Before I delve straight in to the details of my pregnancy weight loss journey I would like to begin this post by saying that pregnancy is by far one of the most magnificent and magical things that a woman can experience by far. The female body is amazing in so many ways but being able to create, nurture and give birth to another being is second to none.
However, as you may already know during those 9 months the body is also put under huge amounts of strain and pressure undergoing changes and foreign movements like never before. Some women may be blessed with tiny bellys throughout their pregnancy’s no back ache and a real quick labour and trust me when i say that I envy them. My pregnancy experience was the total opposite not only did I get pre-clampsia meaning that my blood pressure was through the roof alongside a swollen body all over I also contracted a womb infection, had a dangerously high heart rate, underwent an emergency C-Section and blood transfusion as well as a failing kidney and fibroid issues. Oh yes and on top of all of that I managed to gain 4 stone in weight so to say I had a horrible experience would be an understatement.
But by the grace of the creator I am here to share my story and have the most beautiful baby girl in the world to show for it, so yes in the end it was all worth it.
I was determined to shed my pregnancy weight before I even gave birth, During my pregnancy I had not eaten as well as I maybe could have, giving in to my butter shortbread biscuit cravens daily and sweet tea’s so I had promised myself that no matter what after my daughter arrived I would eat clean and get back to my exercise regime. I had to use will power and mind over matter techniques to get me through and of course I could not exercise for 6 weeks after my C-Section but by following the few steps below I was able to lose the 4 stone I had gained and more in under 3 months.
My Pregnancy weight loss – STEPS
1 – Juice Fast : I done a Juice fast for 7 days when my daughter was 6 weeks young. This rebooted my system and detox my body. It also reset my mind and ever since I have not eaten meat. I do eat fish but no red or white meat whatsoever. It wasn’t planned this result just happened naturally however since not eating meat I feel lighter and refreshed. Please see ‘forks over knives and DOC for more information on why meat is not good for your body.
2 – Exercise Daily: No matter how much you have going on in your day you must find time to exercise. Exercise helped me to tone up and build muscle by doing variations of cardio and weight training both at home and in the gym. It also helped clear and distress my mind. If you are wanting to loose weight then exercise and diet are the two key components 80% diet and 20% exercise.
3 – Eat Clean: It wasn’t hard for me to eat clean as I love fruit and veggies and after doing a Juice Fast especially these are all your body really craves ‘the good stuff.’ If your not used to eating clean then make a vow to doing it for your child. Use them as your motivation to always be your best by knowing that they are always watching and taking notes. ‘Children don’t do what you say they do what you do’ so do great things. Eating well will nourish your body and mind, keep you energised and looking younger. You may even live longer meaning that you get even more quality time with your child.
4 – Drink lots of water: I start everyday with a cup of warm lemon water and make sure that I continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day. So many times when you think you are hungry the truth is that you are dehydrated and by having water with you at all times ‘preferably alkalized water’ it will prevent you from overeating. Make water your best friend and forget the juices and sodas that are filled with sweeteners to get you addicted and burnt out. Stay away from energy drinks as these will enhance your heart to beat at dangerous rates and can cause cardiovascular problems in the future. We are all made up of 70% water so keep replenished.
5 – As well as the above I meditated in my sacred space and gave myself time. Having patience may sound boring as you want to look a certain way right now but by following the above steps consistently it becomes a lifestyle from which you will gain much more than just weight loss from your pregnancy. Discipline and hard work goes a long way and from it you may uncover hidden secrets about yourself which lead you to even greater things.
So start your weight loss journey now, there is no time like the present and your body, mind and child will all thank you in the long run.
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