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Mission: Baby Weight Be Gone 1

Oh boy…

I don’t know if I am so sleep deprived that I’m not thinking properly, or if I have just officially lost my mind to do this. Whenever I put myself out there like this, my finger hovers over the “Publish” button hesitantly… BUT, in vulnerability there is strength.

Get yourself a cup of tea and get settled in to read. Today’s post is a little lengthier than usual, but boy it’s personal. If you don’t feel like reading, come back again tomorrow! x

I am scared to do this because there always have to be those Negative Nancy’s who have something unkind to say, or the Know-it-all Nina’s who have to give their 2 cents whether it’s wanted or not. However, I’m going ahead more for me and for anyone else who can take something positive out of this.

I am publicly sharing my baby weight loss mission because not only does it hold me accountable, but it puts the extra fire under my flabby bum to do this.

I know it takes 9 months on and 9 months off, but we are 5 months in (tomorrow – seriously, where does the time go?) and I have lost 2kgs. Considering my baby was 3,060kgs when he was born, the maths really doesn’t add up.

Let me explain…

I put on 22kgs in my pregnancy and while I wasn’t 100% strict in my eating, I didn’t go CRAZY in my cravings, like I could have. I actually had relatively healthy cravings like pickles and olives, Greek salads, glasses of milk and oranges. I did have cravings for slap chips, sweets or cake, but as soon as I had it once or twice, I never really wanted it again.  I guess I wasn’t as strict as I usually am with my eating because well… pregnant! Before my pregnancy, I had been following a LCHF lifestyle which helped me lose all my weight in the first place, but during my pregnancy I didn’t really stick to that and I did tend to eat a lot more carbs in 9 months than in 3 years.

The last 5 weeks of my pregnancy, is when I gained quite a lot and I suddenly expanded quickly and after being super diligent with stretch mark creams and oils twice a day, every day, I got terrible, red angry stretch marks from my pubic bone to just above my belly button. It was quite depressing. I have been using a Dermapen and needling my stomach every other day with scar repair cream and there is a little difference, but  I doubt I will ever wear a bikini again. I’ll just have to rock the one pieces!

I will say that I think I put even more weight on AFTER George was born. I had more cravings post baby for all the bad things, mainly carbs… Blame it on being sleep deprived, hungry all the time from the breastfeeding and just grabbing easy to eat things on the go.

I was one chunky Ouma rusk away from being a chunky rusk.

I was so sure I would have lost at least 8-10kgs after the birth, but it wasn’t like that at all. In fact I don’t know if it was because I was so swollen after the surgery, but I walked hobbled out without having lost one kg. Again, it made no sense since George was 3,06okg and I had that huge Fibroid removed plus amniotic fluid, a placenta and so on. Anyway… I think I put on another 3 kgs, making the total 25kgs.

Oh and as for “You’ll lose weight when you breastfeed.” I did NOT fall into that category. Meh. Depressing.

I know I brought a perfect, amazing human being into this world and the reason for being big is a pretty great reason- one I am seriously grateful for… but I feel terrible in my body. I feel heavy, I feel weak and unfit, I feel sweaty. I feel tired from not having decent sleeps and I also realize my hormones are still swirling. I am trying to be kind to myself, but it’s really hard to when you feel grotesque.

I’ve decided to make this journey public, more for me than anything else.

It’s like declaring to all your friends that you’re going to stop smoking … it makes you more accountable.

I don’t know when you started reading my blog – perhaps you are new; perhaps you’re a seasoned reader… but I did post about my Sugar Addiction before. You can read about it here and here if you would like.

I also realize I’m starting this at the toughest time of the year… Christmas and the Festive season. Sigh. However, there is never going to be a “good time” to start. January is Sox’s birthday, February is mine, March is our anniversary, June is George’s 1st birthday… it’s always going to be something. 

So this is how I see it working:

Once a week I’m going to do a post and check in. I’m going to be vulnerably honest, so I hope the trolls play nice. I’m going to do the things that have worked for me in the past. As someone with Insulin Resistance, the LCHF Banting lifestyle works WONDERS. It’s just so hard to get off the carbs and sugar now.

I’ve had loads of Qs about Banting and Breastfeeding. It can only do wonders for my breastmilk in ensuring I eat non processed foods and other junk. Eating good healthy fats is also needed for breastmilk.

