"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Sunday, January 4, 2009

have you tried it!!??!!

i am currently on the breastfeeding diet.
it is an amazing thing.
have you been on it?
it goes like this...
eat everything and anything you want
and lose astounding amounts of weight.
when i posted my 200EIGHT post i mentioned losing 45 pounds.
ok people, i had a baby, so 35 of it was the actual weight i gained while pregnant.
the other 10 i attribute to breastfeeding and genetics (thank you mother).
i had so many people comment on wanting to know my weight loss secrets...
now, this is probably not something many of you are currently doing;-)
so i figured i would share what my personal trainer taught me in rexburg.
if you really want to see results try the following
-30 min. of weight lifting 3x per week
this means 3 sets of 10-12 reps for toning.
do upper body and lower body, rotating each time,
mon: lower muscles & cardio
wed: upper muscles & cardio
fri: lower muscles & cardio
sat: just cardio, no weights
it's important to give your muscle groups a day off.
-30 min. of cardio
yup, that's it!
make sure you do the weight lifting first, then the cardio.
this is important so you will be burning fat while doing your cardio.
-start your day off with water and protein to kick start your metabolism
eggs & cottage cheese are great, but it does not have to be animal based.
soy is fab!
this is a great time to exercise, before eating,
but any time during the day is great.
-eat every 3-4 hours
go more than 4 hours without eating, ever!
this should be about 4 meals a day, but small meals
sample menu
breakfast: 2-3 eggs (eggs whites if you are watching your cholesterol) or cottage cheese with fruit
(just make sure it's some kind of protein)
lunch: 1/2 sandwich (try to get fiber & protein enriched bread), fruit, & veggie
snack: 1/4 c. peanuts or almonds (or any protein: like a string cheese, ademame soy beans, avocado w/lime & salt) & veggie or fruit
(do NOT skip this snack!!! this keeps your metabolism going)
dinner: protein, carb, veggie
dessert: stick to one sweet thing a day,
so if you have this after lunch then call it a day;-)
-breads are not bad
(sorry mr. atkin, just don't eat them at every meal;-)
-try to stay away from soda all together,
yes, this means diet soda too
(sad, i know, but research is showing that diet soda increases your cravings for sugary things and ends up hurting you in the end.
try cutting down to 1 diet soda a day, and then moving to 1 every other day or on special occasions like dinners out.)
none of these tips will work without the following:
stop eating when you are full!
this means eating slowly (try to always be sitting down) and drinking water with every meal.
i drink 4-5 liters of water a day, but before i was breastfeeding i tried to get 3-4 liters.
start off with 1 and work your way up:-)
(try to skip on juices and gatorades.
they usually have sugars that end up as empty calories.
some gatorades are ok, just read the labels first.)
remember, the number on the scale is not going to make you any happier than you are today
it's not about the weight!


Shane and Jessie Hayes said...

Thank Em that was a BIG help!! I can't wait to post pictures so you can see them I am going to print this all out and I have a plan but tomorrow or tuesday I am putting everything on a calender so I am SET! woo hoo....thanks again

Jocelyn & Daniel said...

Great advice Emily!! I'm trying to pump up the exercise to get the most out of my gym membership. They have a great daycare area so it's like playgroup at the same time! :) It makes me feel less guilty about taking the time for myself.

Heidi said...

I wanted to pop in and tell you thanks for this post! I've been a silent follower of the advice on it for a long time thanks to Amy (http://involuntarysmiles.blogspot.com/)! You truly have been soooo helpful! I have some insulin and thyroid problems that make it hard for me to lose weight, but I've never felt better since following your food advice! It just really is great! Thanks so much! :]