#thestruggleisreal… Again

I am not a fan of these trendy hashtags or sayings, but this one seems appropriate for the situation.  My main weight loss struggle as an adult has been after both of my pregnancies.

Pregnancy #1:

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I became pregnant with my son in 2013, and gave birth in 2014.  I gained about 55+ pounds (I say + because it might have been more).  I was a size 8 pre-pregnancy, but it was fitting pretty snug already.  I didn’t really work out during this pregnancy, and I ate whatever I wanted.  I did not like the feeling of being pregnant as far as all the symptoms…. acne, digestive issues, exhaustion, etc.  Not that anyone likes those symptoms, but I found that I only felt good when I was eating or sleeping.

It took about 2 years to get to where I wanted to be.  I lost the 55+ pounds, plus another 20 pounds.  As soon as I was home from the hospital after my son’s birth, I started counting calories.  During these two years postpartum I progressed from 1200 calories a day and 45 minutes-1 hour of cardio several days a week to 1700 calories a day, counting macros, and lifting weights.  I bought a multitude of online exercise and weight lifting plans to switch it up when I got bored.

I feel that I learned so much this year about how to fuel my body appropriately, and how to work out more efficiently.  I significantly reduced my fast food visits once I focused on increasing my protein intake.  I hear it so often, and I can second the sentiment that I wish I started increasing my protein and lifting weights much earlier in life.

Pregnancy #2 (and final pregnancy):

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I became pregnant with my daughter in 2016 and gave birth in the same year.  I thought that because I had learned so much about fat loss and exercise since the last pregnancy, that I would be able to implement that during this next pregnancy.  I was very wrong.

I started off exercising at the beginning, but my strength had declined and my exhaustion was worst than the 1st pregnancy.  I went back to not exercising, and eating whatever I wanted.  I hated pregnancy even more this time.  I gained the 55+ pounds again (probably even more this time).

I am currently 10 1/2 months postpartum and I am 15 pounds from my 2nd pre-pregnancy weight.  It has been a slow process, and I’m fine with that.  I have on days and off days, and even on weeks and off weeks.  I have been counting my macros again, but instead of IIFYM where you count all macros I am now flexible dieting where I count calories and protein only.

I am looking forward to the future of finishing off the weight loss, increasing my strength, and applying what I’ve learned to maintain my weight and hopefully help others in the process.

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