How I Lost 50 Pounds After Pregnancy

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One of my most frequently asked questions is how I lost the baby weight.  It took me about a year to lose almost 50 lbs since the very end of my pregnancy, so it was definitely a long process, especially with breastfeeding and wanting to make sure my supply wouldn’t suffer.

I’ll try my best to share what worked for me, because I know a lot of mamas have a hard time getting back to their old self.  We have so much more responsibility on our shoulders — caring for an entirely new human being’s every want and need at all hours!  And a lot of us have mom guilt with spending time on ourselves, but it’s oh so important.

At the end of pregnancy in early December 2015, I was a whopping 194 lbs — heavier than my husband, who’s quite a bit taller too!  You can imagine how that felt.  I gained 35ish throughout the pregnancy, but I also wasn’t at a happy place with my weight before I got pregnant.  I lost the first 20 lbs pretty quickly in the beginning, but after that it was a slow and tedious process, because I didn’t want to do anything drastic.

I lost about 2-3 lbs a month after the initial big weight loss from actually giving birth, which felt like eternity.

Now I’m around 144 lbs (5’9″) and feeling a lot better.  That’s not to say I’m planning to stay where I am; I’m still a work in progress and have some wiggly bits I’d like to tighten up.  Bikinis seriously make me SO nervous.

 

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So back to the point of this blog post.  The 3 main things that have helped me lose the baby weight slowly but steadily over the last year have been:

  1. Breastfeeding less,

  2. Changing the way I see food, and

  3. Staying busy and out of the house.

 

Notice there’s no mention of the gym.  I tried working out over the past year, but it just wasn’t something I could maintain, since Vienna is attached to me at the hip at all times.  With our move in about a month, I’m hoping our parents will be able to watch her for short periods of time so I can clean the house, exercise, and get some work done fast and without interruption.  Am I dreaming? 🙂

So I focused on my food intake, since I have to eat no matter what.

 

Breastfeeding Less

Sounds controversial, right?

With exclusively breastfeeding, I had an out-of-control appetite, again rivaling that of my husband.  Obviously I had a lot of trouble losing weight in the beginning, because I was taking in way more calories than I was burning with the breastfeeding.  Having a baby was a huge lifestyle change, and honestly, food was my comfort, so I let myself eat when I wanted to.  Because of that, the fat DID NOT just “melt away” with breastfeeding, and I remember my OBGYN telling me I’d probably be hanging onto an extra few pounds due to breastfeeding.

I’m still nursing now, but it’s not as a main food source for my baby.  Now it’s more of a comfort thing at night and sometimes during the day if we’re home a lot.  My appetite has definitely leveled out, and I can eat my regular 3 meals with some healthy snacks throughout the day and feel satisfied.  My boobs have also significantly decreased in size, since there’s not as much demand for milk production, woohoo!

I’m not hating on breastfeeding at all, and I hope to do it again if I get pregnant again, but it definitely made me hangry.

 

Changing the Way I See Food

Tying in with breastfeeding less, I started to look at food as a nutrient source instead of a comfort when I was feeling sad or overwhelmed, etc.  That had a lot to do with becoming more confident as a new mother, and it came with time and practice.  Again, having a baby was a huge lifestyle change, and we all turn to different things for comfort.  For me, it was food.

Feeding Vienna solid foods helped me redefine food in a way too.  Although I’m not the strictest with this, it helps me when I ask myself, ‘would I feed my daughter this food?’  I’m much more inclined to give her the more nutritious option than myself, so this mentality is helpful in a weak moment.

 

Staying Busy

Lastly, after figuring out some kind of a natural rhythm between mothering duties and focusing on my career, my blog has in a sense helped me lose weight.  It’s my creative outlet, my “other baby,” and I love the freedom it gives me to have one foot at home and one foot at work.  It’s a documentation of my life, and it helps me stay aware of all the blessings over the years — pretty amazing!

Staying/working at home requires a lot of willpower to be able to organize yourself.  And sometimes the hours run into days and days into weeks and weeks into months, feeling like you’re doing the same thing over and over again.  Feed, bathe, diaper, play, sleep, again and again.

I highly encourage SAHM’s to have a little place for themselves to be able to do things they love and have conversations with other adults, whether it be some work on the side, a hobby, involvement in organizations, whatever.  That’s what keeps me sane and (kinda) balanced, haha.

Going outside the home every day is so important, even if just for a short stroller walk!

