How I Lost My Pregnancy Weight and More!
Olivia is ONE and I am 75lbs lighter! Crazy what ONE year can do! I thought it would be fitting to talk about this topic now since most people have some type of fitness or nutrition goal at the beginning of a new year.
Here’s a shortened up version of how I lost the weight…
After giving birth, I immediately lost 30lbs. The first 2-3 months after having Olivia I made no effort to lose weight and still lost 10lbs. I was breastfeeding and an anxious new mom so I’m sure that helped! Around month 4 my husband had to leave town for approximately 7 months for his job and that is where my weight loss journey began. I had my mind made up that by the time he came back I was going to be at my pre-pregnancy weight.
The day Stefan left I went through all of the food in the house and threw out everything that had a single non-healthy ingredient in it. I wanted zero temptations. I planned on eating simple, fresh food. Proteins and veggies. I hate everything about cooking. I hate the cutting, the chopping, the pureeing, whatever. Not for me, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to make a change. I don’t trust myself to cook meat so I mainly stuck with salmon, tofu and eggs for my protein. I drank only water with freshly squeezed lemon and black tea sweetened with Truvia and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This was easy for me because I typically drink water and tea on a daily basis with an occasional coca cola or red wine. For my sweet tooth I decided to make peanut butter and applesauce. I bought peanuts, threw them in the food processor until they were smooth and that was it. When buying peanuts you have to make sure the only ingredient on the jar is peanuts. Some of them have all kinds of junk in them. For the applesauce, I boiled the apples, added cinnamon and used my immersion blender to blend them until they were smooth. Every night I would have one or the other before bed. At this time for exercise I was walking 2-4 miles about 5 days a week, doing squats and lunges holding Olivia and working out to an old Jillian Michaels workout dvd. I lost about 10lbs over the course of 1-1.5 months.
I was happy I lost the weight, but I was getting bored and had no plan to follow and that worried me. When working out, I like to be told what to do and when to do it by someone who knows what they are talking about. When I try to create my own routines I feel like it is a waste of my time and I am accomplishing nothing! Which is why in the past I would attend work out classes at the gym. I liked having an instructor tell me what to do and after an hour I’m done. That wasn’t an option for me at this time so I had to figure something else out. I was talking to my gal-pal, Maggie, and she suggested I join her in doing the Beachbody workout program, 21 Day Fix. She loved it and was part of a Facebook group that helped keep her on track. I bought the program and started it as soon as it arrived. I also purchased Shakeology in vegan chocolate which I can’t live without now.
I did the 21 Day Fix program twice and lost 10lbs. I followed the diet and did the exercises daily. The diet was easy to follow because they provide you with containers and tell you exactly what to eat and how much to eat. I never went to bed hungry. The workouts were only 30 minutes and the time is on the screen. Something about the time being on the screen and watching it tick away kept me motivated to get through the workouts. On the days I didn’t want to work out I told myself it is only 21 days. Just do it. After going through the program twice and being back at my pre-pregnancy weight I decided to look into other Beachbody workouts to give me some variety.I purchased Piyo. It is a 60 day program and that was about how much time I had left before Stefan returned home. I went through the Piyo program over the next 60 days and I lost another 10lbs. I wasn’t following any specific meal plan, but by this time I had trained my mind to want healthier foods so it was like second nature to me to go for healthier options. Plus, I still hated cooking. The simpler the better. I allowed myself treats on the weekends such as chai tea lattes from Starbucks, BBQ with mac ‘n cheese, cornbread, Subway, ice cream, things of that nature. Usually after I ate the BBQ I didn’t want to eat it again for awhile because I felt so tired and blah afterwards. As a solo parent to a baby waking up 5-6 times a night you do not want to feel gross because of the food choices you made!Stefan came home beginning of November and at that time I weighed less than I did before I got pregnant. We immediately started traveling and I had plans to eat whatever and however much I wanted while in Paris, London and Spain. And I did! While traveling we walked everywhere which helped keep my weight in check. As soon as we came home from each destination I started my workouts up again and ate simple, fresh foods. By Christmas I lost another 5lbs. Over the holidays I indulged in all sorts of foods and tried to balance that out with simple meals when I could. I took one week off from working out which was the longest I had not worked out in months. After one week, I started working out again. I gained 3-4 pounds over the holidays, but have lost it already by getting back to normal eating habits. If you’re interested in what I’ve been eating lately, check out my Instagram stories! Today, I am 20lbs lighter than I was pre-pregnancy.
I asked Stefan to pick up a new scale about a month ago. He came home with a top of the line Fitbit scale! For Christmas he surprised me with a Fitbit to go with it. I love it! I like to see how many steps I take in a day and how many calories I am burning. Although, I am not going to be doing jumping jacks at 10:00 at night if I don’t hit my steps for the day!Here is to hoping I stay on the healthy train in 2017! What are your favorite workout programs and healthy foods?!