Today I wanted to share how I lost 50lb after my third baby last year on maternity leave (And I followed that up with a Breast Reduction!) I’ve shared on the blog a bit of my journey losing 50lb after baby #3 -Truthfully I’ve regained 10lb with the depression – but I am not worried as I’m looking forward to the last 30 lb of the journey and in January 2019 signed up for Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers to lose weight after babies is something I highly recommend. I’ve had success on the program between every baby, and even before I had children, back when I was an undergraduate student.
DON’T GET OBSESSED WITH THE DETAILS
What I wanted to write a bit on today is that I took a different route from 99.9% of what I see on instagram. People really focus on the macros, the micros, the workouts and the minutae of losing weight, but there is SO much more to it with the successful people. I’ve studied them, I’ve read their blogs and followed their journeys. I applied their lessons to myself and it turned out to work really, really well. So, How I lost 50lb after baby 3.
What I see as a 30 something Mom in social media right now is weight loss through working out and lots of hiit (high intensity interval training) and very detailed meal plans. TBH, don’t worry about macros and anaerobic versus aerobic until you get there, in the beginning worry more about simply eating the right stuff and moving. Once you’re near goal and it takes more dialling down, then worry about the picky stuff.
50lb is possible in the same amount of time without HIIT or crazy ass workouts (trust me I’ve done that before, with baby one I was doing the Crossfit open at 6 months post-partum and PRing my deadlifts – nothing wrong with that but my pelvic floor is not in the same place, I can tell you that, and I’m not sure 3 kids later that doing that was worth the issues I have now.
START TO LOOK AT FOOD AS FUNCTIONAL TO REMOVE THE EMOTIONAL HIGH YOU GET FROM IT (HELPS KICK THE ADDICTION)
I had hyperemesis with all 3 pregnancies which robs your joy of food – BUT… here’s the silver lining – it’s a weird gift in a way because it makes it easier to shift to food as fuel versus food as emotional comfort. This is a HUGE mindset change that came along after 3 pregnancies.
This 50 lb above was done 98% through good clean nutrition. 2% through walking. And that is possible too! I didn’t pay hundreds of dollars to workout, I simply looked at things differently. Adding food as fuel rather than denying it. That change made me want to choose stuff with good nutrition and I adapted a loose whole 30 diet with 1-2 days a week cheat meals.
LOVING THE FAT OUT OF ME – NOT BEATING THE FAT OUT OF ME.
Another mindset shift was that I wanted to be gentle and kind to my body after #3 – not aggressively beating the fat off. I did that with #1 lol. It worked too bur I’m in a kinder, gentler, more appreciative place ans truthfully, I feel like I owe my body love after all it Has done building these kids. That is refreshing after the first 20 years hating my body.
After baby 3 I had pelvic organ prolapse and the kinder gentler route involved pelvic floor physio, pilates and walking. I took a full year before running again.
So if you are finding you, too are in a mindset shift of wanting a gentler approach to weightloss after baby while you focus on rehabilitation rather than conditioning, remember it’s doable!
I am proof of that. Rebuilding your nutritional foundation is so important, especially if pregnancy puking robbed you of that! To do it successfully with nutrition (and this is why it is hard) you have to go through a few mindset shifts that help your motivation and way of seeing things. I think good nutrition is steeped in body positivity and self love. It took me 3 babies to get there, but I am glad I did.