Losing weight and getting fit after birth is HARD. You are exhausted from lack of sleep and neediness of your precious bundle, you may have a full time job and other kids to take care of and yes your house and life still need to be taken care of. It’s much easier to run thru the fast food lane while you are out then to go into the kitchen and spend more time making dinner when all you want to do is collapse on the couch.
I gained a little more than the recommended amount my second pregnancy so I have a lot to lose. I can’t fit into my post baby big jeans from baby #1 so I’m a little more than irked with myself. It’s time to get back on track. Someone gave me a postpartum girdle, but seriously have to worn one of those? You can barely breathe and I’m not going to be uncomfortable all day. I’ll do it the old fashioned way…food and exercise.
Food is 75% of weight loss and exercise is 25%. I love to eat and I love to eat junk food but I’m going to do it slow and gradual so I don’t fall off the wagon. I don’t drink coffee so I have been living on pop since my second son was born. Pop is getting cut out. I will go back to it being a once a week treat and drink more water and unsweetened iced tea. More water is the key as I hate drinking water. It has to be ice cold for me to enjoy it but I have some fun water bottles I’m going to use to encourage myself to drink more. I am also going to be meal prepping for work each day (or making healthy choices if we go out) and keeping grains to one meal a day. I love my breads so this compromise is fine with me.
This was the breakfast, lunch and snacks I prepared for myself for work:
Breakfast was sweet potatoes with a hard boiled egg, lunch was cooked cabbage with sausage and snacks were apple slices and cherries. I did throw in a couple oatmeal raisin cookies as I knew I wouldn’t make it without some type of sweet treat!
I was pretty happy with my meals that day as I felt better than I do when I’m eating junk on the run! Stay tuned to see what fitness things I’m going to be doing to get back on track!