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My youngest is 6 months. So I am 6 months postpartum. With my first two kids, I didn’t gain much weight. I actually lost more weight than I gained. I was so sick during those pregnancies and I threw up the whole nine months. This time around, I was already about twenty pounds overweight when I got pregnant and I gained thirty pounds throughout the pregnancy.
Furthermore, I developed a late-night snacking habit that lasted for months after I gave birth. My husband works third shift as well, so I’d stay up late and eat. I love food anyway, so this was not a hard habit for me to develop.
Right after I gave birth to my son, I told myself that I was going to start working out after my six-week postpartum appointment. The six weeks came and went and I did nothing. I started eating more and more. Instead of losing baby weight, I was gaining weight. In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I actually lost about five pounds because I started throwing up. I went down to 225 pounds. In the first couple of months after delivery, I gained that back.
I have never really had the best eating habits. I just have good genes and my family stays slim, but I also take medicine for a mental illness that I have (Read more about it here.) The medicine has always made my weight fluctuate. So for years, my weight has gone up and down from time to time without me really doing anything to affect it but change medications.
Now, I am at my heaviest, and I made a decision. I made the decision to get healthy. I don’t want to look overweight and out of shape. Also, I want to feel good and be healthy for my kids and husband. I want to lift my confidence, improve my mental clarity and be at my best. So I started with a diet plan to lose the weight I’ve gained. I also have a workout plan, but I am starting with the diet. I will implement the exercise later. Though, I have started a few simple exercises already.
So, what is my diet plan, you may ask. I saw a woman on YouTube who said that she lost forty pounds in two months by eating a bowl of fruit per day with mixed nuts, a plate of vegetables per day and a whole bunch of water. So, I took that plan and tweaked it. Here is the video that inspired me, by the way:
In the video, she did talk a lot about exercise; And I am going to exercise. I will start a running regimen that I will update you on later. In addition to the eating plan she implemented in the video, I have a plant-based protein shake for breakfast. I use a couple of different plant-based protein powders that I already had in the house. I am using the brands SunWarrior and Kura. You can purchase them both here on Amazon:
I have been on this diet for close to two weeks now. Here is what a day of eating looks like for me:
One scoop of protein powder
All blended together into a protein shake.
A bowl of fruit!
I thoroughly enjoy this meal. I throw different fruits into my bowl from day to day. So far, I have included banana, oranges, apples, grapes, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries. So, I have eaten a good variety. Here is one of my fruit bowls:
This one had an apple, a banana, a handful of grapes, and some cherries.
After my fruit bowl, I will have about a half cup of mixed nuts. I have used the Great Value brand from Wal Mart, but right now, I am eating the Planters NUTrition Heart-Healthy Snack Nut Mix. They can be purchased here on Amazon.
A bowl of vegetables!
My bowls have included zucchini, broccoli, red peppers, peas, baked potatoes, cauliflower, okra, and cucumbers. So, I have had some good variety in there. I am falling in love with veggies! I never have eaten so many vegetables in my life. And enjoyed them! Here is one of my vegetable bowls:
This bowl was okra, zucchini and onions sauteed in olive oil with garlic powder to season them, then cucumbers on the side.
I stop eating after eight o clock. I have totally nixed late-night eating. If I get hungry a couple of hours after dinner, I will eat an apple with peanut butter or a handful of nuts with some raisins. But never after eight.
My mission is to lose 50 pounds by my daughter’s birthday on April 18. I believe I can do it! I am fitting a pair of jeans that were a size too small, so I know I have downsized some. I haven’t weighed myself because my scale needs a new battery and won’t work. I will get it soon, but for now, I am not obsessing about how much I am losing.
I am eating this way for the month of January, then I will continue a plant-based diet, adding grains and such. I will also incorporate intermittent fasting. Yeah, I am very serious about reaching my goal weight. So please follow me here on my blog as well as my YouTube channel!
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