Body After Baby: Five Months

Alternate title?

“The Post I’ve Been Avoiding”

If you’ve been following my “Body After Baby” journey, you might have noticed that I failed to post a “Four Months” update. I could blame it on being busy, but that’s not the real reason. Because, quite frankly, if I had lost a ton of weight there is no way I would have missed that update.

You also may haven noticed that this is really a “Five and a Half Months” update. Whoops.

The reason I haven’t been very excited to post an update?

I really haven’t seen any progress.

My weight loss has completely stalled. I weigh exactly what I did at three months post-partum.


Since having the Mini Athlete, I’ve heard so many people say things like, “Breastfeeding will help you lose the weight!” Maybe it helped some, but it wasn’t a miracle cure. Then they said, “Your body is holding onto fat because you’re breastfeeding – you’ll lose the weight when you stop nursing!”

That didn’t happen either.

There really are no more excuses. I’m not nursing anymore (a decision that had NOTHING to do with weight loss, just for the record) so I can’t justify extra calories for that. The Mini Athlete is sleeping through the night (most of the time) so figuring out a schedule is finally possible.

I just have to DO IT.

I’ve been very consistent with running three days a week for the past three weeks. I’m hopeful that dedication will continue since I’ve officially signed up for the half marathon!

But I really need to figure out how to fit a few more workouts, especially strength training, into my schedule.

I also need to get serious about my eating habits.

I moan and complain that I haven’t lost weight, but I still have been eating Publix Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream almost every night (I blame Meghann for that new obsession!) And I’ve been eating whatever junk food I find at our many events at work.

When I finally lost weight the last time, I went all in. I committed myself FULLY to the process.

I’ll be honest – I’m not there mentally yet.

I wantΒ to lose weight, but I have not made that complete commitment to it yet. I’m not sure what it’s going to push me to that point, but it needs to happen.

Just in case you’re curious, here are my photos from five and a half months post partum.

Ugh. You can really tell how much I need some strength training in that last photo.

Does anyone have any suggestions for making that mental shift and fully committing to transforming your body?



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12 Responses to Body After Baby: Five Months

  1. you’ve been doing so great with the running! i think that’s the first step to showing you’re committed. keep up the work with that, add in strength training a few days a week and start focusing on mindful eating. let yourself have a bite or two of whatever treat you want, and then throw the rest away! actually pay attention whenever food goes in your mouth instead of just eating while you’re busy with something else. it’ll almost always lead to overeating and you won’t be fully enjoying the food!

  2. Hey mama! It’s so hard to hear everyone tell you things like…breastfeeding worked like magic for me…etc. Every body is different and reacts to things differently.

    Sounds like work is one of your downfalls with eating. Do you bring your lunch/snacks to work? One thing I have done for years is just say no to all the junk that appears in the office. If I didn’t bring it I don’t eat it. That way you’re not eating junk just because it’s there and if you really want something sweet or some kind of treat you’ll get it on your own later and really enjoy it.

  3. I think everyone feels like this with healthy living to a point. You want it, but you have to WANT IT. It seems like you’re getting closer. And, for what it’s worth, I really do think you look pretty awesome.

  4. Even though you haven’t lost weight, I can see a difference from your 3 months picture to the latest ones – especially in your hips/legs. So don’t be so hard on yourself! Losing weight takes time and you’re adjusting to working full-time and being a mom.

    Something that helps me get out of a sweets kick is to limit them to once a week. One day, I can eat chocolate or ice cream but the rest of the days, it’s off limits. I’ve had the best success when I made an agreement with someone else – like my husband. We hold each other accountable and then enjoy our one day of indulgence.

  5. Personally, I think you look great! But, I completely understand. I am 1 month postpartum and have only lost 2 pounds since I left the hospital. Breastfeeding is doing absolutely nothing for me – I’m not extra hungry + I don’t see these pounds melting off. I think it’s hard to shift your mindset from “I’m pregnant – I can eat whatever I’m craving!” to “Oh man, I really can’t eat like I did while I was pregnant.” That’s what I’m struggling with the most!

  6. You are doing great Callie! When I had babies, it was all I could do to get through each day with them being fed, clothed and bathed. I wish I had been as motivated as you are at that time. It wasn’t until my youngest was three years old that I decided that I needed to take my life back to some degree and do something for myself. You are awesome!

  7. You look great and 5 months after having a baby really isn’t that long. Keep up with the running.

  8. Annalisa

    I’m so glad you do these posts. I’m 6 mos. PP and pretty much in the same boat except I opt for sleep most days over exercise πŸ˜‰

    There’s a ton of factors for baby weight loss BUT my small suggestion would be to ask your doc for a thyroid check. I developed PP thyroiditis and apparently, I had off the charts numbers which really has impacted my energy and ability to lose weight. I’m still the same weight I was a few weeks after giving birth πŸ™ This is common and often goes unnoticed since most moms are distracted. I’m taking the hormone meds and I should be better in a few months.

  9. Lisa

    You look beautiful. You ARE beautiful, inside and out! Love your body and the incredible gifts it gives you.

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