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The Postpartum Belly

My plan is not going the way it was, well, planned.   I didn’t lose a full pound this week so there’s no way I’m going to lose 6 total by May 19.  That’s okay.  I was surprised at my reaction because I honestly didn’t care.  I’ve had a huge realization this week.

I need to love my postpartum body.  A pregnant belly is seen as something so beautiful, and it’s celebrated because a life is growing inside.  When pregnant, the belly isn’t obvious until well into the second half, so there’s several months of work in there before people begin celebrating it. 

For some reason our culture thinks that as soon as the baby’s born, the mother needs to look exactly the same as before.  I was really hating my saggy, stretch marked belly and then I came across an article about postpartum weight loss.  It said it can take up to a year before your belly skin shrinks back down.  A full year!  That’s longer than I was even pregnant.

So this got me thinking… if a pregnant belly is seen as something so beautiful, why shouldn’t a postpartum belly be beautiful as well?  After all, it’s the same belly, only better because I endured the 40 weeks of pregnancy and I pushed him out with my own strength.  Not only that, but I’m a small person and I had a large baby and too much amniotic fluid.  It literally looked like I was carrying twins at the end. 

As long as I’m trying to better myself (to me this means eating healthy and exercising) then I can love my body and especially my beautiful and still round belly.  It hasn’t even been 6 months yet and I’m already back to below my pre-pregnancy weight. 

And for the stretch marks?  I thought I was going to hate them.  In fact I did so well and didn’t get a single mark until 38 weeks.  Then one day I felt my skin tear and now my belly is covered in them.  But I earned them.  I lovingly call them my “mama marks”.  And I don’t care if someone else thinks they’re unsightly.The first pic is pre-pregnancy, then 40 weeks pregnant, and almost 6 months postpartum.

I did have a few things happen this week that I am so proud of.  I lost an inch off my waistline!  Now I have 2 more inches to go until I’m all the way back.  I’ve been doing push ups and sit ups followed by yoga in the evenings and I can’t believe how well my body is toning up.  This extra workout is making such a huge difference.  I’m very excited about it.

Because I lost another inch off my waistline, I had to put away my pregnancy underwear!  This was a really big deal to me.  I wasn’t fitting in my pre-preg ones because my belly still needed the extra room to be comfortable.  Well, I’m excited to say they’re put away for good, or if I get pregnant again.

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ZUMBA!

Week 2 is now complete.  This week I worked out 5 times, I added a Zumba class.  I first heard about Zumba from my friend’s blog and when I saw they had a class at my new gym, I was excited to try it out.  I went to a breif beginner class, followed by the actual class.  I tell ya, I’ve never had so much fun during a workout.  I learned to really shake my booty!  I went again this morning, and I do love it so much!

Yoga was fun this week.  I’m getting more flexible and stronger.  I brought my own mat in the Yoga Mat Bag I made a while ago.  It was my first lace project.  Everyone in the class made such a big fuss about it, it was fun getting all those compliments on a beginner lace project.  I hope to make a more advanced one later.

I lost 2 pounds in the past two weeks.  A little disappointing, I thought it was more since this weekend I was rockin’ my size 4 jeans again!  That was really exciting.  I’ve lost the whole 2 pounds off my waist I’m sure! 

I bought a new sports bra this weekend.  It’s a lot better than my Motherhood Maternity nursing sports bra.  It offered NO support.  I got a really nice Saucony brand one.  My bust size has sure changed since pre-pregnancy.  I went from a 34C to a 34DD!  I guess when they’re full of milk they’ll be lots bigger.

This week I’m really going to be serious about the diet part of my plan.  Last week I ate too much saltwater taffy, and I didn’t track my food intake.  So my goal is to first plan my daily meals, then write down everything I eat as I eat it.  Also I want to drink a lot more water and track that too.  I’d like to practice yoga on my own.  Hopefully I can do that 4 times this week.

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Week 1; a review

I have successfully completed the first of 8 weeks for my cleanse.  I have to say, this week was just amazing.  I don’t know if it was working out again and getting all those endorphins, or going vegan, but I felt great.  We had some wonderful food this week, I can’t believe none of it had any animal product in it.

I honestly think most of it was taking the animal product out of my diet.  I was vegan prepregnancy and during that time I felt great too.  I didn’t go all out vegan this first week though.  My husband is into chocolate making and he made his first truffles.  He infused the cream with coffee and it was TO DIE FOR!!  He’s such an amazing chocolatier.  I know it isn’t the best to stuff your face with homemade truffles while on a cleanse diet, but hey, what can you do?

I attended a yoga class this week.  It was great and I was more flexible than I thought I was going to be.  So I didn’t make a total ass of myself, lol.  I have been to a few yoga classes where I did.  My gym rocks, childcare has been great and the baby has just loved it.  I love my hour a day of alone time. 

This week has been the beginning of something wonderful.

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