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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Weight Loss Update: I did it.

Let's just get right at it, shall we?

In my post earlier this week a few people caught wind where I mentioned I'm at my lowest weight yet. Yep, even lower than when I finished my whole weight loss journey in October of 2011, just prior to getting pregnant again with Lucy girl. Good timing, right? Thank my husband. I kid. I kid.

Anyway.

I had planned to do a weight loss update soon. I know how intriguing this stuff can be, especially after having a baby. Everyone wants to know, did she lose the weight? I get it. Especially because I talked so often about how determined I was to get back to my pre-Lucy weight again.

The good news is: I am back. Hallelujah, thank ya Jesus.

The bad news is: I actually had to do work to make it happen.

Also, I'm a big myth buster. You know how everyone is all, Oh second baby weight is so hard to drop versus the first? Well, I disagree. I get it, it's different for everyone. I just didn't feel that was the case for me. Maybe it's because I had the tools to do it this time? Maybe because I just knew what needed to be done? Or I tasted success before and wanted it again. Either way, I made it happen.

Since you'll divert your eyes to pictures anyway. Here I am now.


Now. Let's talk about this for a second.

Remember when I wrote this post? I was 4 weeks postpartum, totally motivated, got my butt on the treadmill even before my clearance--but I wanted it. I even posted my 4 weeks postpartum flabby belly, large legs, chunky arms on the internet. I obviously have zero pride.

I had a goal to run ONE 5K before Christmas. I ran TWO. (If I had emoji's, this is the part where I'd do a pounding fist, bump bump, just picture it.)

I started tracking weight watchers points again (they have a great program that gives you extra points for nursing mothers).

To be honest, I did it half-heartedly. The holidays were HARD. I lost some weight, yes. I was running some, yes. But I still had some more to go.

It wasn't until I got the holidays over with and my New Years Resolution (yup) on, when I really went to work. I was more committed to tracking. I still ran a little (not near as much as I should have). But mostly? Eating. I watched the small remainder of the weight come off weekly.

Here's a good visual to see the transformation and that it just.doesn't.happen.overnight.


Which leads me to now. Or, a week or two ago, rather. I hit my pre-Lucy weight. But I know that I can probably go a little further. Right now, I'm about 2-3 pounds under that weight. It's not really noticeable, obviously--just a few pounds. But here's some comparison:

note: still nursing. those suckers are heavy. 

See? The few pound difference isn't noticeable. And basically--that means one thing to me. I hit my goal. I did! It feels good. But I don't think I'm done yet. 

Six months. That's what it took me to really do it. That was losing 31 pregnancy pounds (plus a few). To be honest, I'm one of those girls who leaves the hospital weighing about the SAME as when I went in WITH a baby inside (HOW?!?!? I have NO IDEA and I might have cried tears over it). But, whatever. Deal with the cards your body deals you.

If this wasn't over the holidays, there's a possibility I could have lost the weight quicker, I bet. But for now, I feel pretty darn good about 6 months. Because I had to work for it, and I did.

It feels good to be back.

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Thanks for all your support, really.

63 comments:

  1. You look (and are) AMAZING! Such an inspiration to me. You give me so much hope that I can do it too after baby. Seriously. You rock, girl. Congrats!

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  2. You look great and should be very proud!

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  3. Ummm.... you look amazing. Absolutely amazing. Good job, lady!

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  4. girl you look awesome. you've worked so hard and it shows. be careful though... looking that good might bring baby 3 a bit sooner than you think... ;)

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  5. Congratulations! You look fantastic. This is really inspiring.

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  6. You look great! Congrats.

    Any tips on what kind of exercise and meals/snacks?

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  7. You look amazing for 6 months post-partum! Good job momma!

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  8. I love you Katie! I started WW a few days ago because of you! Thanks for the great post and the proof that's it's possible to have a rockin' body after kids.

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  9. You're awesome. Way to go!

    I'm about three pounds away from goal and I've been stagnant for a few months now, what with the holidays and a crazy work schedule. But this week I'm gonna do it - I'm gonna kick it into high gear and hit goal. Because I know I can.

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  10. Go on witcha bad self girl! Looking great!

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  11. WAHOO!!! You look fantastic! You continue to be my weight loss inspiration. Amazing, fabulous, stupendous job! I just can't stop saying "Hooray" enough for you. So happy at how happy you are. =D

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  12. Congrats, great job! You (and my friend Jo-Anne) have been such an inspiration to me, and I FINALLY followed your lead. I'm finally at my pre-pregnancy weight from baby #2...just shy of him turning 18 months. I still have a looooong ways to go before I'm at my "goal weight". Thanks for posting the update - it's a definite confident booster for me!

