Words from Kayla Davis
So they say your body “remembers” each time you get pregnant after your first. I thought I was prepared for this, but i didn’t know quite how different one pregnancy could be from the next.
Within the first month of my second pregnancy, I had gained what they recommend a woman gain in her first trimester. During my pregnancy with my first, I had such a positive experience. All my midwives talked about how great I was doing and I always had positive visits. This time I had a midwife and they required me to see a doctor every other time. My midwife was phenomenal and i would recommend her to anyone. The doctor I saw was horrified by my weight gain and threatened me with gestational diabetes if I contined to gain the way I was going. Needless to say I refused to go see her again. In September my primary care physician said to me, ” you didn’t really gain 55 lbs your pregnancy, did you?” When I told her I did, she looked at me and laughed. She then said, “That’s gonna take a long time to lose!”
I had Odin on August 16th. The first month I continued to eat the way I did during my pregnancy, yes that included bread . After all I was a new mom, now I had two kids and I was breast-feeding. This gives me the right to eat whatever I want, right?! Well pretty soon I realized the weight was not coming off on its own, like I was hoping. It is common to drop a large amount of weight after you deliver, I lost between 20-25lbs so I was thinking I was going in the right direction. I knew there was a no bread challenge coming up in October, so I figured that would be when I would get back on the wagon. October rolled around and I was all in. I’m not going to eat any bread, I’ll go to the gym as much as can now that I’m medically cleared, etc. However when the challenge rolled around, my “no bread” challenge, turned into me still eating things like; no bread cookies, sweet potato fries, sweet potato chips, no bread cookies, dairy, fruit, and paleo pizza. I believed that I was eating healthy, working out, and only having a few drinks a week, I should be losing all this baby weight. Ummm no, didn’t happen.
I weighed myself at the end. Nothing, I had lost nothing in 50 days! Maybe my after pictures will prove that pic wrong. Nope. I was pretty bummed to be honest. I took the weekend off. I thought a lot about it and talked to Jarrod. I said when should I start again. He said to me, ” tomorrow, then well reevaluate in another 50 days and just keep taking after pictures each 50 days.” This took a few minutes to wrap my heads around what he just said. Really, again? I have to do this again?! I then really stopped and thought about how that challenge had been pretty half assed on my part. I essentially didn’t cut out bread, just thought I had found healthy replacements, of course I wasn’t gonna see results. That Monday I was move motivated and committed than I had been in a long time about anything. No more bread. I cut out; sweet potatoes and fries, fruit, no bread treats, cheese & most dairy, chocolate, and alcohol. My diet would consist of; meat, fish, eggs, veggies, and fat. I also decided to start writing down everything I ate to help hold myself accountable. Jarrod also began programming much more weightlifting to me and told me this would help with building muscle and weight loss. Yeah right! Lifting weights, um ok, was what I thought. I had nothing to lose though, I wanted help and i knew I needed to trust the process and give it everything.
I started this right before thanksgiving, with a plan to eat what I wanted on thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, knowing that after I would get right back on track. I did however try my best to go the remainder of the 50 days without cheating besides those days, knowing at the 50 day mark I would have a cheat. This second 50 days was the hardest but also very eye opening for me. Whenever I had a craving I would think about how bad I wanted to reach my goal versus the food I wanted. I’m happy to say most times my goal outweighed any food. I asked people tons of questions, asked for help, suggestions, and anything else that would keep me going and motivated. This included conversations with other members, coaches, friends, and family. In those 50 days, I lost 12 lbs. I was so psyched and even happier when I saw the pictures . I also was getting so much stronger, it was crazy. Yep, Jarrod was right, for once, kidding I was lifting more than I ever had, pushing my limits and myself at the gym harder than ever, eating clean, and losing weight!
After that 50 days, honestly part of me wanted to be done and just get a little more lenient. I mean common I lost 12 lbs!! But why would I want to throw all that progress away? After all, I still was pretty far from my pre pregnancy weight. I was able to turn my results into more motivation and it made me want to keep going more, my food choices got easier, and I got into a great routine. How did I do this? Again, lots of talk and support from others, and also tons of self talk, reminding myself of my long term goal.The next 50 days I lost 8 lbs, again not bad, I was still making progress. I continued on and did begin to plateau. I changed some things up with the help of Glen and Jarrod and I now have less than 10 pounds until am back to my pre baby weight.
The cool thing about the way I’m eating, is when I do have things like sweet potato fries, no bread cookies, sweet potato chips, is that it feels like a treat, when it’s actually better than eating some of the real things. This started as a plan to lose the baby weight I had put on but it has really turned into a more permanent way of life for me. I plan to continue eating clean, working out regularly, and writing down my food daily. I feel like all these things combined will continue to help me feel good both physically and mentally in the long run.
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