Body After Baby: Your Questions Answered

We only have five weeks left of this challenge.


We only have 35 days left until our pictures are going up on the internet.
In case you need a reminder or for any new folks, you can find our “before” pictures here.
Stay strong everyone! Stay strong! We can do this! If you weren’t serious about this before, now is the time. It’s not too late. If you messed up last week, go full throttle this week and push yourself twice as hard. I for one, know I need to really kick my butt into high gear these next five weeks because I’m scared to death to put my picture back on my blog. For heavens sakes.
So my plan for these next 5 weeks? Start training for a half marathon (running 4 days a week) lift weights 2-3x a week, be as perfect as possible in diet, drink tons of water, walk as much as possible with Lucas during the day, and say no-no to the ice cream that’s giving me the evil eye in the freezer. It has an evil eye, seriously. I’m also going to try and update my workout blog with my exercise and eats for the day to help myself stay accountable!
I want to answer some of your questions that many of you have asked me through comments and emails. I hope it helps!
Q: I only lost a pound last week and I’m totally bummed. Why are some losing 10 a week and I’m only losing 1 or 2??

If you “only” lost a pound, you are doing great! A weight loss of .5-2 pounds a week is awesome and considered average -you should be very happy with that! If you’re losing weight at a slower

pace you are more likely to keep the weight off. You also need to remember that the more you have to lose, the easier it is to lose the weight. A person who has 10 pounds to lose would probably average a .5-1.5 weight loss a week but a person who has 100 pounds to lose could easily lose 2-3 pounds a week. You shouldn’t be comparing yourself to others anyways, but do keep in mind percentage (%) of weight loss not just numbers on the scale.

Q: How many calories do I need?
Oh boy. This is a hard question with a different answer for everyone. Your caloric needs is going to depend on many factors; how much you currently weigh, your goal weight, your height, and your activity level are just a few. You can visit sites like one of these that will give you an estimate, ball park of how many calories you might need. If you want to go off of one of these

fine, but be flexible with it and realize that you may (most likely- a computer generated calculator can’t tell you exactly what’s best for you and your body type) need to adjust that number. As a super wide range ball park, probably somewhere around 1500- 2500 calories a day.
Q: I’m breastfeeding so don’t I need 500 more calories?
Here is my personal opinion: No. Just as I don’t think you need to “eat for two” when you’re pregnant, I don’t believe you need to eat an entire extra meal (or more) when you’re nursing. You will find many articles and books saying that breastfeeding mothers need to consume an average of 500 more calories. Personally? I don’t and I have a great supply. Trust me. I can eat 500 more calories and not gain weight (woo hoo!) but I certainly don’t need it. If you’re eating a well balanced diet with enough calories you will have plenty of calories and nutrients for you and your baby.

Q: How much water do you drink?

When I’m trying to lose weight I drink about 4 liters a day. I have noticed that it helps tremendously in my weight loss. Yes, I pee a lot.
Q: What are some healthy options of snack food that I could put on my table?
Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts… Keep food in the cupboards or fridge so you’re less likely to snack when you’re not hungry! p.s. My nuts on the table? They went stale. I threw them out.
Q: What do you eat for breakfast? I hate breakfast foods.

Me too sista! I’m not a huge breakfast eater. I normally have toast with peanut butter, eggs, yogurt, a fruit smoothie, or sometimes on a very rare occasion I’ll have cereal. Usually it’s a slice of toast with organic natural goodness peanut butter and yogurt. And water or milk.

Q: Do you think Atkins or South Beach or other types of diets like those work?
Do they work? Sure, they might work. But I think they are ridiculous. Any diet that ask you to completely get rid of any item is most likely not going to be a diet you can stick with for a long period of time. It’s not a lifestyle diet. However, I won’t argue with you that some diets may help you “jump start” your weight loss because I know they do. I don’t think so called fad diets are the healthiest diets or the best way to go and personally, I would go crazy bitchy you don’t want to talk to me mean if I didn’t eat carbs. And I’d probably faint.
Q: Are protein drinks good for you?

Sure! They’re not something you want to have every day but after a workout they can be great!
Q: What will the winner of the Fit by Labor Day Challenge win?

A renewed confidence, higher self esteem, a hotter body, a longer life, a healthier heart….
Oh. You mean a material prize? I don’t know yet. I’m working on finding a sponsor to donate something fantastically awesome. I hope you’ll strive to win in your book no matter what the prize is!
I hope that answered some of your questions! If you are participating in Mr Linky leave your Body After Baby post url link so we can visit you and cheer you on! Have a great week!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Body After Baby: Your Questions Answered

  1. This is funny, I'm joining a half marathon also through Team Training! Hubby is doing a full marathon also, so we are going to be training not at the same time but at the same pace, well someone needs to watch the kids! 🙂

    Anyways, great job on the blog!

  2. Great post!!! I don't eat more because I'm breastfeeding but thanks to BFing I am always hungry. I don't know who loses weight from doing it. Lucky bastards. Five weeks to go! I hope I can tell a difference in my back. I'm rockin' some unsexy back fat.

  3. I was totally skeptical of diets like the atkins diet and southbeach too. Then my mom had a few doctors recommend the south beach diet for her and so she bought the book. Again, we were all skeptical. I read the majority of the book and it's not what you'd think. All it is, is a simple, straight forward way to make the lifestyle change needed to eat healthy. Sure, you go carbless for the first 2 weeks, but after that, it's not no-carb or even low-carb, it's healthy carbs. The book to me was just a different way to look at eating. It wasn't some magic diet. It's just a motivation tool to get you to eat healthy. It focused on eating lean protein, lots of veggies, and healthy carbs. It's common sense nutrition presented in an easy-to-follow way to get yourself from burgers and fries to baked fish and broccoli fairly easily. Plus it has yummy recipes!

    Do I follow the Southbeach diet? I guess. I try to eat whole grains, lean meats, and all my veggie servings everyday. I also limit my sugar intake. That's all the Southbeach diet is.

    Great post! You keep me motivated.

  4. I've been worrying about my caloric intake since I am nursing, so thanks for addressing that. So far no decrease in my supply!
    Thank you for taking the time to help us ladies out! You rock!

  5. Great post!
    While I agree with you that you don't always need to add calories while nursing and can base it on how your supply is doing, you do need to add calcium (or rather mantain the higher level you were eating during pregnancy) or your body will pull it from your bones for the milk.

  6. Thanks for the reminder! and, photo motivation! I am not cutting calories very much..I am hungry, so I eat…maybe I could rev up my results by changing things a bit…

  7. Happy Birthday, sweet Lucas!!! Isn't it unbelievable how fast time flies?

    I'm still doing this…sort of, but you all would hate me. I'm not trying at all except for drinking only water 90% of the time, and I've lost more than I care to admit. Is it wrong to delay baby food so you can keep nursing? Is it wrong to consider pumping after you can't avoid baby food any longer so you can continue to lose weight.

    Not that I would ever consider doing either, of course!

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