Losing the Baby Fat

Throughout my young life I have never worried much about my weight. However, I was never the 'skinny girl', and like most adolescent woman I was self-conscious about my body - a sad reality of our image obsessed culture. Even though I was never the skinniest, I have always been able to maintain a healthy weight without an exorbitant amount of effort. Now I am conscious of my weight, of course, but I am also focusing on being healthy and fit. Before I became pregnant I was heavier than I wanted to be... I was hitting the gym and watching my diet, but I really wasn't putting a concerted effort into cutting down.  Then I got pregnant and stopped worrying about my weight entirely.  The circumstances surrounding my pregnancy made it a stressful one.  The first trimester of my pregnancy I actually lost around 10lbs.  It was not until into the second trimester that I really started to gain weight and I gained more than I probably should have. Even though I put on more weight than I wanted during my pregnancy, I was still healthy and gave birth to a big, healthy baby boy.

Now, post pregnancy, I am more focused on getting in shape than I ever have been. I am two pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight with a goal to lose an additional 10-15lbs.  I lost the majority of my pregnancy weight quickly and easily because I exclusively breastfed my son for 6 months (now he has begun solid foods as well).  Being young certainly helped a lot too.  The natural response your body has to pregnancy, and the necessary weight fluctuation, is truly amazing.

Last week I started a diet and I feel great! I am doing my own 'revised' version of Dr. Mark Hyman's Ultrametabolism Diet. My personal revisions come from my need to increase my protein intake while I am nursing. I am not eating any processed sugar or white carbs and for the most part I am not eating any dairy. In the morning I make myself a rice powder protein shake as instructed in the Ultrametabolism Diet. These shakes fill you up and they are tasty. At lunch and dinner I have lean meats, such as chicken and fish, along with 1/4 cup of brown rice or quinoa and as many vegetables as I want. Throughout the entire day I make sure to always be drinking water. To make sure I am drinking enough, I have started filling up a pitcher with 8 glasses of water in the morning and finishing it be the end of the day.

In addition to the diet I am working out at least 5 times a week, even if it is only for 30 minutes. The escape to the gym is so nice as a new mom. I look forward to my time at the gym not only because it feels great to work out, but because it is an hour (or more) a day that I have to focus solely on myself.  I'm sure other mama's out there can be a testament to how refreshing this time can be. The gym not only exercises my body, but it's good for my mind. I think it makes me a better mother.

Since beginning this diet/workout routine 6 days ago, I have already lost 5 lbs! I find myself feeling more energized and having less cravings. I encourage  you all to try out the Ultrametabolism diet or something like it, and please don't be shy to ask me any questions you may have!

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