I am going to do my best to exercise… juggling a baby (who does not sleep through the night) and my career is exhausting and I take my hat off to those women who make it to the gym too. I just haven’t got there yet. I have however, got a wonderful woman, Kelly from Mobi Yogi, who comes to my house each Wednesday morning and we do an hour of Yoga. I love it. I’m new to yoga – I tried it a few years back and didn’t love it at all, but this time I’ve taken to it.

I am almost too nervous to get on the scale each week, because I don’t really believe in the scale… but I am going to weigh myself as a starting number and see how we progress each month. I think I’ll rather measure myself with a tape measure, to get more accurate readings.

Jeeeez, I cannot believe I am about to make this public. I must officially be insane.

Started: 31 October

I started on the 31st October of cutting out breads, pastas, cakes and grains. I also cut out sugar and started Banting.

Weight: 85kgs

Goal: 60-63kgs

I didn’t take my measurements unfortunately.

How I’ve felt:

The first two weeks were the hardest.

  • Mood swings from the no sugar.
  • Feelings of resentment that I can’t eat the work birthday cupcakes.
  • “Why is life so unfair?” pity parties.
  • Ups and downs.
  • Cravings for everything I can’t have but want.
  • Feeling victorious when I did actually say no to the Halloween candy on offer; only to be in the queue at the supermarket a few hours later and clenching my hands not to grab all the sweets I could see.
  • I feel highly irritated that I have to go through this again, only because I’ve been here before and I know how difficult it was to lose the weight in the first place and I feel tired thinking about the great task ahead of me.
  • When I look at other Moms running around with their toddlers, looking happy, healthy and carefree on Instagram I feel motivated.

It’s been a rollercoaster.

14 November

Weight: 82kgs

Goal: 60-63kgs

Measurements:

Over the belly button: 111cm

Hips: 112cm

How I’ve felt:

Proud to have gone 14 days without bad carbs and sugar.

  • The cravings aren’t as bad as they were in the beginning, but I still battle when something is in front of me.
  • Work is the worst. I have to almost avoid the kitchen because there is always a melktert or birthday cupcakes and cake on offer. It’s a weird thing… I didn’t even think of melktert/cupcakes/cake, but suddenly it’s in front of me and it’s all I want. It takes a lot of willpower and mental pep talks.
  • I still have feelings of resentment when I see others scoffing pizza and desserts and feel like: “Why can’t I just have the moderation factor.”

I’ve come to the realization that one is too many, one thousand is never enough.

Every time I feel a bit of resentment, I replace it with feelings of gratitude that I am taking control back and that everyones journey is different. I’m trying to stop comparing.

So there we go… Eeeeek! I’m on a mission to lose the weight and yes, even over Christmas time. I’ll check in again next week.

I don’t want this post to come across as being vain or worried about looks… but I do want to be realistic about losing weight after a baby when you feel exhausted and don’t feel good about yourself. I want to be healthy for my sake and Georgie sake!

Thanks in advance for your support.

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42 Comments

  • Reply Louise

    Please, PLEASE, go check out Jade Beall’s photography on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JadeBeallPhotography/
    And then go visit her website: http://www.jadebeall.com
    Just to see her truly stunning and beautiful pictures of mothers – mothers with baby, post-pregnancy bodies, wonderful celebrations of stretchmarks.
    You will, I hope, see your body through her camera lens in your mind’s eye, and hopefully see your post-baby body as the beautiful work of art it is. LOVE IT as it is right now. It’s really our society that is a little f**** up, making us women hate on ourselves for being “less than”. Then go forth and enjoy and conquer your weight loss journey FOR YOU.
    Your vulnerability always inspires others so sharing your struggle here is brave and wonderful.
    I wish I knew you in person so I could say to you how beautiful I think you are. I don’t need to see or know whether you’ve gained weight or lost it as it’s irrelevant to the truth of you. I feel like, from reading your vulnerable and honest posts over SO many years, I know your spirit, and from that, I know how darn freaking awesomely beautiful you are.

    Having said all that, I know how it feels to not be happy with what you see in your own body, so ALL power to you for doing this.

