How I lost 19kg’s eating chocolate brownies and in 8 months! That right I lost 19kg’s in 8 months. That’s losing roughly 0.5kg’s per week over a course of 37 weeks and if I lose 6 more kilograms Il be back to my starting weight. Woohoo!! Doesn’t that get you excited??!! It gets me excited!!
So lets get serious for a minute and take it back a bit. Firstly how did I manage to put on 24 kg in 9 months? Well I fell pregnant and put on a bunch of weight. Fortunately I didn’t get gestational diabetes but I did get High blood pressure. Which does increase your risk of having a stroke and a heart attack. So it is super important to lose that weight again, but I’m not into punishing my body to get results. I just like being consistant with introducing healthy habits. So what habits did I introduce to lose the weight?
I eat 3 small meals which always includes a carbohydrate, fat and protein and I also eat 2-4 snacks per day like roasted veggies, nuts, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs and toast. So why so many snacks? you ask… Well Im breast feeding and need to keep my energy up especially through the middle of night when feeding, so having some nuts handy or a yoghurt helps to get me through. Now we are in more of a routine, Il often just have a little late night snack before bed, or a very early breakfast. Do I eat cake? Ofcourse I love to eat chocolate brownie, when I make a fresh batch, I can eat a piece of chocolate brownie every day for a week, I also love to eat ice cream, chocolate and vanilla slice, thats not healthy you say. Well, I disagree. Eating a whole block is tho. Life is way to short not to eat cake, so share a piece next time you are out.
Having a new baby can be tiring and when you are tired, the last thing you want to do is go for a walk. But I found I was less tired and more energised going for a walk, because firstly it gave my arms a rest from holding our boy and secondly getting into the fresh air and walking outside in the sunshine puts a smile on my dial.
So how long do I walk for? For the first couple of weeks I could only manage 10 minutes, walking around the block. I had swollen ankles and they had really stiffened up with the fluid. But I slowly built that up to 30 minutes over the course of 6 weeks. Now we walk nearly every day for 45minutes to an hour. And I say nearly everyday as some days we don’t get out of the house for one reason or another.
So there is nothing hard here, is there?! I’m consistently eating healthy but not limiting my taste buds and moving most of the time. If you are bored with walking, thats okay I get bored too. So I try keep life interesting by choosing a different path to walk, inviting a friend along, doing a zumba class, going to the gym or going for a swim. But I find whatever I do, for the most part Im consistant and try to do something everyday and for atleast 45 minutes.
You know what works for you, but if you are needing some extra support, don’t be afraid to ask or get a friend on board with your goals. I often do food prepping to set my week up for success and set an exercise goal. When I was starting out my goal was to walk for 10 minutes three times a day. When I was working I used to park my car a few blocks away and took the stairs, every bit helps. But most of all be consistent with your choices. I keep track by using the remindmylife app lifestyle stopwatch. I love it’s one tap track. Download it free today and start counting.
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