The first time I got pregnant back in 2010, I started out a little thinner than I started this pregnancy... only by a few pounds. After having Leighton in June of 2011, I was desperate to get back into shape, but much to my dismay, it took a good six months before I was back down to my starting weight, and an extra month on top of that before I felt like my body shape was sort of back to normal (as normal as it could without a surgeon's help).
Sadly, I have also discovered that keeping that mommy"pouch" under control post baby (and post turning 30) is a lot harder than it used to be when I was in my 20's. The reason could be that I've lost a little of my extreme self control (when it comes to food) after becoming a mother... I sit by Leighton as he eats something tasty, leaving the crust, whilst I eat tasteless, healthy crap, and I cave and shop off his plate of rejects (and I have a weakness for sweets).
While trying to lose the baby weight, I ate salads and worked out like a crazy person, but the weight wouldn't come off fast enough. I had gained 40 pounds over those long 38 weeks, about 5 pounds more than I thought I'd max out at. So depressing. And no, Leighton wasn't a freakishly huge baby weighing in at 7 pounds 9 oz (born at 38 weeks). Note that in my photo on the right my arms are in a different position... this was the most flattering position to put my arms in as they got increasingly fatter toward the top.
With this second (and LAST) pregnancy, I feel like the instant I got pregnant, my stomach started bulging out, and the rate at which I was growing was so much faster than with the first one, scaring me as to how large I would get this time.
I am in the 29th week of my second pregnancy, and I feel like I've gained more weight at this point than I did at this same juncture in the last pregnancy. I am not looking forward to another weight loss battle and the months of looking awful and having to wear transitional clothes (and a much smaller wardrobe selection), but I am very excited to start Focus T25.
Can you believe I'm actually jealous of my husband who gets to do all of the T25 workouts now? Sad, right? I have decided that after my first encounter with T25 while pregnant, that it's just not a good idea to fully engage until this baby is out of me... trying to balance and hop on one foot with a 30 lb weight on my front is just as difficult as it sounds.)
As much as I'm SO not a fan of sharing anything unflattering about myself, I have decided to share with you all of the ugly truths that come with post-pregnancy weight loss (after a second child) so please stay tuned. If you have tried Focus T25 or Insanity, I'd love to hear about your journey. I really wanted to do Insanity, and it took me a long time to decide between the two options, but 50+ minutes a day for a mother of 2 would be really hard to keep up with, even for an obsessive psycho like myself.
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Cyndi M. Frick
Author of The Most Unlikely Mother Unfiltered: An Overshare of Embarrassing Truths About Motherhood