How I Lost My Postpartum Weight In 8 Weeks

So, if you are curious on how to lose your stubborn weight, this blog post will help you, but I'm warning you, it's not an easy way out..there's no pills, shakes, weird diet plans. It took me hard work, self-control, and accountability.

This was me 8 weeks ago on the left and today on the right! 12 lbs. and TONS of inches lost!

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These pictures are super embarrassing! But, they definitely show how much weight I lost!

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I still have about 7 lbs until I am at my pre-pregnancy weight, but I am able to fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes again!

I have some friends who did the same thing as I did and lost 20+ lbs. Just depends on how hard you want it! I will admit, I didn't try as hard as I could, but I still got GREAT results. Ok, so here's what I did to lose 12 lbs. in 8 weeks.

Every day I followed this checklist:
___Contact with accountability partner
___Drink 64 oz water
___No food after 9 pm
___1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit
___2 cups veggies (or 3 cups leafy greens)
___MyFitnessPal food journal
___No sweets
___45 minutes exercise

This is all from the 8-week FIT challenge a friend of mine made on Facebook. If you are interested, the next challenge starts after the Holidays. If you give me your email, I will add you when the next challenge starts! In the group, we have teammates that you contact daily to share your successes or struggles with.

The first thing I did to prepare for the challenge was went to Wal-Mart and bought a big insulated cup so I could keep my water cold to drink all day. I struggled the most with drinking 64 oz. of water every day (exercising helps to get more water in though!) Also, I bought Organic Spinach, frozen sliced strawberries, and bananas for my daily breakfast green smoothie. It tastes AMAZING! I just put 2 handfuls of spinach, 6 oz of water, blend, then add a big handful of frozen strawberries, and one banana, and blend until it's all mixed well. That was the easiest way to make sure I got my veggies/fruit in everyday. One tip my mom taught me, was to make a big salad on Sunday night and eat on it all week! I love salads! I put spinach, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and some red onion in my salad. I have it pre-made, so for lunch I just throw some of that salad in a low-carb wrap, add some chicken and some ranch, Ta-da! Quick, low-calorie lunch! I also like Boca chicken patties! They are high in protein, and taste great on those thin sandwich buns with a little mayo!

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Also, I kept track of every thing I ate with the MyFitnessPal app. It's a great tool to show you the nutritional value of your food! The next hardest thing for me was the "no sweets!" I never noticed how much sugar I ate! I used to eat granola bars, yogurt, or some other sugar filled item for breakfast, no wonder I couldn't lose weight! I cut out sugary snacks, desserts, sodas (diet or regular), pretty much anything that you could sit down and indulge a bowl of! This didn't count bread, crackers, or similar items that aren't considered "desserts." That was a big boost in my weight loss! There is ONE cheat day a week, where you can eat sugary items. :) I learned to replace my sugar crave with an apple or some almonds.

The last, and most important key to losing weight is exercise! I started this challenge at 9 weeks postpartum, and I hadn't done any exercising since I had my son. So needless to say, I was out of shape! I started walking a mile 4-5 times a week, pushing my son in the stroller. Then I slowly increased my walking time, and started jogging closer to the end of the 8 weeks! I can now walk/jog 3 miles like nothing! :) I learned to love walking, it's a great way to relieve stress as well! I also use the Nike+ running app to keep track of how far I walk/jog.

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It's all things I already knew I needed to do, but when I had a checklist to do every day, it helped me get it done! I feel SO much better about myself now that I lost 12 lbs. and plan on keep going and following this checklist! Being fit is hard, but so is being fat! Pick your HARD!

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Remember ladies, your body is a temple, it's not yours, you are bought with a price! (I Corinthians 6:20) Just as you believe it's wrong to smoke, drink, do drugs because they destroy your temple, eating JUNK is just as wrong! God only gives us ONE body to serve Him with. The better you take care of it, the better you can serve him! I hope this post encourages someone to get fit! I promise you, you will feel so much better physically, emotionally, mentally, and you will look better in and out ;) of your clothes!

Now, here's the week of my outfits!

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  1. You're doing GREAT, Lauren! *_*

  2. Great job Lauren!!! So encouraging; and it's very interesting when you realize how much sugar or fat you're actually eating, some times even with food that you think are healthy, just because what you see on the brand without reading the contents... Thanks for sharing!!

  3. This was a great encouragement! I am trying to cut out sweets right now and this was a great motivator :) thank you!

  4. Wow, Mrs. Lauren! You look great!! I am wanting to get off a few extra pounds too, so you gave me some inspiration! :)

  5. This was very encouraging! !! I've kinda of slacked off my healthy eating habits but starting tomorrow vet husband and I are starting an exercise routine!! Thanks again for the reminder that my body is a Temple of God!!!

  6. Are you nursing, and if so, did it affect your milk supply?

    1. No. I'm not.. I stopped at 7 weeks.

  7. Awesome job! It's not an easy thing. I've lost 31# so far with Trim Healthy Mama. I love it!
    Keep up the good work!

