With a 14 day reboot journey to rebalance my hormones and fuel my body, I lost over two and a half inches on my waist! I’ll share with you how I did it and why I’m doing it again… and we can do it together!
It took me quite a few deep breaths before sharing these photos. I didn’t want to at first and was so hesitant to hit the publish button when putting together this post, but don’t rush to judge me. At least hear me out first.
What I see is the real me, including the parts I try and hide… with clothing, standing a certain way or even holding a babe on my hip. The bumps and the rolls that have been added through the years. I recently took part in a movement all about postpartum. And you guys, two years after the birth of my fourth, I’m still feeling all of the things, the postpartum things.
The truth of it though – my body will never be quite the same, yet I’m SO proud of it. So proud of what it’s carried, how it’s nurtured four of my babes to life and how it’s grown through the changes. The stretches and changes that come with carrying babies, I love them. The bumps and rolls, however? Not quite as much. I’m okay with the reason they’ve been added, but not necessarily proud of them.
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#this_is_postpartum . We all love the pretty pictures and the golden memories. That’s what I like to preserve. And I felt a wave of nausea before sharing these photos… but this is real. This is the long-lasting side of postpartum…two years after my fourth’s birth, I still feel it. The fluctuation of hormones, the breakouts, the rolls on rolls, chaos, diapers, messy buns. Thankfully the leaking milk and night sweats (mostly) have passed. The losing of the hair thing though? Brutal. . Just like my little’s favorite game – to hide – it’s an easy one for me to do as well. Behind makeup, behind the right kind of clothes, and behind the walls of my home. Some of those things can be good, they make us feel powerful and confident… but what about those moments that I feel less than? The moments I want to hide? Maybe by sharing some of those, we’ll all feel less alone. We’ll all feel more empowered, together. . So this is my postpartum, two years later: • I’m perpetually tired. I thought it would end with the newborn stage, it didn’t. • I feel like hormones are a constant struggle to stabilize. This, I found, was the reason for the miscarriages between all of my rainbow babies… by body took too long to normalize and it just wasn’t ready. • I just can’t remember things (still!!), I’ll mix up birthdays, names, dates, weights. • Sometimes, I’ll lock myself in the bathroom for a minute just to breathe or cry because… “mommy, mommy, mommy.” • My skin is in a constant battle, and there are days I’ll literally avoid the camera (and people) • I remember the one thought at the beach that shook me not long after giving birth… what if I walked in and didn’t walk back out. I knew then I needed to share with someone. The burden, the load, the emotions. I surrendered to the grace offered me, without the pressure to “earn” it but instead to lean into it. . Even in the moments I want to hide, the littlest thing, like playing “hide” reminds me – I am capable. . We were made for this. To be story-weavers and beautiful chaos embracers and dream enablers. To be overcomers and life-givers. YOU are more than enough. YOU are capable. YOU, doing what you were made to do, is beautiful.
What I’ve realized through this 14 Day reboot is that the better I take care of me, the better I feel. It doesn’t need to be about the weight or the inches… the title is just “catchy”. It’s about how I feel, my moods, my energy, my zest for life – all aspects that improve when I improve how I take care of myself.
Although, I did say I’d tell you how I did lose the inches in just two weeks… and why I’m going to do it again.
And if I can do it, you certainly can too.
In a span of two weeks, I worked on rebalancing my hormones, ate foods that fuel me and in the process lost weight and inches because my body could better burn fat – and it was all through healthy, nourishing foods found in the 14 Day Reboot.
Recently my family and I began a journey back to better alignment, and we’ve since made friends with our Chiropractor, Dr. Raul Serrano. He just launched his 14 Day Reboot plan and that’s why I’m so excited to share it here with you. It truly isn’t about the weight loss, but this plan teaches (through online videos and a simple workbook) how to go from a SAD way of eating (the standard American diet) to a way that fuels your body. When we do this, weight loss is usually a side effect… and one most of us are okay with.
Am I exactly where I want to be or perfect in the way I nurture myself and my family? Definitely not, but I’m loving the progress.
Just changing the way we eat as a family, with simple lateral shifts (which is another thing you’ll learn about) has made a huge impact in our lives.
So yes, I’m doing the 14 Day reboot again! Want to join me?!
I would LOVE if you jump on the 14 Day Reboot WITH ME and the whole reboot community, and we can do it, together.
Plus we’ve got a special for you on the 14 Day Reboot system (just for Fresh Mommy Blog readers!!)
You can come alongside us and we can do it together (I would LOVE it!!), or even watch us do it and get inspired towards your own journey!
And just a reminder for you mamas feeling all of the postpartum things too… Mama, you are CAPABLE. We were made for this journey. To be story-weavers and beautiful chaos embracers and dream enablers. To be overcomers and life-givers. YOU are more than enough. YOU are capable. YOU, doing what you were made to do, is beautiful.