How I lost 22kg of baby fat
This mom shares her difficult journey of regaining her pre-pregnancy body.
Supermodel Heidi Klum and I gave birth round about the same time at the end of 2009. Six weeks later she was on the runway, modelling sexy underwear while I was still squeezing into  my XXL sweatpants and maternity clothes. I told myself that Heidi had not gained almost 30kg during her pregnancy and I would just take a little longer to shake off the extra baby weight.

What I didn't know was just how long it would take! I weighed 90kg before giving birth. I'm not a tall person, around 1.64m, and I'm not really sure why I gained so much weight. My mother and sister both ballooned during pregnancy, so it may have been genetic. I was very uncomfortable towards the end of my pregnancy, had high blood pressure, but I was convinced the weight would just drop off after labour.  Little did I know…

I tried to start losing weight as soon as possible. But there were many obstacles in the way and it was hard, very hard. But 16 months down the line I'm finally – almost – there, with only 4kg left to go to my pre-pregnancy weight. Here is a diary of my long, bumpy road to weight loss:

The first 8 weeks:
Within days of giving birth, I lose the first few kgs. My clothes feel a little less tight. My feet go back to their normal size. Breastfeeding helps as well and I lose another few kilograms. But it's the holidays and Christmas is upon us. I still weigh 83kg.

Month 2-4:
I start exercising, moderately, walking the dogs etc. It's difficult to muster up energy for an exercise programme when you have a colicky baby prone to screaming half the night. Picking up a toothbrush feels like lifting weights.  I try to watch my diet, but am still breastfeeding so can't do anything too drastic. I think I lose around 3kg. Maybe.

Months 4-8:
I can't believe how big I still am! I begin exercising with more gusto. I buy a Tae-Bo DVD and jump around on the carpet while baby lies on the carpet watching me intently (or quizzically, it is hard to tell.) I lose about another 6kg. I weigh myself when baby is 6 months old, and am disappointed not to be below 70kg.  

Month 8-12:
I give up on the silly aerobic jumping around the living room and start jogging. I don't see much activity on the scale at first, though I am becoming more toned. I cut down on the carbs, eat more healthily. By the time baby is one year old, I weigh 74kg.

Month 13-14:
People notice my weight loss and that gives me a boost! Then calamity strikes when I hurt my foot while jogging and have to cut down on the exercise. I decide to focus on my diet instead. No more junk  food, big dinners, it's all low-carb, high protein. I manage to lose about 3kg.

Month 14-16:
I begin to see results! I cut out sugar and start drinking more water. I'd always known it was healthy, but not that it helped you lose weight. When I read somewhere that you burned 20 calories every time you drank a glass of cold water I immediately ran for the tap. Soon I'm under the 70kg mark. Happiness is me!

At the moment I weigh in at around 68kg, which is great! I'd still like to lose a few and I'm heading for no runways, believe me, but at least I'm no longer embarrassed to be photographed with my son!

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