Real Tips (from a REAL MOM) On Losing The Baby Weight…FOR GOOD!

Carey’s Story:

Mom of 2, Carey Hodgeson (who lost over 60 lbs permanently), shares her best tips to Losing The Baby Weight.

Carey says, “When I tried to lose the baby weight after my first pregnancy I just wasn’t happy. I was scared to eat food and spent so much time doing cardio but didn’t get me anywhere. I wanted to enjoy activities with my family but felt so tired all the time.

Because I over dieted, I was so scared to eat carbohydrates and fats. But after my second pregnancy and working with a Weight Loss Coach, I stated eating more nutritious foods (yes even carbs and fats) and I immediately had more energy and felt great! Plus the weight kept coming off!

I lost over 60 lbs by eating more food and doing less cardio. This gave me more confidence with what I was doing in the kitchen and the gym!

And by prioritizing myself, it made me a better mom because I can now keep up with my 2 children.

 

 

Nutrition Advice:

On Sundays I batch prep my food choosing a wide variety of healthy foods. But I also include meals to enjoy with my family portioned to my goals. This is so different than having to worry about every meal when people “diet”.

I recommend bulk cooking your proteins and carbs so everything is prepared in advance. Weigh everything and put into the deep freezer. I use lunch and dinner Tupperware for my frozen proteins/carbs and add in vegetables and then pop them in the kitchen freezer. I always have it ready so there are no excuses.

Some nights I want to have meals with my family so enjoy it guilt free! We have stir fry, tacos, fajitas, rice paper rolls for dinner I simply grab a frozen portion of protein and cook that having the same as everyone else. When my family is having something else to eat, I always enjoy some of what they’re having so we eat as a family but also have some of my freezer meals ready if it’s not enough food.

I don’t want my kids to ever see me dieting again and want them to know mom is confident with food and her body.

When I was starting to lose the baby weight after pregnancy, I started off with body weight exercises and bands to allow my body to recover from child birth. Every month we added more exercise into my program until I was fully strength training. I don’t recommend doing too much, too soon. And don’t recommend waisting your time on the cardio machines either.

Exercise Advice:

When it comes to working out, the gym time is MY time. I now exercise 45 minutes per day, 4 times per week doing mostly weightlifting and doing circuits and I feel great! There’s a big difference with how I feel when I don’t exercise. I love sweating in the gym knowing that I’m strengthening my body. It’s such a great feeling to know that my family is proud of their mom.

What I would recommend for new moms, start out slow but have a plan. I don’t want my kids to have body image issues and think the best way to do that is showing confidence with what I eat and how I treat my body.

 

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By |January 5th, 2018|Health and Fitness|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe is a Fitness Expert, Nutritionist, Health/Wellness Writer, Diet Coach, Contest Prep Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Mommy Blogger. After spending years as a Before and After Transformation Consultant for numerous Diet and Fitness companies, with campaigns being seen in countless magazines and television commercials across the world, Jennifer has now created a successful brand name for herself. Each day she motivates hundreds of her own clients from around the world including providing daily wellness tips on her website and various Social Media pages. As a Coach and motivator, Jennifer has a unique connection with each of her STRONG GIRLS and STRONG MOMMIES that stems from sharing her own wellness journey.

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