Getting Back To Fit

IMG_4689We’ve all heard the big lie … well at least those moms who opted to breastfeed their babes. You’ll burn crazy calories. The weight will melt off. Yeah. Right.

Well, I suppose this was kind of true for me, at least early on. I was 10 pounds below my pregnancy weight when I went back to work. I was able to pump and keep nursing, which was my biggest goal. I didn’t even worry about losing weight. Until the weight started creeping back on a few months after going back to work.

At home, I stayed busy and didn’t have time to eat. But, back at work I had time to snack and I had mom guilt that I tried to eat my way through. The pounds starting packing back on and within a few months I was back to my pregnancy weight and close to the heaviest I have ever been.

I was tired and I felt completely miserable. I knew I needed to make a change, but I was terrified of losing my supply. The Milk Gods had blessed me with an oversupply and I was able to feed my little munchkin and donate to a few moms and their littles. While I loved having the ability to help others, it put added pressure on me to produce.

The tipping point came in May. I needed new pants – literally NOTHING fit. In the dressing room I could feel my face turning red and my eyes welling up as I slipped into the size 18 pants. I fought the tears off when even those were snug and I swallowed my pride as I went to the register. When I met my husband outside the store I told him I was done. I will never buy that size ever again. That Monday, I restarted 21 Day IMG_4454Fix and recommitted to my eating plan.

Every morning, I got up and I pushed play. Every day I logged every single bite of food. I remained focused and it paid off. In my first 3 weeks, I lost over 8 pounds and almost 10 inches. I’m now in week 5 and planning to do 3 more weeks. I am already down 12 pounds and I feel so much better. My energy levels are up and I am starting to fit into smaller clothes. I cannot wait to share my next round of results.

And the best part? My milk supply has stayed up. Mama is getting herself fit and Mr. Little Man is staying fed. Stay tuned for some tips from my experiences and lessons I have learned.