Have you ever found yourself apologizing for looking like you had a baby?
You know, you get talking and before you know it you’re saying something like, “I’m going to get to the gym again soon. It’s just been so busy you know? But I’m going to lose this weight and get my body back soon.”
Yeah. I get it.
I remember after having my baby I felt a huge urge to get back to the gym and look like I wasn’t even pregnant at some point in my life. It just seemed like the thing I needed to do.
Instead of focusing on bonding with my baby, figuring out this whole breastfeeding business, and giving myself permission to relax and recover, I was already thinking about all the workouts I would do to “bounce back”.
(Luckily I realized how damaging that mindset was – physically and mentally – and I found the support I needed to see things differently. Which is what I hope to share with you today – and most days).
So yeah. I really do get it.
There’s so much pressure – pressure you put on yourself and pressure you get from the world around you – to look like you never even had a baby.
It’s almost like you’ve failed at something if you can’t give birth and have a six pack eight short weeks later.
Doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Instead of celebrating women for creating a literal miracle with their bodies, we’re shaming them into restricting calories and hitting the gym hard or going running to lose the weight long before their body is remotely ready for anything like that.
So this begs the question, is fat loss actually a smart goal to have in the first year postpartum?
Should that really be your focus?
Is it safe/okay/healthy to try to lose the weight as quickly as possible?
Let me just come right out and say it (this probably won’t surprise you)…