I talked to a couple of new moms yesterday and we talked about the very REAL fear that you will never look like you again, postpartum. I can be logical and positive and tell you how unfounded those fears are, but that doesn't change the fact that I had them and I know so many new moms do too.
The pic on the left is of me at 4.5 weeks postpartum, cleared to workout. I still had to lose about 35 lbs of the 49 I gained. I didn't recognize myself and I sure couldn't move like I used to. I compared myself to a lot of other moms who bounced back awesomely and wished I was one of them. I was plagued by doubt, insecurities, and fear.
So, what did I do? I made a game plan. I picked a workout that I knew I could commit to. I made a choice to make my health a priority and to not give up. I surrounded myself with friends who kept me accountable, cheered me on, and lifted me up. I reminded myself everyday that me working on me was the best thing I could do for Calista. Then, my consistency paid off. I did not crash diet or cut out carbs or anything crazy like that. I ate whole, nutrient dense foods; side benefit for Calista since we are still nursing. 😉 I didn't spend hours at the gym. Most days were 30 minute workouts in our back room. I took rest days. I drank a little wine. I had chocolate and cheese; it's my weakness. I lived like a real person, with enjoyment and ups and downs. And mamas, it worked. 🙌🏻
I may not have the most amazing weight loss story ever, but I do have a real one. I worked hard, consistently, with balance, with my health as a priority, and I did not give up.
Do I look just like I did pre-Calista? No, but those marks and extra skin are proof that my body can do amazing things and that makes me one blessed woman. I would love to help you on your postpartum journey, even if it's just to cheer you on when you have a bad day. Send me an email if you need a postpartum journey friend or simply tag a friend. 😘 email@example.com.