How I intend to lose 33 pounds and what to do before starting a diet
Smoothies for weight loss case study 1
This is the first in a series of blog posts describing my journey to lose my excess baby weight gained during my second pregnancy. I’ll be mainly drinking smoothies for weight loss and I’ll be regularly sharing my diet plans and progress with you. Hopefully this will help you on your own journey to get healthy and lose excess weight and I hope we can all support each other along the way.
Well despite losing my appetite during my pregnancy and trying very hard to make healthy meals throughout the last 9 months I’ve still managed to end up 33 pounds heavier after having my baby.
Why I want to lose weight
A lot of people might say that I’m not massive and I don’t really need to worry about losing weight but I want to get back down to my pre-pregnancy and ideal weight for a few reasons:
- I want to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. My maternity leggins that I’m still wearing have now split down the sides and I don’t want to buy a new ‘big’ wardrobe, and don’t want to be wearing maternity clothes now I’m not pregnant!
- I don’t like the way I look and don’t enjoy looking 6 months pregnant when I’m not!
- I am officially overweight and I don’t believe that being overweight is healthy.
- I want to take my daughter swimming and not be embarrassed about how I look.
- I feel healthier when I’m a lower weight.
- I want to stop eating junk as it’s not doing me any good and losing weight is a good incentive to eat more healthily.
- I’m not the role model I want to be for my children.
- I want to encourage others to get healthy and lose excess weight and I can’t do that if I am overweight myself.
- Clothes fit me better when I’m slimmer.
- I find exercise easier when I’m not carrying around all that excess weight and I find it easier to run around with my kids.
- I am less likely to break my chairs (yes I broke one of my chairs when I sat on it recently!)
Is it better to focus on weight loss or healthy eating?
A lot of people don’t like to focus on weight loss but just on healthy eating and in an ideal world I think yes we’d all just care about what we put in our bodies and then our weight would sort itself out. Yes we should be more concerned about diseases and heart attacks than what we look like. But our weight affects or self esteem and it’s very obvious to ourselves and other people when we’re overweight so it makes us feel worse about ourselves than what is going on in the inside of our bodies where we can’t see the damage we are doing to ourselves.
Blogging about my weight loss
I am aiming to start a case study to lose my excess weight and do it publicly over my website so that it will hopefully help you to either get healthier or lose weight. I’m going to tell you what I’m eating and how much weight I’m losing so that it encourages you too.
I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to start yet, only that I know I will do it. It’s very hard to set an exact date as I have so little time and energy for focusing on myself at the moment. But I know that things will settle with my baby fairly quickly and that will be the point that I’ll start to lose my weight.
Funnily enough I gained almost exactly the same amount of weight that I did during my first pregnancy. I also put on about 7 pounds after I had my baby (so much for breastfeeding helping you to lose weight fast!) and it took me about a year to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. The pattern after having my second baby seems to be very similar except I don’t want to wait a year to lose the weight this time.
Why I’m still gaining weight after having a baby
I think I end up putting weight on after giving birth because I’m so tired that I end up craving sugar and giving in to my sugar cravings. I don’t have time to make any healthy food for myself so I end up eating processed rubbish. I am also eating a lot of healthy food at this time such as salads, fruit and smoothies along with my meals but I’m also shovelling a good number of chocolate bars down my throat in the evening. I’m eating them like I eat biscuits, 2 bites and they’re gone! I could easily eat 10 chocolate bars in the space of about half an hour. When I’ve only had 2 hours sleep for the past week all common sense and willpower completely flies out of the window.
So that’s why I’ve decided not to commit to starting a diet until I’m getting slightly more sleep. I think sleep deprivation has a lot to answer for. If you are finding it hard to control your eating then a good place to start is to get to bed earlier. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about eating healthier if you’ve had a good night sleep.
My husband is getting through this tough time with coffee but I can’t drink the stuff, so chocolate it is for now!
I have some great ideas about diet plans that I intend to share with you. I have 3 weight loss strategies that all involve green smoothies. I’ve actually written a weight loss diet plan ebook too. And until now I’ve not needed to use it, so it will be a great start for me to actually put it to the test and see if it works.
Smoothies for weight loss
I invented Green Thickies (full meal green smoothies) soon after I had my baby for the following reasons:
- They saved me time making meals
- They saved me time washing up
- They saved me time eating meals
- They didn’t go cold while I attended to my baby (already cold)
- I could sip them inbetween attending to my baby
- They filled me up
- They gave me energy
- They were very healthy
- They helped me lose my baby weight
So with all these great reasons for drinking green thickies, why on earth would I want to do anything else this time around. I get a lot of emails from people asking me exactly what I ate for weight loss so this time I’ll be sharing all these details with you.
Weight loss without counting calories or weighing food
As I’m currently nursing my baby I’m not going to be restricting my calories at any stage. I don’t actually believe that anybody needs to restrict their calories to lose weight as I don’t think all calories are created equally. I think eating the right foods had much more to do with it. I absolutely love my food and I can stuff down twice as much food that I actually need in a day and enjoy every mouthful of it. But when I eat junk such as chocolate bars and refined sugar I just crave more and more and I never seem to be able to be satisfied enough to stop. Regardless of whether I’m hungry there is always a ‘sweet compartment’ in my stomach that is like a bottomless pit for chocolate bars and biscuits.
However when I eat unprocessed healthy plant based food the complete opposite happens, I actually feel full, satisfied and my cravings completely stop. I’m able to maintain my ideal weight without counting calories or measuring food in any way.
My friend made me this ‘Green Thickie’ baby boy present out of baby boy clothes. How cool is that? Such a thoughtful gift. I love it!
What you need before even beginning weight loss plan
But for me to be able to start a healthy plant based diet I need the following:
- A good night sleep
- A little bit of time (not much) to prepare some food in advance
So when my baby starts sleeping slightly longer and spacing out the time between his feeds I’ll be starting my new healthy diet.
I think a big part of losing weight is also accountability so that’s why this blog is perfect for me. I can stick to things if I have an audience and people that I have to explain myself to. So I thank you for holding me accountable. I’d also like to hold you accountable too and I’d love for us to support each other, so I’m think of ways in which we can do this. If you’ve got any ideas how this might work I’d love to hear about it in the comments or feel free to email me at greenthickies at gmail.com although I’m afraid I don’t have much time to reply to emails at the moment but I do read every one.
UPDATE: Thank you so much for the suggestions. I’ve started a new Facebook group so that we can help to encourage each other to get healthy and reach our ideal weights by drinking smoothies. I’d love it if you joined the Green Smoothies for Health and Weight Loss group so we can all support each other.
You can read my next week’s struggle getting back on to a healthy diet and my battle with sugar addictions.
You can read how I lost my weight previously with green smoothies:
- How I lost 56 Pounds with the Green Smoothie Diet
- Sun Dream Orange and Banana Smoothie and my weight loss progress
- How I lost 5 pounds and dropped a dress size in 7 days: My Green Thickie Challenge (Pt 2)