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Lose that belly!

>> Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If you know me in real life or if you have been following the blog, you know that I have 3 kids.  Two boys 4 and 2, and a sweet baby girl who is now almost SEVEN months old!  Time flies!  How and when did I ever get old enough to have three kids?!

Anyway, after having 3 kids, I must say that my belly isn't nearly what it used to be pre-kids.  I think most women say their body changes after having kids and mine certainly isn't an exception.  Even my friends who are lucky to get back down to pre-pregnancy weight shortly after birth say the number on the scale might be the same, but their clothes certainly don't fit the same.

I've heard for years how unhealthy belly weight is, so it's definitely something I want to say away from.  But it's easier said than done. Especially with my Type 1 Diabetes and PCOS.  My endocrine system is so far from normal which makes losing weight harder, but not impossible.

I recently read an article (that I found on Pinterest!) and thought I would share it with you.  It's "Top 10 Tips to Lose Your Belly Fat Quickly and Naturally".  The "quick" and "natural" were two of the key words for me :)  Especially since I am still nursing Molly, I can't take most supplements or cleanses.  Please note, that this is the image from the article and not of me! :-)

Pin It Here; source
Some of the tips were things I've always heard.  Like don't skip breakfast, work out (duh!), avoid alcohol and drink more water.  I never skip breakfast, I've been working out consistently, I don't drink alcohol (it messes with my blood sugar!), but I'm terrible with my water consumption and I know it.  Definitely on my list of things to improve upon!

But a couple of them were not as obvious to me.  Like get 7-9 hours of sleep.  I typically stay up late running and doing my Bible reading as well as cleaning projects that are not able to be completed with the 3 kids during the day.  So, I usually only get around 6-7 good hours of sleep each night.  Which my husband is always on me about but I'm not sure how to change.

The other one that really got me was to work out BEFORE you eat breakfast.  I usually work out at 10pm after the kids go to bed (thanks to my husband who drug the stinkin' heavy treadmill into the basement for me!) but then I can't go to sleep right away which doesn't help the whole sleep thing.  But the article said that if you work out before you eat, you burn your "excess fat" instead of the food you've eaten during the day.  Makes sense to me!  So, this morning, against all that is normal for this late-night girl, I set the alarm for 6:30 and got up and ran 2 miles on the treadmill (20min:50sec).  Not an awesome time and I felt like I was going to puke the entire time.  I have only done one other run this year that wasn't after dinner and I felt like puke during that run as well, so I'm not sure what it is.  I've done a couple of 3 mile runs, so 2 miles shouldn't really be that difficult for me anymore.

I guess we will see where it goes from here, but I'm going to stick with it and hopefully it will help do the trick!

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