I gained 70 pounds during pregnancy. 70 pounds. At first, my doctor said it was fine to eat whatever I wanted. I had severe morning sickness so I ate anything that did not make me sick. Queue pizza, cheeseburgers, and french fries. I could not eat any veggies at all. Even the thought of anything green made me sick. I started gaining 10 pounds every time I went to the doctor. Well, fast forward to when I was 30 weeks along and my doctor told me that if I didn’t start eating healthy then I would not lose the weight. I went straight to the grocery store to get some healthy-ish food. That didn’t last long because I was hospitalized when I was 32 weeks. The hospital food was awful so, I ate a lot of CFA and McDonalds. Even after I delivered, I still craved McDonald’s. I never ate it before I was pregnant but there I was craving it every day.
Right after I delivered, I dropped 30 pounds instantly. However, because of my awful eating habits, I quickly gained 4 pounds back. I knew I had to do something or I was going to go down a path that I did not want to down. I was not allowed to work out for 6 weeks because I had a c-section. So, I decided to change my eating habits. See-ya Mcdonalds and hello Whole 30.
I lost 20 pounds on my first whole 30. I felt awesome. My problem is that when I start losing weight, I feel good so I start having cheat meals. One cheat meal turns into 2 which turns into 3…you get the drift.
Here I am, back to square one. What a terrible feeling. 18 months postpartum and I weigh exactly what I weighed right after I delivered. I am using this blog post as my personal diary on my weight-loss journey. I am viewing this as a lifestyle change instead of a diet. I hope that through this it will encourage you to kick-start a healthy lifestyle as well!
Day 1: July 5, 2019 | 200 pounds
Today I started the whole 30. This is my third round and I’ll be the first to admit that it is hard, y’all. But it works and I always feel amazing. This is what I found to be most effective for me. I will add that I’m doing Whole 30 but not for 30 days. I am doing Whole 30 as a healthy guideline for what I can and can not eat. I did a whole 30 meal plan for 12 days. I did not work out during these 12 days. These 10 pounds were all lost from eating better.
Some of the foods that I really enjoy are:
Turkey, bacon, and mustard on a lettuce wrap (check your labels)
Hamburger with mustard in a lettuce wrap with homemade french fries
Grilled chicken with veggies
Zoe’s chicken kabobs with veggies and potato salad
Chipotle carnitas bowl with just lettuce
Salads with no dressing
Plantain chips and salsa
almond flour-coated chicken tenders
Day 11: July 15, 2019 | 187 pounds
I lost the first 10 pounds quickly because I had so much weight to lose. I am going to be totally honest. I use to eat ALOT. I would snack throughout the day, eat fast food whenever I wanted too, I would finish Finley’s plate when she was done, I drank a sweet tea daily, etc. It started with a mindset change.
My friend Calen told me that she started “eating to survive”. That has stuck with me. Yes, I enjoy food. However, I only need to eat when my body is telling me that it is hungry. I shouldn’t eat out of boredom or because food is right in front of me.
Is a couple of minutes of indulgence worth a couple of pounds of weight gain? Absolutely not.
I am starting on my next 10 pounds and will keep you updated! I am going to try new ways of losing weight which include different meal plans, intermittent fasting and starting to work out. Stay Tuned!