Since I gained so quickly, I was a little stressed about taking it off! And contrary to what lots of people told me, I did not lose 10-15 pounds before I left the hospital. Due to being on an IV for over 48 hours, I actually gained weight. Yep, I'm the only person I know who can give birth to an eight pound baby and leave the hospital five pounds heavier than when I went in...thirty pounds heavier than when I got pregnant.
Due to delivery complications, I was not allowed to work out for twelve weeks. I wasn't concerned with losing all the weight, but I wanted to have it all off by the time Georgia was four months old. I adopted a healthy meal plan and lost all of the weight within the first month.
Here's what a day of eating looks like for me, it's about 2,000 - 2,500 calories, depending on what I have for dinner and lunch.
Breakfast: A bowl of cereal with skim milk (sometimes it's Kashi, sometimes it's Lucky Charms or something equally sugary) or two Eggo waffles and a Yoplait Fat Free yogurt. Orange juice (the kind fortified with extra calcium and vitamin D). Fruit - something fresh or a Dole fruit cup.
Snack: Sometimes a smoothie made with milk, a spoonful of yogurt, berries and other fruit. Sometimes just a yogurt and maybe a fruit. Sometimes no snack if I get busy and Georgia wakes up before I have a chance to eat.
Lunch: Tuna or boiled egg sandwich on whole wheat with some kind of veggie (usually green beans or corn). Or leftover dinner from last night + a veggie if we have it.
Snack: A glass of V8, baby carrots and hummus. Fruit and crackers or toast, sometimes cheese too if I'm still hungry. Sometimes Greek yogurt with honey too.
Dinner: I try to cook fairly healthy, and every dinner has two portions of carbs (bread, tortilla, pasta), meat, and lots of veggies. Some of the recipes I like are posted here, but I search Skinny Taste and Cooking Light all the time for ideas. If there's no dairy on the menu, I usually have one of those fat free Yoplait yogurts designed to be dessert (Black Forest and Strawberry Shortcake are my favorite).
Snack: If I'm up past 10, I usually have a small bowl of oatmeal, cereal or a healthy homemade muffin (blueberry or banana) with milk or yogurt to avoid waking up famished. This was crucial early on when I was up all night feeding Georgia, but now that she sleeps I usually don't need the late snack.
I also try to drink 100 ounces of water every day. I just feel better when I do. More often that not I have a can of Coke or a Starbucks Frappucino during the day, too. I buy Crystal Light by the truckload from Amazon (it's so cheap!) and I'll have a jazzed up water in the afternoon or with my dinner if I need something sweet.
What are your favorite healthy snacks and meals?