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My superhero powers include making adorable, little people and savings lots of money at the grocery store. ♥ Mommy to Lily (03.30.2007) ♥ Mommy to Navy (02.05.2011) ♥

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Against the Scale and the Calendar

My son is 1-month-old today. I'm usually wearing maternity jeans, sweat pants, or exercise pants. Ya know, anything with a stretchy waistband and a little more room in the tushy and thighs.

I've lost about 32 pounds since he was born, almost 8 pounds of that being the healthy baby boy that I gave birth to. I still have 8 pounds to go to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, 12 to go to get to the weight I was before I had kids.

I started using My Fitness Pal to track my exercise and calories. It was encouraging, at first. Then, I'd over eat or under exercise. One meal at Pizza Hut was over 1,000 calories!!

I've really been berating myself on my weight. After all, after I had my daughter, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy size by the time she was 4 weeks old.

Oh, how quickly we do forget!

Actually, I wasn't. I started thinking about how differently the weight is coming off this time. I'm still a Fatty McFatfat. In reality, the weight loss hasn't been that different.

After my daughter was born, I went to Sears and got a pair of jeans in the next size up. I wore them until they wore out. I'd continued to lose weight until I was back in my normal area. I could take those pants off without unbuttoning or unzipping them.

I'm my own worst enemy on this process. I'm focusing too much on the number, both on the scale and on the calendar. The scale tells me I'm fat because it's not the same number it was back when I got pregnant. The calendar tells me that I'm running out of time on losing the weight.

It took about 33 weeks to put the weight on, I should stop being so hard on myself. The weight is coming off at a healthy pace. It's really all about perspective.


  1. Perspective. So true. I've restricted myself to once-a-week weigh ins, and I've considered every two weeks or once a month, during those times I start to obsess with the number on the scale. I'm so close to my goal weight, closer than I've ever been before, so I'm facing a similar battle within myself.

    I have to remind myself to have patience with the process, on a daily basis. I'm much kinder to myself more often than not these days... just as soon as I realize I have all the time in the world, that's when the results begin to show themselves more rapidly. I keep reminding myself of this every time I become aware I'm slipping back into impatience and unkindness toward myself.

  2. Wii Fit weighs me whenever I do a body test. I've bee only recording the weigh if I lose. Sinc weight can vary day to day, a gained pound or two isn't such a big deal.

    I just have to remind myself that it wasn't gone right away with Lily. It took a while to take it all off. Much mor mellow when I remembered that /i bought those jeans. Now, to get a new pair...

  3. Remember that you can fluctuate about 2 pounds either way depending on water weight and other things. Don't be too hard on yourself - you are taking care of a beautiful baby boy, and you are also raising a gorgeous little girl! You have a lot on your plate already. As long as you are being healthy and doing what you need to do, it will come off... and my mom has been in WW for years, and she's always told me that 2-3 lbs a week is a good solid # to lose... if you stay focused, and you're losing, you're on the right track!!!

  4. Thanks!! I *am* losing weight. A bigger pair of jeans that I have, I've been able to get them on, but not zipped/buttoned. Last night, success. They aren't really that comfy and still a wee bit tight around the middle, but I know I'm making progress. My smaller jeans, they went on easier, but still can't zip/button.