It’s been almost 2 years?! since I last posted on my blog. Reason? I had myself a baby. Yes, I am a proud mama to a (now) 16 month old son, named Kai, and as you can guess, it has been a life-changing experience. I feel incredibly blessed to have this miraculous being in my life now but boy, there have been a lot of ups and downs and being a mom is a LOT more challenging than I had expected.
And while cooking and recipe testing has always been a joy to me, I discovered that with my limited time these days, I’ve come to enjoy other bite-sized moments of “me” time that doesn’t create extra work afterwards (i.e. kitchen clean-up). So this is what I imagine my blog posts will gravitate towards for the time being..small doses of healthy living tips that I’ve gathered through personal testing, researching, etc. with very simple and quick recipes. Cool?
So, on to how I got my body back..
It took me 9 months.
And sadly, I am not blessed with the genes that allow me to lose weight effortlessly so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it wasn’t as grueling or as difficult as I had anticipated. Perhaps it was mainly due to the fact that I felt very uncomfortable in my last trimester of my pregnancy and could not wait to feel light again – so I had a lot of motivation. Historically, pre-baby, when I saw the pounds creeping up, I’ve chosen to go lower-carb for a while and found my weight to balance out again. So I approached post-partem weight loss the same way; but it didn’t work. Or, let me re-phrase..it worked until the last 10 pounds or so and then I reached a plateau and the rest of the weight just refused to disappear.
Let me give you some background here. At this point, my baby was about 4 months old and he was still waking up every 1-2 hours every night. So Scott and I took shifts sleeping and my shift started around 12:30-1:00 am till morning time. To be completely honest, it was one of the hardest periods of my life. I expected not to sleep too well as a new mom but I never knew it was going to be THIS bad. I slept about 2-3 consecutive hours a night followed by brief periods of sleep here and there from the start of my shift till the morning..for 6 months!
And no surprise, I started feeling depressed, Scott and I started bickering more often, and we were both on the path to self destruction. So by the time our lil guy was 6 months old, we started the sleep training process and within a couple days, he was sleeping through the night and – hallelujah!- so were we. This is when the rest of the weight started slowing coming off.
So the key to post-partem weight loss? At least for me was
Mindful lower-carb eating
Quick home workouts (will post my exact routine in a future post)
and MOST IMPORTANTLY, SLEEP!
So if you’re a new mom and you too are battling with sleep deprivation, I totally feel for you!
But hang in there. I PROMISE you will sleep someday. In the meantime, just do the best you can and if you get desperate, it might be worth the expense to invest in a night nurse, maybe even once a week, just so you can have one long stretch of sleep on occasion. As I’ve discovered first-hand, diet and exercise is important, but there is nothing more important than sleep.