Saturday, June 4, 2011

Operation B4

I'm officially launching "Operation Buh-Bye Baby Belly," or “Operation B4.” The mission gets its name not only because it has four B's in the title, but also because the goal is to get my body back to the way it was before I got pregnant.
I still have about five pounds to lose before I'm back to my pre-preggo weight, but it's not the number on the scale that concerns me. I have a feeling that even if I do lose those five pounds, I still won't look the same. Things aren't as tight as they were. I just feel... wider. Will my hips and rib cage shrink back down to where they were before the Great Expansion of 2011? (Naysayers and bursters of bubbles need not comment.)
Thank goodness breast feeding burns 500-800 calories a day! 
I'm finally at the point where I'm comfortable leaving Quinn for a little while, so a few times a week I go to the gym while The Hubs holds down the fort. Man, it feels good to be back on the elliptical machine. I put my headphones in and tune out the world for 45 minutes (except for the smell of pancakes).
I was on the elliptical this morning, writing this post in my head and listening to Lady Gaga (I know, Playlist of Shame…), when I was given a giant dose of "reality." On the wall in front of the cardio machines is a row of ten flat screen TVs. At any given time, at least eight of them are showing some sort of infomercial on dieting, exercise and/or beauty.
Magic diet pills.
Expensive gym equipment.
The power of Zumba.
Cindy-f**king-Crawford and her amazing line of beauty products.
Miracle grow for eyelashes.
There’s even a powder you can sprinkle on your pizza that “activates the hunger control switch” in your brain so that you only eat one slice. Yeah, um, I think you can find that in the grocery aisle right next to Jack’s magic beans. (Insert eye roll here.)
All of these programs include beautiful women with perfectly toned abs and tight tushies. As much as I hate to admit it, the advertising works. Watching those infomercials, I felt sufficiently inferior. My leftover baby pooch seemed gigantic. I wondered how much my butt was jiggling while I ran, grossing out my gym mates on the machines behind me. I felt like a squishier blob of my former self.
It was time to take action, and so I launched Operation B4 right there on the elliptical and started running a little faster. I instantly became determined to lose the jiggle. However, I don’t buy into any of the above miracle solutions. If you want to lose weight fast, they totally work. But it’s not a sustainable way of life, and people usually end up weighing even more when they get off the plan. Not to mention the high cost of some of those so-called miracles.
Call me old fashioned, but I believe in the “stop putting so much food in your mouth and get off your ass” plan. It might not work as fast as a diet pill, but I think some sweat and portion control will eventually get me the results I want.
But it will take time, especially now that I'm thirty-deuce. For the first time in my twelve years in California, I'm thankful for the annual June Gloom that envelopes our area in fog and haze. It buys me a few more weeks before I'm expected to don any sort of swim attire. And I refuse to wear the mom-kini.
Now if only discipline and will power came in a pill. That I might actually buy.
So tell me, mommies. How did you lose the baby belly? Please share your tips, tricks and advice. Words of encouragement and inspiration are also welcome.


  1. I hear ya, I have a few more pounds to go. But I'm not going to worry about it until I stop feeding so much because I think I overdid it a few weeks ago (exercising) and found my milk production dropped. I got a little scared.

    Now I'm doing moderate exercise.

    As for dieting - I think once I give up chocolate and carbs I'll lose more weight.

  2. Ha! Go on the babys-allergic-to-everything-mom-eats diet and it's impossible to keep any weight on!! And for the muscle tone, he makes sure to scream bloody murder whenever I put him down, or try to sit down, so I just walk around all day with a squirmy 15 lbs weight strapped to me. Not quite the get back in shape plan of my choice, but its working. Lol.

  3. Nursing and skipping meals to catch up on sleep helped me lose my baby weight.

  4. Carolyn - Thanks for heads up on the milk reduction. I'm already hitting the Fenugreek pretty hard, so I will make sure my exercise doesn't affect my supply even more.

    Heidi - I totally know what you mean! I'm getting the mommy muscles, too, from holding and bouncing Q all day long!

    JD4 - I hear ya. Since I don't have enough arms to make a meal and hold a squirmy baby, I often have to miss breakfast.

  5. First of all, you're beautiful!

    Secondly, if I know you a little tiny bit, I know you are one determined woman! I have no doubt you will achieve whatever goal you set for yourself. Good luck, Melissa!

  6. Mel- losing the weight is not an easy challenge. After Max I set a goal date to lose the baby weight, I hit the gym 6 days a week, mostly cardio in the beginning and then gradually added back in the weights. I also downloaded the app My Futness Pal onto my IPhone, it was great for tracking my daily calorie expenditure. This combination helped me successfully lose all my baby weight in 4 mos. And keep in mind I put on 60lbs with Max. :-). Best of luck, you'll be back to your pre-baby body in no time :-).

  7. Kathy - I'm so glad we're friends. :)

    Ashley - Congrats on meeting your fitness goal, and thanks for the tips. I don't think I can swing 6 days a week, but I do have the MyFitnessPal app, and I agree, it's awesome.

  8. Jumproping, jogging and Jillian Michaels.

    Good luck, lady!

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