*DISCLAIMER I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL NO ONE NEEDS TO LOSE WEIGHT IF THEY DON’T WANT TO THIS IS JUST MY PERSONAL JOURNEY. THIS POST INCLUDES PICTURES OF A PREGNANT BELLY AND A POST PREGNANCY FLAB PLEASE DO NOT LOOK IF IT WILL MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE OR IF YOU WILL BE NEGATIVE ABOUT SOMETHING I’M ALREADY VERY SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT*
RIGHT! It’s time people, Oscar is 13 months old and I still haven’t pulled my finger out to get my body back to the way it was. I get the urge to do something about it and then I lose it just as quickly and it’s starting to frustrate me. SO, I’m taking some steps and I’m starting a journey. What terrifies me the most is I am going to be so open and honest about it with you guys- pictures included. Of my flabby stretch marked and scarred belly where I carried a baby. I have to say that end bit to remind myself that the reason my belly looks the way it does is because I carried a baby. I see on Instagram all these women who give birth and BAM their bellies go back flat and tone and tanned and not a stretch mark insight (Kim and Kourtney I’m lookin’ at you!) but I have to get to the point where I know in myself that I’m not weird for not being like that and I have finally reached that stage!
So, an update on where I am at the moment: When I first got pregnant I lost a few stone through sickness, then throughout my pregnancy I put the weight back on and more then it evened out- so I weighed around 10 stone before pregnancy then when I gave birth I weighed 12 stone. Fast forward a year and I weigh 12 stone 13lbs. I feel horrendous because none of my clothes fit properly and people are actually asking ‘when is the baby due’ Now, at the end of my pregnancy massive amounts of deep stretch marks appeared and I looked like this-
These all appeared within 2 weeks so it was very quick and very painful and it now means that as my tummy has shrunk quickly the stretch marks are really deep scars now and i’ll never get rid of them- it’s not my biggest worry though as they’re not painful anymore they’re just not nice to look at.
I started my actual weight loss 1 month ago at 12 st 13lbs I immediately cut out fizzy drinks and bought a fitbit- drank more water and stopped eating chocolate. Nothing happened. I got disheartened and starting drinking fizzy again and eating whatever I wanted. I realised I need to do what works for me and not what immediately springs to mind when you think ‘weight loss’.
I’ve now lost 13 lbs and weigh 11st 12lbs my goal weight is 9 stone.
Work out your BMI! I use the NHS calculator- here
When I first did it the calculator showed me as overweight and actually quite close to obese!
1 month down-
I am still classed as overweight but much closer to a healthy weight for my age and height.
So, I don’t know about you but I needed a bit of retail therapy before I could even consider doing any exercise so I bought a couple of new pairs of trainers and some work out clothes from Nike and it has made me feel so much better about it because I will be so much more comfortable running, riding or dancing around in well fitting clothes and trainers. I have got Nike Roshe customised with a speckled sole and Nike Relentless 2.
As well as clothes and trainers I also got myself a Fitbit to help with the training but also because I was so intrigued to see how long I sleep for. The fitbit lives on my non-dominant arm and connects to an app on my iPhone to show me how many steps I do, and how well I sleep- you can set goals for yourself for input as much or as little data as you want such as; What you’ve eaten, how much water you’ve drunk, How much you weigh etc., this brings me onto step 3…
Set goals! I have a goal weight of 9 stone and another goal is to have some sort of tone to my tummy I have an actual lip of fat at the moment so it hangs out and over…. High waisted trousers are the way forward! I basically want to be able to wear a body con dress and not feel really self conscious about my gut, which by the way looked like this at the start of my journey-
and 1 month down looks like this-
I can definitely feel differences.
Well, there it is- my first 3 steps to the weight loss journey.
Have any of you mummies lost your post baby weight? If so- HOW? I need all the help I can get. I’m in the middle of creating a work out that’s nice and easy and can be done at home as a starting point because my fitness level is very low! I’ll share it with you once it’s finalised!
I’m very nervous to press publish on this.