Before and After Weight Loss Pics @ 8 Weeks PP

Hi! If you’re new to the blog, first of all, welcome! This blog is where I share my personal journey as a newbie personal trainer and mom. I am on a fitness journey and I use this blog for my personal accountability along the way. You can learn how to start your own blog in this post.

This post is the “start” of my journey right after having my second baby and it includes my uncomfortable before and after weight loss pics. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links.ย 

If you’ve been following along, you may have found yourself wondering when this post would come.

I talked about how excited I was to have my baby and get back on track with my weight loss. I wrote all of my goals and was constantly giving you blog and bump updates. I was so eager to get started out as a new personal trainer and just couldn’t wait to be cleared to work out again at 6-8 weeks postpartum.

But I have procrastinated so much in writing this post because things have not turned out as well as I’d hoped.

Yes, I’m going to share my “before” pictures in hopes that some day I have some incredible before and after weight loss pics. But just know two things if you plan to continue reading:

  1. This is super uncomfortable for me to share publicly – but I do it because I need accountability.
  2. Things have not gone as well as planned and I’m disappointed. If you want to know why, this post is gonna be a LONG venting session. ๐Ÿ™‚

So Much Excitement, Such Little Sleep

I thought about becoming a personal trainer for about two years before I actually purchased the course that would help me get certified. I’d gone through postpartum depression with my daughter and gained a lot of weight. I started going to the gym and after a lot of reflection, I realized that I really enjoyed my time working out. I also realized that as a depressive, I needed to exercise DAILY in order to keep my head out of the grey clouds. (Read more about me here.)

Anyway, I bought my six month course and started working on my personal training certification in early 2017. (If you want to read about becoming a personal trainer, you’ll want to read this post.)

Not long after, I found out I was pregnant with my second baby. I was a bit discouraged because I am that really, really sick pregnant person. I am that “lay-in-bed-all-day-only-getting-up-to-puke” person. I am that person getting hospitalized just to get fluids from all of the vomiting.

I tell you this to help you understand where my mind and body were as I was working on my certification. I worked hard but I felt like I couldn’t focus when I was studying. I felt like information was getting lost somewhere between my eyes and my brain.

So naturally, I failed my first attempt at getting certified as a personal trainer.

I cried and contemplated throwing in the towel completely. I’d never failed a test in my life. But I purchased a retest for three months after my first test, and buckled down again. I passed the second time at 7 months pregnant. (Click to read my tips for passing the NASM exam.)

I was like, “Yes! Finally!”

And it meant more to me than just passing a test. It meant that I would forever be accountable for my own health. It also meant that when I went back to work for the first time after nearly 5 years, I would have a qualification and clear career path.

Buttttt…my blog and my certification haven’t motivated me as much as I’d hoped.

SO MANY UPS AND DOWNS

I was so gung-ho about losing weight and working out again at 6-8 weeks pp. I was excited to take my before and after weight loss pics. But then my little boy had a sleep regression and I lost motivation. I also tried to run for 5 minutes straight and had severe hip/back pain for about 4 days.

The point is that I realized that my postpartum journey is going to be a LONG one and it’s already been tougher than expected. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I have a long way to go. I wrote a post about postpartum weight loss and I wasn’t taking my own advice – my expectations were too high.

I got so discouraged for awhile that I all but stopped doing everything. I decided to quit working on my blog for the rest of the month of March. Then my blog was down for almost 4 days, and I was questioning everything because I was so discouraged.

My mind was in, “I CAN’T” mode for a few WEEKS.

But here I am again.

And I know I have to make some changes to be easier on myself or I will run the risk of giving up completely. Because I know myself well enough to know my patterns.

Changes That I’m Making

Like I said, I know that I need to keep going. But I know that I have historically gone through cycles of quitting then reviving my fitness journey. I want to be done with that. I need to be consistent. I feel unhappy knowing that I have a long way to go but grateful that I am still young enough to get back on the right path and have a lot of life before me.

