Day 31 – Keep It Off for Life

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What do most moms you know look like after baby?  Are they 5-20 pounds heavier than they were before baby?  It’s obvious normal (and healthy) to gain weight during pregnancy but it’s also pretty normal to keep that weight on, well after baby is born. 

When you decide to lose weight after baby (and actually do it), you’re a little like the fish pictured above.  You’re going against the tide. 

Your friends may not like that you’re focused on losing weight.  You might be called a fanatic or too intense.  You might be labeled as someone with “good genes.”  Others may tell you it’s not practical, reasonable, or doable to lose the pregnancy pounds.  But I’m here to tell you different.  Sure it’s hard to lose weight, but so are a lot of other things in life (i.e. childbirth!).  If you commit yourself to losing weight, follow a plan that works for you and have people to hold you accountable, you will succeed! 

Don’t buy into the lie that you can’t keep the weight off.  That you’ll lose 20 pounds just to gain it back again.  Be optimistic!  I had my first baby 4 years ago and have been pregnant 3 times since (1 baby, 2 miscarriages) and I still can wear size 6, my pre-pregnancy size.  It can be done! 

Remember, you’re going for positive, small, incremental changes that last!  Smaller portion sizes, exercising 3-4 times a week, occasional indulgences instead of frequent ones…when you practice good habits, one day at a time, you will keep it off FOR LIFE! 

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!

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Day 30 – Conquering the Final Five

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When you’re close to your goal weight, what do you do?  Padlock the refrigerator?  That could work but you could always escape and get take out!

When you’re just 5 pounds away, it’s easy to give up and just say, “That’s good enough!”  And for many it really is.  If you’re only 5 pounds from your goal weight, you’re probably at a healthy weight for your height (you can calculate your BMI here –  the standard measure of body fat for your height and weight). 

But for many of you – losing that last 5 pounds is attainable!  There are a few things you won’t want to do like starve yourself.  Skipping meals may seem like a good way to lose those last pregnancy pounds, but your body will think it’s in starvation mode and will hang on to that fat.  Instead, try shaving off 500 calories a day (skip a 250 calorie snack and exercise off 250 calories).  Switch your workouts – if you’re used to a spin class, try a kickboxing class.  Go hiking instead of biking next time you’re out and about.  Mix up your routine. 

What have you done to shake off those last pounds? 

When you conquer the final five, you will really have something to cheer about!  You can do it mom!   

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!

Day 29 – Getting Your Beauty Rest

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 Just ask my husband.  I love to sleep.  I love to nap in the afternoons.  Sleep until the last possible minute in the mornings.  So when doctors say a good night sleep is a good idea, I say a hearty AMEN!!!

Research shows that when you’re sleep deprived, you actually produce a hormone that makes you more hungry.  The flip side is true too.  When you sleep 8 hours, your body produces another hormone which suppresses appetite. 

Plus as someone commented a few days ago, when you’re hungry at night, you can just go to sleep instead of eating.  That way, when you wake up, you’ll be able to eat again – guilt free! 

Sleep is an essential part of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.  Guard those 7-9 hours each night and get your beauty rest! 

BTW, on my audio course, I mentioned that my first baby was sleeping through the night at 8 weeks, and my second by 13 weeks.  A book that really worked for my family to pull that off was On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo.   

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!

Day 28 – What’s Your Reason?

noelle-babyThis is a picture of my baby girl 2 years ago.  What an angel!  No doubt you’ve got one of these angels too because you’re reading this blog!  You see her pictured on the cover of my Losing Weight After Baby audio course below.  (BTW: You should have seen her bawling her eyes out during that shoot, terrified of the photographer!  It’s a miracle we got that shot!)  As you know if you’re a mom, time flies and our teeny babies grow into bigger babies, then toddlers, and there’s no stopping them!

When I look at my children, I see my reason for losing the baby weight.  I want to be healthy for them.  I want to be a positive role model and that includes how I treat my body.  What am I eating?  Am I modeling an active lifestyle?

I also think of my husband and how much it means to him that I take care of my appearance the best I can.  What are the personal reasons you have for losing weight?  Whether your reasons are about looking good in a pair of jeans or avoiding the terrible health problems you’ve seen in others – it’s essential to know the why behind the what.  When you know why you want to lose weight, the how becomes much clearer. 

So why do you want to lose those pregnancy pounds for good?  What’s your reason?  Tap into it and you’ll find the power to make the right choices! 

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!

Day 27 – Damage Control

ice-cream-cones-400If you’re human, you’ve probably eaten something this week and then thought, “Oh well.  I can eat healthier tomorrow.”  Like yesterday, when I was being treated to PF Changs and had more helpings of everything:  pan fried noodles, crispy honey shrimp, orange peel chicken, lettuce cups…oops!  Am I making you hungry?  Somehow when the food is free, I feel like I should eat as much as I can and not let a single morsel go to waste.  But of course, then it ends up on my waist!  And the pants are feeling a little tight today.

So what can we do when we overeat, or cave into a temptation we swore 10 minutes ago we wouldn’t cave in to? 

Establish some kind of consequences for your cheats and indulgences.  Maybe an extra 15 minutes of cardio the next day or 50 sit ups before bedtime.  Think of something to balance out the scales a little bit, or else the scale will be tipping in the wrong direction unfortunately!

What do you do to limit the damage you’ve done? 

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!

Day 26 – Keep the Home Fires Burning

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This picture was taken more than 10 years ago.  When we were engaged, we thought it would be so funny to come out this way for our family photo with my parents!  

We got great advice when we were engaged…  “Never let the honeymoon end.”  Of course, when you’re engaged and very emotionally charged and connected, that sounds very easy to do!  But then the years go by, a few children come into the picture, and your relationship can drift apart or become more business-like.  My sweet husband and I have tried during all our years together to appreciate and love each other with the same kindness and passion that we did when we were dating. 

Part of keeping that romance alive has to do with losing weight after baby.  Your husband wants to be attracted to you.  That doesn’t mean you have to look like a super model.  But I agree with author Dr. Willard Harley (His Needs, Her Needs) that it means looking like the woman your husband married.  As you do your best to look attractive and shed those pregnancy pounds, your husband will be so grateful. 

BTW, do you think it’s a fair request for your husband to desire your pre-pregnancy body?  (I understand everything doesn’t go back exactly like it used to, but I’m talking about a similar weight and size, even if some parts have shifted around!) 

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!

Day 25 – Hunger Is Not a Bad Word

green-leaves-400When I was losing weight after my baby, I remember laying in bed at night and my stomach would growl.  But alas, I would just have to live with my hunger.  After all, it was 11:00 pm! 

But I remember the temporary bliss of being pregnant!  When I was hungry in the middle of the night, I would just head to the kitchen for a bowl of cereal and/or a big spoonful of peanut butter!  What did you used to get? 

Too bad this habit doesn’t work so well after your baby is born.  It’s inevitable as you’re losing weight that you will feel hungry – and that’s okay!  As long as you are eating enough calories per day (at least 1200), you don’t have to be afraid of those hunger pangs.  In fact, you can think of them as a sign of progress. 

Instead of eating, what can you do when you feel hungry?  Try a glass of water.  And if it’s nighttime, it’s time to sleep! 

lwab-audio-cover-135Today’s tip is from Arlene’s audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.

Try it risk free and experience the breakthrough month you’ve been longing for.  It just takes five minutes a day!