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I’ve always struggled with my weight. This is not a new thing for me. Even before I had the twins, I was constantly dieting. I joined Weight Watchers for the first time (I’ve joined many more times since) when I was 19. My BMI was somewhere around 25. I remember thinking I was so fat and hideous. My start weight back then is my goal weight now. So how long can I call it Baby Weight?
I wish I could go back in time and tell 18 year old Becca that she was a perfectly normal, healthy weight and that, in 16 years time, she will be wishing that she still looked the way she did at 18.
That first diet was great. I lost 21lb in 3 months and felt fantastic. I got to my goal weight in October… and put it all back on by Christmas of the same year. My weight has been yo-yoing constantly since then.
I had to lose 3st in order to get my BMI low enough to be referred for IVF on the NHS. I have never wanted anything more than I wanted to be a mum, so that was pretty good motivation for me. I didn’t want to wait any longer than I had to, so I decided to do something drastic. I used the Cambridge Weight Plan and lost 3st in 3 months. Now, I know there will be people who say that the weight never stays off with very low calorie diets (VLCDs) and you might even think that I’m proof of that, given that I’m still trying to lose weight. But the truth is, I kept the weight off until I got pregnant. I even managed to limit my weight gain during pregnancy to 2st, which is the lower end of normal for a twin pregnancy.
And then I had the twins…
I only gained the weight back after I had the twins. In the beginning, the weight came off very quickly. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight less than a month after the twins were born. (side note – I did not lose the weight in a healthy way. I felt so ill after my emergency section and all the blood loss, not to mention the complete lack of sleep and near constant breastfeeding, I couldn’t stomach food and the weight just fell off). Then, I got my appetite back.
Anyone who has breastfed twins – hell, anyone who has breastfed at all – will know that it is hungry business. I’m a firm believer in feeding on demand and, boy, were Jack and Alice demanding. For the first 6 months, it felt like I was breastfeeding 24/7. Some days, I actually did breastfeed non-stop. I sat on the sofa, trapped in my feeding pillow, with a twin on either side and Mr Becca kept me supplied with a steady stream of snacks and drinks. And when Mr Becca went to work, I set myself up on the sofa with a little table full of snacks and drinks within reach. The weight I’d lost after having the twins found me again very quickly… and it brought some extra back with it.
So, how long can I call it Baby Weight? My babies are two and a half years old now and the weight is still here.
I decided that 2018 was going to be the year that I paid more attention to myself. And that includes losing 5st before the end of the year. We’re now a little over half way through the year and I’ve lost 1st 10lb. Don’t get me wrong – that’s great and I’m proud of myself, but that leaves over 3st to lose before the end of the year.
I’ve been doing an odd combination of VLCD, trying to eat healthily and eating everything I can get my hands on, depending on my mood. I’ll share my progress with you over the next 6 months in the hope it will help me stay on track and lose the “Baby Weight” before my babies start school!
Is anyone else still struggling to lose their baby weight, long after their babies stopped being babies? I can’t be the only one, surely?
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