9 Fun Ways to Lose Baby Weight
While I was pregnant, weight gain was the #1 thing I dreaded most (even more than delivery!). I thought it would take forever to lose the weight. The average woman gains around 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. And while I knew that 10-15 pounds would be lost upon delivery, I hated the thought of picking up a workout routine to snap back. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be active, but the thought of hitting a gym makes me cringe.
Needless to say, I gained 30 pounds during my pregnancy. The day I came home from the hospital, I had already lost 15 pounds. So, now, I had to find ways to lose the other 15 without driving myself up a wall. I was able to do it in 8 weeks! Weight loss will vary from one person to the next, so by no means am I suggesting that every mother needs to lose her baby weight by a specific time frame. But there are fun ways to get the ball rolling!
It’s feeding time
Yes, it’s true! Breastfeeding is the ultimate weight loss ingredient. If you are able and willing to do it, go right ahead. You can burn anywhere from 500-800 calories a day! The key is to eat healthy snacks and drink lots of water to replenish. I always have a water bottle with a granola bar, nuts, or fruit on my nightstand to munch on while and after breastfeeding.
Get freaky with it
Women are usually cleared for intercourse at 6 weeks; however, most don’t feel ready. That’s totally OK! But if you are ready, have a conversation with your hubby and ease your way back into your sex life. If the baby sleeps in the same room as you, this is a great opportunity to spice things up by finding a different space in the house to get your freak on. Just make sure not to leave any traces in case the in-laws throw you a surprise visit!
Play dress up
Have you ever felt really good about yourself after putting on that favorite lipstick and doing your hair? There’s something relieving about taking 10 minutes out of your exhausted-new-mom day to dress up and feel pretty. Whether it’s doing your nails, trying a new lip color, or getting a new hair do, feeling good about yourself will make it easier to continue your weight loss journey.
Back and forth pace
Kalea was a colicky baby, and the best thing to get her to sleep was to hold her close while pacing the room. A 30 minute pacing/swaying session was about 1800 steps. Doing this 3 times a day was about 5400 steps! The recommended daily average is 10,000 steps. So, I was getting over half of what I needed on a daily basis just by pacing with my baby.
Dance the night away
Throw on a good party album and dance with and for your baby! I would hold Kalea while I danced in front of a mirror. She loved it! When my arms got tired, I would put her down in a swing and dance for her as she giggled away. Boy, did I break a sweat in just under 10 minutes!
Sign up to eat
I don’t like to do groceries, much less figure out what to cook. Hubby and I had talked about eating vegan meals a few times a week, so this was a perfect opportunity to find a delivery service. I signed up for Purple Carrot and loved that the ingredients were delivered to my door with meal prep instructions. Cooking something new was exciting, and I was able to eat healthy!
Night strolling in the mall
Evenings are a great time to visit the mall because the crowds have died down. Hubby and I would go to grab dinner at the mall and stroll around while sipping on Starbucks. It was a nice pastime and I was able to get out of the house.
Bounce, bounce, bounce
Instead of sitting in a chair, I would put my baby to sleep by bouncing on a yoga ball and watching TV. The sounds from the show I was watching and the bouncing soothed her. It's a great way to get a workout in and catch up on The Mindy Project!
Park date, anyone?
Twice a week, hubby and I would stroll around a nearby park with Kalea. This was a great time to hold hands, catch up on life, and take family pictures! Before we knew it, we had walked about 2 miles in 45 minutes, and were building great family memories!