    November 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Louise, you have always been amazingly kind to me and I’m so grateful for it. I didn’t want the post to come across as being vain or worried about looks… but I do want to be realistic about losing weight after a baby when you feel exhausted and don’t feel good about yourself.
      I’ve just looked at the work of that photographer and it’s WOW! Powerful and beautiful! Thank YOU for sharing x

      November 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Leigh Nightingale

    Dear Bailey,

    Losing baby weight is a journey I am still on 2.5 years later. I went from 59kg’s pre baby to 79kg’s on the day of his birth and after 6 weeks I was at 70kg’s. Then my weight went up to 75kg’s and that pretty much where it’s stayed till a few months back and now it’s not budging at 70kg’s. I’ve lost fat % though due to the eating lifestyle I follow, but the number on the scale isn’t budging. And while it’s not overly important as I look and feel so much better, it’s still a thorn in my side that I refuse to give in to and accept. All this aside, I have learnt to be kind to myself. My gynecologist told me it takes 2 years for your body to adjust after birth and being pregnant. The women who are in the same pre baby jeans walking out are the exceptions. And while this doesn’t make us feel great as it’s not what we want to hear, but it’s a reality. Be kind to yourself. You a great Mom and you doing the best you know how. It will get easier. You will never be the same as before purely because now you are so different. Wear you birth scars with pride.

    November 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Leigh, thank you for your comment!! I’m glad you understand that it’s not about how one looks and more about how one feels! The thorn in the side analogy is brilliant…that’s exactly it! 2 years – I didn’t know that, so that is helpful to feel kinder towards myself!

      November 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm
      • Reply Leigh Nightingale

        It does get easier once your routine is more set and you get regular sleep. You brought a human being to life, full costumes are way sexier. My life coach fella is all for walking. Getting the steps in 10-12 000 is what’s going to help. I try take Matthew out in the afternoons after his nap and we do a 5km loop. It’s also great for our bonding. We chat and giggle and I carry him home the other 4.5km’s as he wants to be held then Also, I found meal prepping to be a huge help. Not allowing my brain to decide what it’s craving, so my fridge is stocked with snacks and lunches that I just open the fridge and grab. You will get there

        November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm
        • Reply BaileySchneider

          Thanks Leigh… I love that! Definitely increasing my prom walks too! x

          November 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Marina

    Bailey I am a seasoned reader of your blog and although I have never met you it feels like I have known you forever and I guess it is because of the way your write. I admire you so much and you encourage people without realising it. I am older and had my daughter when I was 39 and I still feel like I have not lost the weight. I am also a working Mom, have taken on class-mom as another job because I feel guilty for leaving my daughter at school so I wish I had the time to go to gym. You are truly are someone to admire and thank you for always sharing your personal thoughts – you can do this and you are an encouragement to make me pull out of my slump and join the weight loss mission 🙂

    November 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Janine

    I haven’t read your full post yet as I am leaving for Australia on Thursday (will read it on the plane) and have tons of work to do, but thought I would leave a comment anyways.

    I have begrudgingly been weighing myself every Saturday for over a year now as a result of my mom’s continued insistence (and we all know Mothers are ALWAYS right!) and last Saturday was glad that I have. I’m as lazy as sin 99% of the time and without any literal effort at all, but using some USN products and changing my eating habits, I have lost 12 kilograms since April this year. 12 kilograms!! I can’t actually believe it but I can see the difference in my clothes and my body, and when people commend me its even better. It makes me feel beyond awesome and motivates me to try harder and persist. People can and will say what they want, and the haters will say even less. Losing weight is damn hard nobody can deny that, and I think 90% of it is a mental struggle! I will be putting on my big girl panties and my super hero gym clothes, and will be enlisting the assistance of a personal trainer in January 2018.

    At the end of the day, it is your body and you only you know it and its wants and needs. As long as you are doing the best you can do, and you look and feel good – I think the opinions of naysayers don’t really matter at all.

    Good luck and good on you Bailey :)! I’m pretty certain George and Sox love you all the same, no matter what X .

