I LOVED my pregnancy. The entire 40 weeks I went through all three trimesters with no morning sickness and more energy than sometimes I knew what to do with.
When I first discovered I was pregnant, I was thin. We had just opened our Restaurant, Pasion Latin Fusion, and I’m thinking retrospectively that my stress level may have had something to do with my lower weight.
I couldn’t wait to start showing. Sooner than later though, hiding my pregnancy was not an option.
I was far too excited about being pregnant to not enjoy the full idea of being so. I wanted to be like the pregnant ladies in the movies; eating late night Taco Bell, McFlurries from McDee’s, and salt and vinegar potato chips to satisfy my burning cravings.
Unsurprisingly, the weight piled on! I didn’t really care though. I was happy my baby was growing and that we were both healthy. Instinctively, my body still craved and got nutrients from other more healthy foods. My favorites were grapes, watermelon, and tons of water. I would force feed myself a salad as much as I could too.
Before long, I was due with my son, and I had inconspicuously gained 45 lbs! Everyone told me “You’re all belly!” But I knew better. My midwife recommended I gained between 25-40 lbs, so I wasn’t too far off. I still sensed that my “eat whatever the heck I want” honeymoon would soon be over and I’d have to begin my postpartum weight loss journey towards a healthier me.
|BTW It was so hard sleeping in the last trimester! Ah!
Soon, my bundle of joy was here! I was ready.
Waiting until my midwife gave me clearance, I waited until I was about 6 weeks postpartum to start my fitness program.
I started going to the gym at 5:30 a.m. (this was the only time I’d have a sitter–my hubby). But this plus a newborn was close to impossible. I decided try some home workouts and I created some of my own workouts I could do with the baby and stroller outside!
By four months postpartum, I decided to try Insanity fitness. I was ready for a bigger challenge. These were my results!
It took about 6 months to lose all 40 lbs of pregnancy weight, but I completely changed my body for the better. I became stronger, more flexible, and I admired my body in a new way: I had given birth to a baby! I knew that all things were possible after that.
I have legs and abs I did not have before my pregnancy. I am one proud momma! I committed to my postpartum weight loss journey one day at a time. That is all it takes. Then one day you wake up a changed woman.
At this stage in my postpartum journey, I am focusing on home and outdoor fitness. I create my own workouts and incorporate my little bundle of joy–it’s fun plus he’s great added resistance!
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As for my next pregnancy, I will definitely do things differently. I will eat more consciously and exercise adequately throughout the 40 weeks. As far as the types of workouts, I will be starTing yoga next!
What was your pregnancy like? How did you lose your pregnancy weight? Do you plan on doing things differently in your next pregnancy? Let me know in the comments below!