Motherhood: it’s beautiful, it’s fun, it’s stressful, it’s rewarding and it does some weird stuff to your body.
I’ve never 100% subscribed to the idea that women need to “bounce back” to their pre baby body because
- To each their own
- It’s not that easy, and
- Let’s face it, you’ll never be EXACTLY the same as you were.
Personally, I have a new found love of my bigger hips and bust- my tummy however….. I don’t love as much. This was part of why I took up waist training again after I had my daughter. I knew I wanted to lose a little weight and tone up the tummy while using my corset to regain my curvature.
For the most part, as you’ve seen, my return to waist training has been a success: my corset has helped with my dieting (acting as a lap band when I eat), it’s helped with my posture and back pain from pregnancy, and as I’ve begun to lose weight and my corset focuses more of its pressure on my ribs, I’m regaining my curve.
But then things started to slow down- and this is coming from a woman whose middle name should be “instant gratification”. I started to get frustrated.
I chose to breastfeed exclusively and while I always heard that breastfeeding can help with getting back into shape (burning an extra 600+ calories in order to make milk will do that) what they don’t tell you is breastfeeding, not to mention just taking care of a 6 month old in general, leaves you RAVENOUS. So sure, I burn extra calories as I feed my kid but then I back track with the ‘middle of the night, why am I so hungry right now’ bowl of cereal….. Or ice cream. Don’t judge.
I realize now that waist training down to my old cinched waist of 20″ isn’t going to be as easily done as I thought/hoped. I continue to waist train everyday for minimum of 4 hours (sometimes broken up over the course of the whole day). I’ve continued to clean up my diet and try to walk more to tone up. I can tell I’m making progress because when I first cinched myself post baby, the pressure I felt was on my abdomen from my excess tissue being compressed. Now when I cinch the pressure is only in my ribs- where it should be in order to make some progress. I have bad days every now and then (moms, you know what I’m talking about) where I look at my body and think I’m not accomplishing anything and only see what I consider “flaws” in my new body. But putting my corset on helps immensely with that because of course when you’re cinched you look incredibly curvy but also because, even though I can’t always see it, if I wasn’t making progress I wouldn’t be able to almost shut my corset. And I’m so close to shutting it I can almost taste it!
So my next step is a new corset, one size down! I know mine isn’t completely closed yet but here’s the way I see it: my new corset needs two full weeks of seasoning anyway and as I get closer to closing my current one, I can alternate between waist training in one for a few hours and season the other one for another few hours. This way, when I can finally close my corset, my new one is already seasoned and ready to go!
So to you mamas out there who dove back into waist training or are trying it for the first time- don’t give up, don’t get discouraged. It’s slow moving but it’s beginning to pay off!