Some of you may have seen that little Miss Molly graced the cover of Us Weekly last week! Obviously, I’m her biggest fan so I went out and bought 10 copies! Ha! Anyway, since the article about my “body after baby” went up on Us Weekly online, many of you have been asking me questions about my diet and fitness routine. So I thought today would be a good day to share the things that really helped me bounce back after I gave birth to Molly. And look, I would never suggest that any mother should feel pressure to lose weight after having a baby. This isn’t meant to make anyone feel bad who maybe hasn’t lost the baby weight. Instead, I hope to inspire others to be good to their bodies and be healthy, so we can all be the best moms we can be! And really, my body is not perfect by any means. My skin on my belly is so stretched out that I can pull it about 5 inches off my stomach. And I still have little dimples in weird places all over my body. But I’ve definitely learned a few tricks since Molly was born that I feel have really helped me lose the weight and I wanted to share them with you guys!
First, I swear by grapefruit juice in the morning before my breakfast. Yes, you may have read in Us Weekly that I do in fact eat a bowl of pasta every morning. And this is not an exaggeration. Not even a little bit. I legit eat a bowl of pasta every single morning! I’m borderline obsessed. Actually not even borderline, I’m totally obsessed. And pasta just wasn’t something I was willing to give up to lose the baby weight. I’ll NEVER give it up!!! That’s like giving up water for me. I need it to survive! Ha! By eating it in the morning I am able to burn it off all throughout the day. And I’m also able to burn it off better by taking a shot of grapefruit juice before I eat my pasta in the morning. I read in a book once (and saw on Dr. Oz – that man knows everything!) that taking a shot of grapefruit juice before eating a high calorie or high-fat meal helps your body process the calories quicker. So far it’s really worked for me! So I totally suggest you guys try it for yourselves!
Sometimes before the pasta, or right after, I have my coffee! Molly is still waking up in the middle of the night.. I mean, occasionally she’ll sleep through the night, but sometimes I wake up two to three times. So I’m a tired mama! I need that coffee! I used to put sugar and creamer in my coffee every morning. Actually, I even used to put marshmallows and whipped cream in my coffee in the morning. Ha! Not exactly your picture of health. Then one morning I saw Kevin take one of my Evolve Protein Shakes out of the fridge and put it in his coffee. Genius right!? I tasted his coffee and it tasted like a mocha latte! So now, every morning I put a little Evolve Protein Shake in my coffee instead of creamer and sugar. I have all my friends doing this now too! Every single time someone comes over and I make them coffee, I ask them to try mine first to see if they want to put the protein shake in their coffee too. Everyone is always blown away by how good it tastes! Seriously! You guys have to give this one a try!
The coffee trick is only one way that I limit sugar in my life. In general Kevin and I have tried to cut out sugar in our every day diet. Don’t get me wrong, we still go out and indulge! We especially love Happy Hours. So we’re always taking Molly out to our favorite spots to get all our Happy Hour favorites! Especially since Happy Hour is now our dinner time. We go to bed shortly after Molly cause we are so exhausted most days. Anyway, in general, we try to limit sugar. Have you guys seen the documentary Fed Up? It’s so good! It’s all about how sugar is hidden in so many foods that we consume daily. It also talks about how unhealthy sugar is for us. I really recommend you guys check it out if you haven’t seen it already. Some of my favorite foods were packed full of sugar and I didn’t even realize it!
Oh, and I don’t really eat fruit that often. Fruit might seem like it’s something that’s really healthy for you but it’s actually packed full of sugar! It’s natural sugar, but still. It’s funny, I’ll talk to some of my friends that live in other parts of the world like Australia or Europe and it’s actually common knowledge there that fruit isn’t really healthy to eat in large quantities. I think people in the States think “oh I can eat a whole bowl of fruit for breakfast and it’s totally healthy”. It’s not! That’s a ton of sugar! And look, I’m no doctor so always consult with your doctor before changing any eating habits you have. But this is just something that’s really working for me. I look at fruit as more of a treat now.
