This past January, I joined the sorority of motherhood with the birth of my baby boy, Will. Four teeth and seven months later, Will brightens my mornings and is crawling around my floors.
While his baby plumpness is adorable, extra weight on my 5’3″ frame is not. I started at 122 and ended at 165, a 43-pound gain! I lost 20 pounds after the first month with proper diet and exercise, and I’m down to the last 10 pounds.
We all know that the last 10 pounds are THE WORST and will only be lost with cutting carbs and sugars, the yummiest of all food groups. Because it’s not just about the sweat time; diet plays a huge part, probably bigger than exercise!
As I work towards shedding the last 10 pounds, here are a few reminders that has worked for me I hope you will find helpful as you begin to work to get your pre-baby body back:
Guilt is a waste of time and energy. I avoid comparing my post-baby body to pictures of celebrities and models who make a living on their looks. I remind myself that it took 9 months to gain that weight, it will take at least 9 months to lose it.
Exercise = Joy
Running on a treadmill or doing push-ups at a gym does not get me excited. Walking on the beach, dancing to Zumba or meeting girlfriends for yoga motivates me to get my sweat on at least three-times a week. If I don’t look forward to it, I won’t stick to it.
If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You
Who wants to spend an hour or more at the gym? Not me! Short and intense intervals will do more than an easy pace that moderately gets my heart rate up.
Slow & Steady Wins The Race
The scale won’t go down if I don’t control my portions or watch what I eat.. but I LOVE bread! I LOVE cheese! How can I truly LIVE without the comfort of food? Moderation is key (80/20 rule: eat well 80% of the time, and not as healthy 20% of the time), but overall I try to eat whole foods–veggies, fruits, lean protein. If it’s in a bag or located in the interior aisles of a grocery store, I don’t buy it.