Every pregnant woman’s goal after pregnancy is to lose the baby weight in as short a time as possible. One Nashville Tennessee mother found the motivation she needed and lost 28 pounds in seven short months. This Tennessee mom was always a bit overweight, and she began to really gain weight as she grew older. A lack of exercise and eating more high calories foods were contributing factors to this weight gain. After getting married and having her first baby she tipped the scales at 131 pounds. This doesn’t sound so high except this mother is only 4”11” in height. A second baby three years later had her ready to lose the weight and condition her body. She found running was her weight loss success and with a few easy tips can be your success story, too.
1. Follow your chosen weight loss program to the letter. This is the number one rule. Don’t skimp or change the boundaries. This Tennessee mom watched her food intake and only ate 1200 to 1400 calories per day. She used a notebook to document what she ate. At the end of the week, this notebook was scanned to find inappropriate foods and highlight healthy regimens.
2. After several weeks of documenting your eating habits, it is time to start an exercise program. Running is an excellent way to lose weight and combined with eating healthy, can be the best way to lose weight fast.
3. Stick to a sensible running plan and just remember tht the first few weeks are the most important weeks. Do not overdo your first runs.
4. Discuss your running ideas with your doctor. If you are currently overweight take it easy and just run to meet your weekly goal. Slowly increase your running distance and don’t be a clock watcher. The first goal is just to keep moving.
5. Wear the proper running gear and make shoes your first priority. Ensure that running shoes fit comfortably and do not slip when you run.
6. Purchase a heart rate monitor to check your heart rate. You do need to always make sure you are not over exerting. A monitor will also help maximize fat burning.
7. Keep to your running plan. A structured plan is vital for your success. Try not to run the same place every day; change venues. It is also a great idea to utilize the treadmills at your local gym once a week for variety.
8. Your focus should be on your health rather than your pounds. You may experience weight gain when exercising; this is muscle mass not fat weight. You will actually feel better, look better, and exercise better at this stage.
As with any exercise program, you do need to make sure you are in a healthy state. Get that yearly checkup and discuss your running plans with your doctor. You will find that he/she may have great ideas to get you running in style, with confidence and with success. The best advice is not to give up. Start slow and gradually work up. Don’t expect to “win the race” unless you try.