Monday, June 17, 2013

A New Goal

More than six years ago I made changes in my life in an effort to be healthier and lose weight. Being extremely dedicated and determined to reach those goals (It really is true: When you put your mind to it, anything is possible. But it was not easy. There is no quick trick or magic pill.), I was successful and maintained my weight loss for nearly five years. Until I got pregnant.

I had to make a conscious effort not to let the scale's growing number get to me during my pregnancy. I stayed as active as I could and resolved that whatever weight was leftover after Willa was born, I would lose with the same dedication and determination I had six years ago.

Now that I'm on the other side, I've managed to lose all but a bit of that pregnancy weight. But what I thought would be a doggedness to lose those last pounds has turned into desire to continue breastfeeding Willa as long as I can, at the expense of getting back to pre-pregnancy form.

I'm nervous enough about how long I'll be able to continue breastfeeding while working full time. I pump at work and try to get in 2-3 nursing sessions at home. I don't want to worry about how a hard focus on losing weight might deplete my supply.

Don't get me wrong. I will continue to do my best to make healthy choices and watch my portions. Not to mention being active as much as I can. (I still do Bar Method but not nearly as often as I was before Willa was born. Nursing means I don't have the time before or after work to go, but I do manage to get in a class on Saturdays.)

Willa and her needs take priority over losing the last of the pregnancy weight. And I'm okay with that as there will come a time when she no longer nurses and I can once again focus on my goal.

1 comment:

CaveGurl said...

Hi there I found your blog and adorable, beautiful nursery on "A Home in the Making"s blog post today. I thought I would stop by and comment.

I had a very similar experience. About 6 years before I had our little guy (who's almost 4!) I lost about 80 pounds and kept it off. I can totally relate, because I struggled with the weight gain during pregnancy but knew I was creating a healthy baby!

I breastfeed our guy until he was 21 months and the majority of that was pumping and nursing in the evenings, at night and in the morning. At the end it was more of a comfort thing than a necessity.
I found that I hit a plateau also around 3 or 4 months postpartum, but by 9 months of postpartum and continued breastfeeding I was at my pre-baby weight and by 12 months postpartum I was 20 lbs lighter (I was about 20 lbs overweight when I got pregnant).

Anyway I just wanted to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing and it will all work out. Focus on your beautiful daughter now because the time flies way, way, way too quickly!
Love the blog too!!