Well here I am again! It's now been 5 wonderful months with my new baby. I will admit that getting back in shape this time around is MUCH harder than it was with the first one. In addition finding the time and energy to do everything with 2 kids has been more of a challenge. I keep looking ahead and know that I will get to my goals, but have to accept that it's just taking a little longer this time. Having the second C-section in 2 years does not help either!
Since I am constantly hungry, due to the nursing, it's important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times to keep me from gaining weight. If I don't eat often I get very low blood sugar and even shaky. I will not be sad this time when its time to stop nursing Chloe, since I'm ready to have a normal appetite again. I have been asked by many to post what I am eating. Here is a sample of what I eat. It changes daily. There are several extra snacks than normal for me in addition to more carbs. This is intended for those who are burning lots of extra calories due to intense training and/or nursing moms.
Breakfast - 1/4 cup Brown Rice Hot Cereal
2 Egg whites with 1 yolk
1/2 Grapefruit (with the white part on)
Snack - Handful of Trail Mix - Almonds, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Pepitas and Pecans
Snack - Mary's Gone Crackers, Carrots, and Hummus
Lunch - 4-5oz of Lean Turkey Breast, no sodium (not the processed deli crap)
Large Green Salad with Spinach, Kale, sliced peach, walnuts.
Dressing is a mixture of Flax Oil (pesticide free), EFA oil blend, balsamic vinegar, squeeze of lemon and a bit of pepper.
1/2 cup Black Beans or Brown Rice Tortilla
(if craving something sweet I sneak a square or two of 85% Dark Chocolate)
Pre- workout meal - Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein - 1 scoop of Vanilla in 8oz cold water
1 TBS of Raw Almond Butter
1 Tsp of Quantum Greens Mix Powder (Premier Research Labs)
Sometime another Brown Rice Protein shake or Fit 365 depending on how much time I have. I also carry Larabars with me.
Dinner - 3-4 small Organic Chicken tenders
Grilled Red, yellow, and green peppers w/ onions
Snack (Dessert) - cut up Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries with a dab of Whip cream. 8-) or unsweetened applesauce. Every now and again hot oatmeal before bed.
There you have it! I have had to put the Hot yoga on hold since I was losing way to much water, which again causes me to lose milk. Instead I am taking more power type yoga. Still enjoying my intense, but short kettlebell and bodyweight workouts.