First, a confession… This may come as a shock to you but I’m a Pinterest addict. I know, super ridiculous, despite the fact that almost every mom I’ve ever met is addicted to Pinterest. 😁
Well, with my addiction, comes some frustration. There are two things I absolutely HATE seeing on Pinterest:
- Miraculous looking desserts that I know I shouldn’t eat/ could never pull off.
- “How I lost the baby weight in six weeks!”
Since I just had a baby and most of my pins are focused on having a baby, I have been inundated with super skinny, super fit, blog moms telling me that I could’ve lost the weight in six weeks. Mind you, my son is 7 weeks old and I most definitely did not.
I’m all for moms getting fit. I’m all for moms supporting other moms in the journey of getting fit and being healthy. However, I strongly dislike time limits on losing weight. I also have very strong feelings about women who have been in shape their entire lives, telling other women who have not that it’s SO EASY.
It’s not easy, it’s hard as hell. You just spent the better part of a year growing a friggin baby! You made a life and your body is proof. You’re probably tired all the time, you’re literally having the life sucked out of you (whether you’re breastfeeding or not). If you’re a working mom, you’re probably stressed about going back to work, or like me, already back at work and stressed about not being able to be home. If you’re a stay at home mom, you most likely haven’t even had a moment to just take a breath, let alone get a good workout in.
Listen, I get it. I’m in it. I didn’t go into this thinking I was going to “get my body back” in six weeks. Please women, please do not be discouraged if you are just struggling to stay awake while feeding baby and can not even fathom a workout routine. Just snuggle your baby, snag a nap when you can, have a freaking cupcake! You deserve it! You made a baby!
I made a baby. I did that and I am so proud of myself. I, like many women, gained a lot of weight throughout my pregnancy. A whopping 50 lbs., I was never super skinny or super fit. I worked my butt off to get in a decent shape before becoming pregnant because I knew the possibility of me gaining a lot was there.
Since I was 16, I’ve never weighed less than 165 lbs. But that was a good weight for me, it was a great weight for me. I was a swimmer for so long that my body wears muscle well, I was in shape for my body type. A long time ago, I got used to the idea that 165 is what healthy looks like for me.
As the scale slowly rolled over the 200 lbs. mark during my pregnancy, I was upset and disappointed in myself but my husband still told me every day how beautiful I looked. With that support and a few emotional breakdowns, I didn’t let it get me too down.
Now, at 7 weeks postpartum, I’ve managed 2 light workouts. That’s it. Just 2. I’m a mom.
I spend my early mornings feeding my baby, getting ready for work, and packing the kids up for the babysitter. I spend my days at work, missing my kids like crazy, worrying about them constantly. I spend my evenings making dinner, bouncing back and forth between both kids, and staring into the beautiful eyes of my baby. Every weekend I tell my husband, “I’m going to workout this weekend.” Instead we get caught up doing everything we can’t get done during the week.
Right now, keeping my sanity seems like more of a priority than a flat tummy. And you know what, I think that’s okay.
People can look at me and say, “Wow, she gained a lot of weight.” Screw ‘em! I did gain a lot of weight but with the occasional exercise I get in and staying (mostly) healthy with my food choices. That shiz will creep off like it crept on. And when I’m ready, when all of the bloody stars align… I will start a workout routine and log my meals and do weekly weigh ins again.
Six weeks… Jeez… Chicks, what about your vaginas?! Serious question though, I could barely walk for 3 weeks, no way in hell I was doing squats or planks.
I don’t know, what do you all think about it? It seems a bit unrealistic doesn’t it? I mean unless you literally just gained the weight of your baby and you’re talking about losing that. Then #considermefit 8lbs down!
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