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.
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):
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.