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It’s no joke when they say it’s harder to lose baby weight the second time around. For me, I was able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight right at the 1-year mark with Dylan and it just seemed to happen naturally as I followed a mostly clean diet and exercise regimen. This second time around after Kennedy’s birth, the one-year mark had come and gone and sadly here I was, still a good 10 pounds heavier than I wanted to be. With summer looming around the corner, I decided a couple months ago to take a hard look at my lifestyle choices and make some changes. And while I still have about 4-5 more pounds to go until I reach my goal, I wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks that have really helped me lose some of those stubborn pounds!
1. Get enough sleep. More than anything, sleep is critical for losing weight. I knew I wasn’t getting enough sleep and much of it was due to the fact that I would stay up late to finish a blog post. That, combined with the fact that Kennedy still wasn’t sleeping through the night, was resulting in me not getting enough quality sleep every night. Lack of sleep results in high cortisol levels and ultimately causes the body to store excess fat (especially in the belly area!). For me, I’ve since set myself a strict bedtime and stick to it! I find that by giving myself a hard stop deadline, I work more efficiently. And even in those cases when I don’t finish my work for the evening, I’ll try to work on it a bit before I leave for the office in the mornings. I’ve noticed that oftentimes I can finish in half the time it would have taken me at night, probably just because I’m working with a fresh mind and can focus better!
2. Add greens to every meal. Previously when I was dieting, I would focus on what I was taking out. Now, I focus on what I should be adding in. I find that this technique sets me up better for success as I don’t feel like it’s a deprivation game. I’ve made an effort to add greens into every meal, whether it’s kale mixed into my morning juice, zucchini spiralized as noodles in my pasta, or steamed frozen peas as a quick side for dinner. I’ve found that even though my mentality is one of “adding”, I naturally tend to balance out the rest of my meal so that it doesn’t end up resulting in me just eating more.
3. Cut out mid-afternoon snacking. You know the feeling. That slump right around 3pm. I would mindlessly start rummaging through my drawers and look for something to munch on. Sometimes it was healthy like a piece of fruit, but sometimes it wasn’t (I’m looking at you, cookies!). I knew that this was a habit that was a big factor in those extra pounds hanging on and that I needed something to keep the snacking at bay. I stumbled across the Meta Appetite Control fiber supplement at my local Walgreens and loved that it was just natural psyllium fiber and not strange chemicals being used to control appetite. Even more so, it’s the #1 doctor recommended fiber brand! It’s proven to clinically reduce appetite between meals and works naturally with your body. For me, I mix the powder with a glass of water (the orange zest flavor and drink it after my lunch. I find that come 3pm, I just don’t have any appetite to eat anything and can work straight through until I leave for the day! For a free full-size sample and coupon to try out Meta Appetite Control for yourself, scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter via the form!
4. Workout even on your busiest days. I also make it a point to go to the gym at least 3 times a week (where I can guarantee that I’ll get a good sweat in!) and will run on my own the other days. Since I started working outside of the home again this past January, I’ve had to balance more deadlines and projects along with this blog. But even on those days when I feel swamped, I make it a point to still fit in at least 20 minutes of exercise (even if it’s running laps in the parking garage at work!). I find that when I get my blood pumping and heart rate going, I can return to my desk and am more productive with better ability to focus. Taking a workout break mid-day when I was just loaded with work was initially a choice that I had a hard time justifying, but when I noticed that I could turn out better work after a quick workout, the decision was clear!
5. Don’t make kids the excuse. Being a mom is hard and having the responsibility of taking care of kids can easily become a reason for not fitting in exercise or clean eating. But for me, I’ve found that if you want something enough, you will find a way for it to happen. Having a healthy lifestyle is something that I’ve always made sure to model for my kids and that includes eating a balanced diet (we always say to “eat a rainbow”) and getting in daily activity!
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I’m really happy with my progress so far and hoping to drop those last 5 pounds finally this month! Let me know if you incorporate any of these tips!
What are some of your tips for losing weight?
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