I gave birth to my daughter just over six months ago and have been working at losing the baby weight since early this year.
So far I’ve lost 13 pounds since January.
The weight isn’t coming off nearly as fast as I’d like it to but slow and steady wins the race, right?
I’m pretty proud of myself for staying consistent even after switching from a desk career to stay at home mom.
If I had a down day or a bad week I didn’t let it carry over into the next.
I’m doing a few things to lose the baby weight I put on with both pregnancies.
There’s no way I’m losing the baby weight without changing my diet. And this one is the hardest for me.
Do you know how much I love Oreos? They’re dairy free, delicious, and I could eat a sleeve in one sitting. I also hate salads. Loathe. I’ll eat one but I’m not happy about it. Breaking away from sugar and carbs has been a work in progress.
I totally try the “everything in moderation” route but really I am better when I have no temptation in the house.
Right now, I’m in the middle of a Whole 30. I actually find the Whole 30 to be easy and I enjoy finding all of the new foods and recipes to eat. Especially non-salad recipes.
Here are a few of my go-to Paleo/Whole 30 meals:
- Instant Pot Paleo General Tso’s Chicken by Natural Paleo Family
- Buffalo Ranch Chicken Casserole by The Whole Cook
- Chimicurri Sauce by Stupid Easy Paleo (This is DELICIOUS on steak!)
Whole 30 requires a lot of planning but the benefits are so worth it. By the end of the 30 days, you’ll be craving new foods.
I’ve looked into Keto, another popular diet, and I love the benefits of it minus the dairy. I really do like to be dairy free with my son and for my daughter as I am breastfeeding. Here are some of my personal favorite snacks while breastfeeding.
I’m not finding exercise as hard as diet right now.
Between dance parties with my son, walks to the playground or library, and sneaking away for an hour once my husband is home from work, I’ve been consistently working out at least three times a week if not more.
I also find myself doing quick ten minute free videos on YouTube. YouTube is basically a video search engine. It has so many free workout videos!
If you’re looking for a quick workout, check out my 15 minute workouts for busy moms. If you can find 15 minutes, you can do this quick no equipment required workout just like I do.
I love the quick workouts to throw in during the day. It takes my son at least one hundred years to eat a snack and I’m able to turn on YouTube and do a quick standing abs video before he takes his third bite. This is the perfect way to start your day.
Staying Off The Scale To Stay Motivated
I’ve learned that the number I end up seeing on the scale doesn’t actually motivate me.
I do love seeing the number go down but I really don’t like not seeing any progress.
I’ve cut myself down to weighing myself twice a month – the first and the fifteenth – to help stay motivated.
DietBet is an awesome website where you place a bet that you’ll lose 4% of your body weight in a month. If you lose the weight, you get your money bet back. If others in your group do not lose their weight, you get their money too. The pot is split among the “winners.”
I’m basically the Pete Rose of weight loss.
You can submit progress weigh ins to be entered into contests too. I’m not fully utilizing this fun feature because as I previously mentioned I’m not weighing in as often, but it’s still fun to submit and see where I am before a bet ends.
It’s really motivating when you’ve spent money on your own weight loss. I refuse to lose money so I’m working extra hard to hit my goals!
Weight loss can be a difficult challenge after having a baby. With planning your meals, squeezing in exercise and finding the right motivation you can be a success story.
Remember, it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.
Taking weight loss slow can actually benefit you in the long run! You’ll be able to keep the weight off for longer.
What are your tips for losing the baby weight after pregnancy?