 

 

So, I’m not sure if that’s what you expected for a post on losing baby weight, but that’s just me being real.  Much love!  xo

 

 

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16 Comments

  • inka_kartinka@hotmail.com'
    Reply February 1, 2016

    Inna

    Awesome read my youngest daughter will be 10 months in a few weeks and I still need have 12 lbs to lose. I’m 5’5 and gained 45lbs with all 3 of my pregnancies . Your right it’s all about balance. Keep up the awesome work

  • janniscamilotto@gmail.com'
    Reply February 1, 2016

    JanNYC

    Hi! Great article! It is definitely not easy at all! I’m still fighting the extra 35 pounds left after my delivery. Irins can you write a post talking about what you eat in a daily basis and if you have been dieting , any healthy tips! It will be great! Thank you xo

    • Reply February 1, 2016

      Irina Bond

      Hi Jan, it’s been noted! Once we move to our new place, I’ll have decent light and will be able to take photos of meals much easier. No real dieting over here, just trying to be conscious of my food choices. xo

  • amber_la@yahoo.com'
    Reply February 2, 2016

    Amber

    Irina, thank you for being so candid and brave about your postpartum journey. I am 5’0″ and gained 40 pounds. It took me a whole year to lose the excess weight and then six more months to tone it up. I love the Jillian Michaels DVDs, they work. Now I’m in a better place than I was before the pregnancy because I’ve stuck to my fitness routine for me. Ladies you can do, just put in thirty minutes a day and you’ll be amazed. Hugs to all moms out there.

    • Reply February 4, 2016

      Irina Bond

      Thank you, Amber! I will definitely check those DVDs out – I prefer working out in my living room anyway. xo

  • andiperullo@aol.com'
    Reply February 4, 2016

    andiperullo

    I have…gasp…70 pounds to lose. It’s so awful! I went on bedrest towards the end of my pregnancy and couldn’t do anything and the nausea was so bad that I just ate and ate. Then with the c-section I had zero desire to workout. I keep saying today is the day I’m going to start… Thanks for being so open and honest!

    • Reply February 4, 2016

      Irina Bond

      Thanks, girl! We do some pretty amazing things with our bodies. Wishing you health and happiness. xo

  • Fashionworthknowing@gmail.com'
    Reply February 8, 2016

    Nicolette

    Just found your website and love this article. I am trying to loose that last 15 lbs and my son is 15 months old ugh. But I want to loose 10 more after that and then I will be at my wedding weight wooohooo. Inspiring me to do a similar post on my blog.

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    • Reply February 8, 2016

      Irina Bond

      You can do it, mama! (That is, if it really feels right). Women can be beautiful at any size. I think that’s why we as a society just adore pregnant women. xo

  • pen0314@gmail.com'
    Reply February 8, 2016

    Ess

    I am just reading this now and I’m glad I did. Thank you so much for this honest post. It’s nice to know there are still honest bloggers/vlog gers out there who aren’t so focused on the fame and putting on this facade of perfection. Have you ever thought about vlogging as well– putting the content you post here on YT?

    My daughter is a month younger than Vienna and like you, I exclusively breastfed up until my daughter’s 1st birthday. But unlike you, I’m struggling with losing weight– sad to admit but I actually gained weight because I find comfort in food way too much– especially with the struggles of being a first time mom and trying to find balance in everything.

    It would be so great/helpful if you could do more of these types of blog entry. Would love to know, more in depth, how you were able move forward as a first time mom– how are you able to juggle life as a wife, career woman, and mom so successfully?

    • Reply February 9, 2016

      Irina Bond

      Hi Ess,

      Thanks so much for reading! What a lovely thing to say. I’m far from perfection, but I’m not against trying to be the best version of yourself anyway.

      I’ve considered YouTube and vlogging (and I’ve made a handful of videos on my account), but video production is a lot of work. Blogging is too, but I feel like it fits my personality better (introverted, believe it or not). I do use Snapchat almost daily (same username as Instagram: irinabond).

      Those are all great topics. I need to cover more mommy stuff on here. Don’t be fooled by pretty pictures, though – I never quite feel completely balanced. It’s a whole lot to juggle.

      xo, Irina

  • k_phan_99@yahoo.com'
    Reply February 11, 2016

    katattack2000

    Wow you look great pre and post pregnancy! I hope that whenever I become pregnant that I will be able to maintain the weight loss too !! Just stumbled across your blog 🙂 Looks beautiful!

    • Reply February 11, 2016

      Irina Bond

      Thank you so much! That’s really kind of you to say. I felt pretty good while pregnant (although 50 pounds heavier than now), but as soon as the baby came out, I no longer had that adorable bump but a soft and pudgy belly instead. So glad that’s (mostly) gone now. But I miss having a bump and can’t wait for round two. That goes to show that you can feel confident at lots of different weights. xo

  • nedda2000@yahoo.com'
    Reply February 7, 2017

    Nedda

    Love this post! It is so real! Life is so different and difficult post baby and i struggled with that (my son is attached at the hip too). Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply February 7, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Different and hard but more than worth it! Moms with older kids always say they want to go back to this age. I want to make a conscious effort to cherish every stage. The hard stuff is all really just small stuff in the long run. xo

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