I gained 30 pounds while I was pregnant with Lulu. After she was born, I tried not to overthink loosing the weight. I was blissfully happy in my new mommy life with my new mommy body. I didn’t want to stress about my weight when I had so many other things to focus on. I lost the first 20 pounds rather easily. However, the last 10 pounds stuck around for far too long. I started to realize the ‘don’t stress about it’ motto wasn’t working. Summer was quickly approaching and I knew I was going to be in a bathing suit frequently. I wanted to be able to run around the beach and jump in the pool with Lulu . I didn’t want feeling self conscious about my weight to prevent me from enjoying the Summer with my family. I just wanted to enjoy the moment with my baby. I decided to take action. I am horrible at working out and I am even worse at eating healthy. I have a serious weakness for french fries and everything buffalo chicken. I wanted to lose weight but I didn’t want to lose it at the expense of the things I enjoy. These are the steps that worked for me.
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I can’t go on a typical ‘diet’. If I try to cut certain foods out of my diet I will obsess about those foods until I can’t take it any longer. I will stuff my face full of every piece of chocolate cake I can find. Think of the scene in Matilda with Bruce and the chocolate cake. It just does not work for me. Instead, I count calories. This way I can eat all of my favorite foods, I just can’t eat them in excessive amounts. I am cutting down on eating but I don’t feel deprived. Downloading a calorie counting app makes it incredibly easy to track what you are eating. This was the most important step in my weight loss.
This approach definitely won’t work for everyone. But I noticed for me, every time I ate a large lunch I would go over my calories. Even though I wasn’t hungry, I still wanted to sit down and eat dinner with my family. This inevitably led to overeating. Instead, I ate a healthy snack (almonds, carrots, apples, etc.) around lunch time. This satisfied the midday hunger without forcing me over my daily calorie count.
Take Daily Family Walks
I have never had much motivation to work out and it has only gotten worse since I had Lulu. It is important for me to find enjoyable ways to exercise. My favorite is by taking family walks. It gives me a chance to get outside, enjoy time with my family and as a bonus I get in a great work out. On top of just walking, it is also great cardio to push a 20 pound baby in a 15 pound stroller!
Find an Enjoyable Workout
I enjoy using the Wii. My very favorite game is Just Dance! I love getting into the dance moves. I channel Britney Spears circa 2001 and I go all out. Why not? I am in the privacy of my own home and no one can see me! It is the perfect place for me to let loose. And I really let loose. By the end of my 10 song set, my body feels like I just ran a marathon. I work out on the Wii at least four times a week. This isn’t the best workout for everyone but it is what I find enjoyable. If you don’t have a workout that you enjoy you are going to avoid exercising like it’s the plague. You can find Just Dance! on Amazon by clicking HERE. They of course, have other video games that you can also use as an enjoyable exercise routine.
I know this is said over and over again but it was vital in my weight loss. It is very easy to mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough liquid throughout the day is a slippery slope into overeating. I fill up a large water bottle and commit to drinking it by 12pm. I then refill the bottle to drink throughout the afternoon. Miraculously, I stopped feeling starved by dinner time and instead started being satisfied with much smaller food portions. Not only did this help with my workout plan but it made me feel better. I have more energy, I started getting less headaches and I noticed improvement in my digestion.
Weigh In Daily
Weighing in everyday makes me accountable. When I notice a lower number on the scale I am proud of my progress and it motivates me to continue working hard. On the days that the scale goes up I know exactly why. I went over my allotted calories the day before and I skipped my work out. Knowing what a difference those 500 extra calories makes is all the incentive I need to do better the next day.
In the past, I have gone on crash diets to loose weight quickly but as soon as the weight was lost I went back into old habits. Following these steps not only allowed me to lose 10 pounds but I lost the weight quickly. I was proud of my weight loss and most importantly the plan was something I could continue to sustain. Keeping up these steps has allowed me to maintain my ideal weight and I actually weigh less than I did before I got pregnant!
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