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.

Breakfast:

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

Lunch/Dinner:

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

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Have a wonderful weekend

xoxo

Stella

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6 Comments

  1. melissa ward
    November 23, 2013 / 7:34 pm

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

  2. Freda Idehen
    November 23, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    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. fredaidehen.blogspot.com

  3. StyleFash25
    November 23, 2013 / 9:34 pm

    I love your discipline dear; you look absolutely gorg post pregg. You know you are my post preg body role model…hehehe. Well donewww.stylefash25.blogspot.com

  4. 29ifeanyi
    November 24, 2013 / 9:10 am

    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

  5. Nelo
    November 24, 2013 / 3:39 pm

    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.

  6. Ngozi M
    November 25, 2013 / 7:31 pm

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