this lady right here
|total weight gain: 55 lbs|
i know that a 55 lb weight gain during pregnancy is not unheard of. my doctor told me several times that it was fine. i guess i started feeling a little self conscious because of some of the blogs i read and just general comparison to other women i know that were recently pregnant. some of these women gain only 20 lbs or so (which is also a healthy weight gain). it wasnt until after i had henry that different parts of these stories stuck out. they often spent the first trimester queasy and turned off by a lot of different foods. some of them had an awesome exercise routine and was able to stick with it through most of their pregnancy. so, while i might wish i had been working out before we found out we were pregnant, i sure am thankful that i didnt spend the first 3 months hugging a toilet.
the best thing i did to loose weight was breast feeding. i lost 30 lbs those first 6 weeks. these past 15 lbs have been a bit more stubborn (5 weeks) but i really didnt start doing anything special until about 3 weeks ago. since january 1st, husband and i have been doing this workout routine. i love how it slowly introduces exercises, increases the intensity and the time it takes, at a steady pace. i have done it before and was able to make it almost all the way through (i even stuck it out during vacation). when we moved into our new place, i was so tired and overwhelmed and very slack when it came to keeping up with my workouts. i just started level two and im looking forward to getting my run on (for those of you that know me well, yes, i just said that).
in addition to breast feeding and the new workout plan, i also signed up for the fresh 20. i mentioned it in my high five for friday post i couple of weeks ago. they offer meal plans for the week, with 20 ingredients for 5 healthy meals. each meal is without preservatives, processed foods or frozen ingredients. i have only been doing this for 2 and a half weeks and i am loving it. i have never really spent a lot of time in the kitchen, so i am getting used to the time it takes to cook 5 meals a week from scratch. the plans include a shopping list and prep guide. on sundays, i cook most of the meat and cut the veggies for the week so dinner only takes about 30 to 45 min to prepare. i love how these recipes get me out of my comfort zone without being too intimidating. the best part is that i have only eaten fast food once this year because we always have left overs to eat at lunch.
i have also been keeping track of my calorie intake using myfitnesspal app. the daily calories are set at 1800 and i try to have no less than 1500. the great thing is that my fresh 20 meals are perfect for this plan. i eat real food that fills me up and offers plenty of nutrients for nursing without going over my calorie intake. also, its amazing how much less i graze during the day or go back for 2nds since i hold myself accountable. i usually eat a snack of almonds or greek yogurt and drink a lot of water.
in conclusion i have lost a total of 43 lbs in 11 weeks and 4 days. i am tracking what i eat but i am way more concerned with what type of food i am eating. i havent bought one item that is "low fat" or "diet." instead, i am concentrating on eating meals made of real food that comes from a farm instead of a lab. i feel great and im excited to be serving meals that will improve/maintain the health of my family. i have started exercise routine that fits my goals and lifestyle. although i only have about 10 more lbs to loose, i still carry around a belly bump. i hear this is harder to get rid of after a c-section but im up for a challenge.
one last thing ... i am setting a goal to run a 5k this year. my sister is a runner now and i think it would be fun to do one together. :)
do you have any post baby weight loss secrets?