Ditching the Scale

I was weighing myself A LOT. I mean like every day. I was trying not to, but I was curious. That was taking a lot of mental toll. I’d hop on and be discouraged if I’d gained a little, or if nothing changed. Or I’d eat more if I’d lost weight, because I thought I had more leeway. In other words, I put way to much worth on that number.

So I decided that it needed to stop. Instead of weighing myself, I went and got an INBODY scan, which is a more comprehensive assessment of your body composition. I have decided to monitor my progress this way, since it tells me so much more than how much I weigh. (They actually make affordable high-tech scales that take these types of analyses and I thought about getting one but I know I’d still weigh myself too often.)


I am showing you my results from the first scan for accountability.

It’s cool because it tells me that even though I have a lot of fat, I am still quite muscular.

It also tells me where on my body my fat is concentrated.

The "before" of my before and after weight loss pics.

My results confirmed some things that I already know, and gave me some specific numbers that I’m eager to change. As you can see by the scan results, my legs are muscular, in the normal range for fat, and perfectly symmetrical. My arms are FLABBY, which I was aware of. I have been self-conscious about them my whole life. I also have a lot of extra fat in the upper body overall. This is partially due to just having a baby and since I am nursing, it’s hard to tell how much water and fat is just in my boobs.

Anyway, my body fat is HIGH but I’d already guestimated that it would be in this range. It’s at 33% and I need it to be at 24.9% or less to be “healthy” and I would really like it to be at about 18%.

Despite the fat however, from a medical perspective, I am healthy in a cardiovascular sense. I have a low resting heart rate and great blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc.

I am planning on going back for an INBODY scan every three months and trying not to step on the scale at all. I’m just hoping that the numbers will drop.

Changing My Goals

My workouts are suffering and I’ve decided to quit making such rigid goals for a bit longer.

They have changed to, “move more, eat better.” I know I could set realistic postpartum weight loss goals, but for now my only goals are to do better. And I know I can.

Postpartum recovery is different for everyone and different for each pregnancy. I know that now and I know that I need to allow myself a little more time to get super serious. Like until my boy is sleeping through the night. I know it might be 6 more months, but I also know that long-lasting changes can take at least that long anyway.

I have also discovered that I am TRULY addicted to sugar. I thought I could just ditch it but I find myself craving chocolate or something super sugary after dinner every night like clockwork. I guess it’s time to read,ย “The End of Overeating” again. (It’s about food addiction and how to stop it.)

If you’ve made it through this thought dump, thank you so much for reading. You are a big part of why I do this. I can’t wait to show you my complete 1-year postpartum before and after weight loss pics later on. ON TO THE PICS:

To give you perspective of what my body has gone through, here I am at 124 lbs and 21 years old, just a few months before getting married. (Almost 6 years ago.)

MARCH 2018 AT 6 WEEKS POSTPARTUM WITH BABY #2:

before and after weight loss pics

What about you? Where are you on your health journey? Do you have any before and after weight loss pics? Tell me about it below!

Thank you for taking a look at my “before” of my before and after weight loss pics! Here are some other posts you might like:

By | 2018-09-17T14:33:53+00:00 March 27th, 2018|MOM LIFE, WELLNESS|13 Comments

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13 Comments

  1. Susie April 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Good for you. I know it is super uncomfortable to put yourself out there. I recently have done the same on Instagram. I have 4 kids, and have gone up and down with each. You can do this. Be patient with yourself, and dont give up! We are cheering for you!