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  13. I am SO jealous. I weigh 114 pounds and am currently a size 2 and my belly is ginormous. If I didn't love you so much, I'd hate you. I am definitely going to keep up with this running thing. I'll be hitting the track at school after work tomorrow, sore throat and all. Thanks for the inspiration. Here's hoping I'll be able to post pics that I'm proud of eventually. Someday. Maybe? ;)

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  14. looking good sister! so proud of you!

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  15. Congrats girl!! You should be so proud!! What is your plan next? You said you weren't done... do you want to lose more? I'd love more specifics like how much and how far you run, what other exercise you do, etc. or do you think you can say that eating was the majority of it? Do you have more running goals or weight loss goals?
    I'm about 5 lbs away from my goal weight but it's hard. I already feel skinny ish, so sometimes I'm like "I can totally eat bad today!" So it's hard for motivation to get the rest off. But I will press on :)

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  16. Congratulationsssss, this post came at exactly the right time for me. Kennedy is four months old and I am at that stage where I am fully committed and soooo ready to see results so thank you for the encouragement....I can do it, I will do it haha. You look amazing

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  17. Congratulations! I am scared to see what happens with this pregnancy after. Honestly? I only gained about 12 pounds with Connor (because I lost 20 in the beginning..) and I have hit 20 with this one with a month still left to go. It was weird with Connor because I went well below what I started at with him shortly after. This time? I don't think that will be the case at all. Plus it scares me to think that my family wants to plan a beach vacation about 9 weeks after this one is due... aye yi yi. It will definitely be interesting to see how it goes second time around!

    Good job lady. You deserve it as you worked super hard for it!

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  18. Wow Katie, you look fabulous! I currently look like a mix between your one-month and three-month post-partum, so maybe I can look like you in 5 months?! <3 <3 Love it.

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  19. You. You're awesome! Just thought I'd let you know. :) xx

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  20. You look incredible! I was so stoked to see your transformation.

    I'm currently 13 pounds below pre-baby weight and it feel amazing. I would love to lose 10 more (or, *gasp*, even 15), so weight gain with the second bambino would put me around pre-baby-numero-uno weight. That's a lot of mumbo jumbo, when what I really mean to say is congrat - you look like a million buckaroos!

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  21. Girlfriend, it doesn't look like you have anything left to lose! Make sure you aren't looking in the mirror and seeing something that isn't there. (Not trying to be obnoxious, in all seriousness I have been there before..)

    You look amazing, you should be so proud of yourself. More importantly than how you look, you have your health. So nice to see Mommy's being good examples for little girls, especially in our society today. You are an inspiration, I can't believe weight watchers never contacted you and your sis!

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  22. Katie! You look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Congratulations girl. You totally rocked this! You've been such a huge inspiration for me as I'm embarking on the start of my journey. I have a lot to lose and I know it won't be easy but you've proven that it can be done if you want it bad enough! For me one of the biggest motivators is my daughter. Of course you're losing weight and getting healthy for yourself but when you have children, especially little GIRLS looking up to you it takes it to a whole new level. Thank you for sharing your story. Good job!!!

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  23. You look amazing! Awesome job!

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  24. OK so now I really am going to post pictures of you on my fridge after Dew #2! Because, I mean, seriously?! You rock! Way to go!!!!

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  25. Awesome!! You look great!!

    I know you run (and we've emailed before about the C25k plan) but do you do any arm workouts?

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  26. I shoved your "after" photo in Marcus' face and said "see that? See that?! That's gonna be me after the baby" booyah!! You're a rockstar in my book. Go Katie!

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  27. Congratulations! You did awesome and look great! I just wish I had half the motivation to do it myself. I'm 9 months postpartum and still need to lose 20 pounds. Yikes! And I NEED to fit into a swimsuit this Sept.

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  28. Way to go!!! You look great!

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  29. Well Done!! this si real, I was eating a piece of chocolate cake when i was reading your post and I took it away (the cake)!! thanks for the motivations!!!

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  30. And "they" say it takes a year. Good for you! You look fantastic. Still jealous that you can run and bf ;)

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  31. I too weigh pretty much the same after birthing a baby...it's pretty depressing especially when you gain 60 freaking pounds. I can talk about it now because I lost it..and you would think I would have learned since it was my second baby. DUMB.

    You look great and remember the ladies keep a few extra pounds in them too when you are nursing.

