At nine months postpartum I’m finally to where I feel comfortable in clothes. However, in two months we take our first Rodriguez Family Vacation (as a foursome) to the Bahamas, which means it’s bathing suit time.
I haven’t worn a bathing suit in over two years. My hope is to be able to wear a bikini — I know there are cute one-pieces out there, but I have a short torso and it’s not the best look for my body type. Unfortunately, the hardest thing to get rid of is that last bit of jiggle. (Easily camouflaged with normal clothing, impossible to hide with a bikini.)
I’m not sure how much change I can make at this point — what’s left might be stretched skin. But I am going to try my hardest! As a family we eat fairly healthy, but I don’t diet since I am still breastfeeding. All of my weight loss has been achieved through exercise (30 minutes per day, 6 days a week.)
My goal is to be able to show a bikini pic in two months, and maybe I will anyways — stretch marks be damned! I think at this point it is just a confidence issue — learning to accept my “tiger stripes” as I’ve seen them called and embrace my mommy body.
I’m posting this photo to show two things: (1) that with consistent effort, you can make significant change, and (2) that even after getting back close to my pre-pregnancy size, I like many other women still struggle for a positive body image. Let’s stop being so critical of ourselves — let’s love our bodies mamas!
UPDATE: Did I do it?? See my final transformation before our beach trip and my 5 essential weight loss tips for breastfeeding moms!