How to Lose Weight after Pregnancy

Note:  This is a re-post  – extracted from the author’s other blog. 

One of the things I have promised myself to do is to loose the pregnancy pounds. Who wouldn’t?  Losing those packed-over-the-months-not-needed-at all pounds would definitely ease movements and of course, for self motivation – in every sense! 🙂  There are many, many tips out there addressing or discussing this ‘concern’ and I’ve kept something here to start with.  It has been months now and how am I keeping up you may asked, well, not as expected.  It’s definitely not easy!  Good luck to me!

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Top Ten Ways to lose Unwanted Pregnancy Weight

Dec 17, 2006 Brenda Lane

  1. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day. Replace your high sugar beverages such as sodas and juices with some water and a squeeze of fresh lemon. You could also try flavored seltzer water which has no calories. You can cut out hundreds of calories a day this way.
  2. Keep healthy snacks handy such as raisins, popcorn, wheat crackers, and nuts. Refuse to buy store-bought baked goods or junk food.
  3. Eat lean meats such as boneless chicken and the leanest cuts of beef.
  4. Eat whole grains (breads, cereals, pastas) instead of the “white” versions
  5. Don’t be fooled by foods that are labeled as nonfat. Some are loaded with calories and can have hydrogenated vegetable oils and/or high fructose corn syrup, neither of which are healthy. Read your labels!
  6. Resist the urge to indulge in a fast food meal. Or if you do, order the salad and not the fat-filled burgers and fries.
  7. As soon as you feel ready, start light exercise. Weather-permitting, take a 10 minute walk with the baby every day and slowly increase your time to 20 minutes per day. Babies can be worn in a snugli or sling or you can use a baby jogger or stroller when they get too heavy. Even better, walk at a regular time with a friend.
  8. Find easy ways to increase your exercise like parking farther away or using stairs instead of elevators.
  9. Breastfeeding uses up your fat stores! Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories per day so the longer you breastfeed, the more calories you burn.
  10. Consider joining a gym and trade babysitting hours with a friend so when you each go to do your workout, the other can watch the babies. Some gyms may offer babysitting services as well.

Just remember it took 9 months to gain the weight; give yourself at least that long to take it off. I am not a fan of completely avoiding or drastically reducing food groups such as the popular diets of limiting carbs or sugars. I believe the more you deprive yourself of an occasional treat, the more you will crave it.

It is consistent exercise, making healthy food choices and changing your lifestyle (if that includes a poor diet) that is the answer to losing weight and keeping it off.

chicken pox!

My horrible feeling has been confirmed! Nearly 7 months old now and Sean has chicken pox! Ian had just had it.Though we tried to separate them as part of preventive measure, seem impossible to avoid the other from contracting it.

I noticed a red spot that looked like a blister on his bum when I bathed him last friday. There were a couple of other tiny red spots in other parts of his body too. This morning, the spots doubled and looked bigger, even cropping up on his head! He has lost a little bit of appetite. I have read that the older you are, the worse they are. So, in a way, I am glad that he has it now. I just hope his is not a severe case.  Ian’s was just a mild one.

Sean had his immunization jabs for HEP B and Measles a week ago. As a result, he had fever on and off for four days and had just recovered.  His appetite picked up right after and yesterday, it was down again. Poor Sean.  What’s comforting is, he has low grade (or none) temperature.

Chicken pox do itch. Itching is a sign that our body is doing its job defending itself(babycenter.com). When Sean starts scratching here and there and makes soft crys, these surely indicate the itching uncomfortable. Before finally dozing off at night, he would toss left and right for quite sometime, touch his face, ear or head.

Yes, this thing called chicken pox makes sleeping difficult!

Apart from the calamine lotion and an oral prescription, to help reduce the swelling and itching, we have also grabbed some dried leaves, stems, etc. to be brewed for herbs for his bath, just like we did on Ian. I think these baths do wonders to relieve the itching – its calming effect is obvious. Sean napped more than two hours after bath this morning!

When Ian had his chicken pox, he felt but little itchiness. Applying talcum powder to the affected areas (as a compress) equally helps.  This ”ordeal” is supposed to end after 3 to 4 days. In a week to 10 days, the  liquid-filled blisters called vesicles will have formed scabs and the itching should then slowly fade. (babycenter.com)

Just a little sharing:  Ian asked why Chicken Pox is called chicken pox. I googled and actually came across a site that explained the reason the word ‘chicken’ is used.  It is supposed to be a synonym to ‘cowardly’ or ‘weak’.  The disease has nothing to do with chicken. Ian’s next question was, “why is the chicken weak?”   “Afraid of what?”

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