Losing that Baby Weight, Part I

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Well, howdy friends! TGIF for sure. This has been a loooooong week. So many lose ends to take care of! So many recipes to test! So many calls to make! So many children to tend to! So little sleep to get! So many husbands to cook for! Waaaaaait. **Husband. NOT plural.

ANYWAYS, this business is my life right now so I’m not completely convinced I should even be writing a weight loss post because getting rid of the chub is quite the slow process the third time around and I am clearly no expert {and I love pie} but alas, here we are.

So, before you all jump down my throat, let it be known that I’m not doing anything drastic, crazy or insane that would mess up my milk supply. I worked hard at getting that beast up and running, so I refuse to do anything that would change it in any way. Also, it’s never too early in my opinion to start eating healthier and getting more active, not that I’ve been diligent about either one these past few weeks.

I was pretty dead to the world for the first 6 weeks after I had Eddie, but after that I’ve been trying to stay on top of my weight loss as best as a working, business running, recipe developing, stay at home mother of 3 can do.

Overall, I’m slowly getting back to where I once was. I’m hoping by July I’ll be at my goal weight.

 

Eating

So, this part of the weight loss equation is pretty hard to figure out because if I eat too few calories, I gain weight and my milk supply goes down. If I eat too many calories, I gain weight and my milk supply stays the same. I’ve been doing a lot of trial and error to figure out if there is a sweet spot where I can keep losing weight while still keeping my milk supply where I need it to be.

So, here’s what I’ve been doing the last two weeks or so that seems to be working:

Lots of clean eating, lots of fruits and veggies, lots of protein, lots of water. I don’t count calories, I just make better food choices.

Breakfast is a protein shake

All my snacks {about 3/day} are fruit, veggies or protein {or all 3 depending how starving I feel}

Lunch is a serving of whole grains paired with veggies and protein. Lots of flexibility here.

Dinner I try to not make too carb heavy. So I’ll make a little brown rice, quinoa, toast, pasta to go with whatever we’re having.

No treats after dinner! {This is the hardest thing to do because I crave sugar a lot.} I eat a snack after dinner because I stay up late getting my work done, but it doesn’t have sugar in it. Suuuuuper boring, but whatever.

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Exercise

So, when I was pregnant, I made it to the gym daily. By the last trimester, I was down to 3 or 4 times per week up until my delivery date. Then I took a little break and now am slowly getting back into the game.

Post baby, I make it to the gym on average 2-3 times per week, but will do small workouts at home if I can’t make it. I’ve found a total body conditioning class that I like on Tuesday mornings, but it’s super hard. Then my beloved Thursday morning body pump makes me so happy 🙂 Beyond that, I just do the elliptical machine or run on the treadmill.

Weight Loss

So here are my numbers, though I’m going to keep it relatively cryptic. Haha!

Since having the baby, I’ve lost about 35 pounds! AMAZING.

I’m 4 pounds away from my high school weight and 14 pounds away from my goal weight which is where I was at when I got pregnant with him in the first place. Hopefully I can make this happen by July, if not sooner! The better my baby starts sleeping through the night the more energy I’ll have to expend at the gym! That’s a nice idea, right? I thought so.

Anyways, if you have any tips or tricks that you used to get back into shape after baby, let me know! I’d love to hear.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!!

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19 Responses
  1. Maggie

    Hi Lauren! Thanks for sharing your post partum weight loss journey! I’m just 4 weeks pp and I’m down 20. I hope to drop another 20 to get back to where i started! Do you have any tips for increasing milk supply and still losing the weight?

    1. Lauren

      Guzzle the water! I feel like I can never drink too much water. Also, don’t be extreme about limiting your carb intake! I did this with my last baby when he was 9 months and saw a steady decrease before I realized what was happening. You need those carbs to turn into milk because that’s what the baby needs for his nutritional needs.

