My 5 Ideas to Ditching the Baby Weight

Like most women in this day and age, I’ve always had body image problems, and I’ve carried around some extra weight.

Before I got pregnant, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I have a plan for a blog later on to go into more depth about PCOS, Endometriosis, and Anovulation, but one symptom of PCOS is weight gain/an inability to lose weight.

I had been trying to lose weight before getting pregnant, and when I got that positive test, I decided I would just maintain my weight for as long as my doctor said it was healthy to do so.

I pretty much kept my weight the same until week 20. I didn’t try and gain weight, but I started gaining after that. During month 5, I gained like 5 pounds. During month 6, I gained 10 pounds. By the time Kaden was born, I had gained about 25 pounds overall. Keep in mind, Kaden was born at 29 weeks gestation instead of 40, so who knows how much weight I would have gained had he been born at or closer to his due date.

I am am emotional eater. When I am bored, I snack. When I’m happy, I celebrate with food. When I am sad, I eat to make me feel better.

While Kaden was in the NICU, I stress ate and it wasn’t healthy food. After Kaden came home, I was still trying to breastfeed, so I was eating a lot (and again, it wasn’t healthy food).

So now, here I sit, 15 weeks postpartum, at the highest weight I’ve ever been in my life.

As well as being totally unqualified to give any real advice with babies and motherhood, I am also entirely unqualified to give any advice on health and weight loss.

With that being said, here are 5 ideas I have to help me shed the baby weight (and then some).

1. Babywearing

As Kaden gets bigger and heavier, I’ll get stronger. I figure, if I wear him while I’m running my errands, it’s extra weight that I’m carrying around and I’ll get stronger! I’m not crazy enough to think that this will make me a body builder, but combined with regular exercise and healthier eating, it can’t hurt!

2. Calorie Counting or 21 Day Fix Inspired Eating

When I lost 25 pounds for my wedding, I counted calories using an app on my phone called LoseIt. I was diligent at logging my food and exercise, and it worked wonderfully for me.

I was also introduced to the 21 Day Fix by BeachBody on Demand, and while I don’t want to do the Shakeology shakes, I’ve been thinking about following the food plan with the color coded containers. I like the idea of eating real food instead of processed food. My only setback is that I’m terrible at meal prepping and I’m afraid that if I start to slack with meal prepping, I’ll give it up completely.

3. Yoga

I’ve always said I want to do yoga, but I never do.

I took a semester of yoga in college, and it was awesome to see what a difference it made. I’m not flexible, and my upper body strength is laughable these days; I desperately need both. Plus,there’s a lot of yoga poses I can do with my baby!

4. Walking

I hate the summer heat, it once it cools down, I plan to go on walks with Kaden and our basset hound regularly. My husband also wants to starts a Couch to 5k program with the intent of running the 5k in less than 30 minutes. I make no promises that I’ll actually make that goal, but it’s still good to have goals!

5. Weight Lifting

I don’t want to be competing in any weight lifting competitions, but I definitely want to get some muscle built up. When I lost weight for my wedding, I did a lot of weight lifting and it really helped the fat come off. I have my fingers crossed that it will work again for me, almost 7 years later!

I will be checking in again with a weight loss update at some point.

If I’m being totally honest and realistic though, none of my aforementioned plans will take into effect until August because I am currently in California with Kaden, visiting family.

Still, these are some things I plan to do to get to a healthier me, for myself and my son. I know it won’t happen overnight, or even in a month or two. Getting to where I am now took several months. Getting where I want will take at least that long, but realistically it will probably take longer.

So I’ll be patient, and hopefully it’ll pay off!


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KrystaFig

Preemie Mommy, Police Wife, and Sign Language Interpreter

4 thoughts on “My 5 Ideas to Ditching the Baby Weight”

  1. Hi there! Great ideas to lose weight and definitely great tips for myself as well as I have a 2 month old. I didn’t even think of the benefits of having baby in a sling and how it will strengthen my muscles plus, it’s a great bonding experience with baby. I can’t wait to start keeping him in a sling, he is getting a bit more stronger and i was always nervous to keep him in a sling until now. Also, im not sure if you are planning to breast feed but I lost a lot of weight from breastfeeding! It is noted that 500 calories a day are burned from breastfeeding! I just thought I’d mention it, and it is also another way to bond with baby! Lol. Cheers xo

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      1. I know it’s no possible for everyone. And i know that fed baby is all that matters and bonding with baby can have multiple forms. But I just wanted to suggest it because it is calorie burning stuff lol! Thank you for the wrap brand! Ill check it out 💙💙

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