For the past (almost) 5 years, my life has been a whirlwind of weight related issues. I started 2010 off on a weight loss journey that led me to losing almost 75lbs. I was so happy with my new outlook on life and how healthy I was. Over the next few years, I gained some of the weight back. My healthy routine fell to the side of the road. I kept trying to get back on the wagon and get back to my “goal weight.” I was procrastinating and nothing was happening except the numbers on the scale going up.
Then I found out I was pregnant. I attempted to keep up with some exercise and healthy eating but it didn’t last very long. I found myself using the pregnancy as an excuse to eat poorly and exercise less. I kept saying to myself that I was going to gain weight anyway, so what’s a little more. So far in this pregnancy (at 38 weeks), I have gained almost 30lbs. Yes, some of that is the baby, but I know that a lot of it is also my stupidity. But hey, I AM GROWING A HUMAN! Sure, I wish I hadn’t let myself go as bad as I have in the past couple years, but what is done is done.
Early on in this pregnancy, I had the initial thoughts that I would get right back to Weight Watchers a couple weeks after giving birth. Why wait? However as the time nears, I know that is not going to happen. I need time to recover and spend time with our newborn baby. I will be severely sleep deprived and can only hope I have enough energy to feed myself and provide for my baby. Just because I have decided not to go back to Weight Watchers right away doesn’t mean that I am going to continue on my non-exercising and unhealthy eating kick. I have already mostly given up on eating poorly. I can feel my body craving more protein rich foods and fruits /veggies and I have been trying to succumb to those needs. After almost 9 months of crappy eating, I am definitely sick of eating junk and I am ready to eat healthy again.
Janetha posted an AMAZING article about weight loss after baby and getting back to a pre-pregnancy weight. I could never have said it better than her. She hit every nail on the head. I am not going to stress about losing weight immediately after birth. I want to enjoy being a new Mom and spending as much time as I can with our baby. I don’t know if I will actually rejoin WW when the time comes. I know how the plan works and I know how to lose weight, so I don’t think I will be able to justify paying the money for weekly dues. I can do it on my own with the help of MyFitnessPal and my friends and family.