This is the final week of Real Moms Talk Losing the Baby Weight. I have absolutely loved hearing from all of you about your own experiences with losing the baby weight. I also enjoyed hearing from my friends, Kristin , who was able to lose the weight with her first two babies but needed a little extra help with the third and Melissa, who shared about her experience losing weight as a nursing mom.
For this last post, I want to share with you my takeaways from this series and from all of your comments. But first, a little update. In the first post of this series, I shared my own struggle with losing the baby weight. At that time I had just started a more strict plan (after cutting out sugar for nearly two months and only losing 4 pounds!). It has not been easy but I am happy to report that I have dropped 10 more pounds!
Ok, so here are my takeaways:
- Weight loss starts in the mind. Mindset is huge when it comes to weight loss and changing the way you think takes time. This exactly where I am at right now. I’ve realized that when I change my mind my habits will follow.
- Accountability will help you get where you want to be. Both ladies that shared their stories with us mentioned doing it with someone. For me, personally, it took a friend saying, “hey you should do this with me” (after I complained about my weight) to really buckle down and start seeing results.
- Every woman is different. I know we all know this but I think we sometimes need to remind ourselves. I often find myself comparing my weight with other moms who have had babies in the past year. I can really use this reminder. Some women really do lose the weight with no problem. Alternatively, if you’re one of the ones that lost the weight quick, others of us struggle. A lot.
- You can implement a weight loss plan when you are nursing. This was by far one of the biggest misconceptions I had. I thought I had to wait until my baby weaned before I could really try to lose weight. Yes, nursing mamas need more calories but those calories are for the baby not to keep. If we are careful with what foods we draw these calories from, weight loss is absolutely possible!
- The extra pounds and the battle to lose them is absolutely worth it. One piece of feedback that I was not expecting but I saw over and over again was, “it’s worth it”! I could not agree with this more. The joy of being another far exceeds the frustrations of losing weight.
Next week, we will be starting Real Moms Talk relationships. How have relationships changed for you since becoming a mom?