11 years ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. 10 years ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. But when my babies popped out, I thought the weight would pop right off with them. I was sorely mistaken and extremely disappointed that the 50 lbs of pregnancy weight I had put on did not come off at all when my babies were born! My pre-baby weight was 125 lbs. My post baby weight 175lbs!
I was told if I nursed I would lose the weight faster. Did not happen. If I drank plenty of water before I ate I would lose the weight. Did not happen. I was depressed. I felt ugly, I didn’t want to be naked in front of my husband. I didn’t even want to get naked and look at myself in a mirror! I definitely did not want to put a bathing suit on and go to a beach. So I made a lot of excuses and just stayed home.
The more depressed I was, the more that I ate. The more that I ate, the more depressed I was and I started gaining weight! 5 more pounds to 180, my weight was going in the wrong direction.
I started asking myself why it was so difficult to lose weight after giving birth. Shouldn’t my body have muscle memory and just bounce right back into shape? Since I had never been overweight before, I really had no concept as to how to diet. Also, I was never that into going to the gym and I certainly didn’t want to start doing that now. However, I did really enjoy being active and outdoors.
To begin with I knew that I had to just eat less, cut the snack out, eat healthier, less carbs, more working out. Yeah, yeah, all the obvious scenarios, which are easier, said then done. As a new working mom with two babies a year apart, I had all the excuses that I needed to stay fat! No time to work out. No time to cook a healthy meal, no time to get any sleep.
Then I learned that the key to losing weight is not losing weight! Weight is relative. I needed to lose fat. Baby Fat, and lots of it. I realized that being depressed was only making my weight stay on longer. I went to the gym a few times, but I missed my baby too much and was just not ready to separate. So I came up with a routine that not only helped me get my mojo back, but was a great way for me to bond with my babies, and kick-start my post baby body into my pre- baby body.
Before I began my workout, I wanted to know if I could help kick-start my work-out with a natural supplement. I tried a few different ones and they just didn’t work. I started getting more depressed about my weight.
Then a friend recommended I try a product she saw on one of those late night As Seen On TV ads with Kevin Harrington, the guy that used to be on Shark Tank. The supplement is called You Go Lean. It was affordable, so I did some research and saw that it was also all Natural, FDA approved and used Green Tea Extract, instead of caffeine which I really like because I can’t handle that jittery feeling I get from too much caffeine.
I also read that You Go Lean was designed by a nutritionist and mother of 3 to help her burn fat fast after her babies were born. Cool she understands my plight. Seemed worth a try. So I Did. I spent two weeks using the AM and PM formula.
The You Go Lean PM formula I love! Since having two babies in two years, I rarely sleep! The PM formula has a sleep aid that relaxed me and helped me get a good night sleep, but didn’t’ make me feel drowsy the next day and didn’t make me feel so drugged that I couldn’t hear my baby cry during the night. It was such a blessing to find this! Right away I felt a difference in my energy and mood during the day. Probably because I was actually getting some sleep! I took the AM formula too and didn’t feel jittery or agitated as I had felt in the past with other weight loss supplements that I tried. Then I added some mommy and me work outs to my daily routine. The combination of working out with my baby, eating healthier and taking the supplements finally worked! Here are some of the exercises that I was doing to lose weight. I hope you have as much fun with them as I did.
I found Mommy bonding time made this work out so worth it!
Indoor Baby balancing act. There are several exercises you can do while balancing your baby on your belly. OK I know it sounds weird or even dangerous, but as your baby gets older, he/she gains weight. So you can slowly grow how much weight you are using in your at home work out, if you use your baby as your prop.
But remember baby safety when performing exercises. First make sure your baby can hold his/her own head up without any strain. This is usually at 3 to 4 months old.
- Curl Up. Lie face up on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Place your baby in a seated position on or just above your hips. Hold him/her securely under their arms with your fingers wrapped around their torso, and lift. Tighten your stomach muscles, which I know may hurt at first, but you popped out a baby so you can take it!! Lift your head, neck and shoulder blades off the floor in 3 counts; lower in 3 counts. Exhale through your mouth as you curl up, drawing your abs up and tucking in. Do 10-15 reps and build up to 15-20 and so on. Rest. Play with baby, watch them giggle. Repeat 3 times.
- Reverse Curl Up. Lie face up on the floor and bring your knees toward your chest; place your baby on your shins. Tighten your abs and slowly move your hips off the floor and tilt them up at the same time lift your shoulders and head. Your baby will giggle and gently rock back and forward. Do 10-15 reps and build up to 15-20. Rest. Pay with baby. Repeat 3 times.
- Baby Bench Press. Lie face up on the floor. Bring your knees together and your feet flat on the floor. Hold your baby near your chest and slowly lift him/ her up toward the ceiling. Tighten your abs and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Do 10-15 reps and build up to 15-20. Rest. Pay with baby. Repeat 3 times. Don’t forget to play with baby in between reps!
- Baby Overhead Press. Sit up and put your knees up and feet firmly on the floor. Hold baby out in front of you and raise baby up to the sky and back to your body in slow controlled motions. Do not lock your elbows. Always keeping in mind to keep your abs tight. Do 10-15 reps and build up to 15-20. Rest. Pay with baby. Repeat 3 times. Play with baby!
- Baby Chest Press. Sit up and put your knees up and feel firmly and flat on the floor. Hold baby out in front of your chest with your elbows bent and slowly bring your arms into an outstretched position without locking your elbows. Keeping in mind to keep your abs tight. Do 10-15 reps and build up to 15-20. Rest. Pay with baby. Repeat 3 times. Play with baby!
Outside Exercising with baby can be fun too!
Stroller Patroller. Yes this was a great way to help kick start my fat loss and give me time to bond with my babies. Everyday I took long walks with my babies in their stroller. I called it Stroller Patroller because I patrolled the neighborhood. I began with 20 minute walks at a slow pace around local streets, and eventually I was taking 45 minute fast paced walks and even slowly jogging. It was fun and the babies seemed to love it. It got me out of the house and made me feel energized.
Outside Walking lunges. While holding baby close to your chest, stand tall and look straight ahead. Take a large step forward with your right or left leg and bend both knees to be halfway to the ground. Make sure your front knee stays over your ankle and your back knee lowers slowly toward the floor, heel lifted slightly up. Push off of your back leg and step your feet together. Repeat with the opposite leg. These can be done inside your house if you have enough space to do them safely. Do 15-20 reps. Repeat 3 times.
Tone Your Butt. Put your hands about shoulder width apart while holding baby carriage, put the break off. Feet and knees are facing forward with legs about hips width apart. Sit your butt into a sitting position with the weight in your heels. Push your stroller out in front of you and pull it back in as you pull yourself up to standing position. This will even rock your baby to sleep so you can relax when your workout is done. Do 15-12 reps. Repeat 3 times.