Let the battle commence! (Or ‘Time to shift the baby weight’)

I’ve battled with my weight since my teens. I wrote about it quite a lot on my other blog in my pre-baby days.

My weight issues explained
Up the ladder
And down the snake
The pre-wedding plan

So essentially, before I met the Mr I lost 3 stone with Lighter Life. I then put some of it back on, lost some again in time for our wedding and then put more back on (with the help of a three week honeymoon in America!). And then I got pregnant…

36 weeks pregnant with a lot of baby weight
My massive baby bump

For the first three months of pregnancy I felt sick constantly. I was only actually sick twice so I count myself as one of the lucky ones, but the only way to ease the nausea was to eat. And eat I did. Then the nausea went away but I kept eating. I loved my pregnant body. For the first time in a lot of years I was proud to show off my tummy. But for the first time in years I also ate whatever I wanted without feeling guilty about it. With the result I put on 3 stone over the course of my pregnancy (and I was already a stone over my ‘happy weight’ before I started!). As you can see from the picture I got pretty big – everyone was convinced I was going to have a massive baby but in the end he was only 6lb 10oz.

I lost a stone over night when I gave birth but that was 4 months ago and I still weigh the same now.

I think 4 months is long enough for my ‘I’ve just had a baby, I don’t need to lose weight yet’ rational so the time has come to start doing something about it. It’s time to shift the baby weight. I always say that my problem isn’t what I eat for my meals (apart from the not-so-occasional-lately take-away) but all the chocolate that I eat in between. Being on maternity leave has also seemed to include a lot more cake than before too!

So, here’s the plan. I need a bit of motivation so I’m going to post my progress here each month. I’m not going to go on any crazy diet (I’ve done enough of those in my time) and I’m not going to turn to an organised weight loss group (although I’ve done those before too). I’m just going to be sensible with what I eat and I’ve downloaded the free My Fitness Pal app to keep track of my daily calorie intake and any exercise I do.

So here’s my starting stats:

Weight: 13st 8lb (That actually makes me feel a bit sick to type)

Waist: 37 inches

Hips: 45.5 inches

Bust: 42 inches

Let the battle commence; it’s time to shift the baby weight – wish me luck!

5 thoughts on “Let the battle commence! (Or ‘Time to shift the baby weight’)

  1. Gosh you are brave! No way could I post my stats on my blog. Good plan to start on the healthy eating bit now cos once they start eating it gets harder!

    Little Owl is 18 months and all I have managed is a stone (got way more than you to loose) so have now decided if I am to be fat, it will at least be fit and fat – I’m going to Leg Bums and Tums tomorrow – think I might die!

  2. Hi!

    I found this post through Twitter today and your weight gain in pregnancy sounds very much like mine. I was also 1 stone heavier than my “wedding weight” as I call it, when I found out I was pregnant (great start 😉 ) and I put on roughly 2.5 stone from my booking-in appointment to 9 weeks post-partum. At my heaviest I was 15st 10!!!! And you felt sick writing 13 st 8! In a year I’ve only lost 1 stone which is disgraceful. I don’t really mind that I put on so much weight, but I’m really annoyed that I have lost so little. I partially breast-fed until 9.5 months, and I think I used it as an excuse to eat as much as I wanted and I’m also a big homebody and never go anywhere without Gwenn, so I always felt like it didn’t really matter what I looked like. But then I went back to work ……… 😉

    Really enjoyable post!!

    x

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