All caught up? Great! Let’s keep going.
The photos and measurements I’m going to be showing in this week’s post were taken 5 months post-delivery.
Here’s a reminder of where I was 1-week post-partum:
Starting weight 152.4 lbs.
Here’s where I am at 5 months post-partum. These photos and measurements were taken on August 23, 2019.
- Weight: 129.4 lbs. (I had lost an additional 1.5 lbs. in one month!)
- Body fat percentage: 29.4%
- Chest measurement (biggest part): 36 inches
- Waist measurement (smallest part): 29 inches
- Hip measurement (biggest part): 38 ¼ inches
- Right thigh measurement (biggest part): 22 ¼ inches
Total weight loss since starting – 23 lbs. Still moving in the right direction!
My weight loss this month was the slowest and smallest amount to date. Only 1.5 pounds in the past month. It’s still a decrease, but a slow decrease.
What did I change in the past month to continue my weight loss?
Well, at least nothing new to try and accelerate my weight loss.
What I did instead was make the decision to stop breastfeeding Emma. If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll know that nursing Matthew was a breeze and we successfully completed the whole first year of life without supplementing with formula. (If you want to read more about that, you can find the post here). Emma however was a totally different story (click here to read about that experience!). We struggled from the start, and I eventually had to make the decision to exclusively pump and bottle feed her. Over the past few weeks, my pumping efforts had been producing less and less, and I could see that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with her demand much longer. Her future was formula, and so it was around this time that I decided to stop pumping altogether.
Most Google searches state that nursing and milk production for a new mom burns around 500 calories per day. I knew this fact, so I was concerned about what would happen to my weight loss efforts once I stopped that calorie furnace. I had already formulated and been successful with my new weight loss habits (getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, increasing my protein content, fixing my mindset, etc.), and I was hoping that they would carry me through this transition.
So I decided not to make any other changes this month. I simply wanted to see what would happen to my weight loss when I stopped nursing, and kept everything else the same.
And even though I didn’t lose a ton of weight, I still lost some. And to me that made all the difference.
I didn’t plateau, and I didn’t gain weight back. I kept losing.
This just proves that my new lifestyle and my new habits work! It may not go as fast without the calorie burn from nursing, but it still works. (Plus weight loss naturally slows down as you get closer to your ideal weight, which is where I am in my journey now).
So it turns out that the breastfeeding component really didn’t matter all that much. This stuff just works! And the sense of relief that came with that, knowing that I really had finally figured this weight loss formula out, was enormous!
At 129.4 pounds I feel good. I don’t feel fantastic, but I feel good. I could probably stop here and be content. But there was still one thing I hadn’t added into the weight loss formula yet, and I was curious to see what that would do now that I was assured that stopping breastfeeding wasn’t going to backtrack all my hard work.
Coming up soon in Part 8 – we are going to jump to the results of my weight loss journey after one year at Emma’s first birthday, and what happened with the addition of the final component – small, simple exercises.
All the best,
P.S. Just a reminder that you can download the free guide I created which details how adding more protein to my daily breakfast dramatically accelerated my weight loss! (You can read more about that in Part 5 of this series). Simply click here to get immediate access!
P.P.S. If you have questions, you can check out my health disclaimer here.