Today is the first day of my post-pregnancy weight loss journey. For those who know me personally know that this is far from my first attempt at losing weight. During my fertility treatments, I lost 30 pounds, which allowed me to get pregnant. That’s not to say that the weight was keeping me from sustaining the pregnancy, as I wasn’t morbidly obese, but the weight loss – along with medicine – kept my metabolism going, which affected my ovulation.

Now that I’ve received thumbs up from my doctors and my milk supply is plenty, it’s time to do something good for me. It’s not the same weight loss plan as before, as it restricts me to 1,200 calories per day. While extreme, it’s also supplemented with medication and with doctors’ close supervision.

Instead, I’m going with a 1,500 to 2,000 calorie diet. Some days it will be higher, others maybe not. Restricting myself to a single number tends to make it hard for me to stick to as I hate rules, so a range works better for me. This range also allows for me to get a late-night snack, as those late-night feedings tend to make me super hungry.

Check-in before weight loss

So, without further ado, here’s today’s official weigh-in.

Week 1: 187.8 pounds

It’s not a bad starting number, considering I was well above 200 after my first child was born. I feel good about this.

If you’re breastfeeding your baby full-time (in the months before solids), know this! For one, don’t let your weight loss get ahead of your milk production. You can always lose the weight later, but you can’t always get your milk supply back.

Some tips along the way

Your weight will eventually come off if you stick to a plan and eat right. My nutritionist tells me that your body is more likely to keep the weight off should you do it slowly. So, aim for 1 to 2 pounds a week. That way, if you do end up having a few weeks off from losing weight, you don’t balloon in size.

Lastly, if you are planning on losing weight, do not aim for a 1,200 calorie diet. Not only is it not good for the milk, but it’s also not good for you. Already on this first day, I felt weak and light-headed because I had skipped out on my snack. Into the kitchen, I went for some cheese and crackers. Seriously. It’s not that important that you lose weight.

My personal goal

For this particular journey, I want to be happy. I don’t have a clear weight loss goal in mind. I just want to be healthy for my kids and set new limits for myself. For example, I want to run a half-marathon by the time I’m 40. There’s no way that could happen in my current state (also, I’m breastfeeding – ouch!). How could I even consider running when I can’t have my toddler crawling on me?

Also, my husband lost a considerable amount of weight last year and he looks good. I lost almost just as much, but I’ve since carried three babies that didn’t come to see the light of day and one baby to full term. That adds some stress to the body, stress, and weight that I had to live with and deal with as best as possible. As if heartbreak isn’t enough.

Just do you, be happy, and celebrate every pound as it comes off – even if it takes two or three weeks. It came off.