Part 2: Combating/Preventing PPD* updated now with more strusell (muffin—- get it?)

Oct 18, 2007

The second, and to me the most helpful, tip my shrink (yes, yes, I have one, get over it already) is to exercise.

Uh. WHAT? Exer-hu?

I know. You’re not sleeping. You’re tired. You’re fat. (You feel fat, lemme rephrase this, you ARE NOT FAT. You just had a baby and your body is yelling at you to be nice, damnit!) And now you’re expected to go workout. Right?


The thing is, working out is more than just a thing to get in the way of washing bottles/nursing/laundry/being asleep. It’s an energizer. It actually changes your brain chemistry. It helps you get your body back and it develops your muscles to handle the schlepping around of that baby of yours. It strengthens your back to carry your new, heavier, bobs. And it can can give you a high you’d need a drug to get otherwise.

So why not join our weighloss wars fitness challenge? You can start Monday, October 22nd, in a pool of women willing to pay ten bucks for am onth of motivation, a chance at losing some weight, and the knowledge that even if you don’t win, you can get a little high in the meantime and make some friends.

Sounds good, right?

So join. And maybe I’ll share with you my before picture. Tomorrow. Yea. Tomorrow. Instead, let me show you my before, before pic. You know, the “three months before I got knocked up again” picture? Which will, hopefully, look like my after shot. Minus the muffin-top.

One year after having LB I was back to here.. good but not anywhere near where I was before. I had ten more pounds to lose at date of this picture.

Five months after having Baby O. .... Yikes .....

*This is part 2 in the Series of Post Partum Mood Disorder posts. There are five-ish in this series. You can find part one here.


  1. ok, fine, you got me.  It was the “exer-hu?” that did it.

    By onetiredmother on 2007 10 19

  2. You sexy thing wink

    By mdvelazquez on 2007 10 19

  3. Doncha just hate how pregnancy randomly changes your body?  I mean, things that never bothered you before are suddenly all “OH HAI!  I just wanted to introduce myself… I’m Cellulite, and this is my friend Muffin Top.  We live next door to Spider Vein and Hemmorhoid.  Your body is a great place to be, so we think we’ll stay awhile.  Oh, and we talked to Muscle Tone and Weight Loss and they’re taking a little vacation.  They’re staying at Restful Sleep’s place for awhile…”

    Things I used to actually NOT hate about my body (like my lower back) are now fraught with pudginess (even though I lost the baby weight).  NOT FAIR!  Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m old…


    By Katie Kat on 2007 10 19

  4. Hi,

    I saw your picture before I read that it is the “before before” picture, and was all, “what does she need to lose weight for? She looks great” and I hated you a little. Then I read that it was “before” and felt better.

    Seriously, good for you for getting out there and for motivating others. Thank you!

    * I didn’t really hate you, I don’t even know you! smile

    By Occidental Girl on 2007 10 19

  5. it is a bitch to get started, but after 3 weeks of commitment, you will wonder how you ever did without the regular exercise.

    By Mrs. Mustard on 2007 10 19

  6. my “baby” is now two!! does that count as “just had a baby”?? hahaha… i sho would like to lose the muffin top!! wink

    By mamasgotmoxie on 2007 10 19

  7. I’m so glad we are doing this when it isn’t a billion degrees outside. I can actually take baby for walks now.

    By Dawn S. on 2007 10 19

  8. Ok, I’m so all over this weight loss thing..but tell me do I really hafta post a pic ?

    And when is someone going to make Beer zero…or better yet chardonnay zero.

    Then my life would be perfect.

    Wishing you a fabulous non stormy weekend!

    By Worker Mommy on 2007 10 19

  9. I’ve joined but I need an invite for your group…I think?  I’m confused.  Tell me what to do!  Thanks.

    And like Worker Mommy, I want zero point Cabernet Sauvignon.  Sigh.

    By Christine no-watch-me on 2007 10 19

  10. I wish this place had sidewalks, so I could talk a walk without risk to my life!  I know I need exercise.

    By Holly on 2007 10 19

  11. Um, yeah.  Add in a lot more weight and a bit more of a belly, an extra year post-partum, and that’s me.  I swear, after this next baby’s born and my body wants me to exercise again (around 4-6 weeks) we’re going walking and biking like it’s out of style.

    By lanna on 2007 10 20

  12. Wishing you all the best!

    By mdvelazquez on 2007 10 22

  13. My friend believes that her pregnancy has left behind battle scars… but it was worth it. It’s a good way to look at it.


    By jillian on 2007 10 22

  14. You’re right about the exercise thing!  You just have to actually begin exercising to reap the benefits.  Even knowing this little tidbit of information doesn’t get MY butt to the gym as often as it should.  However, I have more motivation in the form of currency!  Hee hee hee!!!

    By LeannIAm on 2007 10 22

  15. I think I love you.  Just found you via amalah.  Also have a almost five month old, and same stomach.  Thank you for making me realize that A) body is ok for having two kids X no exercise. and B) may have a touch of the PPD, but no time to deal with it and a two.5 year old.  Just thanks.

    By lindsayc on 2007 10 24