I stepped on the scale the other day and was hoping for big results. I mean, really: I birthed a 9 lb 8 oz baby, a massive placenta (said the midwife), and have been bleeding ever since. Ok, so that may be too much information for some of you, but for others who have experienced it, you know it is merely a fact of life. Still, you would think that would mean I’m almost back to normal weight, right? Well, apparently the scale says I still have a long way to go.
Patience is what I need but pressure is what I feel.
Patience is needed on any weight loss journey. They say, “It takes 9 months to put on the baby weight, so give yourself 9 months to take it off again.” If you have ever tried to lose weight, you know that it takes patience to do things the right way…and lack of patience is why so many of us fall for the fad diets that promise quicker results. Health professionals recommend that weight loss should be done slowly: somewhere between a half a pound to two pounds a week.
Pressure is mounting, however, to get back to normal as fast as possible. Being someone who writes a blog on healthy living, I feel pressure to be my normal, healthy weight as soon as possible. Being a woman in American society, I feel pressure to fit into my skinny jeans and impress others with how fast I lost the baby weight. I am glad I am not a celebrity with everyone keeping track and taking pictures of my post-baby body. Don’t we all put a little pressure on them by keeping an eye on their weight loss and weight gains? I am happy I am not famous, but there is still pressure to look good.
Last time I had a baby, I had a weight loss plan that worked out well and helped me keep track of my eating. I hope to use the same game plan this time around to help me make sure I am getting what I need nutritionally. However, I am not going to be on a diet (see my views on dieting here); I hope to make healthy choices and in doing so I plan to get back to a healthy weight. That means being active with my kids, eating a variety of nutritious foods, and making sure I can get enough sleep (hah!). I don’t plan to break any records with how fast I am back to normal, I just will let my body naturally respond to the healthy lifestyle that I hope to live. In the meantime, enjoy life and live healthfully with me, ok?
|I am so thankful for the friends who pitched in to give us this double stroller as a baby gift! I see lots of fall walks in our future and will love being active with my two little ones.|
Did you know: It takes 6 weeks for the uterus to get back to normal size after giving birth. It also is recommended that a woman should not exercise until 6 weeks after delivery. It looks like slow walks are on our agenda for a few more weeks before picking up the pace…