I’ve never really talked about weight loss. I don’t have any tips on how to make lifestyle changes or increase your calorie burn. In fact, except for pregnancy, I haven’t had huge weight swings. Instead, I’ve spent much of my life fighting the “last 5-10 pounds”.
When Shoo was a month old, I looked like this:
(There aren’t a lot of pictures of me from the first few months and I’m not brave enough to share the one that really shows how big I was.)
7 months later, I looked like this:
I have to admit I like the way I looked in picture 2 much better. In fact, if I could look like that again, I’d be over the moon. I didn’t work hard to lose the weight. I lost it all by breastfeeding a child with allergies. (Yes, giving up dairy, eggs, nuts, and soy while breastfeeding drops the pounds like nobody’s business, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.)
I’m only 5-10 pounds heavier than that now. And I don’t think I look fat.
But I really miss being able to walk into my closet and put on the skinny jeans or the straight cut dresses. It was the only time in my life I felt skinny instead of “average” or “chubby”. I have drawers full of the pants and shorts from when I was nursing that I can not comfortably wear now.
The weight I’m at now is the weight that my body comes back to easily. I can go on vacation and gain a couple of pounds and return to this weight in a week without trying. I can eat what I want (within reason) and have some beer on the weekend and I’m back to this weight by Tuesday. I can run 37 miles in a week or 10 miles in a week and my weight barely fluctuates. Unfortunately, it’s also a weight where “baby got back”.
So, my first goal for my 40s is to come to terms with that. I’m planning to add some cross training and I’m going to be watching my snacking and obviously I’ll keep on running. We’ll see what that does. A year from now, if those skinny pants and shorts don’t fit, I’m getting rid of them.
Because in all honesty, I’ll take my strong legs that help me run marathons and the yummy beers that I enjoy sharing with Beer Geek over skinny jeans any day.