Today Mateo is one month old. The first month after giving birth has to be one of the most challenging times in a woman’s life! God knew exactly what He was doing when He made babies cute and cuddly with their irresistible baby smell. It’s what keeps us going through our recovery, lack of sleep and 24-hour baby care.
My total weight-loss for the first month post-partum is 28 pounds. I lost the bulk of the weight in the first three weeks. In the last week, the weight-loss has slowed down to about 2 lbs a week, which is a healthy and realistic amount now that I am close to my goal weight. I do think that the body wants to return to its former self after baby, and lean eating makes it happen quick!
These are some of the fruit and veggie staples that I keep diced and ready to go in my fridge. From top left: Assorted berries, peppers, cilantro, red onion, and parsley. I also love to have mushrooms, fresh salsa, banana peppers, and jalapenos on hand. All of these add so much flavor to omelets, chicken breast, sandwiches, yogurt and oatmeal. I have found that eating healthy has not only helped me slim down quick, but has helped my emotional state during this last month. As much as I love fast food, greasy food, and well, donuts (LOVE THEM DONUTS), those foods tend to leave me feeling tired and bloated. And I don’t think they helped my mood either. In contrast, loading up on all these healthy foods has given me a lot of energy and overall I’m handling stress pretty well nowadays. Don’t get me wrong, I plan on having donuts again, and everything else I love. But I will enjoy them in moderation once I get to my goal and I’m just maintaining my weight.
My post-partum check-up is in two weeks, and at that time I’ll gradually add cardio and weight-training to help tone my body. In the meantime, I’m happy with the results I’m getting with my clean eating and no exercise. Click here to read about my meal plan and follow my Instagram at “MakeupbyAnaB” to see more of my healthy meals. You can also find me on MyFitnessPal at “MakeupbyAnaB” to see exactly what I’ve been eating daily and share my meals :).
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. This info is based on my own research and experience, and it is what works for me, but we are all different. When it comes to your diet and fitness postpartum, go at pace you are comfortable with and works best for you.