When I think back to postpartum I shudder a little bit. Every body is different and each birth experience is different. But for me, all of mine were difficult. I think the most difficult thing for me to grasp was the length of recovery time. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations, maybe I hindered myself in the healing process. Regardless, I never expected the recovery to take as long as it has. I am 2 plus years removed from postpartum delivery, and I feel like I am just now starting to feel healthy, recovered and strong again.
It’s not just the physical recovery, it’s an emotional recovery and mental side too. I have had to come to grips with my new body. I have had to learn to love it in a whole new way.
After the delivery of all three of my babies, I lost half my pregnancy weight within two weeks of delivery. After that, zip, nada, nope. Nothing. Um what???
Yes it’s true. I breastfed exclusively with my last one, Selah, and yet again I lost nothing after the initial two weeks. I unfortunately (or fortunately for them) have friends with a metabolism of a thoroughbred who lost all their baby weight plus some extra pounds within months of giving birth. Not me.
By one year after what I knew was going to be my last pregnancy, I decided to hit the gym and get serious about losing my baby weight. I worked out consistently (3-5 times a week) for a solid year. And I work out hard. I was an athlete for most of my life so I know how to push myself in the gym. Guess how many pounds I lost, 0. Now I know the scale isn’t everything and to be fair my muscle tone was much better a year later than when I first started. But I mean really no weight loss? Like not even a pound?
This clued me in to the fact that something else was up. In January I decided to drastically change my diet, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I loosely followed the Whole 30 (I cheated and allowed myself to have a small amount of half and half in my Americanos in the morning). I gave up all processed and added sugar foods for 30 days. Guess what? Some weight finally came off. I also felt better. I had less headaches, inflammation, and more energy. I can’t tell you exactly how much I lost because I have a little bit of a phobia with scales. But I could fit in to my jeans without feeling like a stuffed sausage. I started getting comments from nearly everyone I knew asking, “Wow! Have you lost some weight?”
This was great and amazing but I hit a bit of plateau. That’s when I got contacted by a company representative from Plexus. Full disclosure- I get contacted A LOT by many diet/health people trying to get me to try and promote their products. I don’t ever tell you about something I haven’t used or don’t stand 100% behind. I was very skeptical and only tried it because I was sent a free 7 day sample pack. I told the person that offered me the free samples that I would try it but that I wouldn’t make any commitments other than to try it.
I tried it. It tasted good. It is made with all natural products, no artificial sweeteners, and no GMOs which I like.
At the end of the first couple of days I thought, “Why do I have so much energy tonight?” and “Wow, we have Oreos and I totally forgot about them.” Which like never happens. Then I realized, is it the drink? At the point I knew I had to give the stuff a shot for a full 30 days to see what happened. I did what’s called the Triplex which includes probiotics along with the Slim drink.
Here’s what happened:
I lost five pounds (which might sound pathetic to you but that is a BIG deal to me and it means that I actually got on a scale).
I increased my energy.
I decreased my sugar cravings (I’ve dealt with blood sugar issues with my pregnancies) which helped me level out my blood sugar.
I just plain feel better.
That’s my experience. If you want to learn more about the product here is more detailed info.
This lifestyle change has had an interesting affect on me mentally. Being overweight became a heavy fog in my mind. I constantly thought about how I wasn’t happy with the way I looked or the way things fit. Now that I actually fit in my clothes again, I don’t hate getting dressed anymore, and I am more comfortable in my own skin. Yet, when I look at my body now and even my weight I recognize that things aren’t ever going to go back to the way they were for pre-pregnancy Jessica. That ship has sailed. And honestly, it’s ok. I have come to grips with the stretch marks and I’m ok with the fact that I have wider hips now. I carried and delivered three beautiful babies in this body. I don’t hate it. But I also want it to be healthy, and I don’t want to despise my reflection in the mirror.
I also recognize that this has to be a lifestyle change for me. The Plexus drink is awesome. I am excited and happy for the benefits. But it’s not a magic potion. I can’t eat like crap, sit around all day and expect something to magically make me healthy (if that were so every one would be doing it). I have changed my diet. I workout 3-5 times a week and I really try to avoid processed sugar like the plague.
Next week I’ll be giving you a round up of my favorite low-carb recipes that are my go tos.
We all have our different stories, journeys, and victories. I’d love to hear about yours!