Losing weight after giving birth can be a big job. Especially if you have to lose 30kgs or more to lose.
My little one is 17 months old and it wasn’t until recently I realised part of the reason I wasn’t losing weight was I loved being pregnant. I loved how I looked and how feminine I felt. The idea of being lean, strong and firm, didn’t seem to fit my new role as nurturing Mum… Plus…. I have zero energy. Everything I was doing was for my baby and giving him the best.
I also needed time to rejuvenate and heal my body post-pregnancy. Although I was keeping healthy, I wasn’t moving much and I was eating for more than two.
Where did my motivation come from?
This Christmas my Partner proposed. I didn’t see it coming and I was so excited. Although, we’re already a family, saying yes changed something. As I chatted to my stepdaughter all I could think of was… W.E.D.D.I.N.G. At first, I thought my new found motivation was all about the dress, but truthfully it was coming from a much deeper place
I want to be the best wife and Mum I can – to have an abundance of energy and vibrancy for us to live a full, bursting with love, life.
I believe, if you want to lose a big amount of weight, you need to have a compelling reason why. If you don’t have a purpose behind your desire, then the likelihood of staying the course is at risk. Having a date and purpose has given me the fire to take action
So what are the steps in losing weight after giving birth?
Step 1 – know where you’re starting from. The best way to lose weight
Vulnerable moment here – my starting photos. I know this blog might sound like I have already lost all the weight, but it’s actually the beginning. Knowing where your starting from not only gives you a solid basis to plan how to achieve your goal, but it also gives you a reference point to look back on and see how far you’ve come. I have taken body weight measurements (89kgs), photos, as well as fitness measurements such as how many pushups, situps, squats etc… I can do
January 2021 – Losing 30Kgs After Baby Starting Photos
Step 2 – find a system that works for you to lose weight
One of the best things I got from studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and PH360 was the concept of bioindividuality. There is no such thing as one size fits all. You have to find what works for you and your body. Whether you choose paeleo, vegan, intermittent fasting, high protein, high carb, keto it doesn’t matter. What matters is you find an approach that works for you. I have resisted a number of “diets” because they not only felt bad for my body, but they didn’t align with my values or beliefs around health and wellness.
Understanding my lifestyle, values and body type has made a difference in determining the approach I’m taking to lose the weight. This works also for exercise. Find a model that works for you and a model that works for where you are at in your post-partum journey. Check out my When to Start Exercising after giving birth blog
I have hired a Personal Trainer and have committed to 2 Xtend barre classes a week in addition to my PT. Im also using WW to track my food. I love the flexibility and variety. It also means I can eat as many wholefoods as I like. I have already lost 3kgs this month following what works best for me. Take the time to find out your success formulae for weight loss.
Step 3 – set small goals to lose weight
When you have a big goal to achieve, such as losing 30kgs while being a Mum of a toddler, sometimes it’s more important to set small goals rather than focusing on the big goal. One of the biggest barriers I’ve faced in achieving my goal was it felt too big and impossible. By breaking the goal down into bite-size junks has made it feel less daunting and more enjoyable.
There are a few things to consider when setting small-term goals. I love following the Goal, Support, Barrier, and Plan Process.
- What is the goal you want to achieve?
- What do you need to do to support yourself in achieving the goal?
- What barriers will prevent you from achieving your goal?
- What plan do you need to put into place to overcome these barriers?
Check out my one-pager I’ll use each month to keep me on track. I am focusing on my four categories of weight loss – nourish, movement, mindset and sleep. If you need support with your mindset, check out my 85 journal prompts for weight loss
So how about you? Do you have any tips or tricks on how to lose weight?