Baby O is now 2 weeks old and my body is slowly healing from the c-section. I still have 4-5 weeks before I will be cleared for exercise but that’s no reason for me to have to wait to be able to exercise in order to lose my baby weight. I can start making that happen right now. Thankfully, when we have our babies, we get a free pass to at least a few pounds gone when we get home from the hospital. In my case, I get a pretty good head start because I have large babies (Fit Boy was 9lbs, 9ozs, and baby O was 8lbs, 14ozs).
One thing I will not be doing is slaving to the scale. I will weigh-in once per month to track progress and post a picture monthly because I believe that the way I feel and the way my clothes fit are much better signs of how healthy I am than the number on the scale. I found this to be especially true after Fit Boy was born. I lost the weight fairly quickly after his birth but I didn’t get my body back for many more months after that. I discovered that I could be the same weight but that my body could look drastically different within that same number on the scale. That will be a task for when I am cleared for exercise.
For now, my focus will be on nutrition. How will I accomplish that? Basically by eating the same types of foods I ate during my pregnancy. Lean proteins, lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains. I am in a state of exhaustion given that I’m up multiple times during the night breastfeeding and up all day entertaining my 2 year old and that can make eating well a challenge. But when I fuel my body with good, whole foods, my energy levels are higher and I’m more able to get through my day than when I’m eating foods that are highly processed and full of empty calories. Not to mention, as a breastfeeding mama, I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME. This means that in order not to eat my way through the pantry, I need to load up on foods that will keep me feeling fuller longer.
That’s not to say I won’t indulge. Let’s be real here, Easter is coming and mama loves her some Easter chocolate but it will be in moderation, as it should be.