Fourteen weeks ago, I started the Kettleworx program in a concerted effort to drop my post-baby weight in time for an April wedding I am attending in Hilton Head. Warm weather means bathing suits and there wasn’t a whole lot about my body that I would have exposed to the world besides my ankles back in January. Today, I am 25 pounds lighter than when I first began and I am 40 pounds lighter than I was in November while still pregnant. Admittedly, I didn’t follow the Kettleworx regimen to the letter of the law. I also took a week or two break in between when I felt my body wasn’t ready to take on certain activities post C-section, but I am happy to say that I only have five pounds to go until I am back at my pre-pregnancy baseline and my son will be five months old next week!
Before I get tomato bombs thrown at the computer or a pie in the face, let me say that it didn’t come easy. I busted my tail and have maintained the focus of a stubborn mule to keep myself in check, especially when I slacked off. I’ve eaten lots of fruits, vegetables and kept sugar and sodium to a bare minimum. No butter. I have avoided almost all breads, enriched starches and only had pasta or pizza once or twice during that time. I’ve eaten a lot of sushi, cabbage soup, lentils and brown rice. I haven’t totally abandoned meat, but I have done so sparingly and never mixed them with starches – only veggies. I have splurged on dairy occasionally because I love string cheese and I did indulge in sweets on Easter.
I tried to spend 20 minutes at least three times a week doing some excercise but sometimes it just wasn’t possible. I am a working mom with three kids under the age of five, after all. But, I found time to work out whenever I could, even if only for 5 minutes. I would do squats while brushing my teeth or sit ups before going to bed. I even did jumping jacks while watching TV just to get my heart rate going.
I’ve had very little alcohol, soda or fruit juice. I drank tea and black coffee most of the time. Water was my best friend.
By watching carefully what I put in my body and working out 3-4 times per week, I have lost approximately two pounds each week in just under 90 days. Chasing the kids around probably helped a bit too along with nursing my newborn.
Having three kids takes a toll on your body. I know I will never get back what I had four years ago. So, I think I get the right to feel proud of what I have accomplished instead.
It can be done. I hope other moms will share their stories of how they lost the post baby weight in healthy ways!
(I may even get the nerve to post a before and after photo!)