Tip #1: A Postpartum Support Girdle
This has to be my number one tip! I purchased a girdle that had a zipper on the side fromBellefit. It’s a little pricy, but I was able to wear it for the full four months postpartum and it made me feel sexy again. It tucked me flat in all the right places so I (and others) didn’t see the extra skin around my mid-section when I sat down.
It also gave me these wonderful benefits:
- Shrank my uterus faster,
- Helped the swelling from the fluids go down faster,
- Helped to compress me hips back to where they were before I got pregnant,
- Provided support after I had my bandages removed from my Cesarian birth.
Tip #2: Drink Green Smoothies
Eating healthy is an extremely important part of losing the baby weight. Losing weight is actually 80% diet and only 20% fitness. You can not workout for the first six to eight weeks post postpartum so a healthy diet is key to your weight loss success.
Here are some time saving smoothie making tips.
- K.I.S.S. Making green smoothies using the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) method saves time and makes it easier for you to stick with it. Somehow, everything takes three to four times longer when you have a baby. Don’t over complicate your green smoothies. Try to keep your smoothie to no more than four or five ingredients.
- Freeze Your Fruit. Pre-cut and freeze some of your fruits so you can easily grab them and add to your blender. You can also buy frozen fruits so you don’t have to take the time to cut them yourself.
- Freeze Your Greens. I buy pre-washed spinach and baby kale in large tubs and put one of each directly into the freezer. For the bunches of greens that I buy in the produce section, I’ll wash, remove the stems, pat dry and place in freezer safe containers. I label them with the date I put them in the freezer so I don’t forget when I put them in there. You can easily do this step when your baby is sleeping or have your partner help you.
- Protein Powder Is Your Friend. Keep a protein powder on hand for quick protein-rich green smoothies that you don’t have to think about. Of course, you can get enough protein from dark leafy greens, seeds, goji berries and other wonderful ingredients.
Sometimes I had to toss what I could with one hand into the blender since I was holding my son with the other hand. That meant my green smoothies consisted of spinach, banana and berries. While it’s very tasty, I didn’t have a free hand or free time to enter all the ingredients into Cron-o-meter to see what I could add to get enough protein. Adding a scoop of protein powder was a great way to make sure I wasn’t going to get hungry in an hour.
- Have A Plan. Following a meal plan is the best way to stay on track. A good meal plan should provide at least four weeks of recipes and provide grocery shopping lists. Knowing what you are going to eat and having all of the ingredients on hand makes it easier to be successful. An added benefit would be an online support community to keep you motivated. My RESET 28 program has all of these things and more.
Tip #3: Make Time For Fitness
You don’t have to leave your little one on the sidelines when you are working out. My son LOVED it when I would kiss his cheeks as I was doing push-ups or when I would hold him and do squats. I’d make silly noises as I squatted up and down.
Creating a fun fitness routine that entertains your baby will make a more enjoyable experience. Another great workout is pushing the stroller around the block. If it’s cold outside, head into the mall and make laps from one end to the other. You don’t have to get crazy, just get moving.
I hope you found these tips helpful. If you want even more help with your weight loss journey, check out my RESET 28 program. It provides step by step meal plans and recipes along with a fitness guide and online support group to help you take the struggle out of losing weight.
Your baby will love you, for taking care of yourself!