So Happy Valentine’s Day. Today is February 14th. I am super excited among all the candy and treats that will be thrown around today to talk about my weight loss journey. I didn’t signal this out on purpose. I am currently down another size in my clothes and who wouldn’t be excited about that?
After having my 3rd baby almost 3 years ago in the beginning from just birth and breast-feeding I lost over 60 pounds in about less than 6 weeks. No lie. I went into my pre-pregnant clothes almost immediately. A larger part of that was being in the hospital post birth for complications that occurred the day I was released to go home. I will talk more about that this week as we get closer to my daughter’s birthday this Friday. So if you ever spent any time in the hospital you know you are guaranteed to lose weight at least in my experience. I got so many compliments about how drastic and fast my weight loss was but fast forward to about 6 months ago when I could no longer use breast feeding and a “new” baby to hide my weight.
My daughter will be 3 this Friday and I literally can say I stopped breast-feeding her at age 2. I did everything to wean her but it wouldn’t work. One of the things about breast feeding is you drop weight but at some point I started eating more to make more milk especially when I was storing milk. My daughter went to work with me everyday until she was 6 months so I began storing milk for when she would return to daycare. It was a good plan and I had plenty of milk for her however, she didn’t and wouldn’t drink from a bottle. NO one prepared me for that. Eventually I had to stop working among the fact that my medical condition from her birth wasn’t resolving. The amount of calories began to add up and especially when you are consuming the wrongs one in the name of “feeding the baby.” I began to look like I actually was having another one and I wasn’t.
In the beginning when I started this weight loss journey I had more people asking me if I was pregnant than when I was actually at my heaviest. I am talking about co-workers who see me daily. Those piercing words to a woman who is one losing and is not pregnant can be hurtful. Shout out to my girls who picked me up on those crushing days. It really means and meant the world to me. So now back to today. It’s Valentine’s Day and all kinds of goodies are in this office. However I have a set plan for which ones I will and will not indulge. So I am good on that. No distractions will take place. My husband sent me an edible arrangement this morning because he knows what I am trying to do and he supports it. His card had me dying because he literally said those words. I can appreciate it that he’s not on team sabotage as I continue this journey. Today I have on one of my favorite black pants. I had to use my head scarf to make a belt because feel too lose. Hey it was either that or look and feel uncomfortable and that wasn’t happening. How my clothes fit is how I choose to monitor my progress. Yes I am being weighed by licensed professionals weekly but how I look and feel during this is what is important to me too. Yes weekly I am killing it at my weigh-in but the fact that things are getting looser and not more snug is key too.
I will share my weight as well as total weight lost when I get closer to my first mental check point which is before my birthday trip in May. That is my first initial goal. That is when I will let you in on the numbers. So for those who are in this journey to a better you and are still going strong, New Year’s Resolution or not, Valentine’s day or not, keep pushing. My water intake has doubled, my exercise is still going strong, and everyday I am getting stronger. Keep pushing!