Over the course of about a year, I lost over 35 pounds. No extreme dieting or starvation. Just a commitment to healthy eating and exercise habits, which I wrote about in this post, My Healthy Habits.
During the pregnancy, most of my healthy habits went right out the window. I snacked more, gave in to ice cream cravings, and got lazy with my exercise routine. My excuse was, “Hey, I’m pregnant…I can do whatever I want!” While that may have been true, I can’t lean on that crutch any more.
Now that the pregnancy is over, I’d like to get back to good eating and exercise, and hopefully my pre-pregnancy weight. Since the pregnancy, I have lost about 20 pounds (mostly made up of the baby, placenta and fluids), which leaves 15 more pounds to lose.
The catch for me is that as a breastfeeding mother, I’m not supposed to diet. I need to be getting a lot of nutrients for myself and the baby. I am also still physically recovering from the delivery, and need to gradually ease into a full exercise routine. Jessica Alba may have the superhuman capacity to lose all her pregnancy weight in thirty seconds, but I’m going the more moderate, normal person route.
My general plan is to resume my previous eating and exercise habits. In particular, I need to eat highly nutritional food, cut back on fats and sweets, and have some daily physical activity. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into a healthy lifestyle, and fit into my old clothes again!
I’d love to get some suggestions from you all. Any health tips you want to share? What habits keep you healthy?