Weight Struggles

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I’m not one to weigh myself and track pounds. I’ve always been one to workout, eat healthy, indulge a little, and let myself feel great in my clothes. Luckily, I never had an issue with my weight and I’ve been healthy.  After having my daughter, I noticed that the weight I put on was not coming off easily. It took 18 months to shed all the post pregnancy weight. I don’t think breastfeeding and the hormones helped either. At that time I actually felt really great as I was doing barre a few days a week. My pants were loose, and I had good muscle tone. Then I got pregnant again. My son is now 15 months and I’m patiently waiting for the weight to fully melt away. Why can’t it just be like when Olaf began to melt at the end of the movie Frozen?! In real life, I think it’s called Coolsculpting. Too bad I’m not rich.

Like most pregnant women, my body changed again after having my son… hips, love handles, and jacked shoulders and arms from holding my very large baby boy. I hold my weight in my midsection. As much as I workout, I really need more cardio to burn the belly fat. Fitting into my old jeans became a struggle when I went back to work. I feel like my stress levels increased and so did my waist line. It also doesn’t help that there’s constantly candy, cake and ice cream in the faculty room EVERY day. I used to have such good self-control. Ah, to be 23 again!! Those were the days.

Since this has been something that’s been bothering me for a while now, I’m making some moves and taking advantage of some opportunities to grow so I can be the best version of myself. My next focus is my diet. I think I eat healthy, but I may be fooled by hidden sugars and eating more processed foods than I know to be true. I don’t believe in dieting or following specific diets. I believe in a lifestyle change. That’s why I’m planning on meeting with a dietitian. I’ll be blogging about my experience too. I’m sure there will be a few surprises and learning experiences (too much coffee, stop eating popcorn, no snacking after dinner).

The last thing that could be contributing to my weight gain is my medication. I’m on an antidepressant for postpartum depression. I tried coming off the medication this past summer and I was a mess. I was told by my doctor that the medication could cause weight gain and to workout as much as I can to balance it out. Well if this is one of the reasons why I’m still holding on to my weight so be it. I can’t be a crazy, stressed mama!

Now I’m trying to learn to accept myself for what I am… a strong mama who needs to be happy with herself and not expect perfection. Wish me luck as I continue my journey! And to all the mamas out there that feel the same way- no matter what at least we know that we have kids who love us no matter what. In their eyes, we are perfect because we are mommy.

Thanks for reading!

Melissa

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