Health, Wellness

The “Not-So-Secret” Secret to Losing the Baby Weight

I know I’ve done posts in the past that discuss more in depth the different ways I changed my habits to be healthier. But there’s a particular piece that I didn’t write about that I wanted to share with all the other moms who are postpartum or those who just want to be healthier.

If you know me, you’d know I’m definitely not a dieter. I don’t do fads, I don’t do fancy shakes. Everything needs to be pretty basic and normal. I also don’t want to give up the things I enjoy: bread, ice cream, cheese… it goes on. If I’m being asked to “give something up,” odds are I won’t follow-through. Sound familiar? I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

Instead of giving up what I truly want and enjoy I’ve adopted a new rule. I call it, the “one cup” rule. Here’s how it works. I still listen to my body and try to make simple changes, like having the veggie instead of fries at the restaurant, or eating mustard with a sandwich instead of mayo. However, when I’m having my “main meal” and it may involve something I usually go overboard on (pasta Alfredo, anyone?) I do the “one cup” rule. I can still have macaroni and cheese, but I can only have one cup. After that cup, it’s veggies for me. I can still have a desert occasionally, but it’s going to be one cup of ice cream.

On purpose I choose to measure with the measuring cup and that’s how I scoop what I will eat onto my plate. It seems silly and little, but these small “tweaks” to the way I do things, have paid off. It’s helped me slim down, get more

IMG_2633.JPG

exercise, and feel healthier and more alert.

Order some measuring cups. Adopt your own “one cup rule.” Life gets better when

you do it on purpose and don’t feel like you’re losing out.

Eat what you love – one cup at a time.

Advertisements
Health, New Motherhood, Wellness

How to Love Your Body Again, After Baby

I remember the one thing I told myself when I had my son. I will do my best to stay healthy, I don’t want stretch marks, and I will NOT have a C-section. All the things I told myself because I didn’t want to “lose” the body I had grown to be so comfortable in. However, as new moms, we really don’t get the choice of what we look like post- baby.

I was waking up in the OR after having Chase. We had to have an emergency C-section due to some complications. I felt relieved to have my baby, but I knew I had been cut open and feared what my scar would look like.

  • Will I ever feel the same?
  • Will I ever get to wear a bikini again or to look “normal” again?
  • Will my body “bounce back” or be less squishy?

Some women give birth, and they immediately look like nothing happened. I can tell you that that was not my experience, nor is it the experience of most. While I was very healthy before delivery, my body had been through Hell. I looked like I had been mowed over back a Mack truck. I couldn’t bend because of my stitches or use the bathroom. I was pretty stationary for a while. I longed to hold my new son, but I also longed to be “me” again.

I think this issue of loving our bodies goes deeper than the scale. You’ve been in your body for a long time, you’ve grown comfortable in your own skin. Until pregnancy comes, and everything changes. Suddenly you’re forced to make peace with a whole new body.

These are my tips to trying to love your body again, after your baby:

  1. First, take the necessary time to heal. Don’t push yourself beyond what you can handle. Enjoy a cup of tea when you feel weepy — your hormones have been all over the place and it’s completely understandable that you may feel “off” for a while. Enjoy some Netflix and quiet times with your baby. Focus on healing — that’s first.
  2. Once you feel yourself again and heal (and have doctor approval), try to start walking your baby with the stroller. It usually feels impossible to leave the house at the beginning, there’s just so. much. stuff. But invest in a great walking/jogging stroller.
  3. Accept the things that are different and love the things that make you proud. I know when I had Chase my stomach line separated a little, diastasis recti. Even when I lost most of the weight, I noticed my stomachs width was wider. But I also got very strong arms. I carry a baby and his essentials and I became so strong. And so have you, and so will you.
  4. Give yourself permission to feel less than perfect.
  5. Once you’re ready to lose the weight, and have talked to your doctor, refer to my pots on Losing the Baby Weight.

While facing that your body isn’t quite the same, it’s also true that it’s not “destroyed”. By eating right and exercising, a lot of the changes, they disappear over time. The platitude that “you’re awesome and just gave life” didn’t really work for me. I wanted to love myself and my son. So I focused on what I could control and how I could feel good about myself again. And so can you.

It is possible to love your body again, in time.

Growth, Healing, Wellness

How To Find Your Strength Again

The phrases, “Thank God it’s Friday” or “Oh, God, it’s Monday” seem to plague us now more than ever. Even as working moms, sometimes we can lose sight of living and go instantly into survival mode — as if it’s the same as “living”. But truth is, it’s not. And I think that having great energy and a sense of purpose or vision, go hand-in-hand.

Here are some tips that have helped me to maintain my energy and my sanity.

Have a vision.

Have you ever thought about how you want your life to turn out? Sometimes we act like nothing in life is in our control, and then our life truly ends up looking “out of control”. And while we aren’t God and don’t have all the power, there is something that is up to us. Our lives are what we make them. So have a plan, think about where you want to be in ten years, twenty years. What’s the end goal? To build a family? To further your career or education? To build an orphanage in South Africa? Whatever the goal is, start your days with that end goal in mind. It’ll give you vision on tough days when the laundry is overpowering and the children are screaming.

Take care of your body.

No one wants to do it. Everyone wants to eat all the junk and sit on the couch but still have tons of energy and a six-pack. Unfortunately, if you want the energy, you’ll have to work for it. Find the pieces in your day where you can take a walk, take the stairs at work or push the stroller around. You get one body, there is only so much replacing a doctor can do. The more you move, the more you take care of yourself and put good nourishment into your body, the longer you’ll be able to keep up that pace. Click here, if you’d like to read more about losing the baby weight. I know that I can get into a bad mood, get more headaches, or just feel lousy when I don’t get proper nutrition and exercise. You’re important — act like it.

Take time-outs. 

You’re not meant to do it all. I’ll schedule in some down-time in my week. This is a time to paint your nails, read a book, enjoy a chat with a friend. It’s imperative to refresh your soul as well as your body. It seems crazy at first, but these quiet times have become the thing that recharges me most. You cannot pour from an empty cup — take time to refill yours.

It’s knowing where I want to ultimately end up, that helps me determine my everyday plans. I know where I want to be in my family, in my career, and health respectively. If you haven’t sat down and had a meeting with yourself, do it. It’s not about perfection or scheduling your whole life. But good things don’t happen by accident. Raising good children, excelling professionally, and loving your spouse, they are a series of choices.

The dreams and desires I have for the future, determine my decisions for today. And so can yours.

To get your daily dose of inspiration & laughs click here —> http://eepurl.com/c8NEOb.

Photo Credit