Today I'm going to do something different. In honour of losing 30lbs I'm going to talk about the changes I'm seeing and feeling in my body that have nothing to do with a number on a scale or my pants. I'll focus on the top 3 positive and top 3 negative things I'm noticing and feeling. 1 thing for every 10lbs that I've gotten rid of. An important thing to note, is that I am losing weight after having two children very close together so I can't say for sure which of these are a result of the babies and which are just from weight loss.
|Worth every ounce I have to lose.|
1- My back fat is almost gone. I am the most sensitive about my back fat. I think I was teased one time too many in high school about it, so I hate having it and just want it gone! When my arms are up it is all gone now, and when they are down I only have a little bit. Soon it will be all gone and I can feel even better than I already do!
2- Next is my stronger legs and arms. I can carry my two kids up and down the stairs without feeling like I'm going to die. It's nice to be able to nurse my baby at night and stand up holding her without struggling or waking her up because it's such a smooth motion for me now.
3- The confidence I now feel in myself. I know that I still have a way to go to be back to my hot mama status I was after I lost my Lillian weight but I finally believe what my husband says when he compliments me now. I feel like a beautiful, strong woman again and I wouldn't trade that for the world!
The not so great things about losing weight!
1- After nursing and losing so much weight I now have a rather deflated chest. I am a hopeful that if I lose enough of a cup size the change won't be so noticeable. I'll admit that I've always had a very generous bust, and from that I've always the issues most women experience after babies, such as sagging, stretch marks, etc.. so that is not a big deal. I can live with the shape of my chest, since I can just invest in a few really great bras and that will help them look their best.
2- My hips. I've always had fairly large hips, but for some reason I'm convinced that they are larger. I don't know if this is even possible while pregnant, that your hips expand, but they feel larger to me. I know a lot of that is fat, since I can grab it (super sexy love handles) but I think this time around I lost more weight from my bust and back first, while last time my hips dropped it first.
3- This one borders on too much information, but I really don't like the bladder issues. You can work out your muscles all you want but the internal ones are harder to fix. Having two babies in less than two years kills your abs, and the muscles that hold your bladder and others in place. So now I find when I run, or jump, or laugh too hard I sometimes have a little accident. Not enough to even notice in my undies most of the time, but it does make me pretty self conscious and paranoid about working out too hard when I'm not at home. And jumping jacks are the absolute WORST for it.