During my first pregnancy I gained only 20 pounds. Less then two months after I ballooned to 175 pounds, fifteen pounds more than when I was 9 months pregnant. During the first nine months of being a parent I was bombarded with so much I ate all the wrong things and it resulted in a massive weight gain. I was the heaviest I have been in my life and it was not pleasant. The added weight had a trememdous psychological effect on me. I stopped buying clothes, shoes, and focused my effects on SJ. I was wearing a size 12 and it was too much for me to handle. I didn't like how my body looked and the added weight was making me lethargic and depressed. It took me a year to get out of my funk and take the fitness training serious, especially because we decided to have baby number two.
As a result of this I was super cautious during my pregnancy and post partum period with CC. The biggest change was cooking. Instead of spending money eating out 4-5 times a week I started to cook. This was the single most influential factor in me losing the weight. We have always eaten organic, wholesome foods, but I added the elements of raw foods and juicing into my diet. I decided that eating 50-60% raw foods in each meal would be the best way for me to slim down without excercise. Using Pinterest I select recipes that made things simple and fast. My daily mantra was I have to get my body back in less then 9 months. I accomplished it in 6 months and I couldn't be happier. Now I need to buy some clothes.
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In a nutshell what I did was:
- BREASTFEED (exclusively)
- Eat lean protein (Chicken + Turkey)-- As much as you can stand , cuts the hunger
- Lots of raw veggies + fruit
- High activity level -- with two kids less than 3 this is easy
- At least 70 oz of water or organic veggie juice a day
As you can see it was a slow process. I really didn't notice a change in my size. It wasn't until D told me I was losing too much weight that I got on a scale.