It may seem a little funny for me (Tarzan) to be posting a blog post about how to lose weight and your belly after pregnancy, but bare with me here, I have a great reason! You see, shortly before Monkey was born, Jane and I discussed the idea about her documenting her post-pregnancy weight loss story.
We knew it would add a little unwanted pressure on her because she’d be be taking weekly photos and sharing how she is losing weight and belly fat after pregnancy. (And we all know the pressure we put on ourselves to lose weight sometimes is more than enough!)
After we discussed it for awhile, I told Jane to think about it and we’ll talk about it after Monkey is born and she can do whatever she wants. Well, the other day I added a little blurb on the pregnancy week by week pictures page on the bottom that mentioned that we’ll be sharing some post pregnancy photos. So I bet you can guess what Jane bravely decided to do!
So that leads me to why I’m the one writing the first of several posts (And don’t worry, Jane will be taking over blog posts on the pregnancy weight loss subject soon).
The reason is because Mommy Jane is working on a few blog posts and trying to write when she has time in between all the breastfeeding she’s doing. (Breastfeeding a newborn as many of you know takes up quite a bit of her time!) And before too much time passes she asked me to help her with the first one here, especially since Jane is breastfeeding at this very moment!
So what is Jane going to do to lose the weight she gained during pregnancy and lose the baby fat on her belly? Well, let’s see what Jane wants me to write here…
First, Jane wants me to document her final pregnancy weight stats for you:
Total weight gain throughout her pregnancy: 37 pounds
Maternity pants size: 10
Maternity shirts: Medium
Stretch marks: None on her stomach, just a couple small ones on her hips
Belly button: It stayed in
Feet: Grew a LOT. Went up 2 sizes and were wider = none of her shoes fit!
Hair: Got really long, past her bra strap in the back and none fell out while pregnant
Fingers: Unable to wedding ring – and still can’t
Now as far as Jane’s secret on how to lose weight and her belly after pregnancy, we all know there’s no big “secret” right? I like adding it to make fun of the 1,000′s of “secret” weight loss tips out there and magic pills. LOL I figured the best way to do this was for me to act like a reporter and interview Jane for you. (NOTE: Jane will be replying to any of your comments/questions below, so feel free to ask her questions!)
Tarzan: So my beautiful Mommy Jane, how much weight have you lost now that it’s been 2 weeks to the day that you’ve had our little Monkey?
Jane: I’ve lost 21 pounds.
Tarzan: You were on quite a dessert kick during the last couple of months of pregnancy, which by default made me gain weight, which is a topic for another day! But let me ask you, do you still crave desserts like how you did at the end of your pregnancy, and what is it like now?
Jane: No, not at all! I don’t even think about desserts any more. I want to keep seeing those pounds go down on a scale and desserts wouldn’t help me in that department.
Tarzan: When do you plan on exercising?
Jane: I have to wait until my next doctor appointment, which is in a couple of weeks. She has to make sure everything down there is healed correctly.
Tarzan: Does that mean we could have sex after that appointment!?
Jane: Ha ha ha! If everything is heeled, heck YES! But we will be for sure using four or five different forms of protection!
Tarzan: Hmmm… Anyway, let’s get back to your weight loss after pregnancy questions. What do you plan on doing to lose weight and excess belly fat?
Jane: Lots of cardio including: The elliptical machine, riding a bike, walking, and trying to master running, even though I hate running. 30 day shred, which is a work out video we have upstairs somewhere you’re going to have to help me find. Let’s see, maybe the video game Dance Dance Revolution, and ummm, free weights of course. Although I may skip out of free weights and just lift Monkey in his car seat. It’s heavy! Oh, and I may join one of the stroller mom groups, that may be fun.
Tarzan: Wow! That’s a lot of activity! That’s great Jane! So what about food? Are you going to change your diet at all?
Jane: Ummm. No.
Tarzan: Ahhh, so you’re going to eat anything you want?
