How I Lost Weight After Baby #2

Summer is now 15 weeks old and after focusing on my diet for the last 30 days I have dropped the baby weight (more or less) and am now back to the same size I was before I got pregnant. I’m so shocked I was able to lose weight after a second baby as I was truthfully expecting it to take twice as long as last time and/or my body would be ruined!

I started March 1st with a new range of products and have stuck to them and a diet plan for the last month. It sounds ridiculous but I have honestly never stuck to a diet longer than a week. I’m a sucker for cravings and eating like a little pig and find sometimes when I start I can’t stop!!

It took me 8 months to return to my pre baby weight after my first pregnancy and that was with no diet or exercise.  I think it was just breastfeeding and forgetting to eat! This time around I knew I certainly wasn’t going to have anymore babies anytime soon and this is my chance to really focus on getting a good body and feeling good about myself.

I’m sharing this because I want to outline an easy healthy eating plan that I followed, while still having cheat meals and also to let Mums know it is possible to still get back to what you were after another baby!

The basic structure of the plan I followed was:

A morning protein, meal replacement shake within half an hour of waking up, made with water and ice

Between breakfast and lunch: a raspberry leaf tea with aloe vera and a snack (200 kcals, 10g protein)

Lunch: a healthy balance of meat, veg/greens/salad and good carbs (protein based if possible)

Between lunch and dinner:  a raspberry leaf tea with aloe vera and a snack (200 kcals, 10g protein)

Dinner:  a healthy balance of meat, veg/greens/salad and good carbs (protein based if possible)

All while drinking 2-3 litres of water a day.

This plan was so easy for me to follow, the shakes are ok for breastfeeding and if I don’t have time to make lunch I can easily have two shakes for breakfast and lunch. They come in loads of flavours so it’s good to mix it up and not get bored. The teas contain caffeine to keep me going after a long night, but are under the recommended dose of caffeine for breastfeeding mothers. The teas also give me something to do when Im bored and thinking about food. It’s often that long wait between meals when you’re trying to be healthy that makes it more tempting to snack on rubbish, but this plan encourages you to snack and drink 2-3 teas a day. The aloe vera in the teas flushes out your system and is great for your gut. The snacks within the bracket are yummy (Protein bagel with Almond Butter, Nature Valley Protein bars, LIDL Peanut protein balls, Protein bagel with turkey and tomatoes, Hard boiled eggs)

A Few Meal ideas:

  • Bolognese with mushrooms, protein pasta, spinach and salad

  • Chicken cooked in salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with salad, roasted vine tomatoes and cucumber

  • Fillet steak with mushrooms, tomatoes and salad

  • Sweet chilli salmon, tenderstem broccoli, lemon and thyme rice

  • Fishcakes with salad

  • Mushroom risotto

  • Chicken fajitas (amazing cooked in the slow cooker)

  • Halloumi, chicken and veg wraps

  • Jacket potato, tuna, salad

  • Hand cut homemade chips, portobello mushrooms w/ blue cheese and broccoli

  • Roast chicken w/ all the trimmings

I haven’t been too strict but considering our diet used to be a lot of lasagnes, chips, cottage pies, takeaways plus a luxury desert most nights like cheesecake or apple pie with custard - we have been really good these last 30 days! (I’ve been doing this diet with Luke)

By eating better I have so much more energy in the mornings and feel really good inside and out. I’ve had to buy a belt to keep my jeans up that I bought in January and got my box of summer clothes out the garage a lot sooner than I’d anticipated fitting back into them!

I signed up to the company (Herbalife) so that I could get discount on the products as they are quite expensive without so do message me ( if you want to try the same. They sell the shakes, teas, aloe and more. I feel so proud of myself for actually sticking to it and I’m chuffed with my results!

1 month post-baby vs 15 weeks post baby (30 days on plan)

1 month post-baby vs 15 weeks post baby (30 days on plan)

30 day results from the plan, before and after

30 day results from the plan, before and after

8 months pregnant, 15 weeks post baby

8 months pregnant, 15 weeks post baby

I’m definitely going to stick to the plan so will keep this page posted. I’m keen to start exercising as I bet that speeds up the process too! So far all I do is run around after a crazy toddler and walk the dog!

I wouldn’t say I’m at my end goal but it feels really good to feel good about myself again! And it hasn’t been difficult at all, not once has anything tasted disgusting or left me feeling hungry. It’s been the perfect plan for me and I’m so happy!