I can’t say that I absolutely loved gaining weight and figuring out how I was going to get clothes on my awkward body… BUT I can say that it is hands down the most beautiful experience. It is the most tangible example of the spirit living within you. It allows your body to create something beautiful, even when you thought you were incapable. For nine + months you are forming a precious miracle.
It’s pure bliss.
only explainable through God.
Then after that precious new life is born, you rejoice.
Unfortunately time passes and we don’t feel so beautiful anymore. Mama is worn out from putting in months of hard work, and hours of laboring. Mama is now carrying extra weight + a baby in her arms. Mama is running on little to no sleep, and responsible for another being 24/7.
Mama’s life consists of…
No workouts for 6 weeks post-partum (Drs. orders)
Waking up every 3-4 hours to feed the baby.
New schedule , new priorities, little free time.
So, what’s a girl to do?
#1 Name It.
For me. I decided that I didn’t want to blame ANYTHING on my children. I was determined to loose the ‘baby weight’ because just saying ‘baby weight’ brings about a sense of blame.
If we are honest with ourselves we have a MILLION excuses as to why this process will be difficult. ((So make sure to give yourself grace in the process)) However, decide exactly WHY you want to loose the weight and what it means for YOU.
#2 Eat Well.
This is 75% of the battle. You may or may not of ate well during pregnancy or before pregnancy.
If you are choosing to loose weight this is a HUGE step to tackle.
What does eating well mean??
1. Eat with your baby (every 3 hours, EAT a small meal)
Yes… to loose weight you must EAT!!! Make sure to eat a balanced breakfast filled with protein. Then about 3 hours later eat MORE!
2. In those small meals ALWAYS include a source of lean protein.
3. Fresh/ frozen fruits and veggies are your friends!
Canned veggies don’t provide the same nutrients as fresh or frozen. Make sure you are eating plenty of GREEN things. They contain some of the best nutrients for little calories. If you don’t like the taste, make smoothies with them!
4. Only eat complex carbs
Stay away from anything WHITE. Make sure you are eating brown rice, sweet potatoes, and WHOLE wheat bread. Just because a label says WHOLE grain, WHEAT, or even Multi-Grain doesn’t mean its automatically considered healthy. Here is a fabulous informational post on this from 100 days of real food.
5. Start reading the labels on items that you eat.
I personally TRY not to eat anything packaged that has more than 6 ingredients in it. Especially if the ingredient is something I can’t pronounce. Please go check out 100 days of real food for many more resources.
6. Give yourself Grace
If you are a mama, you have one of the highest callings on earth that CAN’T be taken lightly. You are working hard to selflessly take care of a human being and this may not be your #1 priority.
*I must stress that I apply the 80/20 rule. I eat ‘clean’ 80% of the time, and 20% of the time I eat treats. You have to decide what is right for you.
7. Don’t go at it alone
Make sure to invite your friends and family along with you to help keep you accountable and cheer you on!
8. DRINK WATER
You can NEVER have enough.
Here is a sample day of eating well:
Remember! This is part ONE of a series of posts so be on the look out for more to come on this subject!