You know, I thought I would be a lucky one. I've been incredibly blessed my whole life with a fast metabolism, a fit figure and a drive to exercise. I once gained 7 lbs when I quit smoking in 2006 that I couldn't lose for a year (pathetic, I know).
I even took a little bit of sick pleasure in the fact that I wasn't hungry during my pregnancy having to make myself eat. Towards the end we even had to calorie/protein count to make sure I was getting enough of each. I gained exactly 30 pounds and had a healthy 8 pound baby... and then breast feeding happened. A hunger I can never seem to satisfy. And breasts. I'm sorry, but can I take a minute here to ask, WHO's Breasts are on my Body!!!???? where did they come from? (the fact that I love the ability to feed my child aside) I DON'T want 'em!
I really don't feel like there is that much extra fat on my body, it's more like my rib cage and hips have just expanded and won't go back. (Did this actually happen? Will they go back?)
You know, it wouldn't be so hard if there wasn't a closet FULL of adorable vintage dresses. I've been collecting them for the past 15 years and now they are just taunting me to lose weight. But how do you lose weight while breastfeeding? (if you've never done it, then let me explain. You. Are. Hungry. All. The. Time).
So, after trying on every pair of jeans I own this morning (yes, I even tried that size 0 extralong pair that I've had since I first moved to austin 10 years ago ... and no, they didn't even fit past my knees) ... THIS is what I found to wear:
dress: american apparel
Ok, so the trained eye might see: an elastic waist band, a dress that covers your big 'ol butt and a shirt that will no longer button up over these darn boobs.
BUT, to the amateur: The boots, which balance out those big hips. The button down shirt which covers the tummy pooch AND enhances those breasts. Layers and Jewelry for a distraction.
AND voilllllla, mommy feels hot again!
(after trying, and successfully not getting spit up on me, I spilled coffee down the white dress. damn, sometimes you just have to laugh)