Happy New Year, Everyone!
I’ve been pretty absent since Brooke came along and I feel terrible about it. I was very naive to think I was busy and had no time before I had a baby. Trying to make time for myself nowadays has definitely become difficult. That being said, it sometimes feels impossible to keep my blog up! So for the 100th time.. I’m sorry and thank you for sticking with me!
As I’ve talked about in a past post, this postpartum experience has been a challenge for me. Between the raging hormones and the weight fluctuations, there are times I don’t even recognize myself.
Pre-pregnancy, I considered myself in OK shape. I wasn’t ready to become a bikini model or anything however I was comfortable enough in my own skin.
Watching my body change during pregnancy was one of the hardest parts for me. I felt immense guilt for even being upset over it, however I found myself criticizing every part of my body. I remember times I would be getting ready to go out and I’d end up in tears feeling like I just looked so fat. It took time but with support, I eventually became accepting of my new body because after all, I was creating a beautiful baby girl.
39 Weeks Pregnant
Now postpartum, I find myself in a similar situation. Currently 6 months since I’ve had Brooke and I’m still not back down to my pre-baby weight. Not all my old clothes fit, not to mention how different the shape of my body is since having her. Sitting on social media and comparing myself to other moms was a terrible habit I picked up. Especially the ones that were able to bounce back faster than my head could turn.
I always believed that breastfeeding would shed the weight off quickly. Well for some it does, for me it didn’t. In fact, I don’t believe I lost a single lb. during my breastfeeding experience.
1.5 Months Postpartum
Once I was done breastfeeding I went on the Paleo diet. In the past it helped me lose weight so I figured it was a perfect way to lose weight again. Unfortunately it didn’t work this time around. I found myself frustrated and depressed. There was honestly a time I thought I was just going to have to accept this weight and move forward.
It wasn’t until I decided to join Weight Watchers that I actually started to notice a big difference. I joined in early November and now currently have 6lbs to lose until I reach my pre-pregnancy weight. I can’t explain how much this has helped rebuild my self esteem. The fact that I can fit into most of my old jeans again makes me feel proud of hard work.
The plan itself is actually way less complicated than I originally thought. I feel like I took a risk starting right before the holidays but I made it through and am still significantly down in weight! (If you’re interested in how the plan works, comment down below and I will do a full blog post on it!)
It’s a new year and I feel it’s only appropriate to share this new part of my life with you all. It’s not the easiest to talk about but I feel it’s important to be honest for others that find themselves in similar situations. I am truly a firm believer in Weight Watchers and can’t wait to be back to where I’m most comfortable.
Have any of my other readers done Weight Watchers?
Anyone currently doing it?
I’d love to chat, share recipes, and most importantly show support!
PS. I have taken an insane amount of photos to see my own progress. I am saving them for when I hit my goal weight! Stay tuned.
ALSO, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have no affiliations with Weight Watchers.