    November 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Lee

    Oh Bailey, I know how you are feeling. I have weight I wanted to loose before I fell pregnant with my 1st child 14 years ago!
    As women we are ruled and motivated by how we feel in our skin even though I am sure Sox is like my husband and tells you how sexy and gorgeous you are and all you want to do is take him to have his eyes tested 🙂
    2 kids do strange things to your body, and the closer I get to 40 the more adamant I am that I will not turn 40 fat!
    I started 9 days ago on the 28 day diet and I am sticking to it, because I can’t fathom how I can possibly be heavier now than I have ever been in my life.
    Stay strong and stay beautiful. We are all in this together! xxxx

    November 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Kate Kearney

    This was like reading a post I wrote several months after having Carter. I get it 155%. It’s fucking hard, you feel shit in your body. I’m heading for round 2 now. I get it. Well done – you’ve got this.

    November 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Gillian Hefer

    You have done it once before Bailey and you can do it again. Just cut out your USN photoshoot picture, plaster it everywhere in your house and at work. It will motivate your to keep the end in mind when you’re feeling like giving up. I’ve been on my own weight loss journey since 12 September and I’m feel great and even almost back to what a weighed when I got married 18 years ago!!! ONE CARB-FREE SUGAR-FREE BITE AT A TIME, sweetie.

    Remember, do not be too hard on yourself

    November 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Nadia

    Dear Bailey

    I am so glad I read your post today, as I can relate to it in every way…

    My little princess is now almost 2 months old and she is healthy and perfect in every way. It makes me so proud to know that I brought her into this world but like you say, I really don’t feel great about myself right now. I know it has only been 2 months now and in the beginning I told myself that I wasn’t going to worry about the weight because it will take some time…but I am starting to get impatient now. I lost some weight initially but then it just got stuck at 71kg, which is about 10kg more that what I weighed before – it’s like my body is just refusing to let go of any weight!! I also don’t fall into the category of woman who shed weight while breastfeeding, which is so frustrating because everyone keeps on telling you that it will happen and I have also seen it with my friends.

    I think what I feel the most is ANGER at myself for getting myself into this position and not being more disciplined during my pregnancy, especially the last 3 months. A year ago I lost a lot of weight and I felt so great about myself, and now I find myself here again with a mountain in front of me. And the worst is that I was the one looking at other woman who gained too much during their pregnancy, saying that I would not do that to myself because I have seen how difficult it is to shed it again, and here I am now…

    I feel a bit discouraged at the moment but I loved reading your post, knowing that I am not alone in this battle. It has given me some of my own motivation to commit to my goals. 🙂

    Good luck with your journey and stay strong. I look forward to reading about your progress.

    November 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Clea

    It really does take time to lose the weight, don’t be too hard on yourself!

    Are you taking Eglonyl? One of its side-effects is weight-gain. I gained a ton of weight on it and as soon as I stopped, I was able to lose again.

    Good luck, you are doing great!

    November 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      No ways!! Yes, I’m still on Eglonyl! OK that gives me some extra hope! Thank you Clea! x

      November 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    Thank you for always writing from the heart and for being honest. Having just had a baby myself I totally relate to your post. You are not alone in how you feel, many of us can relate. I wish you all the best in your weight loss journey even though I think you’re totally gorgeous Bailey! Thanks for the motivation to do something about my own situation. I look forward to reading about your progress. As always I look forward to reading your blog. Keep the posts coming xxx

    November 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Bron

    Ah Bails I love your honesty, I am 12 weeks preggers today after battling for 2 years to fall pregnant and honestly I wasn’t my happy goal weight pre pregnancy and I am so scared of the weight gain without sounding ungrateful for my little peanut miracle. No surprise that first trimester nausea has seen me eating more carbs than ever before too as they the only items that I can keep down! Good luck with your weight lose journey, you are beautiful and you did it before, you can do it again xx

    November 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    What a brave and inspirational post Bails! Having been at my best weight (thanks wedding) just before I fell pregnant I’ve also been stressing about the already “too much” weight gain after 4 months of secretly scoffing croissants in the grocery line. Not to mention the guilt when I think about my eating habits pre baby and what I’m filling myself up with now (did someone say croissants?). I’m going to follow your journey as motivation to try curb my own sugar addiction, but also to remind me if I fall off the wagon it’s ok, I’m growing a human and that brings about change in your body that no one can expect. I’m so proud of you for being so brave to share this, you have no idea how many woman you will be inspiring and helping to take their own steps to getting fitter and healthier! You made the most gorgeous, cutest little munchkin ever and if you ever are feeling low or down just remember that, the weight will go, and gaining it was worth it for that little slice of perfection!!!! I’m always down for long walk or a banting milk tart from Mojo! Love you xxx

    November 15, 2017 at 3:57 am
  • Reply Lindsey

    Good luck Bailey! Thank you for sharing this, your honesty is so awesome! Wish I could just give you the biggest hug!

