Losing the pregnancy weight is something I think most pregnant woman worry about, and it’s something that definitely plagued me while I was pregnant. The two main reasons were:
- Carbs are my best friend.
- I hate exercise.
The odds were not in my favour.
I was convinced that I was going to pack on the pounds when I fell pregnant, I envisioned myself being so huge that nothing but a king sized sheet was going to be able to cover me, but surprisingly I only gained 9kg in the 39 weeks. Honestly, I don’t know how that happened – I didn’t have morning sickness, I definitely was not dieting during my pregnancy and as I mentioned earlier, carbs and I are soul mates. Even though I gained less than I thought I would, it was still almost 10kg to lose. And yes, I know, baby and the placenta are huge contributors but I also saw this as an opportunity to finally get to my goal weight which meant I actually had 25kg to lose. And that is not a small amount! To date, I have lost 18kg. Below is a picture of when I was about 30 weeks pregnant (so I still had another 9 weeks of weight gain), I had put on 7.5kg on at this point. The second photo is one I took yesterday, 9 weeks and 6 days post partum. Although these pictures only show my stomach (because that’s where I have lost most of the weight), I have also lost weight in my thighs and upper arms.
Here’s how I did it:
Breastfeeding: I won’t lie to you, weight loss was the main reason I was so passionate about breastfeeding. Yes, it has amazing benefits for baby and of course it’s free but my word, it works wonders for dropping a good few kilograms. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the average woman secretes between 425 and 700 calories per day in her breast milk. Now I don’t know how many slices of white bread that translates into but I feel like it’s a fair amount. Breastfeeding also triggers hormones that help to shrink your uterus back to it’s original size, which in turn makes your tummy shrink. It really is a win-win in all aspects.
Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies: It’s all good and well that breastfeeding helped me shed a fair amount of weight but it left me with a tummy that was flabby and without much shape. OK, I had just had a 3kg baby living in there for 9 months, but still… This is where Mama Mio swooped in to save the day. The Bootcamp for Tummies is a 3 step program that only takes 5 minutes a day. That’s right, 5 minutes. 1 minute to apply product and 4 minutes of exercise.
Step one – Skin Tight Toning Serum: When you lose a substantial amount of weight quickly, your skin can look a bit stretched out. This was definitely the case with my tummy. It had gone from being stretched to the point of no return to looking like a bit of a deflated balloon. The Skin Tight Toning Serum has a four stage action to help perfect your skin’s tone and texture. Papaya extract exfoliates, Hyaluronic Acid (you all know how much I love HA) hydrates and plumps, Soy Protein Complex tightens and UniprosynTM uses anti-aging, anti-crepe, anti-wrinkle technology to get your tummy looking smooth. Although I still have a bit of jelly belly (let’s be realistic, it’s only been 10 weeks since I popped a baby out), the crepe-yness is no longer there and my skin is most definitely more taut.
Step two – Get Waisted Body Shaper: Jelly belly and muffin top be gone! Voted the holy grail of body shapers by The Daily Mail, Get Waisted streamlines the body as well as leaving the skin softer, tighter and smoother. It stimulates the circulation and reduces puffiness – hooray! Although I had lost a significant amount of weight, my torso looked shapeless and my bum a bit bleh, after using this product for a full month and a bit, my waist is more defined and I definitely feel like I have my curves back. Hooray!
Step three – 4 minutes a day exercise system: This literally takes 4 minutes. In fact, I did my little workout for today as I was typing the intro to this blog post. These exercises, designed by New York “ab guru” Julie Tupler have been designed to strengthen your back, flatten your tummy and improve your posture. I have found this invaluable, especially having a stronger back and improved posture – carrying a 5kg baby around all day really takes its toll and I found that I had started to stand with a very arched back all the time. Not anymore!
*** Make sure you read until the end of this post for something exciting! ***
Lucy Wyndham-Read workouts: I heard about Lucy’s YouTube channel while watching Anna Saccone Joly’s Snapchat one day (if you want to add me, my user name is mascaramimosas) and I decided to investigate. Now, I mentioned it earlier but let me just say it again, I really hate exercise. I hate motivating myself to do it, I hate actually doing it and I hate feeling sore the next day. Having said that, I know all about the many, many advantages of being active. Even though I had lost weight and all those pants I had stashed away at the back of my wardrobe were fitting perfectly again, I still wanted to be more toned and start to define some muscle groups (I’m talking to you bingo wings!). Lucy’s workouts are perfect for me! They are targeted, not complicated and take up a maximum of 15 minutes every morning. But the best part is that I do them in my pyjamas, on my bedroom floor. I literally just need to pick up my iPad, open up YouTube and roll out of bed. As I get stronger, I will do more reps of the exercises each morning and so the workouts will start to get slightly longer. But what’s an extra 10 minutes? If you are pressed for time but still want to squeeze some exercise into your day, Lucy has just started her “Tone Every Zone” challenge and let me tell you, it WORKS! Subscribe to her channel over here (and if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet, you can do that here).
And now for the exciting bit: I have a Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies kit to give away to one lucky reader! Your packaging will look different to mine, that’s because you are getting the newer, fancier version!
As always, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. To gain additional entries over and above that, simply follow me on Twitter and retweet my pinned tweet (it’s the one at the top of my timeline).
Just a few rules…
The competition will run until midnight on Monday 12 June.
Open to South African residents only.
Should the prize winner not contact me within 5 days, I will draw another name.
Good luck everyone!