Thursday, December 22, 2011
He's READY!!! Rudolph has nothing on this lil reindeer :)
Should be fun! Mama's ready too-thanks to a nasty stomach bug--back to my old self LoL! Can literally eat whatever I want (and I intend to) since even my smallest size 2 jeans are falling off me right now...could life get any better?!
Friday, September 30, 2011
You all remember this series--
Got up to a nice healthy 174lbs by the end of my pregnancy.
Well, after he arrived, there was A LOT of work to do--
(These shots are from July 31, 4months PP and only 3-4 pounds lost since the big 20lb loss right away when bubs came out)
151lbs and 30%BF
I wasn't having much luck with my usual tactic of cutting calories to lose weight, and well, it wasn't really an option since I'm nursing my little guy. So I hired a pro--Ruben (aka Flexchef on SP) of Fit2BeInYourKitchen.
Now I already eat high protein and pretty clean, so I was not sure what could be done differently. It turned out, I needed to eat more often, and just a bit squeakier clean, and more "complete" mini-meals--and I lost all the baby weight eating an honest 1600-1800 calories a day. Yep. 1600-1800. OMG so much food!!! It was so much easier to be on a nutritional plan than having to decide and track or pre-track it all. Not to discourage pre-tracking and tracking food, as I think everyone needs to go through this process as I did it for several years. I just had enough experience that I didn't also need to track as long as I just stayed on my plan and used my food scale. It was even easy enough that with planning and some creative crock-pot use, I have stayed on plan during a 6 week kitchen remodel and on vacation. So BIG THANKS to my food coach!!!
I made even faster progress as far as overall appearance once I was strong enough to get back into my regular ST routine. That took a while--I had major back issues from pregnancy/delivery and--TMI alert--couldn't cough w/o wetting my pants half the time. Forget doing an honest-to-goodness SQUAT in public LoL!
Here's the current 6 months post-partum pics, and I still have 5ish lbs and some toning to go, but I feel great and like myself again. I'm also back into all my regular clothes.
133lbs and roughly 23%BF
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
We've all seen the quote about weight loss that reads, "Fail to plan and plan to fail." Dh and I are doing the opposite--planning each and every meal so that we have the components cooked and ready or available to cook and I want to share some of the things I've found really helpful.
Meal Planning Tips:
1) Get motivated!!! Take a full length picture of yourself. Decide to improve your health and physique.
Is it wrong that I want to "censor" my face in this photo?!?! ;)
(147.4lbs and 29.5% fat, 4 months post-partum)
2)Figure out exactly what you should ideally be eating--or hire a pro like I did using Flexchef. All I have to do is eat exactly what he says, when I'm supposed to eat it. EASY (mostly)!
3) Pre-track on SP
I pre-tracked this week and used the grocery list generator. Genius. I have all the foods I need and I save $ too by not wasting any food. Cookies are NOT on that list...or pizza...
4)Look at your calendar. When are you on the go? When will you have time to cook? When will any meal be too busy to cook? Make sure you have a plan for those times--otherwise it is an easy excuse to drive thru somewhere. Batch cook these meals ahead of time.
4) Pack your lunch!!! Here is what is working for us:
Stocked frig (defying gravity apparently--turn your head sideways LoL)
Snapware with cooked meals inside
And, my fave, Corningware "anywhere" hot/cold casserole dish
This allows two snapware tupperware dishes to fit inside with two healthy hot dinners on nights where we have TKD practice till 7:15p 25min away from home...and with a McDonald's between there and home.
It has taken some extra effort and organization, and true that our dinners are not super hot, but totally edible! But I'm guessing I'm already down at least 2lbs of FAT in 3 days, so....well, you get the idea!
Less worrying about food, and more time to enjoy a healthy life!
Monday, May 09, 2011
Wellllll, baby Chase is now 6 weeks old and change, my "maternity leave" (if I actually had an official one) would be over, and I feel it is time to get back into it!
The (brutal) stats:
*Was actually 154 postpartum, but gained weight while I ate a lot to keep up my milk supply with that darn breast infection :(
BF%: 33% (omfg!!!!! NOOOOOO....)
Average clothing size: 8-10
WEIGHT TO LOSE: 39lbs
Long-term Goal Bf%: 18%
Long-term Goal Weight: 120 by 12/1 (30 weeks--1.3lbs per week)
Mini-goal: Track food daily & figure out appropriate breastfeeding calorie range
Mini-goal: Move my booty doing anything 60 minutes a day
Most recent picture (with my lovely graduating senior violin student):
The "all black" look and spanx help, but yikes!
Something more revealing to come!!! I will need at least a week to work up the nerve LoL :)
I have a long way to go, and I am trying hard not to be discouraged, because it was worth it--
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