It’s like I’d fallen under a spell. For a little while there, I was totally consumed by the desire to reshape my body.
When I wasn’t feeding, changing or amusing my daughter, I was agonizing over every plumped up or stretched out body part. My spare moments were devoted to Google searches for comparative belly photos and miracle abdominal exercises.
Thankfully, that compulsion ended quickly. A couple online surf sessions revealed encouraging information and provided great motivation. I’ve since regained perspective and am focused on the bigger picture.
I think it was a “postpartum fitness” search that led me to the BeFit-Mom website. There I found a few well-needed reminders. These are a few (paraphrased) points that I took away:
- There are very good biological reasons why our bodies continue to store fat months after childbirth
- There is a natural “transitional” phase that our bodies enter after childbirth (i.e. cosmetically and internally, we don’t jump from a pregnant to pre-pregnancy-like state)
- Our extra pounds are not just fat. We have extra breast tissue, fluids and energy stores for milk production
- At 2lbs/month weight-loss, it can take 10-12 months to return to our previous weight
- Weight loss often increases when menstruation resumes and when we stop breastfeeding
Most importantly, there is a very good reason we experience all of these changes. Mine is named Naomi and she is a blessing.
Okay so that was all the rational feel-good stuff above. The truth is that I’m also very achievement-driven. Surprise, surprise, I know.
When I saw that local fitness model, Lyzabeth Lopez made the January cover of Inside Fitness Magazine it totally charged me up (read: healthily green with envy. ha ha). Gracing a magazine cover has been, and still is, a long-term goal of mine.
I’m acquainted with Lyzabeth and know that she’s been in the fitness biz a long time. She’s extremely enterprising and hardworking. I believe this is her first cover – a reminder that my goal is absolutely possible, but it’s not gonna happen tomorrow. That’s okay. I’ve got time and I’m in for the long haul 🙂
Are you the mother of a child or toddler? If so, how long do you feel it took your body to transition?