How I Began My Post-Baby Weight Loss Journey


I thought I'd kick off my first blog post by sharing how I started my #postpartum weight loss journey.


I have always been into #fitness and #health, but learning to navigate getting back into shape after having a baby, let alone two babies, was its own learning curve.


I had to remember to pace myself and go slow; to set realistic expectations and #goals to attain for. Most importantly, I had to tune into my body and really learn to listen to what it needed on a day-to-day basis.


When I first had my son, Levi, I was already struggling to process so much of the "physical trauma" I had undergone and felt it necessary to address the psychological healing I first had to prioritize before setting up new fitness #goals to work toward. If my mind wasn't right, I wouldn't last very long on a scheduled #exercise regimen.


So, how did I begin my #postpartum #weight #loss journey (twice)? Read below.


START SLOW AND WORK YOUR WAY UP


I think society does women a huge disservice by making them feel obligated and pressured to get their "pre-baby body back" within a certain timeframe.

You would think this is such self-explanatory advice, but for someone like me, I had to make a concentrated effort to go at a reasonable rhythm when it came to getting back into the groove of my #fitness #routine. I'm not a pro-fighter or olympic athlete, but for someone who spends years being very active in a host of areas in my life, it was very challenging.


I think society does women a huge disservice by making them feel obligated and pressured to get their "pre-baby body back" within a certain timeframe. What is that anyway? You just birthed a human. Can we really expect that our bodies will ever revert to what it used to be exactly?


The answer is no. It's not realistic. Before I got pregnant with my third baby, I had a 2 and a half centimetre gap left from my Diastasis Recti caused by both pregnancies that never revisited its original position. Except, I'm okay with this because what matters the most is that the tissue, fascia and muscles underneath have regained their tight elasticity and resiliency underneath what we call the "6-pack abs."


I also attended my #physiotherapy appointments regularly until I felt confident enough to take the homework back with me and work on it self-sufficiently, curtesy of my well-educated physiotherapist.


In pacing myself, it also meant I started with small household tasks first and then tried to get a bit more ambitious as the weeks progressed. For example, I started by sweeping the kitchen floor, or washing dishes. I would gradually make laps around the house and then sit down and intermittently do that throughout the day so that my body didn't feel overwhelmed too soon with more physical demands than it already had from being given ample time and space to do its healing and repairing work.


9 months to grow a #baby is a big deal; we shouldn't be expected to "get back to normal" in just a handful of weeks. Some moms might be able to, and that's great. However, realistically, that is not the majority of mothers in the world today. Give yourself time. If you push yourself too soon, you're leaving yourself susceptible to pushing your body over the edge and then regressing in your #healing process for when you really want to get the ball rolling in all your fitness goals.

Another thing I added into my early postpartum healing measures was wearing a belly wrap to help stabilize and guide my abdomen properly.


Belly wraps and hip girdles help to give your body the added support it needs, lessening pressure on the back and stabilizing you a little more while breastfeeding or maneuvering around the house.


It's important to keep consistent with this so that it's encouraging all your muscles and internal organs to re-establish themselves properly within your abdominal cavity.


EAT NUTRITIOUS, WHOLESOME FOODS


Our bodies are literally built out of what we eat and drink on a cellular level. None of us are perfect, by any means. The amount of chocolate dipped granola bars I let myself have when I was #breastfeeding my first born was criminal. Eventually I had to get to grips with an increased appetite I wasn't used to and channel it in a way where I was fuelling my body's milk-making demands with a more nutritious, and wholesome supply of food resources to construct what baby needed out of it that would benefit him and I longterm.


Dietary needs is different for everyone because as we are all uniquely, and physiologically designed in a way that is not the same to the person next to us, our #diets also reflect that fact.


Some people thrive off #vegan diets, while others pan out far better with a #paleo, #keto-#carnivore approach, etc. I'm not here to advocate for one or the other; I'm simply telling you, like myself, find what works best for you. It takes a lot of trial and error, and your body will let you know with its own feedback whether certain foods are compatible or not based on how you feel after consuming them.


CULTIVATE A HEALTHY MINDSET


So, to make things more reachable and attainable, I aimed for integrating small, healthy mindset habits into my daily routine that were simplistic and fun.

When postpartum #depression and #PTSD served as an additional hurdle to my postpartum journey, I knew that I had to find a way to culture a healthy mindset. I had to take proactive inventory of my thoughts, and the way I was allowing my #psychology to function and run me. That took a lot of effort, I'll admit. Especially when you have a little life entirely dependent upon you for survival.


So, to make things more reachable and attainable, I aimed for integrating small, #healthy #mindset #habits into my daily routine that were simplistic and fun.


Such as:


  • #Reading and absorbing inspiring #books, #blog posts, videos, and content in general

  • Playing calming, positive music; worship music

  • Reading my #Bible and #praying

  • Talking to people I trusted about my experiences and extracting healthy support from them (husband, therapist, doctor, etc.)

  • #Journalling -I will never stop advocating for the priceless treasure this tool is in itself. It helps you to organize your thoughts and deconstruct them in a way that you can better make sense of things. It is a healthy productive outlet that allows you the freedom to express privately or openly on a platform completely inexpensive. I'd also add that you can get more excited about it by going out to treat yourself to super cute journals to write in.

  • Walking -#walking has been shown and proven to improve mood, boost morale, and keep your heart healthy, stress levels down, and elevate cognitive activity which in turn does contribute to your mental health. It's easier to think better when you physically feel better.


REST WHEN YOU NEED IT


To wrap up this blog post until we delve further on my next post about my postpartum weight loss journey, I can't emphasize this last point enough. #Rest is crucial for our recovery just as much as anything else. This includes sleep.


Which you might be thinking, "Girl, I just had a baby and you're talking to me about sleeping? Is that a thing?" Yes mama it's a thing. I struggled with it in the beginning hardcore, too, but try the best you can to get it in when you can. #Napping when baby naps -no really the dishes and laundry can wait- or co-sleeping with baby if that's what you prefer.


Asking your significant other, or your in-laws or parents to pitch in so you can shower, freshen up and dive under the covers for a little to recharge so you can be better available to yourself and #baby on a more functional level.


Take it a day at a time, Mama. I'll see you in my next post!