  2. Ps April 3, 2018 at 5:27 am - Reply

    This is so brave of you and so inspiring. Reading through this I had so many moments of realising “oh, me too”. I’ve always struggled with staying on track with my weight loss journey and accountability is the one thing that had worked for me (5years ago I lost 15kg).
    I stress eat and have a super super unhealthy sweet tooth. Sugar is and always has been my downfall. I got too comfortable after not posting or talking about my lifestyle, initally because i was able to stick to it without have to obsess over posting my daily meals and workouts, and later because I wasnt able to stay on track and was too ashamed. And now four years later, I’m back at my starting weight and struggling.
    I’ve been consistently going to the gym for the past five months (and I agree it helps with my mood by miles) and though I’ve lost inches my weight hasn’t budged. For me as well, the number on my weighting machine dictated my daily mood and motivation, if I hadn’t lost any weight or had gained some I could barely push through a workout and I’d stress eat as a result, if I’d lost weight I’d eat more because I thought I had a larger margin to binge. As a result I’ve stopped weighing myself and measure every month instead.
    To go through your journey post-partum! ????????????I cant even begin imagine how youre doing this! I’m so inspired!!. Iwish you all the very best and I’m rooting for you and for your journey to be a kind and prosperous one!

  3. Angie April 3, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Well…I did read your entire post and good for you. Congrats on your certification! I too got certified as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer many years ago. It definitely gives you the tools to better your health. I worked in the industry many years and loved it…then I broke my back and had major back surgery and the pounds attached to me so quickly because I was use to eating as much as I wanted because I had been burning it off, but no longer. It was 4 long years before they would do the surgery. Very depressing…a dark place for me at the time. But lets fast forward several years…I haven’t ever gotten back down to where I should and want to be yet. Soooo…I recently also started my journey to reach my goal weight by my birthday in July this year. I made sure it was reasonable with the time I have and have made sure to tell plenty of people to help me be accountable and not make anymore excuses. As a word if help and encouragement to you…don’t try to overdo any exercise too soon. Build up slowly and comfortably since your body needs to adjust. Another super healthy choice is adding kefir, kombucha and cultured veggies for a healthy gut. You will be amazed and help you understand your sweet tooth and take control of it. I have been doing great and I am so happy. Listen to Donna Schwenk on youtube she has podcasts and videos, you will be glad you did. I wish I had been on this track sooner along with the exercise years ago!

    • Chantal | Ironwild Fitness April 3, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

      What a wild ride you have been on! I’m glad you are back on track…it’s tough! I definitely believe in whole-body health so I will have to look into those things – my sister swears by kombucha. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment Angie!

  4. Angie April 3, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Yes…all of the items I mentioned will only help and speed up your progress as well as keep you super healthy from the inside out!

  5. Sarah April 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting these pics. I am in the same boat. 125 lbs when I Got married. Now I’m 2 kids later 155 pounds & at least in the 30’s for body fat percentage.it’s so encouraging to see others & know you are not alone!

    • Chantal | Ironwild Fitness April 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      I am so glad that it’s encouraging to others! Although I admit that I am selfishly using my readers to help me stay accountable ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for stopping by and commenting Sarah!

  6. Ray April 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I looked exactly the same 6 weeks pp. I got so down. I went from being 120 lbs to 180+ before I had my son! Now he is 8 months old and I am back to my former size. Breastfeeding helped me lose all my extra weight. I get the blues too. I go outside every day and get sunshine to chase them away and I read my bible too. Keep it up. Couple of steps forward some back but it doesnโ€™t matter youโ€™ll get there as long as you donโ€™t give up! It was odd to see that pic of you in you wedding dress then the 6 week pp photo. You remind me a lot of myself! Same size (before and after), similar hair, and my dress looked a lot like yours.

    • Chantal | Ironwild Fitness April 4, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      That’s freaky! But cool! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to get back to reading the Bible daily…by bed time nothing but sleep is on my mind, so maybe I need to do it in the morning. I have struggled to breastfeed but I definitely think it has helped so far. Thank you for sharing and stopping by Ray!

  7. Brianna May 3, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I’m so happy I stumbled across this blog. Its shed some light on my own weightless journey. I have weighed the same since giving birth and have been in the gym for almost a year. Its has been such a emotional journey coming to terms with my physically appearance. How ever I too have realised that this will be a long journey and it will take dedication and hard work. I wish you well on your adventure !

    • Chantal | Ironwild Fitness May 3, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Thank you! After having my first baby and worrying so much about my weight, I am now trying to enjoy my baby in this first year a little more. Good luck and thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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