I was recently involved in doing a guest blog post for Sarah at Yummy Mummy Training about my current weight loss journey. You can read it at Sarah’s Blog, which is full of interesting posts and information about being a new Mum. I’m still getting through my weight loss journey, and since I wrote this article I’ve now lost 2 stone, but still have a fairly long way to go. Feeling good about it though. Make sure to visit Sarah at Yummy Mummy Training or on Twitter at Mummytraining27. Enjoy.
A weighty issue..
There I said it. That dreaded word…or two words, actually.
Do I have it?
Did I have it before I got pregnant? Yes, only then it was just called fat.
Hopefully sharing a little of my weight loss story (so far) will hopefully go some way to helping other new mums deal with their baby-weight issues, or, let’s face it, just general weight issues. This is something I’m unfortunately all too familiar with, having struggled with my weight since I was a teenager.
Why oh WHY didn’t I get my brother’s fast metabolism and lean frame? I mean, we’re twins! It’s so unfair. *cries uncontrollably*
And I really do mean that – I actually feel like I’m starting to get back to my old self again. I had lost 2 stone (28lbs for any pals from the States reading this) before I got pregnant, then of course, as you do, piled it all on again during my pregnancy (NOT including the 10lb 4oz that was Amelia herself!).
So what to do? After Amelia was born I made a promise to myself that I wasn’t going to be a lardy Mum. I want to be a Mum that can chase Amelia around the park and go swimming with her without embarrassment, and all those other lovely things that healthy, active Mums do. It’s not about looking slim or fitting into skinny jeans (although that is a major bonus), its about being able to be a healthy person and set a good example to my daughter.
Today I had my weekly weigh-in and for the first time in ten years, yes ten years, I am under a certain weight…I won’t say what stone marker I’ve just slipped under, as the mortification is too painful because I still have to lose another 3 stone, but I did have a little emotional moment of happiness, because as of today I’ve lost 25lbs, not bad going for 18 weeks.
I know its hard for some women once they’ve had a baby to be able to focus on weight loss or even think about joining a weight loss club like I have, as there is so much going on in their lives, and they are coping with massive changes on every level; but having a child is a great boost to make you eat more healthily or even go out for big bracing walks with the pram. It can make a difference, trust me.
Not to get too preachy and ‘Jerry’s Final Thought’, but being a teacher and seeing what the youth of today eat on a daily basis is incredibly depressing…we need to teach our children what good food is and lead by example.
Lord, I hope I don’t read back over this in a years time from my reinforced sofa while wearing a bed sheet size nightie and chomping my way through a bargain bucket…