As I’m finishing Miles’ daycare applications, I’m starting to think about my professional life. I don’t want to try on my work clothes because things barely fit before I got pregnant. I gained over 30 lbs in our first two years of Happily Ever After by indulging in our most favorite foods. I easily lost the additional 30 lbs I gained during pregnancy simply by breastfeeding. But the truth of the matter is, my curves are in different places and my body is more out of shape than it has ever been. I’m turning 30 this month and don’t want to think the days of my being happy with my body are behind me.
It’s time for me to get back on the wagon. I don’t expect to work out five days a week and eat no carbs at all. I have an infant to feed, and am worried about losing my milk supply. What I want to do is make healthier choices and work out with Miles and Lance. Lance agrees that we need to make a lifestyle change as well. So, this is what I intend to do.
- Pledge to get healthy exercise at least three times a week. I want to go for walks with Miles while Lance runs, and also look up some lifting exercises and yoga to do while I have him with me. He weighs 14 lbs, so lifting him is a workout! I also have a yoga gift card to use!
- Pledge to make healthier choices by cutting out most of the bad things I am eating from my diet: ice cream, frozen yogurt, pizza, pasta, ritz crackers, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, and grilled sandwiches. I need to replace these things with protein-packed meats, nuts and dairy as well as fresh fruits and veggies. I still need at least 1800 calories a day to keep my milk supply, so I will still be eating when I am hungry.
I started researching how to lose weight while breastfeeding, and The Bump has a lot of information to offer through various articles! Here they are!
This is me, now:
This is my happy zone, and this is where I would like to be when we have our next baby:
Maybe you have some of the same feelings as I do. I hope you can get to your happy zone as well. I am going to try to be realistic and stay positive. I love myself, and I respect my physical limitations and dietary restrictions right now. I also want to make sure I am as happy as I can be. Wish me luck!