This just in – I’VE ACHIEVED MY GOAL 🙂
I am officially at pre-baby weight 6 months after having my second baby on 3 Jan 2018.
How did I do it?
Well, this is the 6th episode of my weight loss journey which I update monthly and you can review below the story from beginning to end!
The goal of this chain post was to track my weight loss as I maintain breastfeeding for my newborn son Ky for over 12 months
What’s the latest?
Well… I leave for Thailand tomorrow. HOORAY!
I’m 6 months along and I’ve reached my goal of being my pre-baby weight before I fly away for 2 weeks!
Well actually I’m EVEN LESS then my pre-baby weight last measuring 73.9kg! (I was around 75kg before baby no. 2)
So after much thought and goal setting what’s my new challenge to aim for?
Fitting into a size 10 dress by Christmas 2018!
I’m currently floating around a size 14-16 depending on the make and type of dress but I’m going to love squeezing into a summer dress in the next 6 months.
Just thinking about that makes me smile.
Want the know the best bits to how I lost the weight?
Well… here’s my Top 3 bits of advice to help you along your journey:
My Top 3 Advice
- Be happy and find the balance
- Be ok with slow results but consistent effort
- Celebrate everything
1. Be Happy & Find The Balance
Sounds a bit cliche and overused but that doesn’t make it untrue.
How you feel is the most important measuring stick 🙂
If you are plus sized and happy. All the more power to you.
If you’re happy with being frumpy – no one can say anything to make you feel different.
If you’re not happy being frumpy then only you alone are responsible to improving the way you feel.
Regardless of my body shape I always try and stay happy.
Revisiting my original goal which is to ensure my newborn Kyneton can continue to breastfeed for at least 12 months while I strive to lose weight safely.
I’m now 6 months along and he’s started some mashed solids and going along like a little champion!
Things weren’t always so rosy though.
He had some problems sleeping at night and I was starting to lose volume with my breast milk.
Instead of sulking and being depressed I decided to research with my husband and we are now better informed and better prepared with a ‘power smoothie’, lactation supplements and home made boobies cookies to boost up my supply.
There’s been NO problems with breast milk ever since.
What’s the result of this positive action and research – happiness.
Other times I could find myself in negative self talk and wind myself up to the point where I’d almost eat something naughty just because I can.
It’s in these times of weakness that I lean on 2 things:
- My husband
- My tracking sheet
I pointed out in my earlier post on losing weight after my first child is that having an accountability partner is really important.
Whether it’s a friend or your partner – someone is better then no one.
We all have times of weakness or struggle with being ‘good’ so leaning on my husband worked really well for me.
Another strategy is to track your weight loss regularly because the numbers on a piece of paper doesn’t lie.
Imagine seeing your numbers and it shows you losing 2kgs over the last weeks. It will strengthen your drive to stay good and compliant.
So there you go.
Try and have a ‘Plan B’ because will power can only take you so far.
My Plan B was hubby and the tracking sheet 🙂
Hope it helps!
2. Be OK with Slow Progress but Consistent Effort
I touched on the tracking sheet above and I have to emphasise that it is really important to measure your progress (in my humble opinion).
Because any progress is better then no progress.
Let’s pick the worst case scenario.
Let’s pretend you’ve tried your very best to be good.
On your research you decide to eat really well and commit to regular exercise.
After 4 weeks of being really good you notice that you’re not losing weight, in fact, you’re putting on weight!
What the hell is going on I hear you saying!?
Well the way I see it at the very least you know that you can push through and complete 4 weeks of discipline, you have eaten well and started exercising regularly.
It is at this important cross roads that YOU need to make a decision.
Will I quit or will I battle on?
Quitting reinforces that it ‘didn’t work’. The end. I’m going to be fat for ever.
I’m going to refuse to give in and dive deeper into what is stopping me from getting weight loss success.
In my weight loss journey over the last 6 months there was a period of time where I struggled to lose weight for almost 3 WEEKS!
I know how it feels to hit the wall despite being very good and sacrificing things for the greater result.
What happened next?
I lost 1.5kg in 4 days and went from being in 80s to the 70s in kgs.
That was a major breakthrough for my physical health and more importantly my mental resilience.
I know that if I’m in pain and suffering all I have to do is be consistent and persist and the results will come slowly.
That is one of the biggest lesson this experiment has taught me.
And the reward?
Sure it’s great that I feel and look good for my trip to Thailand but what’s more important is knowing that I pushed myself and didn’t take any shortcuts.
Best feeling ever!
3. Celebrate Everything
This might be a given but I celebrated everything.
If I had McDonald’s with my family for a little treat then I would enjoy it knowing that I’ve ‘earned’ it.
Sure I know it may not be the best thing to eat all the time but now and then is harmless.
Ditto fish and chips, pizza and other takeaway.
I don’t let the fear of putting on weight slow me down anymore because I know that if I get back into my routine that it’s will come off me after a couple of days.
That knowledge didn’t come overnight – it came with time and patience.
Similarly if I lose weight from being good then great – Hi-5’s all around 😉
But I always reinforce it to myself that the numbers a result of hard work and discipline. If I get caught being lazy and complacent then it can easily change!
Having a tough night with the kids not sleeping so well – no worries I’ll enjoy sleeping with Emelina to settle her because she won’t need me to settle her forever.
Kyneton has been crying and sooking all day but I choose to look at the brighter side of things and try and play with him.
Leki finishes work late and falls asleep early while we’re talking in bed. Although I can get angry I try and remember that he drives long distances and I thank God that he comes home to us safely every night.
I choose to celebrate the good things in life because there’s already plenty of things that we can’t control.
Celebrate everything and be happy.