7 years ago, my husband and I realized that clubbing, eating out, “recreational” drinking and bingeing on a variety of junk foods and snacks at home was no longer enough for us. Suddenly, we started noticing children on the street – I guess they were there before but we ignored their presence, given our young adventure-seeking couple status.
Then, one evening we looked at each other and said: “I guess it is time to have a kid”. And I’m guessing you all can figure out what followed.
I am a “big-boned”, wonderful woman. No modesty here, no room for it. I was never slim or toned. There were times when I was comfortable in my body, then there were times when I wasn’t.
I Got Pregnant
During my pregnancy, I gained 20 kg (that’s roughly 44 pounds!) on top of the 10 kilos I had already gained in the previous years. I still felt beautiful, maybe because I did not have a peripheral view of my entire body 😊. So, I didn’t really think about weight loss after pregnancy.
Speaking of my body, it did a great job of providing my beautiful son with everything he needed during the “rent time” in my belly and afterward, when I breastfed him for 1 year and 7 months – so I am proud of it!
And I Stayed Fluffy After Giving Birth
I had no time to realize how I looked after my son was born, 15 kilos went away in the first month, but I was stuck with the other 5 for five more years.
That’s 5 kilos (11 lbs) on top of the other 10 I mentioned before. Since I’ve been wearing comfy clothing and stretch materials became the wonder fabrics for me, I only realized how big I was when I had to return to work, and I noticed I had nothing to wear. To tell you the truth, that wasn’t a good time to be around me.
But then I quit sugar, started eating healthy, salads in the afternoon, low-carb meals, no food after 6 p.m. and still nothing had changed. I guess I was one of the lucky ones because I never felt unloved just because I was fluffy, my husband adored me anyhow and my son kept grabbing the fat on my belly saying he loves the fact that I am soft and cuddly.
My Weight Loss After Pregnancy Journey Began And I Hit The Gym
Next, I decided to go to the gym because I wanted to be more resilient. I did not want to be out of breath after a simple bike ride, I wanted to be able to find clothes that fit more easily and to be honest with you, I never expected to lose baby weight; I only wanted to tone a bit.
Regarding my previous experiences with going to the gym, I did what everybody does: treadmill, a little bit of elliptical and I hated every minute of it!
So, this time I decided to try the classes. I don’t know about you, girls, but I work better under pressure and the fact that someone was watching me, correcting me, and expected more out of me gave me the feeling that I can surpass my limits, that I am stronger than I think, that I underestimated myself.
My goal was to go to the gym three times a week and, as any parent knows, at times, even the drive there felt like a 5-star day at the spa because no one wanted anything from me. No “momma”, no “where did I put my …?” (fill in the blanks), no washing dishes and doing laundry, it was my alone time! Oh, the joy, pure bliss!
Of course, in many instances, I felt like I couldn’t even get out of bed, let alone go to the gym but then I told myself to only take it one step at a time: “Just get in your car”, “Just drive”, “Change into your sports outfit” and that was it. Because once you start the class, your only thought is how to survive it.
I Won The Greatest Prize!
Do you know what I gained after each class? Respect for myself, more love for what my body and my mind can do together, great people I became friends with, more flexibility in what I thought my boundaries were and finally: great legs, the booty I always wanted, toned arms and defined abs.
Gradually, in one year, I lost 16 kg (35 pounds). I finally and for the first time in my life could wear shorts and skirts above the knees! I never had arms like these ever before and I could wear sleeveless dresses, a whole world of possibilities opened for me. There’s that hot woman in my mirror and she can do anything she wants! That kind of feeling I want you all to experience on your own.
You’re Worth It! (no pun intended, L’Oreal!)
I left the postpartum weight loss at the end because I think that it’s not the most important aspect of my new lifestyle. We are all beautiful women, each wonderful in her own way and, that the greatest, most important lesson we need to learn is to love ourselves. What I want you to do is lose the baby weight because you love yourself enough to become healthier and stronger!
What we need to improve is our mindset and if we need something to open our eyes to how great we are, it might as well be sports, healthy food and a handful of time for ourselves! Not to mention amazing friends and supportive relationships.
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