As a food-loving, exercise-hating new mom, I can honestly say that I’ve tried everything to lose weight after giving birth. It’s so hard to get back into fighting form, especially if you never really enjoyed working out in the first place.
Breastfeeding whittled me down slightly, sure. But it also kept a nice layer of padding all over me, from head to toe. That coupled with my ravenous appetite and the sheer exhaustion from parenting a newborn, had me reaching for the chocolate-chip cookies and pasta at all times of day (and night).
Eight months after giving birth, I finally decided to take my health into my own hands. No more excuses about the lack of sleep or the baby’s schedule. I started obsessing over green juice, pedometers, and began my reluctant fitness adventures.
1. I tried every type of workout — nothing helped me lose weight.
I tried yoga, which was wonderful, but didn’t shift the scale. I tried SoulCycle with a group of fanatic friends. It made me sweat and got my heart racing, but didn’t shed an inch from my waistline. I tried a Pilates-based regime that promised to do wonders. Everyone at the beginner’s class was so model-sleek, I was positive this would be it. Then I fell off the equipment, while simultaneously sticking my foot through it, and embarrassed myself sufficiently enough to never return.
I also tried Zumba and other cardio-dance classes. Definitely fun, but they weren't enough to keep me coming back after a few sessions.
2. I decided to try a barre class.
One day, I walked by a woman who had most beautiful body I had ever seen. She was lean yet curvy and toned, but not bulging with muscle. She was on her way to a barre class. Physique 57, to be exact.