Let me just preface this post by saying that I NEVER (like EVER) planned on showing these pictures to ANYONE besides my husband and my health coach when I first started this journey to health. I was incredibly embarrassed of how I looked postpartum and what seemed like my inability to shed my baby weight.
But here I am on the other side and I am proud to share my results with you.
Why? Because I hope to inspire other people - especially moms - to have the body and lifestyle that they really want. Sure - you need to be happy with yourself on the inside first, but the way I looked on the outside was beginning to make me feel pretty crappy on the inside and I knew something had to change. Too many times as mothers we are given the message that it is selfish and petty for us to focus on ourselves and/or physical imperfections brought on by pregnancy. When I looked unhappily at myself in the mirror I felt guilty for feeling the way I did - if I shared this feeling out loud would I sound ungrateful for the amazing little person I had just given birth to?
I remember being concerned about my weight gain and monitoring it during my pregnancy. My doctor told me I should gain 35lbs. I believe by the end I was closer to 45-50lbs gained and I worried. So many mothers told me not to feel this way and filled my head with the belief that my pre-pregnancy body would be just around the corner.
"It will fall right off since your breastfeeding!"
"You will be too busy to eat 3 meals a day, so you will loose your weight that way!"
"Oh just take the baby on lots of walks and that will take care of the extra pounds!"
"You lose 30lbs by the time you leave the hospital."
Um, yeah not exactly. I remember weighing myself after I came home from the hospital and I was only 15lbs lighter. And my baby Chico was only 8lbs!!! I was devastated. I was barely under 200lbs.
Those women had lied to me! I breastfed Chico around the clock (as anyone with a newborn knows!) and didn't find that I was losing anything. In fact - breastfeeding made me so hungry! It was like I was famished at all hours of the day! I was NEVER too busy to eat (and my awesome husband always made sure I had food) and I walked that baby all over my neighborhood daily. I lost some, but I was far from fitting into my old clothes…
I wasn't sure what to do. I broke down and bought clothing in bigger sizes so I didn't have to wear yoga pants and maternity tops every day. I tried to tell myself maybe I could get used to my new body - after all - shouldn't I just be happy that I have a healthy and happy baby?
Then we found this program…
The long and skinny of it (get it? skinny of it?) is that my husband and I began the program. My program was especially designed for nursing mothers and Adam had his own program.
I lost 46lbs and over 20 inches. In four months.
Adam and I lost over 90lbs combined. In four months.
Let that sink in. :)
We are so happy not only with the results, but how it has changed how we see food and health - and in turn how this has changed our family. We want our son to grow up to have a healthy attitude about eating and to enjoy good, healthy food.
Because I am so excited about this program and how it changed our lives in such a short amount of time I decided to become a Health Coach myself! This program is so easy and "do-able." I want other people (especially mamas) to know the feeling of getting "it" back - whatever "it" is for them - this could be getting your self-confidence back, your "sexy" back, use of your full wardrobe again, your health, your energy - YOU NAME IT!
If you're interested to know if this program could work for you like it has for us - Check out my site - HERE!!