When I had my daughter, I was given the advice not to talk about her to my clients. "Brides don't want to hear about babies."
I've kept my life as a Mom pretty much under wraps. But there are gray areas that I haven't discussed but really wanted to talk about because there is some overlap. Weight loss is one of them.
Most brides are perfectly happy with the way they look. I do, on occasion, have a bride that doesn't feel like she looks her best and wants to change her appearance before the wedding day. Often, the bride will say that she wants to look like she did before X (before law school, before I began working 60 hour weeks, before an accident, etc.). There is always a before.
Boy can I relate.
After having Francesca in October 2010, I followed the popular thought that I'd breast feed and the weight would fall off. It did for about six weeks. But then it stopped around Thanksgiving and I still had 22 pounds to go. At 4'11", I was still four sizes larger than before I had my daughter and not happy with my appearance.
By March, I was desperate. It didn't help that I have hypothyroidism, which can make weight loss a challenge. I really needed to lose weight so that I could get back my pre-pregnancy body. I knew that the best way to lose weight was to start working out again.
I heard of a personal training company that would come to your house. After a free trial session, I was hooked. Body After Baby is amazing. Jessica, the owner, comes to my house twice a week for an hour long work out session. She focuses on strength training and really works your muscles.
Even if I can't make it to my gym, I know that I have two work outs scheduled. And if it is on my schedule, then it is going to happen! I also love that I don't have to worry about my daughter's schedule. If she is awake, then Francesca watches us work out. If she is napping, then it's just me and Jessica.
I just bought another package because what I once considered a luxury is now a necessity. I love working out from home. I'm busy in the summer with weddings and I'm lazy in the winter because of the weather.
I've been inspired by one of my favorite bloggers wrote about her Humilation Diet. Not nearly as bold as her (in home decor or in sharing specific weight loss numbers) but I do feel empowered to sharing my weight loss story. I'm going to keep writing a series of posts as I continue to try to lose weight.