My Post-Partum Weight Loss Journey

My Post-Partum Weight Loss Journey

I’m a year out from having my baby.

It’s been a journey this year.

I was lucky, thanks to gestational diabetes that I didn’t gain much weight during pregnancy. Maybe 20-25 lbs. total? I was down to pre-baby weight by 6 weeks post-partum. The issue was that I had gained like 40 lbs before I got pregnant, so I wasn’t where I wanted to be.

The best I’ve felt in the last few years (in Vegas)- side note: that’s not my lowest weight, which was 20 lbs less than this….but this was just like 2.5 months before getting pregnant:

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Plus 30-40 lbs. pre-baby (like this was just weeks before getting pregnant).  Life happens, ya know?  Holidays, life stress.  I eat my feelings (or I did, I’m working on that):

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So on we go.  I get pregnant, gain 25 lbs. or so and get back to the weight I was in December 2015. But if you’ve ever had a baby before, you might weigh the same, but things are….different. Things move around. They are shaped differently. They hang differently. ha!

I wasn’t happy.

I tried losing some weight just making better food choices. I tried doing some at-home workouts.

I lost maybe 8 lbs and bounced around.

This was me in May.  I think I had lost maybe 5-8 lbs. here.  But I felt tired. I felt bloated. I felt weak:

In May, I decided to make a change. I wanted more energy. I wanted more of my clothes to fit. I wanted to look better.

I joined a kickboxing gym called 9Round. They are a franchise and have locations across the country. They are 30-minute boxing based circuit workouts. I went initially because I liked the 30 minute format, but now I love the people and the workouts.

I also started eating low-carb/ketogenic. I am not hardcore keto tracking macros, but I lean a little more on the keto carb limit (around 20-25 net carbs a day).

I started losing some weight. I had lost like 10 pounds and felt comfortable enough wearing shorts on the 4th of July.

I lost 15 pounds and was feeling pretty snazzy some days. This was me and my friend Kacee in Tulsa on a mom’s night out. 

I lost 20 lbs and felt confident enough to wear a 2 piece swimsuit at the beach. It’s not where I want to be, but I am working hard and I don’t want to hide. I could have cropped out my legs to hide it. But I didn’t. Yes, I’ve got cellulite. But, I’ll honest, when I weighed 40 lbs less, I had dimpled legs. So that’s not gonna stop be from jumping into the ocean with my baby.

So I’ve hit some milestones. I’ve lost 25 lbs. I’m now under 200 lbs. I can do a real push up. I feel more confident. But I’m not done.

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I have several goals. I want to continue on this way of eating to lose 35 more pounds (maybe more, but my initial goal is 35 more). I am sticking with 9Round. I want to hit my 100th workout by the end of 2017. I want to make time for myself because working out makes me feel good. I want to eat healthier because I have fewer headaches, more energy and less inflammation. I want to be the best me.

Stay tuned to see where I go. 🙂


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