So I read a lot of these “body after baby” posts. And it seems like for the most part, people seem to have lost all the baby weight by like two weeks. Or four months. So here I am, nine months plus a few days post-partum. Alexander has been out probably a month longer than he was in at this point. (He was three weeks early, my math doesn’t suck that bad.) If you see me, you might think that I am back to my pre-baby size. But that’s a lie. I mean, that I’m that size, not that you’d think that. I’m about 10 lbs away from it. I have some clothes that fit, some that are too big (yay) and some that are still too small.
I probably shouldn’t use a picture of myself in a horizontal stripes to illustrate my lack of weight loss. But I will say, this shirt and these jeans are from the pre-baby days.
I gained roughly 30 lbs while I was pregnant. Since Alexander was such a tiny thing, I think most of that was probably due to a newfound rediscovery of Wendy’s Frosties. (Side note: my sister has never had a Frostie. What?) In the past nine months, here’s what I’ve done to try to lose the baby weight:
• weight watchers
• t-25 (with shakeology)
I guess that’s it. My list seemed longer in my head. Weight Watchers has worked for me in the past, but for whatever reason, and the reason is probably me, it didn’t this time, so I quit and started using My Fitness Pal. Sporadically. My friend Heather had great results with T-25. So great that I was like, “Sure, I’ll buy a $120 workout DVD set.” Here’s the problem with me and workout videos. If I’m doing a workout other than running, I’m really bad at pushing myself. I’ll follow the modified moves or just take random rest breaks. I don’t push myself.
I actually think I lost a few pounds from the Shakeology though. If you don’t know, Shakeology is this ridiculously expensive, but not as expensive when you buy it with the DVDs, protein powder-esque meal replacement. Jason and I both loved it. I would make a smoothie in the morning that consisted of 1 scoop chocolate shakeology, half a banana, 1 cup of almond milk and ice. And while I don’t think it kept me any more full than my typical egg sandwich breakfast, for some reason, I didn’t snack as much during the day when I had a shake for breakfast. But the Shakeology is long gone and we’ve been trying to justify buying more, but it’s hard to justify when daycare costs almost as much as a second mortgage.
Really, I think the best workout for me is and has always been running. I’d say I’ve been running maybe once or twice a week. I can go down my list of excuses to why:
• A tree fell on our workout room. It didn’t fall on the treadmill, but the damn room is still not fixed (yes, six weeks later) so I’m not going to run on a treadmill in a room where the wall is caving in.
• I don’t like my running stroller. I hate to say this because someone gave it to me, but I don’t think she reads this anyway. It has a fixed front wheel and it’s really hard to steer because of that. Are the BOBs like that?
• Even if I did like my running stroller, I can’t run in the morning with Alexander during the week. Since Jason works overnights, my morning routine is VERY dependent on Alexander being asleep. If he wakes up early, I can’t get ready. So if I were to take him out for a run, he’d be awake when we got back and that wouldn’t work. Unless I wanted to go to work all smelly.
So maybe when the room is fixed, I’ll get back into it. And maybe I’ll finally lose the final 10 lbs.