I know I’ve been pretty focused on weight-loss and health posts lately, but this is going to be another one, so bear with me!
Today I’d like to break down how I’ve been losing weight while still breastfeeding my son.
First off, I’m not a doctor and you should always check with your doctor or health care provider before trying anything if you have concerns. Being healthy is priority, dropping weight can take a long time or a short time, it depends on the person and the work put in and I firmly believe that work begins in the grocery store and the kitchen. All of this is based solely on my own experience.
Second, I did wait til Joktavious was eating solids before I started really focusing on weight-loss, so he wasn’t exclusively breastfeeding when I was dropping serious weight but he still nurses pretty frequently.
Here’s a list of what I did:
-Cut back my sugar intake-
I stopped buying barbecue sauce because I had no self control and was putting it on everything. I stopped buying chocolate. I stopped buying any kind of drink from the store besides water or the occasional kombucha drink (and I would choose the one with less sugar). If I wanted chocolate I scoured pinterest for paleo fudge recipes and I would have a piece or two. Honestly I don’t have too many days where I crave chocolate anymore and when I do having a cup of homemade hot chocolate or a dark chocolate almond milk smoothie does the trick. (yesterday we had s’mores, we used Justin’s Peanut Butter cups and organic graham crackers, it’s better but still sugar so we don’t do it all the time)
I stopped buying bread, occasionally we had pizza or burgers but it was rare.
-Cut out processed food-
No more bags of chips, ginger brew, burgers every couple days, subway, lots of junk we had all the time. There were occasional “junk days” but at the beginning I was really strict and tried to mimic some of our favorites in healthier ways. It’s really paid off too, we still have pizza or burgers occasionally but we have healthier options and don’t feel the need to have junk as often as before.
I drank lots of water, as much as I can. I shoot for at least 64oz a day if not more.
I really didn’t kill myself with exercise, I mostly just walked in place in my living room. Started at 6,000 steps a day and worked up from there. I try to shoot for 10,000 now. It’s only recently that I’ve added in more intense exercise.
-Cut my portion size-
I didn’t start out counting calories or anything, I just realized I was eating a lot so I cut my portion size down some and shrunk my stomach. I eat way less now, I track my calories just so I know roughly what I eat. I eat anywhere from 1000-1300 a day. Depends on how much I do. If I’m hungry I eat, if I’m not, I dont.
I tried to stop bored eating. It’s still hard some days. Sunflower seeds help some but I can easily eat a whole bag of those so I try to keep my hands busy if I’m watching a movie. Crochet helps, not having anything besides my water bottle within reach is good. If there’s a bag of chips I’ll devour those way too fast while bored so if we have any I try to keep them downstairs, I’ll grab a handful and put them in a bowl and leave the bag in the cupboard and it helps. But I don’t buy chips hardly ever. Figure out what works for you, we have to break our bad habits and build good ones.
A lot of times when I was walking I would watch anything and everything I could find on YouTube and Netflix or anywhere online about food, health, weight-loss and fitness. It helps me stay motivated, focused and informed on good choices. Here are a couple of my favorites:
-Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 1&2
-Hungry for Change
-Fittest on Earth
There are lots more, but those are good ones to get you started.
And that is pretty much it. Mostly just focused on healthy ingredients, more veggies and water and more activity.
I’m focusing on building my willpower now, I’ve come a long ways, but I would like to be even stronger in that area. Being able to tell myself no, I don’t want that cheesecake, I’d rather have a piece of fruit or go home and make my own healthier option.
Weight-loss is such a tremendous process. It’s more than just looking good, it’s a mental and physical journey with lots of ups and downs. I have to remind myself often to slow down and relax, I get too rushed thinking I have to lose x amount of weight in the shortest amount of time possible, but if you lose just 1lb a week that’s still around 50 lbs in a year. That’s no small feat!
Hopefully my experience helps someone out there, just remember health begins on the inside and works it’s way out.