  8. Great plan! I think I will try it! I already do the water. The tough part will be the no sweets for me. Did you continue with meats and breads?

    1. Yes, I ate normal portions of meats and breads. :)

  9. Also, it will be tough with no yogurt, I have eat light yogurt or greek yogurt everyday for years now.

  10. Wow! That's awesome, Lauren. Thanks for sharing!

  11. For nursing moms yes you need more calories but from the good foods. Cutting out sugar, drinking lots of water and exercise is not going to hurt your supply.

  12. Wow, amazing job! You look amazing :) As for your outfits, I love your scarves! But the striped top with leopard scarf is my fave!

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  13. Just curious as to why you stopped nursing. Is everything ok or just a personal choice? I actually lost weight nursing but am sure that is not the same for everyone.

    1. Well here's the many reasons I stopped: it was excruciatingly painful, I had thrush, I never produced more than an ounce, my son was losing weight, I was going back to work at 6 weeks pp, because of all those problems, it was making me go crazy that I couldn't do it anymore. So I stopped at 7 weeks cold turkey and never had one issue with engorgement which showed me even more I wasn't producing anything. I actually just hated it... It was a terrible experience. I hope next time around goes better.

  14. You look amazing. Thank you for the encouragement.

  15. Or, just nurse and drop all the baby weight in 8 weeks...AND eat normal. SO much better!!!

    1. That's not true for everyone. I did nurse for 7 weeks and i lost nothing. Nothing can take the place of exercising and eating real healthy food. That's actually quite offensive to say to me, considering I tried breastfeeding very hard and it wouldn't work out for me. I didn't produce anything and my child was starving. You should be careful on his judgmental you are to some moms, you never know what e
      they went through.

  16. Thanks for your inspiration! Can you share some of your snack ideas that replace the sugary ones?

  17. Hey Lauren. Followed the link from your newest post to this one this morning. I've never commented, but I just had to give you some encouragement. You are doing great at your weight loss. Keep up the good work! And don't let anyone make you feel bad about not nursing. I nursed my first child for a couple of months. We didn't have any problems with it, I just didn't like being tied down. It's nice to be able to let someone else take care of and feed the baby. I've had five children and nursed the first one and bottlefed all of the rest and they are all very smart, healthy human beings. You're right, we do need to be careful what we say to one another, and not be judgemental. Everyone is different, and that's OK. We need to be encouraging one another, not tearing anyone down for the choices we make.
    I also thought that I would add that you don't need to cut out yogurt all together. I don't know if you have or not, but yogurt can actually be a very healthy snack and great alternative for sugary snacks. I like to make a Greek yogurt parfait with a small container of plain Greek yogurt, about a quarter cup or so of blueberries, a Tablespoon or so of chopped walnuts, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. Not only does it have a ton of protein, fruit, and healthy nuts, it's a great alternative to other yogurts that are full of sugar.
    I think it's great, too, that you give yourself a cheat day. There has been conflicting thought on whether this is a smart idea or not, but I think it's a good idea. I am a sugar junkie, and I love dessert, and I can't imagine going through life never having dessert again, so Friday, Saturday, or Sunday we have dessert, or maybe have fast food for dinner, while the rest of the week we are careful with our diet.
    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I look forward to your new posts, and I have very recently decided that I would only wear skirts, especially in public, so you are inspiring me. Thank you for being an inspiration to ladies who desire to be modest and feminine.

  18. Another reason I have a hard time looking at blogs like this. I walk away feeling like even God shouldn't love me. I am plus size. I do take care of myself, not perfectly, bit I try. I am healthy: normal BP, bloodsugar, etc. Yet, I feel like I can only be a good Christian if I am thin and pretty. Try as hard as I might, its not going to happen. I just got to a point where mu weight doesn't fluctuate all over the place. If God does in fact love me exactly as I am I should, too.

    Another thing that doesn't let me fit in with modest christians...I can't have children.

  19. So you can't be judgemental to new moms but you can be judgemental to women who are heavy?

  20. No one is being judgmental to plus size ladies. This post is for ladies who need help in losing weight. If you are happy and content with being curvy, then more power to you! I on the other hand know I can work hard and be fit!

  21. While losing weight postpartum is an awesome accomplishment, I can't help but feel that this article is for mom's who only have one child. I only work part-time and have two little ones, but finding 45 minutes to workout is hard. I still try as best I can, but I know most women have a harder time after their second child.
    I know this was suppose to be an encouragement, but all I get out of this is how easy life was when I had just one to worry about and it wasn't big deal for me to turn to my husband and say, "you worked like crazy today but here, watch our child so I can go work out." I just can't relate to this at all.

  22. Jenny M, I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. I work full-time, 40+ hours a week, and I still make time to exercise. If you have two children, get a double stroller, or find a video to do in your house while they're napping. Where there is a will, there is a way! Believe me, I can make up a million and a half excuses to why I have no time to work out. But, my health is more important to me than my excuses!

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