Saturday, November 23, 2013

Not So Secret...Post Baby

Staying healthy before and during my pregnancy really helped me get back in shape after delivery. This included a routine of fitness exercises and a healthy diet. My Pilates exercises were modified at each stage of my pregnancy and I continued until Nolan’s birth. While pregnant, I walked a mile or two during lunch breaks which included climbing approximately 100 stairs (6 – 7 floors). Though I had some cravings during my pregnancy, I tried to maintain a healthy eating habit. Some of my cravings included mangoes, okra soup and lots of pina colada.

After delivery, I used a belly girdle  which was pretty helpful but what I attribute mostly to my post pregnancy weight loss is breast feeding. I breast fed my baby exclusively and the more I continued, the more I noticed a weight loss and ironically, my appetite increased. As a result, I ate smaller portions and stayed away from junk foods. About 3 months later, I switched to moderate carbs with more proteins and veggies.

Currently, I am enrolled in a group fitness class which includes Zumba dance routines, energetic weight training and “kick, punch and jab” energizing cardio sessions. I try to exercise consistently and monitor what I eat based on availability and practicability. I drink a lot of water and below is my current meal plan.

Ø  Oatmeal
Ø  Cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond milk)
Ø  Omelet with egg whites
Ø  Wheat bread (no more than 2 slices with 1 boiled eggs)
Ø  Greek yogurt with fruits or granola, almonds & walnuts mixed

Ø  Rice with veggies (broccoli, string beans, cauliflower, mixed vegetables)
Ø  Chicken (boiled or baked) with veggies
Ø  Fish with rice & veggies
Ø  Salad and chicken (love Chicken Caesar salad)
Ø  Rice with efo or egusi (Traditional vegetable soup)

*Usually I eat 1-1/2 cup/s of rice…brown rice preferably

Snacks (snack a lot)
Ø  Carrots
Ø  Mangoes, strawberries, apple, banana, cranberries, plum
Ø  Saltine crackers
Ø  Peanut butter & crackers
Ø  Dried banana chips or almonds

Try this belly girdles here:

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Have a wonderful weekend


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melissa ward said...

Great post !!! I've been on my clean eating for 23 days now feeling amazing

Freda Idehen said...

yeah,i agree with you on the girdle and breastfeeding issue.After i had my son i noticed using the girdle helped make my tummy firm and breastfeeding was such a fast fat burner.

StyleFash25 said...

I love your discipline dear; you look absolutely gorg post pregg.

You know you are my post preg body role model...hehehe. Well done

29ifeanyi said...

Lovely Stella... Totally agree on the breastfeeding am still exclusively doing it n my LO is 7 months however the hunger lol...gud thing am slim n still wear size 10/12 uk

Nelo said...

Woow you are so disciplined and so gorgeous. Thank for the post. It was very generous of you to share. Learnt a thing or two. I just got married myself and cant wait to be a mum too.

Ngozi M said...

Your discipline is quite commendable! You look lovely, well done

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