This post is pretty selfish. It's for me. It's cool if others enjoy it/are helped by it, but I'm largely posting this for my own accountability and as my "starting point" for my post prego weight loss.
First, let me say this: I'm totally proud of my body. It grew a beautiful, healthy baby and birthed that baby into the world (and two others before this one!). How awesome is that?!? Also, my body continues to be the sole source of nutrition for one quickly growing 6 1/2 week old baby girl. So, my body totally rocks and I will not beat it up.
That said, I DO want to ... modify it a bit. That's natural, right? I gained 40lbs this last pregnancy (the most of all 3) and I have now lost 21lbs, which leaves me with 19 more to go before I reach my pre pregnancy weight.
I will say this: I think I'm pretty lucky because I'm doing a phenomenal job hiding those extra 19lbs. It's all about strategic clothing choices and here are my go tos/suggestions for other new mamas:
** high waisted leggings to cover the bottom belly pooch
** long, loose shirts/tunic tops
** high waisted athletic pants (see above)
Honestly, these are my go tos, along with accessories to take away the focus from problem areas. I'm a big fan of colorful scarves because I generally wear a lot of neutral colors.
Obviously, the best accessory of all though is a tiny baby.
Fun earrings are another fun accessory - I got the ones pictured at Claire's. Yes, Claire's, the teeny bopper store. I scoffed at the idea of buying stuff there because that was so 20 years ago for me, but then Audrey wanted to go in and I was like "hey, this stuff is cute" and I ate my words and bought some Claire's jewelry.
Back to what I was saying about modifying my shape/losing those lbs...
I posted a pic on my fb page this morning of my first post prego outfit of the day. The outfit is pretty ho hum whatever, but highlights my points above about how to dress except that I'm wearing real pants which is actually breaking the rules above. I was just excited to wear real pants. I want to note that I DON'T fit into any real buttoning/zipping pants of my own yet, but I was lucky enough to borrow some that do fit so I feel more like a real person.
Ok, here's the picture.
Most important here? That very forgiving shirt. That shirt is pretty roomy and is winning for hiding my copious muffin top and back fat. I'm not trying to insult myself, just being real about my muffin top and back fat, which are very real right now. I also want to demonstrate how awesome clothing is because people are all "you look fantastic" and "you lost all the weight" and no... I really didn't. I just know how to dress and hide it!
Let me know show you what this picture would be like without the over shirt (which is Banana Republic by the way):
Notice the back roll and front pooch - I really should have taken a front view for the muffin top effect, but you get the idea. I still have some work to do before I get to where I want to be (which is totally normal - I have a 6 week old!!!).
So, what have I done so far to lose some lbs? Not a damn thing! I just ate 2 slices of frozen pizza...
I mean, I guess I am breastfeeding and chasing after my older 2 kids, but I have yet to do anything active, not even walk. As for my diet, it's still pretty awful because I'm all, "I'm breastfeeding, I deserve this!"
I do realize I'll probably have to change my tune if I want to shed the last 19lbs and I intend to start slowly. My goal is to start exercising by the time baby gal is 8 weeks, at least twice a week, for 30 minutes each. Pretty small start, right? Well, I want to be successful and I know there is no point in saying I'll exercise 4 times a week or that I'll start tomorrow because those things just ain't gonna happen!
So, that's where I'm at with this post prego weight loss journey and it's a pretty good place to be. Thanks for letting me get out this selfish post. While I'm on the topic of being selfish, anyone have any other tips/advice for me for how to dress a post prego body or eating tips to get out of my "I can eat whatever I want" mind set? :)
Stay healthy and happy, friends! Until next time...