I am always jealous of the women who gain only the recommended 15 to 20 pounds during pregnancy, have their baby, and are back to their pre-pregnancy bodies after a week. That is definitely not me. When I am pregnant, I get HUNGRY. With my oldest, I gained a whopping 60 pounds. With my second, 50 pounds. With my third, I had a little more self-control and only gained almost 40 pounds. I definitely am not able to lose it quickly afterwards either. Maybe it’s because I’m not young anymore, but it’s something I really need to work at.
With my oldest son who is eight now, I held onto the extra weight I gained with him for more than two years after his birth. I was at a different stage of my life though at the time. I was depressed and just didn’t care as much. It wasn’t until before separating from my now ex-husband that I really put the effort into knocking that weight off. My routine that time consisted of counting calories with the My Fitness Pal app and walking 10,000 steps a day. I really made both of these things a habit. If I went over my calories for the day or didn’t reach my step goal, I was a mess. I knocked off that weight pretty quickly too and in a matter of months I got back down past my pre-pregnancy weight and to the weight I had been in my late teens!
Then, I met my now husband.
We were happy, and we ate, and both gained. It happens to the best of us. I wasn’t at my ideal weight when we got married, but was ok. I got pregnant a month after our wedding and on went the 50 pounds. After my son was born, I started counting calories again (but not really walking). I slowly lost weight, but not quickly enough. One day, I saw a post on Facebook from my university about a weight loss study and I signed up for it. It required me to go vegan and to walk daily. At the time, going vegan wasn’t hard because I was really motivated to lose the weight, and I did! I reached my pre-pregnancy weight by my 37th birthday, when my baby was 10-months-old. That was also the day I found out I was pregnant again!
And so, it all started again.
Initially, this time I didn’t gain much. I downloaded a pregnancy weight tracker app and I was regularly staying in the range of what I was supposed to gain. I was also still walking regularly. And then the pandemic messed all of that up. They closed the greenway where I walk and I was stuck in the house all day with snacks. Still though, I didn’t gain as much as with my previous pregnancies.
Again, I went back to trying to count calories and again, I wasn’t losing as quickly as I would have liked. Maybe because I’m even older now? I also didn’t have the patience to deal with the restrictions of being vegan again either. So I decided a couple of months ago to sign up for WW (previously Weight Watchers) and so far it has been quite successful! I have been also trying to stick to just protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, since nighttime is when I am hungriest and seem to consume more calories. I have also been walking about two miles or so everyday. I am currently down about 15 pounds and only four pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight! I am hoping to again reach my pre-pregnancy weight by my 38th birthday in a few days (but not get pregnant again this time!). Once I can reach that goal, I can hopefully work on getting back to my pre-meeting my husband weight!