“Body After Baby: See Which Stars Bounced Right Back!”
I read this headline on a popular celeb online magazine and it infuriated me, to say the least. The article listed how quickly celebrities drop their baby weight post-partum and included this statement: “One word: Wow! A mere 11 days after welcoming her son, Olivia Wilde was back to her normal look.”
Are you kidding me? 11 days? If I have to guess, I’d think it should also say: “A mere 11 days after welcoming her son, (along with a personal chef cook, personal trainer, multiple workouts a day, and a full-time nanny to watch her new born), Olivia Wilde is back to her normal look.”
After having my son, I soon became frustrated with my newly pudgy stomach and worried I would never be able to get back to my pre-baby self (both body and fitness-wise). But the best advice another mom gave me was, 9 months on, 9 months off. It takes 9 months to gain the baby weight, so you should also give yourself at least 9 months to lose it.
The first few weeks I started working out again post partum were pretty terrible, if I’m being honest. My motivation was lacking, my body seemed to hate me, and I didn’t see the instant results I was hoping for.
But I stuck with it no matter what. I continued exercising and eating better, and my consistency finally paid off. I reached my goal of losing 35 pounds.
Some people ask me what my “secret” is. My answer is always a lot of motivation. I made a list of attainable goals and stuck with them despite set backs, frustration and a hectic life.
What kept me motivated:
- I wanted to become the type of person I want my child to aspire to be.
- To set an example for my family to live a healthy lifestyle.
- To be more energized, happy, and willing to take on new challenges.
(my grad school graduation – last month!)
Some of my non-negotiables still include:
- Consistently working out – for me that’s at least five days a week. I’ve joined a kick boxing class at the gym, a soccer team, and a mommy running group which force me to make time for a sweaty workout!
- A healthy diet with a little wiggle room. I eat a lot healthier now and also allow myself a cheat day (who can resist a good slice of pizza?).
- Incorporating wholesome snacks into my day. My go-to favorite is a whole grain rice cake with all-natural peanut butter and raw honey.
So I guess this is as good as a time as any to bare it all! Here’s a glimpse of my before and after baby bod – one that may have taken a while to attain, but one that is happy AND healthy.
This post is brought to you by my good friend and college roommate Chrissy. Chrissy is a wife, new mother, and full-time career woman. She currently works as the director of committee relations for the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society. Between juggling the responsibilities of work and taking care of her home and family, Chrissy enjoys running, playing soccer, and reading. She resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband and son.
Have you lost a significant amount of weight? What are some things you did to lose it and keep it off?