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My Weight Loss Journey Post Pregnancy at 40

Hello Ladies & Gents,

Where Have I Been?

I have most certainly missed you all. As I'm sure you've noticed it has been quite some time since my last blog post. I have been greatly challenged by my current work life balance and this is my attempt at reclaiming all things me! Like many career women I had begun to question if I was participating enough in my family's daily lives. I really felt like a bystander to my 6 year old son, Aidan and my 20 year old daughter R'rion lives. I sought to rectify that this past year. In the midst of me being more "involved" I got pregnant (lol) and had my wonderful son "Taco" this past November. Taco isn't really his name but that's the only thing I could keep down during my pregnancy (very spicy) so he earned the moniker "Taco". 

My Bundle of Joy

The additional love of my life "Taco" weighing in at 8lbs and 2oz came along with a 30 pound weight gain. Did I forget to mention he was a week overdue? I have thoroughly enjoyed my leave time bonding with my baby boy but work calls. I am at my best when I am busy! Now along with my return to the office I know the post "did she lose the baby weight" looks are coming and no I have not. I indulged a lot more with this pregnancy than I did with my other two. But now I'm ready to rid myself of those excess pounds plus. The plus are the extra pounds that sneakily crept up on me from late dinners with friends and missed gym visits, prior to the pregnancy.

A Journey to a Better Me

In the spirit of the New Year commitments that we dutifully assign ourselves - I am adding weight loss to the top of my list along with self-acceptance. I've traveled the weight loss road so many times that I have mastered the fitness mix that works for me. Though this time around I don't want to take this journey alone. So, effective February 1st I will be logging on weekly to share my weight loss journey with you all. I want to share the good, bad, and the ugly (cheating on my life change). I think sharing my journey will help boost my accountability and humanize the weight loss experience for other mothers who are having babies a little later in life.

Fabulous at 40

My decision to have a baby at 40 was not an easy decision for me. I worried about his health and most of all I worried about managing and maintaining a successful career while  simultaneously being a "good" mom.  I can honestly say it was the best decision I could have made. I am a far more patient and realistic mom at 40 vs the 20 something nervous perfectionista. I am seeking to share my journey with others as encouragement that you can balance a baby, a successful career, and a little waist line all at 40!

So below I've posted pics from my baby shower vs a picture of my weight loss goal. My goal is not necessarily to obtain a certain weight but a certain look. My wish list as follows:

  1. I want slimmer, toned thighs.
  2. A gym bought Brazilian butt lift
  3. My slim waist
  4. To return to outdoor running for pleasure

 

BEFORE

MY IDEAL BODY

  • January 17, 2018
  • Tashonda Brown