Well, six weeks have officially flown by and I’m finally feeling physically, emotionally, and mentally ready to tackle the long road ahead of losing that baby weight. I’ve already dropped a good amount just with delivery and breastfeeding, but unfortunately my body just isn’t the type to lose it all by itself because of nursing. And even though I don’t need to lose a huge amount of weight still, it’s the fact that I’m so fluffy that bothers me the most. It would be one thing to be toned and weigh this much, but I have zero muscle definition AND I weigh this much. You know what I mean? So enough complaining and negativity, here’s what I’m going to DO about it:
1) Drink only water.
I really should be doing this anyway. It’s so easy to choose fruit juice or something similar because it tastes better, but I know it’s not better for me. If I need to add some lemon or Emergen-C for flavor, so be it, but I’m not going to hydrate with something other than good old H2O anymore.
2) Limit processed foods, added sugars, and carbs.
When losing my baby weight with Cora (when she was, er, two), this is what worked for me. I wasn’t breastfeeding at the time, though, so I could totally cut out processed carbs and not worry about it. This go around since I don’t want to jeopardize my milk supply I’m going to limit carbs to a lesser extent to start off with, and slowly cut back as I see that Issa’s not suffering for it. I want to lose the weight, sure, but not at the expense of my baby.
3) Exercise 6 days a week.
I’m going to walk 30 minutes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then do my T25 workouts Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I’d love to be able to do T25 full on from the get go, but again with just having a baby I don’t want to start out too heavy with the high impact exercises. Not to mention the thought of doing a tuck jump right now feels like a 100% chance of peeing myself. A brisk walk while pushing a stroller will be just fine for the time being, thank you very much.
4) Sunday is my cheat day.
This is an absolutely essential part of my healthy lifestyle. I’m not perfect, and I don’t expect myself to be. But if I know I have Sunday to look forward to to have that piece of candy or lavish dinner, it makes getting through the week so much easier. I also take a break from working out on Sundays to give my body a chance to recover and prepare for the week ahead.
5) Use my FitBit to track everything.
I received a FitBit for Christmas, but up until this point its just been a depressing reminder of how much I’m NOT moving. Now I’ve got it plugged in with my goals, water intake, nutrition plan, and I can track my sleep. Although that number will probably still be a little painful for the foreseeable future. Parenthood, am I right?