    Thank you for being so brave & strong! You are such an inspiration.. love your blog and can’t wait to read more about your new weight loss journey, Thank you for motivating me and so many others too..

    Xxx

    November 15, 2017 at 4:40 am
  • Reply Chanique

    Good Luck Bailey ❤️

    I’m 4 months pregnant so my journey is just beginning. I also started my pregnancy a little bigger than I would like to so I’m sure I’m also going to have similar struggles.

    This post is inspiring, real and honest. As woman we need these types of stories to help us realize that we are not alone and everyone has body image concerns.

    Thank you for being such an amazing woman to look up to. I believe in you and I know you can do this, you have done it before and you can most certainly do it again

    Xxxx

    November 15, 2017 at 5:24 am
  • Reply mariska

    Oh hun. You are not ALONE!! My youngest is 15 months and i’m struggling my butt off. I’ve even joined slender wonder and that did not help.

    In the end it comes down to a few things:
    1. We all know what to eat and what not to eat. That said however does not mean we should deprive ourselves. I believe in a 80/20 eating plan. Eat healthy 80% of the time but when you feel like a icecream then have that darn icecream!! In the end we only live once.
    2. Nobody is perfect. It drove me crazy seeing how my friends look after their babies. In the end i decided that this is MY journey. I cant wish to look like them. I made peace with the fact that I am where I am, for now! I’m tackling this weight thing one day at a time.

    With two kids, working full time from 7am – 4pm, getting home, cooking, spending time with my kids and hubby, I also dont have time to excersize. Or let me say, its not my first priority. My family is! My goal is to start with my orbitrek. Even if it is only 5min a day (in the beginning) and working up from there.

    I wish you all the best. Its an awful feeling not being comfy in your own skin. I know. I’m there.

    I wish you all the best. I follow you on instagram. Keep me motivated.

    Hugs

    November 15, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    Oh wow Bailey, such an incredibly personal post! Thank you for sharing it with us. I started reading your blog not long after you started, so have gone through it all with you! I will keep you and your weight loss journey in my prayers, and wish you all the best.

    November 15, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Jodie

    I picked up 18.5kgs with my first child and 16.5kgs with my second child. With my check-up with the gynae a few weeks after giving birth, I’d dropped all but around 3 – 4kgs with BOTH, however, the eating didn’t stop thereafter. The “pregnancy eating” continued, and breastfeeding didn’t do much to help. I also picked up a lot of weight. When I eventually decided after my first pregnancy to lose, I joined the gym (5am 4/5times a week with a baby who woke up continuously during the night) and just when I started losing, I fell pregnant again. When my second son was around 9months (I only started when my first born was around 2 the first time around!), I decided enough was enough and I went on Weight Watchers. I lost 13.5kgs in 7months. All I can say is two things…1. you’re not alone – we’ve all been there, and 2. when your mind is focussed and you have your eye set on your goal, you can achieve it. So good luck!! 🙂

    November 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Naidene Cooper

    I’ll be rooting for you! I feel like I have battled with a fluctuating body type for most of my life (I haven’t even had a baby). Don’t be too hard on yourself.Xx

    November 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Natalie Huddle

    Bailey, I have always thought you are such a beautiful woman and you smile and laughter are infectious! As you know, I don’t have kids yet, but I identify with your post, because as women, we (and society) often put so much pressure on ourselves that we end up feeling uncomfortable in our own skin and we fell like we are constantly failing because we can’t turn it around in the blink of an eye. I can also identify with feeling hormonal, as I recently discovered I am estrogen dominant and it takes a while to balance your hormones back to normal with the natural medication. In the interim, I have been up and down (like having a MAJOR case of PMS) and, when hormonal, everything seems and feels worse that it is.

