Advice · All Things Pregnancy

How I Deal with Pregnancy Weight

Before I got pregnant working out was my absolute favorite hobby.

I had signed up for the Twin Cities marathon. I was starting to lift more. I had come a long with my fitness goals and I was very proud of myself.

And I had always told myself that I’d be the woman who’d workout through her pregnancy.

But oh my goodness did I not do that. I had no idea how hard it was to be pregnant. Just getting out of bed was sometimes a fitness accomplishment, especially towards the end.

But now that I’m no longer pregnant, I am finally getting back into my fitness routine. Slowly but surely though.

Pre-preggo me was so hard on myself. Post-preggo though? She knows that the stretch marks and excess skin made something so incredible. She knows that it’s okay to sacrifice time in the gym to spend time with her baby boy. She knows that she’ll get back to a body image she wants, but she’s okay with giving it time.

Here are some little things I do in my day to day routine to help with my fitness and well-being:

1) I drink lots of water. And I mean lots. I have a Camelbak water bottle as well as Blender Bottle that I am constantly filling up. I know that the more water I’m drinking, the less water weight my body will hold on to. I also struggle with headaches/migraines so staying hydrated is always a plus!

2) My diet… I love eating healthy. Pre-preggo me was all about fruits and vegetables but that changed reallllll quick! It was all about pizza. That was my pregnancy go-to food. But now I’m back to eating healthy again. But I’m not on any strict diet or not allowing myself to indulge. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, you don’t want to dislike what you’re eating, that’ll just lead you to an unsuccessful diet.

Favorite healthy snacks/meals I eat:

  • an apple and tablespoon of peanut butter
  • carrots/broccoli/cauliflower with hummus
  • raisins
  • luna/cliff bars
  • homemade smoothies (I bought a cheap blender and use fresh/frozen produce! So much cheaper than buying a smoothie from Caribou or Jamba Juice!)
  • chicken cesar salads are my all time favorite.. (calories in salads are mostly in the dressing) + (I buy frozen chicken breasts and cook it in the oven and refrigerate it)
  • potatoes and vegetables
  • scrambled eggs/sunny side up eggs with a piece of wheat toast
  • banana peanut butter toast
  • any fruits (love, love, love fruit)
  • oatmeal (my favorite breakfast!)

It’s also all about moderation. You could eat insanely healthy but a whole bunch a day and gain weight. I’ve found that having 5-6 smaller meals a day makes me eat a lot less than 3 bigger meals a day, I always end up snacking more later because I haven’t eaten in a while.

3) I’ve recently purchased a running stroller! I love to run and I love my baby, why not combine the two? Spending time with him as well as getting a good workout in. Sounds like a great plan to me!

4) When I do get the chance to go to the gym, I lift. I wasn’t always into lifting, I stayed to my basic cardio schedule instead of getting out of my comfort zone. Now, with lifting, I’ve noticed that I’m able to eat more. More muscle = a faster metabolism = more yummy foods for me to eat.

5) A positive mindset goes a long way. Be patient and kind to yourself. Like I said before, I’m in no rush to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight/look. I’m totally content with the thought that my little one gave me my rolls and I’ve given him his. My body, stretch marks and all, is the reason I have a little one sleeping on my chest right now. And what could be better than that?

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