I can't believe I am even sharing these photos but at the same time I don't know why I am not. I am no different than anyone else on their journey and I have done this before so I know I can do it again ... but but but ... I am feeling blah.
I must say I can't stand when people say postpartum pictures aren't a fair before photo ... PSHA! You grow a baby for 10 months and let me know how you feel about your postpartum body and tell me it isn't a REAL before photo. Our entire body changes shape to support the growth of another human and I'll be damned if that isn't a real thing. *stepping of soap box now!
So a little pre story on my pregnancies and postpartum journies. Baby #1 I lost all the weight and MORE I went from 121 lbs pre baby to 141 lbs at 36 weeks 104 post baby! Nursing worked like a charm for me, the first go around. However I quickly developed TERRIBLE habit of shoving my face with anything and everything bc I was couldn't gain weight. So yep candy, dessert, carbs you name it I was eating it and a lot of it. Baby #2 I was just one yr post partum and lets just say I didn't stop at 20 lb weight gain! At 34 lb weight gain I stopped looking when they weighed me but my OB asked if I wanted to see a nutritionist (whoops) and post baby, well I didn't see 121 lbs until almost 2 yrs later!! My weight didn't BUDGE and my old habits stuck around. It took me almost 3 yrs to take my life back and get in shape after SEVERAL health issues that basically left me with no choice. So now were at baby #3 and I was actually probably in the best shape I have been to date and to be honest I was scared to get pregnant again because I worked so hard BUT I wouldn't change it as she is the perfect completion to our family. This was hands down my healthiest pregnancy and I worked out through my whole pregnancy. I gained roughly 25 lbs and went to 39 weeks 4 days (longest I've ever been pregnant) When I came out of delivery my stomach was flat as a board, like it was trippy to see. By the next morning I was so bloated and swollen and so my post partum journey began. I dropped weight until I had 7lbs to go and I stalled until 3 month PP when I decided to commit to the 21 Day Fix.
I will be completely honest I added calories (not the good ones) on top of the 500 for nursing and was probably 80% on my "clean" eating. Nursing cravings are WAY more intense than pregnancy cravings. I have got a pretty good hanlde on it now. I know I do better when I have a solid plan and schedule to follow, I have my plan mapped out from now until Feb. I am working on my balance, stretching, and using body weight for the next week or so and Dec. 7th I start my next challenge with Hammer & Chisel. I am a perfect mix of beyond motivated and scared. For me personally I liked to be pushed, I like to lift weights, I loathe cardio, and I basically like to get my butt kicked!! So now to get to why you really came ... PICTURES. I will just say I have been sharing updates on my FB and Instagram but doing it in a bikini with a flash, not so fun. These pictures are what bring on the beyond motivated feeling. Le Sigh.
For those wandering I am exclusively nursing. This was my 3rd c-section and a very rough one at that and I waited 6 weeks to attempt a workout. To avoid a dip in my supply I chug water like my life depends on it and I add 500 calories on top of the Fix calculations. There are no edits to these pics, straight up cellulite and all. They were taken by my hubby and my 6 yr old. I started at 127 lbs and currently at 120 lbs - my goal now is to GAIN weight through muscle. Skinny is not my thing, I prefer strong.