For me, slow and steady was the way to go. I gained 50 pounds while pregnant with my twins. After having the babies, I waited a long time to step on a scale again.
A couple months later, when I decided I was mentally ready to understand the challenge that lay ahead, I stepped on the scale and I was still 40 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight.
Once deciding I wanted to start losing the weight, I did a few things:
- Set a goal a new goal weight on myfitnesspal
- Decided to gradually lose the weight mainly through diet and minimal exercise (with twin newborns, I didn’t have the time or energy for that!) and set my weekly weight loss goal to 1 pound
- Started tracking my meals
- Started taking a long walk (45 min) every day with both babies
After 5 months, I started interviewing for a new job. I was still 15-20 pounds over my goal weight and couldn’t fit into any of my pants. I remember wearing the same maternity jeans and oversized black flowy blouse to every interview.
Going back to work helped with sticking to a strict diet. I joined a facebook exercise/healthy eating group that a friend from high school started. A bunch of the members were making bento box lunches, so I turned to pinterest for inspiration.
I bought these containers on Amazon and they made eating healthy a little more fun.
iKitchenPlus 6-Pack Bento Food Container Set with 3 Compartments
I searched pinterest for inspiration and came up with some healthy grocery lists full of veggies and protein. I packed my lunches for the week on Sunday afternoon, which saved time and made it easier to eat healthy every day.
My favorite lunch usually included hard boiled eggs, cheese, deli meat, crackers, grapes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, and hummus dip.
After going back to work, I did run on the threadmill in our building occasionally — maybe once a week. For me, the exercise was most helpful for relieving stress. And I sometimes find that the more I exercise, the more I eat, and I actually end up gaining weight. I spoke with a few of my “fit” friends and everyone agreed losing weight is 80% diet, so I decided to focus on that.
It took me over a year to get to my goal weight, but I did succeed and with minimal effort. (It did take quite a lot of will power though). I’ve never really dieted much before and being on a diet for an entire year was depressing. It was totally worth it though because now I 100% feel like myself again. And almost 2 years later, I can say that I’ve been able to keep the weight off just fine (even with my old eating habits).