The all-too-familiar anxiety started welling up just a couple of months (probably weeks really) into my pregnancy. I saw my body starting to change, and I didn’t know what to do. Or rather, I didn’t know what I was going to be able to do after my daughter was born…
I had heard all of the stories of women who had gained excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy and then struggled to lose it after the births of their children. While I wanted to be one of those mamas with the “perfect little baby bump,” I couldn’t fathom gaining the weight to get that picturesque look.
I worked very hard prior to getting pregnant to prepare my body to carry a baby and to generally be in good shape to make a pregnancy easier. As I did so, it was also my goal to make losing the baby weight post-pregnancy easier as well. That preparation along with staying active doing the pregnancy and eating a relatively balanced diet helped me stay within the guidelines of how much I was “supposed” to gain throughout the pregnancy.
While some of the weight did come off once Baby Girl was born and will continue to gradually come off with breastfeeding, it’s my goal to get back in a good routine and lose the leftover baby weight. I’ve allowed myself a bit of a break in these first few weeks to adjust to mommyhood and will continue to do so as needed while breastfeeding; however, I also have a plan in place to help me stick to my goals. And these aren’t really specific to losing weight after having a baby as I wanted to be able to continue with my efforts even after I’ve lost the baby weight. So, if you’re looking to lose a little weight yourself or just want to tone up and get in better shape, consider these options. Continue reading →
Let’s just put it out there…Losing weight isn’t easy, but there is something that can help—essential oils! I’ve always struggled with keeping my weight consistent and have tried multiple different ways to manage my weight. All in all, the most effective strategies I’ve found are regular exercise, controlling caloric intake, and eating foods that work for my body. That being said, though, I’ve also found a number of different tips to lose weight that have supported my effort. One thing that I’ve most recently explored are essential oils, and you know what? They work! If you are trying to lose weight or are just looking for better ways to maintain your weight, give some of these essential oils for weight loss a try! Continue reading →