    I think you are very brave for writing your post and I think it’s fantastic that you are on a mission to lose the baby-weight. I want you to know that you are still beautiful, inside and out, and I have no doubt that other people have hardly even noticed it! That being said, I hear you that its bugging you and you want to make a change. That’s great, but you need to be gentle with yourself and patient with the amazing body that God gave you (that recently produced another life). I think yoga is a great idea. Try find a teacher who included the philosophy of yoga into your practice. This is because yoga is all about accepting and loving yourself and being present in the moment you find yourself in. It’s a good philosophy to apply to how you are feeling. Just go slow. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You are, after all, a new mum, a working woman and a wife. Start exercising slowly, when you can, and try eat healthy the best you can and you will slowly lose the weight. It’s not a race. It doesn’t need to be. Also, remember, that we all have bad days and fall down and cheat from time to time, so if you slip once in a while, that’s ok too. While you are waiting to lose the weight, try loving yourself the way you are right now, today. I really struggle with this, and I am the same as you in that if I don’t feel comfortable in my body, I go crazy. Remember though, that you are the same person inside, no matter what you weigh. Also, remember that you grew a life in that amazing body and have been growing a healthy baby boy since he popped out. I think that is truly amazing!

    November 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Terri

    I am SO glad you did this post. Its so nice seeing people being completely honest for a change! You motivated me to try banting a couple years back and I have just started again. I have a 3 year old and a 9 month old and I totally understand those sugar cravings. When I have a bad night, the next day I almost immediately feel a sugar binge coming on, Its a daily struggle which I am working on! I also find breastfeeding makes me crave allllll the carbs too
    But I try- everyday some days I am good and some days I am terrible- like yeaterday!
    So i will be with you on this joirney- 1 day at a time.
    Wishing you all the best

    November 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Bailey,thanks for always being so honest and keeping it real. I’m rooting for you,you’ve got this!

    November 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Kara

    Ugh! It really is the worst! I also put on over 20kgs when I was pregnant and it was really tough to get them off until they just started falling off due to an autoimmune disease affecting my thyroid…. then I wished to have the weight back on because I felt so awful. Pregnancy really messes with your body and more so with your hormones… would you consider going to the doc and asking them to check certain markers just to make sure those pesky hormones aren’t sabotaging you!
    On the LCHF thing… I didn’t eat carbs for about 6 years and also thought it was amazing, I now believe it contributed to the damage to my thyroid (nobody @ me) and I also feel resentful that the minute I ate a carb I would gain weight. I have lost 10kg in the last 12 months (after just getting fat with no pregnancy) and have been trying to follow a balanced approach with the help of the MyFitnessPal app and my Apple Watch.
    I hope you find what works for you… it’s so tough and a very isolating journey! I wish you luck, the weight will go!

    November 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Carol

    One day at a time lovely lady , you got this

    November 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply hayley

    i put on 15 kg AFTER mybaby was born. its the feeding and sleep deprivation! Well done on starting now! i waited til he was over 1 and its been over a year and ive lost 10 and still need 15 to go. it feels like forever! but just realise u arent alone. although it must be so hard being in front of a camera all the time! hats off to u. u can do it! We all can. just go easy on yourself. a working mom with a small baby is a force to be reckoned with. also, you will have days you do indulge. if u just get up and move on the next day they wont impact your weightloss journey. just dont give into them and make it a thing!

    November 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Paulina

    Your body created a human! Be kind to yourself. One day at a time

    November 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply IZAAN

    I love your blog I am a mom of two and genetically not skinny. I am not a fitness fanatic either. After my first pregnancy I was thrity and bounced back easily but after the second I struggled I lost a bit and then gained alot. I relate to so much you are saying having a job a husband and two kids I am sapped for energy and tend to eat out of frustration or just pure hopeless tiredness… My weightloss is also not superficial but rather something I want to do for. Me. I wish you best of luck and I will journey with you over this festive season! I hope we are successful!

    November 15, 2017 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Debbie Schonken

    Bailey I admire your honesty and telling it like it is . Thank you for sharing and making yourself vulnerable . You are brave and courageous and have inspired me .

    November 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Beryl

    Well done you! As someone still sitting with the baby weight (and more) 24 years later-yes really- you have got to tackle this now. And your self esteem is all the reason you need. It’s hard. I’ve just completed a Whole30 so I know how hard it is. Go for it, you can do this.

