9 Months to Gain 9 Months to Loose

9 Months to Gain 9 Months to Loose

Hey there!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Spring so far!  I love spring almost as much as I love fall.  I think I’d probably love it more if we actually got to enjoy more of it… Where we live we typically go from rain to heat.  There’s very little in between.  BUT the few weeks of it that we do have we sure do enjoy!

We’ve been walking home from school more, going for evening bike rides, and enjoying our time (quite a bit of it too) at baseball with The Love Nugget.

At first he said he didn’t want to play this year and we were okay with that.  Then he found out a few of his buddies were playing and he all the sudden was baseball crazy.  If only he were that excited everyday when we go to practice and the game.  He tends to spend the majority of his time jumping around, cheering for his friends, dancing and watching anything else except for what’s going on around him.  One game he was catcher and I went to snap a picture of him only to find him chatting it up with the parent volunteer behind the plate.  Mr. social he is!  Regardless if he’s an All Star player or not, he’s having fun and we’re learning to let go of our competitiveness  and just enjoy watching him 🙂

The arrival of spring means we’re getting closer to both my boys birthdays!  The Love Nugget turns 6 in May and my little muffin turns 1 in June!  I can’t even believe how fast the time is going by.  Speaking of that time, he actually just turned 9 months the other day!

Holy moly 9 months old!  He’s such a happy little guy who’s also very busy.  I thought The Love Nugget was crazy but man, this kid is CRAZY!  He’s a super fast crawler, is pulling himself up on everything (most often my leg), cruising all over the place and has even stood by himself several times.  I have a feeling he’ll be walking before we know it!

In the past 9 months along with watching him grow into such a happy little guy, I’ve been working on some personal goals.  During my pregnancy, I gained 53 pounds!  Definitely more than I had expected but it happened and I’m not ashamed of it.

However, I can now happily say that as of today, 9 months later, I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight and size 🙂

Which in itself is great but I’m also so proud of myself for really taking my time and respecting my body.   You see, with my first I did the exact opposite of that.  Within a few weeks I was training for a half marathon (which I ran at 5 months postpartum) and wasn’t fueling my body properly.  Most days I was working out multiple times a day and eating less than 1200 calories a day.  While trying to breastfeed.  It’s no wonder I struggled so much to produce milk AND killed my hormones.

This time around I wanted to do things differently.  I knew that it had taken me 9 months to gain 53 pounds so I gave myself 9 months to lose it.  I set goals and set out to work on those goals in a responsible, healthy manner.  I made time to exercise and I fueled my body properly keeping in mind that my body also needed extra calories to produce milk.  I managed to nurse for 8 1/2 months which is much further than I was able to do with The Love Nugget.

There were definitely times I struggled.  Times I saw someone post about how they had lost all their baby weight after a month and felt a ping of jealousy.  Times I heard someone tell me once again to just breastfeed and the pounds would just melt away and had to ignore the.   Sorry, but that doesn’t happen for me.  In fact, I hold on to extra weight until I’m done breastfeeding.  AND there were times where I felt like I’d never get to where I once was.  BUT I did!  I can honestly say that it wasn’t just that I was focused, that I was exercising almost daily, or that I was eating healthy.  It’s that I gave myself some grace and was patient with my progress.  Remembering that it took me 9 months to gain the weight and that it would take time to lose it as well helped me to get through those times of frustration.  All too often I think we can be too demanding of our bodies.  Regardless if you’ve gained pregnancy weight, or just winter weight.  It didn’t appear overnight and it’s not going to disappear overnight either.  We need to respect our bodies and treat them with well by taking proper care of them.  Some daily exercise, clean eating and dedication to your goals and you can get there too!

I just announced an all new bootcamp group I’m hosting over on my facebook page that will begin on April 17th.  If you’re interested in getting a little extra support and motivation in reaching your goals, I’d love to have you join!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for being so honest about your pregnancy weight gain and subsequent weight-loss! I’m currently 8 months pregnant with our first, and have gained a lot more than I had hoped to. It’s certainly a struggle to be positive about it, but it helps to see exampled of people who diligently and consistently work to get back to where they were (or better!) post-pregnancy. Great job!

  2. Love this post. <3 you look absolutely amazing – and your attitude and respect for your body is refreshing and inspiring.