Real Life // Mom-Bod

I struggle. Period.

I struggle with many things in my life, but my weight is one of those things that I struggle to control and maintain. I could just look at a piece of bread and gain 5 pounds. Okay, not really, but you get the point.

I have actually done fairly well for myself these past couple of weeks. I have been getting up early and going to the gym, I have been using the elliptical we purchased for at home use, and I have been getting my butt up and going on walks with Penelope Rose. I am down 25 pounds since she was born which feels great, but I still have about 17 pounds to go to get back to my pre-baby weight. In my mind, losing 17 pounds by October (her first birthday) seems like a pretty realistic goal, right? Let’s hope I can do it.

For someone who has spent most of her life playing sports and staying fit, I became a little depressed seeing my weight a few months back. I am the heaviest I have ever been in my whole life, and if that doesn’t make a person feel depressed I don’t know what does. But, I had a reality check about a month ago. I thought to myself, I can sit here feeling sorry for myself and just get more depressed about my mom-bod or I can be an example to my daughter and live a healthy life.

But, the point of this was to encourage all those mamas out there who are struggling to lose the baby weight that you can do it, and know that you are not alone. I am embracing and have learned to accept my stretch marks and a C-section scar that I have formerly felt self-conscious about. Mainly, this is because I have one amazing husband who continues to love me and tells me that I am beautiful, stretch marks and all. I choose to embrace the mom-bod. The stretch marks and scars are all worth it when I look at my beautiful baby every single day.

Mom bod pic

Feel free to comment how you keep healthy. What are your favorite healthy recipes, workouts, or tips?

Keep on keepin’ on,
Mama E

3 thoughts on “Real Life // Mom-Bod

  1. Proud of you Mary Liz. I know exactly how you feel! I got back to pre pregnancy weight 2 weeks post partum, but have managed to gain about 12 pounds back. I feel like a fat cow when I look in the mirror. But I know with effort and eating healthy, I can get back to where I want to be!
    Way to go girl! Stay positive!

  2. So proud of your efforts and dedication to not only lose weight but to pursue a healthier lifestyle altogether. What an incredible example for Penelope and what a wonderful gift to give yourself. Something I’ve just recently begun doing is eating “cleaner.” I have been using Whole30.com to kinda get me started and actually plan to do their entire 30 day program starting here in few weeks. If you’re interested I can add you to our fb group when we start. Just let me know. But one thing that’s really been a huge help overall in my efforts to truly be healthier are the Plexus products I’ve been using. You might have already heard of them. I have very decreased sugar cravings, more energy, way fewer “afternoon crashes,” way less gut issues, and I just flat out feel better. Oh yeah, and my hair is growing faster, sweet side effect. The products are all natural and they have amazing health benefits. Tons of new moms have used the products to help shed their baby weight, too. It does this by regulating your blood sugar. So cool. Just thought I’d share. Hope this has been helpful. Thanks for for your vulnerability. It’s inspiring.

  3. Way to go! I am not a mom but I know the struggle of losing and maintaining weight. I recently decided to make lifestyle changes as well.

    But Marcelo and Penelope are very lucky to have such a beautiful person whom they love!

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