I have spoken on the blog many times about my struggles with gaining weight, losing weight, and my body image. This is something that has been a huge issue with me for as long as I can remember. I don’t know if I have ever felt 100% comfortable in my body. My biggest struggle with being pregnant was not waking up to pee 500 times a night, or heart burn, or any of that. It was gaining weight. At first the weight came on really fast. Then before I knew it I was 8 months pregnant and I had gained 50 lbs. YES 50. The day I gave birth I was close to 60 lbs that I gained. Mind you I also gained about 15 lbs doing fertility treatments, which is completely normal. This means I had 75 lbs to lose. 75!!!! Pregnancy weight gain has been hard but here is my plan.
Pregnancy Weight Gain: Body After Baby
What was hardest with all of this is that throughout my pregnancy I worked out 5-6 days a week, had a green smoothie daily, ate very very well most of the time and really tried to stay healthy. My Dr told me that some women no matter what just gain weight. It just happens. You guys I cried more about my weight than anything else during pregnancy and it was really hard. I can’t tell you how many breakdowns I had in our closet trying to get ready to go somewhere and hating everything.
After I had Liam I dropped 15 lbs in the hospital right away. Another 15 lbs came off within the first few weeks.
I made a decision in my pregnancy that I was going to do Weight Watchers after. I did a lot of research and spoke to a few friends that raved about it. People loved that you didn’t deprive yourself and could eat pretty much what you wanted you just tracked points. I am someone who lives off crap like that. Back in 2010 I lost 20 lbs in about 3 months doing MyFitnessPal and working out. I also cut out all processed foods and fast food. It was so easy! I loved being able to track my food and felt a sense of accomplishment, so I knew Weight Watchers was for me. Plus, Andrew was on board to eat healthy with me. He wasn’t trying to lose weight but he was all for us eating healthy dinners. I have been on WW for about 10 weeks and so far I have lost a good amount of weight and I am actually really loving it! It’s going a bit slower than I would like, but with some tweaking of different foods and strategies I feel like it’s working well.
I also had a plan in mind for workouts. I was going to walk with the baby every single day because I love walks. I was going to go back to the gym as soon as I was cleared to workout. My trainer was putting a plan together and we were gonna go big! We have an at home gym as well so that wasn’t going to be an issue. Basically I had my husbands love and support to do whatever I needed to feel good again. So far I have managed to work out 6 days a week with an active rest day on Sundays (aka long walks). I have been doing barre twice a week, training once a week, and workouts on my own the other days. Even when Liam has been sick I have managed to get in a workout at home.
I know in my heart that a number doesn’t define me. I know that fitting into that one pair of shorts or that one dress doesn’t define me. But I also know I am a happier person when I feel good about myself.
I am still really new to this process so I do plan to update you guys, but this is my plan. I really hope I can be back to my happy weight soon and feel great about myself. I also plan to do in depth posts about Weight Watchers and my experience as well as workouts post baby and what that’s like. Spoiler alert…it’s hard.
Did you have any weight gain struggles ever?