Circle of Moms member Samantha Hazel found counting calories to be a great start for getting rid of the extra weight after having her baby. Along with giving perspective on what you’re eating, starting a food journal documents what you’re eating and when. And it’s an easy way to start working on your healthy eating goals. ~PopSugar
There’s no denying that breastfeeding helped in a big way. Breastfeeding has been much more challenging than I imagined. It took me a long time to find my groove and as a working mom with a baby who refused a bottle, it’s been a challenging time commitment. But I’m so, so glad I stuck with it. It’s a blessing for mama and baby and it burns an extra 300-500 calories per day. 🙂
I’m 12 months in and still breastfeeding 5x per day.
I know not every woman can breastfeed (no judgement here), but if you have the option, I encourage you to stick with it as long as you can. It may help! ~The Balanced Life
Make Some of Your Baby Time Exercise Time
If you still can’t find even 10 minutes in the day to exercise, why not use your bonding time with your baby as your workout time? You can put your little one in a secure baby carrier that straps on to either the front or back of you and perform squats, lunges or stair climbs. If it’s nice outside, take your baby for a long walk or run in his or her stroller. You can add some walking lunges or traveling hop squats every few minutes to add some variety. Raining outside? Hold your baby and dance around the house to your favorite tunes. The two of you will both be giggling with excitement. ~SkinnyMom
Get Accountable & Create a Simple Meal Plan
After months of walking or spinning 10K steps per day, it became evident that my scale and jean size wasn’t about to budge with my current strategy. So I decided to – ever so gently and lovingly – take it to the next level.
FitBit has a handy-dandy calorie counting feature that, given my disdain for dieting, was something that I initially had no interest in using. But then I considered my journey thus far – my metabolism was being nourished with nutrient dense foods, I was exercising regularly and moderately, and I was doing my best with managing stress and getting enough sleep. All things considered, if I wanted to lose some body fat, it was going to have to come from a calories-in-calories-out tally.
Yes, it’s calorie counting. Stigma-ladened, dieter’s territory. But done properly, a calorie really is a calorie. Plus, since the FitBit is also monitoring my movement and exercise, the more I moved the more I could eat…
I decided to set my target at a 700 calorie per day deficit. Based on my activity level, that typically put me in the range of 1600-2200 calories per day. I continued not to restrict what I ate, I just began to moderate the quantity.
Here’s an example of a typical day…
Breakfast: A piece of sourdough toast with grass-fed butter and a scrambled egg (with cultured salsa if we had some). A black tea with raw milk and a spoonful of raw honey.
Lunch: A pint of hearty stew from my meal plans.
Dinner: Rice (cooked in bone broth), steamed veggies with butter, and salmon.
Snacks: Naturally fermented sauerkraut or pickles, dried seaweed with a bit of goat cheese, popcorn drizzled with butter. Herbal tea in the evening to warm my tummy and the occasional stevia soda as a treat. ~Holistic Squid
Set a Goal and Reward
When Little J was two months old, I set a goal to run a 5K. That may seem simple, but I had never done anything like that in my life. I decided that as a reward after I ran the race, I would buy myself some Nike running shoes and leggings. Setting the goal to run the 5K motivated me to get in shape so I actually could run when the time came. And in order to get ready, I had to run a few nights a week so I would be in shape! Setting a reward gave me extra motivation, and I felt awesome when I was finally able to go buy myself some new shoes and leggings. Plus, once you register and pay for something like a 5K, you feel pretty motivated to get ready for it. And running to get ready helped me lose the baby weight. ~LifeWithMyLittles