Achieving Your Postpartum Weight Loss Goals: A Personal Journey
I, Christine, have ALWAYS struggled with being overweight. And I was tired of the struggle. So since my son was born (almost a year ago) I’ve been on a health and fitness journey – losing a total of 62 lbs! I am writing this post for all the mamas and mamas to be that are in the same boat. I want to encourage you– it is not impossible! You can overcome the weight loss struggle!— IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT!
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The Weight Gain Train
Prior to my pregnancy, there was a whirlwind of change going on in my life and emotional eating took its toll on my body. I had moved, changed jobs, got engaged, moved again, planned a DIY wedding, was under contract to buy a house, got married, lost the contract on the house, and then lived with my grandmother-in-law as a newlywed (side note: that seriously could’ve been a reality TV show “Married at Grammy’s”). That’s when I got pregnant – perfect timing. But I decided I would not be married AND pregnant at Grammy’s so we moved again. I had gained 20 pounds in that amount of time and was just about to start adding on the baby weight. Oh joy. By the end of my pregnancy I was an additional 40 pounds overweight.
It was so hard. This was my first baby and I didn’t even want to take maternity photos or post pictures on facebook. I was so ashamed. In the 8th month of my pregnancy we finally bought a house, and … you guessed it – we moved AGAIN. Immediately after giving birth I had absolutely no appetite except for chicken soup and cookies-and-cream ice cream (which I ate straight out of the tub several times throughout the day). So healthy, I know.
JUMPING OFF the Weight Gain Train
At that point, something clicked in me. I was done with being overweight and unhealthy. I had been seeing tons of posts from a Facebook friend, Sarah, on eating healthy and working out and I was inspired. Now you have to understand why Sarah was so motivational. It wasn’t because she had a flat stomach with the perfectly chiseled abs or all these pics of her living the dream life. It was because she was a normal person who was exercising daily, eating healthy, has 6 kids (no, that’s no typo– SIX tiny humans), AND her 6th baby was born about 2 months before my son! Now THAT is an inspirational woman. I could barely find time for the basics of peeing, taking a shower, and eating (not necessarily in that order) and here she was — super mom — exercising daily, driving kids to school, nursing an infant, taking care of younger kids at home, AND finding time to pee, take a shower, and eat. Not to mention she was eating HEALTHY.
She is a ROCKSTAR! So UNNATURALLY I messaged her for some help. Yes it was unnatural. Up until this point I was feeling hopeless and helpless about losing weight. And sometimes asking for help is the hardest step you can take. It puts you in a vulnerable position, but asking for help was the best decision I ever made. MAMA, don’t do it alone! You’re not the only one with the struggle, so why struggle alone?
The Big Turn Around
Turns out, Sarah was a Team Beachbody coach. She invited me to a facebook challenge group where real people with real goals were helping hold each other accountable to exercising and eating healthy. It was just what I needed. So, I signed up for Beachbody On Demand, an online database of hundreds of workouts, created by elite personal trainers for all fitness levels.
I had no time to go to a gym and now, didn’t need to. I had no idea how to work out on my own and now, didn’t need to. All I needed to do was find some time while Sammy was sleeping or hanging out in his bouncer to do a 20-30 minute workout. And if there was an interruption like a diaper change or time for a bottle, I could just press pause and come back to it later. That was so doable for me. I was hooked.
Not only was I being motivated to exercise but my eating habits started to change. Beachbody programs like 21-Day Fix usually come with a meal plan that’s simple to follow and I started learning how to eat healthy without starving myself or denying myself the occasional goodie. Seriously though, I’m typing this now at Dunkin’ Donuts drinking an iced coffee (pretty much a daily routine) and from time to time I indulge in that glazed donut.
YOU GOT THIS MAMA
I called this my “health and fitness journey,” because that’s exactly what it is— A JOURNEY. I haven’t arrived yet, and I’m not sure if I, or anyone else for that matter, ever really will. And that’s okay – because health & fitness is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. And that’s the mentality you have to have in order to keep on keepin’ on. If I can do it, you can do it. I believe in you mama!
This is a journey so stay tuned for more!
*Disclaimer: Christine Gurry is an independent Team Beachbody Coach
Girl, this is everything I needed to hear. I’m so proud of you. I’m so glad I met you. You are so right about health and fitness being a journey and not a fad diet. My little one is 15 months and I’m still struggling to get back to my baseline or somewhere close to it. Thanks for sharing your journey.
Thank you so much! I’m glad we met as well! I totally hear you, it is definitely a struggle, but I believe you can do it! Thanks for the comment!