Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Losing weight after baby - entry #1 (wish I was like Beyoncé)

I've had my baby almost 3 months ago and I am still losing the baby weight gained during pregnancy.  I must say, the weight is not coming off as fast as it did the first few weeks, but so far, I have lost about 30 lbs without much effort. I still have 15lbs to lose to be at my pre-pregnancy weight.  Then, the real work will begin.  I will have to work at losing the 30lbs I have gained between 23 and 29.

I keep telling my friends and family that having a baby is not the end of sexy.  Some, believe me, some don't.

It's funny because while I was pregnant, a friend of mine posted a picture of Beyoncé on her Facebook page. B was about one month after giving birth and she was saying how impossible it was to look this good after such a short amount of time.  I disagreed with her.

Getting pregnant when you are fit is truly the best way to go.  Your body is already at the right weight so gaining weight to carry the baby is not a big deal.  Plus, you will not gain that much weight and even if you do, it won't be detrimental to your overall health and fitness level because you were not overweight in the first place. And the best part, losing weight will be a cinch because your body wants to get back to how it was before and because you were already used to working out and should naturally get back to your routine as soon as your body has healed.

The difference for me is that I started already overweight for all three of my pregnancies. But... I can say that my pregnancies didn't really make me gain weight.  I always got back to the weight I was right before getting pregnant.  The weight I have gained over the years is a result of poor education on how to feed my body.  I've gained weight between 23 and 26, lost weight for my wedding (27) and gained again right after that until I got pregnant at 29.

After my first pregnancy, I reached my pre-pregnancy weight after about 7 months post-partum, then I got pregnant again.  After my second pregnancy, I lost all the weight again in about 9 months.

I gained weight again 3 years later and I was unable to blame my pregnancies.

All these years of struggling with about 30lbs to lose have shown me one thing: it's mathematical. If you eat too much, you will gain weight.  No matter what the situation is, the only reason we gain weight is that we take in too many calories.

Education is key!  Knowing how many calories your body needs to survive is important.  Knowing how many calories you eat in a day, in a week, in a month is important in order for you to have a handle on your weight.

People who don't gain weight must have a natural gage.  They know what their body needs without the math.  People who gain weight need the math.

This is what I will do to get back to the healthy body I once had.  I will count calories and workout.


Elizabeth González said...

I found your blog just by chance watching youtube videos. I myself am in a weight loss journey too. I'm 26 and still single and without a children but I'm overweight and what you say you will do to reach your goal seems simple but I have one little problem... I don't know how to calculate my calorie intake, even when I have been in a lot of weight loss websites trying to learn I can't grasped (T_T)

Anny Keyz said...

Hi there Elizabeth Gonzalez... I hope you will see my reply. There are tools to calculate your calories online. I have an app on my iPhone... You just enter what you eat and will calculate for you. It is daunting at first but you'll see, not as hard as you think.