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Getting My Pre-Baby Body Back (After Photos)

Posted by Ali | Tuesday March 4, 201432 comments

Six weeks ago I posted pictures of my pasty, slightly bloated post-baby body on ChickAdvisor here.  The reaction was an interesting mix of “Go, Ali!” and “That’s rude. What’s wrong with a post baby body??”  For the record, there is nothing wrong with a post baby body.  But, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to get healthy and all kinds of fit. It is better for my family and it’s better for me.

I had some regret shortly after posting that article because I was worried there wouldn’t be enough of a difference to offset the embarrassment of posing in those shorts.  But I can now say I’m happy I did it.  I feel great!  I’m a fair bit stronger than I was when I started.  The exercises that killed me at first are now not a big deal (1 legged squat, I’m lookin’ at you!).

My trainer pushed me hard.  She also shut down my cookie baking.  It turns out that every time I eat bread, cookies or any other morsel of carb-y deliciousness, I get noticeably bloated.  The bit of jiggle I was experiencing wasn’t leftovers from the pregnancy, it was my famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

So, here I am in the same outfit, once again putting myself up for your judgement. 

I’m really happy with the way I feel.  I have so much more energy, I feel healthy and strong.  I’m also happy that my thighs are tighter and my butt is perkier.  Most of all I like that I’m starting to see some muscle definition.  Would I enter a fitness or bikini competition? Never. But I don’t feel self-conscious anymore and I’d have no shame wearing a bikini.

As for the white shorts of shame, I think I'll toss 'em.
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on May 05, 2016  jmca  9,114 said:

you look great in any of the pics

on February 04, 2016  a.m646  1,024 said:

You look amazing either way. You are beautiful for sure!!! :)

on August 01, 2015  Cupcake  24,302 said:

I see no fat on you before, and definitely not fat on you after baby!

on April 12, 2015  henam  3,165 said:

looking good pre and post baby fat :)

on February 09, 2015  Griechux  35,450 said:


on March 10, 2014  Anjanie777  1,682 said:

Glad to have made you smile!
Keep staying lovely!

on March 09, 2014  imfeehily  8,865 said:

You look beautiful!

on March 08, 2014  Mah_kal  5,634 said:

Nice, better than before

on March 07, 2014  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

@Jen, great observation! I didn't even notice that. I carry my kids on my right hip all the time. We did a lot of core work. I have also been going to the chiro to work out some kinks.

@Anjanie777, thanks for the compliments, Girl! You made me laugh. I'm definitely not trying to lose weight, just gain strength. I do think it's possible I have an intolerance. My reaction is pretty consistent. I'm trying to cut down as much as reasonably possible but also trying to make sure my diet isn't too limited. Xo

on March 07, 2014  Jen said:

You can also noticed the difference in your posture pre and post. Pre you look like you are shifted to the left (probably because you carry your kids on this side) Post you look more even
Your trainer did a great job in working your core
Great job

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