to words how good it felt to be pleased rather than devastated when I weighed myself after birth. That helped incredibly when it came to how I viewed my postpartum self and for the first time in three pregnancies I loved my postnatal body.
my body now
But that isn’t to say I’m happy. I’m proud of my body, and as postnatal bodies go (at least, my previous postnatal bodies) it’s pretty awesome. But the reality is that I’m still overweight and I’m not as healthy as I could or should be. I’m not as slim or toned or strong as I was this time last year. And I want to be. It’s time to lose the baby weight…and then some.
Currently I’m sitting at 5lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight, and 27lbs over the BMI prescribed healthy weight for my height. I want all of that gone.
Last year I had finally gained some (slight) definition in my upper arms and shape to my usually flat bum. Those have disappeared, so I want them back. I also want to be able to fit my calves into knee-high boots again.
I want to be able to run a 5k again, to lift a decent amount of weight again, and to make it through a dance class without wanting to quit.
my attempt so far
I went back to SlimmingWorld three weeks after giving birth, but in five weeks I’ve only managed to lose 2lbs. I keep gaining and losing the same couple of pounds. My head isn’t really in it. I’ll have an ok week, and then a week where I just don’t try at all.
I’m too tired and busy to find the drive to lose the baby weight, let alone face the further weight loss journey. But I need to find that drive, because without it I could easily fall in to the trap of putting more weight on. I don’t want to undo all the body positivity I’ve felt from having a healthy pregnancy with minimal weight gain.
I’m struggling to find my approach. As I’ve said before, there is a lot I don’t like about SlimmingWorld and so I mainly go to have someone weigh me. I need that, to be held accountable. If I just rely on weighing myself I’ve got even less drive to try. As far as “dieting” goes, I’m using MyFitnessPal to track calories. But I’m keen to do some sort of mix of the two, just to see what happens.
I also need to get active. I’m struggling to find the time to workout at home because baby boy feeds every two hours and only sleeps for 20 minutes (if I’m lucky) at a time! Thankfully, with the four year old starting school I have the perfect reason to walk 3.5 miles per day on the school run, so that’s something. But I was heartbroken to hear that my beloved Clubbercise class has been cancelled. Getting out to a class is the only way to guarantee I’ll get some exercise in, so I’m having to revert to Zumba…not as much fun but at least it gets me sweaty!
my goal – lose the baby weight & then some
The first step in finding the drive is to set myself some targets. First I want to lose the baby weight – 5lbs off in the next 3 weeks (so by 7th September).
Next, I want to lose the rest. It’s a fair amount I want to lose, and I don’t want to punish myself doing it. So I’ll aim for 1lb off a week. My goal is to be at my healthy weight by the end of February, which builds in a little wriggle room to account for Christmas!
I know BMI and weight aren’t always the best way to judge a body, but I find I am motivated by the change on the scales more than any other form of tracking. However, I will also be taking measurements and photos to show my progress, as I think together these will all tell the full story of my journey.
my weight loss journey
I’m hoping to bring this blog back more to what I had pictured it being when I started it – a place to chart my journey to health, sharing my tips and struggles along the way. Until I reach my first goal, I’ll update weekly on my progress. After that, probably monthly will be enough. But along the way I’m hoping to blog about recipes, workouts, tools and the reality of getting myself into shape. I’d love it if you would join me!