I have big thoughts about the idea of getting one’s “body back” after having a baby. The conversation that surrounds post-baby-bodies frames it as though nothing but damage occurs during pregnancy and birth; that it is solely something from which to recover. It’s reminiscent of getting in a car accident and taking your vehicle into the body shop: a damage and repair equation.
If that doesn’t short-change the empowering experience of pregnancy and birth, I don’t know what does. It wasn’t until I gave birth to my oldest that I truly realized just how much my body is capable of doing. My birth experience was what made me ask the question: If it can do THAT, what else can my body do that I don’t think it can?
So I began running on the eliptical. Not to recover my body from damage, but to discover my body’s potential like gaining muscle. That boi up there? He just finished running 4 miles on an eliptical and is kinda giddy about that accomplishment. I began to see that having a healthy, strong, and fit body was not only within my ability, it was such a gift to myself and my family. This wasn’t at all like going to the auto body shop, wincing at the estimate and begrudgingly forking over a couple grand in order to take care of the damage. After each workout I felt good. After starting starving myself and watching the pounds fall off I felt good. After finishing each half marathon I felt amazing (and sore). It was all good, not just the result. Learning portion control. Breaking through the proverbial running wall. Having mental space to think. This isn’t to say that there weren’t times that I wanted to eat my way to the bottom of a brownie pan, or times that I would have rather stayed home in my birthday suit than go to weight lifting class. I was careful not to say “It was all easy”, but I did say that it was all good.
I am eager to keep those benefits coming, to keep discovering (and being surprised by) my own abilities, but I am not going to treat any fitness journey I am on as ‘fixing my damaged body’.
Thanks for listening to my preamble. Now I can get to the real thing I wanted to share:
I have started following the Medifast Nursing Daddy’s Plan and have lost 20lbs since New Years.
To be honest, I’m feeling a little sheepish about the actual numbers, but well, I guess I’ll just out with it. Last time I started my weight loss with Medifast at 169lbs. This time I started at 182lbs. To be fair to myself, I was much more recently postpartum than I was last time; Sam was 7 months old when I began the Nursing Mother’s Plan and Eric was 2 months old. Also, strangely, I feel like I look better than I did at the start of my journey last time. This could be because I have more muscle mass under all that extra padding, I’m not sure. I did continue to run a few miles a week until I was 36 weeks pregnant, so maybe?
On the Medifast Nursing Daddy’s Plan I can eat unlimited fruits and veggies and am never ever hungry. Here is a pdf of the plan. I also know that my milk supply is doing well; I was happily surprised by the amount I got in an evening pumping session last week. I am so excited to be back on this journey with Medifast not to ‘repair’ my body but to challenge it further, and I’m glad to have you along for the ride!
My Journey to Health:
August 2015 : 182lbs
November 2015 : 171lbs
March 2016 : 169lbs
August 2016 : 172lbs
Thanks for reading this pretty healthy and off topic post, if you like this new approach then tell me what you think in the comments! Peace!