Many women are scared of stepping on the scale after giving birth.
Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, you may have a long road before you get back to your “normal” weight range after pregnancy. A lot
of this weight is shed off immediately after giving birth because your body no longer needs an amniotic fluid or the placenta, but you will still be heavier than you were before pregnancy.
How can you shed this weight and reclaim your body?
Lets be honest, there is no magic trick, but aside from the obvious (good eating habits working out…etc, a lot of it is your mental well-being. Having an infant to take care of is WORK. A lot of work. Where are you going to find the time to take care of yourself? Or even more so, where are you going to find the motivation?
Here are some suggestions
- Remove bad food from the house: “You are what you eat.” If you are eating junk food, it may make you feel like junk. Remove the HORRIBLE, over the top, high calorie food that you allowed yourself when you were pregnant.
- Surround yourself with people that have similar goals: Most new moms are in the same boat. Bond with moms that need to find their motivation. You could build great friendships, and feel great about yourselves in the process.
- Change your relationship with food: Recognize that food is fuel, not a “treat.” Food is a life line for you in a time when you need to replenish important vitamins, and this is especially true if you are breastfeeding.
- Get out and get active: Studies show if you can get some vitamin D and just go for a light walk, you are doing a HUGE service to yourself. This will help your overall mood AND help shed some calories
I know what you are thinking “clearly, the person writing this article doesn’t have kids of her own.” I do! In fact, I have twins. I am fighting the thoughts of feeling fat every day. I am not writing this article as someone who has concurred my weight loss journey after kids, but as someone who is always working on it.
I have been using hypnosis for weight loss, and it has really helped me get back on track mentally- which is the first step. Through hypnosis I have been able to change my relationship with food and find the inner “me” that I want to be.
So these tips may not be news to you, but the power to put them to use comes from what I have learned through hypnosis. If you don’t believe me – try it. The INLP Center has a free mp3 you can test out. Once you are hooked, you can thank me later.