I am not sharing this to brag or bait compliments. I wanted to be truthful about the struggle I have had with losing weight since giving birth to my second kiddo over 2 years ago just in case it may be helpful to someone else. Plus since the holidays are right around the corner I thought this may be a good way to keep me in check and not go overboard. I realize my before picture is a weird choice, but I didn’t have very many that show more than my face from this time period. I was a salt shaker last Halloween in case you are wondering.
Becoming a mom has actually made me more comfortable with my body. After I had my daughter I was breastfeeding and not in a rush to get rid of my baby weight because I didn’t want to mess with my milk supply at all. But when we were finished I tried and tried hard to slim back down, partly out of vanity, partly for my health, but mostly to not have to buy all new clothes in a larger size.
I joined Weight Watchers, and my husband and I did insanity workouts every week night. After two months of being diligent and not seeing any change my best friend generously cleaned out her closet and gave me a ton of clothes to wear while I tried to get back into my wardrobe.
A frustrating cycle started where I would get determined, workout out consistently, and eat really well for a few months without seeing any change. So then I’d fall off the wagon. No matter what I did or didn’t do there was about a six pound range I stayed within, a platue I couldn’t get passed.
After my sisters and mom had a good experience with a health group that focuses on womens health I made an appointment for my migraine and weight issues. The month leading up to the appointment I downloaded the loseit app, diligently tracked everything I ate, made sure my calories were under everyday, and worked out at least 4 times a week. I didn’t want to be told I was not trying hard enough. The doctor listened and ran labs. She discovered my thyroid was fine, but I was deficient in a few things. We created a plan to tackle my migraines and weight.
That was three months ago. I go for my second follow up appointment tomorrow. I hope my labs show my levels are better. My migraines have either been totally non existent or everyday for two weeks. We are still working on that, but I’ve started to feel better in he last week or two.
I logged onto loseit today to enter my weight for the week and got a badge notification that I was now two pounds under my original goal weight. I’ve lost 17 pounds in three months (or two years depending on how you look at it I guess.)
So if you are struggling to take weight off even if you doing everything right, I’d suggest visiting with your doctor. And if they brush you off find one that will at least listen and try to work with you. Good luck!