People keep asking me how I lost the weight after my last baby. I thoroughly expected to struggle with getting the 40+ pounds off my thighs, but ended up being several pounds lighter than before I was pregnant! All this, and I haven't gone to the gym yet. I don't know if it's what I've done or just luck, but I figured I let you know and you can make your own decision on what works.
There are two things I did differently after my second baby compared to my first. The main one? Breastfeeding. I stopped nursing my first son at four months. This time, I took a breast pump to work and continued nursing when I was at home. You can burn so many calories this way! Not to mention, it's great for the baby!
Why aren't all nursing moms back to their pre-baby weight? I have to pump at least twice while I'm at work, sometimes three times. My son is now eating baby food, so I am actually pumping more than what he would eat. Therefore, I'm burning more calories. While I pump, I sometimes do leg lifts or squats. Why not? I don't have anything else to do while I'm pumping!
The second thing I did differently has to do with my diet. A publicist sent me two boxes of these little nutrition bars called Clue bars. They are supposed to lower your cholesterol.
I am the health reporter at the station and she wanted me to find a patient and see if eating the bars for two months really lowers cholesterol. Great idea, but I didn't get anyone to play ball with me. So, the little Clue bars sat by my desk.
You know how it is when you have food right at your fingertips? Of course, I tried one, then two, thought they tasted pretty good and ended up addicted. I don't know if they're really good for you, but the nutrition label isn't bad:175 calories, 2g of fat, 7 g of protein. All I know is they really fill me up and I ate them every afternoon for two months instead of the usual half a box of Cheez-its!
Now I am out of Clue bars and suffering from withdrawal. I went to order some and realized they're $2.00 a bar! How can I spend that much on a snack each day when I don't even have high cholesterol? It's a dilemma. All I know is I ate a lot less during the day when I had those as a snack. We'll see if I start gaining more weight.NewsAnchorMom Jen