I'm going to be in serious trouble when I stop nursing Aiden... I'm sure most of you are aware of the fact that nursing uses a lot of calories, which helps with losing the baby weight you gain during pregnancy (and you're supposed to consume extra calories to help make sure you get enough since you use so many - this is not a "weight loss" method people! Just saying!). It's very true, though. Within less than two weeks of Aiden's birth, I had five pounds to go. (That's when I first weighed myself, so who knows how quickly it really happened. It really wasn't a focus of mine.) Within a few more weeks, I was at prepregnancy weight. Ideally, I wanted to be five pounds lighter. Doesn't sound like much, but five pounds can mean a lot when you have a stack of jeans you can't fit into (and about two that you can) - and those last five can be tricky.
Especially when you don't work out. Or get enough sleep. And eat sweets all the time. I'm talking every day. I did give up cookies for Lent, but there are still plenty of brownies, ice cream, and cupcakes in the sea. I obviously have not been trying to lose weight. I do still eat well (aside from the treats). Like I said, while nursing, your focus should not be losing weight. You need the extra calories to feed baby. (That's not how I justify the sweets - I just love them! That's all.)
But thanks to nursing, I lost those last five a while ago. I've enjoyed fitting into more of my jeans - I'm up to at least four or five pairs now. And I can put them in the dryer again! And they still fit. I tried on some pants today that I haven't worn in a few years. They fit - and might be a little loose in some areas even.
I am very aware, though, that this is due to my nursing because I'm certainly not doing anything else to help lose weight. In fact, I'm doing quite the opposite! And I am VERY aware that I am in some serious trouble when the nursing stops. Serious.
ps - I may have lost the weight, but I do still have the very soft belly (and many other "soft" parts...). One day, I'll really have to do some work with those areas. Right now, that's really not my concern. I have too many other things on my plate that are higher priorities. But come summertime and bathing suit season....Hmmmmmm...