Tommy is officially 4 months old this week. I am still 4-7 lbs heavier than my pre-baby weight but I no longer have a race to train for. This is the first time in 4 years that I have been without a fitness commitment or photo shoot scheduled. It’s a weird feeling.
Typically, I’m training or dieting for something. Right now, I’m just busy being a mom, working on my content and getting out of the house for my sanity! Whenever I say things like this though, something always comes along so I’m trying to embrace the present.
When I have a goal though, I NEED a date. I need something to keep me motivated and on task to reach it. Shoots and races do just that for me. I thought training for the half marathon the baby weight would melt off but it didn’t.
Breastfeeding does burn tons of calories but it makes me so hungry! I’ve been so paranoid about losing my milk supply that if anything, I upped my calories. I lost 20 lbs in 3 weeks after giving birth. I lost another 3 since then and now have about 7 pounds to go. I give credit to Brittany for helping me find what my problem really is.
I see pictures of Chrissy Tiegen 3 weeks postpartum and get a little frustrated that I couldn’t be more like her however she IS a supermodel. Social media makes it easy to forget that. Social media also makes it easy to take flattering pictures. I actually prefer to take a selfie so I can work the angles these days. See below. I took the one on the left. Nick took the one on the right. Which one do you think I posted? Yep, the one on the left. I also could have chosen a more flattering outfit and pose…
The afternoons are what get me. I eat a balanced breakfast and lunch but before dinner, I’m like a bottomless pit!
Pregnant, I had salty cravings. I was curious where my sweet tooth went but as soon as Tommy came out – it was back, stronger than ever. I’ve banned the chocolatey trail mixes unless they are portion controlled. I can’t buy cookies. These are some of my favorite ways to healthfully satisfy a sweet tooth, but I also have a new favorite.
I know I talk about milk shakes a lot on here but seriously, I have wanted them nonstop since getting pregnant. My new obsession when I want one is Silk Nutchello. It’s a delicious nut-based beverage that is more flavorful and creative than boring non-dairy nut milk. One small glass satisfies me, just Nutchello, ice and a straw. It’s also awesome in my iced coffee as the perfect afternoon pick me up, adding a little bit of sweet tropical flavor.
My favorite flavor is the Toasted Coconut + Cashews. It has just 80 calories per serving with 9g of sugar. It tastes more indulgent than it really is. I also really like the Caramel Almond + Cashews which has just 70 calories per serving. If you like the nut milks at juice bars, you’ll love the thicker consistency and sweetness of Nutchello.
Portion controlled foods in addition to better alternatives are helping me slowly lose the last few pounds. The peanut butter jar is getting banned next if I can’t get my act together!
So over the next few weeks, my goal is to lose 5-ish lbs by actually watching what I eat for once. This post on Women’s Health is a great kick in butt if you need a reality check. My favorite point is this, “For women, it’s 80% diet and 20% fitness when it comes to visible changed.” For me, this is so true yet my priorities for fitting in a workout are so much higher than paying attention to what I eat. I’m not eating french fries and sundaes on the regular but I can’t say I measure the amount of peanut butter I eat out of the jar on a daily basis either. You get my dilemma, right?
The last point is about how sugar and alcohol will seriously slow your progress… see above graphic. Will it ever be easy?
That was rhetorical. I know it will not especially since I have a 4 month old!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.