    November 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Saysha Thomas

    Dear Bailey,

    I think you’ve almost summed up the 2.5 years after my son was born. I wat at 52kg (sounds tiny but I’m really small) and now weigh 62kg. I picked up 12kg during pregnancy (I had my son early so I probably would have picked up more). I managed to lose all of my baby weight but can get down a kg more! It’s so frustrating and Ive picked up weight. The struggle is real! I have a strenuous lifestyle like you. I work, look after my son and who has time for gym or thinking about health when we live these lives. Trying to lose weight is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Not even motherhood was this challenging.

    Thank you for the honest post! I think I’ll be joining you on your journey.

    Lots of Love
    Saysha Thomas

    November 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    Dear Bailey.
    I can so relate to what you are going thru. I had my first little girl 2 years ago ( July 2015) and put on 20+kgs with that pregnancy. I breastfed her exclusively for a whole year and battled to lose the weight and never got back to my pre-pregnancy size. I recently had my second baby girl (born the 24th of June, so close in age to your little George) and I was a bit stricter this time round with my eating habits (no sweets very day!) and put on 15kgs. This time around once again the weight has just clung!Knowing from previous experience that breastfeeding doesn’t work for my weight endeavors, I decided To join weigh less so that I could try get to my pre baby weight of 2 years ago and just get some healthier eating habits installed (rusks I think are us mommy’s go too! ) So far it is working (yaaaay!) and I have lost 5 kgs, 5 more to go! But yes, it is very hard saying no to cake and chuckles from Woolies!
    Wishing you everything of the best with your weight loss journey! We can do it 😉
    Bridget xx

    November 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Taryn

    What a brave post. Good luck Bailey – we all in this post baby boat in some way shape or form!

    November 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Jadie Jones

    So inspirational to read such an honest post. Thank you for sharing so openly and encouraging those around you. Wishing you all the willpower and strength you need to achieve your goal!

    November 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Lynne Hume

    Hi Bailey

    I didn’t put on as much weight as you during my pregnancy mainly because I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes so had to follow a very strict diet during my pregnancy (it was probably the healthiest I have ever eaten in my life!). Having said that though, since I had my daughter (who is 7 weeks old today) I have been eating so terribly. I almost can’t help myself. I crave the worst food, smash it and then feel guilty about it because a) it has zero nutritional value ito breastmilk and b) I’m getting flabbier and fatter by the day. I also think that the naughty foods are all there is to feel a temporary lift on days when you are exhausted and your baby won’t stop crying (I am a big emotional eater!). I don’t know how women with small babies get to the gym, I honestly even considered phoning Virgin today to find out the youngest age they accept at V club to try and go!

    What is funny though is that even before I read your blog post, I woke up this morning with a lust for change and I found myself doing some sit ups and lunges in my pjs just after I got my little one down for her morning nap.

    So what i want to say is don’t be too hard on yourself, you’ve just been through a massive life event and it does take time to adjust (mentally/emotionally/physically). And the fact that you are already making a conscious decision to change your diet and be healthier is a massive step in the right direction. You have definitely inspired me to try and cut the crap I have been eating lately!

    Wishing you so much strength and perseverance with this challenge you have given yourself.

    Xxx

    November 15, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Megs

    It takes so much courage to post our struggles – you are such an incredible inspiration! I have followed your blog for ages and always love reading your honest accounts of life and your positivity regardless. You always look so put together and beautiful but are so real about being a modern woman with all of the pressures that come with that. I am going to be rooting for you all the way! Loads of love and strength x

    November 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    From a complete outsider perspective, I think your pregnancy weight gain and body looked totally normal and your postpartum figure is the same. Thank you for being brave enough to post it.

    Keep writing things like this and sharing your journey – you will get back to your pre-pregnancy weight and body and you will look back at this post and be glad you helped others in the same position. xx

    November 16, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Dear Bailey,

    Ah! It’s like I wrote this myself! Every word.
    I’m in the same boat and I weigh the same as you, and I have the exact same sugar addiction as you. So this has inspired me to start LCHF with you. THANK YOU. Going to be following you, cheering you on and getting inspired by you to sort myself out too.

    xxx

    November 17, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Cheryl Humphries

    Such a lovely read Bailey xx All thou I think your absolutely beautiful, stunning woman as you are, I wish you nothing but the best as you reach for your goals…..we are right behind you all the way cheering you on & pulling you up with a helping hand & hug, friendly hand when you are feeling down!! Much luvies to you xx Cheryl xx

    November 17, 2017 at 11:24 am
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