Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Body by Baby

I'll admit it, it sounds horribly superficial, but one of the main reasons I really wasn't sure if I wanted to be pregnant was that I didn't want to gain the weight. I really wasn't sure if I could handle getting heavy and if I would lose the weight. I had grand plans to be the healthiest pregnant person you ever saw and those quickly flew out the window. I stopped weighing myself once I had gained 50 lbs, who knows in the end how much I actually weighed. All I know is that now, 5 months and 1 week post partum, I only have 5 lbs to go to pre preggo weight. Woohoo. I did it. I got my 5'3 body dangerously closer to 200 lbs than it should ever be and I almost back to the 120s, almost. I'm sure the last 5 lbs will be stickers, but I am okay with that, I know they will come off. I really was scared that I wouldn't return to a life of exercise, but I have. And I honestly think that once its all said and done, I will actually have a better body than I did before, thanks to twice weekly weight classes since Harper was 6 weeks old. There is a little extra skin on my belly maybe, but nothing to be too upset about. It would have all been worth it, even if I stayed in those much lager jeans I bought right after Harper was born, but I am glad that I am back in my old pants. And so happy that all the people who said I'd have a hard time losing the weight because of breastfeeding weren't right, at least for me.
Next week is my marathon and while I would much rather be running it 10 lbs lighter, it shouldn't be too bad if my half mary pace is obtainable. It's a completely flat course and the half was hella hilly so hopefully holding between 10 and 10:30 will be possible. I was 10:13 at Akron. Unfortunately I am feeling really sick, I think its the change in weather, gets me every year.


Chelsea said...

Monica-you have done so so so great!!! You are such an inspiration. I'm not even close to where you are and Lucy just turned 1. Oh well, slowly but surely. You should be really REALLY proud of yourself.

Clare said...

you've done great, not just with the weight loss but also with your running. those last few pounds might come off easily whenever you wean harper, but like you said, everyone's different. i was always too hungry to be able to watch what i ate, but i did lose the last 5 after!

Trishie said...

5 lbs to pre preggo weight - that's awesome, monica !

Clare said...

oh, and andra's flowered tights were hanna andersson, i think "quilting bee" pattern. they have lots of cute tights!!

justjoshfunk1 said...

Congratulations, Monica. That's a fantastic accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You look great girl! Owww!

N.D. said...

I like this post - I had the same fears!!

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  • Sept 2012 - Corning, NY - TBD
  • April 2012 - Louisville, KY - TBD
  • Sept 2011 - Erie PA - 4:25
  • June 2011 - South Bend IN - 5 hrs+ (it was 98 degrees!)
  • Dec 2010 - Rehoboth Beach DE - 4:26:06
  • Nov 2010 - Huntington WV - 4:11:44
  • Oct 2009 - Towpath - Cleveland area OH - 4:30:35

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