It took me 3 months and a look at unborn child’s first (ultrasound) pictures to warm up to the idea of motherhood!
From then on, all I did was binge!
I ATE ALL THE TIME (would carry BAGS full of food to work)!!!
I ate two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners (and these meals were accompanied by in-between snacking)!!!
I was literally like a WHALE (a huge whale, blossomed from 57 kilos to a final total of 89 kilos) by the time I was ready to pop!
Everyone comforted me that after the baby is born you shall shed a decent bit instantly and breastfeeding would make you loose the rest of it with ease!
This MYTH broke my heart!!!
3 days later, I was discharged from the hospital!
I was welcomed home with my newborn and I was weighing 86 Kilos (3 kilos lost as that was my child now in my arms)!
I fed my daughter with no top feeds and I lost, not an INCH!!!
This was thanks to my HEALING/RECOVERY DIET which included-
DRINKING GHEE (I could not recognise my vegetables and lentil because of the layer of ghee formed on top of my food).
To add onto my miseries was the Panjiri (which was also made in pure DESI GHEE)/GUILTY PLEASURES!!!
2 more kilos of fat rapidly climbed onto me!!!
I was back at a MAMMOTH 88 Kilos and ZERO STRENGTH (20 minutes of my a few weeks old child in my arms and it would feel like someone is stabbing my back)!!!
On Day 40 (everyone knows that first 40 postpartum days are crucial), I decided that this had to stop!
I packed my swimming bags and went straight to the pool!
I was guilt struck for leaving my 41 days old newborn daughter home for a top-feed while I was away trying to re-shape my body, my soul, and my spirits!!!
It was everything but smooth!
Nagging me was everyone’s prerogative!!!
Its not like I wanted washboard abs (see those video of so many hot moms, doing rounds on Instagram). I am simply just not that dedicated!!!
But, I did want to look and feel as close to my old self!
More than anything else, I wanted that strength back!
I would come back from work and feed my 6 month old daughter and then run to the park for a quick jog!
PS: I TRIED YOGA too and quickly gave up on it as well!!! Else, would have died of BOREDOM!!!
I would NEVER CUT DOWN on my food (MODERATION WAS THE SECRET)!
Loads of water (with tonnes of lemon/I LOVE LEMONS) and Caraway and cumin concentrated water were my favourite drinks!
By the way, I have NO CLUE WHAT THE WHOLE GREEN TEA HYPE IS ABOUT!!!!
After 14 months and a lot of resilience, I was able to wriggle the fat off me!!!
I got back to my Fit and Strong 63 Kilos!!!