I’m going to preface this post by throwing this out there…Living Contently is not a weight loss blog, and it is not my intention for it to become one. However, as a mom getting healthy and staying healthy is a priority for me and a necessity for my daughter. (If mom is healthy and well, then baby has a better chance of being healthy and well.) So, even before Grace was born, I created a plan to get back on track with my health and fitness once she was born. I am glad to say that that plan worked, but it wasn’t without a good bit of effort. So, if you’re working on losing baby weight or just want to get healthier, I have a few tips that worked for me and may help you too.
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