I lost my postpartum weight pretty quickly the first time around, although my body still took about nine months to be "back to normal" (minus a few permanent changes). I think I felt good, though, around the three-ish month mark.
I was surprised to discover that I am not cooperating with myself this time around. I of course want to feel like I look good, but the more important thing to me is that I want to feel good. You know what I mean. I want to feel confident and healthy and strong. I don't really feel any of those things right now, although being sick is certainly not helping with that. I still don't even feel fully recovered from the birth, and that seems strange.
We are currently living in a hotel (this will hopefully come to an end tomorrow!) and yesterday I was feeling a little desperate about that. I don't have an oven/stove/normal-sized refrigerator, so I was feeling like I can't eat healthy foods. That of course isn't true, it's just how I felt at the time.
|For reference... how I looked when I was ten weeks pregnant this time around. |
I remember that day very well. I felt bloated. Ha ha. Now, this picture is my goal!
I was disappointed to discover that this particular hotel has neither a pool nor a gym... but that's okay! Yesterday we went for a stroller walk and checked out the bookstore. It was a busier street than I'm very comfortable with walking along, but it's only temporary. Today we'll get the van on Ryan's lunch break so we'll be booking it to a park with a walking track.
The point is, my situation is weird right now and it's easy to feel a little hopeless about it. It's also easy to tell myself I'm just going to wait until we get out of this hotel, or until we get settled in our new home, or until the weather is perfect, or until the baby is a little more independent... it's really easy to fall into a trap of making excuses, and especially when I'm only making them to myself. Because, well, I of course have sympathy for me and I agree every time.
But right now, today, I'm deciding to just DO IT.
I was thinking I might start sharing a little more about my postpartum weight loss journey this time around to keep myself accountable.
Today I will run around at the park and I will stop by the health food store to figure out a few healthy dinner options for the week. Tomorrow we will take another stroller walk... and then this weekend you can get into national parks for free so I'll be out hiking with my family.
Ready? Set? GO!