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Healthy Living

We all have our own healthy living journey. Here is where I share mine, step by step what has helped me lose weight, gain strength and maintain it through out the years.

Losing The Baby Weight

How many of you wish you could bounce back from having a baby like the celebrities we see in magazines do. Hollywood has always portrayed this image of a new mother that’s skinny with perfect hair and has her life together.

Reality (at least my reality) is so farfetched from that. I was never blessed with having that perfect pregnancy look or gaining the average 20 pounds (is that even considered normal these days). No, I gained 80lbs with my first, 50lbs with my second and 40lbs with my last and the smaller weight gain was because I worked out 3- 4 times a week up until my 8th month of pregnancy.

In the past, it took me a full year to lose the baby weight, but with this last pregnancy, I set a goal for myself to lose the weight in six months. Yup, I said it…6 months! I know some of you are probably thinking, six months, that’s too long, but for me, that was a huge test on my body, mind, and soul.

I highly recommend working out throughout your pregnancy because it does help you get back in shape faster.

I started out very slow, just walking at 3.0 speed with 1.0 incline on my treadmill at home for 20 minutes a day when my daughter was about four weeks old.

The biggest problem I ran into while doing this was my family.

In our culture, a mother is supposed to sleep and eat for roughly 40-80 days. Everyone tried to feed me, thinking it would help provide more milk for the baby, even though the amount of milk I was producing was enough. My mother in law would bring me pots full of food and watch me eat; my fridge was always stocked with different meals and my family would consistently remind me to eat. It took a lot of determination, will power, and strength to stick to my weight loss plan.

Five months later and 40 pounds lighter

With a trainer’s help, I came up with the below workout schedule and implemented it the minute my OBGYN cleared me. It might come in handy for other moms. Between this, the 28-day diet and the military challenge (see picture below) I was able to lose 40 pounds in 5 months:

  • Monday-Cardio Day
    1 hour on the elliptical ( if available) or 3 mile run on the treadmill/running outside
  • Tuesday- Strength Day- work on arms
    30 push-ups, 30 chair dips, and 30 arm circles  
  • Wednesday- Cardio Day
    1 hour on the treadmill or run outside
    Running at 4.5 speed with a 1.0 incline or 3.0 speed with 10.0 incline (My workout buddy walks for almost 2 hours daily with 15.0 incline and loves it. She burns more than 1000k calories doing that)
  •  Thursday- Strength Day- work on legs
    40 squats, 40 lunges and 40 second wall sit 
  • Friday- Cardio Day
    1 hour on the elliptical (if available) or 3 mile run on the treadmill/running outside
  •  Saturday- Strength Day- work on abs and butt
    50 squats/ 50 crunches/ 30 second plank
  • Sunday- REST  

Click image for a PDF of the workout

I hope this helps ladies.

As always, I’d love to hear from you.

Yours,

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