Since I started focusing on trying to drop some of the baby weight, I've found my motivation kind of comes in waves. Anyone else find that to be true for them too?
Even so, I have still seen some success! In the last almost 5 weeks, I've lost a total of 11 lbs ~ 171-160lbs. I've lost 2% body fat, decreased my BMI by 2 and increased my water by almost 2%. I'd still like to get lower in my body fat, and BMI, but that is more of a diet thing I need to work on. I also started tracking my chest, waist, hips, and arm measurements this week, and am excited to see changes there.
Here is what I've learned so far:
I went to the spine & nerve doctor 2 weeks ago, where I was told that I should be exercising, but that it needed to be low impact to prevent further irritation of the ruptured disc (it was largely the high impact, too soon post baby workouts that got me into this mess in the first place).
He recommended biking, swimming, walking and elliptical.
I kind of hate walking, so here is what I found that I do like:
Easy jogging on my mini trampoline.
I got this one from Walmart, because it had a handy little pedometer that counted your jumps and calories and all that, but I broke that part anyways, so I would recommend this cheaper one.
I also have really been digging this little video lately.
It's only 10 minutes long, so I can do it once, twice or three times depending on my schedule. It also is pretty low impact, so I haven't had any problems doing it. I'll usually follow it up with some isolating exercises for either my legs, arms or core, or a combination.
I've been reading a few articles about nutrition & diet, & here are some little nuggets I've come across:
- If you want to get uber, crazy healthy, avoid processed sugars after 3 in the afternoon (I know). I'm still working on that one.
- Chewing your food well is almost as important as what you are eating. The more you chew your food, the easier & quicker your body can break it down.
- You can get a lot of the protein you need without eating meat at every meal. Meat (especially red meat) should be eaten sparingly
- Except Salmon. Have as much salmon as you like.
- Water. Drink it. Like all. the. time. If you have a drink before meals, it will help satiate you. Drinking one before bed will help you sleep better. Drinking one when you wake up helps get your systems going. When you get the munchies, drink something first. You might just be dehydrated.
So that is basically it for now. Hopefully you found something useful. If not, let me know what you would like me to try!
Diet and motivation are still the hardest things for me. I'm thinking I might cook up a little health competition. Would anyone be interested in joining in if I worked it out?