It is often said “nine months up and nine months down.” I just have to keep telling myself that. If you were to take a look at my medical records you would think that I was a yo-yo dieter- when in reality I am just always pregnant. At my heaviest pregnancy weight of 175 lbs (at 5’2” tall, first child), I must admit I never thought I would see my pre-pregnancy weight again. I had my third child 5 months ago and have about 10 lbs to go before I am back to healthy weight. How did I do it with three kids at hand? Here is some advice from one mom to another:
1. Food: Stop counting calories and stressing over it. What did I say? Aren’t calories the platform in which we lose weight? Well, yes, but it adds too much of a strain and you begin to forget about what is more important: eating healthy. I ditched the calorie counting epic years ago after a triumph over an eating disorder. Instead, I aim to eat what the FDA recommends us to eat on the food pyramid. Basic huh? But that’s it. Click here and see what your daily requirements are http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramid/index.aspx
2. Aerobic Exercise: Aim for 30-60 minutes every day in ADDITION to what you usually do in your daily routine. Can’t do it all at once? You can: separate it into 10 or 15 minute intervals, exercise with your children or add more steps into your day. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aerobic-exercise/EP00002 http://www.medicinenet.com/aerobic_exercise/article.htm
3. Anaerobic Exercise (weight training): Aim for 2-3 days a week. Want results fast? Here’s a hint: NEVER do the same weight training exercise twice in one week! Go through fitness and exercise magazines and Websites to collect a montage of various exercises. I hang mine on the wall for inspiration. Don’t have weights? No problem. Drink milk? Fill empty milk jugs with water or buy inexpensive bands to add resistance.
4. Want a change real fast? Jillian Michaels hit it on the head with her exercise video. Incorporate both aerobic and weight resistance, without resting, and you will literally melt away pounds and inches. If you don’t have the motivation to do it on your own- grab the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels and burn away.
5. Water is a miracle weight loss drug. It fills you up before a meal and rids your body of toxins. Drink it- tons of it. My goal is 80 ounces a day.
6. Keep the scale in mind but your waist size by your heart. A healthy waist size is 32” or below. Muscle weighs more than fat, so the numbers can be intimidating when you’re trying to lose “pounds” while you are strength training. Good news: muscles burn more calories!
Remember to talk to your doc before you start or change your health routine or weight loss program! I feel so official saying that J
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