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We’re getting down to the wire before this baby arrives, and soon I’ll be looking into shedding the baby weight (forever. This is our second and final baby, and I don’t plan on having the baby weight hang around this time.) The first time around, it took a couple of months to lose most of the weight, but I was also going into fall and winter, so baggy clothes are more acceptable.
This time, bathing suit will be upon us and that’s a little terrifying. I know I’m not the only one in this boat, so here are a few tips for dropping the weight, while staying sane after the baby arrives.
1. Rest when you can. I know this sounds crazy. The baby will be a non-sleeping, eating machine. I know that if I don’t rest when she’s resting, then I’m more likely to snack and that isn’t going to be my best decision. Also the more rest you get, the better you’ll feel, and your body’s metabolism will work better if you’re well-rested (or better rested.)
2. Start out slowly…walking. I really want to sign up for a 5k, but I also need to listen to my body. I’ve been maintaining regular (light) exercise, and I’m hoping that I can pick up the light exercise once I have my doctor’s approval. Also walking is beneficial for baby AND me! I can take her in the stroller (I have an infant car seat adapter for our jogging stroller) and a great neighborhood for walking.
3. Drink a LOT of water. So much water you feel like you’re going to float away. I’ve upped my water intake anyway the past 9 months, but I know I’m going to want to reach for the caffeine during my sleep deprived days, and I have to remain strong. Caffeine is not going to help me.
4. Meal plan. It’s never been a secret that I love to plan our meals at least weekly, if not longer. It helps save money and time, but it can also help save calories. Plan down to your snacks. Up the vegetables and fruit servings. And that leads me to…
5. Try out the Jenny Craig Weight loss system with the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit from Walmart. It comes with five days’ worth of food and a variety of 20 meals and snacks, divided into breakfasts, shakes, snacks, lunches, anytime bars and dinners. You also receive a weight-loss guide, a meal plan, a special $50 food savings, plus a free one-on-one consultation with one of the personal consultants in a local center or by phone. Everything comes in a convenient box for easy storage and carrying. Best yet is you can try it risk-free.
6. Join forces with a friend. Find a friend who is willing to hold you accountable for walks, will meet you at the gym or who will talk you out of that poor choice of a snack. Everyone needs a friend like this. Maybe you have a friend who is also looking to lose weight? Hold each other accountable.
7. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. Allow yourself time to get healthy and fit. You didn’t gain all of the weight overnight, so you’re not going to lose it overnight. Getting healthy is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge, but you can get there.
What tips do you have to add to this list?