Last week I posted a picture of myself before and after as a #throwbackthursday post to the time when I lost weight after I had my first baby.
Since then, I’ve received dozens of messages from people wanting to know how I did it.
First of all, let’s be clear that’s a throwback picture 🙂 I am not nearly as skinny, plus I had a second baby after that lol.
But I did manage to lose the baby weight I put on, and I was smarter the second pregnancy and didn’t eat everything in site because I though that’s what pregnant women were supposed to do lol.
Ok, back to the way I lost the weight though.
Basically, I let go of trying to get in shape as soon as I had the baby. When she was around 9 months old, I started going to the gym, and then slowly over time I started to shed the weight. Ramadan that year definitely helped me tone myself and put on more muscle than fat. I was working early hours as a news anchor, so I would have to be up any 4:30am. Basically that meant I would have sahoor and fast all day. I’d work out right before iftar. Then I would break my fast on something sensible with no sweets and head straight to bed after isha to be up early again for work.
And probably the biggest part was that I walked everywhere. We didn’t have a car at the time, and all we did was walk. I definitely noticed a difference once we bought a car and stopped walking as much.
That showed me really, two things:
1. Exercise really works
2. Portion control really works
Since then I’ve fluctuated up and down, which is normal. But I noticed that I now have more fat than muscle. I’ve become more sedentary than I’d like, and I’ve been trying to adjust that these last few weeks. I try to eat healthier and fill up on fruits and veggies and keep my sweet tooth tame.
It takes some time to get into the groove, and I’d say give yourself at least 2-3 weeks of trying something before you throw in the towel. By then you’ll get used to your new routine.
Another thing I’ve given up the last few weeks is diet soda. I noticed that it left me feeling bloated and with an insane sugar and carb craving.
Everyone is different though, so you’ll have to figure out your body and what works. Always consult a health professional before attempting anything.
And finally, don’t give up. You can do it if you set your mind to it. Try to think ahead and envision how happy you’ll feel when you’re at your best. You’ll have more stamina and be able to do more spontaneous things when you’re fit. You’ll also have a clearer mind, and better sleep at night. And I say this from personal experience.
Ditch the junk food and save it for a rainy day. Up you cardio and weights, and the next day when you’re feeling sore, it will be an amazing feeling that you are actually training your body to be stronger.
I know it’s hard, and I fall off from time to time, but I think the most important thing is that I never give up. I keep jumping back on, and you can too!
If you have small children it can be a challenge if you don’t have childcare. Take your time, and do something at home with a DVD, dance around the house, take the baby on walks, and know that in time you’ll be getting there, it’s just a slower process than someone who can workout all day every day.
It takes time, and when I took the after picture it was 2 years after I had my first baby. I didn’t even notice the change that happened. It was hard and it took a lot of time to see that difference. What I’m trying to say is don’t be hard on yourself if you’re struggling. It is a slow and hard process. If you give up one day and eat a bag of chips for dinner, that’s OK you can get back on track the next day. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure and have to “start over” from scratch.
I hope this helps, and if you’re on a fitness journey right now we’re in the same boat.
I’m trying to get rid of all this jiggle that appeared after baby #2! lol.