My post pregnancy weight loss story!

My post on a fitness site: http://fitness.makeupandbeauty.com/weight-loss-story/

Losing weight post pregnancy is a huge challenge. There is a general notion that it is nearly impossible to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, but I think when one is determined to lose all those extra kilos there is no point she will not. I gained so much of weight during pregnancy 17 kg to be precise. All my relatives used to say that I won’t get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. They even used to gift me big-sized dresses But there was not even 0.0001% doubt in my mind that I will not be able to lose the extra fat.

A bit of history:

I was always “not so thin, not so fat” type of girl. Who used to eat what she liked and never gave much thought of what is going inside her. I never had weight issues until I joined college. I started gaining weight and it was merely because there was no physical activities like the way, I had it in school. But never mind, I start avoiding fatty foods and was never ever overweight any time in my life, even in college. After completing my engineering and working for few years I got married in 2010 and got pregnant the same year. I gained hell lot of weight during my pregnancy.

I delivered my baby in August 2011 and my sis wedding was finalized for feb. 2012. I wanted to lose weight before her wedding. So here is what led me lose those extra flab. FYI, I had a c section.

Mind make up:

This would sound so stupid to you, but believe me mind has an important role to play in whatever we do, even in losing weight. Once you are determined no one in this world can stop you from achieving it!

* Never ever doubt that you won’t be the same, be 100% confident you will be.

* Every morning just feel that you got a bit lighter today (irrespective of your body weight).

* Feel that you are getting thinner with every passing day even though you are not.

Eating habits:

Be vigilant of what are you eating throughout the day. I used to munch on fruits in between meals. I am not so fond of fried food or packed food. I don’t like biscuits, chips, puri, pakoras, french fries etc. I am also not a big fan of sweet foods. In fact, I dislike it completely. But when I was pregnant and even during nursing period, I used to crave for it badly.

I could very easily eat down 10 jalebis or 2 big packets of chocolates or 3-4 pastries. And was really tensed about my this weird sweet tooth. Finally I came up with these two tricks to curb my craving.

* I kept on delaying. If suppose I want to eat pastries right now, I would delay it for ½ hr. or 1 hr. And will keep on delaying till there is no more craving.

* Suppose I want to have it really badly, I would have a very small portion of it and would eat it the slowest I can.

Other points:

* I used to sip lukewarm water just before going to bed. It helped me in reducing the tummy size.

* Whenever I used to get time or was feeding my baby I used to do tummy squeeze (Breathe in as you relax your abdomen, then breathe out as you suck your abdominal muscles into your spine. Hold till the count of 10). I saw this exercise in some fitness program on TV by some doc.

* I used to wear a tummy belt all through the day. That was given in the hospital only.

* I wanted to do yoga as I used to do it before. But time did not permit it so I used to walk daily for 1 hour. I read somewhere that walking has also some way of doing it properly. It was suggested to start walking slowly and then gradually increasing your speed. After achieving the peak gradually decreases it to the speed at which you started. So I followed it.

I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight in 9-10 months. But all those lactating moms please eat healthy as you have to feed your baby. Take Care!
xoxo
Shivani

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How to calculate your estimated or expected date of delivery(EDD)?

EDD calculation

EDD calculation

Whenever a woman gets to know that she is pregnant, the next thing on her mind is when she would be delivering her little bundle of joy i.e, what’s the EDD. The duration of pregnancy is 40 weeks, but 90% of the births do occur anytime between 39th to 41st weeks. Not to mention that in some rare cases like in pre-mature babies cases, it can occur even before that. But for EDD calculation, we consider 40 weeks as our benchmark. Ok, so now coming to the method.
You can calculate your expected delivery date in just 4 steps.

1) Take a paper and write down the first day of your last menstrual period(LMP).
2) Now shift the date to 3 months back.
3) Now add 7 days to it.
4) Last step, add one year to the date.

Here is an example,

1) Suppose the 1st day of your last menstrual period(LMP) is 26th Jan 2013. Write down on a paper.
2) Now shift the date 3 months back. In this case 26th Jan’13 will be shifted to 26th Oct’12.
3) Now add 7 days to it. So 26th Oct’12 will be now 2nd Nov’12.
4) Now add 1 year to the date. So 2nd Nov’12 will be 2nd Nov’13.

So your EDD is 2nd Nov’13! 🙂