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Part 3: Postpartum Weight Loss Journey

**Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. I am sharing my experience and what worked for me. Everyone and every body is different. What works for me, may not work for you. Always consult your doctor before starting a new diet & fitness regime.**

So we’ve finally reached part 3 of my postpartum weight loss journey. It wasn’t easy getting here. In fact, I’m still on my journey. I am 20 pounds away from being at my target weight of 125 pounds (pre-wedding weight!!). These last 20 pounds are taking FOREVER to come off. That’s why I wrote these blog posts to motivate MYSELF! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will only work harder and smarter to achieve my goal. And I hope I’ve inspired some of you on the way too!

Snapshot of What I Eat in a Day

This is the most asked question I receive so let me give you a snapshot of what a day can look like:

MORNING HOT DRINK: I wake up in the morning, and the first thing I have is my warm apple cider vinegar and honey drink. I use boiled water. One tablespoon of ACV and a half teaspoon of honey. Mix it all together in the hot water and I drink this while I make breakfast. There are many benefits to this concoction. But thats another blog post ๐Ÿ˜‰ BREAKFAST: Breakfast usually consists of eggs, usually scrambled. If I have vegetables on hand (which I normally do!) I will toss them in. This is a whole avocado, I don’t eat the entire thing. My son usually eats atleast half. Avocados are good fats so they’re ok to eat, in moderation.
MORNING SNACK: Usually right before the kids naptime I get a BIT exhausted and hungry so in order to keep myself from binging on food once the kids are asleep, I’ll eat a protein date bite I made previously. In all honesty though, if I haven’t prepared these ahead of time, I will just eat a medjool date (or two!) on it’s own. Busy mama here whatever works! We ALWAYS have dates stocked in our pantry. ALWAYS. A sweet treat without the guilt (unless you overdo it and eat a ton LOL) LUNCH: If I workout after breakfast, then I will have a smoothie for lunch. My favourite is a mango, spinach, almond butter, chia and flax seed smoothie. Simple yet filling.
AFTERNOON SNACK: Usually consists of coffee and a snack like my homemade granola squares. This gives me a boost of energy to get through the rest of the afternoon. DINNER: I always pair a protein with a salad. It keeps me full longer. I do still eat rice, roti, quinoa from time to time but I definitely do not have it everyday.

I will also drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. It doesn’t always happen but it’s one of the things on my list to improve!

Some more tips I can offer to you all:

  • Drink water before you reach for that snack you’re not supposed. Most of the time your body just needs to be hydrated!
  • Morning workouts set the stage for the rest of they day. They will give you a boost of energy and my day go so much better when my workout is out of the way!
  • Set daily, weekly and monthly goals, they will be less overwhelming to attain
  • Limit caffeine-this is on my TO DO list!
  • Change up what you eat on a daily basis. I can’t eat the same foods day in and day out. It gets boring and repetitive.
  • Use the app MyFitnessPal to track everything you eat
  • One pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories. This works out to 500 calories a day that you will need to burn or cut from your diet.
  • Exercise is so important to weight loss but more importantly your energy levels will increase
  • Nutritionally rich foods are the building blocks to a healthy lifestyle. I do not refer to the way I eat as a ‘diet’, to me it’s a lifestyle change.
  • Treat yourself once you reach a milestone. Have that one cookie. Or your favourite ice cream. ย I never did cheat days the first few months of my lifestyle change because sweets are my weakness and if I had even one bite I would fall off of the workout regime wagon. I do have milestone treats now though. Just make sure it doesn’t become a daily obstacle for you!
  • Re-evaluate your workout plan and the foods you’re consuming if you’re not seeing results
  • Stress eating is real. I used to do it all the time. The “I had a rough day with the babies, I’ll have a brownie”, which ended up being 5 brownies. Don’t use food to feed your stress. I suggest doing some physical activity to combat the stress you feel! You’ll feel great afterwards and make a healthier choice if you need something to snack on afterwards.

I hope my postpartum blog posts have helped you out. I pray that everyone reaches their weight loss goals in a healthy manner. While I do still have some weight to lose, I can say that I feel so much better when I eat healthy and workout. It’s not really about the number on the scale, it’s about how you feel. And I feel good !! Healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

I always tell moms that it took time to put the weight on (9 months to be exact!) so it will take time for it to come off! The majority of us will have to work very hard to get back into shape but with the right food choices, workout plans and dedication and determination, we can do this! Here’s to being happier, healthier and feeling great!

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2 thoughts on “Part 3: Postpartum Weight Loss Journey

  1. Fantastic job Tabassum! I just recently started my post-partum weight loss journey, baby no. 2 is 5 months old, working out 5 days a week is so energizing and helps me power through the week Alhamdulillah. Making very similar food choices as yours, still need to get on the smoothie bandwagon though – got about 45 pounds to lose InshaAllah and this time I know itโ€™s the mental muscles I need to keep flexing so my determination grows and I see real results iA. Great to read your highly beneficial tips โ™ฅ๏ธ Way to go mama!

    1. Thank you! and thank you for sharing! I wish you good luck on your journey in sha Allah!

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