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The Accidental Mom Diet

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Woman measuring waistAfter 30 years of searching, I’ve finally found the secret to losing weight without trying. It’s not some crazy liquid fast or some overpriced shake plan purchased from the playgroup leader in an effort to make a new mom friend. And no, it’s not breastfeeding. Turns out, the secret to losing the baby weight is simply being a mom with young kids.

Prior to my c-section, I was on bed rest for almost two months before my twins were born. I knew I had an uphill battle ahead of me just to regain full use of my muscles, let alone losing the baby weight. My c-section was unplanned, and during the three hours of trying to push with no progress, I pulled my back. I was cleared by my doctor to resume an exercise routine six weeks after my kids were born, but between my back, taking care of two preemie newborns and it being the dead of winter, losing the baby weight wasn’t that high on my list of priorities.

As the kids starting sleeping more and the weather turned warmer, I tried to eat better and took a lot of walks, but still, most of my day was spent on the couch holding a baby and I was starting to look and feel a bit like a sloth.

Everything changed drastically once the kids started walking and eating solid foods.

Long extinct are my days of sitting on the couch screening Gossip Girl on my Ipad while the kids roll around on the floor. Toddlers who run in opposite directions means I’m basically living out Sophie’s Choice everyday and getting plenty of cardio. Add a traditional Colonial floor plan into the mix, and I am lugging two kids up and down stairs multiple times a day for naps, diaper changes and clean clothes. My legs are constantly sore and my biceps have never looked better. Have you ever tried to wrestle a kid into his pajamas against his will? I’m breaking a sweat just thinking about it.

I used to forage in the cupboard for snacks all day long out of boredom. Now I’m lucky if I can scarf down a handful of Goldfish crackers without being under siege by kids who want to share my food, even though they have the same thing in front of them. Besides the occasional stress-induced cupcake that I gobble down while hiding in the shadow of the pantry, snacks are rarely worth the effort anymore.

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  1. Valerie

    October 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Young Meglet, you need to attend one of my patented Secret Eating seminars. 7 years into parenthood, and I eat everything I want without having to share. Lesson 1: The Bathroom Door Lock Is Your BFF.

    • Megan

      October 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm


    • Layla

      October 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      But I like to enjoy my snacks casually on the couch while watching a trashy tv show. Which doesn’t get to happen till late at night. So accidental mom diet it is!! I lost souch weight from not doing anything. It was amazing. Altho Id feel a little bitchy when people would ask if I’d been working out since those people were probably like wtf. Either that or they didn’t believe me. 🙂 now I actually do work out too but only to be able to keep up with my two toddlers!

  2. Drstephaniedvm

    October 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Same thing happened To me when mine were between 12-18 months. I get to eat more at mealtimes now but still have to share everything if I want a snack 🙂

  3. Grr! Arrgh!

    October 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

    My daughter didn’t like the swing and would only tolerate the bouncer if someone was vigorously bouncing her with their foot. The only way to soothe her to sleep was through a fairly atheletic rocking routine, or to put her in the pram for a long walk. Going outside for a walk was also the most reliable way to stop the crying if she was crabby. Also, she just generally prefered I be standing when I was holding her. As a result, by the time she was 3 months old, I had not only lost the baby weight but was down another 10 lbs.

    Now that she’s sleep trained and can move under her own steam, she’s a bit less of a workout. She still needs the outside time though, so on the weekends I end up pushing the stroller somewhere between 3-5 miles each day in addition to the playground chasing. My child is the most demanding personal trainor I have ever had.

  4. Jayamama

    October 11, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Ya’ll suck.

    I had my kids 23 months apart, and I never managed to lose the baby weight from the first before the second was on the way. By the time I had number two, I was about 40 pounds over my ideal weight. For months, I hovered at that number, no matter how much I exercised or ate healthy meals… until recently, when I cut out most teas, sodas, and chocolate from my diet. I’m now down seven pounds, and my second is ready to turn a year old next month. It’s going to be a while before I’m back to pre-baby weight, though. And this is despite still breastfeeding the younger.

    • Colleen Machine

      October 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I can totally relate! My kids are 19 months apart. I lost most of my baby weight before getting preggers with number two, but I gained a lot of weight with my second and I found it really difficult to keep fit during my pregnancy with the tiredness and taking care of a toddler. Now my youngest is 16 months old and I’m still about 15 pounds bigger…and all I do is wrangle kids and get my snacks stolen and meals compromised…it’s just so unfair.

    • Kate

      October 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Me too! I have three kids – each 2 years, 1 month apart (almost to the day…creepy, actually!). I never lost all the weight from the first when I got preggers with the second. Then I had that plus the weight from the second when I got preggers with the third. And the third DESTROYED my back and kept me virtually motionless for the last 3 months of pregnancy, which created massive weight gain! So now I sit with an extra 25 lbs from the 3 collective pregnancies and NO TIME to work out because – 4 year old, 2 year old and 6 month old. Somehow all the chasing and wrangling is not translating into weight loss for me. Probably all the wine and sweets I need to cope with my crazy life!!!!!! 🙂

  5. Aimee

    October 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I too lost the baby weight by chasing the twins, only to find that what weight is left has rearranged itself in mystifying ways. I weigh less than I did before I got pregnant, so WHY DON’T MY JEANS FIT?!

    • JAN

      October 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I, too, have discovered even when I reach my pre-baby weight that nothing is where it used to be and my clothes still don’t fit. What’s worse, it changes after each of my three pregnancies so jeans that fit after my first kid, don’t fitnright after my third (and final) kid.

    • Spongeworthy

      October 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

      My jeans fit, but I had to get all new bras. Not for the cup sizes, mind you, but I went up 2 band sizes because my ribcage expanded and then decided to stay there.

    • Katherine Handcock

      October 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who has an expanded ribcage! My band size used to be 36, and now it’s a solid 40. I might make it back to 38 if I continue to lose weight, but I can feel the ribs under the skin; there’s not a whole lot of fat to lose there.

      On the other hand, I also had to go up cup sizes. My C is now an F, and I still can’t wrap my head around that.

    • Megan

      October 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      My jeans fit better now! But my shirts do not, why?

  6. bookworm81

    October 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    One of the general health questions my midwives ask is “Do you get any exercise other than taking care of children?”

  7. Esilva

    October 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Referencing having to decide which of your kids you will go after in your own safe house is nothing like having to decide which of your children will be tortured and die.

  8. Katherine Handcock

    October 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I’m the opposite – I’m spending so much time chasing kids around that “rewarding” myself with sweets has meant the weight is REALLY hard for me to lose. Now that I’ve got a treadmill at home I’m hoping it’ll be faster to go! Still hard to resist sweet stuff, but I’m slowly getting better about it.

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