Putting On and Taking Off the Baby Weight

I have always enjoyed good food and have never believed in ‘depriving’ myself of anything. I did exercise (on and off), so was able to keep myself in my regular size 12 clothes.

When I found out I was pregnant, I waited for the morning sickness to start. It didn’t (thank goodness). And I was hungry aaaaaall the time! Or maybe I wasn’t hungry and just ate because I wanted to or because I could. I’m not sure.

When I think about it now, I feel very guilty because my diet at that time wasn’t exactly healthy. I drank a lot of Coke. Sometimes at 6am. I hate the (longlife) milk here- so I was drinking little cartons of chocolate milk (twice a day). I ate chocolate all day long and didn’t do any exercise. I did eat some healthy things of course – but it’s difficult to remember those now. The main thing is: my boy is happy and healthy despite the crap I ate.

My mother constantly told me not to eat for two. I ignored her and, sometimes, even ate for three!

At 7 months I went to London to await the arrival of my gorgeous boy.
OMG- McDonald’s! We don’t have McDonald’s in Lagos. I went craaaaaazy! Cheeseburger, large fries and a Coke. The week before baby was born- I had 2 cheeseburgers (but only 1 portion of fries!)!
And the worst thing is – I used to stop off on my way back from my weekly check-up. I told myself I’d only go once a week (after the Dr) – but I usually ended up there 2 or 3 times a week. And sometimes I had to sneak away from my mum and my hub to get my fix.

Oh! And I forgot about the Coco Pops. I hadn’t eaten those since I was 18. And suddenly I couldn’t stop eating them. Two or three bowls a day (One after the other. Every morning while watching America’s Next Top Model).

And the Bourbon biscuits! I had to steal them from the kitchen and hide them under my pillow to eat in the middle of the night. All because I wanted to avoid the disapproval of the mothership.

Needless to say – I put on a lot of weight. And I put it on everywhere!! My boy is 9 months old (almost) and my wedding ring still doesn’t fit!

After baby was born, I found it difficult to stop eating so much (and I wasn’t breastfeeding (but that’s another story)). Luckily I went right off the Coco Pops. Didn’t go off McDonald’s, though.
And I still want to eat and eat and eat (sometimes).

It was 7 months after V was born that I started exercising again. Pilates twice a week and P90X 3 days a week. And funnily enough-because I’m exercising, I don’t feel like eating *that* much anymore. Unless we go out!

I feel much better about myself and my body. I went from a size 12 to a 16 (sometimes even 18) and now I fit into some size 14 clothes.

I’ve still got a long way to go – but I’ll get there in the end.

6 thoughts on “Putting On and Taking Off the Baby Weight

  1. I can totally empathise, I’ve struggled with my weight all my life and after having my second child I am really struggling to shift the mummy tummy. I only have 5lbs left to lose in terms of weight but a long why to go in terms of shape! Good Luck, you are doing great, it takes time, you will get there!

  2. I can totally sympathise! I think when you’re pregnant you’re allowed to eat what you like, it should be law, but the pain is shifting it after. Why is it never as easy to lose as it is to gain!? I managed to lose my baby weight second time around, but then decided to get really healthy and quit smoking too, which resulted in me gaining another stone, so I’m about to embark on the healthy eating plan AGAIN! Good luck, and I’ll be keeping an eye on how well you do!! x

  3. Competely with you. I somehow managed after my first to get back to reasonable shape in 18mths (partly motivated by getting married). Move on another 18mths and I’ve had more babies and their 7mths old and I’m so far off anything. I’ve jsut gone back to work and begrudge spending money on clothes when I want to shift the weight, but then I look like crap in ill fitting clothes and eat chocolate to cheer me up! Keep us posted on how you do – wishing you positive thoughts! x

  4. Thank you all for your comments ladies 🙂 I wrote this post back in May, I think… And since then – will if you read any of my other posts you’ll see it hasn’t been easy at all… It’s difficult to start, keep it up and feel good about myself – but… it will happen!Really – thank you all for your comments – I truly appreciate them. x

  5. Well done you for being so committed to losing the weight; I really need to get a crack on with it. I’m thoroughly impressed that you waited that long though, well done you. I get sick and tired of people rushing to get the weight off.Thanks for linking up to ShowOff ShowCase for the first time!

  6. How funny! The two things I most crave when pregnant are McDonalds and Coco Pops. Wouldn’t touch them usually x x x Great first post x

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