I’ve been hesitant to post any updates on the baby weight because the weight has been hesitant to come off. So here’s a recap, if you’re interested. It’s blog posts like these that I remind myself…I am doing this for myself, for my kids, because these are the details that I might try to remember 10 or 30 years from now…because yes, this will probably bore your socks off.
Pregnancy weight gain: 22 pounds
Loss 1 week postpartum: 10 pounds
Loss 2 weeks postpartum: 12 pounds
Loss 3 weeks postpartum: 10 pounds
What? Yes, that’s right, I gained 2 pounds. So what. I wasn’t diabetic anymore and there were a lot of things I had been craving.
Loss 6 weeks postpartum: 12 pounds
Aaaaand, cut. That’s pretty much where the weight loss halted. I was partly scared to weigh myself very often, but I stepped on occasionally, half relieved that I hadn’t gained any and half disappointed that I hadn’t lost more. I don’t know what it is about that 3 month mark, but that’s when I started losing the weight after Theo was born. Maybe it’s because his demand for milk increased so my output increased, meaning that I technically lost more calories. Maybe it’s because I’m back at work (but that doesn’t make sense because I sit at a desk and have much less activity). Maybe it’s because I’m pumping 4 times a day now and producing anywhere from 4-10 more ounces than what Dexter is eating from bottles at the babysitter’s house.
Loss 12 weeks postpartum: 14 pounds
Loss 3+ months postpartum: 16 pounds
So, I still have 6 pounds to go to get to my pre-pregnancy weight and truly about 10 pounds to go to be super happy with my weight. I am not freaking out about it taking a while to get the weight off. I’m still thankful and happy that following the diabetic diet during pregnancy kept my weight gain down to just 22 pounds.
The real test will be keeping the weight off once Dexter starts eating solids and eventually weans from nursing. I’d like to adapt a more active lifestyle but it just seems impossible right now to find the time. In fact, we cancelled our YMCA membership a couple of months ago because it felt like throwing $70 down the drain…I guess technically it was a charitable donation, right? But I can charitably donate that money to my checking account right now while I figure out how to make time for exercising.
I bet I’d lose weight a lot faster if I didn’t stop at McDonald’s for a glorious sweet tea almost every day.