In this blog post, guest blogger @kashmirifoodie talks about getting healthy after having two babies in two years.
Life has been throwing me in all different directions since 2016, the year my son was born. Being a new mom/first time mom is HARD! I mean, NOBODY tells you that you will be up entire nights with the baby, or that your baby wants to feed EVERY two hours day and night.
Plus my son was colicky so he was literally ALWAYS up. CRYING. ALWAYS. Whether I was at home or we were out and about – yep – he was crying. I would say the first 5-6 months were like that. Ya’ll didn’t know that eh? Social media makes everyone’s life look soooooo easy but you can never know anyone’s reality unless you’re living it.
BUT then, I had had enough. Mostly, because I found out I was expecting again. So I sleep trained baby #1 [Ibrahim]. AND IT IS THE BEST THING I EVER DID. But that’s another blog post. Long story short – I got my full night’s sleep back. Baby was sleeping happily in his own room and overall happy and healthy, alhumdullilah.
Getting healthy after having two babies in two years
I never got the chance to lose the first pregnancy weight before I found out I was expecting again. So the weight piled on. I was getting huge and I weighed the most I have ever weighed in my entire life by the end of my second pregnancy. It was an all time high of 190 LBS!!!!! I know, it’s shocking! PLUS, I’m 5’2″ so it SHOWED!
I was this round ball waddling around by February 2017. Baby #2 arrived in February of 2017, weighing a mere 6.5 lbs and leaving me at 184lbs. I breastfed her for six months and it made me SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. I would grab the quickest thing to eat (which would be granola bars, which are high in sugar) because hey, now I had TWO babies to take care of!! My first baby wasn’t even a toddler yet
The weight just wasn’t coming off.
I was making horrible choices in food and I wasn’t working out because I was getting NO sleep. My 30th birthday rolled around in July 2017 and I was back up to 188 lbs and I looked 6 months pregnant (I wasn’t). I took a look in the mirror and decided that enough was enough. Not only were none of my clothes fitting, I didn’t even recognize myself. It was like I was swollen all over in a body that wasn’t mine. From that day, I made a promise to myself that this was not the mother I wanted my children to grow up with. This unhealthy, tired, miserable lady who had no energy.
That was the day I stopped making excuses for myself.
I let go of the “I’m too tired to workout” or the “I’m too tired to do any meal prep so I’ll just eat a Timbit…or 10”. Seriously. The lows you feel in this thing called MOTHERHOOD are REAL. And all too often, you find some sort of high in high sugar foods.
Anyways, a couple days after my 30th birthday I did some research and realized that I gym I used to go too offered daycare. So I strapped both babies into the double stroller and we made our way out to the gym and got our membership setup.
AND IT’S THE BEST DECISION I HAVE MADE SO FAR.
Not only do I get to workout for two hours (heck I can go workout two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon if I want because it’s included!), I get two hours BABY FREE! Sometimes us mom just need a mental break. Doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids. It’s BECAUSE we love our kids we can recognize that we need a break to be the BEST FREAKIN’ MOMS EVER. Granted I was hesitant leaving my babies in the care of others, but after going a couple of times I got more and more comfortable with it and the kids got used to it too. So I started working out 4-6 days a week.
I also started eliminating items out of my diet – the first being sugar. Yes, I caved on particularly strenuous days. But it happens to the best of us. But six out of seven days, I didn’t touch sugar. I replaced all sugar cravings with vegetables or fruit. Mostly vegetables (my favourite are bell ppers yummmmm).
The second thing I eliminated was dairy. I LOVE MILK. I literally used to drink a cup or two a day. OR have a bowl of cereal with milk. Oh and cheese. I could eat huge portions of cheese. But, I noticed I was getting bloated and once I eliminated dairy, the bloat disappeared. I felt so much better, too.
Next, I took out pastas and grains. I will still eat a roti here or there and some rice, but definitely not everyday. Calorie counting was also really important to me in the beginning of my postpartum weight loss journey. It helped me figure out how many calories were in the things I was eating. Once I got the hang of it, I started to realize what was best for me and what wasn’t. Now I stick to proteins with salads or vegetables. It sounds boring…..but you’ve seen my food photos on instagram…it’s far from boring!
So, here are some tips on getting healthy after having two babies in two years
Tips for Working out as a Mom
- As soon as you get up in the morning, change into your workout gear. If you’re dressed to go, you will make it to the gym 95% of the time. 5% depends on baby moods and weather.
- Go to the gym early in the morning. As the day goes on, I tend to get more and more tired from all the duties of being a mom brings (baby feeds, cleaning up kitchen, etc). Get your workout fix as early as possible to give yourself that energy boost that comes with it.
- Start off slow. I started with cardio for a really long time. Then I introduced weights. Do whatever you’re comfortable with! Change it up often so you don’t get bored!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself because results don’t happen overnight.
- Drink LOTS of water. LOTS.
Remember mama’s don’t be too hard on yourselves.
You did just bring another baby (or a couple, or a triple?!) into this world.
It took TIME to put on that weight, so it will take TIME to come off.
You got this! #getfitforallah
Tabassum, aka @kashmirifoodie, is a mama of two under two. Ever since becoming a mother of two little ones who love to eat, she finds it important to cook homemade and wholesome meals, free of preservatives and refined sugars. With the kids as her inspiration, she cooks healthy and nutritious meals for her family and shares her recipes on her instagram, in hopes of inspiring others. She made a postpartum lifestyle change through her diet and workouts and has lost 30 pounds so far. Tabassum loves loves going for hikes with her family, sewing baby skirts for her daughter (@kashmirifoodiebaby) and painting.