It’s so weird to remember that I was carrying over forty extra pounds around this time last year! Over this year of being a new mom, this saying has helped me: “It takes a year to gain the weight during pregnancy, so it is okay for a year to take it off.” I first heard this from a Mom who had eight kids and stayed skinny. This saying has been comforting as I’ve seen CrossFit Moms on Instagram posting their before and after pregnancy pictures where they lost all their baby fat in a couple of months. I had to unfollow one of them, and choose to be content with the way I am walking.
I have been slowly losing weight through nursing, walking, and running. I gained about 55 lbs from start to finish, then when my son was born, I lost 25 lbs really fast, and those other 30 have been slow. I have been walking a lot, running a little, and nursing my son since he was born. I still have 10-15 lbs to go if I want to be back at my skinny (stressed out teacher) weight.
Last summer I tried to put on my wedding dress, and it didn’t fit, which was hard, so I hadn’t tried any other small clothes for a while. Then on Saturday I found a couple of pairs of pants and two dresses that I had put away knowing that I wouldn’t fit in them for a while. I was a bit nervous because I thought they wouldn’t fit, but I decided to try them on.
I put on the brown corduroy pants, and they fit! Then some jeggings, and they fit!! That gave me the courage to try on two Banana Republic dresses that I really liked but wasn’t sure if they would fit anymore.
I pulled on the gray and black dress, and I could zip it up!! It fit!!!! The other dress was snug, but fit too!!!!!! I kept jumping around in celebration and saying to my husband, “They fit!!!!!”
I didn’t realize I had a fear in my head about not fitting into my old clothes, but now that fear is gone. I’m happy I still am nursing my son and slowly losing a bit more baby weight, but that I can fit into my favorite clothes! I don’t need to be a CrossFit Mom, I can just be myself.
Be encouraged to just be yourself! If that is a CrossFit Mama, then go for it! If you are a walking Mama, then be happy losing baby fat that way. Just love yourself just where you are at right now.
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