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Body After Baby: My Journey

I’ve always been one of those people who doesn’t know how to take a compliment. I can’t just say, “thank you!” and walk away. I’ve always known this, but I’m noticing it more now as I get complimented on my body after giving birth. #humblebrag

I’m not gonna lie – I’m thrilled that I was back in my pre-pregnancy clothes eight weeks after giving birth, and I’ll make you hate me even more: I didn’t have to break a sweat to do it.  I know women’s weight in general is a touchy subject, and recently, women’s weight after giving birth has become a hot-button issue, with articles popping up talking about how phrases like “getting your body back” should be banned. I think it’s things like that, that linger in the back of my head that make me uncomfortable when I get complimented on this particular issue. Like I’m supposed to, as a new mom, go through the right of passage of struggling to lose the baby-weight. I of course graciously say thank you, but then offer up the following explanations because although from the outside it may have looked like losing the baby-weight was easy, it still took its toll:

I’m breastfeeding


Oh, I also gave up dairy because I’m breastfeeding

and my favorite:

Well, I gave birth at almost 33 weeks, so I didn’t gain as much as most people

Ah, the good old, “I’m breastfeeding” excuse. It is a known fact that you do burn more calories while you’re breastfeeding because you’re body is working to make milk.  You know what isn’t easy? Breastfeeding! Breastfeeding is hard work. It’s exhausting. You are the sole provided for your baby. If you’re not breastfeeding, you’re pumping. So yes, I lost my pregnancy weight and I look great, but I’m exhausted, my boobs hurt and chances are I’m starving because you work up quite the appetite while breastfeeding.

Speaking of breastfeeding…There’s a chance if you’re breastfeeding you may have to cut out certain foods from your diet because it will upset baby, like dairy and soy for example. I’ve cut out both. I’m sure that’s difficult for just about anyone, but for myself in particular it flat out sucks because I’m a vegetarian. The bulk of my protein comes from dairy and soy-based meat-free products.  How do I get my protein now, you ask? My diet basically consists of hemp protein in my oatmeal, Amy’s non-dairy burritos, Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burgers, and walnuts. I found out early on in my mommy journey the things we will do for our kids. Sloane’s health and comfort comes before mine.

Lastly, we have the most uncomfortable excuse, the “I had a preemie,” excuse. Since I didn’t make it to 40 weeks I didn’t gain as much as someone who had a full-term pregnancy, therefore, I did not gain the weight the majority of women do, and in turn, did not have to lose that much weight. Instead of worrying about my post-baby weight I spent 10 emotionally grueling days in the NICU watching Sloane struggle to gain weight and keep her temperature regulated.

How’s that for conversation?

Body after baby


SoulCycle’s Plan To Take Over The World

SoulCycle is taking a page out of Pinky and the Brain’s book and trying to take over the world!

What started as a thought between two NYC business ladies, Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler, to find a more fun way to work out that shows results, has not only moved out of the New York City region to 25 nation-wide locations (with plans to open 50-60 new studios in 2015!) but just launched its own clothing line exclusive to the mobile shopping app, Spring!

As any SoulCycler knows, you can walk into any of their studios and buy the most comfortable workout gear on the planet. I live in my off the shoulder sweatshirt from there!  The exclusive capsule collection is sure to provide riders with that same style, comfort, and hefty price tag. But guys, it’s like totes worth it!

Hi-Lo Skull Tee, $58

SoulCycle Hi-Lo Skull Tee













SOUL NYC Burnout Tank, $58

SoulCycle SOUL NYC Burnout Tank, $58













SOUL Burnout Shorts, $72

soulcycle SOUL Burnout Shorts, $72

Skull Heart Wheel Hacci Capri

soulcycle Skull Heart Wheel Hacci Capri













SOUL Metallic Muscle Tee, $58

SoulCycle SOUL Metallic Muscle Tee













SOUL Hacci Pullover

soulcycle SOUL Hacci Pullover












SOUL NYC Baseball Burnout

soulcycle SOUL NYC Baseball Burnout

Burnout Metallic Zip Hoodie

soulcycle Burnout Metallic Zip Hoodie