Mom Butt and the State of My Post-Baby Body

I think I have mom butt.  You know, the phenomenon I ridiculed my mother about throughout my teens and twenties?  That thing that is supposed to happen to you when you're old and letting yourself go (neither of which apply to me, obviously!)?  The elongating of the previously perky, firm rump until your back just blends into your upper thighs?


Here's my butt before and after.  I haven't looked closely at myself in the past few months, but seeing the photo from yesterday evening was a rude awakening.


My butt is flatter than before.  It's smaller, but I definitely prefer some junk in my trunk.  I mean, it's really flat. I guess the jeans I've been wearing are good at camouflaging it.  Or not - judging from the photo above.  Only five months into this gig and I already have mom butt!  Just fabulous.

My abs, butt and thighs are just generally less muscular than before.  This is surely attributable to my lack of exercise in the past year.  The last time I really worked out was September 17, 2010.  I wasn't allowed to exercise during my pregnancy.  I took three 3-mile walks and two 6-mile walks during my pregnancy and spent a total of 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Since having Georgia I've done about some 20-minute sessions from the Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis DVDs I ordered, but I haven't done them consistently.  Clearly, that was money well spent.

Here are some things to note:
  • I am 10 pounds lighter than my usual eating sensibly and working out weight.  
  • I am 5 pounds lighter than the weight I was when I got pregnant, which was my working out with a trainer a few times a week and working out on my own the other days.
  • The scale hasn't been this low since Freshman year of college.
  • I do not watch what I eat in any way, shape or form, but I need to start.  I polished off a bag of Hersey's fun sizes that were supposed to be for trick-or-treaters.  In two days.  I'm working on another as I type this, since we didn't have many trick-or-treaters.  I honestly think my weight loss is because of breast feeding because I certainly haven't done anything to help it out.
  • My waist is the same size as pre-pregnancy, but my abs aren't toned, they are mushy.
  • I gained 25 pounds during pregnancy, but I lost 10 early on, so I guess I really gained 35 pounds.
  • When I left the hospital after having Georgia, I was five pounds heavier than when I checked in.  So did I really gain 40?
My new year's resolutions will surely revolve around getting back in shape.  I have been watching the scale too much (just watching it, not really doing anything to help it along), without really paying attention to what the results look like. While I am happy with my weight, I would really like to tone up and look like I did before.  Since that may not be possible without hiring my old trainer to sit with me 24/7 and keep me away from the Hershey's, at the very least I'd like a butt that's a little less mom-ish.  Or a lot less mom-ish.

I want my old butt.  The one that garnered compliments from men and women alike.  I should have enjoyed it while I had it!  I'm really mourning its loss while I drown my sorrows in Hershey's.

Previously I could whip myself into shape within a week or two just by cutting out sugar, fat and carbs and working out like a madwoman.  That's just not feasible now.  I'm breastfeeding so I have to eat carbs and fat, and I have to eat a lot of calories, even though I admit I could stand to lay off the candy.  I also just don't have time to hit the gym for an hour every day.  I'm fortunate to get in a 30 minute workout but some days I am just too tired or too busy.  I also don't have a jogging stroller yet.

Have you ever been able to get into shape just by adjusting diet and working out 30-40 minutes a day? How long did it take?  What methods did you use? Does anyone want to come babysit while I do the bootcamp that got Megan's post-baby body back?  Maybe I need an accountability partner who I can call before I eat more candy...

If I don't get some semblance of my old butt back, before you know it, I'll be sporting a VPL (that's visible panty line) with a wedgie on one side.  Speaking of Hanky Pankys just aren't cutting it for crawling all over the floor with a baby these days.  Does anyone have a suggestion for comfy, practical undies that aren't super unsexy?  Do those even exist?  Gah, I never thought I'd be asking things like this!