Last week I introduced “Real Moms Talk”, a monthly series where we will hear from different women on topics that we can relate to as moms. This month we are talking about losing the baby weight. As I mentioned last week, this is something I am right in the middle of. So, I am really excited to hear from some women that have successfully lost their baby weight.
Today, we have a guest post from a friend of mine, Kristin Buckner. I have known Kristin for many years and I absolutely adore her! I’m confident you will appreciate her wit, authenticity and heart for people as much as I do.
So you’ve just had a baby; carried that sweet little one for 9 months and now they are here (sigh)……yet you are still carrying something! That darn baby weight! If you are anything like me you hoped that every ounce you gained would somehow miraculously fall off (or get pushed out!) during delivery, but for many that’s definitely not the case.
I am now a mother to 3 kids, with my last being born December 2014 and fortunately I had lost the baby weight within a couple of pounds for each of my children, but with my third child being my last pregnancy, I not only wanted to lose the baby weight for good, but I set my goal to get down to my wedding day weight. Upon becoming pregnant, I was determined to “Eat healthier this time as to not gain as much weight,” although that flew out the window real quick and my mentality became “Now is the only time I can eat whatever I want so who cares… I am eating for two right?!” Anybody with me?! My husband also was so supportive and jumped on board with that eating plan too! Sort of kidding, but he had gained weight during this time as well, so as we neared the end of the pregnancy, we both knew a change was needed.
We had tried a few other diet plans before without being able to stick to them as it seemed like a lot of preparation and work on my part. I knew this time around we needed to do something that would stick, while we were still motivated and ready to start.
A friend of mine and her husband had been losing weight like crazy (and keeping it off!) and we had watched their journey on social media. I got in touch with her to find out more and she shared with me about a health program she was a part of. Sounded like a good fit for us and the results we had seen in others were shocking, so we decided to give it a try! Due to a vacation and some already planned events, we started our weight loss journey together two months after our youngest was born.
The program is a 5 & 1 program, meaning 5 meal replacements a day that are already prepared for you -think bars, shakes, snacks, soups, smoothies, brownie bakes, pretzels, mashed potatoes, lots of other choices…and 1 lean and green meal a day that you prepare on your own (5-7 ounces of lean protein and 3 servings of veggies). This program has you eating every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism up and getting your body into a state of fat burn, functioning at a high capacity all while giving your body all the nutrients it needs! This is NOT a crash diet. For all the nursing moms, there is also a Nursing Mothers Program, that incorporates the same meal replacements, but only 3 a day, and gives direction on how to incorporate additional foods from each food group to ensure a well rounded diet for mommy and baby, all while helping the mother get back on track with their weight.
The first few days were the most difficult for us, as we had been used to eating whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted, but we quickly fell into this easy routine and started to love how we were feeling. Our energy was great, we felt good about our choices, and we were losing weight! Together my husband and I lost over 45 pounds in 9 weeks! The biggest obstacle we had to overcome was ourselves….we had to make a daily decision to remember our goals, remember WHY we were wanting to lose the weight, and remember the success we had already achieved. So much of weight loss and eating right is a mental game we have to overcome.
If I could give any advice to a new mom, or a soon to be mom about losing the dreaded baby weight, I’d encourage you to:
1.) Discover your “WHY” and set a GOAL – rather than just saying you want to lose weight, set some goals for yourself to help keep you motivated and focused on the end result.
2.) Find Accountability – getting healthy with another person is very encouraging and helpful – find someone you can check in with to share your struggles and victories and that will check in on you to do the same. We are better together!
3.) Start New Each Day – if you get off track, don’t throw in the towel! Don’t quit and give up just because you make an unhealthy choice or poor decision. You can get right back on track and continue moving forward to your goals.
4.) Six a day – eat six small meals a day, high in protein and low in sugar to keep your metabolism working for you. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, closer to 100 ounces if you can! Your body, hair, and skin will all thank you!
5.) Don’t Wait – You can get started towards a healthier you today. No reason is worth putting it off!
I do believe that eating right and exercise are key to weight loss and healthy living but sometimes people need a program to guide them and give them a structure to follow. We needed that structure. Since losing the baby weight and getting back to my wedding day weight, I decided to pay it forward to help others in their health and became a certified Health Coach with the same program that helped me lose my weight. I have now helped over 40 people do the same; my clients are losing weight, achieving optimal health, reducing medications, and living a more healthy, active lifestyle. I’d love to chat with you and hear about your goals and see if our program would be a fit for you! If you’d like to know more about what I have to offer, please reach out to me at Kristin@hillsidefolsom.com.
Kristin Buckner is happily married, a mom to three children (6, 4, and 1 yr), a certified Health Coach, and Church Planter in Folsom, CA. Like yours, her days are filled with laundry, packing lunches, cleaning house, and chasing little ones! She loves Jesus, is an avid DIY’er, and loves to wander the aisles of Target and Home Goods!