I remember going to my 6-week appointment after having Averie [8 years] and only having 7 pounds to lose. With Kempton [6 years] and Brenna [4 years] it was 14 pounds. Still pretty manageable.
But then over four years later and being well into my 30s my precious baby girl Kinlee [6 months] entered the scene. And at that same 6-week appointment, I had 21 pounds to lose. After having four kids, my weight to lose tripled!
Thinking it would come off just as easily, I didn't sweat it. After all, I'm exclusively nursing and that's what shed the pounds the last THREE times....right?!?! Unfortunately I couldn't count on just the nursing this time and decided I had better practice what I preach and come up with a plan.
Since then, my workouts have been strictly running. Three miles 4-5 days each week, hopefully under 30 minutes (I have a treadmill...which was a great investment by the way). Shedding the fat was the main priority. I also tried hard to eat well, but I didn't get too crazy. It was a good plan because I have shed 13 more pounds [but not without blood, sweat, and tears] since my 6-week appointment. It has been HARD to say the least. And I still have 8 to go.
I am now ready to kick it up a knotch, and put my understanding and knowledge to the test. And because I always tell clients to make small, attainable goals, MY goal is to:
Lose 5 pounds in 6 weeks [by Thanksgiving]
Ok people...here's the "dirty laundry" I was talking about.
The before shots:
And the main culprit:
Now for the plan.
Join me in watching if it works.
"Sometimes it is the last few pounds that are the hardest," is what I tell others who have had this same problem.
[I also have inches to lose but I'll talk about that later]
As always, I advocate healthy weight loss. No fad diets, NO starving myself
Good, Old-Fashioned, Calories in, Calories out.
My good friend [Nicole] recently discovered Cross-Fit and has been encouraging me to try it out. She was fit before, but it has really helped take her fitness to the next level. Unfortunately there is only one place in town that offers the classes, and at strange times. So in the meantime [while my life is devoted to this little one who can't be without Mommy for more than 1-2 hours], the above plans are my own crossfit-ish workouts.
Now onto food.
I won't eat after 7:00 pm, which means I go to bed hungry.
I won't eat sweets, unless it's a free day.
I will give myself two free days [Friday and Sunday].
I will drink 2 glasses of water before each meal.
I will follow the 1200-1400 Calorie Menu.
Here is a list of my favorite:
Power pancakes with vanilla yogurt topping
Old-fashioned oats with frozen blueberries and Truvia
Kashi Go-Lean Cereal with milk and banana
Egg and whole wheat toast with milk
Fruit smoothie with whole wheat toast
Granola, berries, and yogurt
Cottage cheese and peaches
Albacore Tuna sandwich with fresh vegetables
Turkey sandwich with fresh vegetables
Peanut butter and honey toast with hard-boiled egg
Fresh green salad with lots of vegetables, hard-boiled egg and roasted chicken breast
Dinner Ideas [remember these are well-balanced meals for my family, not necessarily nonfat]
On the menu this week:
Homemade Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Pasta e Fagioli with Homemade Rolls
Stay tuned for weekly updates. Watch and see if I can put my money where my mouth is!