Jane: Everything in moderation. I’m not going to diet or count calories. I did think about doing Weight Watchers, but that’s not really my style. I can’t even keep track of what boob Monkey last ate off of, so there’s no way I can keep track of numbers! LOL But on thing I’m thinking about is going back to being 90% vegetarian again. That helped me maintain a good and healthy weight before.
Tarzan: Now Jane, I know a secret about you that no one here knows about – about you and weight loss. Do you mind talking about that for a moment?
Jane: Ah, what? What’s your secret? Or my secret? LOL, huh? What are you typing? I haven’t even said anything?! LOL Are you typing every word I’m saying? Stop it! LOL! So what are you talking about?
Tarzan: In the past, you lost a lot of weight and kept it off up until around the time you got pregnant with Monkey. If I remember correctly, you lost over 60 pounds in a few months. What was your secret then?
Jane: That was when I started being a vegetarian and got serious about developing healthy eating habits and I danced my ass off for like 2 or 3 hours a day.
Tarzan: Oh yeah, you were addicted to that Dance Dance Revolution game. For months I had those songs stuck in my head wherever I went! So if you had a “secret”, it would be watching what you eat and doing lots of cardio?
Jane: Yeah. Well, listening to what your body wants. But yeah. Because remember, I ate all the time. Like at least six times a day!
Tarzan: Oh yeah, I forgot about that! But you were always eating and snacking on healthy foods. No desserts. No fast food. Nothing like that, right?
Jane: Yeah, that’s one thing. I never ate fast food. Ever. But I would sometimes eat chips if I wanted them, remember? But like I said before, the key is moderation. If I wanted something I’d eat it, but stay in control.
Tarzan: Good advise for our readers there Jane! So how much weight do you want to lose and how quickly do you want to lose it?
Jane: Well I hear that your body is different after pregnancy. So even if you are at your pre-pregnancy weight, you may not be able to fit into your clothes. I want to be my pre-pregnancy weight of course, but my goal is to be able to fit into all of my clothes again! My “goal jeans” are a pair of “True Religion” are a size 27 waist. And as far as how quickly, as soon as possible. I have a closet of clothes just calling my name! Oh, and shoes! I miss all my shoes!
Tarzan: I miss the closet space we used to have before your shoes took over! Ha ha. Will you be able to keep everyone posted on your pregnancy weight loss progress each week on our blog?
Jane: Sure if people want to read about it! It would keep me motivated.
Tarzan: Well Jane, it’s been an absolute pleasure interviewing you today. I’m your # 1 fan and read each and every single blog post you write! In fact, I’m in love with you! LOL Anyway, is there anything else you’d like to add before we let you get back to breastfeeding?
Jane: LOL, awe, I love you too. Well, I just really don’t know what to expect. I mean is it a lot harder to lose weight after you have your first child? I’d love to hear from others who have already been though this to let me know any advice they have for me. I mean is it going to be a lot harder than before?
Tarzan: …. anything else?
Jane: …. Ummm, no. (doooo laaa laaaa doooo leeee daaaa) *Jane signing to Monkey while breastfeeding*
Jane: Oh, I am worried about finding energy and time to exercise. Why do you keep punching my boob!?
Tarzan: Monkey is punching your boob?
Jane: Ha ha, yeah. He’s feisty right now.
Jane: I love you, I love you! But you’re an eating machine! Monkey, do you know I’m your mom yet? Yeah? Do you know? Ohhh… Good boy. Are you almost done with that?
Jane: What do you want for dinner?
Tarzan: Hold on…
Jane: Little buddy, you’re acting like you’re starving. I love you. I loooove you! You’re so sweet. *end*
Whew! My fingers are hurting after that!
Knowing Jane, she’ll do an EXCELLENT job documenting her journey showing how she lost weight and her belly after pregnancy. She’s really excited about sharing her story with you – along with weekly photos and things she did each week to aid the post pregnancy weight loss process.
And any thoughts, wisdom, advice, comments, etc. you have to share, feel free to comment below – I know that Jane would love to read them!
P.S… The photo above is Mommy Jane’s (un)pregnant belly one week postpartum. We took that last week and will be uploading another photo this weekend for Jane’s two weeks postpartum picture.
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