My body post baby has been kind of a roller coaster. It took me about 6 months to lose 40 pounds of baby weight (I clearly remember returning to work 3 months post baby wearing my maternity pants but being Ok with that). After 6 months, I just kept losing and lost a handful more pounds that I didn’t really need to lose – it was purely stress weight loss. I literally did not have time to eat, I was nursing or pumping a million times a day, and I was so stressed out with work and juggling the world. I was getting a decent amount of exercise then because we still had our dog who required lots of walks (I did them all), and so that kept me pretty lean. Then our dog attacked the baby, and she was sent away to live somewhere else and my activity level dropped. I actually know this because my Jawbone Up band went from me achieving around 8,000-10,000 steps per day down to around 4,000-5,000 steps per day currently. That’s a massive drop in activity, and I can feel it.
Suddenly, I noticed that I have a belly…which shouldn’t be all that shocking due to my lack of activity these days. But like, not like a floppy-skin belly from just having a baby, but like a floppy-skin belly with like weight gain under it. I used to gain like all over the place nice and spread out (and like a lot in my face) but this time it’s like 90% in my belly and like 10% in my arms. My body is so weird right now! WTF is this? I feel like an alien.
Other than my sudden belly, I’ve also had skin issues. Sometime around May, I noticed that I was developing really dark marks on my face. It was mostly marks from old acne breakouts, but it also looked just like dark marks from nowhere (could have been the sun plus age) and it was really bad. I had mixed feelings about it. I went from being totally mortified and trying to cover it, to not caring at all and wearing no makeup at all to try and let it heal. Eventually, I made it to the dermatologist and got some prescription, advice, and just recently I began to see a big improvement. It was very strange how it just came out of nowhere though. Lesson learned: don’t wait, go to the dermatologist right away or I’ll have to listen to my mom comment on my bad skin (Isn’t that the worst, I’ll have to remember that for the future!).
My hair is different post-baby these days too. When I was pregnant I achieved thicker hair, post-baby I lost a ton of hair, and then it all grew back in. You could actually see loads of tiny baby hairs sticking straight up on my head for a few months. Then later, the texture of my hair and natural state has been altered – my hair actually has texture, it has a wave on one side, there is frizz, and it’s a bit dull. 2 years ago, if I air dried my hair it would be super straight, very fine, and super shiny. My entire body is confused!
What is the game plan? I don’t really know… a little of this, and a little of that. I’m going to try and pack my lunch for the office when I’m there or make a conscious effort to make a healthy lunch at home when I’m here. I got H some cool bento boxes for his big boy school lunch so I’m going to borrow them and see if that helps me get more excited to pack it. It’s not the eating of healthy things that’s hard for me, it’s the putting it together that I find really annoying.
This was my lunch from Wednesday – salad with leftover marinated chicken on top and that yellow container is dressing, and super ripe and sweet strawberries. I also had a Chobani yogurt that I later realized expired (it got tossed, you can’t win them all), and a Kind bar for late afternoon snack. It went really well, so I’ll just try to keep planning and eating healthy lunches. I honestly think that a few small changes will be all that I need – healthy packed lunches, less evening sweets, less fast food (but OMG, I am dying to get my hands on Chicken Fries!!), much more water, and more activity when I can handle it.