As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I was gaining quite a lot of weight during my pregnancy with Lillian, and as of delivery, the grand total turned out to be 68 pounds. That’s about double the recommended amount, and it meant that I was tipping the scales at over 250 pounds by the end. Yowza.
To give a bit of context, though, I’ve never exactly been a tiny person. My comfortable weight — not really dieting, but not “letting myself go” either — is around 190 pounds, which translates into a size 14-16 for me. That’s where I was at the start of the pregnancy.
If I’m really making an effort to eat right and exercise, I can get down to 165 pounds and fit comfortably into a size 12. (And honestly, I’m not sure my 5’9″ big-boned frame can go much smaller than that.) The size 12 is where I was before our wedding in September of last year — nothing motivates like the thought of looking good in a wedding dress and honeymoon beach attire.
Anyway, it’s been three whole weeks since Lillian’s delivery now, and I’m already back down to 220 pounds. I was a little surprised that so much of the weight melted off so fast, but I guess it makes sense — we know a full nine pounds of it turned out to be baby, and there was probably a lot of water weight and whatever. But that still leaves about another 30 pounds to lose.
To vividly illustrate my situation, here are two pictures of myself at very different weights:
I’m not sure if it looks like a full 55 pounds of difference between these photos, but I’m definitely looking pudgier in the second one. (Also, let the record show that I’m standing in the doorway of a shark-shaped souvenir shop grinning and holding sand-castle-making toys in that first picture… don’t ask.)
Anyway! Instead of waiting for New Years to make some weight loss resolutions, I figured I’d start setting goals now: currently, my aim is to get back down to 190-ish by summer of 2012. This seems like a pretty reasonable time frame — I spent nine months putting on that weight in a haze of ice-cream-eating bliss, so I should probably expect to take about as long to lose it again.
That being said, I don’t really have a concrete plan for making this happen. I’m not the sort of person to join a gym or take up jogging, and I’m definitely not interested in any sort of fad diet or weight loss program. Since I’m no longer breastfeeding, I can’t even count on burning any extra calories with that.
So it’ll most likely be a laid-back approach involving generalized portion control, cutting back on the sodas, and maybe working in a few sit-ups or crunches here and there. (In the past, this kind of laid-back approach is the only thing that’s ever worked for me — I just don’t seem to have the willpower to stick to any sort of rigid diet or exercise regime.) Although I may need to adjust strategies if it turns out to be insufficient for zapping away all the extra baby weight.
What do you think? Does anyone out there have any good tips or firsthand experiences when it comes to losing weight and getting back in shape after having a baby?