  2. Melinda Wrench

    Lauren, You are too cute with your sweet family. I think you are doing an amazing job. While I haven’t had a baby in a long time…my two boys are 18 and almost 15, I do workout and stay in shape. I remember taking it slow but being steady about it when I had my babies. I did however want to recommend BarreAmped by Suzanne Bowen. She is an amazing fitness expert. I had done a few of her classes in Nashville a few years ago and loved them but they were pricey and since I don’t need group fitness to motivate me to workout, I only did the classes when I could get a deal (like Groupon). But then a year ago I ordered a few of her DVDs on Amazon and started to doing the workouts at home. I even travelled with them and would do them at hotel gyms. I quickly noticed my body getting stronger and I became addicted to the “shake to change!” Then at the beginning of the year, I signed up for her streaming videos and challenges. They are AWESOME! It was so reasonable too. You have access to so many videos with varying time frames (but most are 30 minutes or less) and you can join her online community and get tremendous support. Check out her website…http://suzannebowenfitness.com
    You can try it for free for 48 hours and her website has a shop section which will take you to her DVDs on Amazon. I love the cardio burn and boot camp DVDs when I first started. I think the best thing, especially for a busy mom like you, is the flexibly to be able to squeeze these into your day at home while your children nap or play near by. Many moms on the FB forum get their kids involved too! Check it out!

    1. Lauren

      I use the chocolate shakes from costco {premiere protein brand, I think} and the peanut butter chocolate ones from advocare.

  3. Gail

    You guys are so cute. My advise, relax, a lot of weight hangs on because you get to involved with it. Really, the stress of trying makes your body hold on to the weight. Fruits and veggies are great. I always thought Peanut butter was a good protein alternative. Easy and you eat that much. I think your body digest it faster and better. I love carbs also, they do stay stored in your body longer. Eat small amts. You need them though. I think you are doing great. Don’t lose too fast or it wont stay off. Best of luck

  4. Stacey

    I just had a baby boy Jan 20th! So I am right where you are! I have 10 lbs to go! I’m a registered dietitian….so I know what to do….but exhaustion & cravings are still a reality!! I have noticed that not eating enough carbs for sure affects my milk supply. But like you, I’ve been trying to reign in my sugar intake lately. I think your on the right track. I try to get protein, complex carbs, & a bit of healthy fat at every meal. Nuts are my go to snack! I have also been making lactation bites, which help when I’m craving cake!! I love working out…but with 2 kids, 2 jobs & a husband who works long hours…its been a challenge!

  5. Erin

    Lauren,

    You’re so funny, I love your sense of humor! Great job taking care of yourself and your beautiful family! Have you tried Kaylas BBG program? it’s great for busy moms because it’s only 28min and can be done at home or gym with little props. She pares with clean eating, some are a little adventurous for us busy moms but some great ideas! You can def nail your goals 🙂

  6. ibtisam

    wow you are my inspiration:-) you are really doing well as a mom, and for that you need to reward yourself. im due with no. 3 in oct and I am scared to my bones. my son just turned 3 and my daughter just turned 1 two months before that. so the gap between each one will be 20 months. im going to be reading this post again in a few months so that I can cling to your ideas. I was unable to breastfeed my 2 kids longer than 3 months because my milk supply was low. lack of sleep I think. didn’t lose weight. I think I ate enough. so I don’t know what I did wrong. I hope the third time around I can be successful with breastfeeding. but also worried that I will need to give the other 2 attention? how do you manage that, giving the other 2 enough attention?

  7. Katie P

    Oh man, I hear you! My third is almost 17 months old, and I still have “the last 15” to lose! When I was 8 months pregnant with him, my cousin asked me to be in her wedding, which was in early August; my baby was born in early December. Normally I try to allow myself more of a grace period after baby comes, but I did not have that luxury the third time around since I had a short, strapless dress to fit into shortly after! Cue the tears.

    I definitely found that the weight did not come off as easily the third time around. And now, the older I get, the harder it is to lose. And sadly, the easier it is to gain! I do the 21 Day Fix eating for the most part, but I’m finding that weekend binges are KILLING my progress. All this to say, I hear you.

  8. Malcolm

    I love making soup. And with my electric pressure cooker it becomes a. dream. Beef bones are cheap and so is cabbage and there is a start to an excellent soup. I’m beginning to think that my wife is proud of me.

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