On Sunday Magnolia turned 9 months old! She is a strong, joyful, and intelligent baby and it’s hard to believe she’s already 9 months old and that I’m 9 Months Postpartum.
This past month I started playing full contact football again for the DC Divas (#62). Although I’ve been training, lifting weights, and working out, I wasn’t ready to return to football until last month. It has been really great being back, though my body is still adjusting. I’m really proud of myself though. To be back on the field and to be doing as well as I did 2 years ago is huge.
Weight loss wise I’m feeling really great! I am a few weeks into my scaleless summer, so although I don’t know what I weight, my clothes are looser and I can see changes in my face and body.
When I first stopped dieting I felt a little lost. I knew I wanted to stop being consumed by dieting, but I also wanted to lose weight. I essentially took a full month off from anything diet related. I focused on eating when I was hungry, stopping when I was full, and making healthy choices. This past month I started focusing more on what I was eating. I focused more on acknowledging the foods that were triggers for me and finding alternatives for them. For example, I stopped buying peanut butter and replaced it with almond butter and nuts. For whatever reason, I don’t overdo it with almond butter, though I still love the taste.
Returning to football meant that I had to drop spin classes, but I think it has been a good break from spin. I have taken spin 1-2 times a week for almost a year and a half now, so it’s good to push my body in other ways. Football definitely challenges me in ways that spin never could. I’m sure I’ll return to spin after football season ends, but for now, I’m really happy practicing 2-3 times a week and playing in games once a week.
I’ll admit that I secretly (or not so secretly) wanted to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight by the 9 month mark. It was a great goal, but for me it was/is unrealistic. Breastfeeding was not the magic weight loss “pill” that most people claim it to be (for me at least). It really took me stopping breastfeeding a few months ago, stopping extreme dieting, and starting football to really feel like myself again. My body is lighter and I’m sure the scale would reflect it if I stepped on it. My scaleless summer ends on Labor Day and I really hope to be below my pre-pregnancy weight of 234 by then. I’d really love to go into the fall feeling better than ever. I’m proud of what I’ve learned and achieved in 9 months and want to work hard these next 3 months. Man, I can’t believe Magnolia will be a year in 3 months. The days go by too quickly!
Here are my recaps from months 1-6
One Month Postpartum
Two Month Postpartum
Three Months Postpartum
Four Months Postpartum
Five Months Postpartum
Six Months Postpartum
Seven Months Postpartum
Eight Months Postpartum