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Monday, May 22, 2017

How I Lost Most of My Baby Weight and am Focusing on My Longer Term Health

I recently wondered - what is the cut off for using the term baby weight?  I'm still breastfeeding my baby, so I think that it is fair game to use the term baby weight, but I know that those days are numbered.  I'm not dreading it though!  I am actually excited because I truly believe that my baby weight days are almost gone.  In today's post, I'll share some tips that I am following to get back to my normal weight.  (Spoiler alert - none of my tips include weird fads, starvation, or anything crazy. I've just been eating real foods and moderately exercising. The New Mediterranean Diet from Pangea Nutrition has been really helpful!)

I have heard rumors of women who return to their pre-pregnancy weight as soon as their baby is born.  I am not one of those unicorns.  My weight loss was irregular for the first few months, but then my weight stabilized at approximately 12 pounds higher than my target weight.  I had a rough time at first because my c-section was painful and I only walked at a light pace because I was in pain.  Once the pain subsided, I decided to focus on a healthy lifestyle.  I have been losing 1/2 to 1 pound each week.  It has been slow, but steady.  I am just a few pounds from my target weight and am excited that I am on a track to reach my goal.  Let me share my tips.

1. Stay hydrated.

Hydration is essential for good health.  Personally, I drink plain water, but I know that many of you love tea, juice, soda, coffee, etc.   Try to cut out the sugary and caffeinated drinks.  A good substitute for sugary drinks is water with fruit. Simply add fruit to a pitcher of water in the evening, refrigerate, and then it will be ready in the morning.

2. Set small exercises goals.
You have to start somewhere.  Recovering from childbirth was difficult for me. However, I set very small fitness goals.  I was in bed recovering from my c-section for the first day, but then my doctor allowed me to try to walk to second day.  I moved as slow as a tortoise, but I completed a lap around the maternity wing. The next day, I completed three laps.  When I got home, I continued short walks. The short walks eventually became long walks. The long walks eventually became runs.  Ask your doctor for advice and dedicate yourself to a small fitness routine.  Don't feel bad if your routines are short. The important thing is to keep trying because you will get there in time.

3. Try the new Mediterranean Diet with help from Pangea Nutrition.

I have been using the new Mediterranean Diet because it is a very balanced approach to nutrition that isn't necessarily targeted for weight loss, but rather for longer term good health. Of course, eating healthy has helped quite a lot with my weight loss though!  I have been losing 1/2 to 1 pound each week which is not dramatic if you see me on a daily basis, but is huge if you add the consistent weight loss over the past weeks.  My goal was to ease into a healthier lifestyle without any drama, so this was perfect for me. I wanted something that would be easy to maintain. Let me share some background and example meals.

Pangea Nutrition is a company that makes the Modern Mediterranean Diet easily accessible.  They send you everything that you need to  be successful - delicious recipes and the necessary ingredients. There are a few things that are novel about this company in comparison to others. 

  • First, they seem to understand that customers are busy people.  Each meal card comes with two recipes that involve some overlapping ingredients so that you are able to make both dinner and lunch for the next day at the same time. For instance, if you go through the effort to prepare quinoa or Balsamic glazed apples in a recipe for dinner, it's nice to include some of these things in your lunch for the next day. 
  • Second, they include fresh and nutritious ingredients. Our package arrived via Amazon Fresh and included meat, pantry items, and generous portions of colorful fresh veggies.  As a busy mom, I love that they saved me a trip to the grocery store.  
  • Third, the meals are nutritious. The meals include real food as they are packed with colorful veggies, low fat protein, and other nutritious ingredients.  Studies have shown that people in the Mediterranean region live longer and have healthier lives.  Many studies link the Mediterranean diet to health benefits such as weight management and decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. It has also been great for both my weight loss goals and longer term health goals.

Let me share a few example recipes. You'll notice that each photo is split into Dinner and Lunch. I prepared both meals at the same time since they include overlapping ingredients. I really like this strategy to save time. Plus, each meal has something special, so it's nice to stretch that "special" feature into two meals.

The first recipe includes a Dinner of chicken with Spinach, Feta, & Raisins Quinoa and a Lunch of Quinoa & Radicchio Salad Tossed in Balsamic.   The meals were relatively easy to prepare and tasted delicious.  While preparing this recipe, I learned a simple and delicious way to prepare baked chicken breast.  I coated the chicken breasts in olive oil and then sprinkled with ground black pepper, salt, and oregano.  This is an easy way to prepare delicious oven baked chicken that is versatile for many different meals.

The second recipe includes a Dinner of Walnut Crusted Salmond with Sautéed Spinach & Balsamic Glazed Apples and a Lunch of Arugula Salad with Feta and Balsamic Glazed Apples.  My husband and I really enjoyed this meal.  The dinner was flavorful with contrasting flavors that were very different than our typical dinners.  We enjoyed the change.  The salad for lunch the next day was also delicious.  It's nice to pack a lot of nutrition into our meals.

The third meal included a Dinner of Chicken with Sautéed Zucchini, Tomatoes, & Quinoa and a Lunch of Arugula Salad with Beets and Feta.  Everything was delicious and I now have a new obsession with the Arugula Salad with Beets & Feta.  I plan to add this salad to my regular lunch rotation.

Overall, the meals from Pangea Nutrition helped to give me the push that I needed in preparing healthier meals for my postpartum journey.  I am grateful for their nutrition experts who helped me to transition to a healthier lifestyle that focuses on healthy meals that are packed with good nutrition. 

Summary - Baby steps helped me to lose my baby weight
Whether you gave birth to your baby 6 months ago or 6 years ago, it's never too late to lose that baby weight and focus on your longer term health.  I hope that my post gives you motivation to take small steps toward your health goals because small steps add up quickly!

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Visit here to learn more about Pangea Nutrition and the Modern Mediterranean Diet.  

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