My Slow Shameful Return to Prepregnancy Weight
It’s my turn to share my Oxycise! Success Story!! I’m ashamed to admit that I am just as flawed as every human out there, probably even more so. I gained more in my pregnancy than most people. I gained about double what you should gain. People literally gasp when I tell them. I’m mostly ashamed because I only did Oxycise! through my first trimester, then I just got lazy and had all sorts of cravings that I gave into. The result? A lot of weight gained. Are you ready for the number? I’m so embarrassed to share… 55 pounds! I avoided the scale, so I honestly don’t know exactly what the final number was. The number that I do know is 177, which is the weight I was at my first doctor’s appointment a few days after the babe was born.
Let me give you a few other numbers so you can compare. My weight when I’m super healthy and fit is 128. My weight when I got pregnant was probably about 133, I fluctuate just like everyone else. I make no claims to being the perfect role model.
So, AFTER giving birth, I was 43 pounds over my prepregnancy weight. Meaning, I gained around 53 pounds (my baby weighted 8 lbs. 7 oz.). GASP!
Advice: Do not tell yourself that just because you’re pregnant you can eat whatever you want and will make up for it later. While possible, it takes a lot of work.
How did I lose that 43 pounds?
Simple. Just kidding. It took hard work. Luckily 20 pounds fell off in the first month just from nursing. Babies take 500 calories from you a day. This was great! Plus, I found it easier to eat healthy when I knew my baby would get whatever nutrients I fed my body.
I plateaued at about 153 pounds. I thought I would never get it off. But, I decided to start my Oxycising again. Yes, I could have been Oxycising from day one home from the hospital, but I wasn’t getting much sleep and justified not exercising because I had a new baby… and a lot a guests.
I should stop writing right here because I tell everyone else to Oxycise everyday, and have just admitted that I didn’t Oxycise consistently for about a year, a really important time to exercise at that. But, as I’ve already thrown myself under the bus, I’ll continue to tell you how I got out of my slump.
This plateau at 153 pounds was really hard on me. I’d never weighed that much in my life. I was too embarrassed to make any O! videos at the shape I was in. That’s when I finally buckled down and started back into my Oxycise! routine. I did Oxycise! everyday.
I could hardly believe that the scale started to move! Slowly, but steadily, I made it down to 141 pounds. I hit another plateau. It was Thanksgiving and Christmas followed, I was traveling and eating A LOT. I fell out of my routine and was really unhappy with my body.
January came and I had to buckle down AGAIN and I got back into my routine. I started Oxycising whenever I could throughout the day and got at least one good workout in 5 days a week. Once again, that scale started to move! I was thrilled! I’m not one to weigh myself everyday, I find the little bumps up now and then to be really discouraging. I try to only weight myself once a week so I can see the overall progress.
Luckily, my babe is quite the chunk and lifting him has kept my arms toned. But, this stomach had been stretched out quite far and I didn’t know if it could ever be tight again. Guess what? In March I hit my prepregnancy weight!! It was the best feeling in the whole world. I do go on walks with the babe, but other than that, Oxycise! is all I do. It works! This is the second time in my life that it’s gotten me down to the body I want. Now, all I need to do is maintain. What a great feeling.
All of my skin is tight. I don’t have extra skin hanging off my belly, and this belly was BIG! I feel exactly like I did before I was pregnant and am excited for the summer rather than dreading bathing suit season.
If you skip all those periods of justifying laziness and bad diet, you will get in shape way faster than I did. But, it’s also nice to know that even with a little break you can get back into it and lose the weight.