Here is a picture of me one week before I got pregnant with Mansie.
Here is a picture of me one week past my due date, about 8 hours before Mansie was born.
So as you can see I got pretty big. My baby weighted almost 10 pounds. I gained around 40 pounds while pregnant. Bare in mind I taught Zumba until I was 38 weeks and ate a good diet. But I still got huge. I want my flat tummy back. I know I can do it, but I also know that it will take work. Last week I was at Trader Joes. I started chatting with another mom who had a 12 week old who weighed like 20 pounds. Seriously, she was bigger than my 7 month old. Anyways, the mom turned to me and said, “It’s liked she sucked all of the weight off of me. I weigh less now than I did before I got pregnant. All I do is eat.” I wanted to punch her in the face.
With both babies I lost about 15 with no effort. Shot, with Mansie, 10 of those pounds were him. The remaining weight will only come off with diet and exercise. Breastfeeding alone doesn’ t do it for me.
So now I am 7 months postpartum and I’ve lost a lot of the weight. I’ve been working out, teaching classes, and sporadically counting my calories. But I’m still not where I want to be. It’s time to dig in. I want to be able to sit down and not have to tuck my tummy into my jeans. I want to be able to fit into all of my clothes. I want to look good in a bikini. I will do it and I’m willing to work hard. Childbirth is hard and I’ve done that twice (with no drugs, mind you). I surely can do this.
Flat tummy…..I’m coming for you.