I have to talk about breastfeeding in this post because I truly believe it has helped me SOOOO much! But it doesn’t always work for everyone. For instance, my girlfriend had SO much trouble losing her baby weight while she was breastfeeding, but once she stopped, the weight fell off. So breastfeeding doesn’t always help everyone, but it has totally helped me! I actually find that I am eating more than EVER now because I am so hungry after breastfeeding Molly. So it’s not bad to eat after, you just need to make sure you are putting the right food into your body. Which brings me to my next body after baby tip…
Eat whole foods!!!! Eating whole foods, rather than processed food (pasta is my main exception!) is so important. A few times a week you may have noticed that I post videos on Instagram story of Kevin and I cooking. And as much as I’d like to take credit for those healthy, whole food meals we’re making, I can’t. They’re pretty much all from Hello Fresh. We genuinely love Hello Fresh so I post videos on Instagram story a few times a week because we love it so much! Plus Kevin and I just love to cook together. We met at a cooking class so we find cooking extremely romantic. And I kid you not when I say I haven’t been to the grocery store in years. Well maybe I’ve gone a few times with Kevin, but other than that he goes to the grocery store and does all our grocery shopping. So for me, having Fresh food delivered to my front door is pretty darn awesome!
As far as working out goes, I honestly don’t stress about this. I really believe that getting your body back after baby is 80% what you eat. But with that said, you still need to get some exercise to be healthy. Most of my exercise revolves around hiking with Molly, Kevin and Owen or just going on long walks around our neighborhood. I try to get to hot yoga when I can, but I’d be lying to you if I said I’ve been in the last two months. I haven’t. I’ve been so busy planning our wedding and with work that I just haven’t had time to fit it in. Also, we don’t have any childcare for Molly yet so it’s not easy for me to just go to the gym or go to a yoga class. She had her FIRST babysitter (a friend) the other day and she was only with Molly for 1 hour. Ha! I really need to work on MY separation anxiety. So I try to find ways to work out around my house. When I’m playing with Molly, I’ll toss her up in the air multiple times to help tone my arms. If she’s getting restless, I’ll dance around the house and jump up-and-down to be silly to keep her entertained. I know you guys are going to think that it’s not possible to get in great shape by doing these things, but I assure you it is! Every little bit counts! And I believe doing lots of these little things works WAY better for me that going to the gym 3 times a week. At least for now, I need to tone up A LOT! And I will have to step it up with class or a gym membership for that. However, my arms are much more toned than they’ve ever been before. Just carrying Molly around tones my arms a ton! So I encourage all you moms out there to get active with your babies! Play with them, move around with them, and go places with them! Just by being active with Molly it helped me get my body after baby.
And if you do find time to go to the gym or go to a workout class here’s my tip. It always seems like a huge task to go to a workout class. When I consider going to hot yoga, I feel exhausted just thinking about it. So instead of telling myself that I have to commit to this huge task, I instead commit to just getting to the parking lot of the class. For example, I’ll put on my workout clothes and just drive to the class. That’s the only commitment I make to myself. Once I’m sitting in the parking lot in my yoga clothes the chances of me not going in and doing a class are pretty slim. So at that point I might as will go in and take the class. I don’t know, this might sound silly to some of you. But it works for me! It’s almost like I trick my brain into thinking I don’t have to actually do that much by just getting my butt into workout clothes and driving to the class.
What else? What else? Hummmmmm… well sometimes I will eat a handful of almonds before bed. I read once that eating almonds before bed keeps your metabolism working all night long. Makes sense to me. And I drink LOTS of water!!! Everyone always says that when talking about weight loss and that’s because it’s true!!! You have to stay hydrated if you want to lose weight.
Ok, that’s all I’ve got for now. And look, my body isn’t perfect!!! As you can see in these pics, I have things that I need to work on, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come and proud that I’m living a healthy life! I hope you guys found this body after baby post helpful in some way. Again, this isn’t about being skinny. It about being healthy!!! I still have a ton of changes to make to be a healthier person but I am taking baby steps every day! Baby steps after baby! Love you guys! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!!! Or just leave me some love notes! xoxo
Thank you Evolve Protein and Hello Fresh for partnering with me and helping me be healthy!!! And I want you all to know they I TRULY love and use these products! I would never have partnered with them if I wasn’t totally obsessed and using them all the time! I stand by everything I wrote in this post. I hope you guys find it helpful!