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  32. You look great! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Great post! I needed to see/hear that. I'm almost two years post delivery of my precious baby girl and (gulp) still 15 pounds over my pre-pregnancy wieght. It's hard to get that motivation to move foward. Maybe I need to start posting to get someone to give me some accountability and support...

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  34. you are so inspiring and amazing. Super proud of you mama!

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  35. You look absolutely wonderful! I'm so stinkin' proud of you!

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  36. As always, you look beautiful. You've done a great job and are an inspiration to many. Fabulous work, girl!

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  37. Thanks for being a mythbuster!! I am so so so sick of hearing the weight is harder to loose the 2nd time around! I had to have c-sections - so there's a few things that are different after the 2nd than the first - things that I have had to admit I probably can't change. But I think I am doing better now at 6 months postpartum than I was after my first (which was twins). It was hard though - every time I lost a pound, my milk production hit rock bottom (low supply issues). So I had to lose the weight very, very slowly. Still have about 10 pounds to go to get to where I wanna be, and I'm gonna do it! You look great! Keep up the great work!

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  38. You have really inspired me. I need to lose 10 pounds to be at my pre-pregnancy weight and 20 to get to where I would really like to be.

    I am inspired by your commitment and even for you being so brave to post your pictures. You look so amazing!

    Congratulations, mama. You are helping so many of us get our grooves back as well!

    xo, Katie
    http://ohheybabyblog.wordpress.com

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  39. You look incredible, really! Soak in every compliment you get on this post... you've done something incredible.

    This was exactly the post I needed to read today, because I had/am having exactly the OPPOSITE experience and today it just sucked. So, perfect timing as always.

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  40. Wow! You are amazing! You look great. I can totally see that this time you are very toned! Keep it up. Again, wow!!! You are such an inspiration!!

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  41. Way to go! You look amazing! Such an inspiration! Need to get my butt in gear!

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  42. You look AMAZING!!! I'm 8 mos postpartum with twins and I just feel so down on myself. Your post totally inspires me....I just have to get out of my rut (it helps the babies are older now, too!) and just WORK on it. Great job and thanks for sharing it.

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  43. DANG GIRL you look fabulous. And I don't know, but I think your boobs look quite boobalicious now. I mean that as a compliment. Good for you. :)

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  44. i look like your 1 month postpartum pic and i've never had a baby :-)

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  45. Great job mama! I think second baby weight is only harder to lose if you never lost it after the first. Just building the baby weight on top of each other after every baby is not good for business. I lost 30lbs between Brynn and Reid and this time? It's been so "easy" to lose it. Much easier than the first time I did it. Sure, like you said, we have the knowledge and tools this time, but it sure did help to lose the weight before getting pregnant again too! :)

    You look fab, as always, mama.

    xo

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  46. You are such an inspiration! I actually joined WW online LAST NIGHT after looking through your journey and I am ready to succeed like you did. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  47. You look great! The "still nursing" comment made me chuckle, because I was like, "Look at her itty bitty waist and..." hahaha! Seriously - way to go!

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  48. You look absolutely amazing! What an inspirational story. Way to stick to your goal!

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  49. I read your blog and love this post. I'm 5 months postpartum and still feel just huge. It's nice to see that it does, in fact, come off...and it will in due time! Bravo- you are my motivation for this week!!

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  50. I guess I have to be the one to say it, jealous of your nursing boobs! You are so skinny too! Jealous of that!

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  51. You look great! I'm with you on the losing weight is easier the 2nd time around, although I do think the running (thanks to you!!) probably helped a lot! Thanks for sharing!!

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  52. You look awesome!!! And I'm sure you feel even better than you look if thats possible. I'm only 11 days postpartum and I'm so ready to get started, you are such a motivation. As always, thanks for sharing!

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  53. Congratulations, Katie. You look AWESOME!!!

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  54. Katie, you look great!!! Mark Sisson (of marksdailyapple.com) says that losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% exercise, so it makes sense that you were able to lose the weight even without doing a ton of running or other stuff. You are an inspiration. I hope to look that good at Christmas, which will be 6 months post partum for me! I appreciate your honesty.
    Joy,
    Sara in Iowa

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  55. you look amazing girl! congrats!!!! be PROUD!

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  56. Well done! I am 3 months post partum and look about the same as you did (and i have worked my ass off to get it, i wasn't 'lucky'), i hope if i keep going i will look like you at 6 months pp!

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  57. Wow, fantastic job! You are truly inspiring. Thank you!

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  58. Congrats Mama- you look fantastic!

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  59. I am 6 weeks postpartum and feeling discouraged with how ,ugh the weight loss has stalled. This post is so encouraging. I needed that motivation today.

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