One Sexy Mama (at least that's the goal)

If you asked me how I've felt since Gabbie was born, I could give you several words to encompass my feelings: joyful, thankful, grateful, awed, amazed, humored, tired... The list goes on and on. One word that you won't find on that list, though, is sexy. I haven't felt sexy since about the middle of my pregnancy, and counting back, that means I really haven't felt sexy for nearly two years.

I need to get my groove back, in the worst way.

I'm still overweight; I lost 20 pounds in the first couple of weeks after she was born and the scale hasn't moved much since. I have a saggy stomach still. My boobs, well, let's just say they'll never be the same. My stretch marks have mostly faded, but the texture of my skin down there is a nightmare. Don't get me wrong, I never expected to bounce back and look exactly the same as I did pre-baby. I've seen what I looked like at 41 weeks pregnant. You can't come back from that.

But, I can make some progress. It's going to take some work, but I'm at the point I'm willing to put in that work. I need to eat better. I've already cut out fast food and am weaning myself of soda. I'm going to add physical activity to my routine, because I know that's the only way I can really get in a better shape; plus it helps with my seasonal depression, so now is the best time for me to start a routine again.

As of this evening, I've been felled by some sort of stomach bug, but when I'm feeling better I'm taking a picture of how I look now. I might even post it (with much apology before and after for subjecting you all to the sight). I just know that now is my time to do this, because I have 20 pounds to lose to be at a good starting point for getting pregnant again, which we expect to start on early next year. That gives me about 4 months to lose that 20 pounds, which I think is totally doable. If I do the work, that is.


anne nahm said...
October 7, 2009 at 8:06 AM

You can do it!

I got pretty depressed about the state of boobs and belly over here, too, and it made it hard to get motivated (did I want to be fat and mildly saggy, or skinny and hanging to my knees?)

But I have honestly been amazed how with weight loss, the sag is minimizing. I know people always talk about how amazing a woman's body is when it bears a kid and all that, but I was seriously pretty impressed with my body's ability to come back from the abyss after kids.

Also, it def. fit a pattern, which was: Lose 5-10, think "uh-oh more saggy!", get discouraged, and like a week or two later, walk by a mirror and realize things had actually improved. So hold out past the initial 'uh-oh!'

Cassie said...
October 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM

I'm so excited to read all about your progress! I'm going to need something to motivate me after the baby is born, since it'll be winter, I'll probably be suffering from my seasonal depression, and all I'll want to do is eat comfort food.

I think 20 pounds in 4 months is totally doable. Also: another baby! SQUEEEE!!

SJ said...
October 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

You can totally do it! I've been on the 'One Sexy Mama' train for a while now and I'm still about 25 pounds away from my goal. My youngest is four now. But that's neither her nor there....

You can totally do it!

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